The digital content studio Collab is continuing to expand its direct ad sales business. The company, which works with hundreds of content creators on platforms like YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, has hired Dave Rosner to serve as executive vice president-head of marketing.
Rosner joins from the strategic consulting firm Visual Machine, where he was a partner.
Collab first entered the direct ad sales marketplace earlier this year when it hired Art Zeidman to lead the company’s sales efforts. Rosner’s work is complementary to that, focused on establishing the company’s brand in the media marketplace and helping its roster of creators build their brands.
“Job one is to introduce the media industry to Collab,” Rosner tells Digital News Daily. “This is a company that has an incredible reputation in the creator community, but because it hasn’t had a direct media sales product, is really new to that.”
“Collab works with a relatively small group of creators that have massive audiences,” Rosner adds. “Helping to provide a clear picture of how big these creators are, and how successful they have been at creating massive audiences, is a way to get advertisers to better understand it.”
Somewhat unique among multichannel networks, Collab has remained independent and relatively small, choosing to work with a comparably small set of creators and forgoing any outside financing. The company’s roster of 300 or so creators is now in the Comscore top 10 among YouTube partners.
“Up until this point, we have grown the company independently, bootstrapped it,” Tyler McFadden, cofounder-CEO of Collab, tells Digital News Daily. “Over the years, we have grown the company organically. Now, in an effort to drive even more revenue for our creators, and help them make even more money, we are starting to sell our own media inventory across YouTube.”
Collab may be new to the direct ad sales game, but it is leveraging the hot button issues that have roiled YouTube over the last year to hone their message to marketers.
“Because we are
launching this ad sales platform now, it is built on what the hot topics are for the industry today,” Rosner says, noting that the company has made brand safety a priority. Every video is being
viewed by three humans before publishing.