13 July 2021: RMB – Belgian multi-media advertising network – relied on the proprietary solution of Smart AdServer – the leading independent ad monetisation platform – to activate linear TV ad replacement on live streams on desktop and mobile app (IOS & Android) for the first time during Euro 2020 ad breaks. The adtech’s advanced TV solution for Live OTT ad break management and ad-decisioning has enabled RTBF (Belgian public TV broadcaster) and RMB to display personalised ads on their OTT platform AUVIO to more than 100,000 viewers, in real-time.

Live sports streaming is seeing an exceptional rise in viewership on desktop and mobile devices. With the migration of audiences to digital platforms, the opportunity for targeted and addressable dynamic ad insertion has caught the attention of marketers around the world. In this context, Smart AdServer has developed a comprehensive system for broadcasters, operators, and brands to take advantage of this opportunity at scale.

During the month-long Euro 2020 tournament, RMB has been able to seamlessly personalise each viewer’s stream during live game broadcasts on the AUVIO platform. AUVIO is the live video streaming and video on demand platform of the RTBF that makes use of Smart’s proprietary live ad decisioning solution.

“Euro 2020 was the ideal occasion to raise our partnership with Smart to the next level. With the co-development of tailored solutions on live-streams, we are able to bring together the brand, the media context and the audience at a moment of high engagement”, explains Valérie Janssens – Development Director at RMB. “The ability to deliver on this promise in the AUVIO Live environment is the result of an incredible collaboration between our teams and partners.The feat is not only a technical and operational achievement, as advertisers now understand the value of reaching consumers through high-impact live events on the platform of their choice.”

Smart handled requests for over 12 million ads over the course of the tournament, and scaled programmatic delivery to more than 100,000 concurrent viewers per match, far surpassing the initial goal.

“Because of the unscheduled break patterns and the complexities of serving to a surge of viewers who tune in for an event stream on any given day – live sports have remained one of the most difficult formats for programmatic DAI (dynamic ad insertion)”, adds Gerald Sauvageon – VP Sales Video / Addressable TV at Smart. We are particularly proud to support RMB’s, RTBF’s and AUVIO’s teams in delivering this project of addressable television and video campaigns.”

Smart continues to evolve its capabilities for live and on-demand Connected TV and addressable ad decisioning with partners around the world. As more content and audiences migrate to digital platforms, the company is poised to help broadcasters, operators, brands, and agencies capitalise on this rapidly accelerating change in the media landscape.

About Smart

Smart is the leading independent adtech platform built to serve the interests of both buyers and publishers. Smart’s fully transparent platform and shared-interest business approach enables brands and premium publishers to get their fair share of ad value at every opportunity, on their terms. Brands can achieve greater efficiency through their advertising spend, and publishers can act with certainty and have the control they need to provide the right blend of transaction models, channels, formats, and audience data to deliver true value path optimization to brands.

Smart works directly with hundreds of buyers and more than 1,000 publishers worldwide including Groupe Marie Claire, TracFone, Le Figaro, Leboncoin, Altice Media Publicité, and IMGUR to deliver display, video, native, and rich-media ads to over 50,000 sites and apps. Smart is ranked on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA and in the Financial Times’ FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies. The company operates 12 offices worldwide and leads the charge in building a transparent ecosystem based on quality.

About RMB Régie Média Belge

RMB (SA) is the exclusive advertising agency of RTBF television and radio channels. Created on October 1, 1985 on the initiative of RTBF and CPB (Cinéma Publicitaire Belge), RMB is a limited company whose objective is to be the leader in the commercial exploitation of media products. Its mission is to be a creator of media/marketing solutions for advertisers and to provide the media it represents with the added value necessary for their growth.