Video case study: Lyons Tea gets first ‘pause button’ video ads on RTE player

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Unilever Ireland ran a new ‘on pause’ video ad campaign for its Lyons Tea brand in Ireland- triggered every time a user pauses their video player on the RTE website. The format demonstrates what can be delivered by working collaboratively with industry partners, and was the result of significant investment in new technology by RTÉ to enable the ad’s deployment.

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Brand: Unilever Ireland, Lyons Tea | Sector: FMCG, Food and beverage | Country: Ireland | Agency; Mindshare | Objective: Build brand engagement | Format: Video, RTE |


The ad format, created in partnership with by Mindshare Ireland, launched on with Lyons Tea, highlighting the natural connection between pausing and having a tea break.

“On-Pause” ads appear every time the RTÉ Player is paused. When in pause mode this ad remains in vision until the user resumes play.

Forrester predicts that over 70% of digital revenues will be derived from Rich Media and video by 2016.

This campaign will be followed with one for Knorr Quick Soup. The technology behind the on pause ad format is powered by MediaMind the online division of DG.

Liz Finlay the Lyons Tea Brand Manager commented today: “It’s rare to find such a perfect synergy between a brand and a media property. After a viewer initiates their own break, we prompt them to have a TEA break and with Lyons Tea of course! It stems from a simple idea but fits perfectly and we are excited to be the first to bring this clever idea to fruition.”

Maeve O’Gorman Digital Strategy Director at Mindshare said “With around one in five women online visiting the RTÉ Player every month (comScore), it has become key to our media mix. When you combine that knowledge with the fact that ad recall is best with short ad breaks, then this unique solus position is the perfect contextual placement for Lyons.”

Ken Nugent, Sales Manager for RTÉ Digital commented, “We are delighted to partner with Lyons Tea and Mindshare to deliver this Irish media first. It was a real team effort to devise and deliver this unique advertising campaign which joins together Ireland’s Favourite Tea with Ireland’s most popular VOD catch-up service. This is part of our ongoing strategy and commitment to deliver leading edge innovation for brands in the Digital advertising market and we wish Lyons Tea continued success with this campaign.”

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