CNN ‘More Relevant Than It’s Ever Been’: Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen

COLOGNE – Can a hurricane top a presidential inauguration for grabbing eyeballs? At CNN the answer is a resounding yes. Breaking news also represents a “balancing test” in being able to monetize those eyeballs most effectively, as CNN Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen explains in this video interview with Beet.TV. “It looks like CNN is […]

 
 

Buyers Want Automation, Digital Insights And Attribution From Programmatic TV: DataXu’s Mike Baker

COLOGNE – In the arms race that is automated or programmatic TV, there’s much realignment occurring among tech players. They know if they’re too slow on the drawing board an Amazon or Facebook or Google will swoop in and beat them to the launch pad. This is not lost on marketing analytics provider DataXu, which […]

 
 

NBCU’s Krishan Bhatia Discusses The Growing Linear-Digital Viewing Divide

COLOGNE – With the proliferation of video platforms and devices has come a persistent call for a common method of viewer measurement. One simple statistic shows why: NBC hit “This Is Us” is watched evenly on linear networks and digital platforms. “What we’re seeing in terms of the impact of that on viewership is really […]

 
 

With A Smart Ecommerce Ecosystem, Amazon And Alibaba Don’t Always Win: Criteo’s Mollie Spilman

COLOGNE – There’s a school of thought that says most online retailers cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. The folks at Criteo don’t think so, which is why they have architected “a kind of alternative universe” in which ecommerce companies not only survive but thrive. Despite “doom and gloom” sentiments about competing […]

 
 

Audience Buying Now ‘A Regular Part Of The Planning Process’: NBCUniversal’s Denise Colella

COLOGNE – It’s taken a few years, but NBCUniversal is seeing audience buying becoming a mainstream choice for more advertisers across product and service categories. This comes three years after the media company began offering its Audience Targeting Platform during the Upfront negotiating period and after the second Upfront with its Audience Studio suite of […]

 
 

On Heels Of Spotify Deal, Skinny Bundles Will Go Multidimensional: Hulu’s Peter Naylor

COLOGNE – While the present may seem like the heyday of skinny bundles, things are just getting started. Take Hulu’s recent partnering with Spotify for college students and the pairing of Netflix and T-Mobile. “We talk about bundling products and we talk about bundling video products together, but I think what’s interesting is the opportunity […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Millard Lauds ‘Leadership Position’ Of Facebook On Brand Safety

COLOGNE – Could it be that Facebook finally considers itself to be a content company? The social media giant’s pledge at DMEXCO 2017 to institute new measures ensuring better brand safety for advertisers is a welcome example of a leadership position on the issue, according to MediaLink Vice Chairman Wenda Harris Millard. “Facebook is a […]

 
 

DMEXCO Co-Founder Christian Muche: Big Growth Of Global Expo ‘Happened Naturally’

COLOGNE –Tens of thousands of attendees, one million square feet of floor space inhabited by 1,100 exhibitors and 18 different conference stages. Navigating DMEXCO 2017 efficiently in just two days can be a real challenge. “We’ve reached a level where we always wanted to be from the beginning on,” says Christian Muche, Co-Founder of the […]

 
 

WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell: Lots Of Innuendo But Still No Facts About U.S. Agency Billing Allegations

COLOGNE – After more than a year and innumerable reports and headlines, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell still doesn’t understand the genesis of widespread commentary about agency-client transparency in the United States. He says those who are worried about transparency should take a look at the Middle East, Japan and China. “It’s unfortunate what has […]

 
 

IBM, MediaMath Craft Partnership For Futuristic Infrastructure And Cognitive Bidding

COLOGNE – Despite the many innovations birthed by the advent of digital marketing, there’s still much to be done to deliver ads to people that don’t annoy them. This is why IBM and its Watson artificial intelligence assets are teaming up with demand-side platform pioneer MediaMath to create an infrastructure that supports cognitive bidding. The […]

 
 

Sky’s Addressable TV Platform Aims To Be ‘Easy And Transparent’, says Group Director Jamie West

