HLS video streaming format now also available in Sizmek

Written by Guy Makmel, in In-Stream Video


Lets first explain the meaning of HLS

HLS stands for HTTP Live Streaming and is Apple’s proprietary streaming format based on MPEG2-TS. It’s popular since it provides the only way to deliver advanced streaming to iOS devices. It often mistakenly gets defined as HTML5 streaming, but is not part of HTML5.

So what is HLS good for? Why not just use mp4?

Visualise someone riding around San Francisco in a bus. As the bus drives around, they move from WiFi, to 3G to 4G LTE to Edge (anyone remember that? it’s slow). Their internet connection changes as they move about. HLS allows the bit rate quality of the stream to rapidly adjust to the user’s bandwidth.

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19% backup images instead of HTML5

Written by Richard van den Berg, in Analytics Reporting, HTML5, MDX Platform, mobile advertising, Mobile Rich Media

Flash - HTML5

Recently Sizmek did a case study together with a global media agency in regards to clients using HTML5 backup ads instead of standard images. The result was that 19% of all flash impressions show standard backup images.
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Interesting read: 50 best practices for online video

Written by Richard van den Berg, in HTML5, In-Stream Video, mobile advertising, online advertising

50 best practices

Last week eMarketer published this great white paper with 50 best practices that help you optimize your online video.

Digital video advertising will make up nearly 12% of all digital ad spending in the US this year and is projected to grow significantly faster than search or overall display advertising for the next several years. Even though digital video advertising is in some ways well established, it is still new to many marketers and is still evolving for the experienced ones. Read more

Cookies on mobile devices

Written by Richard van den Berg, in mobile advertising


Mobile advertising is today essential for brands and advertisers to reach their audience. Millions of people are using their smartphones and tablets every day. Unfortunately, there are still many unknowns about the use and optimization of cookies for mobile advertising.

We found this amazing IAB whitepaper which explains everything . In this paper, the limitations and the use of mobile advertising is explained in detail.

Are your ads always in the right context?

Written by Richard van den Berg, in targeting

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Contextual ads can be tricky sometimes. Even offline where technology is not to blame mistakes are made. See here some incredible advertising that fails big time.


Mediamind rebrands to Sizmek and starts Open Ad Stack Initiative

Written by Richard van den Berg, in corporate, MDX Platform, MediaMind Platform


As you probably seen in the media or in your mailbox Mediamind recently rebranded to Sizmek (pronounced as Size Mec). We also started the Open Ad Stack Initiative.

The Open Ad stack initiaive is a mission to find and integrate with other like-minded tech companies that share a common goal: to enable broader options for marketing execution without limiting the benefits of centralized control and deployment. We understand that no single entity can be the end-all be-all, tech solution for all desirable actions in digital marketing.

Facebook Rich Media ads and social connect by Mediamind

Written by Richard van den Berg, in Channel connect for social, Republic Project


We often get the question if we support ads on Facebook. To answer this question lets first look at the different media buying possibilities on Facebook. Facebook offers two channels to buy media: Marketplace ads ( e.g, Ads and Sponsored Stories..) and Facebook Exchange ads (FBX).

  1. Marketplace ads are most of the time purchased on a cost-per-click (CPC) basis.
  2. FBX works like traditional ad exchanges as you buy ads in a dynamic CPM (dCPM) auction with real-time bidding.

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HTML5 Native ad slider (with parallax animation)

Written by Richard van den Berg, in HTML5


This HTML5 formats allows advertisers to promote their products in a native way. Native advertising is an online advertising method in which the advertiser attempts to gain attention by providing content in the context of the user’s experience. Native ad formats match both the form and the function of the user experience in which it is placed. The advertiser’s intent is to make the paid advertising feel less intrusive and thus increase the likelihood users will click on it.

Click here to see the native ad slider in action

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