Good morning. It’s Wednesday August 31, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Augmented and Virtual Reality Hotspots: In interactive AR and VR, hotspots are tappable spots within the experience. Hotspots, which can be animated and are often shown as glowing orbs, reveal more content or options when they’re activated.


Twitter’s new pitch to win over would-be YouTube advertisers: We’ll let you keep more money. Twitter has expanded its Amplify advertiser program, which launched in 2013 and enables big-name publishers to monetize videos with pre-roll ads. The new Amplify Publisher Program opens those monetization abilities to all video creators. Twitter says it will pay video creators 70% of all ad revenue, keeping the other 30% – the same deal it offers its current Amplify partners. YouTube, by comparison, keeps 45% of ad revenue, paying creators 55%.



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The creative management platform Flite has launched Velocity, a scalable ad-building tool for mobile vertical video. Flite says that the new tool enables the use of editing tools, letting users trim, scale, pan, jump cut, and add filters or other themes and templates. Velocity also allows ad-makers to layer branding and call-to-action elements on top of a vertical video, according to Flite. In addition, Flite says that Velocity contains face detection technology, making it easier to keep focus around one central object in a video, and therefore making it easier to edit the video. As of yet, Velocity is only available in beta.

Speaking of vertical video advertising, Gatorade is taking a novel approach on Snapchat. As part of its ongoing sponsorship with tennis star Serena Williams, the Pepsi-owned brand has placed an in-app game onto ESPN’s Discover channel. Serena Match Point features 22 different levels, each of them representing the final point of one of Williams’ grand slam titles. (Next month, should Williams win the U.S. Open title, a 23rd level will become available.) Naturally, the game prominently displays Gatorade signage. It’s also a lot of fun. In addition to Snapchat, you can find it at SerenaMatchPoint.com.


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Endemol Shine Beyond USA, Endemol’s digital arm, announced a new content partnership with Mashable. Mashable will distribute five of Endemol’s upcoming digital series, whose genres will range from tech to lifestyle (and more), distributed across the platforms owned and operated by Mashable and Endemol, including OTT channels, connected TV apps, websites, YouTube and other social platforms. The first series to roll out under the new partnership will be season 3 of Endemol’s eSports series Legends of Gaming. It’ll premiere in Q4 of this year.


Snapchat has launched new customizable templates for geofilters, the app’s location-based overlays. On Snapchat’s on-demand geofilter page for desktop, users can now access tools to help design their own geofilters. Users just pick a theme (celebrations, weddings, etc.) and then choose from a number of available designs. Users can also add in their own colors and texts. It can all be done in minutes, though Snapchat will take at least a business day to approve each new design.


U.S. kids may love junk food and toys – but it seems they love digital video even more. In its eighth annual ‘Brand Love’ survey, the market research firm Smarty Pants found that YouTube is the most popular brand among kids, topping brands such as OREO (#2) and Toys “R” Us (#7). YouTube was in seventh place last year. The ranking was driven mostly by tween (9-to-12-year-old) respondents, particularly boys. Smarty Pants surveyed 8,125 U.S. children and their parents, evaluating 285 total brands.

OpenSlate Engagement Data for the Entertainment vertical, based on the engagement metric for the week ending 8/28.

Channel (Engagement) / Monthly Views / Total Subs / SlateScore
vegetta777 (9.8) / 173,407,410 / 15,119,777 / 785
doseoffousey (9.7) / 55,059,900 / 3,711,130 / 735
comedyshortsgamer (9.6) / 104,558,250 / 7,192,596 / 744
sxephil (9.6) / 35,890,440 / 4,501,569 / 773
McJuggerNuggets (9.6) / 33,865,350 / 3,281,989 / 730
felipeneto (9.4) / 25,255,230 / 6,001,422 / 769
slivkichanel (9.4) / 44,755,980 / 5,946,563 / 710
fatosdesconhecidos (9.4) / 33,508,260 / 2,968,883 / 702
iTownGamePlay (9.4) / 66,809,850 / 6,567,236 / 774
BuzzFeedVideo (9.4) / 244,125,210 / 10,497,964 / 782

To determine the TV ads generating the most digital response, iSpot.tv measures digital actions across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all major search engines. Below, a look at the brands that backed the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on MTV and simulcast on sibling networks VH1, TV Land, Comedy Central, BET, MTV2, CMTV, Spike TV and Logo.
“Your Future Is Not Mine”
“As celebrities strolled the red carpet, brands got ready to spend big and capture viewer attention during the VMAs. Verizon came out on top, followed by Samsung Mobile, Pantene, Truth (the anti-smoking campaign) and Taco Bell, in that order, ranked by estimated spend. But when it came to digital engagement, GEICO ruled the pack, along with runners-up Trojan, Adidas, M&M’s and Verizon, in that order. Looking at specific commercials, Adidas was the winner in grabbing attention; its “Your Future Is Not Mine” spot featuring Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers captured over 13% of the digital SOV of all individual commercials. The audience consuming commercials through the VMAs, by the way, skewed young (38.6% 18-34) and female (54.6%).” – iSpot.tv

The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating are the purest form of showing interest digitally, since they’re organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).

All Series (8/22/16 – 8/28/16)

Streaming Series (8/22/16 – 8/28/16)

Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipedia page views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows.


Reader’s Digest has made some new editorial moves. The Trusted Media Brands-owned publication has promoted Lauren Gelman, previously the publication’s Site Content Director, to Executive Digital Director. Gelman will head up Reader’s Digest’s digital team. Reader’s Digest has also named a new Executive Editor (Marc Peyser, previously of Money Magazine) and a new Managing Editor (Lorraine Burton, previously of Reader’s Digest’s books division). Reader’s Digest has been significantly upping its digital presence of late; indeed, Trusted Media Brands made its first-ever appearance at the Newfronts in May.


Actress Julia Stiles is the star of which web series? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.)

Our Last Trivia Question: Next year, the CBS All Access streaming service will exclusively air Star Trek: Discovery, a new original series. The showrunner of the series was announced back in February. Who is it? Answer: Bryan Fuller, who formerly served as showrunner for NBC’s Hannibal and ABC’s Pushnig Daisies. Kudos to Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Luke Watson-Roker Media/NY, and David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA


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