The Walt Disney Company + Google Ad Manager: What to Know

December 7, 2018 Jonathan Katz

From Comcast’s FreeWheel to Google’s Ad Manager, The Walt Disney Company is making a major switch in an effort to provide optimal advertising for consumers and advertisers.

What Does Disney’s New Adoption of Google Ad Manager Mean?

The global strategic relationship enables Google Ad Manager to act as the primary advertising technology site for The Walt Disney Company, which in turn allows Google to handle the digital advertising for ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars.

The partnership, which will last for a minimum of three years, can be viewed as a win for both entities. Disney has a comprehensive and streamlined advertising platform in Google Ad Manager, and Google now reigns as king in the digital advertising space, surpassing competitor Comcast by securing the Disney partnership.

What Will Google Ad Manager Do as Disney’s Ad Platform?

Disney Google Ad ManagerGoogle Ad Manager will be home to Disney’s digital video and display business, enabling video and photo ads across the web, on mobile apps, within streaming TV and during live events.

Google's Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler said, "Together [Google and Disney], we plan to build an advanced video experience for Disney that will transcend devices, platforms and living rooms to bring the magic of premium video content into people’s hearts, minds and screens —everywhere."

What Does the Disney + Google Partnership Mean for Marketers?

According to Advertiser Perceptions’ 2018 Video Advertising Convergence Report, 58% of advertisers are investing in over-the-top (OTT) or connected TV, 44% in programmatic linear TV, 40% in addressable TV, 35% in data-enabled linear TV and 32% in set-top box VOD. But just slightly more than half of advertisers blend their TV and digital strategies.

The Disney/Google partnership should help marketers better connect their marketing messages, developing strategies for consumers and their customer journeys instead of divergent channel-focused strategies.

Google has clocked a consistent one-third of worldwide digital advertising revenue since 2016. As Disney switches their advertising initiatives to Google Ad Manager, marketers who are regularly logged into Google Ad Manager may feel it’s easier than ever to expand their brands’ reaches.

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About the Author

Jonathan Katz

Jonathan Katz is the Chief Media and Product Officer at Digital Media Solutions (DMS), the fastest growing independent agency focused on performance marketing. In this role, Jonathan provides technical direction across the company in areas of marketing automation, machine language learning, architectures and software technology. He leads the team that works across the firm’s diverse set of divisions to drive new product innovation and strategic positioning. Jonathan also leads customer acquisition teams across all media channels. Since its inception, DMS has evolved into an award-winning, full-service performance marketing company demonstrating incredible year-over-year growth which has earned recognition on the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. An experienced serial entrepreneur in mobile and digital marketing, Jonathan’s expertise consists of an extremely proven track record in search, social and programmatic media. With his 20+ year career scaling start-ups and brands across health insurance, government services, automotive, careers, education, consumer finance and politics, Jonathan is now charting a new path via artificial intelligence marketing in performance media that will revolutionize the industry. Jonathan studied computer science at Florida State University and lives in Clearwater Beach, FL.

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