Xaxis Celebrates its 10th Anniversary as an “Outcome” Media Company, Gila Wilensky explains on the #BeetCast

This week, our podcast guest is with Gila Wilensky, President of of Xaxis US. She was appointed to the head the agency one year ago, coming from GroupM’s Essence where she was Head of Media Activation for North America. In 2013, Gila joined the growing Google account at Essence and built a team to run […]

 

‘Brand Suitability’ Also Means ‘More Effective’: GroupM’s Montgomery

CAPE TOWN — For a couple of years, it was the key issue facing brands – ensuring their “brand safety” in automated advertising environments. Now technology has helped iron out kinks in where ads get placed – but the man leading the charge says “brand safety” concerns are still around, they have just morphed. In […]

 

GroupM’s Brown Wants Verified CTV Data

Connected TV is growing fast, presenting advertisers with an opportunity to target viewers, control frequency and measure outcomes. But, despite the digital-style tactics, many in the industry are craving TV-style familiarity. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Jessica Brown GroupM, Director, Digital Investment, GroupM, says she wants consistent data about her ad buys. TV parity “We […]

 

What GroupM Wants From Connected TV: Sweeney

One of the world’s biggest media-buying agencies is rapidly increasingly its spending on connected TV ads for clients. But GroupM is still kicking the tyres of a burgeoning range of suppliers. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Matt Sweeney, chief investment officer for GroupM US, describes spending trends and his wishlist for platforms. Growing spend […]

 

Paid Social Requires ‘Being a Strategist at Heart’: Essence’s Deborah King

LONDON – Social media usage has surged during the coronavirus pandemic as homebound consumers rely on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to stay connected with the outside world. As marketers seek to reach those consumers, they face the daunting task of creating omnichannel campaigns among “walled gardens” that aren’t readily transparent and have […]

 

Platform-Agency Partnerships Taking CTV Ads Forward: GroupM’s Bacher

The COVID-19 pandemic may have winded the economy, the advertising business and personal lives around the world. But, for over-the-top (OTT) and connected TV (CTV), lockdown looks like being a catalyst. Not only have OTT services seen a big uptick in consumption during the period, but the whole ecosystem appears to have come together to […]

 

With $400 Million Novo Nordisk Win, Wavemaker’s Amanda Richman is Set on “Provoking” Clients

She calls it “positive provocation” – a strategy of challenging clients. For Wavemaker U.S. CEO Amanda Richman, it seems to be a winning approach for both managing clients and winning new ones, she explains in this interview with Beet.TV The GroupM agency recently landed the Novo Nordisk Danish pharmaceutical giant with a reported annual media […]

 

Advertisers Warming to News Investment as “Positive Associations” Emerge, GroupM’s Joe Barone

While brand safety was not the main reason for advertisers having pulled back from investing during the early days of the pandemic, those being budgets and messaging, concerns about brand safety or suitability have been a factor — but they are abating. Initially putting investment on hold during the initial days, advertisers are finding that […]

 

Bluntly Blocking COVID-19 Keywords Is Not Right: GroupM’s Montgomery

VIA BEETCAM — The brand safety leader at the world’s biggest media-buying agency is urging advertisers – blacklisting ad inventory against coronavirus news stories could kill newspapers and, with them, democracy. Last week, Comscore said 22% to 30% of all ad impressions were appearing in coronavirus-related content. Such content is now being widely blacklisted by […]

 

Crises Are A Test Of Brands’ Soul: GroupM’s Norman

VIA BEETCAM — People can learn a lot from a crisis. And we can also learn a lot about businesses. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Rob Norman, senior advisor to GroupM, the world’s largest media agency, says the coronavirus pandemic will allow us to assess brands against their stated goals. “We’ve had any number […]

 

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 Thomas Frets About Total Video Measurement

LONDON — It’s a fragmented world, and none more so than in a fragmented continent. Advertisers want to be able to reach viewers across the plethora of video screens and services – but their agencies are hard-pressed to measure their impact. That goes doubly so when new services keep popping up which don’t necessarily subscribe […]

 

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 […]

 

GroupM’s Norman: You Get Out What You Put In to Addressable TV

According to GroupM’s Rob Norman, the more that data is at the center of advertisers’ strategies, “the more value you’ll find in addressability and other forms of targeted TV, because what you put in is a significant determinant of what you get out… It’s about creating really high-quality seed data.” Norman, senior advisor at GroupM, […]

 

News Orgs Need More Precision, Less Partisanship: GroupM’s Norman

The year is 2019 and disinformation is everywhere. Every day, it seems, every fact has now become contestable, as many citizens, media and politicians choose to engage in building a community rather than building awareness. A board member from one of the world’s leading news organizations thinks such organizations need to do better at cutting […]

 

GroupM’s New Majority Ready Initiative Aims to Prepare Media for More Diverse Audiences

GroupM is spearheading a new initiative to help media companies prepare for and understand America’s new audience groups and demographics as the country becomes more diverse. Speaking with Beet.TV during Advertising Week, GroupM president Gonzalo del Fa says the goal of the initiative was to re-engineer the conversation around multicultural advertising in the US. “Multicultural” […]

 

The End Of ‘Point Solutions’?: GroupM’s Hanlon On Vendor Wars

If only software providers just did one thing anymore. The increasing pace with which ad-tech vendors have expanded on to each other’s turf is causing problems for ad agencies that want to use brands’ data more freely. That is according to a leading executive from the world’s largest media-buying agency. In this video interview with […]

 

GroupM’s Hanlon Wants To Solve The Identity ‘Quagmire’

In the emerging world of targeted marketing, knowing your customers and prospects is becoming essential. As that importance grows, so does the position of companies offering identity “graphs”, records of consumer profiles built from the various breadcrumbs they lay down in their digital activity. Evan Hanlon, GroupM’s US chief strategy officer, thinks getting customers’ identities […]

 

How GroupM Is Consolidating Supply-Side Partners: Max Jaffe explains

Fewer relationships with better partners. That’s what the world’s biggest media-buying agency wants. And, in this video interview with Beet.TV, a company executive lifts the lid on how the organization is redefining its relationships with publishers and their supply-side platforms in order to do so. Max Jaffe, managing partner and programmatic practice lead at GroupM, […]

 

Three Steps To Unlock Future TV Ads: GroupM’s Castree

Ongoing data mismatches and the wish of some tech vendors to own the ecosystem mean the true opportunities for selling TV ads using advanced digital techniques have “plateaued”. That is according to the North America boss of the world’s largest media-buying agency, GroupM. Tim Castree, GroupM North America CEO, in this video with Beet.TV, says […]

 
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