Facebook acquires ad tech firm LiveRail to improve video ads

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Video ads are the next big thing for Facebook, something enforced by today’s news of Facebook’s acquisition of advertising tech company LiveRail. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LiveRail, founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, has worked with ABC, Major League Baseball, A&E Networks and Gannett to improve the quality of ads seen in videos.

Brian Boland, Facebook’s Vice President of Ads Product Marketing, explained how LiveRail will help Facebook:

We believe that LiveRail, Facebook and the premium publishers it serves have an opportunity to make video ads better and more relevant for the hundreds of millions of people who watch digital video every month. More relevant ads will be more interesting and engaging to people watching online video, and more effective for marketers too. Publishers will benefit as well because more relevant ads will help them make the most out of every opportunity they have to show an ad.

We’re just getting started with our partnership with LiveRail, but we’re very excited about the future for video publishers and marketers. We believe that LiveRail’s excellent product – known in the industry as a video supply-side platform or SSP – and Facebook’s expertise with relevancy, delivery and measurement will help us make video advertising much better for everyone.

LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne discussed the acquisition in a blog post:

When we started talking to the team at Facebook about how we could work together, it quickly became clear that we shared a vision for the future of digital advertising. They believed, as we do, that publishers deserve a new generation of audience-aware advertising technology. We realized that by joining forces we’d be able draw upon our respective strengths to move even faster towards our shared vision of creating the advertising platform of the future.

This announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for the team at LiveRail, and I’m incredibly grateful to all the amazing people who have helped build this company to where it stands today. I’m confident that as part of the Facebook family, our team has the opportunity to redefine the ad tech landscape and set a new standard in technology for publishers.

Readers: What do you think this will mean for the video ads landscape on Facebook?

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