Twitter’s Prince On What’s Happening At The World Cup

When Twitter unveiled its mid-June feature update, focusing the company on a message of serving “What’s Happening“, it seemed strange. Twitter first embraced “What’s happening?“, the prompt to create new tweets, back in 2009. But, this time, the company was making some product changes, to better emphasise its role at the heart of global user […]

 
 

Initiative’s Gilbert: As Live Content Grows, Digital Mirrors Linear TV

Premium content, a multitude of new partnerships and how brands can create authentic resonance with consumers are the “common threads and themes” that Initiative’s Adam Gilbert takes away from the Digital Content NewFronts 2018. He also traces the arc of a digital content ecosystem that is in a sort of “retrograde” phase as live content […]

 
 

NewFronts Update: ESPN’s Social Strategy & App Refresh

At a Digital Content NewFronts where there was a plethora of new content distribution partnerships, ESPN was the rare standout. “One of the big things that we did announce was the fact that we had a big announcement, that we have no new distribution deals,” says Travis Howe, SVP, Platform Ad Sales Strategy, Solutions & […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Lines Between Traditional, Digital Media Continue To Blur: Assembly’s Lee

Amid all the hoopla that accompanies the Digital Content NewFronts, something more substantial is taking place. It’s the blurring of lines between traditional and digital media, as evidenced by the growing number of new partnerships. Whether it’s Twitter and ESPN or Disney and Tastemade, “To me, that was very encouraging seeing all these partnerships form […]

 
 

Led By Disney/ESPN And NBCUniversal, Twitter Doubles Content Partners

There seems to be no shortage of publishing partners for Twitter, which unveiled 16 of them at its first Digital Content NewFronts last year. This year, led by new content deals with NBCUniversal, Disney/ESPN and others, “We doubled it,” says Stephanie Prager, Head of Global Agency Development at Twitter. The content partnerships represent a pool […]

 
 

Twitter Adds NBCUniversal, ESPN Content As It Broadens Viacom Offerings

Twitter has crafted new content deals with NBCUniversal and ESPN that the social platform says will extend the reach of those partners’ original shows. The company is also expanding its existing relationship with Viacom with offerings like Comedy Central’s Creator’s Room, BET Breaks and MTV News. Video views on Twitter have nearly doubled in the […]

 
 

What TV Can Learn From Digital In Audience Targeting: 4C Insights’ Anupam Gupta

MIAMI – Sometimes you need to learn from new media channels in order to better understand and use the ones that are much older. Social media and television is a case in point. Media technology provider 4C Insights cut its teeth on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. As it shifts into the […]

 
 

4C Insights’ Anupam Gupta: ‘What We’re Trying To Get To Is Cross Channels’

The fall of 2017 has been a big season of integrations for data science and media technology provider 4C Insights. First came its link to Mediaocean on the buy-side and shortly thereafter NBCUniversal on the sell-side. With NBCU making its television inventory available via application programming interfaces, “it was pretty natural for us to come […]

 
 

NBCUniversal’s Aaron Radin: Self-Serve Deal With 4C ‘Juxtaposes’ Linear TV And Social Media Ad Inventory

NBCUniversal’s self-service programmatic buying offering powered by 4C achieves a few milestones in the linear television world. Among the biggest is that advertisers will be using the same buying console that they already use to target audiences on major social media platforms ripe with video ad inventory. The deal with 4C “allows us to juxtapose […]

 
 

Balancing Ad Loads, Seeking Consumer Value Exchange: Publicis Exchange’s Dave Penski

CANNES – In a world of seemingly endless video content choices, one thing is still missing: a better value exchange in which consumers realize that watching commercials might just be worth it. “I think it’s one of the things we’re kind of missing,” Dave Penski, CEO of Publicis Media Exchange Americas, says in this interview […]

 
 

Twitter’s Prager: Video Gives Advertisers Premium Safety

CANNES — Twitter says it wants to help down-play shady user-generated content (UGC) in the advertising offerings it serves up to big agencies. in this video interview with Beet.TV, Twitter agency development director Stephanie Prayer says the network is trying to soothe brands’ concerns over the safety of environments in which ordinary folk publish their own […]

 
 

More Advertisers Moving To Outcomes-Based Measurement: Nielsen Catalina’s Andrew Feigenson

CANNES – Andrew Feigenson joined Nielsen Catalina Solutions about six months ago hoping that the ad industry was moving toward an outcomes-based approach to measuring success. So far, he hasn’t been disappointed. “From an advertiser perspective, we’re seeing a lot of that right now. Brands that are actually taking sales impact as a KPI and […]

 
 

Twitter’s Stacy Minero on Cannes Road Map: It’s “Feed-First” & Live Video

Like many other companies, Twitter uses the Cannes Lions festival to showcase its product offerings. Unlike others, it’s adopted a “feed-first” mantra as opposed to mobile-first. At this year’s festival, Twitter will spend a lot of time talking about the value of experiences, how it’s doubled down on live streaming and what it takes for […]

 
 

Brand-Inspired Experiences Are An Emerging Cannes Focus: JWT’s Ingram

What the Global CEO of J. Walter Thompson believes is “incredibly interesting” about creativity is that it can exist in product utilization. This comes at a time when despite the continued expansion of digital platforms, consumer engagement is all that really matters. As she looks ahead to the 2017 Cannes Lions festival, in this interview […]

 
 

Quality, Context And Environment Keys To Consumer Engagement: Bloomberg’s Grossman

While some news organizations struggle for credibility and survival, Bloomberg Media keeps investing in and growing its portfolio of products across all platforms. These include its impending, 24/7 news service with Twitter, the Bloomberg Lens offering, Bloomberg Trigger for advertisers and its OTT presence in Apple TV. “Personally I think there’s never been a more […]

 
 

Twitter’s First NewFronts: More Live Streaming Deals With ‘Entire World Watching,’ Says Berland

Twitter’s first-ever NewFronts presentation, in which a raft of new live-streaming and premium original programming deals were unveiled, takes the company further along a particular path: taking two-screen experiences to one screen “in a way that no one else can,” according to CMO Leslie Berland. The company announced a dozen new collaborations for hundreds of […]

 
 

Bank Of America’s Paskalis on Twitter-Bloomberg Combo: “Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Moment for the Media Industry”

Twitter’s new partnership with Bloomberg for 24-hour, live news reporting gets a big thumbs up from Bank of America. “I really believe that this is as good as a combination of chocolate and peanut butter. This may be the Reese’s peanut butter cup moment for the media industry,” says the banking giant’s SVP, Enterprise Media […]

 
 

Twitter In Unprecedented Recovery, Says Analyst Greenfield

It’s not often a company sees its share price rise despite reporting a fall in revenue. But that’s what happened to Twitter last week. On Wednesday, the social network company reported Q1 2017 revenue down 24% on the prior year – and yet, Twitter’s share price is up nearly 20% at time of writing. What’s behind […]

 
 

Twitter’s Greenberger on News Platform for Advertisers

LOS ANGELES — At a time when publishers’ spoils from relying on social platforms for distribution are coming under scrutiny, the man responsible for brokering Twitter’s deals with news organizations says the busy current news environment makes the platform perfect for publishers and advertisers alike, In its last-published quarter, Q4 2016, Twitter made $638mn from advertising, slightly less […]

 
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