Havas’ Kinsella: As Agencies Rush To Data, How Deep Is Too Deep?

Is there such a thing as too much data in advertising and media? Quite possibly, according to the CEO of Havas North America. “I still see an incredible rush to data,” says Colin Kinsella, noting the trend of agency holding companies combining their data assets and building “these incredibly large organizations” around said data. He […]

 

GroupM’s Norman: Consumer Entertainment Choices A ‘Complicated Puzzle’

One expects to see faster chipsets from the NVIDIAs and Qualcomms of the world at CES 2017, plus more dazzling television screens. But for TV programmers, a lot of the action will focus on skinny bundles and trying to figure out how consumers will figure out their individual relationships with entertainment content. This is the […]

 

Consumers Don’t Want Dysfunction In Their Tech Choices: UM’s Richardson

A world without friction or seams probably won’t ever happen, even though consumers seek it constantly. In the meantime, marketers need to focus on the technologies that are showing signs of progress, whether it’s with augmented/virtual reality, artificial intelligence or eyeglass video. “I think one of the challenges that we’ve still got with that technology […]

 

Kawaja on AT&T/Invidi Deal, Adobe/TubeMogul and Accelerated Consolidation in the Year Ahead

Following a record year for mergers and acquisitions in the digital advertising and media space, “the volume is going to continue” in 2017. That’s the forecast from LUMA Partners Founder & CEO Terry Kawaja, whose advice for startups in the artificial and virtual reality space—plus the Internet of things—is don’t be too early. In an […]

 

Voice Recognition For TV ‘The New Battlefront’: OMD USA’s Winkler

Pure programmatic buying of television ads in a real-time, automated fashion is not happening at any kind of scale today and probably won’t for a few years, according to the Chief Investment Officer for OMD USA. However, “A lot of the benefits from programmatic thinking are starting to come into the marketplace, mostly through the […]

 

GroupM’s Rob Norman: Viewability Not Acceptable in Feed-Based Environments

While digital ad viewability probably won’t be the “topic de jure” at CES 2017, GroupM is taking into account modifiers for U.S. feed-based video advertising as it takes its own viewability standards global, according to Chief Digital Officer Rob Norman. “It’s pretty well known that the GroupM viewability standards aren’t met by feed-based environments,” Norman […]

 

Weather Company’s Bitterman Finds Data In The Cloud

Do consumers want to speak to their ads? IBM and The Weather Company think so. After the latter’s digital division was acquired by Big Blue, the pair this year launched “Watson Ads”, using the artificial intelligence system’s natural language-handling capabilities to power a conversational new ad format. So what’s the big idea? For Weather Company CMO Jordan […]

 

Next Stop For 605: CES, New Devices And Cross-Screen Measurement Opportunities

As it prepares for its first CES event in Las Vegas, data and analytics provider 605 will be looking at new video delivery devices slightly differently than programmers. Whereas programmers mostly envision additional viewer fragmentation, 605 sees opportunity to provide measurement solutions. As a “pure data play,” 605 doesn’t sell media or advertising, isn’t a […]

 

On Heels Of Mach, NBC News Readies Additional Vertical ‘Near News’ Ad Opportunities

NBC News will continue to roll out vertical, special interest “near news” advertising opportunities going into 2017, the most recent of which is a technological/transformational themed effort called Mach for NBC News. “One of the things we’ve rolled out as part of our quality transformative mission is a vertical strategy,” Alex Duncan, VP of Digital […]

 

Condé Nast Entertainment Eyes Programmatic Video, Plants ‘Big Stick’ In VR

Condé Nast Entertainment—which produces about 5,000 unique premium videos each year—is testing programmatic ad sales in what could be a prelude to a big programmatic push in 2017. It’s a seemingly inevitable path for Condé Nast, having dived into video production just over three years ago for its 19 properties, from GQ to Glamour. “Any […]

 

FreeWheel Report: OTT, Set-Top Box VOD Viewing Eclipses Desktop

First it was desktop, then mobile and now it’s all about the living room at premium video ad management solutions provider FreeWheel. That’s because “This is truly premium viewing experiences,” says SVP of Client Services Mike Lawlor. “It’s lean back, it’s dynamic, it’s highly engaged viewers on 60-inch television screens.” Moreover, it’s “fraud-free, it’s 100% […]

 

Hulu Will Test Ads In VR, Peter Naylor

Last year, estimates pegged Hulu revenue at $1.5bn. Even without sight of the split, it’s fair to say that advertising is becoming big business for the VOD joint venture. Now it’s considering its options for the next generation of advertising – virtual reality. Hulu began putting content in to VR in March, and is now looking […]

 

MediaLink At CES 2017: Immersive Experiences, Sensations and Disruption

Strategic advisory and business development firm MediaLink is heading to CES 2017 to expose its clients—a mix of Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Wall Street—to “immersion and experiences in terms of sensations in marketing,” according to President and COO Wenda Harris Millard. If that’s not enough, there also will be disruption, the kind that […]

 

The Washington Post Emerges As a Tech Platform

When Jeff Bezos acquired The Washington Post in 2013, we knew the paper was about to become a lot more techy. Indeed, Beet.TV has already chronicled how the Postbuilt its own in-house ad server (Prizm),software to write better headlines (Bandito) and a semantic software analysis tool (Clavis). That may sound like a departure for a […]

 

Starcom’s Richman Looks to New Opportunities at CES, More Addressable TV

The upcoming CES show is both a vehicle for motivation and inspiration. So says Amanda Richman, President of Investment and Activation of Starcom USA, in this pre-show interview with Beet.TV. “It is an opportunity to see what are the next products that consumers will love that we can align with, and what the behaviors will be and […]

 

Turner ‘Ignite’ Slims Down And Powers Up The Ad Experience In ‘Test And Learn’ Year

Heading into CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Turner was just rolling out its Ignite insights-powered unit, designed to enhance the television advertising viewing experience. Turner Ignite returns to CES 2017 armed with case studies showing how branded content and standard ads paired in pods lifts campaign engagement. Ignite evolved from the realization that the TV […]

 

Carat CEO Doug Ray Looks to New TVs and Data at CES

For some time now, TVs have been king at the annual CES show and they still will be in 2017, but data is the big opportunity too, says Doug Ray, U.S. CEO of media agency Carat. At the show, he’ll be checking out what’s new in 4K, 8K OLED, as well as connected TVs and […]

 

GroupM’s Gotlieb: Census-Level Data Needed To ‘Join The Dots’ Between TV, Digital

LONDON – Legacy media needs to join digital in using census-level data for audience targeting and attribution, according to Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman of WPP’s GroupM. “If we look at the effect of our media campaigns and try to do proper attribution on them, we have to do it, we have to get legacy media on […]

 

IP Delivery Means Smarter Targeting, Reduced Ad Loads: Fox’s Marchese

Letting consumers opt in to engage with digital commercials in lieu of seeing a full pod of them is just “the tip of the spear” in the quest to replace frequency based advertising, says Fox Networks’ Joe Marchese. “This is where we’d like to end up. But between here and there, there’s a lot of […]

 

Wall-Size TV’s To Internet Of Things Security: GroupM’s Gotlieb On CES 2017

LONDON – As he looks ahead to CES 2017, GroupM Chairman Irwin Gotlieb sees “enormous developments” in all six categories that are typically his focus at the global consumer electronics and technology trade show. In an interview with Beet.tv, Gotlieb identifies those categories as automotive, computing, computing mobility, consumer electronics, health & fitness and integration. […]