O’Connell Of Forrester Explores The Consumer-Marketer Divide

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Analyst Joanna O’Connell spends much of her time at Forrester these days researching how consumers think about advertising. And while “it’s not an awesome story,” she sees marketers taking the steps to better understand things like identifying overlaps in their user base and considering needed organizational changes. “To think that somehow everyone […]

 
 

GroupM Seeks To Simplify Offerings, Diversify Talent Mix: CEO Castree

The year 2018 was one of considerable change for WPP, from the top of its management to its various operating companies and GroupM offerings. But it’s possible to map the road forward largely with one word: simplify. As in, make things as simple as possible for the biggest of clients and the teams within GroupM […]

 
 

How Europe Can Hit Addressable Scale: Grainger, GroupM

LONDON — The UK’s pay-TV company Sky has blazed a trail by serving billions of addressable TV ads, those targeted at individual households. But German addressability is limited by regulation. Yes, for addressable TV as for plenty else besides, in Europe, things can get fragmented. The new unit established by GroupM to smoothe the path […]

 
 

Essence’s Gerber Outlines The Practical Realities Of Swift Advertising Change

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Anyone can sympathize with traditional television networks given the transformational challenges they face. But to empathize, one has to have been there, as has Adam Gerber. In this interview, the ABC and agency veteran details the responsibilities for change of each constituency—from media to measurement companies, marketers and agencies—as he assays the […]

 
 

Data Thinking Is Short-Termism: GroupM’s Thomas

LONDON — It’s not so long ago that marketers were getting excited about how their jobs could be fuelled by data, that data was becoming “the new oil” powering their industry. Fast-forward to 2018 and it seems the pendulum is swinging a little bit away from the new dataism. GroupM director of audiences research Simon […]

 
 

GroupM’s Gleason On The Vision Of Xandr: ‘Now Comes The Heavy Lifting’

SANTA BARBARA, CA – With Xandr, there’s no questioning the vision of AT&T as it harnesses its growing data, content and communications assets. It’s all about the execution. “And now comes the heavy lifting,” says Brian Gleason, CEO, Performance Media Group, GroupM. “From a vision, I think they’re spot-on.” In this interview with Beet.TV at […]

 
 

Sorenson The ‘Apple Pay’ Of Addressable Television: MODI’s Cestaro

As addressable television advertising closes in on some 80 million homes by year’s end, Sorenson Media is emerging as “kind of a new player in this area” with a clear differentiation, says MODI Media’s Marc Cestaro. “They have not only national avails, they have local avails that go across cable and broadcast, which is new. […]

 
 

GroupM’s Crockett Sees Improvement In Ad-Tech Practices

COLOGNE — Transparency and fraud issues allowed by ad-tech platforms are now clearing up, but there is still a way to go That is the assessment of the woman tasked with ensuring brand safety throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the world’s largest media investment group. In this video interview with Beet.TV, GroupM EMEA […]

 
 

Units Or Impressions, Ads Should Be Planned Holistically: Essence’s Gerber

Just because consumers have lots of video delivery choices—whether it’s VOD or one of several other acronyms—doesn’t mean advertisers should think of those platforms as silos to be filled with ads. They should think holistically when balancing unit-based ads with impression-based ads while working to improve the ad-viewing experience, says Adam Gerber. Everything starts with […]

 
 

Addressable Advertising Through The Lens Of GroupM’s Essence

As the market capabilities for addressable advertising continues to grow, it might best be considered a tactical balancing act whose ultimate utility resides in a perceived value exchange for individual brands. In the right situations, addressable can be “a fantastic tool,” says Adam Gerber of GroupM’s Essence agency. Whether to employ addressable depends on a given […]

 
 

Advanced TV A ‘Spectrum Of Capabilities’ Needing Uniformity: Essence’s Gerber

Defining the term “advanced TV” is complicated, but that’s just a reflection of reality right now. Because it’s going to be awhile before there’s uniformity in understand how people engage with video content and measuring the impact of that engagement, says Adam Gerber. As the President of Global Media for the Essence agency surveys the […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Dentsu’s Doug Ray and GroupM’s Lyle Schwartz Explore the Emerging TV Ad Landscape with Rob Norman at the Beet Retreat

Put Rob Norman, Doug Ray and Lyle Schwartz on the same stage and you’re going to get some entertaining and sobering dialogue about the future of television in all of its varied permutations. So it was at the recent Beet Retreat in the City as the veteran trio talked about the promise of addressable TV […]

 
 

On The Heels Of Cannes, true[X] Strikes A Deal With Essence

CANNES – Two highlights at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for true[X] President Pooja Midha are some “very promising conversations” about the company’s engagement ad formats and positive response to measuring brand lift. “People really appreciate that the engagement ad format, which is the core of our business, has the power and […]

 
 

How The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Puerto Rico Helps Youths Rise Above Poverty

For most people, it’s easy to forget that before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last fall, the territory’s economy was already a disaster. But not Olga Ramos, who took over as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico just two months prior. With a successful 13-year career at Walmart and having spent […]

 
 

WPP’s Read On The Need For Change, Consumer Privacy And The Media Supply Chain

CANNES – WPP’s Mark Read says the advertising industry is in a time of “structural change, not structural decline,” but survival depends on people within the industry making the effort embrace that change. Interviewed by Beet.TV at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Read points to the event itself as evidence of change, noting its […]

 
 

Group M’s Schwartz Breaks Down Device Barriers To ‘Holistic’ Media

Publishers and ad agencies have spent years adding new channels to their overall content mix. But, whilst that strategy has undoubtedly allowed marketers to reach consumers in new places, a growing school of thought holds that it has also created a whole new array of silos. That’s the view of one ad agency man at […]

 
 

With Hurricane Season Nearing, Many Puerto Ricans ‘Still In Desperate Need’: GroupM’s Cowdell

A Puerto Rico devastated by last year’s Hurricane Maria is on the verge of its next hurricane season. “And there are still problems,” says GroupM’s Phil Cowdell. There will be more storms and “people are still living under roofs with plastic tarpaulins…there are still people who don’t have power. So what we have to do […]

 
 

[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 […]

 
 

What Marketers Care About Most: Our NewFronts Compilation

In the weeks leading up to this year’s Digital Content NewFronts, we interviewed a number of industry leaders about what matters most: They cited quality storytelling, data and insights, authentic integration, accountability and brand safety. This video is a highlight compilation our several of our conversations. The first three are a related trio of concerns. Quality […]

 
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