Cannes Mastercard Session: Execs Address GDPR And ‘Privacy By Design’

CANNES — From May 2018, strict new regulations governing how companies can handle European citizens’ data will pose a challenge to everyone who handles customer or audience data. Amongst other stipulations, the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) measures include: tighter consent conditions for the collection of citizens’ data. consumers can instruct companies to stop […]

 
 

What Agency Tech Chiefs Have Learned From Climbing The Ranks

CANNES — In the last couple of years, data-driven and programmatic advertising techniques have grown in importance to ad agencies, so many of the agencies have put the processes at the heart of their organizations. For many, that has meant a promotion for the executives who once ran outlier data divisions within an agency but […]

 
 

IPG, GroupM & Dentsu Agency Leads Explore Data Taxonomy And The Mobile Revolution

CANNES — Mobile is one of the biggest forces shaping digital marketing, marketers are challenged to agree common data standards, and advertising can enjoy a healthy future where commerce is taking place. Those were some of the conclusions of a panel of ad agency technology executives, who debated the topics in a session recorded by […]

 
 

Netflix’s Ad Model Could Be Content, GroupM’s Lesser

CANNES — Will Netflix introduce advertising? That is a question on many minds in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Madison Avenue alike. Often, the question is framed as an “either-or” in which Netflix would have to choose between continuing its current premium SVOD model or ripping it up in favour of ad funding. Previously, Ampere […]

 
 

Agency Tech Chiefs Want Clients To Back Outcomes Over Proxies

CANNES — The world of online advertising has grown up by using metrics like click-throughs as proxies for advertisers’ real end goals, like driving sales. Now, slowly, as new attribution technology hots up, brands are being promised the ability the ability to close the loop. But, whilst, to many, this evolution appears to be driven […]

 
 

Clients Caught Between Two Worlds: Agency Panel Discusses

CANNES — Many brands remain wedded to an advertising planning system developed by econometricians – but the so-called “marketing-mix modelling” doesn’t necessarily give them all the answers about campaign performance. In this discussion panel recorded by Beet.TV, ad agency tech executives say many clients are capable of moving forward – but they are caught between […]

 
 

Mastercard Ad Intelligence’s Jay Sears: More Brands Focused On Business Outcomes

CANNES – Advertisers have made big strides in understanding issues like digital ad viewability and consumer attention. Now they need to focus more on understanding business outcomes. To Jay Sears, this means focusing not on proxies or clicks or even intention “but actual sales lift as the result of an exposed population seeing an ad.” […]

 
 

Rubicon’s Sears Sees Orders Boom, TV Far Away

COLOGNE — For one of the leading programmatic advertising technology outfits, it’s been a summer of announcements. Rubicon Project was tapped by Spotify to automate audio ad inventory, by an alliance of four leading US news publishers, by Flipboard to launch a mobile ad marketplace, and even launched an Olympics-themed ad marketplace with multiple publishers. For Jay […]

 
 

Ad Fraud: There is “Nowhere to Hide,” Rubicon Project’s Jay Sears

CANNES – Much has been said over the past year about the issue of advertising fraud and  the danger it poses to the ad tech industry.   This was a contentious topic of conversation at the recent Rubicon Project rooftop session during the Cannes Lions Festival. After the session, we spoke with moderator, Jay Sears, SVP […]

 
 

How Transparent Does Ad Tech Really Need To Be, AMNET’s Karandikar Wonders

CANNES — During a panel discussion at Cannes Lions, disagreement broke out over how much ad buyers should know about the so-called “transparency” in ad network and programmatic practices. “If the agency and the client can have a very clean discussion about what is the value of the offer and what is the fee they charge, […]

 
 

The Transformation of the Trading Desk: Big Topic at Cannes, Rubicon’s Jay Sears

The recent decision of Publicis’ VivaKi to spread its Audience On Demand across the unit shows how “programmatic” methods of automating the trading of ads are becoming more embedded across ad agencies, says Rubicon Project marketplace development SVP Jay Sears. “A lot of the headlines have gotten it incorrect,’ he tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “The headlines […]

 
 

CNN, the Economist, Financial Times, Reuters, the Guardian Join Programmatic “Coop” powered by the Rubicon Project, Jay Sears explains

AUSTIN — Earlier in March, The Guardian announced it was leading a coalition including CNN International, the Economist the Financial Times and Reuters to pool their ad inventory for programmatic international sale. The exec whose company powers the so-called Pangea Alliance says such comings together, once considered rare in the cut-throat world of media, are beneficial. “(In advertising), there’s […]

 
 

Ad Sales Automation Gaining Agency Favor: Rubicon’s Sears

COLOGNE — Many were initially wary at so-called “programmatic” ad-trading techniques’ first incarnation – real-time bidding. But acceptance of ad ops automation represented by programmatic at large is growing from a small silo in media agencies to widespread favor, says one of the largest programmatic ad tech vendors. “You need to look at the organisational […]

 
 

Rubicon’s Sears: Programmatic Is Climbing Up The Chain

CANNES, France — Use of so-called “programmatic” techniques for trading and controlling online ads may have started out with cheap ad slots, but has gradually risen to premium inventory, says one of the scene’s main tech outfits. “You always see innovation happen at the bottom of the market, which is exactly what happened around the […]

 
 

Programmatic Revolution will Create a “Tale of Two Cities” Among Publishers, Warns Rubicon’s Jay Sears

Advertising agencies are inexorably moving to an automated. programmatic  system of buying inventory and publishers who don’t automate soon, will be left behind in a sort of “tale of two cities,” warns Jay Sears, GM of Revv at the Rubicon Project, the LA-based ad tech company that automates buying and selling of advertising. Sears moderated […]