Postmedia Network to work with SendtoNews on sports video highlights for their websites
Postmedia newspaper websites featuring SendtoNews sports highlights include nationalpost.com, theprovince.com (Vancouver), vancouversun.com, calgaryherald.com, edmontonjournal.com, leaderpost.com (Regina), thestarphoenix.com (Saskatoon), windsorstar.com, ottawacitizen.com, montrealgazette.com and canada.com
The issue of getting compelling, relevant video content is a challenge for media outlets that have been predominantly print in the past. In the digital world, everyone is a broadcaster, even if they don’t know it.
I once asked a magazine publisher about their broadcast strategy – just to see their reaction, of course. Once I received the initial blank stare I said that they should use their iPhone one day to stream their magazine’s website to their TV to take a look. Do they have anything to offer other than the usual reprinted press releases? (Later I heard the same guy talking to someone about me, what an idiot I am to think magazine publishers would be interested in video!)
More than three years ago, in one of the very first interviews conducted for TNM, I spoke to Jeff Price, the just hired new publisher for the Sporting News. Price told me that they were going to work with CineSport to solve the very real issue of a sports publication moving to digital media, but without video content. How do you compete with ESPN without video? was the obvious question. (By the way, you can read that old interview, with updates, of course, in the upcoming eBook Talking Digital, to be published later this month.)
Now the Canadian publisher Postmedia Network, the publisher of the National Post, Calgary Herald and other newspapers, has signed an agreement with SendtoNews, a company with studios in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco, New York and London.
Here is the press release:
TORONTO & VANCOUVER, British Columbia – November 12, 2013 — Digital sports video agency SendtoNews and Postmedia Network, Canada’s largest publisher by circulation of paid English-language daily newspapers, are pleased to announce that SendtoNews will deliver premium sports highlights on Postmedia’s newspaper websites* across the country. In addition, Postmedia will become the exclusive sales representative for SendtoNews advertising and brand sponsorship programs in Canada.
SendtoNews premium sports service features a vast array of web-ready, premium-quality video content from NFL, NASCAR, Hockey, Winter Sports, Baseball, Cycling, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, X Games upcoming, FIFA World Cup and SOCHI 2014 delivered 24/7. This includes:
Pre- and post-game sports coverage, game highlights, interviews, top plays, news and much more.
NFL highlights of the best game action for all preseason, regular season and post-season games including the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl as well as the upcoming NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons in Toronto Sunday, December 1, 2013.
“Representing SendtoNews is a great addition to our already broad portfolio further extending our advertising reach,” said Brandon Grosvenor, Senior Vice President, Sales, Postmedia Network. “The ability to engage our audience of 6.9 million monthly unique visitors across our company** with SendtoNews’ premium sports footage is a wonderful complement to our sports sections.”
Advertisers can choose from a number of creative ad offerings including pre-roll ads, in-video brand overlays, top bar brand visibility, virtual scoreboards and in-stream advertising to target fans by market or sports preference.