Ad ID Consortium Ramps Up In Q2, AppNexus McCarthy Says

SAN FRANCISCO — An initiative from three big ad-tech players to create a single pool of user identities is nearing technological completion and could go live from this coming Q2, according to an exec from one of the players involved. AppNexus, Index Exchange and LiveRamp created The Advertising ID Consortium last May in an effort to reach […]

 
 

NBCUniversal Will Trim Original Primetime Programming Ad Clutter By 20% This Fall

Declaring that “less is more” when it comes to the television viewing experience, NBCUniversal says it’s cutting advertising clutter by 20% in original, primetime programming and 10% across the portfolio starting this fall. In addition, the media giant is launching a new, 60-second, contextually programmed PRIME POD in the first or last break of a […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

GDPR Outcomes Still Unclear: AppNexus’ Shields

The new law has been in black and white for more than two years – but, still, the proof of its pudding will only be known after the final deadline for compliance comes in to effect this coming May. That is according to one ad-tech company exec thinking through the effects of the European Commission’s new […]

 
 

Header Bidding Coming to Video, But in Time. AppNexus’ Van Kirk explains

In the last couple of years, header bidding, the ad-tech practice through which publishers are now able to entertain multiple ad bids simultaneously rather than in a waterfall sequence, has tantalised buyers and seller alike. But, whilst the technology is now getting more widely deployed on display ads, arrival in video ads will take some time. […]

 
 

AppNexus Partnerships Tool Up For Programmatic TV

It has been providing programmatic advertising buying services for a decade. But now AppNexus’ video efforts are kicking up a gear. At its customer summit in New York, the company made three announcements it hopes will make it easier for advertisers to buy ads in over-the-top and connected TV environments: Direct integration with Pluto TV and TUBI. […]

 
 

AppNexus’ O’Kelley Fires Up Machine Learning-Powered DSP

For a business that moves so quickly these days, some things sure do go slowly. Case in point – AppNexus’ rebooted demand-side platform (DSP). A whopping four years in the making, the ad-tech company finally unveiled the “AppNexus Programmable Platform” (APP) this week. But, in this video interview with Beet.TV, CEO Brian O’Kelley says he thinks […]

 
 

AppNexus, Tru Optik Deal Delivers Audiences In 75 Million OTT Households: Tru Optik’s Andre Swanston

Under the partnership announced this week between AppNexus and Tru Optik, publishers will be able to pre-segment their connected-TV inventory and have private marketplace deal ID’s to control access to the inventory. “From a technological and logistical standpoint, it’s really a huge step forward for the entire industry,” says Andre Swanston, CEO and Co-Founder of […]

 
 

Beyond A Clean Supply Chain: Advertisers Focusing On Effectiveness, Says comScore’s Aaron Fetters

ORLANDO – What is considered a “safe” digital advertising environment for one brand might be unacceptable to another. For the latter, blacklisting entire websites or domains is one solution, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This is one of the concepts behind comScore’s rollout of its new Activation suite, an offering that enables […]

 
 

AppNexus’ Rubenstein: Machine Learning Enhances Ads

Machine learning is emerging, alongside artificial intelligence, as one of the tech trends of 2017. But one advertising technology provider says earlier investments in the technology are now bearing fruit. Asked about his company’s commitment to machine learning, AppNexus president Michael Rubenstein tells Beet.TV, in this video interview: “We’ve made deep, deep investments at AppNexus over […]

 
 

News Corp.’s Guenther On Infrastructure Flexibility, Fake News And Viewability

HOLLYWOOD, Florida – While programmatic media buying continues to grow rapidly, publishers need to remain flexible with their infrastructure. It’s all about helping advertisers reach the audiences they want, says the SVP and Global Head of Programmatic for News Corp., Chris Guenther. “It’s just a means of servicing our clients,” Guenther says of programmatic in […]

 
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