Australian Content 2017

Nine’s commitment to deliver viewers with the very best in Australian content, when and how they wish to consume it, is set to continue in 2017. 

Featuring more than 500+ hours of local entertainment, more sport in primetime and one of the biggest Aussie drama slates ever, Nine’s 2017 primetime schedule will showcase the biggest and the best Australian stories and characters like never before.

Connect with your Nine Sales representative today to hear how you can harness the power of Australian content in 2017, and connect your brand to consumers like never before.

 Australian Content 2017 - Adrian Swift.mp4


B&T Women In Media Awards

B&T’s Women in Media awards, were all about recognising the women who have achieved success in their professional arena and their invaluable contribution to the media industry.

Lizzie Young opened the forum as the keynote speaker. Her inspiring speech addressed women in media, the broader topic of diversity, and shared some of her own story, experience and learning. 

Lizzie Young Keynote Speech 

Nine Extends Programmatic Offering To New Mobile Formats

Nine will now make it easier for agencies and brands to buy its custom high-impact mobile advertising products, extending its partnership with Playground XYZ to provide a new mobile programmatic offering.

As Nine continues to spearhead mobile ad product innovation in Australia, recently launched ad formats including the Super Skin, Side Push, Top and Tail and Cinema will now be available programmatically, allowing advertisers to reach over 6 million Australians who access Nine and Microsoft’s digital properties on their smartphones every month with ease.

Ben Gunn, Nine’s Director of Sales, Digital said: “Mobile advertising success in 2016 is as much about delivering an engaging mobile user experience as it is about providing a compelling, measureable outcome for the advertiser.”

Rob Hall, CEO of Playground XYZ, said: “When we show people these highly customised ad formats the assumption is that they’d be a pain to trade. We’ve worked tirelessly on making scale and ease part of the offering.” 

“On the creative front that means building one ad execution that works seamlessly across all certified sites. Now, on the trading front, we’ve enabled the delivery of these ads through Nine’s programmatic marketplace.”

Nine - Ben Gunn

Australians Spend More Time With Than Any Other News Site surged in July Nielsen news rankings, with a significant improvement in both its unique audience figure and also taking out the coveted first place in time spent onsite, following its successful rebranding in late June 2016.

The July figures for Nielsen’s monthly news rankings showed the new-look had the best audience engagement, within the top 10, when it comes to time spent on-site, with an average of 58 minutes and 41 seconds time spent per person. Media i

The Industry Needs To Act Now To Improve The Mobile Ad Experience

By Carl Poplett.

For over a decade the Australian digital media industry has equated mobile advertising with simple banner ads. Carl Poplett argues that now is the time for the market to rethink how it is engaging with both consumers and advertisers on the mobile platform.

The good old 320×50 banner was the birth child of the mobile ad industry a decade ago.

The industry fell in love with the banner ad for a few simple reasons: it delivered a low barrier to entry, had the benefit of cheap production costs, and also the ability to run at scale across multiple publishers and ad networks.

Yet increasingly the signs are that consumers are beyond tired of the old mobile banner ad, as we have known it.

According to Telsyte, we already live in an era where around seven per cent of Australian smartphone users are empowered with ad-blocking technology, and mobile content responsiveness is now a key consumer expectation.

To be clear: it is not just some “nice-to-have” that publishers balance consumer engagement with a brand’s need to be at the centre of the mobile advertising experience.

However, it is something we as an industry have really struggled with.

As Mumbrella’s Alex Hayes pointed out last year, in an Australian industry that prides itself on the strength of its creative, the mobile ad experience has been lacking to say the least.

For the record: he was right.

Publishers have a responsibility to provide quality ad experiences that are engaging to the user and drive a meaningful outcome for the client.

Over the last year, here at Nine we have worked hard to improve the mobile ad experience and learnt some interesting lessons in the process.

Consumers care about how much data is used to view an ad, how long it takes to load, and – most importantly – whether or not it’s engaging.

It’s for this reason we launched a range of new mobile formats back in June.

As a business we went into this process knowing that our new mobile ads had to be better in order to engage consumers, for example by introducing a slide ad function, but importantly, not getting in the way of them enjoying the content – and if the ad did do this, it had to have the option to easily close the ad.

And while it’s still early days, the campaign results have been solid.

The new ad formats have consistently outperformed the standards set by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), with time in view ranging from three to 12 seconds.

At a time when viewability is increasingly a hot-button issue across the industry, we have been seeing viewability results exceeding 70 per cent on these formats.

The other key part of this equation, however, is also making it easy for advertisers and their agencies to buy these rich mobile ads.

To come back to Alex’s original argument about the poor standard of mobile advertising, he was right when he noted there was a “need to innovate the ad offerings”.

But this isn’t just about the ad formats, it’s about making sure the industry doesn’t make it too hard for marketers and agencies to then trade these formats.

This has also been another major stumbling block where publishers needed to again put experience at the centre of things – the only difference here is this time it’s the advertiser experience that needs to improve.

It’s for this reason that Australian publishers have realised they need to partner with ad-tech providers to make our mobile formats accessible programmatically.

If you look at the work being done by local ad-tech players such as Playground XYZ (and full confession, Nine is among the local publishers working with them) you see that the industry is now – finally – making strides in the right direction, where a brand can build one or two rich mobile ad executions across a number of certified sites.

The calculation here is simple: the easier it is for marketers and agencies to buy good mobile advertising, the more likely they are to do it.

Too often the industry puts engaging mobile advertising, be it things like site skins, bespoke ad units or different ad types, in the too-hard basket. But collectively we have failed to recognise the benefit that doing this will see in consumer engagement.

Historically, mobile banner ads didn’t work well because advertisers were simply trying to squash what was often a desktop ad onto the mobile platform.

As a publishing sector we need to think about mobile in a completely different way, one that recognises the experience for both consumers and advertisers alike can and should be better.


Monday, September 12, 2016
Carl Poplett is Head of Mobile Product Sales at Nine Entertainment Co.