Havas’ Ankeney: It’s All About Meaningful Data

CANNES – Whether it’s marketers catching up, getting head or trying to leapfrog others, the need for transformation is the theme that drives everything, to Shane Ankeney, President, Havas Media Group North America. “They are looking to us as change agents, as transformation stewards, to help them do that because they realize that it’s very […]

 

GroupM’s Montgomery: Ads In Brand-Safe Environments Work Better

CANNES – Over the next couple of years, ensuring digital brand safety for marketers will become table stakes for publishers. In the meantime, GroupM is shifting the conversation with its clients to how ads perform better in truly brand-safe environments. “I think we’re moving into a stage where brand safety will become a commodity. Within […]

 

A Shorter Cannes: Fewer Agency Execs, More Brands And Consultancies

CANNES – Shortened by one day this year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity attracted fewer agency people. But there was a 30% increase in attendance by brand marketers and a 20% rise in the number of consulting firms, according to MediaLink Vice Chairman Wenda Harris Millard. So the Festival is still a “very […]

 

Transparency, Interoperability, Faster Reconciliation Focus Of Mediaocean/IBM Blockchain

CANNES — The blockchain consortium solution recently unveiled by Mediaocean and IBM’s iX agency could reduce the margins of many adtech players, but they might realize big gains as a result of an improved system, says Mediaocean CEO Bill Wise. And while blockchain technology in the advertising world is typically associated with digital media, the […]

 

OMD’s Osborn: Experiences Should Outweigh Formats For Video Ads

CANNES – Innovative video ad formats like Fox’s JAZ pods and NBC’s Prime Pods are a welcome change in the drive to improve viewing experiences, but to OMD’s John Osborn it’s all about experiences. “It think for us, we need to shift the conversation from formats to experiences. And I think that represents a really […]

 

FreeWheel Markets: A Focus On Audience, Measurement And Buy-Side Engagement

FreeWheel is “very happy to be heavily investing in Cannes again this year” as it looks to broaden its footprint on the buy side and find more strategic partners to tackle industry issues like attribution and measurement in television. As is the case in the ongoing TV Upfront season, there will be lots of discussion […]

 

EY’s Balis On The Need For An Industry Solution To Audience Targeting

Like some people with a long background in media, Janet Balis tries to parse the semantical nuances of what constitutes “advanced advertising,” particularly when the term is applied to television. What’s more important right now is that the sell-side and buy-side come together to craft uniform audience targeting and measurement solutions, says EY’s Global Advisory […]

 

[m]PLATFORM’s Hanlon Contemplates The Utility Of Data, Personalized Creative

People who are closest to the day-to-day nexus of data and technology are usually the first to discern meaningful turning points. For Evan Hanlon, that insight emerges as he considers years of industry talk, hopes and dreams. “I feel like we’re turning the corner beyond the sort of aspirational and the dream and all the […]

 

TV As A Platform: A Common Goal Worldwide, FreeWheel’s James Rooke

The television industry is increasingly operating more as a platform than as individual providers, but there’s still work to be done to reinforce TV’s incredible power in an often changing and competitive media ecosystem. What’s not lacking is a global, common vision on the future of TV. “What’s very clear to me is there is an […]

 

Television Advances As Consumers Choose Interactive Advertising, true[X] Midha explains

These days, the term “premium” typically accompanies the word “video.” But premium must also apply to viewer engagement with ads and the results that should accrue to advertisers, according to Pooja Midha. The new President of true[X] will share the company’s insights on how viewer interaction will transform the video ad business in a presentation […]

 

EY To Agencies: We Want To Collaborate, Not Compete

The main reason why consulting firms—some of which started in the mundane but essential accounting space—have moved into entertainment and media is that consumers have taken charge. And many marketers have failed to keep up. “Frankly, the reason why I think consulting is becoming so relevant at this particular moment is this is an industry […]

 

Cannes Lions Media Jury President Tim Castree is Looking For ‘Creativity And Context’

As Tim Castree prepares for his role as Jury President of the Media Lions for the upcoming Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, he hopes to see entries that reflect how brands have effectively married creativity and context. His first-time judging gig comes after the Cannes Lions reached a tipping point in 2017 as some […]