Turf Protection, Not Lack Of Technology, Hinders Addressable TV: WPP’s Gotlieb

When history books are written about advertising, “there will be an indictment against our business for allowing our siloes to squabble with each other while the duopoly or triopoly ate everybody’s lunch,” according to WPP Senior Advisor Irwin Gotlieb. The squabbling is prominent in the addressable television advertising space, Gotlieb noted in his keynote speech […]

 
 

SVOD Fatigue Could Prove Costly: WPP’s Irwin Gotlieb

US pay-TV adoption is at its lowest rate since 2007, according to Leichtman Research Group. Fifty-nine percent of homes which get TV over antennae now also subscribe to subscription video-on-demand, according to Nielsen. US households are nearing three SVOD subscriptions per household, according to Ampere Analysis. Whichever numbers you look at, subscription TV over internet is […]

 
 

GroupM Seeks To Simplify Offerings, Diversify Talent Mix: CEO Castree

The year 2018 was one of considerable change for WPP, from the top of its management to its various operating companies and GroupM offerings. But it’s possible to map the road forward largely with one word: simplify. As in, make things as simple as possible for the biggest of clients and the teams within GroupM […]

 
 

Sorenson The ‘Apple Pay’ Of Addressable Television: MODI’s Cestaro

As addressable television advertising closes in on some 80 million homes by year’s end, Sorenson Media is emerging as “kind of a new player in this area” with a clear differentiation, says MODI Media’s Marc Cestaro. “They have not only national avails, they have local avails that go across cable and broadcast, which is new. […]

 
 

What Wavemaker’s Richman Wants To Know About The New AT&T

All of the 250 invitation-only attendees of next week’s AT&T event titled The Relevance Conferences are aware that the “new” AT&T will be a big operation with lots of scale. So what exactly should the “official reveal of their offering” communicate to the industry? “What everyone’s anxious to understand is a bit more of the […]

 
 

Mark Read Named New WPP CEO

Longtime WPP executive Mark Read, who has been serving as interim co-COO in the aftermath of the departure of the April Martin Sorrell, has been selected as the new CEO of WPP.

 
 

WPP’s Read On The Need For Change, Consumer Privacy And The Media Supply Chain

CANNES – WPP’s Mark Read says the advertising industry is in a time of “structural change, not structural decline,” but survival depends on people within the industry making the effort embrace that change. Interviewed by Beet.TV at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Read points to the event itself as evidence of change, noting its […]

 
 

Understandably Complicated: WPP’s Sorrell On Europe’s New Privacy Rules

Digital advertisers will wake up to a new dawn on May 25, one in which they had better tread carefully with how they use audience data – or risk a new penalty fine of up to 4% of global turnover. The European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation updates prior consumer data protection rules in a […]

 
 

WPP, Facebook Program Upgrades Group-Wide Mobile Creativity

Advertisers felt like they got good at Facebook some time ago. But, at the world’s largest ad agency holding group, most of that expertise was concentrated amongst the buyers of ad space. That’s why WPP saw the need to tool-up Facebook savvy amongst the people actually tasked with creating ads for that inventory. Together with […]

 
 

‘Measurement Is Everything’: MediaCom Chicago’s Art Zambianchi

ORLANDO – While there’s been no shortage of issues—from transparency to artificial intelligence to brand purpose—at the Masters of Marketing gathering, there’s also a galvanizing effect. “Today I think was a renewed call to action for the community,” says Art Zambianchi, Managing Director of WPP’s MediaCom agency in Chicago. “One of the refreshing parts of […]

 
 

Sorrell On Why Brands Have An Internal Battle For Ecommerce

COLOGNE — Mondelēz International has previously described it as one of the fastest-growing revenue generators for brands – so why are clients scrapping internally over the ecommerce opportunity? In this video interview with Beet.TV, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell says that ecommerce, with which brands now have the ability to sell directly to customers and not […]

 
 

Sorrell Wants Less ‘Clunky’, More ‘Flexible’ From Tech’s ‘Fearsome Five’

COLOGNE — At last year’s DMEXCO, WPP Sir Martin Sorrell promised he would finally join Twitter – if CEO Jack Dorsey showed up at the next event. Well, at this week’s 2017 occurrence of the digital ad gathering in Germany, the pair graced the stage together, and Sorrell joined the social network live in front […]

 
 

WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell: Lots Of Innuendo But Still No Facts About U.S. Agency Billing Allegations

COLOGNE – After more than a year and innumerable reports and headlines, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell still doesn’t understand the genesis of widespread commentary about agency-client transparency in the United States. He says those who are worried about transparency should take a look at the Middle East, Japan and China. “It’s unfortunate what has […]

 
 

WPP’s Sorrell Sees ‘Groundswell’ Of Client Attitude for Programmatic TV

CANNES – Sir Martin Sorrell says marketers are changing their attitudes toward programmatic media buying at the same time as the growth of alternative content continues unabated. In this interview with Beet.TV, he also talks about WPP’s investments in content producers and how advertising “in one form or other” is seeping into Netflix. In the […]

 
 

OpenSlate Creating A ‘Safe Version Of YouTube,’ Says COO JoAnna Foyle

Back in 2012, before the words “safe environment” for digital video became industry mantra, a company called Outrigger Media launched OpenSlate. It was a tool to help advertisers target the long tail of video production. Among other things, the company knew “there would come a time in an industry that got hyper focused on audience […]

 
 

WPP’s Moore On The Roles Of Creative, Media Shops In Dynamic Optimization

It’s no secret that creative has lagged behind marketers’ ability to optimize media campaigns. Turns out that some of the delay derives from creative agency business models. To David Moore, President of WPP Digital & Chairman of its Xaxis unit, it comes down to being able to pull as many levers as possible for clients. […]

 
 

It’s Still Not The Year Of Mobile Advertising: WPP’s Sorrell

BARCELONA — Despite years of promise, mobile advertising has still not developed in to a full-fledged advertiser medium, because inadequate technology is causing advertisers to hold back on spending. That is according to the boss of the world’s largest ad agency holding group, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. Speaking with Beet.TV in this video interview at Mobile World Congress, […]

 
 

WPP’s Sorrell Kicks Back At ‘Suicidal’, Shady Ad Deals

BARCELONA — The boss of the world’s largest ad agency holding group has come out fighting against back-handers and kick-backs that are rapidly becoming a stain on the advertising industry – and which could ultimately hurt it. “There are some things going on in the industry which are just unacceptable in my view, in terms of […]

 
 

Beet.TV Summit March 9: Xaxis, BBDO, Eyeview, MediaMath And Others To Examine Performance Video

HOLLYWOOD, Florida – The year 2017 will see WPP’s Xaxis increasingly focus on performance outcomes for its clients’ video ad campaigns. “Every campaign that we will run will have a KPI that is considered very important to the advertiser that we will achieve,” says David J. Moore, who is President of WPP Digital and Chairman […]

 
 

David Moore Sees Xaxis’ Future In [m]Platform

HOLLYWOOD, Fl — If you missed the announcement in November, you may not know that another ad agency holding group has enacted another reorganization aimed at making business more client-centric and function-driven. GroupM launched [m]Platform, a “suite” that comprises data analytics, audience insights, data scientists, technologists from across other GroupM divisions, and in to it wrapped Xaxis, its […]

 
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