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Civolution and Optimal launch first Second Screen application through Facebook Exchange

by david.nunes

Optimal and Civolution Offer TV-synced ads via Facebook Exchange: Pilot Sees TV-Synced Ad Units Deliver 60% Lift

TV synced social advertising delivered within seconds of a commercial starting
lead to powerful results

Los Angeles, CA, October 23, 2013 – Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content, and Optimal, Inc., the leading social advertising and analytics platform and recent winner of the Grand Prize in the Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Innovation Competition for its Open Signals offering, today announced a partnership allowing brands and agencies to buy Facebook ads in complete synchronization with TV commercials.

Optimal and Civolution worked together on the first campaign using this product for a client’s upcoming entertainment launch.

We were blown away by seeing a 60% lift for the Facebook News Feed ads that were synchronized to our advertiser’s TV ads, compared to a control group running the same day. With tens of millions of Facebook users logging onto the platform during prime time hours there is a tremendous opportunity to break through clutter and amplify TV commercials with a timely and direct advertisement on Facebook.” said Rob Leathern, Optimal founder and CEO.

Civolution’s ad-triggering service, SyncNow, which monitors nationally and internationally hundreds of cable and broadcast channels to identify TV ads in real time, was integrated with Optimal’s Open Signals and its Real Time Bidding (RTB) platform to automatically buy ads via Facebook Exchange (FBX) within seconds of when the ad spots aired on TV.  The pilot program found that Facebook News Feed ads that were synced in real-time to the TV broadcast spots experienced over 60% lift in consumer clickthrough rate (CTR). In addition, News Feed ads synchronized to competitive ads saw over 35% CTR lift compared to the control group.

“The connection of our ad triggering service with Optimal’s real-time bidding on Facebook proved to be a significantly powerful combination,” said Alex Terpstra, CEO, Civolution. “Brands can receive higher engagement from their digital spend by syncing those ad units to the TV spots, while in turn increasing the return on investment from their TV spend by making broadcast spots actionable on digital.”

These results show that RTB platforms, when paired with TV content identification, can provide a powerful platform for brands and agencies to deploy high value tactical buys that run for a limited time once a TV spot airs.

This product is now available from Optimal, please visit http://optimalsocial.com/contact or contact sales@optimalsocial.com.


Civolution’s award-winning Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) based suite of solutions, SyncNow, already powers sync for a range of 2nd screen consumer applications for movie and show producers, broadcasters, 2nd screen platform providers and advertisers worldwide.

About Civolution

Civolution (www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and solutions to identify, manage and monetize media content. The company offers an extensive portfolio of cutting edge digital watermarking and fingerprinting applications for media interaction (accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and smart TVs), media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and internet) and media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in pre-release, digital cinema, pay TV and online). Follow us on Twitter: @Civolution.

About Optimal, Inc.

Optimal is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for real-time integrated audience analytics and ad buying for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Optimal is a LinkedIn Sponsored Updates partner, is live with the Twitter Ads API, and is a Facebook Exchange-qualified Preferred Marketing Developer. Optimal, a Brand Networks Company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Palo Alto, New York, London, and Chicago. Visit http:// optim.al to learn more.

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