Starcom’s Amanda Richman Named CEO USA Of MEC/Maxus Merger

About four months from the merging of MEC and Maxus, Starcom veteran Amanda Richman has been chosen as CEO USA of the as-yet unnamed entity. Coming on board in October, Richman will report to MEC Global CEO Tim Castree. “Amanda is a fantastic choice to be our US leader,” Castree said in a news release. […]

 
 

More Standards For Advanced TV, Premium Video A Bulwark For Agencies: MEC’s Tim Castree

CANNES – Solving the challenges of optimizing advanced television and premium video surely will provide better audience targeting and advertising performance. But just as important, it’s also a “bulwark” for agencies to defend their turf against consultants and other forms of disintermediation. This is the viewpoint that Tim Castree brought to global advertising and media […]

 
 

Assembly’s Lee: Short On Silos, Big On Data And Transparency

VIEQUES, PR – Having worked nearly two decades for a major holding company media agency, Francois Lee prefers the “pipeline” of data that runs through MDC Partners’ Assembly to “siloed verticals.” When MDC launched Assembly three years ago, it combined the prowess of TargetCast, RJ Palmer and Doner Media under one roof. Lee joined in 2015 […]

 
 

Have Your Cake And Eat It With Private Marketplaces: Mediavest’s Seifer

In the beginning, there was real-time bidding, for ads in open-auction networks. And some advertisers sought greater control. So ad-tech vendors separated the light from the darkness, creating private marketplaces. By constraining the inventory available through private marketplaces and giving advertisers greater control over what they buy, platforms have developed a “best of both” approach to their offering, says […]

 
 

Panel Debate: comScore vs. Nielsen vs. Rentrak: Finding Friction With Competing Ad Currencies

FORT LAUDERDALE — Fragmented content consumption has given rise to platforms that help advertisers and buyers aiming to put measurement back together. The only problem? They’re fragmented, too! Does any of this matter? Some marketers are becoming excited about the prospect of unifying ad measurements in to a single, holistic metric. But is that feasible? An entertaining panel convened at […]

 
 

Addressable TV Ads Are Costlier, But Cheaper: MediaVest’s

Household-level targeting of TV ads is not a distant reality – it’s here and now. You just may have to pay more for it, says one ad agency exec. “You do have to pay a premium on a CPM basis for addressable,” MediaVest advanced media SVP Jonathan Bokor tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “However, your […]

 
 

Data & Technology Must Rise with NewFronts Offering, MediaVest’s Steinberg

While quality content remains core to premium, digital video, it is the ability to harness data to target specific audiences which is as important. Technology needs to be a central part of the Digital Content NewFronts offering, says Robin Steinberg, EVP at MediaVest in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke with her at the Yahoo NewFront event […]

 
 

Ad Tech Won’t Kill The Media Agency: Videology’s Castree

Brands that previously let their ad agencies get on with the business of advertising are increasingly using available new technology platforms do do some of the work themselves. So is the very existence of the media agency under threat? Not according to one agency exec who has just crossed to the other side. “More clients […]

 
 

MediaVest Wants National Scale From Addressable TV

MediaVest is loving the new local ad-targeting powers bestowed upon it by new “addressable” TV initiatives offered by Directv, Dish TV, Cablevision and Comcast. In fact, the ad agency has bought over 70 campaigns for more than 30 clients this way. But now the firm wants a bigger footprint. “It is the two minutes of […]

 
 

MediaVest’s Korenfeld: Addressable TV Ads Need Scale Player

NAPA, CA – The promise of targeting individual TV viewers with ads just like advertisers can on the web is certainly appealing to many in the business. But, so far, it’s mostly just an idea, says MediaVest advertising and technology platforms SVP Oleg Korenfeld. “It’s not scaleable enough (today),” Korenfeld tells BeetTV in this video interview. We’re […]

 
 

Personalization of Video Is Powerful and Virtual Reality will Make it Real, MediaVest’s Anselmo

Video personalization is going to be powerful development where consumers and control and create their own advertising experience.   It will be fully realized when virtual reality becomes widely adopted, but for now two dimensional personalizing works, says Jon Anselmo, Head of Digital Activation at MediaVest. We spoke with him last month in New York […]

 
 

Data Is Essential To Programmatic: MediaVest’s Korenfeld

Even if it isn’t quite “the new oil”, data is becoming more and more important to the new era of advertising targeting. “Data is absolutely the most essential foundation piece of programmatic,” MediaVest advertising technology and platforms SVP Oleg Korenfeld tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “You cannot efficiently and effectively buy media if you don’t […]

 
 

MediaVest Exec: NewFronts Bring Super Distribution of Content

The quality of content during the NewFronts is improving dramatically year over year, says Ritu Trivedi, Managing Director/Digital Marketplace at MediaVest, in an interview with Beet.TV at the NewFronts. “This is not just a ‘new kid in town,’ where we go see some shiny new bauble. This is serious. We have seen some amazing content […]

 
 

MediaVest’s Trivedi: Viewability Concerns Hurting Ad World

According to some ugly numbers, as many as 40% of video ads claimed to be watched online are not really viewed by humans at all.  Measuring the true “viewability” of videos has, therefore, become one of the industry’s hot topics. “All the other media don’t spend so much money validating that their ads will show […]

 
 

MediaVest’s Trivedi: Google ‘Relationship’ Will Bring More Video Ads

Having a real relationship with Google is key to making advertisers satisfied enough to buy more space in video, says an exec from Publicis’ MediaVest. MediaVest and Google last fall announced a deal in which the media agency will commit to buying a set amount of ad space across Google properties including YouTube. For Trivedi, […]

 
 

MediaVest USA Chief Christine Merrifield: “We are a comsCore Company”

Publicis Groupe’s giant media agency MediaVest is “a comScore company” that uses the VCE platform to track the impact of digital video, says Christine Merrifield, President of Investment and Activation at MediaVest USA in this wide ranging interview about the value of digital video to brands In addressing relative value of Nielsen versus comScore, she […]