Integral Ad Science acquires AI-powered video classification company Context2 min read

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Today, digital ad verification platform Integral Ad Science (IAS) announced its acquisition of Paris-based content classification company Context. Context uses AI to classify images and video seen across digital channels, including social media and CTV.

IAS will integrate Context’s AI-driven technology with its own Context Control suite, which enables marketers to target and deliver ads in suitable, safe contexts.

The acquisition helps accelerate IAS’s product roadmap toward providing contextual solutions that increase marketers’ precision and flexibility in optimizing campaigns, according to the company.

With the acquisition, IAS will add several teams of data scientists, analysts and engineers located in France and Poland to their global staff.

Why we care. The CTV landscape especially continues to grow, offering many more ad opportunities for marketers on streaming services and ad-supported video on demand (AVOD). Viewers are scattered across all these environments, and to avoid risky contexts for brands, there’s a greater need for automated AI tools that can steer the ship at scale. Same goes for the virtual minefield of brand risk that marketers have all experienced on social.

Video content can be extremely captivating for audiences, but it is also largely unstructured. It’s much easier to generate a list of offensive keywords in written content that an advertiser should avoid. To process and tag video requires sophisticated intelligence that can recognize contexts that are damaging to brands. But this also means that there are many opportunities for positive contexts that publishers and brands don’t know about until the video has been catalogued. The real future in CTV is when these opportunities can be identified during live broadcasts like sports events that draw big audiences.

Read next: 2022 Predictions: CTV and cross-channel advertising

About The Author

Chris Wood draws on over 15 years of reporting experience as a B2B editor and journalist. At DMN, he served as associate editor, offering original analysis on the evolving marketing tech landscape. He has interviewed leaders in tech and policy, from Canva CEO Melanie Perkins, to former Cisco CEO John Chambers, and Vivek Kundra, appointed by Barack Obama as the country’s first federal CIO. He is especially interested in how new technologies, including voice and blockchain, are disrupting the marketing world as we know it. In 2019, he moderated a panel on “innovation theater” at Fintech Inn, in Vilnius. In addition to his marketing-focused reporting in industry trades like Robotics Trends, Modern Brewery Age and AdNation News, Wood has also written for KIRKUS, and contributes fiction, criticism and poetry to several leading book blogs. He studied English at Fairfield University, and was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He lives in New York.

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