COLOGNE – Sky TV is developing a portal for advertisers to plan their addressable television campaigns. Just don’t say it’s about “biddable” inventory. To Jamie West, Group Director of Advanced Advertising at Sky, programmatic transactions in the broadcast world are about automation. The notion of biddable inventory is not “particularly relevant for a broadcast world,” […]

 
 

When Owned, Earned, Shared And Paid Assets Converge: Havas’ Dominique Delport

COLOGNE – If you want to understand what future social commerce will be, go to China. That’s the advice of Havas Global MD Dominique Delport. “I think that we are on the verge of a massive transformation in the way brands are trading with people directly,” Delport says during a break at the 2017 DMEXCO […]

 
 

Bing’s Steve Sirich: Search Is A Key Component Of Microsoft’s Digital Transformation

COLOGNE – With the ad industry’s preoccupation with premium video and digital media transparency, things like search engines tend to fly beneath the radar. But considering how search has morphed into personal digital assistants, it’s still a key driver of growth and opportunity for advertisers. This is particularly resonant for Microsoft, which unveiled Bing in […]

 
 

Because DSP’s Aren’t Neutral, Havas Built Its Own Transparent Tower: Global MD Dominique Delport

COLOGNE – As the number of ad tech providers ballooned from 350 in 2012 to 3,500 in 2016, so did advertiser concerns about digital media transparency. “It became so complex and messy that we needed to push the envelope,” says Dominique Delport, Global MD of Havas Group. To provide more clarity and faith in the […]

 
 

The Future Of Programmatic ‘Really Lies With Brand Advertising”: PubMatic’s Rajeev Goel

COLOGNE – The industry is at an inflection point in the maturation of programmatic transactions. Ahead of the curve lies a big influx of brand advertising dollars from buyers who have been clearly articulating their needs about ecosystem transparency. This is the viewpoint of Rajeev Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of PubMatic, the marketing automation software […]

 
 

How Criteo Helps Brands And Retailers Compete Amid The Jungle Of Amazon.com

It’s hard enough for brands to deal with the leviathan that is Amazon.com. It doesn’t get any easier when those brands also are dependent on many different retailers to sell their products. Performance marketing technology provider Criteo, perhaps best known for its online consumer retargeting expertise, is leveraging its learning loop capabilities to assist not […]

 
 

Wavemaker: ‘Bold And Disruptive’ Maxus-MEC Vessel For Navigating A Roiling Media World: GroupM’s Rob Norman

Incremental change and “a minor tweak” don’t cut it in the media agency world anymore. This is the rationale behind the coming together of WPP’s Maxus and MEC in a new entity called Wavemaker, “a fantastic process that’s been conducted by bringing the teams together around the word,” says WPP Chief Digital Officer Rob Norman. […]

 
 

GroupM’s Rob Norman: BlockChain Technology Needed For Digital Transparency

Could blockchain technology, with its security and transparency, cure the ills of an often-murky digital media ecosystem? GroupM’s Rob Norman believes the attributes of blockchain will be a focus of the upcoming DMEXCO advertising and media trade show because of “an inevitable demand” from advertisers and agencies for some type of open ledger system for […]

 
 

Digital Transparency A Multidimensional Subject Of Debate And Reform Initiatives: Hearst’s Mike Smith

What exactly constitutes “transparency” in the digital media ecosystem? To Hearst’s Mike Smith, it’s a multidimensional subject of debate that he parses into three categories: Pricing of ad inventory, who sells it and ad fraud involving creative assets. In this interview with Beet.TV, Smith acknowledges the complexity of the programmatic transaction path and talks about […]

 
 

Ecommerce Joins Other Verticals In Embracing Guaranteed Programmatic Deals: The New York Times’ Sara Badler

Retailers and ecommerce companies have joined verticals like high-end fashion and luxury in embracing programmatic digital advertising buys, increasingly attracted by audience guarantees. “Ecommerce has definitely grown into a major business,” says The New York Times Director of Programmatic Advertising, Sara Badler. Under Badler’s direction, the Times is making a major push to expand its […]

 
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