AI Has Key Role at Crossroads of Ad Creative & Media: Clinch’s Oz Etzioni

SANTA MONICA, CA – Marketers that are working on automating the processes to bring together the creative parts of an advertisement based on a specific audience likely will rely on artificial intelligence technology. The goal is to free people’s time to work on more creative tasks. “Gen AI helps us to take all those tedious […]


Ad Market Is Soft While Brands Want Flexibility: Initiative’s Maureen Bosetti

SANTA MONICA, CA – Economic uncertainty has led some advertisers to tighten their belts and find ways to get the most out of their media dollars. While there are differences among a variety of industries, marketers also are looking for greater flexibility. “Right now, it is a soft marketplace. There’s a bit of a conservativeness, […]


Media Collaboration Makes Ad Market More Holistic: Spark Foundry’s Lisa Giacosa

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumers are dividing their time among a wider range of media channels and connected devices such as smart TVs, challenging advertisers to better understand how they’re reaching current and prospective customers. Fortunately, the media, marketing and adtech industries are working together on solutions. “We’re finally seeing that collaboration really come to […]


Accurate Consumer Identifiers Underpin Ad Targeting: Paramount’s Travis Scoles

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google last week moved ahead with its long-running plan to get rid of user-tracking cookies from its popular Chrome web browser. The limited test to restrict cookies for 1% of Chrome users is another reminder that advertisers need accurate audience identifiers to improve their targeting – especially as television becomes more […]


Joanna O’Connell Named Chief Intelligence Officer at Omnicom Media Group

LAS VEGAS – Omnicom Media Group named Joanna O’Connell to the newly created role of chief intelligence officer, North America, where she will oversee the media agency’s team that provides actionable insights to advertisers. “With her two decades of experience in helping brands understand, manage and monetize the next new thing, Joanna is singularly qualified […]


Identity Resolution Is Key to Better Ad Targeting: Adstra’s Emily Kistner

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google this year is moving ahead with a significant change to how advertisers track users online, again showcasing how ill-prepared marketers are for the disappearance of a key identifier: browser cookies. The change also underscores the need for a method to improve ad targeting with quality data sources that are transparent, […]


Data Assets Support Identifiers for Ad Campaigns: Experian’s Ali Mack

SANTA MONICA, CA – Privacy regulations in many regions have pushed marketers to be more mindful of how they collect and share consumer data. Some of the rules are an additional hurdle when they seek to use data about their own customers to improve their advertising campaigns. “When you’re looking at the way that third-party […]


‘We Pull Together Best Parts of Omnicom to Help Brands’: PHD’s Mike Solomon

SANTA MONICA, CA – Advertising agencies must continually disrupt their operations amid changes in technology, the media marketplace and consumer habits. For Mike Solomon, who in June 2023 became chief executive of Omnicom Media Group’s PHD USA, agency transformation is key to helping clients with their brand objectives. “I can reach into all the amazing […]


Supply Path Optimization Works Best With Key Audience Data: Yahoo’s Mallory Armstrong

SANTA MONICA, CA – The recent launch of Yahoo Backstage, the internet portal’s service for its demand-side platform advertisers, is part of an effort to provide transparency and what’s known as supply path optimization to brands. Premium video publishers such as A+E Networks, Dotdash Meredith, Newsweek, Raptive, The Arena Group and Vizio are on the […]


Breast Cancer Is Life-Altering, but There Is Hope: Adobe’s Denise Colella in Conversation with Arena Group’s Katie Kulik

SANTA MONICA, CA – The American Cancer Society has data indicating that the death rates from breast cancer fell 40% between 1989 and 2016, a decline that’s partly attributed to early detection. While the trend is encouraging, it’s not necessarily comforting for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. For media professionals Denise Colella […]


Creative Optimization Boosts Attention to Ads: GroupM Nexus’s Nicola Lewis

SANTA MONICA, CA – Television viewers divide their attention among multiple media channels and connected devices, challenging advertisers to form a lasting impression of their brands. Optimizing campaigns to send the right message to the right audience is becoming a bigger priority. “We’ve set ourselves a very, very lofty target that by 2026, every impression […]


Streaming Ad Market Needs Greater Transparency: Horizon Media’s Samantha Rose

SANTA MONICA, CA – Regular viewers of connected television are familiar with the phenomenon of seeing the same commercial too many times during the same program. They may also see ads that are in the wrong language or seem geared toward a different demographic group. These incidents underscore the need for greater transparency in the […]


AI Helps to Gain Insights Into Audience Data: Dentsu’s Brad Stockton

SANTA MONICA, CA – The explosive popularity of ChatGPT, a chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence, has ignited interest in what the technology can do. For media buyers, a different form of AI known as machine learning is helping to pull audience insights from ever-growing troves of data. Computer programs that get smarter helps “to […]


Transparency Will Help CTV Ad Marketplace to Grow: OpenX’s Andy Hammond

SANTA MONICA, CA – Advertisers are seeking to reach viewers who have shifted their time spent with media away from live linear television to streaming video on connected devices such as smart TVs. They face hurdles in using the same media-buying tools for television that they use for digital advertising. “As media markets — particularly […]


Quality Ad Inventory Is Expanding on CTV: Havas Media’s Laurie Crowley

SANTA MONICA, CA – Programmatic advertising has been criticized for not giving marketers enough information about where their advertisements appear. Some of those concerns have been carried over into connected television, where the profusion of CTV apps is reminiscent of the early days of mobile app stores. But there are reasons for optimism about CTV […]


CTV Viewer Metrics Differ From Cookie Tracking on Open Web: EDO’s Kevin Krim

The growth in viewership on connected devices such as mobile phones and smart TVs has spurred demand for audience measurement among a bigger variety of media channels, including digital platforms that generate signals of how they’re used. The shift in consumer behavior is occurring as people seek more control over how their personally identifiable information […]


Profusion of Retail Media Networks Leads to Funding Hurdles: Publicis’s Jill Cruz

SANTA MONICA, CA – Retailers that sell advertising offer brands another way to reach consumers as they shop online and in stores. These retail media networks not only can help to drive sales, but also to raise awareness for a broader range of products and services. “You’ve also got some of the media networks that […]


‘We’ll Unveil Ways That Advance the Media Marketplace’: Disney’s Jamie Power

Disney next month for the first time will host its yearly Global Tech & Data Showcase as a live event at CES, the hugely attended consumer electronics exhibition in Las Vegas. The entertainment giant will highlight its abilities to help advertisers of all sizes to automate their media buying and to reach audience across multiple […]


Unified Datasets Help to Improve CTV Audience Insights: Experian’s Kim Gilberti

Brands increasingly need reliable information about how they reach target audiences, especially as privacy laws give consumers more control over how their personally identifiable information is collected and shared. “If you think about the very fragmented world that we live in, consumers have endless options in terms of where they consume content and therefore where […]


Ad Demand Is Soft While Streaming Inventory Grows: OMD’s Kelly Metz

SANTA MONICA, CA – The U.S. advertising market is showing signs of recovering from a pullback in media spending, but the marketplace is undergoing a secular shift as marketers shift television budgets into streaming. “It’s a very soft marketplace, and there is an influx of inventory in streaming,” Kelly Metz, chief investment officer at Omnicom […]

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