CTV Share of Impressions Grows and 30-second Ads Reach Unprecedented High in Extreme Reach Q1 2021 Video Benchmarks Report

By Sandy Drayton  | 

15-second Ads Hit All-time Low and Premium Publishers Regain Lead over Media Aggregators

New York, NY – May 18, 2021 – Extreme Reach (ER), the complete asset management solution for TV and video advertising, today released the findings of its Video Benchmarks Report with data from Q1 2021. The report includes ad performance data for impressions served from its AdBridge™ platform to CTV, desktop, and mobile devices.

Key findings include:

# The share of impressions served to CTV in Q1 rose to 41% from 35% in Q4 2020, an increase of 17% and the highest share seen by Extreme Reach since 2019.

# Q1 2021 furthered the divide between the use of 30-second and 15-second ads. This quarter marked the largest split between the two dominant ad lengths: 88% for 30-second ads and 12% for 15-second spots.

# After falling behind media aggregators in Q4 2020, premium publishers moved back into the lead, accounting for 54% of impressions, while media aggregators served 46% of impressions in Q1 2021. This was the highest percentage for premium publishers since Q2 2020, when they accounted for 65% share of impressions served by ER.

New to this report is a look at how aggregator and premium publisher impressions in Q1 break out by platform. CTV far and away takes the lead among premium publishers at 69%, followed by mobile in-app at 12%, desktop at 10%, mobile web at 7% and unclassified at 2%. Among aggregators, CTV accounts for just 8% of impressions, mobile in-app is 33%, desktop leads with 36% and mobile web ranks third with 23% of impressions.

“The video ad landscape has been through an extended period of disruption over the last year, as well as significant growth,” said Mary Vestewig, VP, Digital Account Management at

Extreme Reach. “Q1 saw advertisers leaning into the familiar, including the ever-popular 30-second ad length and a preference for premium publishers. As vaccination rates increase and life resumes a greater sense of normalcy, we’re watching Q2 trends with great interest.”

Extreme Reach’s 2021 Q1 Video Benchmarks Report is based on the aggregate performance metrics for impressions served from AdBridge™, the company’s video-first asset management platform for marketing creative. The data tracks campaigns for a diverse set of brands across multiple categories. Access the full report here.

About Extreme Reach
Extreme Reach (ER) has revolutionized the way marketers and their agencies control the deployment of creative assets and how the media sources those ads to execute campaigns across the complex media landscape. The company’s end-to-end creative asset management platform, AdBridge™, is built upon a decade of innovation—seamlessly integrating video ad serving, linear TV distribution, OTT/CTV delivery and Talent & Rights management.

With over 50 million ad creative assets in its care, every path to any screen is built right inside with over 700 team members ensuring customer success.

Extreme Reach recently announced its agreement to acquire Adstream with the deal expected to close in the coming weeks. The combined company creates the first and only independent global platform for marketers that simplifies the activation of multichannel campaigns, including global ad serving.

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