Wavemaker’s Castree Explains Purchase Journey Planning, Endurance Of Mixed Trading Models

Tim Castree likes to think about audiences “as the nests that sit inside that larger purchase journey context to opportunity.” Until you can completely understand those consumers, you cannot target them to fulfill those opportunities. Wavemaker uses a two-step process that begins with identifying “the gaps, barriers, challenges, opportunities” associated with the purchase journey, the […]


GroupM Taps Jakob Nielsen To Run New Addressable TV Company Finecast In The U.K.

GroupM is taking on the challenge of cross-screen audience targeting and standardized measurement by launching its own addressable TV company in the U.K. called Finecast. Following nine months of in-house testing, Finecast is up and running and spans multiple TV channels, pay-TV platforms, set-top boxes, video-on-demand services, over-the-top providers and game consoles. Jakob Nielsen, Managing […]


WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell: Lots Of Innuendo But Still No Facts About U.S. Agency Billing Allegations

COLOGNE – After more than a year and innumerable reports and headlines, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell still doesn’t understand the genesis of widespread commentary about agency-client transparency in the United States. He says those who are worried about transparency should take a look at the Middle East, Japan and China. “It’s unfortunate what has […]


Kantar Technology Selected For Next Steps In Tracking Ad, Media Assets

The quest for a standardized, UPC-like code for identifying advertising and media assets across platforms took a big step forward with the recent selection of Kantar Media’s audio watermarking technology. “There’s a lot of work still to be done to deploy it, but this is an important milestone in terms of the technology being ready […]


Kantar, Nielsen Face Off To Upgrade UK TV Measurement

LONDON — The organization charged with measuring UK TV viewing for channels’ advertisers, Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), used to be critized for its traditionalist approach to the task – a 5,1oo-household panel method supposed to represent country-wide viewing in a multi-media age. But BARB is reinventing itself. The organisation already measures consumers’ digital viewing of core broadcasters’ shows, […]