Advertising

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…

VivaKi Lives On After Reorg: SMG’s Delaney

Ad group Publicis’ VivaKi digital division may be moving its programmatic experts out around the group, but that doesn’t mean VivaKi is dead. “VivaKi still lives on,” says SMG programmatic SVP Mac Delaney in this video interview. “It operates the SkyScraper platform, the database for all of the group’s campaign reporting. You still have VivaKi employees…

Automation is Getting Deeper In To Agencies: Rubicon’s has Integration w/ Digitas

It is not just brands that can use “programmatic” tools to buy ads on exchanges. Brands’ agencies, too, can use similar technology to buy advance ads on an order basis, says ad tech outfit Rubicon Project‘s SVP Jay Sears. “We’re seeing automation go deeper and deeper in to the operating agency,” he tells Beet.TV…

How Bots “Dress Up And Play Golf” To Defraud Advertisers: DoubleVerify CEO

By now, you might have already heard plenty about “bots” defrauding advertisers. But what are bots and how do they actually work? “Bots are not big server farms, they’re individual computers like your own that have been infected by some malware that was wrongfully downloaded -it might be sitting dormant until…

Programmatic TV Challenges: Transparency And Management, Execs Say

Slowly but surely, television is opening up to the “programmatic” ad sales revolution that has happened in online display and video. What are some of the biggest inhibitors? One factor is lack of a common, open format for audience targeting data, says Havas Media channel investments EVP Melissa Keller. In an…

News Corp’s MCN Using Programmatic To Sell TV Ads with AOL in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s leading online advertising markets. So how will the year ahead play out in the nascent field of “programmatic” TV advertising? TV companies have to get onboard or risk being left behind, says one sector exec. “2015 will be the year many of them realize they’ve…

Adobe Turns Sony’s Crackle In To A Rolling Channel: Balchandani

LAS VEGAS — Sony’s Crackle online video-on-demand service is adding rolling, back-to-back video playback for what it’s calling “Always On” consumption. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Adobe Primetime director Lalit Balchandani says Adobe Primetime will be used to power playback, ad insertion and digital rights management: “It is coming out on Roku first…