• Digital's Ad Expansion: The Long And Short Of It
    An influential Wall Street analyst this morning predicts the industry's dominant players will report strong second-quarter results this week, but warns that digital's incremental advertising boon may be poised to stall. "There are many reasons to look at digital advertising through a negative lens at the present time," Pivotal Research Group's Brian Wieser writes in a note sent to investors this morning. "Digital advertising has had many problematic elements placed in the spotlight over the past few years (i.e. measurement, attribution problems, potential consumer toxicity, brand safety issues, market dominance by two companies, etc.), and many marketers are only now ...
  • Real Scarce For Marketers: Time
    Real-time marketing can be incredibly effective, but it doesn't come without its costs. Turns out, one of them is, well, time. A new report being released today by the CMO Council and IBM Watson finds that most organizations don't have enough time to manage the consumer data they have access to: first-, second- or third-party.
  • IPG Nears Acxiom Deal, Signals Deeper Dive Into Consumer Data
    In what likely is the biggest consumer data play by any agency holding company since Dentsu Aegis Network's $1.5 billion acquisition of Merkle, Interpublic is expected to announce a deal to acquire the Marketing Solutions Business of big data firm Acxiom. The deal, reportedly valued at more than $2 billion, would be Interpublic's biggest and most significant acquisition since Michael Roth took over as CEO in 2005.
  • Welcome To The Triopoly
    The long-term goal of AT&T is to become the third dominant walled garden in what Madison Avenue not-so-affectionately refers to as "the duopoly:" Google and Facebook. Get ready to hear a lot about the "triopoly."
  • Want To Hear Some Data Compliance Horror Stories? I'll Need To See Your Passport First
    One of the unintended consequences of marketer efforts to comply with the EU's new consumer data privacy rules has been a push by some to gather even more potentially sensitive data from consumers than they had in the first place. I've been hearing this anecdotally for weeks now, but it was a conversation I had late last week with the founder one of many entrepreneurs rushing to help consumers and brands mediate the exchange of personal data and privacy compliance that I realized what a paradox GDPR has become.
  • Tales From The Crypto: Digital Advertising's Newest Horror Show
    New variants of malware scams emerge almost daily, but one detected late last week deserves special attention from digital advertisers and media buyers considering cryptocurrency models. Instead of infecting computers to create fraudulent bot traffic, the new variant -- dubbed Prowli -- infects computers to siphon processing power to mine cryptocurrency.
  • With Frenemies Like These, Who Needs Auditors?
    The backlash to Accenture's announcement that it's getting into the programmatic media-buying business surprised me. Not because Accenture is diversifying, but because some pundits see a problem with that. The chief argument seems to be the most classic one: that you don't want a fox counting the chickens in the henhouse. Or, as MediaCom Worldwide Chairman-CEO Stephen Allan posited in a post on LinkedIn: "They can't police transparency and measure performance for clients while also competing with those of us who provide media services."
  • It's Settled: Here's The Best Case For Blockchain In Digital Media Buying
    I was already thinking about the role blockchain may or may not play in digital media buying, especially the programmatic kind, before Parsec's Marc Guldimann circulated a well organized assessment of some leading digital media-buying blockchain solutions Sunday.
  • How I Became A Third Party: A First-Person Account
    Our industry loves a good party, but lately, it's become obsessed with the first, second and third kind. Here's my first-person account of how Home Depot turned me into a third party that was somebody else's problem: mine.
  • Why Programmatic Is Fueling Digital Video Ad Spending
    There's an interesting sidebar in the "Video Ad Spend" study released last week by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) on the eve of this year's NewFronts. No, not that there's pent up demand from advertisers and agencies for digital video, especially the kind of original digital video represented by IAB members pitching their wares in this year's advance sales season. That should be expected. It's the side note about the role programmatic is playing in the mix. While the "availability of programmatic buying" ranked only ninth among 14 criteria reported in the survey of advertisers and agency executives, it was ...
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