Posts by Andy Plesser

The Next Big Thing at WPP Digital: “Creative Optimization”

In 2015, WPP’s large portfolio of digital agencies, tech providers and content companies, which are fully or partly owned by WPP,  will be organized into a “complete” offering that can “compete with any company in the world,” says David J. Moore, President of WPP Digital and Chairman of Xaxis, in…

AOL Sees Growth in Programmatic TV with 58 Ad Campaigns Up

While programmatic TV buying operates in a just a small slice of the overall TV ad market, it is growing and advertisers are allocating budget.  AOL has some 58 advertising campaigns running in test mode, on its platform, says Bob Lord, Global CEO of AOL Platforms in this interview with…

WPP’s Modi to Deliver “Addressable” TV Ads Programmatically with Videology

Modi, the recently launched advanced TV unit of WPP’s GroupM, is working with video adtech company Videology to deliver television advertising to specific cable and satellite users in real-time, using programmatic ad decisioning technology, explains Jamie Power, Senior Partner at Modi, in this interview with Beet.TV This new scenario will…

AOL Tops comScore Rankings of Video Advertising Properties

In comScore’s monthly ranking of video advertising properties, AOL reached the top spot for the time. It  ranked #1 in video ad reach, serving ads to 53.8 percent of the total U.S. population in October. BrightRoll Platform came in second with 52.3 percent reach, followed by LiveRail with 52.1 percent, SpotXchange…

Video Ad Customization Platform Eyeview Raises $15 Million in New Venture Round

Eyeview, the New York-based company that provides marketers with the technology to personalize digital video ads to specific consumers, has raised an additional $15 million, the company announced on Monday. More on the raise and other developments reported here on Re/code by Peter Kafka. Last month, we spoke with CEO…

Yahoo Buys Video Ad Tech Company BrightRoll for $640 Million

Yahoo will purchase the video ad tech platform BrightRoll for $640 million in cash, Yahoo announced today. Recently, we interviewed BrightRoll COO Bruce Falck about the company and the sector.  The senior Google executive joined BrighRoll in July. We have republished that video today. TechCrunch first reported the likely deal last…

John Battelle’s Programmatic Platform for Mid-Tail Publishers is Reaching Scale

When John Battelle sold Federated Media earlier this year, he kept control of the company’s programmatic publishing SSP which he named sovrn.   Sovrn provides programmatic sales operations for many long and mid-tail publishers who want to sell programmatically.  The platform is integrated with all the major DSP’s. Walter Knapp,…