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30 juil. 2010

Best Practices in Mobile Video Advertising

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10 Jun 2010 - Xavier Facon
The release of the iPad, the roll-out of 4G wireless networks with greater bandwidth, and the common availability of unlimited data plans are all driving the consumption and demand for mobile video. Overall, the number of mobile video users is predicted to increase to 95 million by 2015.

It is also becoming easier to produce and distribute mobile video. More mobile phones are in market that support video standards such as the H.264 codec, often represented via HTML5. This codec balances processor requirements, (battery life,) video quality and content size very well. HTTP Live Streaming technology now makes it easier to deliver dynamic pre/mid/post-roll advertising on Apple devices as well as video streaming via a basic web server infrastructure. The maturing technology increases available content, expands the audience for mobile video and makes it a more attractive mode of advertising. The advertiser can even reuse online video for mobile creative, driving down production costs.

However, mobile video has not become the norm just yet. Today nearly 50% of consumers are using mobile phones that do not support video. As smartphones continue to become the majority, this balance will shift.

As consumer’s demand for mobile video increases, Crisp Wireless advertisers have increased their interest in mobile video advertising. Advertisers are looking to use mobile video particularly with the iPad because of the uncompromising experience the device provides. Also, HTML5 allows for advertisers to embed the video window and provides APIs that give control and tracking capabilities surrounding activities around video play. This week, Apple announced the iPhone 4 with the new iOS 4. We expect this extremely high screen resolution (326 dpi) device to further improve advertiser demand for video.

Some best practices to consider if you are thinking mobile video advertising are as follows:

•Appropriately encode your video for the type of internet connection you will be utilizing
•Many mobile screens have a 1.5:1 aspect ratio, different from TV 4:3 or movie 16:9, so avoid pillarboxed and letterboxed viewing
•Leverage all of capabilities of the device you will be advertising on
•Avoid fast moving action, small text, and dark shots when creating a mobile video advertisement
In addition, some different formats to consider when designing a mobile video ad include:

•Click-to-video: Link from banner direct to video
•Ad with video: Video embedded in a full page ad, only as part of the creative
•Bumper: Very short video before or after other content
•Pre-roll: Typically about 15 seconds of video commercial before other video
•Mid-roll: Same during content
•Post-roll: Same after content
The outlook of mobile video advertising is filled with potential thanks to the iPad and similar devices allowing advertisers to embed videos and smartphones that support the tap-to-video format. As more and more smartphones support HTML5 video, costs will continue to deflate, eventually creating a CPM based model for mobile video ads. Premium content providers will continue selling sponsorship advertising for apps, encompassing mobile video ads.

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