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The Promise of Connected TV Advertising is Here


Marketing Horizons: The Promise of Connected TV Advertising

In this episode, Brian Hunt explains, in the clearest possible terms, the total scoop on CTV for marketers. We learned its benefits and drawbacks, the differences between CTV, OTT and linear television, and why CTV is an essential medium for us to be experimenting with today. Career hint: Data science majors can write their own tickets in this field! Join us for the details of how television is becoming more digital, targetable and measurable as a marketing communications channel.

Three Takeaways

  • This is an important tool to be experimenting with now in our multi-channel campaigning. If you're not trying it out, you're missing out.
  • It's more affordable than we would have ever dreamed.
  • There are a lot of opportunities in this field, but it isn’t just about individuals who can crunch numbers. They have to be able to capture data and activate it. They have to be able to create insights from that data, blending art and science.

About our Guest

Brian Hunt

Media industry veteran Brian Hunt is Head of OTT and CTV Advertising Sales for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

In this role, Hunt is responsible for the monetization of multiple premium connected TV and over-the-top digital video services for the company, including CompulseOTT, a data-driven ad platform and the fastest growing digital product in Sinclair’s history. His responsibilities also include oversight of Sinclair’s rapidly growing local broadcast inventory and national platforms for NewsON, featuring over 300 local broadcast stations, as well as STIRR, Sinclair’s direct-to-consumer advertising supported OTT service. Hunt also oversees the OTT and CTV ad sales for Bally Sports regional sports networks and The Tennis Channel.

Prior to his role at Sinclair, Hunt was Corporate Vice President of TEGNA’s Premion OTT Division as its first employee. During Hunt’s tenure at Premion, he oversaw Sales, Publisher Relationships, Contracts, Operations and Strategy.

Prior to TEGNA, Hunt held a variety of leadership positions in the industry. He was the Senior Vice President of Viamedia, a cable ad sales representation firm where he established and renewed key partnerships including: Centurylink, Google Fiber, Verizon Fios, Time Warner and others. Hunt spent over 15 years at NBCUniversal as Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales & Marketing in the Cable Distribution Group and other key NBCU positions.

Hunt has a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University, M.B.A. from Fontbonne College in St. Louis, MO and an Executive Management Degree from Harvard Business School. Hunt lives in the New York City suburbs with his wife and three children.

Meet the Hosts

Cyndi Greenglass

Cyndi W. Greenglass is a founding partner and president at Livingston Strategies, a data-informed, strategic consulting firm that helps clients develop, execute, and measure their customer communications with a close focus on results. Cyndi has razor-sharp strategic skills matched by impeccable on-the-ground savvy and tactical abilities. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the Data Marketing Communications online master's degree program from West Virginia University.

Greenglass has twice been named into the Top 100 Influential BTB Marketers by Crain’s BtoB Magazine and was the 2012 CADM Chicago Direct Marketer of the Year. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAND United and has taught, trained and presented at over 50 conferences throughout the world.

Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.

Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.

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