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More Data Needed For Personalized Ads: SMG’s Lichtenberg

CHICAGO — Digital ads can begin to reach individual consumers with specific messages based on unique characteristics – but only if computers know enough to target them, says one ad agency exec. “When I think about the future of video, I think about more personalized experiences,” SMG publishing platform and…

Programmatic TV Is A Hard Sell: SMG’s Scheppach

CHICAGO – Programmatic digital ad trading techniques have their place in the TV world – but no-one should expect adoption like that which has been seen in online display so far, says one video ad exec. “Digital thinking is, for sure, going to come over to TV,” says Starcom MediaVest Group’s…

‘Addressable TV Will Take Off In 2015′: SMG’s Scheppach

CHICAGO — In 2014, TV began learning the targeting tricks that digital media have deployed for years. In 2015, those techniques will kick in to high gear, says one ad agency exec. “(In) 2014, I see a marketplace that has essentially gone from zero to $300 million of spend,” according…

Screen Hierarchy Is Being Shattered: SMG’s Fryett

LONDON – Digital platforms no longer sit at the sad and sorry end of a video spectrum that has always placed traditional television on a pedestal, says an ad-buying exec – now, consumers are happy for their second screen to become their primary screen. “This screen hierarchy, where the television is…

How Interactive and Programmatic Can Fit Together, SMG’s Tom Fryett explains

LONDON –Interactive video formats and programmatic buying can be layered together to help brands better reach consumers across screens, says Tom Fryett, Video Associate Director, at Starcom MediaVest Group, in an interview with Beet.TV. Interactive formats can drive engagement, while data can help to optimize the use of those formats. Starcom MediaVest has…

SMG Planning Content@Scale International Expansion

LONDON — In January, Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) announced it would re-use some US publishers’ “evergreen” articles to tell marketers’ stories. Now it is about to ope the program, Content@Scale, elsewhere in the world. “We’ve rolled it out in the US and will roll it out in 2014 in many…

Keep Big Data Simple To Get Smarter: SMG’s Parker

LONDON — Marketing agencies, like other industries, are getting excited about “Big Data” – but what does that really mean for their clients, who can often be confused about what the jargon boils down to? “‘Big data’ sounds scary … things are very complex at the moment,” says Starcom MediaVest…

Mobile Ad Spend Lags Device Usage: SMG’s Easterbrook

LONDON — UK consumers are spending insane amounts of time on their phones. So why aren’t advertisers putting proportionate amounts of money in to the devices? “Because the mobile marketplace has been relatively fragmented, it has made it feel a little bit difficult and risky for people to get executing…

MediaVest Exec: NewFronts Bring Super Distribution of Content

The quality of content during the NewFronts is improving dramatically year over year, says Ritu Trivedi, Managing Director/Digital Marketplace at MediaVest, in an interview with Beet.TV at the NewFronts. “This is not just a ‘new kid in town,’ where we go see some shiny new bauble. This is serious. We…

Starcom’s Mobile Chief: “Mobile Is Not An Island”

In a digital media world that is 25 years old, it’s no wonder the relatively recent upstart of mobile is still considered a single new channel for planning against. But now ad group Starcom Worldwide‘s mobile SVP has an unusual goal – to kill her job. “If my job exists…