Wavemaker’s Castree Explains Purchase Journey Planning, Endurance Of Mixed Trading Models

Tim Castree likes to think about audiences “as the nests that sit inside that larger purchase journey context to opportunity.” Until you can completely understand those consumers, you cannot target them to fulfill those opportunities. Wavemaker uses a two-step process that begins with identifying “the gaps, barriers, challenges, opportunities” associated with the purchase journey, the […]


Wavemaker Credo: Understand Consumers And Their Purchase Journey, Then Choose Technology

Consumer purchases aren’t made in a vacuum. Which is why understanding all of the variables that precede actual purchases is the key to unlocking the consumer journey. “The idea that you go somewhere, you decide you want something, you make that purchase and then you’re done is incorrect. Inherently it just doesn’t make sense. It […]


Wavemaker: Consumer Engagement Is Conversations, Not ‘One Big Idea’

Creativity in media is less about pushing one big message out to lots of people than it is generating conversations with consumers at every step of their purchase journey, says David Gaines, Chief Strategy Officer, Wavemaker US. “We’re moving away, I would argue, from media planning and saying ‘well, we actually need a content strategy,’” […]


GDPR Will Drive Ad-Tech Consolidation: GroupM’s Glasser

Europe’s new consumer data privacy rules could make it harder for smaller ad-tech companies to operate, driving a new wave of platform consolidation. That is according to the privacy chief from the world’s largest media investment group. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came in to effect back in 2016, whilst the final deadline for […]


Be ‘Super Flexible’ About Creative And Try To Solve Problems: Wavemaker’s Noah Mallin

When you’re fashioning what’s designed to be a cutting-edge marketing agency, it’s good to know what not to do. One example is not trying to recreate what a creative agency does but being flexible when it comes to deciding who produces content for clients. “We’re set up to be super flexible,” says Noah Mallin, Head […]


Rebooting And Redesigning The Modern Marketing Agency: Wavemaker U.S. CEO Amanda Richman

How do you reboot an agency to take on more of marketers’ problems in a world where consumer change is fast and furious? In the case of GroupM’s Wavemaker, it’s thinking far beyond simply combining agencies Maxus and MEC. “It has to be more than a merger. If all we did was take two great […]


GroupM’s Gotlieb: AI Cleans Data Pollution, Quantum Computing Dawns

LAS VEGAS — In 2018, a lot of ad-tech firms will tell you they apply “artificial intelligence” to digital advertising trading. For Irwin Gotlieb, GroupM’s veteran – and visionary – chairman, the collection of practices that underpin AI have been around for decades. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be revolutionary, all the same. Fundamentally, […]


Distressed Brands Should Not Shave Ad Spend: GroupM’s Gotlieb

If the health of the advertiser business is a bellwether for the state of the economy, then listen up to the world’s largest media investment group. In this video interview with Beet.TV, GroupM chairman Irwin Gotlieb sounds a worrying call. “The troubling aspect of it is that we see more and more clients who are […]


Addressable TV Puts Marketing “On Steroids”: GroupM’s Gotlieb Outlines Global Roll-out

The deployments are different in every market around the world but, slowly but surely, addressable TV – technology which helps advertisers target individual viewers – is rolling out globally. But don’t bet on this granular-targeting super-power usurping the traditional construct of TV ad-buying – wherein the goal is to reach a mass audience, measured roughly […]


CEO Jason Harrison Tracks The Genesis Of Team Arrow Partners, the GroupM Unit For Target

MIAMI – When full-service ad agencies started unbundling their media departments in the 1990’s, the media landscape was a whole lot simpler—as in no digital. This is reflective of why when GroupM unveiled Team Arrow Partners for its client Target about 18 months ago, the announcement declared “Analytics and creativity are no longer opposing forces” […]


GroupM’s Warner Hopes Consolidation Will Clean Ad Supply Chain

It is barely a year since a hard-hitting ANA report blew the lid off practices in which US advertising agencies were accused of keeping up to 20% of clients’ media budgets for themselves after engaging in “pervasive” kick-backs and rebates. Some agencies have sought to demonstrate they are cleaning up not only their own practices but also […]


Advanced TV Targeting Can Produce ‘Value Differential’ For Advertisers: GroupM’s Lyle Schwartz

Media companies working together on advanced television audience targeting is “a nice first step.” What needs to happen faster is measurement of content on different devices—not of the devices themselves, says Lyle Schwartz. The President of Investment for GroupM North America acknowledges that advertisers know more about TV households than ever before. “The plethora of […]


MEC’s Tej Desai: Raising The Perception Levels Of Marriott’s 30-Plus Brands

ORLANDO – Marriott hotels knows a lot about what people talk about on social media and it’s become “a content machine” fueled by data and technology. “In our work for Marriott, we talk about customer centricity all the time,” says Tej Desai, Managing Partner at agency MEC. A year ago, Marriott itself comprised 19 different […]


GroupM Taps Jakob Nielsen To Run New Addressable TV Company Finecast In The U.K.

GroupM is taking on the challenge of cross-screen audience targeting and standardized measurement by launching its own addressable TV company in the U.K. called Finecast. Following nine months of in-house testing, Finecast is up and running and spans multiple TV channels, pay-TV platforms, set-top boxes, video-on-demand services, over-the-top providers and game consoles. Jakob Nielsen, Managing […]


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 […]


GroupM’s Rob Norman On Holistic Performance Metrics

Rob Norman wants to help advertisers buy advertising with outcomes, not proxies, in mind – but that doesn’t mean brands should be fixated on end goals. Around the industry, new attribution and tracking technology is drawing executives to seek pricing ad pricing models that involve paying only when outcomes like product purchases are recorded. That […]


Transparency Focus Has Moved To Fraud, GroupM’s Norman Says

It is barely a year since a hard-hitting ANA report blew the lid off practices in which US advertising agencies were accused of keeping up to 20% of clients’ media budgets for themselves after engaging in “pervasive” kick-backs and rebates. But that was just one of the controversies that has come to live under the […]


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 […]


Cannes Mastercard Session: Execs Address GDPR And ‘Privacy By Design’

CANNES — From May 2018, strict new regulations governing how companies can handle European citizens’ data will pose a challenge to everyone who handles customer or audience data. Amongst other stipulations, the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) measures include: tighter consent conditions for the collection of citizens’ data. consumers can instruct companies to stop […]


What Agency Tech Chiefs Have Learned From Climbing The Ranks

CANNES — In the last couple of years, data-driven and programmatic advertising techniques have grown in importance to ad agencies, so many of the agencies have put the processes at the heart of their organizations. For many, that has meant a promotion for the executives who once ran outlier data divisions within an agency but […]

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