Collaboration Is Key To Creativity: SMG’s Parker

LONDON — By the time Steve Parker gets to Cannes, he will have earned a glass or wine or two on a yacht. The UK joint CEO of media agency Starcom MediaVest will have completed a 500km, multi-day bicycle ride from the center of France, across a series of mountains and down to the Cote D’Azur. It’s a […]

 
 

Creatives Must Catch Up To Programmatic: VivaKi’s Bertozzi

LONDON — Digital ad systems referred to as “programmatic” have revolutionized the targeting and trading of online inventory. Next up, they are going to need to get creative. “Technology has really focused on the area of targeting and direct response and unfortunately has left the creative industry behind,” Marco Bertozzi, global clients president at Publicis’ VivaKi […]

 
 

Videology Helps UK Telco Boost Customer ROI: Astley

LONDON — In the pantheon of first-party data competitors, ISPs surely wield the biggest sword. After all, they automatically know exactly which of their many services their broadband customers are subscribed to. Marketing the missing services using video is something video ad tech firm Videology is helping one UK telco do, according to UK MD Rich Astley, who would not […]

 
 

Innovation Will Be Big Focus at Cannes Lions, MediaLink’s Michael Kassan

From the MediaLink suite at the top of the Carlton hotel, to the stages and hall of the Palais, innovation around advertising technology will be more prominent than ever, says Michael Kassan, CEO of powerhouse media consultancy MediaLink. We spoke with him in April about the upcoming Cannes Lions Festival. MediaLink will showcase a number […]

 
 

Digital First Content Companies Primed for Programmatic TV, SMG’s Delaney

Digital-first content companies such as Netflix, Hulu and AOL are well-positioned for the transition to addressable buying in TV, says SMG programmatic SVP Mac Delaney in an interview with Beet.TV. The recent Digital Content New Fronts mark a transition point in the shift to programmatic buying in TV. “We have jumped over a significant hill, and it […]

 
 

Ad Tech Is Cyclical: AppNexus CEO O’Kelley

Looked at the ad tech lumascape lately? It’s not pretty; it’s confusing. But it may not be that way forever. The boom in advertising technology is just a natural, cyclical response to a world of complexity, says one of the sector’s top execs. At times, it’s pushed to the background as an enabler. And at […]

 
 

“Convergent TV” Will Take Front Stage at Cannes Lions, Banker Kawaja

The transformation of television and the emergence “convergent TV,” will take front stage at the Cannes Lions Festival next month, predicts Terence Kawaja, co-founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, a prominent investment bank in the media and adtech sectors. The discussion of addressable TV, and the emerging opportunities for advertisers to deliver targeted advertising to individual cable and satellite […]

 
 

Guardian Labs Mulls Off-Site Branded Content via Programmatic

LONDON — So far, The Guardian division that produces branded content for marketers has published that content only on The Guardian’s own properties. But that could change soon, MD Anna Watkins tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “At the moment, we are looking to confirm one of our first global deals, which will mean Guardian Labs […]

 
 

Programmatic Audio Ads Get ‘100% Attention’: Xaxis’ Bidon

LONDON — So far, the discussion of so-called “programmatic”, automated digital advertising trading has centered on online display and video advertising. But what about advertising in content that no-one can see? Last month, GroupM’s Xaxis programmatic unit announced Xaxis Audio, a program to let advertisers buy at-scale ads in digital audio platforms, including both big mainstream UK radio stations and […]

 
 

Tracking From Exposure To Closure Is A Reality: eXelate’s Zagorski

If a tree falls in a forest and no-one was around to hear it, did it really make a sound? Many advertisers have asked themselves that question in years gone by, unable to know whether their analog media spend really made a difference. But digital ads that lead to digital actions mean attribution can delight marketers, says eXelate CEO […]

 
 

Expansion Planned for Guardian’s Programmatic Alliance w/ CNN Intl, Economist, Financial Times and Reuters, via Rubicon Project Platform

LONDON — Back in March, The Guardian and four other UK publishers with global ambitions announced they were forming the Pangea Alliance, a shared scheme to pool first-party ad data for ad buyers to target their combined 110 million users in a “programmatic”, or automated fashion. In beta testing since, now the alliance – which numbersThe Guardian, CNN International, the […]

 
 

Technology Informs Cannes’ ‘Creative Nexus’: UM’s Cohen

Do technology and creativity mix? They do if you are attending this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. “Cannes has evolved over the last couple of years to be this nexus of creativity,” Universal McCann chief investment officer David Cohen tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “Now we’re seeing an influx of technology and […]

 
 

Mobile Video Advertising is Priced at 50% Discount, MMA’s Stuart

Mobile video advertising is pricing at half of what it should be says Greg Stuart, CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association, in this interview with Beet.TV. He cites data from a just completed two year, $2 million research study undertaken by the MMA with several big brands. Unlike other forms of digital video, supply outpaces […]

 
 

DailyMail’s Steinberg: The Threat to News is the Media Agencies

It’s not porn, it’s not file sharing, yet many media agencies equate news with these unsavory categories – and they are keeping their distance and limiting ad spend. The threat to news is not the lack of journalists, it’s the way news is seen by advertisers, primarily by the agencies who evaluate the medium, declares Jon Steinberg, CEO […]

 
 

David Bell: “There Will be Roadkill in the Lumascape”

At the upcoming Cannes Lions Festival in France next month, a vast numbers adtech companies will be vying for attention but there will be an inevitable winnowing. Consolidation will continues with the growth of larger, open platform technology companies. “There will be roadkill in the Lumascape,” says David Bell, Chairman Emeritus of the Interpublic […]

 
 

Video Ad Trust Is A Mess: Coull CEO Watkins

Through initiatives like the Media Ratings Council defining what truly constitutes a “viewable” ad, the industry has come a long way to eradicating fraudulent practices. But the spectrum of viewable ad-measuring platforms spawned by the search for accuracy means video ad sales are still in a pickle, says one video ad tech boss. “There’s a lack […]

 
 

Data and Analytics to Take the Main Stage in Cannes, MEC’s Carl Fremont on Why it Matters

Data, analytics and programmatic advertising have been part of the conversation at Cannes Lions for the past couple of years. The dialogue has taken place at meeting suites, beach cabanas and at networking events. This year, for the first time, Cannes will host the Lions Innovation Festival, a two-day (6.25-26) program held in the Grand […]

 
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