Shopper Data Immunizes Brands Against Identifier Signal Loss: CVS’ Dhariwal

LAS VEGAS — The deprecation of audience identifiers including cookies may be seen as a threat by many marketers. There was already a growing understanding that those with first-party data, however, were in a better position. Better than that, brands with retail relationships are in a prime position to develop exactly that kind of first-party […]

 
 

Machine Learning Finds Emotional Moments In TV Ad Inventory: Captify’s Waddington

LONDON, UK — These days, you can’t read about the advertising and technology businesses without reading about AI. But Amelia Waddington was already an AI expert a decade ago. Waddington completed a PhD in Computational Neuroscience, the study of human intelligence using mathematical models. Now as Chief Product Officer, Captify, Waddington is using web search […]

 
 

AI Can Fuel Audience-Focused Creative Optimization: Cara Pratt

LAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence tools could help drive a new era of optimization that will adapt ad creative for cohorts of audiences. That is the view according to Cara Pratt, SVP, Kroger Precision Marketing, 84.51°. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Pratt says AI should be best use to optimize ads for audiences, not […]

 
 

Tiles, Takeovers & Targeting: Samsung Ads’ Multi-Touch Offer To Solve Streaming TV Churn

LAS VEGAS — Subscription- and advertising-supported streaming TV services used to be regarded as diametrically-opposed models. Now the addition of ad support by SVoD operators has changed that. But Karl Meyer thinks ads also have another role to play – he thinks ads on streaming TV screens can help reignite lapsed viewers. Meyer, Head of […]

 
 

New-Look XR Assembles ‘Avengers’ To Bring Art & Diversity

LAS VEGAS — Extreme Reach’s bold new identity was just the start. For Louisa Wong, CEO, Extreme Reach, the reboot is about more than just a new name. Extreme Reach, established in 2008, offers services in video ad serving, campaign management, and creative asset management. The company in January was renamed XR. Revolutionizing Creative Workflow […]

 
 

IAB ALM 2024 Packs More CMOs, Key Trends & A New Chair

LAS VEGAS — As 2024 hots up following a long winter, many media and advertising executives will be gathering in Florida for the IAB’s Annual Leadership Meeting (ALM), running January 28 to 30. David Cohen, CEO, IAB, says: “The goal of ALM is to set the agenda for the industry for the coming year.” A […]

 
 

DoubleVerify’s Zagorski Urges Responsible Response To Rise Of AI Concerns

LAS VEGAS — As artificial intelligence and generative AI emerge in the media world, how should we think about the pros and cons? Mark Zagorski, CEO, Double Verify, says the tech can be a boon for correctly classifying content. And he says the coming election cycle is likely to see a new swathe of low-grade, […]

 
 

TripleLift’s Lee Urges ID Action, As Chrome’s Cookie Deprecation Begins

LAS VEGAS — 2024 is finally the year when it seems the cookie will crumble. On January 4, 2024, Google began rolling out Tracking Protection for 1% of a randomly-selected group of Chrome users, due to ramp-up through 2024. For advertisers, the impending changes will affect everything from campaign setup to reporting and measuring. Jennifer […]

 
 

Albertsons Calls On Capgemini To Automate Media Planning

LAS VEGAS — One of the key emerging retail media players is enlisting one of ad agencies’ main emerging rivals to carry out its media planning – with a twist. Albertsons Media Collective announced it will use Capgemini’s robotic process automation (RPA) and generative artificial intelligence (AI) to generate insights for media planning and creative […]

 
 

GroupM Assembles Industry To Innovate New TV Ad Formats

LAS VEGAS — In an era where streaming is surging, the need to revolutionize ad formats for the digital living room is more critical than ever. So GroupM recently formed an Ad Innovation Accelerator program. BrightLine, Disney, KERV, NBCUniversal, Roku, Telly, and YouTube will join the working group, which GroupM said will “strategize and create […]

 
 

