Digitas’ View Of Digital Content NewFronts: Cave Men, Astronauts And Storytelling

What do cave men and astronauts have in common? More than either one could ever imagine, if you’re DigitasLBi, which decided to help the advertising industry broaden its view of digital media a decade ago by birthing the Digital Content NewFronts. The theme of last year’s NewFronts was ad skipping, recalls Scott Donaton, Chief Content […]

 

Brand Content Not Just ‘Nice To Have’ But The Future Of Marketing: DigitasLBi’s Donaton

LOS ANGELES – In an age of advertising as storytelling, it starts with deciding what stories to tell that are worthy of an audience’s time. The next part is what gets tricky, namely figuring out the best places and ways to tell those stories. As much as some brands might wish to create a particular […]

 

Brands Can Tell Stories In Virtual Reality: DigitasLBi’s Bailey

LAS VEGAS — Oculus Rift may have been conceived for playing games, but marketers increasingly view it as a place to communicate messages. “360-degree, immersive experiences are really starting to explode now,” according to DigitasLBi technology SVP Tony Bailey. He calls virtual reality “a new way of thinking about storytelling”. “If you’re in beverages and you […]

 

How Ad Execs Think Differently About Mobile

CHICAGO — Mobile attracts different consumers in a different mindset than traditional digital media. So how can agencies get out of the “shovelware” mindset and give mobile users something more likely to yield results? A Beet.TV panel discussion heard executives’ answers: Maxus strategic planning director Jill Langan: “There are opportunities to use mobile as a […]

 

Satisfying Readers Is Key To Content Marketing: Digitas’ Mark Book

CHICAGO — DigitasLbi’s “Perceptions Of Care” video campaign for Whirlpool has won rave reviews from ad watchers, after the agency worked with popular web publisher Upworthy to craft the campaign as a pair of videos. The campaign has generated some hefty social media views. So what was the secret? “It has a real brand product […]

 

Tech Means ‘Creative Renaissance’ For TV: SMG’s Scheppach

CHICAGO — The internet may have displaced newspapers, magazines and radio in many consumers’ lives. But advertising execs – even those from technology backgrounds – don’t believe TV is about to croak any time soon, a Beet.TV panel heard. DigitasLbi’s programmatic strategy and analysis VP Brian Zaben: “It’s not going anywhere. It will just be more informed. […]

 

Video First, TV Later: Digitas’ Zaben

CHICAGO — Digital video can come top of the marketing funnel – but the medium isn’t yet in a position to easily transition to the main screen in the house. “Video is a great first touchpoint (with audiences) – then we start to close them off with some of the display and lower-funnel tactics,” DigitasLbi’s programmatic […]

 

Programmatic ‘Is Not A CPM Crunch’: Digitas’s Zaben

CHICAGO — The collection of new-wave automated ad targeting and trading techniques known as “programmatic” may have initially been seen as helping advertisers drive down inventory costs – but that is no longer the sole way ad buyers see it. “This is not a CPM crunch where we’re racing to the bottom, but a way […]

 

Digital Means ‘World Of Opportunity’: DigitasLBi’s Shlachter

NAPA, CA — As much as it poses challenges, the ongoing explosion in digital media is also opening up a wealth of new opportunities for marketers to reach consumers, says DigitasLBi North America’s chief investment officer Adam Shlachter. “The numbers are there now – if you look at platforms like YouTube… the content creators are generating a […]

 

Too Much Math, Too Little Meaning: Publicis’ Tobaccowala

COLOGNE, Germany — As “maths men” take over from “mad men” on advertising’s Fifth Avenue, the new cult of data is proving to be too all-consuming, says one advertising veteran. “We may be losing the plot – too much math, too little meaning,” says DigitasLBi and Razorfish chair Rishad Tobaccowala. “We’ve forgotten that the data […]

 

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 […]

 

DigitasLBi Enters Management Consulting Arena

CANNES – Media agencies must now compete with management consulting shops in the race to help marketers reorganize their businesses, says Luke Taylor, CEO of DigitasLBi during an interview with Beet.TV. DigitasLBi is a unit of Publicis Groupe and was formed earlier this year when Publicis merged Digitas with its Amsterdam digital agency LBi to help grow Publicis’ footprint […]

 

Mashable Intros Social Ad Platform with Digitas & Vayner

CANNES — Mashable rolled out a new service for advertisers to boost their social lift across the news site and has signed up DigitasLBi and VaynerMedia as the first partners, says Stacy Martinet, Chief Marketing Officer at Mashable during an interview with Beet.TV. Dubbed Mashable Lift for Brand Partners, the self-service platform helps brands bring their social […]