Tru Optik now allows identified customer data for OTT TV ad targeting, through LiveRamp

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Data provider Tru Optik has been busily assembling the ability to target Over-The-Top (OTT) TV audiences with the kind of data that is commonly used by online advertisers.

Toward that aim, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company launched last August its OTT Data Cloud, which it said was the first of its kind. Guided by the company’s Data Management Platform, it is intended to target ads on OTT TV programs via behavioral, demographic and purchase data. OTT TV is online-delivered video that is seen through smart TVs, gaming consoles or connected devices like Roku.

The OTT Data Cloud combines anonymized data from a variety of sources, such as Experian Marketing Services, so that a brand or agency can, for instance, marry household income with data about whether a particular household is in the market for a given product category, or with data about whether that household has children.

This week, Tru Optik is adding Acxiom’s LiveRamp to its mix.

This addition, Tru Optik CEO Andre Swanston told me, means that his company can now allow clients to utilize their personally identifiable information (PII) on their customers for ad targeting in OTT programs — but without Tru Optik having to handle it.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

About The Author

Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.


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