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Jeanne Yeh

The Amazing Race of Forecast Models

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Deal or No Deal

To plan for a TV advertising campaign, it is important to have a good understanding of the trend in TV audiences: who will be watching what, when, and using what screen. An accurate and reliable forecast is an integral component of clypd’s advanced targeting platform. For this reason, the Data Science team at clypd is always looking for ways to improve our forecast models to be more useful, accurate and reliable.

In the last decade or so, through the help of more data and better technology, lots of new algorithms have been developed. My previous blog post talks about the benefits of using both statistics and machine learning models. Recently, the data science team held an internal competition to examine how various models pair up against each other. This post provides some details of the competition. Read More

New Report: Unlocking the Data Behind Targeted Linear TV

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Linear TV remains the primary way of reaching mass audiences effectively. According to Nielsen, in Q1 2017, Americans spent over 11 hours per day interacting with electronic media (including TV, radio and digital). The single largest piece of that was linear TV, accounting for nearly five hours.

So, if you’re a beer brand, why advertise to Men 21-34 when you can advertise to all beer drinkers 21+? Making TV advertising better using data is to everyone’s advantage: advertisers get a better return, media owners use their inventory more efficiently, and viewers get more relevant ads.

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Using Algorithms to Improve TV Audience Forecasting

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This is the first of a series of blogs around building time-series forecasting models. At clypd, we use forecasting models to help media owners and buyers forecast future TV audiences. A successful forecasting model depends on many factors. In this blog, we focus on algorithms, and how we tap into both modern Machine Learning (ML) models and classical statistics models to take advantage of what both offer.

The advancement of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence has been creating amazing stories everyday, from the AI assistant and self-driving vehicles to computer programs beating professional Go players. At clypd, we also have lots of success stories of using ML models. With the benefits of better accuracy and better automation, these ML models are an integral part of our forecasting models. At the same time, we also continue to find great value in “conventional” statistics models. So, instead of pitching Data Scientist vs. Statistician, let us look at ML models vs. statistical models, and how we can leverage both types of approaches in building a TV audience forecasting model.

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eMarketer Interviews clypd CEO Joshua Summers

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eMarketer recently released a new report on “The Opportunity for OTT Advertising and Programmatic Connected TV.” In the report, eMarketer analyst Lauren Fisher discusses the future of programmatic connected TV and OTT advertising, including the main sources of inventory and the primary factors affecting growth. clypd CEO Joshua Summers is quoted in the report discussing the reasons for the growth as well as clypd’s involvement in the Advanced Target Standards Group (ATSG). eMarketer subscribers can read the full report here.

In addition, eMarketer also published the full interview between Joshua and Lauren. In the interview, Joshua discusses the progress made in advanced targeting and digital data sets in linear TV. eMarketer subscribers can read the full interview here.

Standards Group Led by clypd Shares Industry Progress for Advanced Target Transactions

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Recommendations Expand on Recently Published Guidelines

New York, NY, September 7, 2017 – The Advanced Target Standards Group (ATSG), a consortium of leading network TV programmers, along with CIMM’s Advanced TV Committee, working with clypd, today released an update on the achievements of the group since its inception one year ago.

“We set this group up as it was clear that for advanced audiences to be transacted in linear TV, some common standards and frameworks were essential” said Pete Doe, Chief Research Officer of clypd. “Since our first meeting in August 2016, the ATSG has grown from seven to twelve media owners, plus agency representation from CIMM’s Advanced TV Committee. We’re delighted with the momentum that this group has in building consensus around bringing advanced audiences to linear TV.”

Group participants include Disney|ABC, A+E, AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, Fox Networks Group, GSN, Scripps, The Weather Channel, 20th Television and CIMM, among others. Read More

Back to School, Back to D.A.R.E.

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It’s the end of August, which means that kids all over the country are soaking in the last of the summer sunshine and gearing up for school starting up again. If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, an important part of the school year was Drug Abuse Resistance Education – also known as D.A.R.E.

D.A.R.E. began as a small program in Los Angeles in the early ’80s, but grew to a major, national campaign in schools. At it’s peak, D.A.R.E. was implemented in 75% of American schools. Read More

Mastering French Food in Julia Child’s Studio Kitchen

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August 15th would be TV chef and author Julia Child’s 105th birthday. Her presence on TV and her love of teaching and educating the American public about quality food helped inspire generations of cooks – professional and home alike. “The French Chef” also showed TV producers and executives that there was a strong appetite for cooking shows on television, one which has continued unabated since.

Julia’s story began in 1948 – after moving to France with her husband Paul Child, Julia fell in love with French cuisine. Julia attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school, and soon after formed a cooking school with fellow classmates. The trio also worked on a two-volume cookbook, adapting French cuisine for a mainstream American audience. In 1961, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was released, and has since become a standard cookbook to find in home kitchens everywhere. Read More

French’s Mustard: A Spicy National Habit

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Now that we’re in the heat of the summer, I’m sure we’ve all attended plenty of cookouts and consumed our fair share of hot dogs with mustard (and ketchup). The folks over at McCormick & Co. must’ve had summer cookouts on their mind when they announced that they were acquiring the iconic French’s mustard couple weeks ago. McCormick bought French’s and other products from Reckitt Benckiser, including Frank’s RedHot and Cattlemen’s BBQ sauces, reportedly for the hefty sum of $4.2 billion. Read More

Slipping ‘n Sliding into Summer

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For children of the 80s, few things evoke stronger memories of summer than Slip ‘N Slides, Super Soakers, Fla-Vor-Ice, and if you live in New England, Hoodsie cups.

If you were the lucky kid to have a Slip ‘N Slide in your backyard, you could expect to be friends with the entire neighborhood. There was something so simple, yet so liberating about running at full speed and then falling to your stomach to slide down a soaking wet (and sometimes soapy), yellow plastic runway.

Despite the craze in the 80s, the Slip ‘n Slide was created by Robert D. Carrier in 1960. Carrier was a Californian father who would come home from work to find his 10-year-old son and friends sliding down his painted concrete driveway – exciting for the kids but extremely worrying for the father. Carrier happened to be an upholsterer for a boat-seating manufacturer, and so like any good dad, he created a safer version for his kid and friends. Read More