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.

Ad Tech Is Cyclical: AppNexus CEO O’Kelley

Looked at the ad tech lumascape lately? It’s not pretty; it’s confusing. But it may not be that way forever. The boom in advertising technology is just a natural, cyclical response to a world of complexity, says one of the sector’s top execs. At times, it’s pushed to the background…

Guardian Labs Mulls Off-Site Branded Content via Programmatic

LONDON — So far, The Guardian division that produces branded content for marketers has published that content only on The Guardian’s own properties. But that could change soon, MD Anna Watkins tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “At the moment, we are looking to confirm one of our first global deals,…

Unruly Brings “Emotional Programmatic” To US Advertisers

If you had tracked two trillion video views since 2006, you would probably know quite a lot about how people respond to video ads. Sarah Wood has, and her video ad tech firm, Unruly Media, is helping brands understand. “What are the drivers of shareability?,” she says. “Some people think…

Programmatic Audio Ads Get ‘100% Attention': Xaxis’ Bidon

LONDON — So far, the discussion of so-called “programmatic”, automated digital advertising trading has centered on online display and video advertising. But what about advertising in content that no-one can see? Last month, GroupM’s Xaxis programmatic unit announced Xaxis Audio, a program to let advertisers buy at-scale ads in digital audio platforms, including both big…

Tracking From Exposure To Closure Is A Reality: eXelate’s Zagorski

If a tree falls in a forest and no-one was around to hear it, did it really make a sound? Many advertisers have asked themselves that question in years gone by, unable to know whether their analog media spend really made a difference. But digital ads that lead to digital actions mean…

Technology Informs Cannes’ ‘Creative Nexus': UM’s Cohen

Do technology and creativity mix? They do if you are attending this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. “Cannes has evolved over the last couple of years to be this nexus of creativity,” Universal McCann chief investment officer David Cohen tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “Now we’re seeing…

Video Ad Trust Is A Mess: Coull CEO Watkins

Through initiatives like the Media Ratings Council defining what truly constitutes a “viewable” ad, the industry has come a long way to eradicating fraudulent practices. But the spectrum of viewable ad-measuring platforms spawned by the search for accuracy means video ad sales are still in a pickle, says one video ad…

Xaxis Deal ‘Critical’ To AppNexus’ Future: CEO O’Kelley

Last year’s deal in which WPP’s Xaxis programmatic unit divested its ad-serving technology to ad tech outfit AppNexus was forged in the snowy hills of the Swiss Alps. “For five years, we had a good relationship,” AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “Last January in Davos,…

Nielsen, eXelate Will ‘Co-Build Products From Day One': Zagorski

Media measurement firm Nielsen and programmatic ad tech outfit eXelate had already worked together for five years before the former’s acquisition of the latter this March. Now they are working on the same journey. “We act as their data management backbone, taking a lot of their offline data and activating it…