FOX’s Marchese, ESPN’s Johnson Sort New Ad Currencies for Premium Video

CANNES – Are media buyers too preoccupied trying to define “TV” and “video”? It’s worth approaching the issue from the sell-side, by way of Fox and ESPN. The answer rests on delivery systems, according to Joe Marchese, President, Advertising Revenue, Fox Networks Group. “The idea is, is a stream being delivered in a way in […]

 
 

Tracking The Consumer Purchase Journey With MEC’s Nathalie Haxby

CANNES – For MEC, understanding the consumer purchase journey involves making waves and showing clients how their “momentum” stacks up against competitors. It’s a blend of data, content and technology—something that the Cannes Lions festival is catching up to, according to the global media agency’s Nathalie Haxby. “We’re seeing a lot of that now with […]

 
 

What Agency Tech Chiefs Have Learned From Climbing The Ranks

CANNES — In the last couple of years, data-driven and programmatic advertising techniques have grown in importance to ad agencies, so many of the agencies have put the processes at the heart of their organizations. For many, that has meant a promotion for the executives who once ran outlier data divisions within an agency but […]

 
 

How Omnicom Digital Uses AI For Better Outcomes: CEO Nelson

CANNES — Artificial intelligence may be the technology flavor du jour – but some companies out there have been using AI methods for years. In this video interview with Beet.TV, ad agency Omnicom Digital CEO Jonathan Nelson defines AI, outlines how his company applies the tech, and casts a note of caution. “AI’s been in our […]

 
 

MEC’s Tim Castree: Solving Cross-Screen Convergence Will Keep Agencies Relevant

CANNES – As long as television and premium video remain atop the ROI stack for marketers, agencies need to solve convergence of the two for their marketer clients. If they don’t, they could be disintermediated by giants like Facebook and Google and knocked down a rung on the value chain by new entrants like Accenture. […]

 
 

Buy-Side Vets Tackle Audience Measurement, Creative Output Challenges

CANNES – Delve into the challenge of cross-platform video audience measurement with three buy-side veterans and you’ll get sports metaphors, frustration and eager anticipation for things like Facebook’s plunge into scripted programming. So it was when Comcast presented a panel at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity featuring Amplifi US’s Lucas Cridland, Magna’s David Cohen […]

 
 

AI Helped Havas & ITV Predict Trump Victory

CANNES — Can artificial intelligence predict the outcome of an election? Back in November, Havas did exactly that. When the world was betting on a Hillary win, Havas deployed what, like large tech firms, it is now calling its “cognitive” technologies, on 15 million news articles, candidates’ speeches and a billion social posts by 10 […]

 
 

IPG, GroupM & Dentsu Agency Leads Explore Data Taxonomy And The Mobile Revolution

CANNES — Mobile is one of the biggest forces shaping digital marketing, marketers are challenged to agree common data standards, and advertising can enjoy a healthy future where commerce is taking place. Those were some of the conclusions of a panel of ad agency technology executives, who debated the topics in a session recorded by […]

 
 

Time Is Now To Act On AI: OMD’s Edwards

CANNES — Artificial intelligence has been around for a long time – well, in theory. But one leading ad agency thinker says the technology has reach the point where executives simply must decide what their execution strategy looks like. So OMD’s Jean-Paul Edwards commissioned a Europe-wide research study to understand how companies in different countries […]

 
 

Chatbots Beat Email For Marketing Engagement: Octane AI’s Parr

CANNES — Would you let a bot do your marketing for you? Ben Parr thinks you should – and so do the investors who just gave $1.6mn to the startup he founded to convince you. Parr, a former Mashable writer, co-founded Octane AI last year, to help brands deploy AI-powered chatbots that can interact with […]

 
 

Time Inc.’s Andrew Snyder On Bridging Digital, Augmented Reality And Legacy Print

CANNES – What does drinking beer and scaling Mt. Everest have in common? For Sports Illustrated, it was an issue dedicated to augmented reality with Coors Light tagging along in a “high-touch, custom-created solution.” The May 8 issue of SI was an AR-lover’s dream as it enabled readers to scan its content without the use […]

 
 

TV Still ‘Massively Important’ In LATAM Markets: MEC’s Renato de Paula

CANNES – U.S. television broadcasters can take solace in the fact that it’s not just their world that is being upended by digital distribution. The same thing is happening in Latin America. “Everybody’s trying to reinvent themselves in one way or another,” says Renato de Paula, CEO of MEC Latin America. “We are experiencing video […]

 
 

DoubleVerify’s Gattinella Has Fake News Sites In His Sights

CANNES — Depending on who you talk to, two-bit news sites that play fast and loose with the truth swung last year’s US presidential election. But they also swung advertisers’ ire toward ad-tech platforms that, for a time, seemed unable to stop brands funding the fakers. That is why Wayne Gattinella introduced a new way to […]

 
 

Netflix’s Ad Model Could Be Content, GroupM’s Lesser

CANNES — Will Netflix introduce advertising? That is a question on many minds in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Madison Avenue alike. Often, the question is framed as an “either-or” in which Netflix would have to choose between continuing its current premium SVOD model or ripping it up in favour of ad funding. Previously, Ampere […]

 
 

MEC’s Shenan Reed: Cultivating Walled Gardens, Watching For The Next Behemoth

CANNES – So many video ad units and platforms, so many ways to attribute value to those units. “Trying to figure out the value of a video ad unit depending on where it runs seems to be one of our challenges as an industry,” says Shenan Reed, MEC’s Chief Digital Officer for North America. And […]

 
 

MasterCard Automated Advertising Panel Debates Future Of Ad Outcomes (full session)

CANNES — What do executives at the bleeding edge of marketing strategy think about the way the business is changing? That was the main question on the lips of moderator Jay Sears, the SVP of MasterCard’s advertising intelligence, when he chaired a panel discussion on the topic on the shores of the Cannes Lions festival […]

 
 

Live Sports Expensive But Engages Viewers: ESPN’s Johnson & Fox’ Marchese

CANNES – Yes, broadcasting live sporting events is expensive considering the rights fees. But it’s a great viewing environment at a time when consumers can avoid ads in other programming. It’s that “other” programming that concerns media sellers like ESPN and Fox, as evidenced by the discussion during a Comcast panel at the Cannes Lions […]

 
 

Alphonso’s Mark Gall: Connecting TV To Mobile, Consumer Ad Exposure To Results

CANNES – If you are one of the many people whose attention to a television show is shared by another device, there’s a decent chance Alphonso knows what you’re watching. The automatic content recognition company indexes TV like Google indexes the Internet. So when an Alphonso SDK in a tablet, smartphone, smart set-top box or […]

 
 

A+E, 605 Dissect Viewing, Transactional Data And Bust Some Myths In The Process

CANNES – Even if unified cross-screen audience measurement remains a bridge too far at present, understanding linear television audiences gets better all the time. This is something that A+E Networks can attest to following an engagement with TV analytics firm 605 in which ad exposure data was matched with transactional records. The result, as moderator […]

 
 

TV Ads Still About Creativity: FreeWheel’s Van Ullen

CANNES — Cannes Lions is billed as “the international festival of creativity” but, judging from some of the tech talk that has made in-roads in recent years, you could forgive a delegate for not feeling very creative anymore. So, in a world of ad-tech, what place does creativity have at the table anymore? Creativity is […]

 
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