Investment Bank LUMA Partners Launches Guide to Black-Founded & Owned Businesses

Having built essential industry investment/deal guides called “LUMAscapes,” visual presentations of interrelated businesses in the media, marketing and  adtech industries, investment bank LUMA Partners has introduced the Black LUMAscape, a diagram and directory that charts scores of Black-owned and founded businesses. We spoke with LUMA founder and CEO Terry Kawaja about the new effort and […]


Leading Brands Follow Moviegoers Back to Theaters: NCM’s Cliff Marks

Labor Day weekend brought the reopening of thousands of movie theaters nationwide, giving advertisers a chance to reach audiences that had been starved of the movie-going experience for almost six months during pandemic lockdowns. For National CineMedia, which sells commercials that appear before the beginning of feature films, the reopenings of about 80% of U.S. […]


Political Campaigns Vie for ‘Big Screen’ Access: Xandr’s Steve Truxal

Political campaigns will kick into high gear after Labor Day weekend in the final stretch toward Election Day on Nov. 3. Those weeks will bring a jump in media spending, especially in swing states that are still too close to call. For Xandr, AT&T’s digital advertising exchange, this year’s election season is notable as political […]


‘Omni-Video Is Critical Going Forward’: Dish Media’s Kevin Arrix

Advertisers are looking for more flexibility in reaching audiences among a wider variety of video platforms, including traditional linear TV and the growing number of digital channels. Dish Media is giving marketers more choices, most recently in its partnership with Verizon Media announced this month. The deal gives advertisers using Verizon Media’s demand-side platform (DSP) […]


Apple Delays IDFA to Relief of the Advertising Business

Update:  Apple announced that the expected changed in IDFA this month will be delayed to 2021.  We have republished our August 5 interview with Bill Tucker of the ANA who heads a new industry consortium organized to push back on the new plans at Apple and Google. Can the advertising industry convince the world’s biggest […]


Russia Not Getting Reach As Facebook and Twitter Tighten Controls; The Problem is Homegrown: Washington Post’s Dwoskin

OAKLAND –  Russian operatives are still trying to sow disinformation and discord into the 2020 presidential election, but they are not achieving the reach they enjoyed in 2016, notes Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley reporter for the Washington Post. She cites more effective controls and staffing at Facebook and Twitter. This week, Facebook banned a so-called […]


Rishad Tobaccowala: Business In Post COVID-19 will be the “New Strange”

CHICAGO – With so much of business and society halted globally for well over six months by the pandemic, the post COVID-19 world will look different with new businesses forming around new customers and new technologies. It won’t be the “new normal” but the “new strange.” It will also be a time when companies must […]


Contextual Targeting Will Rise As Cookies Fade: Kargo’s Harry Kargman

Online audience tracking is undergoing a major upheaval as consumers demand more control over their personal privacy, challenging the adtech industry to develop better ways to help marketers reach target consumers. Digital publishers that deliver those viewers to advertisers aren’t immune to the upheaval as contextual targeting becomes more pronounced. For mobile ad exchange Kargo, […]


Connected TV Drives Growth in Audience Identifiers, Tapad’s Mark Connon

Consumers are using a wider variety of connected devices to view content, challenging marketers to reach target audiences and measure the results of their advertising campaigns. Connected TV is adding another dimension to this environment, providing another source of data that marketers can harness to improve their targeting. For Tapad, which specializes in helping companies […]


Rise Of The TV Bots: How Fraudulent Apps Are Poaching CTV Ads

The problem of ad fraud has become all too familiar for many working in the industry, spawning a collection of companies that aim to root it out. But, whilst many people think digital ad fraud stops at display and video, it has also crept in to emerging connected TV platforms – and now it is […]


Better Planning Needed For Connected TV Ads: Kantar’s Tillou

LOS ANGELES — Ad buyers want the world of TV to throw off its analog past and begin offering planning, buying and measurement tools more akin to those they have become accustomed to in digital. So media measurement firm Kantar is partnering with Tru Optik, an identity resolution service for connected TV, to better tackle […]


‘We Have Opportunity to Drive Addressability Forward’: Vizio’s Adam Gaynor

Television advertising for years has been the best way to reach mass audiences, and ongoing technological advancements are helping to refine its reach with better targeting. Addressable TV advertising is poised to grow with upgrades to the ad-delivery infrastructure and integration with audience data that will shape the marketplace in the next decade. Adam Gaynor, […]


Connect Digital Ads to TV Viewing: Verizon Media’s Markman

LOS ANGELES –  TV audiences have more viewing choices than ever as technology transforms the media landscape, making measurement more challenging for advertisers. Verizon Media is taking steps to help marketers measure their omnichannel marketing efforts, most recently with the rollout of a service that provides more in-depth audience data to connect digital ads with […]


Signal CEO Weinstein Sees ‘Best Of Both’ In Sale To TransUnion

CHICAGO — With its sale l to TransUnion, Signal CEO Lisa Weinstein hopes the pair-up can be a “game-changer”. In the deal announced on Monday, TransUnion said it is acquiring the 11-year-old company, which started as BrightTag, to advance its ability to offer consumer data and identity information to marketers. Signal’s core offering was tag […]


Context Fuels Brand Suitability: ZEFR’s Nicol

LONDON — The early-pandemic kerfuffle during which many advertisers blocked news sites from their ad-buying lists using “brand safety” tools seemed to teach the industry one thing – news is actually very safe, but it isn’t necessarily suitable for every brand. That’s why more companies in 2020 are starting to talk, instead, about “brand suitability”. But […]


Close The CTV Loop With Outcome Data: LoopMe’s Upstone

LONDON — Too many ad campaigns are ineffective and wasteful because they are not using available audience signals to better target. That’s according to one ad exec who says he knows how to close the loop. “We were talking with some large agency groups over the last couple of years, and when you measure TV […]


CTV Primed to Reach ‘Persuadable’ Cord Cutters in Extraordinary Election

Political candidates this year face a daunting task in reaching voters as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts traditional publicity efforts like rallies, conventions and stump speeches. Campaigns also must adjust to changing media consumption habits as more households cancel cable and satellite subscriptions, and connect their TVs directly to the Internet. Connected TV (CTV) has the […]


Marketers Seek More Insights on Programmatic Ads: Forrester’s Joanna O’Connell

Marketers are asking for better proof that their digital advertising is working, but many are frustrated with the programmatic marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers of media electronically. Accountability is a top priority for marketers who seek greater transparency into the supply chain that connects them with digital media outlets, a recent study found. […]


Work from Home Drives Local News Resurgence: Nielsen Research

Music and news are the media formats to capture the day-times of a new generation of homeworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from Nielsen. And the company thinks the reduction in commuting is driving an increased interest in local news. That may come as a relief to the many local publishers and broadcasters […]


Streaming Viewing Up 74% Annually, Disney+ Has 4%: Nielsen Research

Streaming services now represent 25% of all US TV-viewing minutes, according to new data pulled by Nielsen. According to its Streaming Meter, a panel of almost 1,000 streaming-capable US homes, streaming’s Q2 2020 share is up from the 19% it represented in Q4 2019. In all, average weekly streaming minutes are up from 81.7 billion […]

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