New Publisher's Guide Offers Consumer Insights on the Link between Viewing Habits and Ad Receptivity


Redwood City, CA – October 5, 2016 – YuMe, Inc., (NYSE: YUME), the global audience technology company powered by data-driven insights and multi-screen expertise, today released its Publisher's Guide, which highlights consumer survey results focused on understanding the relationship between video viewing habits and ad receptivity. The guide was created to help publishers increase monetization opportunities through consumer insights for successful digital ad campaigns.


“Our research continues to show that a combination of behavioral, contextual and psychographic factors play a decisive role in how consumers view and respond to advertising,” said Stephanie Gaines, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, YuMe. “We believe publishers can improve effectiveness when they use consumer insights to match content and adapt publishing practices to optimize ad receptivity and effectiveness.”


Key findings of the study include:

  • Consumers are Most Receptive to Ads in the Early Morning

    While evenings are traditionally viewed as optimal due to the volume of video viewership, early morning could be worth a higher premium due to higher levels of receptivity to advertising and the willingness to receive a message from a brand, with a level of 59 in the morning versus 45 in the evening (on a scale of 1-100). Taking advantage of the early morning peak in ad receptivity may result in a more successful digital campaign.

  • Morning and Night Deliver Highest Purchase Intent Metrics

    The time of day can drive ad performance. In the morning (3:00 AM-11:59 AM), purchase intent is highest at +11%, followed by the night (9:00 PM-2:59 AM) at +5%, and trailed by the afternoon (12:00 PM-4:59 PM) and evening (5:00 PM-8:59 PM) at +4% each. Overall favorability scores were also higher for the morning and night at +17% and +8% respectively, compared to +3% in the afternoon and +4% in the evening.

  • Consumers Prefer a Single Long Ad vs. Multiple Short Ads

    When presented with choices for 30 seconds of ad time, consumers showed a preference for one 30-second ad over a series of shorter ads totaling the same length. The primary reason given was a desire to minimize interruption of content. 

  • One-Size-Fits-All Mobile Strategy Doesn’t Work Across Devices

    Ad receptivity on tablets is higher than on smartphones in the morning, though ad receptivity is higher on smartphones in the evening.  

  • Better Content Equals Better Brand Metrics

    Respondents that rated the content as enjoyable also responded with higher levels of favorability. Overall favorability ratings came in at 60% if consumers enjoyed the content, as compared to 15% if they did not enjoy the content.


“Our research shows that by understanding viewership behaviors, ad receptivity and ad performance insights, publishers can build strategies to better curate content at the right time across the right devices,” said Paul Neto, Senior Research Director, YuMe. “Based on these consumer insights, publishers can and should take advantage of new monetization opportunities, particularly as it relates to placing a premium on early mornings where digital ad receptivity is highest.”


Over 10,000 respondents participated in YuMe’s two-part study; the first examined video consumption habits and ad receptivity, and the second measured ad effectiveness.


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About YuMe

YuMe, Inc. (NYSE: YUME) is a leading provider of global audience technologies, curating relationships between brand advertisers and consumers of premium video content across a growing range of connected devices. Combining data-driven technologies with deep insight into audience behavior, YuMe offers brand advertisers end-to-end marketing software that establishes greater brand resonance with engaged consumers. YuMe is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with worldwide offices. For more information, visit, follow @YuMeVideo and like YuMe on Facebook.


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