Posts by Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews
Robert was senior editor, international, at paidContent and GigaOM, where he reported and analysed innovation and strategy at the collision of technology and media. According to The Independent newspaper: "With the media industry in strategic turmoil, Andrews' insights are seen by many key players as essential reading." Robert has previously worked with BBC News, Wired News, Econsultancy and Journalism.co.uk, has taught online journalism and helps companies benefit from online editorial opportunities.

Research: Digital Video Growing On Live, Long-Form Demand

The old adage used to be that digital video had to be short, that viewers wouldn’t sit and watch it in long sessions. That may have been true on the desktop – but video ad tech company FreeWheel’s latest quarterly market report shows new devices are now driving online video ever…

Advertisers Lagging Consumers On Mobile: IPG’s Johnson

The data continues to point to a disconnect – consumers have flocked to consume content and engage socially using mobile devices, over desktop alternatives. So why have advertisers still not piled in to mobile at the same rate? “It’s sometimes an afterthought,” IPG Mediabrands global mobile head Travis Johnson agrees, in this video interview…

AdTech’s Torrid M&A Pace Powered by New Buyers, LUMA’s Kawaja

Through January to October 2014, the total value of ad tech deals totalled $3.8 billion, according to a report from investment bank Coady Diemar Partners at the time. And things are about to get bigger. Terence Kawaja, founder and CEO of media M&A advisory LUMA Partners, says his firm is advising on several deals, due…

AppNexus Replays Video Ambitions, Starting This Summer

It’s four years since ad tech company AppNexus first tried helping advertisers tackle targeted ad buying on digital video, an attempt it later aborted. But now the New York-based outfit is ready to reboot its video plan. AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley, in this video interview with Beet.TV, says:  “We’re going in to open…

TV-Synced Digital Ads Next Best To Addressable TV: IPG’s Stoller

We may not yet have reached the point at which so-called “addressable TV”, the ability to target individual connected televisions with unique advertising, is mass-market – but we have reached a close second, thanks to a combination of dumb TVs and smart devices. “Everyone would like to get in to ……

Cadreon’s Kumar Sees ‘Advanced TV’ Solving Measurement

As TV audiences start watching TV on more devices than just, well, TV, marketers face a challenge – how do they measure, target and price their advertising efforts? Companies tackling and talking about that problem are now commonplace. One such, Cadreon, believes the answer lays in what global president Arun Kumar…

FreeWheel Targets Ads to Set-top Boxes via Canoe Collaboration

A host of ad tech platforms is helping marketers break down the boundaries between buying TV ads, VOD ads, digital video ads and all the other flavors of moving-image ads. That’s the topic that seems set to dominate the upcoming DMEXCO digital marketing expo in Cologne. Speaking with Beet.TV in this video interview, FreeWheel…

Facebook Video Is Great, But Has Two Challenges: OMD’s Winkler

The auto-playing video ads Facebook introduced a while back could make the social network $3.8 billion by 2017, a Nomura analyst recently forecast. So just how good is the new format, and what challenges remain? Ben Winkler, chief digital officer of ad agency OMD USA, says the ads were bound to be…

How Brands Can Reach Rivals’ Audience via The Second Screen

This year, all the hot advertising talk is about the linking of planning, targeting and buying for TV ads and ads on handheld internet devices. For TV viewers distracted by touchscreens during commercial breaks, Teletrax has been gaining attention for allowing brands that are advertising on the living room big screen to…

Xaxis’ Grether Expects Programmatic TV Early In 2016

So far, “programmatic” technologies for targeting and automating online ad buying have revolutionized the display ad segment. They have also made big in-roads in to video ads. Whilst few expect such a big bang in the television sector any time soon, WPP’s programmatic unit Xaxis expects to have its technology on-stream…