Ken Auletta’s ‘Frenemies’ Book Chronicles Anxiety And Disruption In The Ad World

When The New Yorker writer Ken Auletta decided to take a hard look at companies that are dependent upon advertising, he came away seeing “frenemies” everywhere—all of them facing “existential assault.” The resulting book, being released today after three years of research, is titled Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else). […]

 
 

Holding Companies In Survival Of The Fittest: MediaLink’s Kassan

What separates WPP from the dodo? One is an extinct animal – but could the ad agency holding group also about to become one, too? In recent months, many agency holding groups have reported revenue trending down and share prices have fallen, after challenges including the rise of brands buying direct from online platforms. And […]

 
 

Identity Resolution The ‘Underpinning Of Future Success’: MediaLink’s Spiegel

SAN FRANCISCO – While there’s little question that being able to identify and target individuals across devices and screens will play a huge role in future marketing, we should not think that everything will go one-to-one. This might seem unusual for those with their roots in digital media, but not to Matt Spiegel. “I think […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Millard Questions Preparedness For GDPR

The rules around consumer consent for digital tracking will be reset this coming May – but not everybody is yet prepared to change their business to cope. The European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation means new measures that must be followed by any global company processing EU citizens’ data, with penalties of up to 4% of global […]

 
 

Industry TV Veterans Tackle Targeting And Attribution At Beet Retreat Miami Panel, With MediaLink, Matter More Media, Cadreon/IPG, Publicis Media Exchange, 605 And Team Arrow Partners

MIAMI – What’s the best way to approach television targeting and measurement? And what’s the value of “waste” in the form of TV ad impressions? These and other topics were the focus of spirited and insightful debate at the recent Beet Retreat Miami 2017. Following are some of the more cogent exchanges during a panel […]

 
 

Ad Personalization, Content Discovery Are Focus Of Beet Retreat Miami Panel Featuring MediaLink, Innovid, TiVo And Sorenson Media

MIAMI – The old adage “don’t take it personally” will be upended in the world of advanced television. Respecting viewer attention and guiding them to relevant content are going to be critical elements in perpetuating the ad-supported business model. Such observations arise when people in key positions peer beyond what’s currently happening in the TV […]

 
 

Balancing New Revenue Streams: NBCU, Fox, Acxiom, Oath, A+E Execs Discuss

MIAMI — These days, consumers have more choices than ever before about how to consume video and TV content. And that means a new spectrum of opportunities – and challenges – for content owners and distributors. For companies more used to selling the context of their content to advertisers, the hot new possibility – in […]

 
 

Navigating New Solutions: Simulmedia, IAB, DISH, Videology, Google Execs Discuss

MIAMI — The medium of television is moving faster than than it has in decades, maybe even ever, as new opportunities to deliver, measure and monetize programming emerge almost weekly. In advertising, buyers are getting excited about a world in which planning moves beyond the broad demographic audience targeting of yore, to a world of […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Matt Spiegel Tracks The ‘Precision Marketing Journey,’ Choices Facing TV Broadcasters

MIAMI – It’s not just the television industry that’s undergoing massive change as linear slowly cedes to other viewing options. Marketers, meanwhile, must embrace new forms of measurement as table stakes in their efforts to keep pace with that change. For both, the question becomes “How can we enhance the speed of change,” says Matt […]

 
 

MEC’s Tim Castree: Solving Cross-Screen Convergence Will Keep Agencies Relevant

CANNES – As long as television and premium video remain atop the ROI stack for marketers, agencies need to solve convergence of the two for their marketer clients. If they don’t, they could be disintermediated by giants like Facebook and Google and knocked down a rung on the value chain by new entrants like Accenture. […]

 
 

Live Sports Expensive But Engages Viewers: ESPN’s Johnson & Fox’ Marchese

CANNES – Yes, broadcasting live sporting events is expensive considering the rights fees. But it’s a great viewing environment at a time when consumers can avoid ads in other programming. It’s that “other” programming that concerns media sellers like ESPN and Fox, as evidenced by the discussion during a Comcast panel at the Cannes Lions […]

 
 

A+E, 605 Dissect Viewing, Transactional Data And Bust Some Myths In The Process

CANNES – Even if unified cross-screen audience measurement remains a bridge too far at present, understanding linear television audiences gets better all the time. This is something that A+E Networks can attest to following an engagement with TV analytics firm 605 in which ad exposure data was matched with transactional records. The result, as moderator […]

 
 

Yield Management is Essential for Digital Video Business, MEC Global CEO Tim Castree

CANNES – What constitutes “premium content” is in the eye of the beholder. So rather than trying to ascertain a common definition, one’s time is better spent understanding the drivers of ROI while taking into account things like environment, ad formats and targeting. “That’s really more what we’re focused on versus worrying too much about […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Matt Spiegel Parses The Meaning Of TV, Data Segmentation Standards

CANNES – Is the semantical divide between “television” and “digital video” crumbling? Judging from discussions at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, the answer is yes. At least it is in the mind of Matt Spiegel, Managing Director of strategic advisory and business development firm MediaLink. Following his role as moderator of the FreeWheel/Beet.TV New […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Millard Welcomes Audience Buying, More Brand Safety

Buying television based on audiences as opposed to programming is a welcome evolution to media veteran Wenda Harris Millard. And while the term “quality programming” is in the eye of the beholder, she thinks marketers have every right to know exactly where their ads are running. “I’ve been in the business for a long time. […]

 
 

Adobe, Simulmedia Execs Examine How Digital Data Can Inform Linear TV

VIEQUES, PR – There’s no shortage of data to apply to linear television audience targeting and, likewise, a variety of ways to attribute campaign results. In the middle lies the customer experience, which is also data-fueled and growing more sophisticated by the day. These and other insights emerged from a discussion about enhancing the value […]

 
 

Publicis’ Shlachter Divines The Future Of Video Viewing, Commercial Load And Measurement

VIEQUES, PR – Imagine a future where the standard commercial load in one hour of video content is just five minutes. Where Facebook and YouTube have big subscription businesses reminiscent of traditional cable operators, and Netflix just might start selling ads. These were among a variety of possible scenarios explored at the annual Beet.TV Executive […]

 
 

605’s Dolan: Lots Of Moving Pieces To Audience Targeting And Measurement

VIEQUES, PR – Although consumers may perceive video content as being no different than traditional linear television programming, programmers and providers should try to look at things across a comprehensive ecosystem. The key word is “try.” This not to say that a common sales and measurement currency is in sight and, in fact, it seems […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Spiegel: New Audience Targeting Useless Without New Measurement Metrics

VIEQUES, PR – As Managing Director at MediaLink, Matt Spiegel attends more than his share of conferences and hears more than his share of jargon. So he’s heartened that much of the discussion at this year’s Beet.TV Executive Retreat was about business outcomes. “We’re having the business impact conversation, which I think is great,” says […]

 
 

Acquired By Cannes Owner, MediaLink Plays ‘Therapist’ To Ad Execs

BARCELONA — It was already consulting for media companies across the industry. Now MediaLink’s acquisition by Ascential, the company which runs the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is set to give the firm a stronger role easing the concerns of worried brand execs. In fact, CEO Michael Kassan says the company plays kind of a “therapist” function for agencies […]

 
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