AppNexus Sees ‘An Explosion’ Of Video, Eyes The Linear TV Space: CEO Brian O’Kelley

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Like many adtech companies, AppNexus had long supported video. Two years ago, it decided to lean hard into the winds of change roiling the television industry by investing in its own video demand-side platform, supply-side platform and ad server. “The cool thing is it’s working,” says CEO Brian O’Kelley. That turns […]

 
 

Unilever’s Keith Weed On Collaborating To Improve Digital Platform Content, Using Blockchain To Vet Transactions

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Unilever is working with social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube on a “collaborative” basis to improve their content for the good of society while building a private blockchain to tackle transparency issues surrounding its own digital advertising. “The swamp isn’t very transparent,” says Unilever Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Keith […]

 
 

Measuring Brand ‘Love,’ Doubling Down On Yahoo Properties: Oath’s Tim Mahlman

LAS VEGAS – Verizon’s Oath is intent on spreading the love in 2018 as it ramps up to offer advertisers alternatives to more unified competitors like Facebook and Google. “Build brands people love” is the mantra of the amalgamation of AOL and Yahoo that is Oath. Fittingly, the company has decided to share its “love” […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Luma Partners’ Terry Kawaja: With Convergent TV, Scale ‘Is Now On A Whole New Level’

LAS VEGAS – When Terry Kawaja takes in the proceedings at CES, he’s not focused on the “flashy consumer-facing stuff that we see on the show floor.” To the Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Luma Partners, it’s all about sub-trends. This means that things like self-driving cars, drones, artificial intelligence and virtual reality […]

 
 

Beet Retreat Miami Panel Probes Advanced-TV Roadblocks: Furious Corp., 4C Insights, Oracle Data Cloud And Finecast

MIAMI – If you could change just one thing tomorrow that could speed up the advanced-television business, what would that be? Maybe nothing that would have an immediate impact on the way things were done—inertia being what it is—but it’s good to ponder the question anyway. This was the approach taken by Ashley J. Swartz, […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Matt Spiegel Tracks The ‘Precision Marketing Journey,’ Choices Facing TV Broadcasters

MIAMI – It’s not just the television industry that’s undergoing massive change as linear slowly cedes to other viewing options. Marketers, meanwhile, must embrace new forms of measurement as table stakes in their efforts to keep pace with that change. For both, the question becomes “How can we enhance the speed of change,” says Matt […]

 
 

What TV Can Learn From Digital In Audience Targeting: 4C Insights’ Anupam Gupta

MIAMI – Sometimes you need to learn from new media channels in order to better understand and use the ones that are much older. Social media and television is a case in point. Media technology provider 4C Insights cut its teeth on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. As it shifts into the […]

 
 

With New Funding And Facebook Insider Status, Clinch Ramps Up Personalized Video: CPO Boaz Cohen

MIAMI – Personalized video provider Clinch has gained a bird’s-eye view inside the walled gardens of Facebook and Instagram. It’s one of just three companies out of several hundred applicants chosen to participate in Facebook’s global Marketing API Accelerator program, which concentrates on areas that are key to the social media giant. “We’re the video […]

 
 

Videology’s Tony Yi: Search, Last-Click Attribution ‘Don’t Behoove Traditional Media Companies’

MIAMI – The fragmented TV viewing environment is reality. But it doesn’t pay to wait for “the perfect system” for cross-screen measurement and ad campaign attribution. “I think the time is now,” says Videology’s Tony Yi. “Facebook video impressions are growing exponentially. Amazon is out there in full force.” In this interview with Beet.TV at […]

 
 

4C Insights’ Anupam Gupta: ‘What We’re Trying To Get To Is Cross Channels’

The fall of 2017 has been a big season of integrations for data science and media technology provider 4C Insights. First came its link to Mediaocean on the buy-side and shortly thereafter NBCUniversal on the sell-side. With NBCU making its television inventory available via application programming interfaces, “it was pretty natural for us to come […]

 
 

Facebook’s Hsu On The Importance Of Creativity

The social network invented by a computer science drop-out may look like the same white-and-blue product to all of its two billion users. After all, Facebook is a platform. But that doesn’t mean Facebook cannot also be the place where creative messaging can thrive. Whilst the company operates as a self-service ad platform, it is also […]

 
 

NBCUniversal’s Aaron Radin: Self-Serve Deal With 4C ‘Juxtaposes’ Linear TV And Social Media Ad Inventory

NBCUniversal’s self-service programmatic buying offering powered by 4C achieves a few milestones in the linear television world. Among the biggest is that advertisers will be using the same buying console that they already use to target audiences on major social media platforms ripe with video ad inventory. The deal with 4C “allows us to juxtapose […]

 
 

Play More: Facebook’s Hsu Urges Brands To Get Creative

Advertisers should open their mind to the possibilities of mobile marketing that have little to do with standard ad units or the world of digital advertising as we have come to know it. That is the message to ad agencies from one woman leading creative industry engagement for Facebook’s Instagram. “It’s all about being agile, […]

 
 

MEC’s Tej Desai: Raising The Perception Levels Of Marriott’s 30-Plus Brands

ORLANDO – Marriott hotels knows a lot about what people talk about on social media and it’s become “a content machine” fueled by data and technology. “In our work for Marriott, we talk about customer centricity all the time,” says Tej Desai, Managing Partner at agency MEC. A year ago, Marriott itself comprised 19 different […]

 
 

Trusted Brands And Advertising Guarantees A Good Recipe For Meredith: National Media President Jon Werther

ORLANDO – Not that long ago in the media business, 115 years of legacy publishing experience wasn’t an oft-cited attribute in the battle with the digital upstarts. But with trust at a premium, ensuring you can deliver it along with ad-tech capabilities and advertising guarantees gives you more than a fighting chance despite your age. […]

 
 

Time Inc.’s Judith Hammerman On Transparent Metrics And Walled Gardens

To Time Inc., “transparency” is just another word for “validation.” And it’s nothing new to the publisher giant, which maintains a vast garden but eschews walls when it comes to sharing data with its partners. “I think when folks are talking about transparency what they’re really talking about is validation. They really want to know […]

 
 

Target Will Be First To Use NBCUniversal’s New Self-Serve Ad Placement API

Stepping up its digital advertising game against Facebook and other platforms, NBCUniversal is rolling out a self-serve way to buy ads in some of its top shows. Target will be the first to bypass NBCU’s sales structure and place ads directly via an application programming interface to target audiences based on the retailer’s consumer data. […]

 
 

How Salesforce DMP Helps Brands Find ‘The Next Best Customer’: Chief Strategy Officer Jon Suarez-Davis

COLOGNE – About a year ago, customer management provider Salesforce acquired data management platform Krux Digital, to keep pace with competitors like Adobe and Oracle. With Krux providing new muscle to the Salesforce Marketing Cloud, it has considerably upped the ante in leveraging brands’ first-party data. Salesforce Marketing Cloud Chief Strategy Officer Jon Suarez-Davis headed […]

 
 

Buyers Want Automation, Digital Insights And Attribution From Programmatic TV: DataXu’s Mike Baker

COLOGNE – In the arms race that is automated or programmatic TV, there’s much realignment occurring among tech players. They know if they’re too slow on the drawing board an Amazon or Facebook or Google will swoop in and beat them to the launch pad. This is not lost on marketing analytics provider DataXu, which […]

 
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