GroupM’s Tilds on the Speed of Tech Innovation

CANNES – “Certainly the speed of technology innovation is dizzying,” says Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer for GroupM. “Some say it would be nearly impossible to keep up with that change.” Tilds’ four tips for keeping up are to be a student of technology; to maintain a consistent framework for learning about new technologies; to […]

 

Viewability is a Major Topic of 2015: SMG’s Kienast

One of the major themes of 2015 is viewability, says Erin Kienest, SVP, innovation and activation director at SMG. “We talk about making our dollars work harder and work smarter, and viewability really is brought to the forefront,” she says. Marketers not only want their ads delivered to the right audience but also want to […]

 

Creative Revolution is Next: MEC’s Reed

The next revolution in media is going to have to occur in the world of creative, says Shenan Reed, president of digital at MEC. “We think there’s tremendous opportunity for more creative, more targeted creative,” she says. “We can really get granular with all of the targeting.” Digital and data, because they’ve become such powerful […]

 

USC’s Center for the Digital Future Director: TV Is at a Tipping Point

LAS VEGAS – Television is at another tipping point, says Jeffrey Cole, founder and director of the Center for the Digital Future, a research and policy institute in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Citing HBO’s plans to launch an over-the-top service, Cole predicts television will soon change profoundly – and that content is going […]

 

Content Indexing As Important As Traditional Data Collection: Veenome CEO

LAS VEGAS – The content that a viewer chooses to watch may be just as, if not more, important for targeting as traditional demographic data collected about said viewer, says Kevin Lenane, founder and CEO of Veenome. This concept, which Veenome focuses on, is termed the “viewing moment.” By collecting attributes about the content itself, Veenome […]

 

Facebook to Surpass YouTube in Video Consumption: Unruly President Predicts

LAS VEGAS – “Social video” – videos which viewers opt in or opt out of watching – is expanding rapidly, says Richard Kosinski, president of Unruly. The company, which helps brands get their assets watched, tracked and shared across the internet, focuses especially on this category of video. Kosinski says he predicts that 2015 will be the […]

 

Using Data Creatively: BPN’s CEO

LAS VEGAS – At CES, the amount of new technology giving consumers control – of content, of time – is ever-present and growing. “We don’t lament the control of the consumer too much,” says Rob Kabus, Global CEO of BPN. “We think that’s a great thing because it’s creating these amazing environments and moments and […]

 

HBO, CBS and Sling TV Signify Real Movement to Multiscreen

LAS VEGAS – For years there’s been chatter about moving the video workflow to IP and multiscreen, but there’s finally a lot of real movement, says Mio Babic, President & CEO, iStreamPlanet. This noise is especially evident around the recent announcements by HBO, CBS and Sling TV about streaming and stand-alone services. iStreamPlanet’s platform enables their customers – DirectTV, Microsoft, AT&T, […]

 

DMEXCO 2014 Reaching New Levels: UM’s Weisbrich

COLOGNE – DMEXCO has reached a new standard, says Sven Weisbrich, CEO, Universal McCann Germany. This year saw much growth for DMEXCO beyond its increased scale and notable attendance figures. Now on par with conferences like CES, clients, publishers and partners can interact on a business level and discuss ideas on a deep level, Weisbrich […]

 

SMG Germany’s CEO on the Growth of Mobile Video

COLOGNE – Today, it has become a given that both consumers and advertisers will make use of the internet on mobile devices, says Stefan Uhl, CEO of SMG Germany. A year or two ago, the idea of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” becoming viral – in part because of the ease of uploading mobile videos – […]

 

Life After DMEXCO: Furious Corp’s Swartz on Where the Industry Stands

COLOGNE, Germany – Now that DMEXCO 2014 has come to a close, thought leader and Furious Corp CEO Ashley J. Swartz gives her take on where the health of the digital marketing ecosystem stands – and what needs to be done. “We are this continual migration from a business that is marketing and communications driven to […]

 

DMEXCO 2014 Sees Dramatic Growth: Co-Founder Christian Muche

COLOGNE, Germany – While the original concept for DMEXCO – part trade show, part conference – hasn’t changed since its inception, the digital marketing exposition and conference (from which it gleans its name) has continued to grow organically – and dramatically, says Christian Muche, c0-founder and director of business development and strategy for DMEXCO. While 2011 saw a […]

 

TV Upfront Was “Underwhelming,” a Beet Commentary

The 2014 Upfront were “slightly underwhelming” says Furious Minds’ CEO and Founder Ashley J. Swartz. “The numbers weren’t so great.” Although television was up 3.3 percent overall, broadcast volume was down by 800 to 815 million and cable volume was down by 500 million. This was largely due to cuts by major advertisers like P&G, GM […]

 

Beet Commentary: Is Aereo Decision Just Napster Déjà Vu?

What some thought would bring about the death of television as we know it encountered its own major setback last Wednesday when the Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that had been in favor of Aereo. The Supreme Court’s reasoning was that the “cloud-based television antenna” that allowed subscribers to access over-the-air broadcast television […]

 

No Joke: Comedy is Mainstay of Web Video, Maker Studio Co-Founder

CANNES, FRANCE — Comedy – and content, in general – is having a renaissance due to the current wealth of user-generated content, says Kassem Gharaibeh, comedian and co-founder of Maker Studios. Comedy is a mainstay of entertainment, he says. Even without YouTube, it would still be around. “But what YouTube did was allow people who […]

 

‘TV of Tomorrow’ is Today: Tremor’s Wesly

SAN FRANCISCO –  Television is the next big thing where video is naturally migrating, says Doron Wesly, head of market strategy for digital ad tech company Tremor Video. “It’s where the connected TV is still very much in its infancy,” he says. “But we know there’s a huge audience there.” Americans are streaming an average […]

 

The New Lexicon of Programmatic Advertising, Commentator Ashley Swartz explains

There is great misunderstanding surrounding programmatic marketing, says Ashley J. Swartz, CEO and founder of Furious Minds. “We’re all using the same words to talk about this new world of marketing and advertising, which has really become the new world of technology,” she says. Because people are using the same words to talk about different […]

 

Vice, Digitas take “Best in Show” at NewFronts, Beet Commentator Ashley Swartz

For “making the most of the internet and staying on brand” Vice took overall ‘best in show’ at this year’s NewFronts, says Ashley J. Swartz, CEO and Founder of Furious Minds, in her weekly segment for Beet.TV in which she highlights the 2014 NewFronts. “[Vice] takes risks and they deserve to be commended for that,” […]

 

Digitas Inks Partnerships with BuzzFeed, Epic Digital, SimpleReach

Digitas announced three new partnerships at their NewFront event last Thursday. Through their collaboration with SimpleReach, Digitas launched a “first-of-its-kind” content measurement tool that will allow them to measure engagement of all video in market for all of their brands – in real time, says John McCarus, SVP of Content at DigitasLBi. We spoke with McCarus in […]

 

Digitas’ Shlachter: ‘Technology’s Democratization of Video’

Video has long been a powerful storytelling tool. Now as the technology behind video content creation has become more readily available, everyone can become a publisher or a content creator, says Adam Shlachter, SVP of Media for DigitasLBi. We spoke to Shlachter in an interview with Beet.TV at the Digitas NewFront on Thursday. “As technology has democratized the […]

 
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