Laura Desmond: Consumers Are Building Brands Now

Former Starcom CEO Laura Desmond perceives a “full-scale crisis of confidence in marketing” not due to a lack of advertising accountability but to the complicated nature of brand building. “We see it play out with the holding companies and how they’re doing and how they’re under pressure, and that impacts every other part of the […]

 
 

Greater Focus On Outcomes Will Yield More Credit For TV Industry: NBCU’s Rosen

The TV industry is looking at outcomes and attributions “in a unique way right now” to fend off digital and social competitors that have claimed advertising results for which they’re not always responsible, says NBCUniversal’s Mike Rosen. “There’s that old movie expression don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” Rosen adds. Yet so far, that’s […]

 
 

The View from the #BeetRetreat: OMD’s Winkler: Ease Of Viewing, Data Consistency Are Keys To Success

Giving people choices when it comes to television advertising sounds pretty straightforward, but it’s complicated by the fact that many viewers want an effortless experience. “This is why voice activation is working so well, because it’s actually the only thing easier than picking up a remote and pressing the buttons,” says Ben Winkler, Chief Investment […]

 
 

What Marketers Care About Most: Our NewFronts Compilation

In the weeks leading up to this year’s Digital Content NewFronts, we interviewed a number of industry leaders about what matters most: They cited quality storytelling, data and insights, authentic integration, accountability and brand safety. This video is a highlight compilation our several of our conversations. The first three are a related trio of concerns. Quality […]

 
 

IAB’s Bager Reflects On NewFronts New York, Looks Ahead Hollywood Debut

Sometimes with digital video, shorter is the best way to engage with viewers. With its just-completed Digital Content NewFronts 2018, the IAB “went back to its roots for a week” and had one of its best years yet, says Anna Bager, EVP, Industry Initiatives. “Great presentations, the right amount of great content, sales, customer engagement. […]

 
 

Comedy, Live Content Are Opportunities And Pitfalls For Brands: Initiative’s Kozo

Here’s a useful tip for anyone wanting to pitch something to Initiative’s Amber Kozo: Try humor. It certainly worked for Meredith Corporation at the recently completed Digital Content NewFronts 2018. Meredith used its NewFronts presentation to announce additions to its over-the-top PeopleTV service, including “Chatter,” a live talk show hosted by actress Rosie Diaz that […]

 
 

Meredith Expanding ‘Seamless’ E-Commerce Content Integrations

Meredith Corporation plans to integrate e-commerce options “seamlessly and natively” into more of its content to make it easier for people to buy things “and give them a great experience on the back end.” The publisher’s e-commerce and shopper marketing plans were one element of its Digital Content NewFronts presentation last week. “One of the […]

 
 

Cotton, Inc.’s Cooper On The ‘Tipping Point’ For Cause Marketing

Amid discussions about brand safety, high-quality premium video, channel specific content, data and insights and technology and innovation at the Digital Content NewFronts, it was the cause-marketing theme that resonated with Cotton, Inc.’s Emily Cooper. “For me, the thing that’s really standing out the most is it feels like this year’s really the tipping point […]

 
 

Meredith Creating Unified Identity Database

Fairly soon, few if any media companies will know more about female consumers than Meredith Corporation in the wake of its purchase of Time Inc.’s publishing assets and the accompanying trove of user data. “We’re working hard to combine and collect that across all of our properties, all platforms, and have one unified identity database […]

 
 

Meredith Will Offer Video Advertising ROI Guarantees In NewFronts

Meredith Corporation was a pioneer in offering print advertising sales guarantees, something it subsequently extended to digital and cross-platform media. Now it’s set to offer guarantees on video advertising ROI. “Just like we’ve done in print and just like we’ve done in digital, one of the things that we’ll be talking about with brands this […]

 
 

At Meredith Corporation, Data Is Powerless Without The ‘So What?’

At the new Meredith Corporation, the term “so what?” isn’t a reference to the song popularized by the singer Pink. It’s the desired nexus between the “persistent and dynamic data” that America’s largest magazine publisher collects on its consumers. “It’s great to have data, but you need to turn it into the so what?” says […]

 
 

Digitas NewFront Event Will Highlight Brands And Social Causes

When Digitas helped launch the Digital Content NewFronts 11 years ago, the message to advertisers was simple: pay more attention to what’s happening in digital. In keeping with the turbulent times, the agency’s 2018 NewFronts event is titled The #Boycott NewFront. “At the end of the day, we’re not saying to brands ‘you have to […]

 
 

Meredith’s Digital Assets Are Viewed ‘With Intent’: Chief Digital Officer Minoff

What’s the difference between someone perusing social media content and navigating one of Meredith Corporation’s digital assets? “When people come to us, they come with purpose and intent,” says Matt Minoff, the publishing giant’s Chief Digital Officer. “When I’m on Facebook, I’m in browse mode. I’m scrolling through a feed and I’m looking for things […]

 
 

Mass Or Precision Targeted, Data Is Key: Mindshare’s Peterson

Even though some advertisers don’t need to be “very niche targeted,” data plays a role in all brand messaging. What’s common across the board is that “Every part of advertising is about performance at the end of the day,” says Christine Peterson, Managing Partner, Digital Investment Lead, Mindshare. “It’s just what do you use as […]

 
 

With Time Inc. Deal, Meredith’s Monthly Reach Is 175 Million Consumers

There is plenty of numbers associated with Meredith Corporation’s $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc., but here’s perhaps the most salient: Meredith’s audience represents two of every three dollars that are spent in virtually every key consumer category. Leading up to the 2018 Digital Content NewFronts, “We offer an unparalleled combination of things no one […]

 
 

Media Agency Blue 449 Seeks ‘Tighter Connection’ Between Marketing, Business

MIAMI-While advertisers’ first-party data is very powerful at helping them connect with consumers, it must be structured in an optimal way so as to be matched with other data to achieve scale, according to George Musi, Publicis media agency Blue 449’s EVP, Chief Data, Analytics & Insights Officer. By itself, “First-party data, although powerful, it […]

 
 

Wavemaker Crafting ‘Turnkey And Bite-Sized’ Audience Segments, Creative Iterations

Although it can be “very overwhelming” for brands to rationalize multiple audience segments and customized creative iterations, doing so can unlock sales growth and lower the cost of customer acquisition. “To serve one set of content or one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work anymore and it’s very wasteful,” says Rick Acampora, Chief Operating Officer at Wavemaker […]

 
 

Netflix Raises Raises the Bar for Advertising Supported TV, Dentsu Aegis’ Seiler

Reflecting on  the annual Upfronts and NewFronts, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Matt Seiler loves  the plethora of television content choices. “That we’re still talking about Upfronts and NewFronts and so on cracks me up, but whatever. Be that as it may, they continue,” says the President of Brand Solutions for the global network. “I think what’s […]

 
 

‘Complexity Of Change’ Spurred Campbell Soup Global Account Review

MIAMI-When Cambell Soup Company put its huge creative and media account into review last year, it didn’t seek the usual “spec creative” from contenders. Unlike when the company hired BBDO back in 1954, Campbell was looking for a partner to help it navigate “the pace and complexity of change.” Last month, Publicis Groupe was awarded […]

 
 

Facebook Should Consider A Better Value Exchange For User Data: Y&R’s David Sable

MIAMI-Having been in advertising since the 1970’s, David Sable knows all about the value exchange between consumers and advertisers. So when he views the controversy about Facebook and its users’ data, he sees “an awakening of the notion of data” and suggests another value exchange might be in order. “Let’s be very clear. This is […]

 
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