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 […]

 
 

News Blacklisting By Brands Going In To Overdrive: WSJ Investigation

You don’t need to tell Beet.TV how problematic it can be when advertisers, seeking “brand safety”, use keyword-based blacklists to ensure they don’t get placed against certain news stories or even whole sites. This March, we ran a whole series – Why News in Today’s Marketplace – on how news publishers were arguing for their […]

 
 

Do The Math: GroupM’s Castree Wants Measurement Agreements

How detailed do you want to be about the way you measure your media effectiveness? And how can you patch together technology infrastructure to get you there? That was the subject of a conversation between Tim Castree, GroupM north America CEO, and Howard Shimmel, president of his own Janus Strategy & Insights at Beet Retreat […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s Richman Reviews Outcomes, Values And DTC Brands

CANNES—Wavemaker’s US CEO, Amanda Richman, assumed her position in the fall of 2017 to help launch what was then GroupM’s newest agency. In this interview with Beet.TV at the 2019 Cannes Lions, she discusses how outcomes and values have risen in importance for marketers and why direct-to-consumer brands are leaning into traditional media. A condensed […]

 
 

OTT Won’t Stop US TV Ad Shrinkage: GroupM’s Wieser

Five months after the “most-quoted man in advertising” moved from Pivotal Research to go in-house at GroupM, Brian Wieser has some mixed news for his new employer. Wieser, who was a media and marketing soothsayer at the research firm and is now business intelligence global president for the agency, says TV ad spend will decline […]

 
 

Untold Consequences Of Tech Regulation: GroupM’s Norman

In 2019, barely a week goes by without another big scandal or controversy concerning a big technology company, the rules around its platform access or the use of its audience data. And all that comes on the heels of the prior two years of ad-tech outcry, when advertisers lamented the opaque and often fraudulent digital […]

 
 

TV Viewing Gaps Require Layering On A Multitude Of Data: MODI’s Winkler

If finding disparate television audiences can be compared to the process of creating a cake, right now there’s no foreseeable cap on the number of layers that might accrue. This is because the current big push is to deliver incremental advertising reach and frequency using a variety of platforms and data providers. In this interview […]

 
 

How OTT Will Clean Up The Ad Experience: GroupM’s Castree

As subscription VOD services embed a culture of ad-free consumption, how can TV companies reconfigure the commercial break? Over the last two years, TV networks have wrestled with that question, as booming VOD subscriptions has gone hand-in-hand with growing consumer frustration toward excess interruption. For one of the leading media agencies’ north America bosses, the […]

 
 

Decline Of News Supply Could Hurt Marketers: GroupM’s Montgomery

Around the world, news organizations are being caught in a perilous pincer movement. On the one hand, many consumers are now ebbing away from classical news outlets, instead getting their information through social platforms. On the other, advertisers are following suit – alarmed at either the consumer migration or the increasingly downbeat tenor of news […]

 
 

Brands Bringing Own Data To The Multi-Graph, GroupM, Hearts & Science Execs Say

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. In this panel discussion at Beet.TV’s Identity In Focus leadership forum, two ad agency executives discuss how identity is being pieced together by […]

 
 

How [M]Platform Helps GroupM Identify Audiences: Tanwir Danish

Time flies, and it is now almost two years since GroupM, the world’s biggest ad-buying agency, reorganized its early programmatic ad buying initiatives in to [M]Platform, a new cross-agency unit. [M]Platform, the rationale went, would be a “suite” that comprises data analytics, audience insights, data scientists, technologists from across other GroupM divisions, including the Xaxis […]

 
 

Tech Platforms Taking More Than They Give News Publishers: GroupM’s Norman

Why is $300 million the new black? Because that is the amount that both Google and Facebook have each pledged to spend on initiatives for news publishers, both over three years. For one ad agency veteran who is now a board member at one of the world’s largest news organizations, that may not be enough. […]

 
 

Brand Safety Is Better, Prices Must Reflect That: GroupM’s Montgomery

PHOENIX — Two years after the world’s biggest advertiser lit a fire under a litany of digital advertising supply chain concerns, the world’s biggest ad buyer says things have improved. Now he hopes advertisers can pay a price that reflects the improvement. In this video interview with Beet.TV, John Montgomery, GroupM global brand safety EVP, […]

 
 

How GroupM Counsels News-Averse Brands: Schiekofer

Do advertisers have a moral duty to continue spending in news organizations? And what kind of effectiveness can they find there? Over the last year, concern has grown that some brands are opting out of a news environment where the level of political discourse has turned negative. Some media agency executives told Digiday they had blocked hundreds […]

 
 

Mapping Identity is the “Holy Grail” in the Advanced Television Universe — Coming into Focus on March 5 at Beet Forum

The need for industry collaboration is a consistent theme when advanced television is discussed. Nowhere is this more salient than in the quest to determine the identity of individual viewers and design unduplicated reach curves for advertising. Because while unduplicated reach has been attainable in digital media, “when we start to include television or traditional […]

 
 

Agency Growth Lays Ahead: Wieser Goes In-House At GroupM

PHOENIX — What changes when “the most-quoted in advertising” goes in-house? Not much, says Brian Wieser. In seven years a Pivotal Research, a Wall Street equity analyst firm, Wieser carved out a reputation – as senior research analyst – for sharp insight in to the worlds of media and advertising. Now he has been hired […]

 
 

‘Absurd’ For Advertisers To Shun News: GroupM’s Norman

Is bad news bad news for brands? A sometimes-toxic political climate has prompted some advertisers to shun news publishers. Some ad buyers buyers have even blacklisted news sites. Now publishers are fighting back. Vice has accused brand safety platforms of censorship and others like BBC News, News Corp, The Economist and CNN are protesting that bad news can be good news […]

 
 

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 […]

 
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