dataxu’s LaHaise On Bridging The Divide Between Digital, Connected TV Campaigns

By the time Sling TV launched in early 2015, dataxu already was an established demand-side platform with all of the pipes in place for programmatic and real-time bidded inventory. “What really set things off for us is the ability to bring in a cross-device platform that extends the type of targeting and campaign execution you’d […]

 
 

Connected TV Plays To Upper And Lower Funnel Metrics: MediaMath’s Fisher

If you set aside the semantics of “programmatic” versus “automated” television buying, one thing is quite clear to MediaMath’s Mike Fisher. “We’re there. We’re there at scale.” There are 65 million households using some type of device to access premium video content in the living room and, for the first time, more than 50% of […]

 
 

Focus On TV Ad Experiences: Cannes Panel With Forrester, Hulu, Twitter, BrightLine

CANNES – Creating better television ad experiences for viewers seems to be a never-ending conversation for agencies, brands and publishers. But judging from a panel at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, ad relevance and personalization is expected to vary widely by platform and provider for the foreseeable future. Reasons for the variations include corporate […]

 
 

IPG’s Kumar Explains How The Acxiom Marketing Solutions Deal Impacts Clients

For some advertising holding companies, transformation means pruning or consolidating assets accumulated over the last several decades. For IPG, it means paying $2 billion for consumer data giant Acxiom Marketing Solutions and its assets in more than 30 countries. “We believe that the future of marketing and not just media is data driven, and that […]

 
 

Marketing2020 Findings: Marketers Need ‘Business Owner’ Mindset

CANNES – Marketing departments need to think more like business owners as opposed to captains or coaches if they want their businesses to grow. That’s one of the early findings in the latest iteration of Marketing2020, which is led by Kantar Vermeer and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), among others. Kantar has been collaborating […]

 
 

Beyond The U.S., Nielsen’s Data Reach Extends To 54 Markets

CANNES – Even as the U.S. advertising and media industry seeks to move beyond legacy television viewing metrics from Nielsen, the company is embedding itself in data decisioning abroad. Australia and Hong Kong are two illustrative examples of its activity in 54 markets, as explained by Toni Petra, EVP of Nielsen Watch. Nielsen is about […]

 
 

Challenges And Opportunities Of New Ad Formats: A FreeWheel Panel At Cannes

CANNES – Innovative video advertising formats are on the upswing, creating the potential for “new-ad format fatigue” and the measurement challenges that accompany them. But if you can get marketer procurement people on board with the concept, that upswing could broaden considerably. These are among the takeaways from a panel discussion at the 2018 Cannes […]

 
 

Fox’s Marchese To TV Networks: ‘Be Prepared To Work In Chaos’

CANNES – Just because Joe Marchese is probably the most outspoken advocate for reducing video advertising load and giving consumers more choices doesn’t mean he’s naïve about the challenges involved. Give him 20 minutes to explain those hurdles and lunar landings can seem simpler to achieve. Such was the case at the 2018 Cannes Lions […]

 
 

Nielsen DMP Is ‘Connective Tissue’ In Addressable Link With Sony Crackle

CANNES – When most people consider a data-management platform (DMP), they see data and technology. Damian Garbaccio of Nielsen, which Sony Crackle recently chose to power its addressable advertising capabilities, sees “connective tissue” between data and measurement assets. Garbaccio, EVP, Advertiser Direct & Marketing Cloud, is working with Sony Crackle and much of its connected […]

 
 

Accountability Is Knowing Who Consumers Really Are: IRI’s Mehta

CANNES – IRI has almost 400 million reasons why television should no longer be planned and bought based on traditional age/gender metrics and related proxies. That’s the number of consumer loyalty cards the company can access to discern what virtually every U.S. household purchases offline. But until recently, data from those cards has taken a […]

 
 

Nissan’s Witherspoon Drives Cannes FreeWheel Discussion On Television’s Future

CANNES – How does a huge marketer like Nissan convince its procurement people to explore new, non-traditional ways of reaching audiences and measuring those efforts? “We have this kind of internal joke that right now we have more pilots than American Airlines,” is how Allyson Witherspoon, Nissan’s GM for Global Brand Engagement, explained it. At […]

 
 

Havas’ Ankeney: It’s All About Meaningful Data

CANNES – Whether it’s marketers catching up, getting head or trying to leapfrog others, the need for transformation is the theme that drives everything, to Shane Ankeney, President, Havas Media Group North America. “They are looking to us as change agents, as transformation stewards, to help them do that because they realize that it’s very […]

 
 

Fox’s Marchese On TV Future: Upfront Will Endure As ‘Dumb’ CPM Evolves

CANNES—Television ratings have been a consistent metric for several decades, despite their limitations. Now that new TV ad formats are emerging, “There’s just no consistency,” according to Joe Marchese. That doesn’t seem about to change anytime soon judging from a one-on-one interview with Marchese, who is President of Advertising Revenue at Fox Networks Group, and […]

 
 

Matt Prohaska Tracks OpenAP Uptake, Impact Of GDPR In EU

CANNES – With a background in sales at Turner and having participated in Upfront negotiations before the advent of digital media, Matt Prohaska has a unique perspective on OpenAP. Despite “a lot of energy and excitement” about the audience targeting consortium, he thinks it’s still ramping up during this year’s Upfront. “What we’re hearing from […]

 
 

Nielsen’s O’Grady Sees ‘Collective Responsibility’ For Transparency

CANNES – Within the current digital media ecosystem, it’s too easy to “mask over the blemishes of core data.” It’s this aspect of transparency in particular that marketers should be questioning, according to Matt O’Grady, CEO Nielsen Catalina Solutions. “Transparency is unquestionably the table stakes at this point,” O’Grady says in this interview with Beet.TV […]

 
 

Cannes Panel Unites OMD, Wavemaker, Nissan, true[X] Execs On Consumer Centricity

CANNES – People in advertising and media disagree about many things, but a more consumer-centric approach to both video content and advertising is a big exception. This was more than evident during a panel discussion at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as part of the FreeWheel Forum on the Future of Television. […]

 
 

Having Built Horizon On Integration, Koenigsberg Wants Even More

CANNES – It’s a particularly complicated and challenging time for agencies and their marketer clients. This is why Horizon Media’s Bill Koenigsberg tries to keep things simple. Clients want transparency, speed to market, integration “and they want you dealing with business outcomes,” the President, CEO & Founder of Horizon says in this interview at the […]

 
 

FreeWheel Advertisers Seeks To Remedy ‘Labor And Intricacies’ Of Cross-Screen Buys

CANNES – If the powers that be at FreeWheel Advertisers could snap their fingers and make it happen, buying video across platforms would be as simple as buying a spot on traditional television has been for decades. Until then, their vehicle for achieving this goal is the company formerly known as Strata—now FreeWheel Advertisers. “It’s […]

 
 

ANA Pursues Global Support For CMO Masters Circle Initiative At Cannes

CANNES – The Association of National Advertisers made its first trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this month with a mission: to induce global CMO’s to embrace and participate in its CMO Masters Circle pro-growth initiative. As Masters Circle was being established in the U.S., the ANA “started to recognize fundamental flaws […]

 
 

GroupM’s Montgomery: Ads In Brand-Safe Environments Work Better

CANNES – Over the next couple of years, ensuring digital brand safety for marketers will become table stakes for publishers. In the meantime, GroupM is shifting the conversation with its clients to how ads perform better in truly brand-safe environments. “I think we’re moving into a stage where brand safety will become a commodity. Within […]

 
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