Index Exchange’s Doherty ‘Levels-Up’ At The Middle To Reduce Ad Costs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — After a year in which calls for “transparency” in advertising technology reached “cacophony” on the controversy scale, advertisers understanding of the issues has increased significantly – and their demands are growing in lock-step. That is according to one ad exchange operator which reports a maturation in the questions marketers are asking […]

 
 

PubMatic’s ‘Two Big Steps’ On Transparency, And What’s Next

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — After another year of outcry over insufficient transparency in the digital advertising chain, supply-side platform PubMatic kicked off the year by making two pricing pivots geared toward soothing concerns. As the company’s platform sales VP Kyle Dozerman tells Beet.TV in this video interview: “The first was the removal of our buy-side […]

 
 

IBM Watson Advertising: Traditional Publishing, ‘A Lot of New Data And Technology Assets’: Jeremy Hlavacek

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Imagine an advertising agency that creates its own data and technology, produces video content and sells ad inventory in that content and you’ve got IBM Watson Advertising. So it’s in a unique position to actually help clean up the digital ecosystem. Like many in the industry, Watson Advertising believes there are […]

 
 

Adobe Advertising Cloud Extends Beyond TubeMogul’s Video Roots

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — When it launched a decade ago, it was purely an analytics suite for cross-platform video publishers. In time, TubeMogul expanded to take on a bigger role powering the advertising that powers video. But now that ‘TubeMogul’ has become Adobe Advertising Cloud, it’s no longer mostly a video advertising company. In mid 2015, […]

 
 

Hearst Digital’s Troy Young On The ‘New Realities’ Of Understanding Consumers, Creating Audiences

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – After acquiring greater scale by purchasing Rodale’s global content business, Hearst still has to compete in an era when “everyone’s a content publisher” and some digital platforms are easier for advertisers to engage with than others. It’s against this backdrop that Troy Young, Global President, Hearst Digital Media, views the ever-evolving […]

 
 

Microsoft’s O’Donnell On SSP Buying Decisions

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — Gone are the days since MSN was Microsoft’s only horse in the advertising race. Nowadays, the company’s ad offering encompasses Xbox, Outlook and a whole lot more. So Microsoft enlisted AppNexus to be its supply-side platform (SSP), the software ued to automate the sale of a publisher’s ads at scale. In […]

 
 

Oath Consolidates DSP Assets, Pursues Creative Ad Formats: CRO John DeVine

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – An “embarrassment of riches” in the adtech space is an understatement when it pertains to the melding of Yahoo and AOL under Verizon’s Oath. This includes multiple demand-side platforms  that Oath is “aggressively consolidating down” to a single platform,” says CRO John DeVine. As Oath sorts out the DSP solution, “We’re […]

 
 

Hulu’s Peter Naylor: Reputation And Brand Safety Also Means Budget Safety

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – With the demand for digital transparency and brand safety only getting stronger, Hulu is taking a “very direct” approach to making its inventory available to advertisers via programmatic transactions. “We’re writing our own rules for our own game when it comes to automation and programmatic,” says SVP of Advertising Sales Peter […]

 
 

Fox Networks’ Meredith Brace: Brands Want Reliable Information, Consumers Want Choices

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Having spent about seven years on the client side at Microsoft, it’s quite natural for Meredith Brace to don her “brand hat” when it comes to the issue of safe advertising environments. “I still look at it through that point of view,” says Brace, who is SVP, Digital Sales, Fox Networks […]

 
 

News Corp’s Uses “Blackout” To Find Ad Fraud

PALM SPRINGS, Calif — It is one of the leading causes of contemporary digital ad fraud. But just how big is domain spoofing, and how damaging is it? When News UK, News Corp’s UK newspaper publishing arm, conducted a test in December, the results were shocking. Though it removed the inventory of its The Times […]

 
 

AppNexus Sees ‘An Explosion’ Of Video, Eyes The Linear TV Space: CEO Brian O’Kelley

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Like many adtech companies, AppNexus had long supported video. Two years ago, it decided to lean hard into the winds of change roiling the television industry by investing in its own video demand-side platform, supply-side platform and ad server. “The cool thing is it’s working,” says CEO Brian O’Kelley. That turns […]

 
 

IAB Focus On Brands An ‘Inflection Point’ For Industry: NBCUniversal’s Scott Schiller

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – The Internet Advertising Bureau’s focus on brands at the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference marks an inflection point for the organization and all of advertising and media, according to NBCUniversal’s Scott Schiller. That it’s happening now “is a perfect setting for us to really focus on how do we bring brands closer […]

 
 

Beyond The Olympics, NBCUniversal Focusing On Ad Formats, Automated Buying: EVP Krishan Bhatia

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – NBCUniversal’s Total Audience Delivery is a first for its coverage of Winter Olympics and a model for what the company believes will be more acceptance of the way it is helping marketers re-aggregate fragmenting audiences. So far, one of the biggest takeaways from the PyeongChang Winter Games for Krishan Bhatia has […]

 
 

Unilever’s Keith Weed On Collaborating To Improve Digital Platform Content, Using Blockchain To Vet Transactions

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Unilever is working with social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube on a “collaborative” basis to improve their content for the good of society while building a private blockchain to tackle transparency issues surrounding its own digital advertising. “The swamp isn’t very transparent,” says Unilever Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Keith […]

 
 

Unilever Will Use Blockchain To Cleanse Digital Supply Chain: IBM iX’s Babs Rangaiah

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Behind Unilever’s public demand for greater trust on digital platforms is an ambitious plan by the global marketer to embrace blockchain technology. Its first step is to build a private blockchain to begin cleaning up the digital media supply chain, with its preponderance of middlemen and conflicting numbers. “Blockchain was built […]

 
 

AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley: Only Transparency Will Provide Trust In Digital Ecosystem

PALM SPINGS, Calif  – In the interest of promoting digital advertising transparency, AppNexus has done “a complete opening” of its books over the last six months. This type of leadership role should be adopted by  every participant in the digital ecosystem for the benefit of marketers and publishers, says CEO Brian O’Kelley. “I think it’s […]

 
 

IAB’s Randall Rothenberg: Seeing Brand Safety In A New Light, Dumping ‘Buy-Side, Sell-Side’ Lingo

Once again, the topic of “brand safety” will be front and center at the upcoming Internet Advertising Bureau Annual Leadership Meeting, but it will take on new meaning in light of IAB research into what it calls the Direct Brand Economy. Other industry semantics need to be updated as well, IAB President & CEO Randall […]

 
 

‘Direct Brands’ Will Be Under The Microscope At IAB Annual Leadership Meeting: President & CEO Randall Rothenberg

What’s the difference between “direct” brands and “indirect” brands? The distinction is the subject of the largest research project the Internet Advertising Bureau has ever done and it will be the centerpiece of the organization’s upcoming Annual Leadership Meeting. In this interview with Beet.TV, IAB President & CEO Randall Rothenberg explains why incumbent brands that […]