Mars Imagines Life After Cookies, Solved By AI

LAS VEGAS — As a confectioner, Mars doesn’t necessarily want to quit on cookies – at least, not the kind you can eat. But digital cookies, the traditional identifiers used to profile audiences, are being deprecated nonetheless. For advertisers like Ron Amram, Sr. Director, Global Media at Mars, that poses a challenge. But, in this […]

 
 

At The Foothills Of Creative Destruction: Sorrell’s Five AI Trends

LAS VEGAS — At CES 2024, artificial intelligence was, of course, on the lips of most attendees. For Sir Martin Sorrell, the leading advertising industry figure who is Executive Chairman, S4 Capital, AI has much potential in advertising. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Sorrell says he sees a technology that will be a double-edged […]

 
 

Local Advertisers Are Getting Data-Savvy: Ampersand’s Herbstman

National brands may have been first to embrace the new art and science of data-driven TV advertising. But local peers are getting in on the action, too. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Rachel Herbstman, VP, Data Innovation, Ampersand, explains what is happening. Pioneering a data-centric approach “In the past, they weren’t as data-centric as […]

 
 

Creative Is The New KPI: XR’s Kinsella On Rebranding & Rebooting

LAS VEGAS — Extreme Reach’s eye-catching rebrand as “XR” has been making waves. But it isn’t just the company’s new name that is being talked-about, it is also the names XR is bringing in to the company. Jo Kinsella, the former Innovid/TVSquared executive, has been brought in as Global President of SourceXR. In this video […]

 
 

After Sale To Omnicom, Flywheel Sees ‘Holy Grail’ For Retail Media

LAS VEGAS — Fresh from getting acquired by a major ad agency group for $835 million, Duncan Painter, CEO, Flywheel Digital is understandably bullish about the future of retail media. Flywheel helps buying of ads across Amazon Advertising, Walmart Connect, Instacart, Kroger, Home Depot and Criteo. Omnicom said in October it would buy the company from […]

 
 

After Digital Turbulence, TV Poised To Offer Rich Marketer Capabilities

It used to be the other way around – TV had little ability to target viewers, while online channels could super-target users. But, amid a turbulent period that limits digital’s capabilities, connected TV is poised to make a strong offering. That is according to Chris LoRusso, Chief Business Officer, OpenAP, the outfit formed by US […]

 
 

Albertsons Takes On Criteo Tech To Enhance Offering In ‘Amazing 2024’ For Retail Media

LAS VEGAS — Two of the big companies in the retail media space are partnering to enhance their opportunity. Albertsons Media Collective, the retail media arm of the Albertsons grocery store chain, is hooking up with Criteo, a commerce media enablement vendor. In this video interview with Jon Watts for Beet.TV, Brian Gleason, Global Chief […]

 
 

Vevo Aims To Help Advertisers Understand Its Enormous Footprint

LONDON, UK — When you offer your content across a huge swathe of platforms, how do you help your advertisers understand your offering? Richard Brant, Sr. Director, Advanced TV, UK & International, Vevo, acknowledges: “That’s one of our biggest challenges.” Speaking to me at Looking Ahead: TV in Europe 2025, a Beet.TV Leadership Summit, presented […]

 
 

Disney+’s ‘Mindful’ International Ads Sold Out At Launch: Armstrong

LONDON, UK — Eleven months after it launched an ad-supported tier in the US, Disney did the same across Canada and Europe. A mere five weeks after that launch, speaking to me at The Future Of Television Advertising Global conference in London, Deborah Armstrong, SVP, Media Sales & Brand Partnerships, The Walt Disney Company, gave a […]

 
 

Brightline Going Global With Interactive TV Ads In 2024

LONDON, UK — In discussions about how digitally-infused connected TV ads should feel and function, many have settled on the idea that they should mimic the traditional TV experience, with back-to-back 15- or 30-second ads. Michael Bologna doesn’t think that’s going to cut it. Bologna is Chief Accelerator, Brightline, a company offering interactive, dynamic and […]

 
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