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Guardian’s Cordrey On News Readers’ Daily Rhythm

LONDON — Users’ news consumption habits are shaped by their devices and the time of day, says Guardian chief digital officer Tanya Cordrey. “In the morning, smartphones completely rule as people snack on bits of content before they go to work,” Cordrey tells Beet.TV. “At lunchtime, we see a huge…

Advertisers Will Demand More Transparency: Zenith US CEO

Advertisers don’t just want cheaper ad rates – they will increasingly search for more insight in to how their spend is really working, predicts one ad agency exec. “Client transparency is certainly going to be a big hot topic,” according to Zenith US CEO Dave Penski. “Are they getting what…

Mobile Stream Simplifies Fragmented Formats: Maxus’ Egan

The emergence of stream-based content units popularized by mobile apps like Twitter and Facebook promises to simplify a confusing mobile advertising space, says an ad agency exec. “We’ve had an explosion of formats,” says Maxus’ north America chief strategy office Mark Egan We’re seeing a lot of this roll in…

The Advertising Channel Is Dead: ZenithOptimedia’s Shoreland

There are no longer any advertising “channels”, just technology, says a Publicis division exec. “We should no longer think in ‘channels’ anymore – we think in connectivity and user experience,” according to ZenithOptimedia north America corporate development EVP James Shoreland. Shoreland is working on breaking down silos between technology, data,…

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…

Mindshare’s Johnston: IPTV Heralds Video Opportunity

LONDON — Mindshare Worldwide’s chief digital officer Norm Johnston sees video’s jump from the desktop to the living room screen as one of the biggest advertising and content opportunities in the years ahead. “What’s interesting is the possibilities within IPTV,” he tells Beet.TV. “Forty percent of televisions in the US…

BBC Research: Mobile Is Best Device To Reach Affluent Consumers

LONDON — Research commissioned by BBC Worldwide shows the top 20% highest earners are fully engaged and readily reachable by mobile advertisers. “Senior executives – do they look at their mobile phones all the time? The answer is ‘yes’,” says Tom Bowman, VP Global Strategy & Sales Operations, BBC Worldwide. “Amongst…

Quality Is Essential for Branded Content: Guardian’s Watkins

LONDON — High quality and plenty of integrity are important for brands and publishers working together on commercial editorial, says the executive who launched The Guardian’s branded content division this spring. “The most critical thing is to ensure that the caliber of the content, if it is branded, is of…

Programmatic TV On Cusp Of Take-Off: Videology’s McLachlan

LONDON — Programmatic online advertising control techniques have become popular in web channels; now broadcasters and video operators are ready to shed scepticism toward the technology, says an exec with a bird’s-eye view of the market. “Increasingly, the community is appreciating that programmatic is premium,” says video ad tech firm Videology‘s…