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: explicit valid consent must be given for citizens’ data to be collected. consumers can instruct […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

IPG, GroupM & Dentsu Agency Leads Explore Data Taxonomy And The Mobile Revolution

CANNES — Mobile is one of the biggest forces shaping digital marketing, marketers are challenged to agree common data standards, and advertising can enjoy a healthy future where commerce is taking place. Those were some of the conclusions of a panel of ad agency technology executives, who debated the topics in a session recorded by […]

 
 

Netflix’s Ad Model Could Be Content, GroupM’s Lesser

CANNES — Will Netflix introduce advertising? That is a question on many minds in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Madison Avenue alike. Often, the question is framed as an “either-or” in which Netflix would have to choose between continuing its current premium SVOD model or ripping it up in favour of ad funding. Previously, Ampere […]

 
 

MasterCard Automated Advertising Panel Debates Future Of Ad Outcomes (full session)

CANNES — What do executives at the bleeding edge of marketing strategy think about the way the business is changing? That was the main question on the lips of moderator Jay Sears, the SVP of MasterCard’s advertising intelligence, when he chaired a panel discussion on the topic on the shores of the Cannes Lions festival […]

 
 

Agency Tech Chiefs Want Clients To Back Outcomes Over Proxies

CANNES — The world of online advertising has grown up by using metrics like click-throughs as proxies for advertisers’ real end goals, like driving sales. Now, slowly, as new attribution technology hots up, brands are being promised the ability the ability to close the loop. But, whilst, to many, this evolution appears to be driven […]

 
 

Clients Caught Between Two Worlds: Agency Panel Discusses

CANNES — Many brands remain wedded to an advertising planning system developed by econometricians – but the so-called “marketing-mix modelling” doesn’t necessarily give them all the answers about campaign performance. In this discussion panel recorded by Beet.TV, ad agency tech executives say many clients are capable of moving forward – but they are caught between […]

 
 

GroupM’s Lesser Rearchitects The Agency For A Data-Led Future

CANNES — GroupM is reconfiguring its agency businesses for a new advertising world in which advertisers expect to measure and pay for ads that bring real, identifiable business results. In this video interview with Beet.TV, GroupM north America CEO Brian Lesser explains the group is responding a world in which the agency business model is fast-changing, […]

 
 

[m]PLATFORM COO Nicolle Pangis Explains GroupM’s Entry To AI Via Co-Pilot

CANNES – Just as brands want to have a singular view of their users and prospects, forward-thinking media investment companies know they can no longer maintain channel-specific teams. It takes big investments in technology—some of it artificial intelligence-enhanced—to accomplish both. In the past 12 months alone, GroupM launched its global [m]PLATFORM and then bolstered its […]

 
 

OpenSlate Creating A ‘Safe Version Of YouTube,’ Says COO JoAnna Foyle

Back in 2012, before the words “safe environment” for digital video became industry mantra, a company called Outrigger Media launched OpenSlate. It was a tool to help advertisers target the long tail of video production. Among other things, the company knew “there would come a time in an industry that got hyper focused on audience […]

 
 

GroupM’s Schwartz Pursues Commercial Impression Count, Shares His Thoughts On OpenAP

Lyle Schwartz isn’t known for sitting back and letting things happen at their own pace, particularly when it comes to television and video audience measurement. GroupM’s President of Investment for North America feels he’s at “the 50-yard line” in his company’s push for the industry to be able to measure commercial impressions across screens, despite […]

 
 

GroupM’s Gotlieb On Addressable Ads, Creative Versioning And Brand Safety

LOS ANGELES – The year 2017 could see set-top box and other forms of addressable advertising become truly scalable, while a great deal of work is still to be done on creative versioning of campaigns. That’s the prognosis of GroupM Chairman Irwin Gotlieb, who doesn’t think media owners should be thrown “under the bus” because of […]

 
 

GroupM’s Cowdell: More Non-Competing Brands Will Share Consumer Data

LOS ANGELES – While in the larger world there’s nothing wrong with building silos, the advertising industry just has to break the habit when it comes to the digital space. Every time there’s a “new thing,” a new vertical is created even as consumers are craving ever more seamless experiences. “We as an industry, in […]

 
 

GroupM’s Montgomery: Ad Tags Can Solve Context Crisis – If Platforms Agree

LOS ANGELES – After a month in which advertisers, agencies and publishing platforms have been pilloried in the press for allowing ads to fund shady content like terrorist recruiting videos, the world’s largest media agency is asking platforms to make a simple change it says could solve the problem. “We think we can catch 99.9% of […]

 
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