Trusted Local News Is The Next Scale Increment: OMD’s Mirsky

CANNES — At this point in the evolution of media, many major-brand advertisers are looking far beyond local news as a marketing channel. To many, news itself has become a problematic channel, whilst the increased scale offered by national or global distribution has proved more attractive. But some of that could be about to change, […]

 
 

Advertisers Broke Local News, Can They Fix It? United For News’ Jenen

CANNES — Many observers saw the future destruction coming. Craigslist’s local ads posed a clear threat to classifieds, social networks presented rival sources for community news; all began long ago. Still, local news publishers, when they were in the throes of attempting to build their own digital platform, often found it hard to see that […]

 
 

Ad Tech & Content Tech Should Be The Same: IRIS.tv’s

CANNES — In media environments, the historic separation between “church and state” – editorial and commercial – has long served newsrooms well. But what if emerging technology imperatives said that both sides could now benefit more from shared interest? “When you look at the kind of the technologies that underpin this entire industry, you’ve always […]

 
 

Cause Versus Purpose Marketing With OMD’s Hanson

CANNES—Brands talking about how they have aligned with cause or purpose marketing were hard to ignore at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. But there’s a difference between the two, and marketers should be prepared to commit a few years to purpose, according to OMD Global Chief Strategy Officer Chrissie Hanson. “Brand purpose […]

 
 

‘New Home For Vice News’ Coming Soon: Vice’s Delport

There must be something about the air in Cannes that brings out a certain positivity. Vice Media arrived at the Cannes Lions advertising gathering in June with HBO having cancelled Vice News Tonight and Disney having written off its investment in the company. But, speaking with Beet.TV, the outfit’s international and global chief revenue officer […]

 
 

P&G’s D’Angelo On The ‘Scale’ Of Brand Versus Performance Marketing

CANNES—Marketing has always been about performance, says Procter & Gamble’s Global Media Director, Gerry D’Angelo. So conversations should center not on brand marketing versus performance marketing but about “points on the scale.” In this interview with Beet.TV at the recent Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, D’Angelo says he’s had “quite a number of interesting […]

 
 

As Roku Pulls Away, Gap Between OTT Viewing & Ads Must Be Closed

CANNES – Over-the-top (OTT) TV viewing is exploding. Now OTT operators need to see their advertising revenue increase at the same pace. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Tariq Mahmoud, Roku head of international sales and strategy, describes a disconnect he expects will be closed in the next few years. ‘There’s this delta right now […]

 
 

Linear TV Loves Programmatic: Hearts & Science’s Pagliuca

The collection of modern, automated ad trading practices known as “programmatic” may seem to sit squarely with natively digital media and with on-demand video. But, little by little, other platforms are getting lit up with these new tricks, too – even good ‘ol linear TV. “On the linear side, (we) really have been focused on […]

 
 

The Evolution Of Digital Identity: 4INFO’s Tangredi

CANNES — Over the last year, one new set of technology has risen in ad-tech buzzphrase prominence – the “identity graph’. But, what is an identity graph and why does it matter? Simply, an identity graph is the collection of data points from disparate devices that, when pieced together, add up to indicate a single […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Washington Post CRO: Subscription Model Means More Engaged Consumers for Advertisers

CANNES — If you thought that putting up a news paywall shut out advertisers, think again. Time after time, newspapers which have made the switch – at least, the big ones – have hailed a stronger offering for advertising brands, not a diluted one. That has been one discovery of Joy Robins, four months after joining […]

 
 

Ad Buyers Need Video Scores: MediaMath’s Fisher

CANNES — In 2019, “brand safety” is still a watchword for ad buyers who want to place their ads against the right kinds of content, and not get tripped up by cringeworthy juxtapositions. That is why MediaMath, a digital ad-buying platform, has just teamed up with IRIS.TV, a video technology vendor, to provide a “sentiment […]

 
 

Fremantle Flexes Its Ad Sales Muscles, Glynne Says

Most viewers have never heard of it, but it is one of the biggest TV production houses in the world – and now Fremantle Media is also becoming an ad sales vehicle. Fremantle, owned by the RTL Group of Europe, produces hit entertainment franchises like American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor. Mostly, of course, those shows […]

 
 

Hotelier Accor Books TV To Supplement Digital Media

CANNES—“All TV is back, and back in a different way than in the past,” says Accor Group’s Antoine Dubois. So a year ago, the French global hospitality brand returned to TV to complement its targeting of niche audiences beyond digital media. “All of the hospitality industry today, six years ago everything was digital,” the SVP […]

 
 

How Shell Uses Social Media To Create Positive Brand Perceptions

CANNES—For global oil and gas conglomerate Shell, using social media influencers is all about generating positive brand perceptions. “These are ultimately the measure of success,” says Americo Silva, Global Head of Integrated Brand & Communications. Visit the Shell website and you won’t see promotions for the company’s liquid products. Instead, the issue of climate change […]

 
 

With Progress On Diversity And Inclusion, Worker Retention Now Crucial: Omnicom’s Warren

CANNES— Longtime workplace diversity and inclusion champion Tiffany Warren likes the progress that the advertising industry has made with its workforce but says keeping them happy is the big challenge going forward. “The pipeline is fine. We have people who are interested and want to come into the business,” says the SVP and Chief Diversity […]

 
 

How UK’s ITV Sees Programmatic Future: Amobee’s Jamboretz

The UK’s leading commercial TV broadcaster has upped its commitment to programmatic TV and video ad sales, in a move that sees it partner with a big ad-tech supplier. The broadcaster, which airs Downton Abbey and Coronation Street in the UK, recently picked Amobee as the platform through which it will distribute its digital ad inventory. The UK’s […]

 
 

The Long Slow Road To Scale & Power: Finecast’s Jakob Nielsen On Advanced TV

CANNES – Building the infrastructure required to deliver addressable TV ad campaigns at scale is a “10-year sprint” for the man charged with doing that for the world’s biggest media agency holding group. But Jakob Nielsen is having the time of his life. In 2017, WPP’s GroupM launched Finecast, aiming to “help advertisers address hard-to-reach […]

 
 

For In-Housing, Many Shades Of Gray: OMD’s Adamski

CANNES  — In the age when brand marketers can use cloud-based tools to carry out many of the functions of their media agencies, the prospect of disintermediation seems to pose a risk to the historic agency model. Omnicom Group media agency OMD understands that risk. Its global CEO Florian Adamski raised eyebrows around his company […]

 
 

Data Opens Up Everything In The Creative Process: Publicis Spine’s Donohue

CANNES—Machine learning and artificial intelligence stand to fuel the mass personalization of advertising messaging, but right now that’s “a little bit more of a bridge down the road,” says Publicis Spine CEO Lisa Donohue. In this interview with Beet.TV at the recent Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Donohue explains how data “opens up everything […]

 
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