Boys & Girls Club On Vieques Becomes ‘Community Center’ After Hurricane Maria: President Olga Ramos

MIAMI – Sometimes, small miracles happen in the midst of huge catastrophes. The Puerto Rican island of Vieques was largely cut off from the world when Hurricane Maria made land on Sept. 20, but its Boys & Girls Club facility remained intact and quickly became a hub of relief activity. “Luckily, our club in Vieques […]

 
 

ViequesLove’s Stephen Mueller: Providing Hurricane Relief ‘Takes A Lot Of Organization And Creativity’

MIAMI – Even on the best of days, things can go awry on Vieques, the island off Puerto Rico’s eastern coast. Water and power supplies can be cut, groceries may or may not be available, but people just help each other get by. So when a natural disaster the likes of Hurricane Maria happens, everyone […]

 
 

ViequesLove Raises Nearly $900,000 In Hurricane Maria Assistance

MIAMI – What took the federal government more than five days—to begin assembling aid for hurricane-ravaged Vieques—started the night of the storm among concerned citizens. That’s when Brittany Roush and Kelly Thompson, Editor and Publisher of Vieques Insider Magazine, started the group ViequesLove. It was done “with the intent of raising thirty thousand or forty […]

 
 

Hurricane Maria The Latest In A Series Of Crises For The American Red Cross

MIAMI – The last two months have been “a testament to what the American Red Cross can do,” with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico just the latest in a series of crises, says the organization’s Regional Communications & Marketing Director, Grace Meinhofer. “Three hurricanes, the California fires, we helped with the shooting in Las Vegas […]

 
 

Funding Gap Constrains Boys & Girls Club Puerto Rico Relief Efforts: President Olga Ramos

MIAMI – It’s easy to forget that before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island was in dire economic straights. One of the organizations that realizes this the most is the 50-year-old Boys & Girls Club Puerto Rico. Before Maria, 90% of the group’s participants—mainly youths ages six to 18—were below the poverty level on […]

 
 

Team Rubicon’s Puerto Rico Relief Efforts Are About To Get A Boost In Visibility

Editor’s note: This interview with Joe Rockhill runs to 5:30. In the rest of the video, Team Rubicon’s Michael Lloyd provides an overview from Isabella, Puerto Rico. MIAMI – There are only so many first responders in a particular city or an entire country to deal with natural disasters like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. […]

 
 

Teads Offers Display Ads In Place Of Video: Tourtel

MIAMI – It is best known for popularizing the “outstream” ads that allow online publishers to break out of the need to have video content against which to place video ads. But now Teads wants to break out of another box – its own. Whilst the ad-tech vendor famously allowed publishers to place video ads between […]

 
 

On a Puerto Rico: It’s Back To Basics Media Tools for P&G and its Agency Hearts & Science

MIAMI – Once a natural disaster occurs, it’s back to basics. For agencies and marketers it can mean using billboards to reach people who don’t have power or Internet connectivity. For brands like Procter & Gamble, it can be dispatching mobile units to wash, dry and fold clothes for the recovering community. In the wake […]

 
 

In Disasters, Brands Need to Step in with “Authenticity,” Omnicom LATAM CEO Porras

MIAMI – The efforts of clients like Walmart, Procter & Gamble and AT&T in responding to humanitarian crises in Mexico and Puerto Rico demonstrate “authenticity and doing the right thing,” says the CEO of Omnicom Media Group’s LATAM operations. “Brands belong to society and are part of society,” Julian Porras says following the launch of […]

 
 

Teads Brings Outstream Video To Google, Facebook Mobile Platforms

CANNES — By now, many advertising buyers are getting used to outstream video – the technology that lets them place video ads on pages that don’t even carry video, between text paragraphs. By and large, those ads run on publisher sites. But Teads, one of several vendors behind the technology that supports outstream, doesn’t want to […]

 
 

“Native” is the Future of Mobile Advertising, Mindshare’s Chris Wallace

COLOGNE – Banner ads on mobile just “doesn’t exist in my mind” and the future is native advertising, delivered in innovative ways, says Chris Wallace, Mindshare’s managing director for digital in EMEA, in this interview with Beet.TV He speaks about new emerging units, including the ones from Teads which deliver advertising messages in the mobile […]

 
 

GroupM’s Tilds on the Speed of Tech Innovation

CANNES – “Certainly the speed of technology innovation is dizzying,” says Cary Tilds, chief innovation officer for GroupM. “Some say it would be nearly impossible to keep up with that change.” Tilds’ four tips for keeping up are to be a student of technology; to maintain a consistent framework for learning about new technologies; to […]

 
 

Ad Buyers Need Standardized Viewability Metric: Teads’ Daily

CANNES — When the Media Ratings Council specced out what truly constitutes a “viewable” ad impression, in a world increasingly falling victim to fraudulent ads, ad buyers rejoiced. And then the whole system began fragmenting. Now, it seems, some customers are getting confused about which viewability trackers are right. “As viewability becomes more and more a transitionary […]

 
 

Strong Buying with Great Efficiency are Top Tools for Brands, Mindshare’s Bitterman

CANNES — This summer has become known as the season for media agency pitches, and clients are most eager for “tools and people,” says Jordan Bitterman, Chief Strategist of Mindshare NA.  “Most of the clients are public companies and they are in a cycle. There are three times a year that we do a review process […]

 
 

Video Ads Should Match User Experience, Teads’ Chappaz

CANNES –To be effective, video ads should better align with the user experience. Those type of ads will benefit both brands and consumers more, says Pierre Chappaz, Executive Chairman at Teads, in this video interview with Beet.TV from the Cannes Lions Festival. Better ads are important because currently upwards of 70% of pre-roll ads are never seen […]

 
 

Video and Mobile Primed for Media Disruption, Havas’ Dominique Delport

CANNES — Video will become ubiquitous and will disrupt many aspects of the media landscape, says Dominique Delport, Global Managing Director of Havas Media Group, in this interview with Beet.TV about the future of video advertising. Consumers are engaging with video on nearly every platform and service across most digital devices, he says. From Vine to Instagram to YouTube […]

 
 

AdTech Firms Need to Adhere to Attribution Standards, GroupM’s Tilds

CANNES — Agencies like Group M are requiring that technology partners adhere to baseline standards when it comes to the measurement area of attribution modeling, says Cary Tilds, Chief Innovation Officer at Group M, in this interview with Beet.TV. “The one single thing I see in new technology that is delayed in their ability to […]

 
 

Havas Embraces Wave of Big Marketer Media Reviews

CANNES —  As advertisers analyze the effectiveness of their media spends, many are also asking if they are with the right agency. “Many CPG advertisers are all looking at an increase in the digital mix and global media mix and are checking and validating the TV dollars to see if they’re still working as well […]

 
 

Viewability is a Major Topic of 2015: SMG’s Kienast

One of the major themes of 2015 is viewability, says Erin Kienest, SVP, innovation and activation director at SMG. “We talk about making our dollars work harder and work smarter, and viewability really is brought to the forefront,” she says. Marketers not only want their ads delivered to the right audience but also want to […]

 
 

Creative Revolution is Next: MEC’s Reed

The next revolution in media is going to have to occur in the world of creative, says Shenan Reed, president of digital at MEC. “We think there’s tremendous opportunity for more creative, more targeted creative,” she says. “We can really get granular with all of the targeting.” Digital and data, because they’ve become such powerful […]

 
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