As Interactive Ads Gain Ground, Addressable Needs Uniformity: UM’s Stimmel

Interactive television ads are increasingly providing meaningful engagement for both brands and viewers. “It’s that direct access and ability to understand something in the moment that I think is really interesting,” says Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer at global media and advertising agency UM. What needs more refinement is marketers’ understanding of specific households for […]

 
 

UM’s Stimmel Assesses Advanced Audience Targeting And ‘The Hulu’ Of Data

Every television advertiser is trying to identify what their specific audience means outside of broad age and sex demographic targets. While the latter represent a “fairly blunt instrument that we use as a currency,” more media owners are executing in ways that line up better with how buyers want to execute their plans. An audience […]

 
 

Technology Informs Cannes’ ‘Creative Nexus’: UM’s Cohen

Do technology and creativity mix? They do if you are attending this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. “Cannes has evolved over the last couple of years to be this nexus of creativity,” Universal McCann chief investment officer David Cohen tells Beet.TV in this video interview. “Now we’re seeing an influx of technology and […]

 
 

UM Doubles Down on Programmatic and Strategic

While UM has been involved in programmatic buying for nearly five years, it’s recently begun investing in a slate of technology to bolster its work in this area, says David Cohen, Chief Investment Officer at UM. Specifically, UM has created a “single-source view” across screens. “As usage has grown from PC and TV to over-the-top to […]

 
 

UM Content Chief: Let the Story Be Center Stage

Brands need to be willing to step back from branded content and let the story do the work, says Scott Donaton, Global Chief Content Officer at UM, in an interview with Beet.TV. That means marketers should use a deft touch on instilling a brand message (or not) in branded content, he explains. “You need to […]

 
 

DMEXCO 2014 Reaching New Levels: UM’s Weisbrich

COLOGNE – DMEXCO has reached a new standard, says Sven Weisbrich, CEO, Universal McCann Germany. This year saw much growth for DMEXCO beyond its increased scale and notable attendance figures. Now on par with conferences like CES, clients, publishers and partners can interact on a business level and discuss ideas on a deep level, Weisbrich […]

 
 

UM’s Global Content Chief: Automation Allows More Creativity

The increased automation around digital video distribution is allowing content creators, including big media agencies like Universal McCann (UM), to spend more time handcrafting web original video content, says Scott Donaton, Global Chief Content Officer at UM, in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke with him last night at the AOL NewFront event.    

 
 

Programmatic Buying Enables “KPI Experimentation,” UM COO Colvin

SAN FRANCISCO — Programmatic buying lets agencies more efficiently execute against KPIS and also helps brands to evolve them, says Gregg Colvin, North American Chief Operating Officer for Universal McCann during an interview with Ashley J. Swartz, Founder and CEO of Furious-Minds, for Beet.TV. One of the biggest benefits of the programmatic model is that it allows […]