The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of VAST Errors

Breaking down how JW Player’s VP of programmatic advertising, Darjan Milojkovic, thinks about Video Ad Serving Template (VAST) errors.   VAST error codes enable the player to communicate back to the ad server to explain why a video tag didn't serve an impression to the user. Despite being labeled an error, not all VAST errors indicate a technical malfunction. On the contrary, you can even argue that some of them are good – even necessary for programmatic advertising.

Takeaways from IBC 2018

Perspectives from this year’s IBC Show by JW Player’s Co-founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships, Brian Rifkin Every year broadcasters and media company executives from around the globe fly to Amsterdam for the IBC Show. Personally, I have been coming to the show for the past five years and am always interested in what folks are excited, and worried, about.

Laying solid foundations for a video-first future

Audiences today have an almost limitless amount of content to choose from which makes it increasingly challenging to capture their attention. According to Cisco, video will represent 80% of all internet traffic by 2021. Ahead of the 2018 IBC Show, Brian Rifkin, Co-founder & Head of Strategic Partnerships, dives into how media companies and broadcasters can prepare now for a video-based future. Check out the full article here.

Case Study: Driving Business Growth for Penske Media

JW Player worked with Penske Media to improve viewer engagement and monetization. Penske has built a media empire by bringing together some of the top names in entertainment, music, and fashion. With brands such as Variety, Rolling Stone, and WWD, you most likely have recently turned to a Penkse publication for the inside scoop on your favorite band or designer. However, in order to fund the great journalism that goes on at these publications, Penske needed a video and technology partner that could significantly expand its viewer engagement and monetization opportunities - and that’s where JW Player comes in. In our newest case study, learn how JW Player helped Penske drive a 20% lift in ad revenues and an 18x increase in video plays for Variety. Download the full version here.

Playbook: Become a Video-First Publisher

Our comprehensive guide to making video your #1 source of revenue It's a good time to be in video. But it's not exactly easy getting into video. Some think it's as simple as putting content online and watching the views (and revenue) roll in. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The Video Advertising Brilliance of Roaring Earth

How the nature website scaled its business with 6-second mobile preroll ads and A/B testing Tigers attacking bears. Alligators fighting pythons. Lions tackling hyenas. Such is the addictive drama that unfolds every day on the nature video website Roaring Earth. The niche publisher has mushroomed into a profitable online destination 30 million views strong. At JW Insights 2018, CEO Jan Renner shared how a viewer-centric monetization strategy helped Roaring Earth scale its business.  

Playbook: The Modern Publisher’s Guide to Video Advertising

Tips, insights, and best practices for better digital video monetization Whether you’re a novice or a veteran of video advertising, the fact is: It’s complicated out there. The ad ecosystem is a complex jungle, and video is an entirely different beast than the typical digital display ad. That’s why we created The Modern Publisher’s Guide to Video Advertising—your essential resource for navigating the landscape, maximizing ad revenue, and scaling your video business.

Video Advertising Quiz

Test your knowledge of the video ad ecosystem in our 5-minute assessment Video advertising is now an $11.9 billion business. To get a share of the pie means speaking the language of the ad ecosystem. How much do you know about ad exchanges, CPMs, waterfalls, DSPs/SSPs, and more? Take the quiz—and discover best practices for boosting your ad revenue.

90 Days Later: Video Player Bidding Best Practices

Video Player Bidding helps you maximize monetization, provided you’re following these recommendations

After the launch of Video Player Bidding earlier this year, we’ve seen great adoption and some impressive  benefits, including faster time-to-first-frame for ads and a great supplemental boost of ad demand for publishers’ ad stacks. As with any great new product comes great learning experiences. With months of data and the associated on-going analysis, our goal is to educate our customers on best practices to optimize Video Player Bidding setups to maximize revenue potential.

Ad Preloading in the Buffer-Free Player

JW Player loads ads ahead of user-initiated playback so prerolls are ready to go when videos begin

At our annual JW Insights conference, we announced the final piece of the story that makes up the Buffer-Free Player—ad preloading. Since the first part of the story was released back in JW 7.2, we want to take a moment to remind you of everything that goes into reducing buffering. Understanding fully how it works is key to ensuring your player is optimized for improved user engagement and monetization.