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First Study on Smart TV Ad Effectiveness, Reveals Interactive Ad Formats Increase Brand Engagement

  First Study on Smart TV Ad Effectiveness, Reveals Interactive Ad Formats
  Increase Brand Engagement

YuMe-LG research shows positive consumer attitudes toward Smart TV advertising
                                   in U.S.

Business Wire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- September 9, 2013

The first-ever U.S. study into the impact of Smart TV advertising and consumer
behavior highlights the opportunity that Smart TV provides advertisers to
reach a differentiated audience, validating why Smart TV is an essential
component to complementing current TV media plans.

YuMe, Inc. (NYSE: YUME), a leading provider of digital video brand advertising
solutions, and Smart TV leader LG Electronics (KSE: 066570.KS) conducted the
study in the United States to better understand how consumers are engaging
with ads within Smart TVs, while studying the Smart TV audience’s behavioral,
lifestyle and psychographic profile data.

Part of a global Smart TV consumer research project spearheaded by LG, the
U.S. study examined consumers within a natural living room environment,
interacting with and sharing their perceptions of different Smart TV ad
formats, while testing brand metrics including recall, favorability, and
purchase intent.

Ad Effectiveness Findings:

  *Smart TVs are an effective advertising medium when accompanied with
    traditional TV advertising. While pre-roll and accompanying companion
    banner advertising performs well across all brand and ad metrics, the
    study found that full-package ads are most effective.
  *Ad targeting and relevance are keys to driving impact. Sixty-seven percent
    of respondents indicate that they have engaged or would consider engaging
    with a Smart TV ad because it advertises products/brands they are
    interested in.

“Smart TV creates a unique and exciting opportunity for consumers to interact
and respond directly to an ad in-screen, which has not been possible with
traditional TV,” says Youngjae Seo, Vice President of Smart Business Center at
LG Electronics. “The research clearly underscores that brand advertisers can
find better ad campaign effectiveness and ROI on Smart TVs when accompanied
with traditional TV.”

Usage and User Demographics:

  *Smart TV owners enjoy and prefer their devices over traditional TV sets.
    Ninety percent of Smart TV owners are satisfied with their devices and
    eighty one percent prefer using a Smart TV over a traditional TV set.
  *The Smart TV is being used for more than just TV. Many users report high
    app usage and seventeen percent are likely to decrease or cancel their
    cable subscription in the upcoming year – a thirteen percent increase from
    last year.
  *Viewers of Smart TVs are generally young, higher income professionals.
    Smart TV users are tech savvy, professionals with an influential role on
    household purchase decisions. They are also likely to pay a premium for
    the latest technology and brand names.
  *Users of Smart TVs can be categorized in four distinct user segments.
    Among the four segments—affluent technologists, social youngsters,
    traditionalists and mid-life families—affluent technologists and social
    youngsters were most receptive to Smart TV advertising.

“The results not only affirm a growing Smart TV market, but also highlight a
tremendous opportunity for advertisers to increase brand engagement through
Smart TV,” says Michael Hudes, Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets,
YuMe, Inc. “By understanding how people engage with Smart TVs, advertisers can
better plan and target their audiences to improve brand awareness.”

With global Smart TV shipments reaching 12.7 million units in the first
quarter of 2013, the appetite for Internet-connected TV is growing among
consumers, creating a thriving platform for brand advertisers.

For additional key findings from the YuMe-LG study, as well as methodology and
a copy of the full report, please
visit:http://www.yume.com/insights/video-advertising-research

About the Research

The study was conducted on behalf of YuMe and LG by Nielsen as a pilot study
in the form of a gang survey of 500 participants in June 2013. A follow up
call and online survey was then carried out with the same group

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement
company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information,
television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile
measurement, trade shows and related properties. Nielsen has a presence in
approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen,
the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

About LG Electronics

LG Electronics, Inc. (www.lg.com) is a $45 billion global leader and
technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home
appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world.
LG Electronics Inc. is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs
and home entertainment products. LG’s award-winning Smart TV products offer
viewers a wide range of streaming video services, games, 3D movies and
applications that are easily accessed through the LG Smart TV’s intuitive user
interface. Since 2011, LG has offered brand advertisers the opportunity to
reach Smart TV viewers in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany and 13 other countries
with interactive brand advertisements and branded Smart TV applications. For
more information on LG’s Smart TV advertising, see www.lgsmartad.com.

About YuMe

YuMe, Inc. is a leading provider of digital video brand advertising solutions.
Its proprietary data-science driven technologies and large audience footprint
drive inventory monetization and enable advertisers to reach targeted, brand
receptive audiences across a wide range of Internet-connected devices.
Designed to serve the specific needs of brand advertising, YuMe’s technology
platform simplifies the complexities associated with delivering effective
digital video advertising campaigns in today’s highly-fragmented market. YuMe
(NYSE: YUME) is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with European headquarters
in London and nine additional offices worldwide. For more information,
visitYuMe.com/pr, follow@YuMeVideoand likeYuMeon Facebook. Current YuMe
logos can be found at www.yume.com/news/logos.

YuMe is a trademark of YuMe. All other brands, products or service names are
or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

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uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results
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"ongoing," or the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology
intended to identify statements about the future. All statements other than
statements of historical fact are statements that could be forward-looking
statements, including, but not limited to, statements about this U.S. study
into the impact of Smart TV conducted by Neilson on behalf of YuMe and LG,
YuMe’s growth strategy, including global expansion and technological
development; anticipated trends and challenges in our industry, including the
increasing quantity, variety and fragmentation of digital video content,
platforms and technologies; expansion of the digital media advertising market
in general and the digital video advertising market in particular; our
competition; market trends, including overall opportunities for digital media
advertising and shifting advertising budgets; the ongoing improvement and
refinement of our data-science capabilities; developments in the regulatory
framework applicable to our business; and our intellectual property and
proprietary technologies.] The forward-looking statements contained in this
press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including
those more fully described in our periodic filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30,
2013. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on
information available to YuMe as of the date hereof, and YuMe assumes no
obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact:

YuMe
Jordan Byrnes, 415-547-7049
jbyrnes@waggeneredstrom.com
or
LG Electronics USA
John Taylor, 847-941-8181
John.taylor@lge.com
 
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