Brand Safety is Front and Center at NewFronts: OMD’s Winkler

Brand safety up, virtual reality down. To Ben Winkler, these are the two biggest changes year-over-year in the magnitude of discourse at the Digital Content NewFronts. “I haven’t seen a single presentation that didn’t begin, have a middle and end with brand safety,” says the Chief Investment Officer at OMD. “I’ve seen the biggest rise […]

 
 

Engaging With Consumers Means Thinking Beyond Boxes And Screens: OMD’s Rozen

LOS ANGELES – Reaching the right audience with advertising is only part of the bigger puzzle called engagement. It starts with figuring out the role of media in driving creative decisions. “I think the opportunity around creativity is to divorce it from the visual design standpoint,” says Doug Rozen, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at […]

 
 

OMD’s Rozen Sifts CES’ ‘Shiny Objects’ For Immersive Marketing

LAS VEGAS — The Consumer Electronics Show gets bigger and bigger each year – and it changes, too. Once a mecca simply for new gadget fans, now the show attracts marketers and advertisers eager to understand the new technologies that will represent the consumer engagement platforms of tomorrow. But that places a responsibility on advertisers to take […]

 
 

OMD’s Mendonça Weighs Addressable ‘Holy Grail’ And EU Prviacy

LAS VEGAS — The age of addressability is upon us, promising clients laser-targeted audience relevance – but the power will come at a price, and the potential must be carefully executed against imminent new European legislation. That is according to one ad agency boss now helping clients understand and benefit from the changes. “We are definitely entering […]

 
 

AI Ads Are Ready For Prime-Time: OMD’s Edwards

LAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence will come to play an increasingly important role in the decisioning and consumption of digital content and advertising, according to one of communications agency OMD‘s big thinkers. In this video interview with Beet.TV, OMD strategy and product development director Jean-Paul Edwards says AI is nothing new – but it is now ready […]

 
 

How OMD’s Cuthbert Delivers In ‘The Age Of Addressability’

LAS VEGAS — The idea that advertisers can use TV to deliver personalised messaging, tailored for individual consumers, is no longer just an idea – it is here and now, according to one ad agency boss. “We are in the age of addressability, it’s here,” OMD EMEA chief digital officer Blake Cuthbert tells Beet.TV in this video interview. […]

 
 

UK TV Innovation Has Lessons For Ad World: OMD’s Mendonça

LONDON — While analyst data continues to point to a downturn in TV activity and an up-tick in cord-cutting in the US, over in the UK television is barely in a death spiral at all. There are many reasons for that – for one, quality content and attractive online services are proving so popular that the BBC is […]

 
 

Keep Measurement Simple: OMD’s Winkler

It’s a world in which more data can be measured than ever before – and marketers are on the cusp of being able to thread them all together. But, just because they can’t quite yet, they shouldn’t be hard on themselves. That was the view of panelists convened at an industry discussion. “There are too many areas that […]

 
 

Should Brands Make Content People Would Pay For?

Yes; these days, brands are enthusiastically creating “content”, the material publishers used to call editorial, in a bid to blend in and influence consumers. But what is the real place of “content” in a marketer strategy? And are they prepared to to the next step – to create content that’s so good people would pay for it? […]

 
 

Publishers, Hack Your Way To Better Ads: OMD’s Winkler

In a media world fast moving to a fragmented array of multi-screen consumption, advertisers are racing to measure holistic consumption – and the effect of multi-screen ads. But are they asking the right questions? OMD chief digital and innovation officer Ben Winkler doesn’t think so, and he’s got a better idea. Winkler says the history of online […]

 
 

Facebook Video Is Great, But Has Two Challenges: OMD’s Winkler

The auto-playing video ads Facebook introduced a while back could make the social network $3.8 billion by 2017, a Nomura analyst recently forecast. So just how good is the new format, and what challenges remain? Ben Winkler, chief digital officer of ad agency OMD USA, says the ads were bound to be successful, given Facebook’s scale – […]

 
 

OMD Chief: Global Brands Have Different Perceptions of Video

CANNES, France — Brands from around the world still have different perceptions of video and how it fits in the media mix, says Mainardo De Nardis, CEO of OMD Worldwide, during an interview with Beet.TV about video at Cannes. “We had a meeting with some clients from Latin America, including Brazil, and it was clear […]

 
 

Big Brand Clients Look to Agencies to Build Mobile Video Content

CANNES, France — Some of the biggest brands in the world are now expecting agency partners to make and distribute mobile content, says Nikki Mendonça, President of OMD across EMEA, during an interview with Beet.TV. Brands such as McDonald’s, Pepsico and Walt Disney had looked to the agency to deliver short-form content. “Not only are consumers […]

 
 

Omnicom’s Jacobs: Keeping Programmatic Marketplaces Open is Essential for Advertisers

CANNES, France – While there has been much discussion about the move away from an open bid scenario, to private, programmatic marketplaces which match specific advertisers and publishers, Josh Jacobs, the Global CEO of OMD’s Accuen programmatic unit, says that while private exchanges are extremely important, an open ecosystem is also essential. In this interview […]

 
 

Advertisers Pull TV Spend As Viewers Move Online: OMD’s: Karo

CANNES, France —  Advertisers will spend less on US broadcast TV this year because viewers are moving gradually to other platforms, according to media agency OMD’s regional boss. “We will end up seeing US upfront total spend being slightly down versus a year ago,” OMD US CEO Monica Karo tells Beet.TV. “That is this natural progression […]