How CTV Is Different In Europe: Xandr’s Soucaret

LONDON – Even more fragmented, but more cooperative – that’s how the connected TV (CTV) advertising landscape looks in Europe compared to the US, according to one man who leads European CTV operators for a major ad-tech supplier. If you thought the US CTV environment was fragmented, the European marketplace – marked by a host […]

 

Kirk McDonald: Exhausted by the Turmoil, Positive about Changes Ahead

From his early days at Conde Nast, to the adtech world of PubMatic, to his present senior post at AT&T, he’s “always been alone.”  The feeling has been most acute at industry events, which somehow appear “unfamiliar,”explains Kirk McDonald, Chief Business Officer of AT&T’s Xandr unit. Fully qualified, he often saw himself as an “imposter” […]

 

Converged Insight Can Offset Viewer Decline: Xandr’s Wetzel

In TV today, it would be easy to have a glass half-full. Linear audiences were in continuing decline and consumers are tiring of excess ad load. That was before the pandemic forced broadcasters to lower ad rates. But those with a glass-half-full outlook see an opportunity – although linear numbers are declining, new opportunities to see, […]

 

Xandr’s Scott: ‘Creative Is Evolving to Meet the Temperament of the New Viewer’

Consumption is changing for audiences who are now stuck at home, says Xandr’s head of video market development for EMEA Austin Scott. Device usage and the amount of content that people have an appetite for has surged. That has opened an opportunity for streaming companies: We’ve seen the launch of Quibi during quarantine. Netflix is […]

 

Personalization is Paramount During Pandemic: Xandr’s Jason Brown

The coronavirus pandemic crisis will accelerate the trend in which brands want to speak directly to their customers. That is according to one ad executive who says companies need to be able to find their own audience amongst the newly-inflated base of stay-at-home media consumers. Get personal amid virus “The need for personalization on direct-to-consumer […]

 

Xandr’s Paley Mulls Life After Cookies

SAN JUAN PR — The looming deprecation of a key technology advertisers have historically used to track and target users has sent the industry in a scurry for a replacement. Google has declared it will phase out all third-party cookies – the tiny, user-side files that store information – from its Chrome browser by 2022. In this video […]

 

Xandr Goes To Mexico: Paley On LatAm Expansion

SAN JUAN, PR — AT&T’s Xandr digital ad unit is expanding its overseas markets, starting with Latin America. The division includes prior acquisitions like AppNexus and Clypd, making Xandr a key player for helping AT&T TV and video services offer targeted advertising capabilities. Now Allison Paley, Xandr’s director of corporate strategy, wants to take tehat […]

 

Xandr Goes From ‘Build’ To ‘Accelerate’ In 2020, Wetzel Says

After buying and launching new products and services last year, AT&T’s Xandr ad-tech unit plans to more tightly tie everything together in 2020 The division is focused on facilitating premium video and advanced TV ad sales, and is a combination of a variety of acquisitions and launches. Most recently, Xandr acquired clypd late last year. […]

 

Viewers Like Ads, But Not Too Often: Xandr Research

ORLANDO — Although the recent boom in subscription video-on-demand may suggest a customer base that is rapidly opting out of ad-supported media, consumers actually enjoy ads – but they don’t want to see them too often. Those are findings from a new report commissioned by AT&T’s ad-tech unit Xandr. Kantar surveyed 2,004 consumers from the […]

 

It’s About Time: Xandr’s Relevance Examines Consumer Attention

Is “relevance” still… relevant? Over the last few years, advertising “relevance” has, for many ad-tech execs become the holy grail of advertising effectiveness. For AT&T’s Xandr, however, it is more than that. This September 16 to 18 in Santa Barbara, the company hosts its second Relevance Conference. In its first year, 2018, the conference effectively […]

 

AT&T’s Xandr Adds A+E, AMC & Cheddar To ‘Community’ Ad Marketplace

It is only two months old – but now the new digital marketplace for ad trading that has just been built by AT&T is announcing three new non-AT&T supply partners. “Community”, the platform created by AT&T’s Xandr ad-tech unit, will support buying ads in content owned by A+E Networks, AMC Networks and Cheddar, Xandr announced. […]

 

Xandr’s Beaumier Aims To Mix Upfront & Real-Time TV Ad Sales

CANNES — In the rapidly-expanding kingdom of AT&T, Xandr, its unit for facilitating advanced TV ad buying, is playing a stronger role. Almost exactly a year after AT&T acquired ad-tech platform AppNexus, it has just rebadged AppNexus’ demand-side platform (DSP) as “Xandr Invest”, and allowed ad buyers to to target viewers using AT&T’s first-party data […]

 

Inscape’s McAfee: OAR Consortium Offers Flexibility To Scale Addressable TV

CANNES—A direct relationship with owners of television advertising inventory is one of the core premises behind Project OAR, which hopes to develop an open standard for addressable ads on connected TV’s. “As long as there’s someone in the middle, there are levels of complication that just won’t make this work,” says Jodie McAfee, SVP of […]

 

Xandr: A 12-Month ‘Whirldwind’ Recap From CMO McDonald

CANNES—A year ago at the Cannes Lions, AT&T provided a sneak peak of its future with a tease banner outside the Carlton Hotel that would presage the launch of Xandr, formerly AT&T Advertising & Analytics. “It’s been quite a whirlwind year since Cannes 2018,” says Xandr Chief Marketing Officer Kirk McDonald. What followed was Xandr’s […]

 

Xandr Has Created a New ‘Community’ Marketplace

After a couple of years of intense change in the wider group, AT&T’s Xandr unit last month created a whole new digital marketplace for trading video ads. Xandr, AT&T’s unit for advanced TV advertising, is barely nine months old, itself coming after a period in which AT&T has gobbled up WarnerMedia. But, in May, it […]

 

WarnerMedia Teams with Xandr to Guarantee Advertising Outcomes, Donna Speciale

In addition to unveiling new and returning series, WarnerMedia used its UpFront presentation today to share case studies showing linear television’s impact on business outcomes and discuss its upcoming SVOD and AVOD services. “What I’m thrilled about is that we’re going to be showing a lot of results,” WarnerMedia President of Ad Sales Donna Speciale […]

 

Xandr Media Finds More Buyers Leveraging Addressable TV for Reach and Frequency

During next month’s TV Upfront, AT&T’s Xandr Media will unveil “a big upgrade” for television advertising, a main thrust of which will be the use of ads addressable to devices households to frequency cap and manufacture reach. The company will present at it’s first “Xandr Front” event on May 14. “There is a need to […]

 

Xandr’s Ad Graph Will Scale Up To 5G

A few short years ago, few could have predicted that Game Of Thrones, Wolf Blitzer, basketball stars and broadband infrastructure engineers would be rubbing shoulders in the same company. But that’s what the modern AT&T – incorporating WarnerMedia’s Turner and CNN – now looks like. For the corporation – like Verizon alongside it – it […]

 

Xandr Media Activates Turner Integration While Rolling Out Its SSP Welcome Mat

LAS VEGAS—As Xandr Media begins to cross-pollinate data and technology with Turner and other AT&T family entities, it wants the outside world to know that from a supply-side platform standpoint, its doors are open. “The welcome mat is out. It’s got neon lights around it,” says Xandr Media President Rick Welday. Roughly four months after […]

 

Simulmedia’s Morgan On Xandr: It’s All About The Partnerships

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Dave Morgan certainly knows the value of partnerships when scaling advanced audience targeting for television. So when he takes in the aspirations of AT&T’s Xandr, it’s the partnering theme that gets his attention. “There’s a really big mission. Whether AT&T itself is going to be able to do it or not […]

 
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