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Youku Tudou, Mirriad Partner On Native In-Video Ads

BEIJING and LONDON/PRNewswire/ --

- Samsung becomes the first brand to jump onboard

Youku Tudou, Inc. (NYSE: YOKU), a leading multi-screen entertainment and media company in China ("Youku Tudou") and Mirriad Advertising Ltd, a global leader in native, in-video advertising, have entered into a long-term exclusive collaboration arrangement in China , the world's second-largest advertising market.

In this alliance, Youku Tudou will connect Chinese and international brands with Mirriad's award-winning technology on its platform, enabling these brands to reach China's fast-growing consumer base through digitally embedded brand advertising in highly popular premium original content. China continues to be one of the most attractive markets for consumer brands, as it is expected to be the world's largest retail market by 2018 [i] , while three-quarters of the urban population is projected to qualify as middle-class by 2022 [ii] .

Mirriad's patented technology will offer Youku Tudou a vast number of new, premium advertising opportunities within its entertainment and media ecosystem (by way of ad units featuring brand integrations inserted after the content is shot). Mirriad's patented NIVA (native in-video advertising) technology enables advertisers to digitally insert their brands into video content through products, signage, video and other branded assets at scale. Through the new collaboration arrangement, Youku Tudou will utilize Mirriad's suite of marketplace applications to create new, prime ad inventory immediately at scale, providing content owners and distributors with editorial control over brand integrations and overall ad operations.

"We are pleased with this exclusive partnership, the first of its kind in China and at the cutting edge of innovative trends in advertising. Working with an industry leader such as Mirriad allows us to further our efforts of placing digital advertising directly into content; empowering advertisers and content owners to enhance relevance, context and effectiveness without detracting from the narrative," said Edward Su , Chief Operating Officer, Youku Tudou.

Mark Popkiewicz , CEO, Mirriad, agreed, "We look forward very much to collaborating with Youku Tudou to bring this technology to China for the first time. This agreement is not just strategically significant to us - it paves the way for advertisers to benefit from NIVA technology on one of the world's largest distribution platforms and sets a global precedent. We anticipate that our work with Youku will provide the foundation for a new and exciting era of in-video advertising across the globe."

"The Chinese market offers immense opportunities and challenges for brands looking for the best ways to reach its highly desirable consumer base," said Michael Rees , Asia-Pacific Vice President, Mirriad. "It is no secret that the Chinese market has its own uniqueness which makes finding the best local partner all the more crucial, and we are delighted that our digital technology will enable Youku Tudou to offer innovative advertising opportunities to brands at scale. Research shows that in-video advertising is twice as likely to be recalled as traditional forms such as pre-roll, and it offers a seamless experience for the consumer. [ iii ] Everyone wins: the viewer, the advertiser, the content creator and the channel."

The first Mirriad campaign on Youku appears within talk show Life & Fate and features electronics giant Samsung as the inaugural brand to capitalize on this new opportunity. The campaign launched on Monday 19th October and features Samsung throughout 6 episodes over a 2-week period.

This announcement builds on Mirriad's global strategy of partnerships with Universal Music Group (UMG) the global music leader, Havas, the multinational advertising and Public Relations company, and Cheil Worldwide, a leading South Korea -based marketing solutions company.

Source: Youku Toduou