Wenda Harris Millard on the Unique Position of Powerhouse Consultancy MediaLink

ON THE SEA OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE —  Sitting between Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Wall Street, MediaLink is a unique media consultancy, explains Wenda Harris Millard, president, in this interview with Dave Morgan. “We are operators.” At Cannes, MediaLink created a a number of high-profile seminars for its clients along visibility for […]

 

Omnicom’s Jacobs: Keeping Programmatic Marketplaces Open is Essential for Advertisers

CANNES, France – While there has been much discussion about the move away from an open bid scenario, to private, programmatic marketplaces which match specific advertisers and publishers, Josh Jacobs, the Global CEO of OMD’s Accuen programmatic unit, says that while private exchanges are extremely important, an open ecosystem is also essential. In this interview […]

 

“Programmatic” will Fade in the Media Lexicon, MediaLink’s Michael Kassan

CANNES, France – While “programmatic” has been a much-referenced  buzzword of the Cannes Festival, in the future it will just be media buying, albeit machine-lead for most media except network TV, predicts  Michael Kassan, CEO of the powerhouse media consultancy MediaLink, in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke with him during the Festival onboard the […]

 

Maker Studio Finds Majority of Views Now via Mobile

CANNES, France –  Maker Studio, the giant multi-channel network of some 50,000 YouTube creators, is finding a majority of its views, as much as 60 percent, coming from mobile, says Erin McPherson, Chief Content Officer of Maker, in this interview with Beet.TV This amount of mobile consumption is higher that the 40 percent that YouTube […]

 

Programmatic Going Premium And Global In 2015: Videology’s Eisenstein

CANNES, Lions — More top-end publishers will be trialling so-called “programmatic” technologies for automating and controlling online ad trading in the next few months before they jump aboard next year, says one exec from a programmatic video platform. “(In the) second half of 2014, we’re going to see a lot of new players jumping in,” Videology‘s […]

 

Content Has Elevated Itself Above Advertising: MediaCom’s Morris

CANNES, France — Advertising is no longer the only game in town for brands who want to reach audiences, says a media planning agency exec. “The reason content is now so topical is, brands are increasingly looking for much more ROI,” MediaCom’s global MBA head James Morris tells Beet.TV. “Content elevates itself over and above […]

 

LinkedIn’s Weiner: We Will be the Definitive Professional Publishing Platform

CANNES, France — LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells Beet.TV that the social network for business people will be the the “definitive professional publishing platform.” LinkedIn’s content ambitions began with its Influencer program, in which a selection of hand-picked A-list business and public figures have gathered large audiences for their thought leadership on the site. Now […]

 

TubeMogul’s Mondelēz Deal Points To Big-Brand Programmatic

CANNES, France — Programmatic video ad tech platform operator TubeMogul used the Cannes Lions festival to announce food brand Mondelēz International would use its services to buy and serve all of its video ads. “Programmatic is getting to be less scary,” says TubeMogul’s CEO Brett Wilson. “You’re seeing more brands embrace it directly. “It doesn’t mean they’re […]

 

Ditching Open Exchanges Is Right For Advertisers: Xaxis’ Lesser

CANNES, France — WPP’s GroupM recently declared it would no longer buy advertising spaces from open trading exchanges from next year. The global boss of GroupM’s data-driven unit backs that strategy. “It’s our ambition to not buy any media in an open marketplace,” says Xaxis global CEO Brian Lesser. “Our clients expects us to give them […]

 

Video Ad Fraud Could Be Eradicated This Year: BrightRoll CEO

CANNES, France — It seems like it was only a few months ago that the topic of video ad fraud cast a long shadow on the digital advertising sector. Now everyone is running around trying to eliminate the dark arts. And one tech vendor says those arts could already be extinguished before 2014 is done. […]

 

Yahoo’s Brody: Brands Can Buy Programmatic Using Search History

CANNES, France — Yahoo will open up its recently-unveiled Ad Manager Plus ad software to use on a self-serve basis – and is offering users’ search history as a targeting characteristic. “People use search every day to show (purchase) intent – that search-based data has never been able to be used in a programmatic environment,” according to Yahoo’s […]

 

Brands Sacrificing Truth For Attention: Google’s Benson

CANNES, France — Many brands nowadays are keenly commissioning content videos – but are they diving in to the opportunity in the right way? “What you see too often – we saw a lot of it on YouTube and at the Cannes awards – people are sacrificing brand equity or brand truth to get noticed,” says […]

 

GroupM’s Modi Media Hones In On TV Targeting

AT SEA  OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE — GroupM has put its money where its mouth was by creating a unit dedicated to using new-wave technologies to target TV ads, says the man put in charge of the group. “Being able to utilize the technology that’s been installed in set-top boxes to identify households and […]

 

TV Not Ready For Dynamic Ad Insertion: Simulmedia’s Morgan

CANNES, France — Although people talk about serving highly targeting, personalized ads in TV broadcasts in the same way as is becoming possible online, this is unlikely to happen for some years, according to Real Media’s founder. “There is some automation that can come in from the digital world,” says Simulmedia CEO Dave Morgan. “But the […]

 

Luma’s Kawaja: Fragmentation Happens, So Get Used To It.

AT SEA  OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE — When Terence Kawaja first introduced the Lumascape, the visual map illustrating an alarming array of ad tech companies, he backed up the image with a call for a simpler world. But that simplification isn’t going to happen, the media finance expert now concedes. “Fragmentation is here to stay […]

 

Programmatic Best For Non-Premium Video: Simulmedia’s Cooperstein

CANNES, France – Marketers are striving to marry up their online video and TV ad operations as the tectonic plates of media shift beneath them, says one ad data group tryingto help. Simulmedia chief marketing officer David Cooperstein says “programmatic” ad-trading techniques, “for less-than-premium inventory, is probably the best way to monetize it at the […]

 

Tumblr Helps Yahoo Advertisers Tell Their Story

CANNES  — Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr a year ago was all about helping brands go beyond conventional display ad formats. And now Yahoo has started promoting Tumblr content marketing slots across its network. “The traditional inventory … haven’t really provided marketers the environment to tell a rich, engaging, robust story,” says Yahoo’s head of the […]

 

Publishers Rapidly Adopting Programmatic Ad Sales: SpotXchange’s Shehan

CANNES, France — So-called “programmatic” techniques for controlling and automating online ad trading came in to this world in low-quality ad inventory. But now even top-tier publishers are becoming happy to sell their ads in this way. “Three years ago, they would have never worked with a SpotXchange – today they are,” says the ad […]

 

Premium Publishers Faster To Programmatic In EU: AOD’s Bertozzi

CANNES, France — It’s commonly thought that the European market is generally adopting so-called “programmatic” ad automation and trading techniques later than the US. But it looks like the quality publishers there are buying in with greater gusto. “Premium publishers in Europe, they seem to have got involved in this much earlier,” according to Marco […]

 

Mail Online’s New US CEO Steinberg: “We are Going to Grow Massively”

CANNES, France — The conservative British mid-market tabloid is a gargantuan celebrity traffic driver online. Now it wants to both align and connect with a leading social messaging service. “It’s a little bit like WhatsApp,” says Jon Steinberg, the BuzzFeed president who was named Mail Online north America CEO this week. “It’s this giant thing that […]

 
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