Digital Transparency A Multidimensional Subject Of Debate And Reform Initiatives: Hearst’s Mike Smith

What exactly constitutes “transparency” in the digital media ecosystem? To Hearst’s Mike Smith, it’s a multidimensional subject of debate that he parses into three categories: Pricing of ad inventory, who sells it and ad fraud involving creative assets. In this interview with Beet.TV, Smith acknowledges the complexity of the programmatic transaction path and talks about […]

 

IAB Research: Link Between NewFronts, Original Video Ad Spend Upswing

The Internet Advertising Bureau’s latest Video Ad Spend Study shows a near doubling of marketer investments in original digital video since 2015 and a correlation between the buying activity and the NewFronts. Eight out of 10 marketers surveyed for the IAB “said they increased their spending on original digital video because of the NewFronts in […]

 

Trusted Media Brands Bulks Up Digital Team, Video Partnership With Arcade Creative Group

Following the 2016 Digital Content NewFronts, Trusted Media Brands managed to produce 65 videos for its advertising partners. Along the way it learned that it needed even more digital video capabilities. “We’ve got a really high bar to get past in 2017,” says Rich Sutton, CRO of the more than century old publisher “gets it […]

 

Newsy Eyes The Big Screen, OTT Dominance In The News Business

Like most publishers, Newsy wants to reach consumers on every type of screen out there. But it’s particularly fixed on being on the biggest screens, as in the living room. And if it can disrupt the likes of CNN along the way, all the better. “The big picture for us is really moving toward the […]

 

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 […]

 

IAB’s Bager: Digital Content NewFronts More Marketplace Than Conference

The Digital Content NewFronts has moved from conference to marketplace, with more emphasis on selling amid record attendance. Major themes emerging this year thus far range from OTT to mobile video, brand safety to Gen Z and how content gets distributed to audiences. According to Anna Bager, “lots of deals” have taken place since the […]

 

Defy Media Broadens Smosh Comedy Franchise For Gen Z, Millennials

If there’s ever a time to build strong program brands that people trust, it would be before technology makes the concept of traditional television channels irrelevant. Keith Richman is already thinking ahead to a time when “the notion of channels” will go away. The prognostications of the President of Defy Media will come as no […]

 

Conagra’s Hughes: Everyone’s Gone Live At The Digital Content NewFronts

Conagra Brands is looking to partner on more content integrations this year. It’s one of the reasons why Media Manager Erica Hughes is at the Digital Content NewFronts and why the food giant has attended for the last four years. “We come here because we like to learn what the partners are doing in the […]

 

Publicis Media’s Shlachter Looking For The Actionable And Impactful At NewFronts

Not quite a decade old, the Digital Content NewFronts “have matured quite a bit” in the past few years, providing a bigger platform for the raft of digital content and tech providers to mingle with agencies and brands. It’s a gathering where agencies and their clients size up trends in consumer technology, content consumption and […]

 

Brand Safety is Front and Center at NewFronts: OMD’s Winkler

Brand safety up, virtual reality down. To Ben Winkler, these are the two biggest changes year-over-year in the magnitude of discourse at the Digital Content NewFronts. “I haven’t seen a single presentation that didn’t begin, have a middle and end with brand safety,” says the Chief Investment Officer at OMD. “I’ve seen the biggest rise […]

 

Mindshare’s Witkowski: ‘Inspired And Educated’ By Digital Content NewFronts

What do you get when you combine the “beauty of TV with the brains of digital?” Endless amounts of great content and the data with which to measure consumer engagement with it. Along with the continued explosion of live content streamed online, these are noteworthy trends to Emma Witkowski, Managing Director of global media and […]

 

IAB’s Rothenberg Says Digital Video Via OTT, Mobile Now A ‘Mainstream Consumer Medium’

One big takeaway from the 2017 Digital Content NewFronts on which both buyers and sellers can agree is that “What we’ve been calling digital video has now become a completely mainstream consumer medium,” notes Randy Rothenberg. “The industry is at a complete inflection point. We know that this is big not in the future but […]

 

Better Measurement Can Plug Digital Targeting Gaps: Nielsen Catalina’s Feigenson

A “crisis of confidence” in digital media can be alleviated in large part by better measurement solutions. “If measurement is done well, it informs the way advertising works,” says Andrew Feigenson, Chief Revenue Officer for Nielsen Catalina Solutions. If the advertising industry maps measurement as a key performance indicator, it we can start addressing some […]

 

One-To-One Mobile Engagement Challenges Traditional Ad Models: IAB’s Rothenberg

BARCELONA – Forget mobile first. It’s a mobile-only world providing challenges and opportunities for marketers and publishers as they embrace one-to-one consumer engagement, according to the President & CEO of the Internet Advertising Bureau. “It’s a completely different way of thinking about marketing,” Randall Rothenberg says in this interview with Beet.TV at the Mobile World […]