Wavemaker’s Richman Makes The Case For Ad Agencies As ‘Your True Partners’

ORLANDO — After a spate of controversies in the last couple of years, ad agencies are enduring choppy waters, as many brand clients look use software, for themselves, to execute some of the traditional functions of their agencies. A recent Association of National Advertisers (ANA) survey showed 35% of marketers expanded their in-house media buying capabilities […]

 
 

Nissan’s Witherspoon Drives Cannes FreeWheel Discussion On Television’s Future

CANNES – How does a huge marketer like Nissan convince its procurement people to explore new, non-traditional ways of reaching audiences and measuring those efforts? “We have this kind of internal joke that right now we have more pilots than American Airlines,” is how Allyson Witherspoon, Nissan’s GM for Global Brand Engagement, explained it. At […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s Smith On ‘The New Five Ps Of Marketing’

CANNES — The construct of “The Four Ps of Marketing” has been in circulation for some decades now. But old needs a reboot. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Wavemaker global chief client officer Aaron Smith redefines the “Ps” for a new era. “The old ways of building relevance no longer work,” he says. “To really […]

 
 

Accountability Has Never Been Harder: Wavemaker’s Sullivan-Martin

CANNES — Brands and agencies have more data thane ver before – so why is it getting more difficult to prove the real outcomes of marketing? In this video interview with Beet.TV, Wavemaker global head of strategy Stuart Sullivan-Martin says proving value is getting harder, not easier, as two imperatives of marketers come together in […]

 
 

Digital And Linear No Longer Two Separate Worlds: Wavemaker’s Richman

CANNES – Like many industry executives, Amanda Richman applauds the “shared sense of purpose” among parties looking to advance measurement capabilities and experiment with new ad formats instead of “letting those conversations sit at a committee level.” When she eyes the video landscape, Richman sees it evolving toward the opportunity for more precision targeting without […]

 
 

With Hurricane Season Nearing, Many Puerto Ricans ‘Still In Desperate Need’: GroupM’s Cowdell

A Puerto Rico devastated by last year’s Hurricane Maria is on the verge of its next hurricane season. “And there are still problems,” says GroupM’s Phil Cowdell. There will be more storms and “people are still living under roofs with plastic tarpaulins…there are still people who don’t have power. So what we have to do […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s Smith Has A Recipe To Make The Future

Almost 12 months to the day after Group M merged its MEC and Maxus agencies, the combined entity finds itself starting up just as everyone talks about the prospect of the sun setting on ad agencies. But Wavemaker, which started up in September, is responding to the talk of agency disintermediation with a clear plan. […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s Castree Pores Over Purchase Journeys

It was one of the latest steps in a series of ad agency reconfigurations. But what are the founding philosophies of Wavemaker, the agency formed from the merger of Group M’s MEC and Maxus? In this video interview with Beet.TV, global CEO Tim Castree offers three pillars… Marriage of media content and technology: “Media is not just […]

 
 

Ad-Tech Is Complex & Over-Engineered: Wavemaker’s Korenfeld

There are “point solutions” – and then there are “what’s the point?” solutions? In ad-tech, many software vendors are risking ending up in the last category, as a dizzying array of function-specific tools risks confusing buyers. That is according to one agency boss communicating how technological complexity is actually working against buyers and their vendors. […]

 
 

In Video’s Future, Two Targeting Types Collide: Wavemaker’s Castree

What’s old is new again – but, in advertising, the old practices have also received a pretty significant upgrade. So says Tim Castree, global CEO of the Wavemaker agency formed from the merger of Group M’s MEC and Maxus. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Castree says traditional TV viewing is declining – but, by […]

 
 

Cannes Lions Media Jury President Tim Castree is Looking For ‘Creativity And Context’

As Tim Castree prepares for his role as Jury President of the Media Lions for the upcoming Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, he hopes to see entries that reflect how brands have effectively married creativity and context. His first-time judging gig comes after the Cannes Lions reached a tipping point in 2017 as some […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s Castree Explains Purchase Journey Planning, Endurance Of Mixed Trading Models

Tim Castree likes to think about audiences “as the nests that sit inside that larger purchase journey context to opportunity.” Until you can completely understand those consumers, you cannot target them to fulfill those opportunities. Wavemaker uses a two-step process that begins with identifying “the gaps, barriers, challenges, opportunities” associated with the purchase journey, the […]

 
 

Wavemaker: Consumer Engagement Is Conversations, Not ‘One Big Idea’

Creativity in media is less about pushing one big message out to lots of people than it is generating conversations with consumers at every step of their purchase journey, says David Gaines, Chief Strategy Officer, Wavemaker US. “We’re moving away, I would argue, from media planning and saying ‘well, we actually need a content strategy,’” […]

 
 

Wavemaker’s ‘Principal And Defining Obsession’ Is The Purchase Journey: CEO Tim Castree

Few people would contend that the modern consumer journey leading to purchases of products and services is easy to understand. But for Wavemaker, it’s a distinct way to both differentiate itself from other agencies while helping brand marketers cope with fragmentation and focus on optimizing the right things. This is why Wavemaker’s “principal and defining […]

 
 

Be ‘Super Flexible’ About Creative And Try To Solve Problems: Wavemaker’s Noah Mallin

When you’re fashioning what’s designed to be a cutting-edge marketing agency, it’s good to know what not to do. One example is not trying to recreate what a creative agency does but being flexible when it comes to deciding who produces content for clients. “We’re set up to be super flexible,” says Noah Mallin, Head […]

 
 

Tracking The Consumer Purchase Journey With MEC’s Nathalie Haxby

CANNES – For MEC, understanding the consumer purchase journey involves making waves and showing clients how their “momentum” stacks up against competitors. It’s a blend of data, content and technology—something that the Cannes Lions festival is catching up to, according to the global media agency’s Nathalie Haxby. “We’re seeing a lot of that now with […]