What Wavemaker’s Richman Wants To Know About The New AT&T

All of the 250 invitation-only attendees of next week’s AT&T event titled The Relevance Conferences are aware that the “new” AT&T will be a big operation with lots of scale. So what exactly should the “official reveal of their offering” communicate to the industry? “What everyone’s anxious to understand is a bit more of the […]

 
 

Challenges And Opportunities Of New Ad Formats: A FreeWheel Panel At Cannes

CANNES – Innovative video advertising formats are on the upswing, creating the potential for “new-ad format fatigue” and the measurement challenges that accompany them. But if you can get marketer procurement people on board with the concept, that upswing could broaden considerably. These are among the takeaways from a panel discussion at the 2018 Cannes […]

 
 

Nissan’s Witherspoon Drives Cannes FreeWheel Discussion On Television’s Future

CANNES – How does a huge marketer like Nissan convince its procurement people to explore new, non-traditional ways of reaching audiences and measuring those efforts? “We have this kind of internal joke that right now we have more pilots than American Airlines,” is how Allyson Witherspoon, Nissan’s GM for Global Brand Engagement, explained it. At […]

 
 

Cannes Panel Unites OMD, Wavemaker, Nissan, true[X] Execs On Consumer Centricity

CANNES – People in advertising and media disagree about many things, but a more consumer-centric approach to both video content and advertising is a big exception. This was more than evident during a panel discussion at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as part of the FreeWheel Forum on the Future of Television. […]

 
 

Digital And Linear No Longer Two Separate Worlds: Wavemaker’s Richman

CANNES – Like many industry executives, Amanda Richman applauds the “shared sense of purpose” among parties looking to advance measurement capabilities and experiment with new ad formats instead of “letting those conversations sit at a committee level.” When she eyes the video landscape, Richman sees it evolving toward the opportunity for more precision targeting without […]

 
 

Rebooting And Redesigning The Modern Marketing Agency: Wavemaker U.S. CEO Amanda Richman

How do you reboot an agency to take on more of marketers’ problems in a world where consumer change is fast and furious? In the case of GroupM’s Wavemaker, it’s thinking far beyond simply combining agencies Maxus and MEC. “It has to be more than a merger. If all we did was take two great […]

 
 

Starcom’s Amanda Richman Named CEO USA Of MEC/Maxus Merger

About four months from the merging of MEC and Maxus, Starcom veteran Amanda Richman has been chosen as CEO USA of the as-yet unnamed entity. Coming on board in October, Richman will report to MEC Global CEO Tim Castree. “Amanda is a fantastic choice to be our US leader,” Castree said in a news release. […]

 
 

Starcom’s Richman Welcomes TV Networks’ Data Plays

Moves by big US TV networks to guarantee TV ads targeted at specific audiences using data beyond mere demographics have been welcomed by a major media agency. Several of the big US TV networks have declared they will make moves to let advertising buyers use granular and first-party viewer data, over and above traditional Nielsen data, to target ads […]

 
 

Creative Needs To Drive Effectiveness Along With Media, Says Starcom’s Richman

LOS ANGELES – Despite great advances in digital and television audience targeting, platform-specific creative is a milestone the industry has yet to achieve. Until a silver bullet arrives, there’s some “simple stuff” that agencies and brands can do, according to Amanda Richman. “One of them being, let’s bring together all the right parties that all […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Advertising Must Get Back To Creativity: Starcom’s Richman

CANNES — These days in ad land, it seems like the only topic in town is data. The transformative potential of data-driven tools has spawned a plethora of advertising technology platforms, allowing buyers to sellers to better mediate the trading and targeting of messages. For an industry that has always prided itself on creative messaging, […]

 
 

Online Video Exploding Globally and Starcom’s Amanda Richman Explains Why

AUSTIN – Online video is showing dramatic growth.  It is by far the fastest growing ad medium. In a closely watched quarterly report titled  Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, the big media agency ZenithOptimedia has just reported that online video grew last year at a blistering rate of 34% to $10.9 billion globally – and it is on track to double by the […]

 
 

Starcom’s Richman: Cross-Channel Attribution is Critical

Data is the foundational playbook for marketing today, says Amanda Richman, President, Investment and Activation, Starcom USA in an interview with Beet.TV. Data provides the power to make marketing more effective and to help brands connect more deeply with audiences, she says. That’s why it’s so important for brands and agencies to work with the right technology partners […]

 
 

Starcom’s Amanda Richman Sees Programmatic Expanding To More Channels

One of the biggest opportunities with programmatic lies in using it as a starting point to bring targeting and data efficiency to all channels, including TV, says Amanda Richman, President, Investment and Activation, Starcom USA in an interview with Beet.TV. “Some see programmatic as real-time bidding and some see it as the opportunity around automation and the path […]

 
 

Nielsen’s Feigenson: Best Campaigns Mix Numbers And Emotions

Marketers must mix the best of both left and right brains to make for the best execution, panelists said at Beet.TV’s summit on cross-platform monetization hosted by Starcom MediaVest Group and sponsored by Dailymotion. Asked by moderator Ashley Swartz of Furious Minds whether marketers are using quantitative or qualitative methods to judge campaigns, guests emphatically said: both! […]

 
 

Starcom’s Richman: Cross-Screen Investment Rising, Discovery is Next Frontier

The next big push in online video content may lie in discovery, says Amanda Richman, President, Investment and Activation, Starcom USA, in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz for Beet.TV. In the last year, Starcom studied the perception of online video and TV ads and learned that consumers don’t distinguish. “We kept coming up against this perception that […]

 
 

SMG Launches New Unit for Cross-Platform Design, Content

As part of its evolution to become a cross-screen media agency, Starcom MediaVest Group launched a new unit this week called Zero Dot, devoted to consult and create brand experiences and content across platforms, says Amanda Richman, President, Investment and Activation, Starcom USA, in this interview with Ashley J. Swartz for Beet.TV. “Starcom has been […]