TV Ad Spend Under Pressure In 2024, But Brands Should Make Their Own Choices: Brian Wieser

LONDON, UK — The man once described as “Madison Avenue’s de facto chief economist” thinks 2024 will be an okay year for ad spend, even without the contribution from US elections. In 2023, Brian Wieser formed his own Madison and Wall advisory service after stints as a research analyst at Pivotal and global president at […]


Ad Analyst Wieser Sees Digital Questions On The Corner Of Madison And Wall

What lies at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Wall Street? As someone once described as “Madison Avenue’s de facto chief economist”, Brian Wieser has brought incisive analysis to the evolving advertising business. As senior research analyst for Pivotal Research Group, Wieser carved a niche with sharp commentary on major media stocks, before going in-house […]


CIMM Summit Will Showcase Key Issues for TV Advertising Market: CIMM’s Jon Watts

NEW YORK – This year’s CIMM Summit arrives as the media, marketing and adtech industries debate the best ways to set the value of cross-platform advertising for brands of all sizes. “We’re 18 months to two years into a transition to a multicurrency marketplace,” Jon Watts, managing director of the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement […]


Viewership Follows Investments in TV Programming: GroupM’s Brian Wieser

The audiences for ad-free streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ have coincided with significant investments in content. That programming includes scripted shows that generate buzz and win awards, but are expensive to produce. “We continue to think that viewing of professional video is going to roughly relate to spending on content,” Brian Wieser, global president […]


Brands Can Be Useful Through Virus Crisis: GroupM’s Wieser

VIA BEETCAM  — The coronavirus, COVID-19, has come as a shock to the global economy – and the media industry is likely to feel the force, too. Until the virus spreads more widely in the west and until more media organizations start reporting results, the full impact is hard to forecast – but brands have […]


GroupM’s Wieser: Political Advertising Will Be a $10 Billion Business in 2020 with Most Going to TV

LONDON– Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at GroupM and former securities analyst, predicts that political advertising in the US will spike to $10 billion in 2020, a 45% increase from 2018. Even that, he says, might be conservative: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a late Democratic nominee entrant, has already pumped nine figures into the […]


OTT Won’t Stop US TV Ad Shrinkage: GroupM’s Wieser

Five months after the “most-quoted man in advertising” moved from Pivotal Research to go in-house at GroupM, Brian Wieser has some mixed news for his new employer. Wieser, who was a media and marketing soothsayer at the research firm and is now business intelligence global president for the agency, says TV ad spend will decline […]


Agency Growth Lays Ahead: Wieser Goes In-House At GroupM

PHOENIX — What changes when “the most-quoted in advertising” goes in-house? Not much, says Brian Wieser. In seven years a Pivotal Research, a Wall Street equity analyst firm, Wieser carved out a reputation – as senior research analyst – for sharp insight in to the worlds of media and advertising. Now he has been hired […]


Ad Agencies Are “Cockroaches, Not Dinosaurs:” Pivotal’s Wieser

If you believe some of the hyperbole, as new ad tech and tools give brands greater ability to plan and buy for themselves, the role of the ad agency is now over. Disintermediation is the order of the day. A recent ANA survey showed 35% of marketers expanded their in-house media buying capabilities in 2017 […]


Advanced TV Won’t Grow TV Ad Spend: Pivotal’s Wieser

AdAge called him “the most quoted man in advertising” – but what does Brian Wieser call the impact of TV advertising technologies? Underwhelming, it seems. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Pivotal Research senior analyst Brian Wieser, who opines on the media business, says advanced TV targeting opportunities will do little to arrest an overall […]


Investors Underprepared For GDPR: Pivotal’s Wieser

What if a switch was suddenly flipped that meant advertisers and their data partners would have to gain explicit consent from audiences to be tracked, and that allowed those targets to demand a stop to processing of their data in future? That’s what happened in Europe in 2016 – but the law that was passed […]


Pivotal Research’s Brian Wieser On Disney-Fox, Consultants Versus Agency Holding Companies

LAS VEGAS – When Brian Wieser looks at The Walt Disney Co.’s desire to buy certain aspects of 21st Century Fox, he sees the impact of both shifting viewing habits and the intrusion of big digital players. For Disney, it’s the appeal of a big, quick deal and the options here and overseas it will […]


Analyst Wieser: Ad Downturn To Cast Shadow on Cannes

Depending on which part of the industry in which you operate, the media and marketing landscape may look pretty buoyant still But one of the top media investment analysts sees a very different story looming. According to Pivotal’s Brian Wieser, the biggest marketers are now spending less in a drive to cut procurement costs – and that could […]


Ad-Blocking Fears Are Overblown: Pivotal’s Wieser

CANNES — Over the last couple of years, ad buyers have fought hard against the perceived threat from fraudsters cheating them out of ad impressions. Now some feel Apple is about to exactly the same. Under iOS 9, the Safari web browser will support extensions that enable “a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, resources, […]