More Creative Formats Boost Mobile Performance: Light Reaction’s Dolan

BARCELONA — As mobile advertising booms, it’s likely much of the growth has come from the low-hanging fruit of desktop inventory, shovelled on to the small screen, and from standard mobile display banners. But mobile advertising can do much more, and one of WPP’s divisions is recommending advertisers take advantage. “There’s been a lot of […]


Light Reaction’s Markarian On Mobile Ad Considerations

BARCELONA — Mobile advertising was set to account for half of all US digital ad spending in 2015. Many of those ads may have been simply repurposed from other digital formats – but it’s important to consider how mobile is different from desktop. Rosa Markarian, VP of Global Business Operations for WPP’s mobile-focused Light Reaction performance […]


Don’t Let Sleeping Apps Lie: Light Reaction’s Boersma

BARCELONA — When it comes to mobile, marketers and publishers alike are firmly focused on driving app downloads. But what happens after a download is achieved? The sad truth is, many consumers’ app use tails off. So Auke Boersma, the APAC MD of WPP’s performance marketing unit, Light Reaction, wants to help clients re-enage. “We have […]


Mobile Marketing Shortens Purchase Journey: Light Reaction’s Elken

BARCELONA — Advertising no longer has to drive interest to an eventual sale – today, it can help complete the sale immediately, even on mobile, says an ad-tech chief focused on improving mobile performance marketing. “The evolution of mobile is a direct response,” says Karl Elken, the boss of Americas for Light Reaction, a WPP unit […]


New Light Reaction CEO Walczak Wants More From Mobile

BARCELONA — The latest data-driven ad-tech operation under the WPP stable is Light Reaction, launched by WPP’s programmatic division Xaxis a year ago to put a performance spin on mobile-first ad sales. That company just named the former PubMatic exec Bob Walczak as its CEO, and Walczak says mobile could be the key that unlocks the door to […]


WPP’s Sorrell Vows To ‘Up Tempo’ On Viewability Demands

BARCELONA — With data suggesting a large percentage of online ad views are being called by fake users (malicious lines of code written by nefarious publishers racking up fraudulent clicks), advertisers have become worried. Now the boss of the world’s biggest ad agency holding group is repeating his call for online platforms to do more for […]


Light Reaction Prices Programmatic By The Outcome

So-called “programmatic” technology for targeting and trading online ads has become pretty good at wringing certainty out of ad placement. But what about certainty on uplift? Paul Dolan thinks he can help with that. The exec from WPP’s Xaxis data-driven ad tech unit is also now GM at Light Reaction, a Xaxis off-shoot looking at adding something more […]