Just a few years ago, sports fans had to either rely on their memories or wait for a sports roundup show on TV to review a crucial play or controversial call from a big game. However, now that more than half of Americans own smartphones and hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide use their tablets and mobile phones as portable media players, fans can see clips of amazing touchdown catches, incredible trick plays and game-changing penalty calls on demand.
You’d think these technological advances that expand the viewing audience would be a goldmine for the publishers that own the content. A broadcaster with the rights to footage of a balletic downfield catch, an impossible two-minute drive for the win or a fortunes-reversing penalty flag would have millions of eyeballs on that clip — and an opportunity to cash in with a spike in ad revenue. Advertisers looking to generate brand impressions would have easy access to a wider audience. But, it’s not as simple as that — or, at least, it wasn’t.
One factor that complicates the picture is that mobile devices come in all shapes and sizes and operate on a variety of platforms and networks. In the recent past, publishers who wanted to monetize compelling, time-sensitive content, like the latest sports highlights, had to isolate the relevant clip (which they could do fairly quickly) and then prepare it for viewing across multiple device types, networks and operating systems, which used to take several hours.
It was a labor-intensive, time-consuming process because, to format content to accommodate different devices, networks and operating systems, publishers had to break down the content into thousands of files, which then had to be stored and managed. Additional challenges arose around ad insertion, where lack of universal support technology made monetization even more difficult. By the time publishers dealt with all of these factors and stitched in ads, the clip was often old news, and the potential goldmine had been transformed into a cost center.
New technology now allows content owners to upload a video file one time and get a single URL that delivers content across all smartphones, tablets, connected living room devices, game consoles and operating systems, including iOS and Android. New ad-insertion solutions also make it possible for publishers to dynamically integrate ads into time-sensitive content, enabling real-time analytics and targeting.
With these new technology solutions, publishers can monetize and analyze content across all Internet-connected devices. They can seamlessly integrate content with existing ad-management systems and increase profitability through targeted dynamic ad insertion, providing a personalized viewing experience for sports fans on thousands of connected devices that use native-media players.
To maximize monetization, publishers can place pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll ads strategically throughout the content and target users to generate additional revenue. By using the sophisticated cloud-based technologies that are now available, publishers can drastically reduce time to market, eliminate the need for client-side code, plugins or SDKs and eliminate ad blockers.
This means they can cash in on time-sensitive events like game highlights, buzz-generating clips of crucial plays and non-sports content, including breaking news, political-debate highlights and much more. These new technologies deliver a win for viewers, who can now get instant access to popular content on their mobile devices, and publishers and advertisers, who can now score big with ad-insertion technology that helps them capitalize on monetization opportunities with incredible speed.