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StreamGuys Programmatic Ad Services Help Dick Broadcasting

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StreamGuys has announced that Dick Broadcasting has quintupled its monthly advertising revenue since transitioning to StreamGuys ad insertion services.

Dick Broadcasting has amplified its revenue generation through StreamGuys' programmatic ad services, which automatically fills unsold inventory in ad breaks for live streams and podcasts.

StreamGuys has also diversified Dick Broadcasting's advertising strategy by adding midroll placements to the mix, which required a structural change to how ads were distributed.

"Nielsen had long required Dick Broadcasting to faithfully simulcast their over-the-air streams due to how they reported FM ratings in their markets," said Tyler Huggins, director of advertising, StreamGuys. "That limited the customer to preroll ads, which while effective also limits revenue opportunities for stream monetization. We effectively split their streams into in-market and out-of-market streams, which allowed us to insert midrolls within the latter."

Huggins says that StreamGuys offers a 'waterfall system' that prioritises direct sold campaigns first, then programmatic fulfilment from its network of advertisers. If neither has an impression to serve, StreamGuys returns the opportunity to Dick Broadcasting to place an unsold promo. StreamGuys manages the entire process, from server-side ad insertions to revenue payouts. "Dick Broadcasting communicates open inventory, and we manage all campaigns, advertisers and invoices," he said. "We also work with their app developer and web team to pinpoint geographic data, which helps us precisely pinpoint where listeners are located. That finite data helps us make decisions on whether a listener is inside or outside the market, and which ads to serve."

Dick Broadcasting also uses StreamGuys' SGrecast service to create podcasts and side streams from live radio shows, which StreamGuys also automatically inserts ads within. StreamGuys also hosts and delivers all of Dick Broadcasting’s streaming content, using StreamGuys' enterprise CDN to deliver live and on-demand content to websites, apps and smart speakers among other consumer receive points. The result is a turnkey streaming service that has reduced costs, streamlined internal labor, and increased revenue.

"We are lucky to have very dedicated audiences for our streams, many of which live outside our geographic FM footprints," said Taylor Dick, Vice President of Finance and Strategic Analysis, Dick Broadcasting Company. "We found that we were carrying substantial costs to operate our streaming infrastructure and serving ads that were meaningless to many of our listeners. StreamGuys reduced the costs of our streaming infrastructure while effectively creating zones that allow us to serve ads of interest to out-of-market listeners. We can now offer a better listening experience for our entire streaming audience while substantially increasing our revenue through a programmatic service that requires no heavy lifting from within. StreamGuys has helped us to a much better job of managing, monetising and growing our streaming business."

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