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.