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What: AT&T is negotiating the acquisition of advertising tech platform AppNexus.
Why it matters: This would allow AT&T to compete with Facebook and Google, companies that are currently dominating the industry of digital advertising.
A few days after AT&T completed the acquisition of Time Warner at US $85 million, it has been announced that the telcom company is negotiating the purchase of AppNexus for what some sources are saying could be a sum larger than US $1.6 billion.
After acquiring AppNexus, AT&T would be able to monetize Time Warner contents through an advertising platform. Those contents include HBO, Warner Bros, CNN, etc. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.
“Ad tech unites real-time analytics and technology with our premium TV and video content,” said Brian Lesser, CEO of the division at AT&T. “So, we went out and found the strongest player in the space. AppNexus has scale of infrastructure, advanced technology and diverse talent. The combination of AT&T advertising & analytics and AppNexus will help deliver a world-class advertising platform that provides brands and publishers a new and innovative way to reach consumers in the marketplace today.”
“Innovation is core to the heritage of both AT&T and AppNexus, and we have an exciting opportunity to chart the future course of advertising together,” said Brian OKelley, CEO, AppNexus, in a statement. “Combining AT&Ts incredible assets with our technology, we will help brands and marketers power new advertising experiences for consumers. Its what the market is asking for, and together were poised to deliver it.”
Through advertising, carriers like AT&T can grow their revenues around the data that they already have about their connectivity customers. While AT&T is focused mainly on the US market, AppNexus will give it further reach into Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, and Latin America, where the company already owns Mexican carriers Iusacell, Nextel, and Unefón, as well as DirecTV Latin America.
What: The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has partnered with Twitter to distribute exclusive content produced by the CBF.
Why it matters: As the universe of "broadcasters" expands, the potential audience for team- or league-based content increases, making it more attractive to potential marketing partners.
The definition of the term "broadcast outlet" has changed significantly and is more nebulous than ever. With Facebook and Twitter broadcasting Major League Baseball games, Amazon Prime taking over the rights for AVP beach volleyball () matches and many leagues creating their own online networks, the delivery methods for content are more varied than ever.
Team Brazil is the latest huge entity to work with a "new" broadcaster to deliver content, as the soccer power's national governing body, the Brazilian Football Confederation (), has partnered with Twitter to distribute video of basically everything but the FIFA World Cup 2018 matches: news, training, interviews and more.
Football is a topic of great interest to Twitter users, who already access the platform, naturally, to see and comment on what is happening around the subject.
"The continuous work of approaching the Brazilian national team allows the fans to follow the daily routine of the delegation during the World Cup,” said Rogério Caboclo, executive director of management at the CBF, in a statement. “The partnership with Twitter ensures that this premium content reaches the public in an agile and modern way.”
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The content is available through the official CBF Twitter page, with mascot Canarinho as a key figure, with his own emoji and hashtag (#canarinho ). Fans can watch the video features throughout the World Cup.
"Football is a topic of great interest to Twitter users, who already access the platform, naturally, to see and comment on what is happening around the subject,” added Pitter Rodriguez, director of sports content partnerships for Twitter Latin America.
Working with established Internet giants like Twitter, Facebook and Amazon and their inherent marketing muscle is an excellent way for brands, in this case a national governing body, to distribute content that might otherwise only go to its own fandom to a wider audience. The potential for branding is strong, as the "free" video will have a significantly larger potential audience.
Cover Image: CBF/Twitter
Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.
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