Brands Should Court Values, Not Controversy: Digitas’ Donaton

Brands aligning themselves with social causes and movements should be a “no brainer” as long as they don’t embrace controversy just for the sake of controversy. “We heard that brands need to stand for something but that doesn’t necessarily mean always that they have to be controversial,” is the way Scott Donaton sums up one […]

 
 

Digitas’ NewFront Advice To Brands: You Need Causes And Beliefs

When it comes to social causes and movements, brands can’t stand on the sidelines anymore as traditional calls to action are being upstaged by emotional connections. “You cannot not stand for nothing. By doing that, you’re standing for something and something that won’t resonate with your consumers,” says Michael Kahn, Global Brand President at Digitas. […]

 
 

Tobaccowala At The NewFronts: Of Creativity, New Players And ‘Dinosaur Companies’ Coming Alive Again

Marketers all around the globe face three basic, common challenges, according to longtime advertising executive Rishad Tobaccowala. They are reigniting growth, engaging with consumers and finding the right organizational structure that can facilitate the first two. “For most countries, the number one thing that clients are looking for is how do they grow again. So […]

 
 

Digitas’ Kelly On NewFronts: Complete Ecosystem Of Premium Digital Programming

While the term “premium digital video” has become quite commonplace at the Digital Content NewFronts, when the event debuted 10 years ago was on few peoples’ radar screen. Now premium video can be considered a table stake for content creators who hope to get marketers’ attention. One of the most interesting things that Jill Kelly, CMO […]

 
 

Publicis’ Shlachter Divines The Future Of Video Viewing, Commercial Load And Measurement

VIEQUES, PR – Imagine a future where the standard commercial load in one hour of video content is just five minutes. Where Facebook and YouTube have big subscription businesses reminiscent of traditional cable operators, and Netflix just might start selling ads. These were among a variety of possible scenarios explored at the annual Beet.TV Executive […]

 
 

Digitas’ Media Chief Shlachter to Publishers: Don’t Stuff too Many Ads

Publishers take note: consumers are in control and annoying advertising will drive them away warns Adam Shlachter,  Chief Investment Officer at Digitas LBi, in this interview with Beet.TV.  He cautions publishers not to “stuff and ad into every pixel” on a screen. We spoke with him about the changes underway in digital media.  This interview […]

 
 

Constraints Will Breed Creativity in Mobile Video: Digitas’s Chen

For marketers who still have the instinct to use repurposed TV spots for their digital video ads, mobile video remains challenging. It represents a form factor many haven’t figured out. “You have to rethink how you’re telegraphing [your] message and how you’re telling a story in as little as six seconds” or keeping it interesting […]

 
 

Automation is Getting Deeper In To Agencies: Rubicon’s has Integration w/ Digitas

It is not just brands that can use “programmatic” tools to buy ads on exchanges. Brands’ agencies, too, can use similar technology to buy advance ads on an order basis, says ad tech outfit Rubicon Project‘s SVP Jay Sears. “We’re seeing automation go deeper and deeper in to the operating agency,” he tells Beet.TV in this video interview.” Case […]

 
 

Branded Video Now Driven by Data, Audiences, Digitas’ Mark Book

Branded video has evolved from a “post and hope” approach to a data-driven strategy, says Mark Book, VP and Director of Social Content at Digitas LBi, in an interview with Elaine Boxer, Director of Industry Initiatives at the IAB. “It’s about using data to be strategic about how you reach people in a contextual way,” he […]

 
 

Social Platforms Focus on Brand Engagement & Content, Digitas Exec Says

CANNES, France — As brands chase engagement, a number of social publishing platforms are offering more tools to both drive and measure interaction of branded content, says John McCarus, SVP Social Content at Digitas during an interview with Beet.TV at Cannes. “Brands are starting to get help from a more evolved social structure and we now have […]

 
 

Measuring Ads By Sales Is Some Way Off: DigitasLBi’s Shlachter

Advertisers won’t get to correlate ad spending with actual business outcomes until they give intermediaries real-time sales data, says one major-agency ad exec. Asked if advertising measurements like CPMs should be replaced by client-oriented metrics like actual sales, DigitasLBi media activation head Adam Shlachter agreed: “What we should be focusing on is the outcomes we want […]

 
 

Digitas Inks Partnerships with BuzzFeed, Epic Digital, SimpleReach

Digitas announced three new partnerships at their NewFront event last Thursday. Through their collaboration with SimpleReach, Digitas launched a “first-of-its-kind” content measurement tool that will allow them to measure engagement of all video in market for all of their brands – in real time, says John McCarus, SVP of Content at DigitasLBi. We spoke with McCarus in […]

 
 

Digitas’ Shlachter: ‘Technology’s Democratization of Video’

Video has long been a powerful storytelling tool. Now as the technology behind video content creation has become more readily available, everyone can become a publisher or a content creator, says Adam Shlachter, SVP of Media for DigitasLBi. We spoke to Shlachter in an interview with Beet.TV at the Digitas NewFront on Thursday. “As technology has democratized the […]

 
 

Digitas’ Kline on the Transformation of Digital Content

With the digital transformation taking place with technology in people’s personal and professional lives, Anne-Marie Kline, SVP of Social Content and managing director of BrandLIVE for DigitasLBi, says we need to keep moving forward, challenging and reflecting on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Beet.TV spoke with Kline at the Digitas NewFront on […]

 
 

Digitas’ Shlachter: Good Branded Video Is Hard To Do

With an apparent shortage of premium video inventory against which to advertise, some marketers are taking to producing their own content to get their messages across. But what’s the right recipe for branded video success? “No matter what … it’s got to be clear, consistent,” says Digitas’ north America media activation head Adam Shlachter. “It’s […]

 
 

Mobile Video Drives Brand Awareness, Purchase Intent, Digitas’ Shlachter

Mobile video has made great strides in creative and in media, and in many cases that’s driving higher completion rates, better brand awareness and strong purchase intent, says Adam Schlachter, Senior VP of Media for DigitasLBI, a digital agency owned by Publicis, in an interview with Beet.TV. As such, mobile offers advertisers a unique range […]

 
 

Digitas’ Hammer: Embracing ‘Unowned’ Platforms Boosts Ad Effectiveness

Brands should chill out about not having control of popular new online platforms and embrace them with unique, native ad creative, says a Publicis digital executive. “People who engage with video on a brand-owned site are watching, say, a minute of it,” according to Digitas media group director George Hammer. “When you take that content […]

 
 

Digitas’ Hammer: Let Ad Viewers ‘Choose Their Own Adventure’

NEW YORK — George Hammer has hit on the recipe for online video ad effectiveness: it’s all about empowering preroll-weary viewers. “We at Publicis’ looked at about 50 different types of online video formats and 100 different executions,” said the VP and media group director of Publicis’ Digtias agency. “What we found was, when we […]

 
 

Digitas Video Chief Shlachter: One Size Does Not Fit all for Brands

CANNES — While marketers are focused on content creation, one of the biggest challenges for brands is where to go next in this growing field, says Adam Shlachter, Senior VP at Digitas during an interview with Beet.TV. “We are all curious how we can shape the market and work together and collaborate with agency partners and […]

 
 

Sprint to Be First Digitas Client for Native Ad Distribution Partnership with HuffPo

Following Digitas’ NewFront announcement last month with The Huffington Post that they will partner to provide real-time content distribution, Sprint will become the first Digitas client for this native ad distribution. Sprint has partnered with IGN.com at this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo to create a E3 VIP experience for those who cannot attend the event in LA scheduled for June 11 […]

 
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