JW Insights London 2018 Event Recap

The most important observations about the digital video industry from our second annual Insights London event. Publishers, broadcasters, and brands across the globe are dealing with one of the most crowded and competitive global media environments in recent memory. With video projected to become 80% of internet traffic by 2020, all segments of media - from advertising to editorial to technology - need to come together as premium publishers struggle to succeed in this new normal.

Overheard at JW Insights London

This year’s Insights conference in London brought together some of the top minds in the video, advertising, creative, and technology industries. On Thursday, November 15th, JW Player convened its second annual Insights London conference to host an afternoon of discussions centered around the topic of business growth through video intelligence.

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.

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.  

Data in the Driver’s Seat

3 things video publishers can learn from Group Nine Media at JW Insights

Home to content brands like Thrillist and NowThis, Group Nine Media has established itself as one of the world’s most successful video publishers. Each month, the digital media holding company receives about five billion views across its portfolio of premium brands, which also includes The Dodo and Seeker. At  JW Insights, Variety co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein joined Group Nine Media CEO Ben Lerer and Chief Insights Officer Ashish Patel for a discussion of the role data has played in the firm’s growth. Here are three things we learned.  

The Winners of Hackweek

With free rein to experiment, JW Player engineers create innovative solutions to overcome unique challenges

The results are in! Last month, our engineers experimented with new ideas and projects over a five-day Hackweek competition. With the goal to “provide an outlet to ideate, innovate, and create cool stuff in a self-organized way,” Hackweek encouraged novel approaches to problem solving—regardless of how directly they were tied to current JW Player products. Our product and engineering staff, including the top 3 winning teams, certainly didn’t disappoint.

Restoring Trust in the Digital Ecosystem

Experts at JW Insights weigh in on GDPR's informed explicit consent, brand safety, and blockchain

You have a teenage daughter. For the first time, she’s dating. Guy #1 tells you he’s taking her to see a 3D screening of The Incredibles 2, grab cherry slushies and hot dogs at 7-Eleven, and get gas at Chevron. Guy #2 simply tells you it’s going to be dinner and a movie. In both cases, you gave the go-ahead for the guys to take her out. But which one do you trust more to date your daughter? According to expert panelists at JW Insights, under GDPR, the clear winner in this scenario would be Guy #1.  

Are Machines Taking Over the World?

At JW Insights, experts discuss machine learning’s impact on the future of digital media

Rooted in the idea that machines can be as smart as humans, machine learning applies the concept of artificial intelligence to learn from data and autonomously improve performance based on that information. At JW Insights 2018, industry experts, including JW Player’s SVP of Technology, John Luther, shared their thoughts on what machine learning can—and can’t—do in our rapidly evolving digital age. Here are three takeaways.  

Giving Developers Time to Innovate

Perspectives on the digital video world from JW Player’s SVP of Technology

Last week was Hackweek here at JW Player. Every six months we put aside all non-critical engineering work for one week so that our engineers and technical staff can experiment with new ideas. In some cases, these projects are not even directly related to their everyday work.