rapt_logo_dark_on_transparent-small-2Partnership Will Enable Condé Nast Entertainment to Create Premium Interactive Video Programming, Offer Interactive Video Advertising

NEW YORK and BOULDER, Colo., March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Rapt Media, the future of video, today announced an agreement that will enable Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) to enhance both CNÉ’s original digital video programming as well as its advertising offerings. CNÉ is a division of Condé Nast that focuses on the development, production, and distribution of original television, feature film, and digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands.

Together, Rapt Media and CNÉ will create interactive, first-of-its-kind digital video content for CNÉ’s premium media brands that is not only proven to increase engagement, but also offers rich, insightful analytics. CNÉ will use Rapt Media’s interactive video technology platform to create interactive videos for several of CNÉ’s digital video series. The series will run on The Scene, the industry’s first platform devoted to curating and showcasing premium digital-first video content from CNÉ, and traditional and new media companies. Viewers will be able to experience CNÉ’s shows like never before by creating their own programming experience and choosing whichever topics or paths they find most interesting.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the experience for our audience and advertising partners,” said Whitney Howard, SVP, Business Development and Strategy, CNÉ.  “Partnering with Rapt gives us a unique value proposition, and makes The Scene more effective in making connections between our audiences and advertisers.”

In addition to its interactive video series, CNÉ will offer Rapt Media’s platform to advertisers through new integrated marketing packages. The new packages will include an interactive play within the actual ad unit, creating a unique offering that will allow visitors to CNÉ-operated sites to view the ads in a way that is personalized and more relevant to their interests.

“CNÉ is leading creatively in digital-first innovation,” said Erika Trautman, CEO and co-founder of Rapt Media. “They are delivering the best digital video experience in an environment built to showcase premium content. We are honored to partner with them to support their goals of making a place for an audience most comfortable on the Web to discover, watch and be inspired - and now with our partnership, to also interact and engage.  By adding interactivity to their native advertising and episodic programming, we are able to help them further elevate their brands to reach important digital audiences.”

storytelling-interactive-video-seriesPublishers like CNÉ, as well as brands and creative agencies, are increasingly being tasked with creating personalized storytelling experiences that are mobile-friendly, engaging, and that boost conversions to gain a competitive edge. To make the business case, however, they must also deliver strong ROI, meaningful insights, and seamless technical integration. To usher brands and agencies into the future of video, Rapt Media recently launched “Storytelling 2.0,” a first-of-its-kind interactive video Web series that allows users to interact with a behind-the-scenes view of how Rapt Media, its customers, and its partners are using interactive video for their own marketing efforts.

To learn more about Rapt Media and its interactive video platform and customer case studies, please visit www.raptmedia.com.

About Rapt Media
Rapt Media has created the only interactive storytelling technology combining personalized narrative with unparalleled data integration. Our HTML5, mobile-native video platform gives you the power to intrigue, turning viewers into participants and engagement into real insights. Welcome to the future of video.

THE SCENE is the premier digital video storytelling network brought to you by Condé Nast Entertainment.  THE SCENE features the best original programming from over 20 iconic brands.  A window into the worlds of fashion, sports, culture, comedy and more, THE SCENE presents inspiring, celebrated, and unexpected stories that shape our culture, reflect our world and help make your Tuesdays just a little less ordinary.

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 Originally published on PR Newswire, March 18, 2015.