WPP’s Chief Sorrell Aims To Integrate ‘One Firm’

LAS VEGAS —  It is the world’s largest advertising agency holding group. That means WPP operates dozens of owned units, agencies, acquisitions and investments, across the advertising value chain. At time of writing, for example, WPP’s website lists some 400 subsidiaries under its umbrella. CEO Sir Martin Sorrell thinks the situation could stand some tidying up […]

 
 

Kawaja on AT&T/Invidi Deal, Adobe/TubeMogul and Accelerated Consolidation in the Year Ahead

Following a record year for mergers and acquisitions in the digital advertising and media space, “the volume is going to continue” in 2017. That’s the forecast from LUMA Partners Founder & CEO Terry Kawaja, whose advice for startups in the artificial and virtual reality space—plus the Internet of things—is don’t be too early. In an […]

 
 

Furious Corp.’s Swartz To Media Sellers: Do The Math With Ease, Regardless Of Currency

LONDON – Ashley J. Swartz’s message to media owners is clear: Be agile, flexible, and get your internal act together. “There’s a lot of value and insight intelligence around audience that is untapped within the enterprise of a seller,” Swartz says in an interview with Beet.tv. “I think there’s a lot of unlocked value that […]

 
 

GroupM’s Gotlieb: Census-Level Data Needed To ‘Join The Dots’ Between TV, Digital

LONDON – Legacy media needs to join digital in using census-level data for audience targeting and attribution, according to Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman of WPP’s GroupM. “If we look at the effect of our media campaigns and try to do proper attribution on them, we have to do it, we have to get legacy media on […]

 
 

AT&T’s Welch On INVIDI Deal: ‘Huge Opportunity’ For Cross-Screen Addressable Ads

LONDON – If where you spend your time and money says a lot about your priorities, AT&T has anted up in a big way on cross-screen addressable advertising with its participation in the acquisition of INVIDI Technologies. “We’ve been spending a lot of our time and a lot of our money on addressable television,” Mike […]

 
 

Native Can Scale, As Plista Hits US: Xaxis’ Moore

After Outbrain, Taboola, ShareThrough and other native advertising technology offerings, comes Plista. That is the German native ad tech company acquired by Group M two years ago. Since then, the agency’s Xaxis unit has been deploying native ad formats around the world. Now it is finally set to be deployed in the US. “We look forward to launching […]

 
 

Note to Publishers: Stop Consumers with Ad Blocking Software, advises WPP’s David Moore

SEVILLE — With consumer web ad blocking seemingly on the rise, data on the practice ranges from the dystopian to the hysterical. New eMarketer data this week puts a more modest assessment on current levels, pegging UK ad blocking at 14% of internet users in 2015. But its forecast rises to 27% in 2017, commenting: “Once seen […]

 
 

WPP’s Sorrell Vows To ‘Up Tempo’ On Viewability Demands

BARCELONA — With data suggesting a large percentage of online ad views are being called by fake users (malicious lines of code written by nefarious publishers racking up fraudulent clicks), advertisers have become worried. Now the boss of the world’s biggest ad agency holding group is repeating his call for online platforms to do more for […]

 
 

Mobile Ad Spend Poised to Catch-up, Medialets’ CEO Glassberg

While mobile usage of all kinds has grown in leaps and bounds, mobile ad spend hadn’t yet caught up, but that’s due to change, says Richy Glassberg, CEO at WWP-owned ad serving firm Medialets, in this interview with Beet.TV.  Expect a huge upswing in ad dollars in the next few years to keep pace with the consumer […]

 
 

Sir Martin Sorrell: “The Medium Has Become More Important Than the Message”

LAS VEGAS – The vast changes in media, technology and data have dramatically transformed  the advertising industry. Indeed the changes have transformed the very nature of the world’s largest media and advertising company WPP, says its founder and CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, in this interview with Beet.TV He sees CES as sort of metaphor for […]

 
 

Facebook is the “New Way People Consume Media,” Mindshare’s Jordan Bitterman

In the course of just the past year,  Facebook has moved from being a social platform to becoming a new way in which people consume media, says Jordan Bitterman, Chief Strategy Officer at Mindshare, in this interview with Beet.TV Facebook is a “juggernaut” that improves by reinvesting and by providing marketers with a powerful data offering, […]

 
 

Big Growth for Xaxis Outside of WPP, CEO Gleason

It’s s been a year of big growth in mobile revenue at Xaxis,  up 300 percent year-over-year.  The mobile growth  has been accelerated by the acquisition of ActionX earlier this year, says Xaxis Global CEO Brian Gleason in this interview with Beet.TV Also a big area of growth has been “direct” media sales, meaning transactions that […]

 
 

Cablevision Inks “Upfront” Agreement with WPP’s Modi for Addressable TV Advertising

LONDON-   Cablevision, a large U.S. regional cable and Internet provider, long a pioneer in offering addressable TV advertising, has made its first “upfront” deal with Modi Media, the advanced TV unit of WPP.  It is a longterm partnership around addressable advertising. At the Future of TV Advertising Forum in London earlier this month, we interviewed Ben […]

 
 

Programmatic TV A Tough Nut To Crack: Xaxis’ Schlickum

COLOGNE — So far, “programmatic” technology for planning, targeting and trading adverts have revolutionised online display advertising, and has extended far in to digital video. The opportunity in the multi-billion-dollar TV market is even larger – but don’t expect that to happen easily any time soon, according even to an exec from a programmatic ad tech […]

 
 

GroupM’s Rob Norman on How App Usage Could Spell an End to Fragmentation

It’s an oft-cited trope in adland that media fragmentation is still on the rise, but GroupM’s Rob Norman believes there’s an end in sight because of the rise of apps.  This is the crux of his DMEXCO keynote address he will present this week in Cologne. Norman points out that more than 80 percent of […]

 
 

Media Agencies Should Craft a Tech Stack For Each Client: Maxus’s Pattison

As media agencies strive to become much more to clients than ad buyers, some are making technology consulting services an increasingly visible part of their offering. Maxus’s global CEO Lindsay Pattison observes that her agency is applying the same principles to technology solutions that it does to the traditional discipline of media buying, and it […]

 
 

Clients Want an Offering With Creativity, Tech and Data: Maxus’s Williams

As the media landscape continues to shift, clients’ expectations of their media agencies are also changing — and becoming more demanding in a sense. “I think it’s becoming the norm now for clients, quite rightly, to expect flawless execution and great value for money and brilliant client service, and I think now that we’re seeing […]

 
 

WPP’s BuzzFeed Residency Driven By Data: GroupM’s Norman

What does the flow of attention across social platforms and news article look like when it is actually happening? That’s what WPP’s advertising clients may get to find out, thanks to the ad holding group’s new partnership with BuzzFeed. Announced last month, the deal sees GroupM and WPP constituents gain a “creative residency” amongst BuzzFeed content producers and a […]

 
 

Xaxis’ Lesser Followed The Paternal Path To Change Advertising

Why did you get in to advertising? For Brian Lesser, it was because his dad showed him the ropes. Now Lesser runs WPP-owned Xaxis, one of the technology companies helping make advertising more targeted and more relevant. “When I was a kid, my father ran advertising agencies … I always liked the commercials better than the […]

 
 

14 Chinese Companies Now Among Top 100 Most Valuable Brands: Millward Brown

Going back a decade, when Millward Brown’s annual BrandZ study tracking the 100 most valuable global brands was first released, only one Chinese company made the list. Now there are 14, including the tech giants Tencent and Alibaba. “Most of them are big brands, but they’re not truly globalized brands yet,” says Doreen Wang, Global […]

 
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