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DRMetrix, a research partner of Response, begins distributing a new version of its weekly Spend Index™ retail ranking report for the As Seen On TV industry to retailers and DRTV marketers. DRMetrix monitors national cable networks and identifies and tracks airings for all DRTV short- and long-form creative, using state of the art ACR and optical character recognition technologies.
Sling TV launches a multi-stream service for $20 per month in a beta test that includes many Fox Networks Group channels. Consumers can trial the new offering for free for seven days and with no annual contract. They can also stream on up to three devices simultaneously in or outside the home.
R2C Group hires David Maher as its new chief financial officer. Maher will work in the agency’s Portland, Ore., office and will report to CEO and co-founder Michelle Cardinal.
Assembly, MDC’s full-service media agency, hires Sarah Power as its first chief strategy and research officer. She’ll report to Martin Cass, the CEO of both Assembly and MDC Media Partners, and will work in the agency’s New York office.
Videa, the TV station-centric programmatic advertising platform from Cox Media Group, adds a number of agreements to its roster of sell- and demand-side businesses. New TV station groups include Raycom Media and E.W. Scripps Co. New advertising demand side platforms are TubeMogul, The Trade Desk, VideoAmp, and 4C.
BMO Capital Markets’ media industry analyst Dan Salmon tells investors to shift their attention back to the “value” of network TV stocks and away from fast-growing digital media ones. “Advertising naturally comes into a bit more focus with the approach of Upfront/NewFront season and our top three picks – CBS, Google, and Fox – are in place because of their strong positioning for the annual ad selling extravaganza.”
Former Reuters editor Matthew Keys lands a two-year prison sentence for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by conspiring with hackers to deface the Los Angeles Times by changing the headline on one of its articles. Keys allegedly changed the Times headline “Pressure Builds in House to Pass Tax-Cut Package” to “Pressure Builds in House to Elect CHIPPY 1337,” a reference to another hacking group.
In-theater video advertising reports a big 2015, rising more than 13 percent in revenue versus 2014. The Cinema Advertising Council says ad revenue hit $716.4 million, up from $631.9 million. National/regional sales, which make up 77 percent of all cinema revenue, climbed 15.6 percent to $550.5 million in 2015.
The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings will launch a new app this coming season to let fans buy tickets, food, and merchandise; enter the stadium via a mobile ticket; watch video replays; earn points in a loyalty program; and navigate the stadium with turn-by-turn directions.
Email marketing remains the king of return on investment, according to digital marketing company Adestra and market research firm Econsultancy. Email marketing ranked as the best channel for overall ROI in a poll of more than 1,100 client-side digital marketers and agency professionals, with 73 percent of respondents rating email as positive.
Snapchat passes Instagram as the new favorite social medium among teens, according to a new survey from Piper Jaffray. Overall, 28 percent of the 6,500 teens surveyed said they consider Snapchat the most important social network, just ahead of Instagram at 27 percent, followed by Twitter at 18 percent, and Facebook at 17 percent.