Xandr: A 12-Month ‘Whirldwind’ Recap From CMO McDonald

CANNES—A year ago at the Cannes Lions, AT&T provided a sneak peak of its future with a tease banner outside the Carlton Hotel that would presage the launch of Xandr, formerly AT&T Advertising & Analytics. “It’s been quite a whirlwind year since Cannes 2018,” says Xandr Chief Marketing Officer Kirk McDonald. What followed was Xandr’s […]

 
 

AT&T’s Xandr Presents ‘Credible’ Competition For Digital Giants: IAB’s Rothenberg

SANTA BARBARA, CA – When IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg contemplates the rebirth of AT&T’s advertising and media operations in the form of Xandr, he sees a looming competitor to the most powerful digital giants. “There’s no question that lots of folks in the marketing and media world would like more alternatives to Google and Facebook, […]

 
 

AT&T’s Ad Group Spotlights The “Attention Economy” as it Prepares September Launch

As it prepares to launch “a new kind of advertising company,” the AT&T Advertising and Analytics unit is doubling down on the attention economy and how marketers and publishers must harness data and technology to attain relevancy amid an explosion of consumer content choices. “There is almost infinite information fighting and competing for finite human […]

 
 

With Time Warner In Hand, AT&T Unveils New Brand Identity At Cannes

CANNES – On the heels of its court victory and completion of its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T is flying a victory flag of sorts at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It bought advertising at the iconic Carlton Hotel that combines the traditional AT&T blue with bright coral that embodies “energy, passion, innovation,” […]

 
 

PubMatic Refocuses On Premium To Avoid Commoditized Ads

LAS VEGAS — Publishers’ marketing automation tech vendor PubMatic has announced it will power mobile advertising for German publisher Gruner + Jahr’s G+J eIMS ad sales division – but PubMatic has been going through some other changes of late. The G+J deal means PubMatic will help enable programmatic mobile ads for brands including Spiegel and Vodafone […]

 
 

New Standards Around Native Units Mean Big Opportunities for Publishers, PubMatic’s McDonald

While much has been said about the opportunities for publishers to create bespoke content for advertisers, for the medium to scale there needs to be standards so the units can be widely shared and sold programmatically,  says Kirk McDonald, President of PubMatic, a global adtech company that serves publishers, in this interview with Beet.TV We […]

 
 

PubMatic Adds Video Ads To Real-Time Platform

LAS VEGAS — Pubmatic has long offered premium publishers the ability to sell their display and mobile ad inventory using real-time systems. Now it’s about to offer video ad sales in the same way, too. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Redwood City- and New York-based company president Kirk McDonald tells Beet.TV Pubmatic will […]