AT&T, Turner ‘Visions’ Are Aligned, Says Speciale

COLOGNE – Turner’s Donna Speciale knows the value of consumer data for advertising targeting and has been working with AT&T as it prepares to unveil its future at The Relevance Conference later this month. “I’m thrilled to be attending the conference in the next week or two,” she says. “I want to hear Brian’s vision […]

 
 

Cannes Mastercard Session: Execs Address GDPR And ‘Privacy By Design’

CANNES — From May 2018, strict new regulations governing how companies can handle European citizens’ data will pose a challenge to everyone who handles customer or audience data. Amongst other stipulations, the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) measures include: tighter consent conditions for the collection of citizens’ data. consumers can instruct companies to stop […]

 
 

What Agency Tech Chiefs Have Learned From Climbing The Ranks

CANNES — In the last couple of years, data-driven and programmatic advertising techniques have grown in importance to ad agencies, so many of the agencies have put the processes at the heart of their organizations. For many, that has meant a promotion for the executives who once ran outlier data divisions within an agency but […]

 
 

IPG, GroupM & Dentsu Agency Leads Explore Data Taxonomy And The Mobile Revolution

CANNES — Mobile is one of the biggest forces shaping digital marketing, marketers are challenged to agree common data standards, and advertising can enjoy a healthy future where commerce is taking place. Those were some of the conclusions of a panel of ad agency technology executives, who debated the topics in a session recorded by […]

 
 

Netflix’s Ad Model Could Be Content, GroupM’s Lesser

CANNES — Will Netflix introduce advertising? That is a question on many minds in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Madison Avenue alike. Often, the question is framed as an “either-or” in which Netflix would have to choose between continuing its current premium SVOD model or ripping it up in favour of ad funding. Previously, Ampere […]

 
 

MasterCard Automated Advertising Panel Debates Future Of Ad Outcomes (full session)

CANNES — What do executives at the bleeding edge of marketing strategy think about the way the business is changing? That was the main question on the lips of moderator Jay Sears, the SVP of MasterCard’s advertising intelligence, when he chaired a panel discussion on the topic on the shores of the Cannes Lions festival […]

 
 

Agency Tech Chiefs Want Clients To Back Outcomes Over Proxies

CANNES — The world of online advertising has grown up by using metrics like click-throughs as proxies for advertisers’ real end goals, like driving sales. Now, slowly, as new attribution technology hots up, brands are being promised the ability the ability to close the loop. But, whilst, to many, this evolution appears to be driven […]

 
 

Clients Caught Between Two Worlds: Agency Panel Discusses

CANNES — Many brands remain wedded to an advertising planning system developed by econometricians – but the so-called “marketing-mix modelling” doesn’t necessarily give them all the answers about campaign performance. In this discussion panel recorded by Beet.TV, ad agency tech executives say many clients are capable of moving forward – but they are caught between […]

 
 

GroupM’s Lesser Rearchitects The Agency For A Data-Led Future

CANNES — GroupM is reconfiguring its agency businesses for a new advertising world in which advertisers expect to measure and pay for ads that bring real, identifiable business results. In this video interview with Beet.TV, GroupM north America CEO Brian Lesser explains the group is responding a world in which the agency business model is fast-changing, […]

 
 

GroupM’s Lesser: The Future Of All Media is Digital and Programmatic

MIAMI – Less than six months into his role as CEO of North America for GroupM, Brian Lesser offers this vision of the future of media: it all will be digital in nature and bought programmatically. “That doesn’t necessarily mean the programmatic that we know and understand today,” Lesser says during a break at the […]

 
 

WPP Taps Brian Lesser as CEO of GroupM North America, Rob Norman Named Chairman

GroupM, the giant media agency unit of WPP, has named Brian Lesser as CEO of North America, succeeding Kelly Clark, the company announced on Thursday.   Lesser presently serves as CEO of Xaxis, the data and and digital media buying unit of WPP. Succeeding Lesser at Xaxis as CEO will be Brian Gleason , CEO of Xaxis […]

 
 

Xaxis’ Lesser Followed The Paternal Path To Change Advertising

Why did you get in to advertising? For Brian Lesser, it was because his dad showed him the ropes. Now Lesser runs WPP-owned Xaxis, one of the technology companies helping make advertising more targeted and more relevant. “When I was a kid, my father ran advertising agencies … I always liked the commercials better than the […]

 
 

WPP’s Xaxis Launches “Light Reaction,” a Mobile Performance Unit

Becoming sort of holding company within its parent WPP, Xaxis is launching new, stand alone businesses.  The latest is called Light Reaction, a company that measures the impact of mobile advertising, says Brian Lesser, Global CEO of Xaxis in this interview with Beet.TV The new unit is an amalgam of two acquisitions of ActionX and […]

 
 

WPP Wants to Support an “Independent AdTech Ecosystem,” Xaxis’ CEO

This year, there was a dramatic rise in adtech “stacks,” with Facebook’s relaunch of Atlas and the expansion of Google’s DSP business, but WPP wants to support “an independent ad tech ecosystem” where technology and media companies remain separate.   It is this direction that aligns with the recently announced alliance with AppNexus, explains Brian […]

 
 

Ditching Open Exchanges Is Right For Advertisers: Xaxis’ Lesser

CANNES, France — WPP’s GroupM recently declared it would no longer buy advertising spaces from open trading exchanges from next year. The global boss of GroupM’s data-driven unit backs that strategy. “It’s our ambition to not buy any media in an open marketplace,” says Xaxis global CEO Brian Lesser. “Our clients expects us to give them […]

 
 

WPP’s Xaxis Expanding Global Reach, Products

PALM SPRING, CA – Xaxis, the programmatic advertising and technology unit of WPP’s GroupM, is expanding into nearly 50 global markets this year and plans to expand the offering of Xaxis TV, says Brian Lesser, Global CEO.  In this interview, he speaks about programmatic advertising, the issues around video viewability and the expansion of Xaxis. […]

 
 

Xaxis Inks Deal for TV-Style Online Video Buying Using Videology & TubeMogul, Report

Group M’s trading desk arm Xaxis is aiming to expand its reach into TV-centric buying for online video via deals with Hulu, Viacom and ABC. Under the agreements, Xaxis will buy video ad inventory from those companies using its programmatic tools and insight, according to an Adeek story by Mike Shields. Xaxis will package the […]

 
 

Xaxis CEO Lesser: Majority Of Ad Buying Will Be Programmatic

CANNES — WPP’s data-centric Xaxis division has tripled in size from around 100 staff to more than 300 in its first two years, and CEO Brian Lesser says that growth suggests the future scale of highly targeted online ad buying tactics many label “programmatic”. “Over the next three to five years, you will see that […]