From Creative To Media Brings OMD’s John Osborn ‘Closer To The Customer’

LAS VEGAS – Contrary to what some might think, John Osborn didn’t leave the creative world behind when he decided to shift from heading up BBDO New York to running the media side at OMD U.S. He feels he’s gotten even closer to the real action. “I don’t look at it as leaving anything behind,” […]


Luma Partners’ Terry Kawaja: With Convergent TV, Scale ‘Is Now On A Whole New Level’

LAS VEGAS – When Terry Kawaja takes in the proceedings at CES, he’s not focused on the “flashy consumer-facing stuff that we see on the show floor.” To the Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Luma Partners, it’s all about sub-trends. This means that things like self-driving cars, drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality […]


Former P&G Global Marketing Officer Jim Stengel: Give Creatives ‘Simple, Inspiring Briefs’

ORLANDO – Having handled an $8 billion advertising budget and organizational responsibility for nearly 7,000 people while at Procter & Gamble, Jim Stengel is more committed than ever to the importance of marketing. The former Global Marketing Officer is heartened to see resolution and commitment at the Masters of Marketing Conference to getting brands back […]


Global Telcos Up The Ante On Advertising And Content: Havas’ Delport

BARCELONA – Having watched as Facebook and Google became “a real duopoly” in the mobile marketing space, telecommunications companies around the world are locked in an arms race to produce content and reap advertising revenue. “Telcos are just understanding that they sit on a huge data lake with first-party data that has incredible value, especially […]


Great Creative Is ‘Table Stakes’ As Clients Seek Insights, Knowledge: TBWA’s Ruhanen

LAS VEGAS – Creative agencies are managing a transition from a service culture to a knowledge culture. Along the way, the heretofore trusty 30-second television spot has yielded to a continual search for the most appropriate video format and accompanying production budget, according to Troy Ruhanen, the CEO of TBWA. “I think a lot of […]


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 […]


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 Ad Ops Chief Joe Barone on Ad-Blocking: Industry Challenges and Solutions

When Apple brings iOS 9 out of beta on September 16, many in digital advertising fear the pillars of their kingdom could begin to crumble. For, the latest version of the mobile operating system includes a content blocking architecture that could allow developers to release ad-blocking extensions for download by users. Some in advertising are jumping to act. […]


Bigger iPhone Will Unleash Small Video: ZenithOptimedia’s De Cruz

LONDON — Apple’s latest, larger smartphone will ignite the market for mobile video – but content has to fit the size of the device and the time of consumers who use it, says an ad exec. “The demand is obviously there,” ZenithOptimeda Group strategy director Chris de Cruz tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “The ways […]


A Revolutionary Apple TV? Don’t Expect too Much, IDC Analyst Greg Ireland

LAS VEGAS – Over the past four  years,  speculation has been rampant about the entrance of a new Apple hardware/software solution that will revolutionize the IPTV and gaming businesses. But it’s not going to happen, cautions industry analyst Greg Ireland, Research Manager at IDC, the this interview with Beet.TV While Apple can surely introduce an […]


New York Times Launches New App with Dedicated Editorial Staff

The launch of NYT Now, a new App from The New York Times, marks the first time the paper has committed a staff of editors to organize and update a mobile App. Unlike the paper’s main App which surfaces most of the Times’ stories, the new one presents a stream of  selected news in continuos […]


GroupM’s Gotlieb On Smart Cars’ ‘Space Race’ For Apple, Google

LAS VEGAS – In a world where mobile phones are replaced every two years or so, it’s frustrating that vehicles’ longer ownership terms make in-car entertainment systems dead-end and dead old. That’s why many auto makers, often accused of loading their dashes with old technology, are now turning their systems in to future-proof mobile mini-computers, […]