YuMe Doubles Up on Protection for Advertisers and Brands with Native SDK-Driven Brand Safety and Integral Ad Science’s Bid Expert

Powerful Combination Raises Brand Safety Standards in Digital Video for Platform Clients

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--()--YuMe, Inc. (NYSE:YUME), the global audience technology company powered by data-driven insights and multi-screen expertise, today announced new capabilities to improve brand safety and viewability standards for its programmatic video advertising platform, YuMe for Advertisers (YFA). The optimized solution brings comprehensive protection to programmatic advertisers through an integration with Integral Ad Science’s Bid Expert, in addition to the ability to utilize YuMe’s native SDK-driven brand safety technology in order to proactively minimize waste, reduce costs and protect against suspicious traffic via pre-bid capabilities for viewability and brand safety segment targeting.

YFA is the first platform that offers the best-in-breed protection YuMe currently provides (serving to eliminate wasted impressions with pro-active brand safety features versus after the fact reporting resulting in stronger ROI and efficiencies) for third-party SSPs, so that when building their PMP programmatic strategy, partners can receive the benefits of publisher direct or YuMe direct buying relationships.

“In today’s media environment advertisers and publishers alike must ensure that inventory lives up to the standards they set for themselves and that consumers demand,” said Venkat Krishnan, SVP of Product at YuMe. “Integrating our native brand safety technology with Integral’s Bid Expert technology bolsters our already robust protection for brand advertisers making use of our programmatic video advertising solutions. The pre-bid brand safety approach streamlines the programmatic buying process and reduces the need for refunds or after the fact reconciliation.”

This enhancement marks the availability of YuMe’s native pre-bid brand safety solution alongside Integral’s Bid Expert technology that now provides YFA users the option to utilize the protection of their choice to improve the quality of their programmatic buys.

The key features include:

  • Brand Safety: Within YFA, users can choose from a full list of brand safety segments offered by YuMe and Integral that can be targeted when setting up a campaign. This is combined with page analysis in which URL, images, and language are algorithmically analyzed, in order to prevent inappropriate adjacencies, regulatory concerns, and off-brand associations.
  • Identifying Suspicious Traffic: YuMe’s proprietary brand safety and viewability technology uses SDK driven first-party data input and advanced detection algorithms that are constantly learning about new suspicious schemes to provide “front door” protection to brand advertisers. Alongside YuMe’s brand safety technology, YFA will now offer suspicious activity detection technology provided by Integral’s Bid Expert technology, which collects page, user and delivery channel information to inform big data models, which are then cross-validated with session-based signals to detect suspicious traffic.
  • Increasing Viewability: Using YuMe’s proprietary Viewport Detection™ viewability technology, the ad is prevented from loading unless certain viewability standards are met. Additionally, the Integral Bid Expert technology integration brings advertisers the ability to target sites that meet minimum viewability thresholds.

“Video is a memorable digital advertising format, but video ads will not make an impact if the ads are not in view, to a human,” said Harmon Lyons, VP of Business Development, at Integral Ad Science. “Our partnership with YuMe provides brand safety, viewability and fraud protection - critical components for brands looking to invest in digital video.”

About YuMe

YuMe, Inc. (YUME) is a leading provider of global audience technologies, curating relationships between brand advertisers and consumers of premium video content across a growing range of connected devices. Combining data-driven technologies with deep insight into audience behavior, YuMe offers brand advertisers end-to-end marketing software that establishes greater brand resonance with engaged consumers. It is the evolution of brand advertising for an ever-expanding video ecosystem. YuMe is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with worldwide offices. For more information, visit www.YuMe.com/pr, follow @YuMevideo and like YuMe on Facebook.

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Contacts

YuMe Media Contact:
Kenya Hayes, 650-779-2499
khayes@yume.com

Release Summary

YuMe brings comprehensive protection to programmatic advertisers through an integration with Integral Ad Science, along with the ability to utilize YuMe’s native SDK-driven brand safety technology.

Contacts

YuMe Media Contact:
Kenya Hayes, 650-779-2499
khayes@yume.com