Marketers Can Reach ‘Meerkats’ With Mobile: Weather Channel’s Dan Young

LONDON — Mobile video heralds a chance for advertisers to reach consumers who may appear to be distracted or in the outdoors – but who are actually highly engaged and watching TV, according to Weather Channel international yield and programmatic Daniel Young. “It’s personal,” Young tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “They’re watching it not only […]

 
 

Interstitial Better Than Auto-Play: Jun CEO Mulls New Mobile Ads

CHICAGO – Ad network Jun Group’s CEO Mitchell Reichgut “recoils” when he hears about auto-playing ads, the new format being picked by Facebook and others to deliver video messages. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try introducing interruptive ads of his own. “(Auto-play) smacks of things that less than ingenuous,” Reichgut tells Beet.TV in this […]

 
 

Nexage, Acquired By Millennial, Thinks Big On Mobile

COLOGNE — At the recent DMEXCO advertising conference, mobile real-time bidding exchange Nexage told Beet.TV mobile media were “still in the early ages”. Today, the company took a step forward, by agreeing to be acquired by mobile ad group Millennial Media  for $107.5 million. Announcing the deal, which MediaPost also reported, Millennial says it hopes to “create […]

 
 

Mobile Video Ads Must Go Short And Get Out: Supersonic’s Salins

COLOGNE — TV ads may need to be re-cut in half before they are simply shovelled in to mobile apps, says one executive working at the sharp end. “The idea of putting a 30-second TV spot as a pre-roll or a CPV video in mobile is dying,” says app advertising group Supersonic’s European MD James […]

 
 

Ad Groups Look To Reimagine TV On Mobile Screens

Media agencies know that TV viewing is diminishing – but at least growing consumption of video on alternative screens gives them a shot at dreaming up a new kind of moving-pictures advertising stronghold in mobile media. “People are not sitting in front of the television like they used to,” Mediacom managing partner and group digital director […]

 
 

Video Ads Perform Better On Mobile: Jun Group CEO

The booming video advertising segment stands an even better chance of ringing up success on mobile devices than it has on desktop so far. That’s according to one video ad platform boss. “Seventy percent of the video views we did were on mobile devices,” says Jun Group CEO Mitchell Reichgut. “The performance is better, counterintiuitively, than […]

 
 

Mobile Ads Must Be More Interactive: MediaCom’s Phillips

CANNES, France — Ads on a mobile phone have to pull off the twin feats of being both smaller and more engaging than their desktop forebears. MediaCom’s global media head Ben Phillips tells Beet.TV mobile ad formats have moved on significantly over the last decade: “We’re seeing a lot more branding opportunities come in, like […]

 
 

Mobile Stream Simplifies Fragmented Formats: Maxus’ Egan

The emergence of stream-based content units popularized by mobile apps like Twitter and Facebook promises to simplify a confusing mobile advertising space, says an ad agency exec. “We’ve had an explosion of formats,” says Maxus’ north America chief strategy office Mark Egan We’re seeing a lot of this roll in to a common unit which […]

 
 

BBC Research: Mobile Is Best Device To Reach Affluent Consumers

LONDON — Research commissioned by BBC Worldwide shows the top 20% highest earners are fully engaged and readily reachable by mobile advertisers. “Senior executives – do they look at their mobile phones all the time? The answer is ‘yes’,” says Tom Bowman, VP Global Strategy & Sales Operations, BBC Worldwide. “Amongst affluent consumers groups, the mobile […]

 
 

Mobile Ad Spend Lags Device Usage: SMG’s Easterbrook

LONDON — UK consumers are spending insane amounts of time on their phones. So why aren’t advertisers putting proportionate amounts of money in to the devices? “Because the mobile marketplace has been relatively fragmented, it has made it feel a little bit difficult and risky for people to get executing on phones in the way […]

 
 

Nielsen’s Hasker: Mobile Measurement Is The Future Of Our Business

Nielsen’s mobile video future starts this coming October. That is when the measurement firm will start quantifying mobile TV viewership following the recent announcement of the addition, says the company’s global product leadership president. Nielsen will fold mobile viewership in to its C3 TV ratings system in the fall. Before that, it will give its Online Campaign […]

 
 

Advertisers Must Harness Long-Term Data: InMobi’s Cordero

Mobile ad company InMobi says it is trying not only to encourage advertisers to use more data but to do so for years ahead. “Most of the media that I see spent – not a hell of a lot of data is actually being gathered,” says the company’s north America GM Francisco Cordero. “That could […]

 
 

Starcom’s Mobile Chief: “Mobile Is Not An Island”

In a digital media world that is 25 years old, it’s no wonder the relatively recent upstart of mobile is still considered a single new channel for planning against. But now ad group Starcom Worldwide‘s mobile SVP has an unusual goal – to kill her job. “If my job exists in six months in its […]

 
 

Native Ads 10x Better Than Mobile Banners: InMobi’s Bengani

BARCELONA — The so-called “native advertising” opportunity, which sees straight-up display ads replaced by sponsorships that look like content, may be young – but mobile ad network InMobi is moving aggressively in its direction. “We’re going to break up the banners,” InMobi global strategic partnerships VP Pankaj Bengani tells Beet.TV. “Instead of showing banners to users, […]

 
 

Storm8 Aims To Double Its Mobile Gaming Network

BARCELONA — The developer behind some of the biggest mobile social games is offering to help others monetize their apps. “We are taking on third-publishing – that will change our model,” says James Peng, head of user acquisition and monetization at Redwood City, California Dragon Story and Bubble Mania developer Storm8. “We’re helping to launch games […]

 
 

Shazam Lets Advertisers Follow Consumers, CEO Riley

BARCELONA — Audio-identifying mobile app Shazam is trying to create a business selling data to advertisers by encouraging users to tag content other than music. “We’re now able to target advertising based on Shazam activity,” CEO Rich Riley tells Beet.TV. “We can do that on Shazam and off Shazam. We can follow a device ID on […]

 
 

In-App Purchase Not A Silver Bullet: Soko’s Cooper

BARCELONA — Freemium has become the super-dominant app store monetization method, with some 94% of App Store revenue coming from free downloads supporting in-app purchases, according to Distimo’s 2013 Year-End Review. But that doesn’t mean app developers can guarantee success just be deploying in-app goods, says former Guardian News & Media strategy head James Cooper. […]

 
 

AOL Set To Launch Mobile Native Ad Unit

BARCELONA — AOL will soon launch a native advertising unit aimed specifically at mobile publishers, AOL Networks global media director Chad Gallagher told Beet.TV at Mobile World Congress. “We’re going to have a major announcement here in a few weeks about our native solution which we think will be really interesting,” Gallagher said. “If you look […]

 
 

Factual Enables Marketing Through ‘Anticipatory Computing’

BARCELONA — Mobile advertising has come a long way – but it could go a lot further if it truly used mobility as a core planning component. That’s one one mobile exec thinks. “Advertisers don’t have access to cookies. They do have access to location data,” says Tyler Bell, product VP at Factual. “We have a location […]

 
 

Apps Are Best For Mobile Marketing: Mindshare’s Johnston

BARCELONA, Spain — Will the mobile web kill off apps? That is an oft-asked question. Right now, however, the route for advertisers to take is clear, says ad group Mindshare’s chief digital officer Norm Johnston. We’ve moved past the mobile vortex and confusion,” he tells Beet.TV. “But there are still some fundamental issues. “Do brands […]

 
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