It's Official: Is in the Creative Biz


Though we’re well into an online video boom, advertisers are still reticent about producing unique Web video ads. So has started doing it for them.

The startup—which specializes in nurturing and distributing independent Web series—has been quietly building a team over the past year to create specialty video ads for brands. Now, it’s formally launching Creative Services, an in-house group that can take a client’s existing TV spots and create complementary in-stream ads, such as overlays or "bugs," i.e small call-out ads that appear atop or in the upper right hand corner of a video player—theoretically making a noninteractive TV spot suddenly interactive.

For example, just a few weeks ago, Blip built a custom ad treatment for Google TV using its new "context aware" technology. As a viewer watches a show on or one of its partner sites, an ad appears over the bottom of the video player referencing the specific show being watched—encouraging users to watch that Web show on their big screen TV via the Google TV hardware ("You can now watch x show on your television").

Similarly, around the holidays inserted shopping functionality, including four featured products and a store locator button alongside a classic pre-roll ad for Best Buy.

“This is a huge value ad for,” said co-founder Dina Kaplan. “When you start a tech company, you don’t expect to get into creative services.” But there was a natural opening. Since so many brands spend hundreds of thousands, even millions on TV spots, many don’t want to invest more in original online video creative. “So we just make it easy for them,” Kaplan continued.

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