iCrossing’s Ratner Ponders YouTube’s Stratification, ‘Tunneling Effect’

The re-grouping of content on YouTube continues apace, upending the playing field for some content creators and raising concerns about content discovery amid the platform’s “tunneling effect,” says iCrossing’s Jeff Ratner. “I think YouTube is creating their own stratification of their content. Obviously, they took to heart a lot of the brand safety challenges of […]

 
 

YouTube’s Levy Pitches Shorter, Safer Ads At NewFronts

What can advertisers expect from YouTube this year? Human vetting of the most-watched content, more signals from the rest of Google’s services, influencers on-tap and shorter ad formats. That is according to Tara Walpert Levy, the video platform’s agency and brand solutions VP.  We spoke with her Monday after the MediaLink NewFronts kickoff breakfast hosted by […]

 
 

AppNexus Sees ‘An Explosion’ Of Video, Eyes The Linear TV Space: CEO Brian O’Kelley

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Like many adtech companies, AppNexus had long supported video. Two years ago, it decided to lean hard into the winds of change roiling the television industry by investing in its own video demand-side platform, supply-side platform and ad server. “The cool thing is it’s working,” says CEO Brian O’Kelley. That turns […]

 
 

Unilever’s Keith Weed On Collaborating To Improve Digital Platform Content, Using Blockchain To Vet Transactions

PALM SPRINGS, Calif – Unilever is working with social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube on a “collaborative” basis to improve their content for the good of society while building a private blockchain to tackle transparency issues surrounding its own digital advertising. “The swamp isn’t very transparent,” says Unilever Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Keith […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Nielsen Now Measuring Content Viewing On Facebook, Hulu And YouTube

Nielsen is giving its media clients a standardized way of measuring their content viewing on distribution heavyweights Hulu, Facebook and YouTube with the latest expansion of its Digital Content Ratings. Participating TV and digital publisher clients can now capture incremental viewing of their content within their reported audience numbers. They will receive credit for video […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Screen Agnostic, Platform Specific Ads And Content Key To Engagement: NBCU’s Yaccarino

Finding the right context for traditional television commercials and creating platform-specific creative are challenges and opportunities for brands and their agencies. When it comes to the latter, being screen agnostic is a plus, according to NBCUniversal’s Linda Yaccarino. “I think the creative agencies are wrestling with two things,” the media company’s Chairman of Advertising Sales […]

 
 

DEFY Media Tests And Learns Its Way To 700 Million Monthly Video Views

MTV certainly contributed a lot to 1980’s entertainment. For DEFY Media, one of the most valuable learnings was the “fast fail model.” So while DEFY’s programming resembles traditional programming in areas like writers and talent, where it “varies a bit” is in MTV’s concept that no idea is bad, CEO Matt Diamond says in this […]

 
 

Astronauts Wanted: Combine Brands With Talent And ‘Blow The Roof Off,’ Says Murphy

When MTV Networks alumni Judy McGrath and Nick Shore formed Astronauts Wanted in 2013, they certainly understood younger audiences. What has become a joint venture between McGrath and Sony Music Entertainment has a broadly defined audience of 16 to 30 but its “sweet spot” tops out at 24. Astronauts Wanted’s three main formats are premium […]

 
 

POPSUGAR To Brands: Everything Starts With An Insight, No ‘Fully Baked Offering’

Given a multitude of digital content, some authentic some less so, POPSUGAR has hitched the credibility of its enterprise to emotion. “We believe that consumers can tell the difference between a Facebook growth-hacking, click-baity type of experience from of what is in POPSUGAR premium emotional storytelling,” says Global Chief Revenue Officer Geoff Schiller. While emotional […]

 
 

Brand Safety is Front and Center at NewFronts: OMD’s Winkler

Brand safety up, virtual reality down. To Ben Winkler, these are the two biggest changes year-over-year in the magnitude of discourse at the Digital Content NewFronts. “I haven’t seen a single presentation that didn’t begin, have a middle and end with brand safety,” says the Chief Investment Officer at OMD. “I’ve seen the biggest rise […]

 
 

Whistle Sports: Short-Form Video Content About Everything But Live Action

If you’re between the ages of 13 and 34 and love sports but have a short attention span, Whistle Sports was created with you in mind. The global sports media company doesn’t do live sports per se but “everything else,” says Founder and CEO John West. “We provide content that we think is really authentic. […]

 
 

As The NewFronts Morph And Grow, So Does Kassan’s MediaLink

If anyone could discern a possible sea change in the formerly one-day event called the NewFront it would be Michael Kassan. The Chairman and CEO of strategic advisory and business development firm MediaLink witnessed its birthing by Digitas and has become an integral player as the event morphed over the years. And so it is […]

 
 

Monumental Shift’s Davis: Focus On Revenue, Not ‘Measuring Lots Of Stuff’

Lots of data and great creative for ad campaigns are meaningless unless you can be sure they’re actually driving revenue. Because at the end of the day, “It’s what the C-suite cares about,” says author and keynote speaker Andrew Davis. Davis was among some three dozen advertising and media experts who gathered for the recent […]

 
 

Taco Bell’s Thalberg On The Power Of Television, ‘Dark Clouds’ Over Digital

LOS ANGELES – Taco Bell CMO Marisa Thalberg knows that despite viewing shifts, traditional television is still a powerful medium for the fast-food giant. What she finds “very scary” is spending money on digital platforms given issues like viewability, fraud and the potential for the company’s ads to appear in the wrong environment. “TV’s still […]

 
 

Publicis’ Shlachter Divines The Future Of Video Viewing, Commercial Load And Measurement

VIEQUES, PR – Imagine a future where the standard commercial load in one hour of video content is just five minutes. Where Facebook and YouTube have big subscription businesses reminiscent of traditional cable operators, and Netflix just might start selling ads. These were among a variety of possible scenarios explored at the annual Beet.TV Executive […]

 
 

Rogers Dissects TV Audience Declines And The Challenges Of Better Audience Targeting

With his multi-decade background at NBC, CNBC and TiVo, Tom Rogers knows a bit about television audiences. Given continued viewing declines, he believes the only way for broadcast and cable networks to maintain decent pricing is personalized ads with measurable business outcomes for advertisers. “I really don’t see any other answer given this confluence of […]

 
 

More Uniform Standards Would Advance One-To-One Targeting: VM1’s Shlachter

LAS VEGAS – True one-to-one advertising targeting on digital and linear television is being held back by too many competing standards, says the President of VM1, the dedicated Verizon agency within Zenith. “The interoperability of all these different systems and platforms and devices just don’t play nicely together today. But over time it’s definitely where […]

 
 

GroupM’s Norman: Facebook Lags Twitter For Video Advertisers

AUSTIN – Facebook wants to make a big splash in the world of video advertising. But failings in its offering mean it still has a way to go, according to a leading ad agency boss. “The advertiser is competing with the regular newsfeed and the rest of the user-generated newsfeed. It remains a challenging environment,” GroupM chief digital officer Rob Norman […]

 
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