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Joost Explores Video Advertising Alternatives


We learning details of the advertisers who have already signed on with new online video platform Joost.

31 big brand advertiser have given Joost 3-month commitments and include the likes of Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Nike, GM and Visa.

Joost plans to offer a mixture of ads, as it experiments with what works best for an online audience. While others are focusing on pre- or post-roll ads, Joost’s main ad spot will actually be one 30 second mid-roll ad per show, supplemented by various other ad types.

Ad units include still images, video spots, overlays and widgets, in addition to branded entertainment and channel sponsorships. Joost has also created an ad unit called Ad Bug, consisting of an advertiser’s animated logo in a corner of the screen, similar to station ID components in cable and broadcast TV. Ad bugs will appear at various times during a given show and disappear again after a matter of seconds.

The “Ad Bug” is not exactly a new concept. I know I’ve seen cable stations – ESPN for example – use similar ad technology, but it’s shows that Joost understands the importance of loading up their shows with lots of commercial breaks.

  • http://www.u-g-h.com Owen

    I’m looking forward to great things from Joost. I think they have great technology and there’s great potential in the viewing/social networking model. The beauty about owning this platform is there’s great scope to advertise with new ways of advertising nd I definetly prefer Ad Bugs to actual breaks in the programming.