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. […]

 
 

Condé Nast’s Jim Norton Traces The Publisher’s Video And Film Evolution

Not that long ago, the only presence Condé Nast might have had on Netflix was when a Sex and the City character was reading an issue of GQ or Vanity Fair. Now the publisher has its own Netflix production recently green-lighted for a third season. It’s all part of the evolution not only of Condé […]

 
 

The Beet Retreat Miami: Unifying The TV Ecosystem Along Common Goals

Creation of a shared, collaborative media ecosystem is limited only by the willingness of buyers, sellers and everyone in between to work together to solve individual and common problems. Videology Chairman and CEO Scott Ferber believes there is no better venue in which such competitive camaraderie can be nurtured than Beet Retreat Miami 2017, where […]

 
 

IBM’s Lord On Coffee & The Three Flavors Of Customer Value

Modern brands can only get on to people’s radars if they provide value – but, in a modern market, there is more than one kind of value. Customer data is the key to understanding what prospects and customers want from a brand – and that should inform how brands talk with them, according to IBM […]

 
 

Sell-Side Has Big Upside: Tremor CEO Zagorski

No wonder he just sold his new company’s demand-side operations. Whilst there is ongoing consolidation of ad-tech players catering to advertisers and their agencies, video ad-tech outfit Tremor Video’s new CEO Mark Zagorski says the same is not true amongst platforms serving publishers. “You haven’t seen a ton of consolidation, particularly on the sell side […]

 
 

For Modern Businesses, Data Is King, IBM’s Bob Lord

Modern business strategy is no longer just about “technology” generally – these days, the technologists who can map out, mash up and mine data for strategic benefit are pivotal to an organisation’s direction. That is according to an ad-tech exec who now runs digital operations at IBM. “The developer and the data scientist now is […]

 
 

Starcom’s Amanda Richman Named CEO USA Of MEC/Maxus Merger

About four months from the merging of MEC and Maxus, Starcom veteran Amanda Richman has been chosen as CEO USA of the as-yet unnamed entity. Coming on board in October, Richman will report to MEC Global CEO Tim Castree. “Amanda is a fantastic choice to be our US leader,” Castree said in a news release. […]

 
 

Tremor Video Sold Its DSP To Remove Friction, CEO Zagorski Explains

When video ad-tech operator Tremor Video sold part of its business to Taptica of Israel in August, it meant a $50mn price tag for the sale. But, to Tremor CEO Mark Zagorski, it means more than that. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Zagorski says ad-tech platforms which count both ad buyers and sellers as […]

 
 

IBM’s Watson Turns Dark Data Into Ad Gold, Bob Lord Says

When IBM engineers developed their artificial intelligence engine Watson to compete in the TV game show Jeopardy! 10 years ago, they may not have expected that it would, one day, also help power the targeting of TV and other ads. But that is now the prospect Big Blue finds itself with, now that Watson is being […]

 
 

Nielsen Now Measuring Content Viewing On Facebook, Hulu And YouTube

Nielsen is giving its media clients a standardized way of measuring their content viewing on distribution heavyweights Hulu, Facebook and YouTube with the latest expansion of its Digital Content Ratings. Participating TV and digital publisher clients can now capture incremental viewing of their content within their reported audience numbers. They will receive credit for video […]

 
 

The Young Turks Video Network Raises $20 Million In Latest Funding Round

Left-leaning political video network The Young Turks has raised $20 million in its latest and biggest funding round, with participation by Jeffrey Katzenberg’s venture firm WndrCo. Also backing the startup of former MSNBC anchor and TYT co-founder Cenk Uygur were 3L Capital, Greycroft and e.ventures. In 2014, TYT received $4 million in backing and executed […]

 
 

605’s Ben Tatta On The Value Of Census-Based Audience Targeting Data

Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge a television network based on age and gender attributes alone. “Most networks are going to look somewhat similar. Although the audience size may be different, they’re going to have similar audience comps,” says Ben Tatta. Hence the gradual shift toward audience-based selling, […]

 
 

Ad Auctions Mean Better Returns For Video Publishers: Trade Desk’s Stempeck

When programmatic burst on to the scene, it was mainly in the guise of real-time bidding, an auction system for remnant and low-value inventory that has since fallen out of favour with many big publishers. But, though those publishers seek higher prices normally transacted through direct or human-sold deals with advertisers, auctions are still super-relevant […]

 
 

Brands Still Need Their Agencies in a Programmatic World: Trade Desk’s Stempeck

Do advertisers need agencies anymore? As programmatic ad buying platforms have risen up and as many are now switching to a self-service online model that allows advertisers to control their own campaigns, many in the industry are wondering: is the agency about to be disintermediated? But, while brands are certainly now putting a hand on […]

 
 

The Double-Edged Sword Of Header Bidding, explains The Trade Desk’s Stempeck

In the last year and a half, yet another new tech terminology has popped up in digital advertising, as platforms try to fix and enhance some of the wonkier off-shoots that programmatic has wrought. In “header bidding”, rather than publishers entertain bids from multiple bidding sources in a “waterfall” sequence, they can see them all […]

 
 

With Charter Deal, 605’s Tatta Sees TV Targeting Rise Nationally

The future of data-driven TV ad buying is moving in to sharper focus, after number-two US cable operator Charter invested in TV analytics company 605. The deal involves Charter giving 605 access to its second-by-second TV nationaL viewership data, so that programmers and advertisers can better target their material. But it also involves 605 building […]

 
 

Nielsen’s Abcarian On Measuring Hulu, YouTube TV & OTT’s Future

For advertisers who want to start reaching consumers through new video platforms in the same way they are familiar with from TV, Nielsen had good news last week. The media measurement agency announced it would now provide measurement for viewing through the Hulu and YouTube TV platforms, which some see as new-look digital alternatives to […]

 
 

Tru Optik & comScore Bring Demographic Ad Buying To Connected TV

When it comes to the connected TV opportunity, many people are most excited about the opportunity to precision-target individual consumers using granular profile data. But that doesn’t mean demographics are done as a targeting mechanism. Tru Optik, a technology vendor that offers a data management platform for over-the-top (OTT) TV advertisers, is now partnering with […]

 
 

Out-Of-Home Viewing Metric Assigns Value To Overlooked Audiences: Nielsen’s Kelly Abcarian on Turner Deal

Television networks whose programming is seen in such out-of-home venues as airports, restaurants and offices are getting a welcome lift from Nielsen. Lift as in the incremental size of OOH audiences beyond traditional ratings metrics. Time Warner’s CNN and Turner Sports this week signed on for Nielsen’s OOH measurement service, which uses a panel of […]

 
 

Cannes Lions’ Organizer Eyes Continued Diversification

CANNES — In recent years, it has added tracks for entertainment, innovation and even health. But now the creative ad industry’s main event is considering expanding to encompass an even wider array of media industry topics. Speaking with Beet.TV in this video interview as Cannes Lions kicked off, event CEO Phillip Thomas said the biggest […]

 
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