Technology, Immersive Television At ‘An Intersection And A Crossroads’: Amnet’s Muldoon

SANTA BARBARA, CA – With the rebranding of AT&T’s Xandr on the heels of the acquisition of AppNexus, brand engagement can become more of a reality in the eyes of programmatic veteran Art Muldoon. “Having worked with AppNexus since 2010, we’ve really seen the evolution of programmatic turn into a people-based marketing endeavor,” says Muldoon, […]

 

Xandr’s Mike Welch: National Premium Video Marketplace Will Aggregate ‘Significant Amounts Of Supply’

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Xandr’s partnership with Altice and Frontier to aggregate and sell their national addressable television inventory are just the first steps in Xandr’s pursuit of a national marketplace for premium, video-centric advertising on both the buy-side and sell-side. Within the next 12 months, Xandr envisions having “aggregated significant amounts of supply. We will […]

 

Furious Corp.’s Swartz: AT&T’s Relevance Will Elevate Talk ‘Beyond The How To The Why’

When Ashley J. Swartz hears the word relevance, the term renaissance comes to mind. Having doubled down on television “not only surviving but thriving,” she sees AT&T’s The Relevance Conference as the confluence of TV’s potential future in one place. “I think it’s incredibly exciting to see that some of the leaders in the marketplace […]

 

A ‘Resurgent’ comScore Plans Currency, Planning Solutions: CEO Wiener

With the race for cross-screen audience measurement becoming more of a marathon than a sprint, under new CEO Bryan Wiener comScore has both feet in the game. Those would be its digital and television penetration and the granularity of its consumer behavior data. “The genesis behind the comScore-Rentrak merger was brilliant,” Wiener says in this […]

 

LUMA Partners’ Kawaja: Less Interruptive Ads Are Central To Relevance

While there are tactical ways to make advertising more relevant, Terry Kawaja believes there’s a bigger concept at play: relegating interruptive advertising to the past. The Founder & CEO of LUMA Partners will be one of some 250 industry leaders attending The Relevance Conference hosted by AT&T in Santa Barbara on Sept. 24-26. On the […]

 

With AT&T, AppNexus Seeks To Create ‘Transformative’ TV Ads: CEO O’Kelley

COLOGNE – Now that AppNexus is part of the AT&T advertising, content and communications universe, AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley says that making advertising matter is the overarching mantra. Central to that theme is relevance to consumers, and the world will learn exactly what that means when AT&T convenes its Relevance conference in California later this […]

 

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. […]

 
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