CNN’s Great Big Story: Emotional And Positive Content, Social Media Reach

COLOGNE – In a growing direct-to-consumer brand environment, can positive, trusted and emotional content help marketers connect to consumers? CNN has wagered more than $40 million on Great Big Story and is convinced its content philosophy for younger viewers provides that connectivity. Launched in 2015, Great Big Story is an independent digital studio owned by […]

 
 

Desire For Transparency Drives Marketers In-House: OMD Global’s Adamski

COLOGNE – Brand marketers’ desire to bring functions in-house isn’t necessarily new for advertising or media agencies, but one of the more challenging ramifications of clients’ quest for brand safety is in-housing activities the agencies used to handle. “Transparency still is a huge, huge issue,” OMD Global CEO Florian Adamski says in this interview with Beet.TV […]

 
 

Sorenson The ‘Apple Pay’ Of Addressable Television: MODI’s Cestaro

As addressable television advertising closes in on some 80 million homes by year’s end, Sorenson Media is emerging as “kind of a new player in this area” with a clear differentiation, says MODI Media’s Marc Cestaro. “They have not only national avails, they have local avails that go across cable and broadcast, which is new. […]

 
 

What Wavemaker’s Richman Wants To Know About The New AT&T

All of the 250 invitation-only attendees of next week’s AT&T event titled The Relevance Conferences are aware that the “new” AT&T will be a big operation with lots of scale. So what exactly should the “official reveal of their offering” communicate to the industry? “What everyone’s anxious to understand is a bit more of the […]

 
 

A ‘Resurgent’ comScore Plans Currency, Planning Solutions: CEO Wiener

With the race for cross-screen audience measurement becoming more of a marathon than a sprint, under new CEO Bryan Wiener comScore has both feet in the game. Those would be its digital and television penetration and the granularity of its consumer behavior data. “The genesis behind the comScore-Rentrak merger was brilliant,” Wiener says in this […]

 
 

Brand Safety Institute Joins Fight Against Digital Advertising Criminals

COLOGNE – The newly formed Brand Safety Institute and the Trustworthy Accountability Group are pushing the digital advertising industry to invest billions of dollars to fight criminal elements in the same way as the financial services industry has done. It’s a two-step process consisting of “a short game and a long game,” says Mike Zaneis, […]

 
 

AT&T, Turner ‘Visions’ Are Aligned, Says Speciale

COLOGNE – Turner’s Donna Speciale knows the value of consumer data for advertising targeting and has been working with AT&T as it prepares to unveil its future at The Relevance Conference later this month. “I’m thrilled to be attending the conference in the next week or two,” she says. “I want to hear Brian’s vision […]

 
 

With Datorama Acquisition, Integration Rolls On At Salesforce

COLOGNE – At Salesforce, the acquisitions keep on coming, most recently that of AI-powered marketing intelligence and analytics platform Datorama. The company’s ongoing mantra is “integration” and it seems to have no shortage of assets to leverage in that quest. It all stems from what Chris O’Hara, VP, Product Marketing, calls the “fourth industrial revolution” […]

 
 

CNN Viewership Soars On OTT Devices Amid Political Turmoil

COLOGNE – In the midst of “one of the biggest stories of our lives, from a news perspective,” many viewers who don’t access CNN in the traditional way are watching CNNgo via connected televisions, with dwell and session times of “more than an hour and a half,” says Chris Berend, SVP, Global Video. “The audiences are coming to […]

 
 

LUMA Partners’ Kawaja: Less Interruptive Ads Are Central To Relevance

While there are tactical ways to make advertising more relevant, Terry Kawaja believes there’s a bigger concept at play: relegating interruptive advertising to the past. The Founder & CEO of LUMA Partners will be one of some 250 industry leaders attending The Relevance Conference hosted by AT&T in Santa Barbara on Sept. 24-26. On the […]

 
 

At AT&T’s Relevance Conference, Kassan Will Share Stage With Katzenberg, Whitman

COLOGNE – To Michael Kassan, there could not be a better time for The Relevance Conference that AT&T will host later this month. “I think the name speaks for itself. We are at a point in time where we all are kind of drowning in information,” he says. Not only will AT&T unveil the name […]

 
 

With AT&T, AppNexus Seeks To Create ‘Transformative’ TV Ads: CEO O’Kelley

COLOGNE – Now that AppNexus is part of the AT&T advertising, content and communications universe, AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley says that making advertising matter is the overarching mantra. Central to that theme is relevance to consumers, and the world will learn exactly what that means when AT&T convenes its Relevance conference in California later this […]

 
 

FreeWheel’s Clark Sees Growing TV Unity, A Ready Buy-Side

COLOGNE – There are cultural and regulatory differences, but the television industry in Europe and the United States realizes it needs more unity to meet advertisers’ expectations. And the buy-side is ready to go, even though more tools are needed to fully realize advanced TV, according to FreeWheel’s Dave Clark. From his position as GM, […]

 
 

New Criteo Platform: ‘Beyond Digital’ For Acquisition, Conversion & Reengagement

COLOGNE – As it extends beyond its roots of helping retailers with consumer ad retargeting, Criteo is building a new tech stack around platforms to help online retailers monetize their inventory. “They know we are sitting on a pile of data and data is gold, and they want to know how to use it,” says […]

 
 

VICE Media “Everywhere” Unifies Advertising Buys Across All Platforms

COLOGNE – With its global programming footprint projected to reach more than 80 territories by year’s end, VICE Media today announced VICE Video Everywhere to make buying its advertising easier across mobile, digital and linear platforms. “The market is crying for more video. There is a huge shortage on that market,” says Dominique Delport, who […]

 
 

Powered By AI Insights, Sizmek Offering Will Unite Advanced-TV Inventory

COLOGNE – The world’s largest independent buy-side advertising platform, Sizmek, says it will roll out an advanced-television solution that fully integrates linear, addressable and connected-TV advertising inventory. It will be powered by artificial-intelligence insights derived from digital advertising to TV for optimal targeting, reach and frequency across full campaigns. In this interview today at the […]

 
 

dataxu’s Catanzaro On TV, Cross-Platform Targeting And ‘Invisible’ Technology

With television advertising targeting slowly catching up to that of digital media, “We think the revolution is just starting,” says Sandro Catanzaro, dataxu’s Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder. What started with “very humble web ads” about a decade ago has progressed to the point where “where we can show ads on TV that are fully […]

 
 

For Client Tech Integrations, It Pays To Be Flexible: WideOrbit’s Swift

SAN FRANCISCO – The complexity of transacting local radio and television has long been a challenge. Now that it’s further complicated by data and digital technology advances, a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t cut it, according to Tim Swift, VP of Platform Services at WideOrbit. So although WideOrbit provides the “system of record” for much of […]

 
 

dataxu, Sorenson Integration Reduces Addressable TV Speed Barriers

An integration between dataxu and Sorensen Media is designed to reduce the time needed to activate and measure addressable television campaigns so that addressable starts to mimic the speed at which over-the-top TV has taken root. “This is going to be an explosion, a dramatic change in the market,” says Sandro Catanzaro, dataxu’s Chief Innovation […]

 
 

Ferro Will Oversee Disney/ABC And ESPN Sales, Erhardt To Retire In 2019

In the most significant manifestation of its desire to offer one-stop advertising, Walt Disney Co. is consolidating ESPN and Disney/ABC properties under Rita Ferro while announcing that longtime ESPN sales chief Ed Erhardt will retire in early 2019. In addition to ESPN and Disney/ABC, Ferro’s domain as President of Disney Advertising Sales will include Disney’s […]

 
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