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      Michael Calleia is the Senior Director of Marketing at Voltari, a company that develops predictive analytical solutions for the mobile space. Voltari optimizes mobile advertising campaigns from the start, learns and improves automatically in real-time, and provides insights. Michael comes to Voltari with a background that encompasses advertising, publishing, branding and marketing on both the… Continue reading »

     Andrew Fischer is currently the CEO and co-founder of Choozle, an end to end programmatic marketing platform that puts marketing technology into the hands of the marketer. The Makegood recently spoke with Fischer about an exciting new platform and over a million dollars in funding. The Makegood: Congratulations on such a successful year with Choozle. Could… Continue reading »

     Tracy Richards is currently the CMO at Organic, a digital agency connecting people with brands on every screen. Richards is the first-ever CMO at Organic, and brings previous experience as Group Director, Global Business Development at Organic. The Makegood recently spoke with Tracy about her new role and her goals for Organic. The Makegood: Congratulations on… Continue reading »

    Maciek Mikołajczak is currently the Business Development Director CEE at RTB House, a technology agency with worldwide operations, and the creator of technology for buying inventory and displaying adverts in the real time bidding model. Prior to RTB House, Mikołajczak was the Business Development Director at Gemius, where he ran the company’s expansion in Europe. The Makegood recently spoke with Mikołajczak… Continue reading »

     Matthias Hartmann is currently the CEO of GfK, a leading market research provider. Hartmann has previous experience at IBM in several different positions, including Vice President and Head of Global. The Makegood recently spoke iwth Hartmann about the company’s global expansion and market trends. The Makegood: GfK is aggressively expanding its horizons both in the… Continue reading »

     Consumer journey mapping has long been integral to finding out how consumers encounter, perceive, make purchasing decisions, and develop affinities and loyalties with companies. However, the proliferation of social media, advances in online advertising, the boom in mobile devices, and developments in data collection technology have created numerous challenges and opened new opportunities in this… Continue reading »

     Mario Diez is currently the CEO at PointRoll, the leading multi-screen digital advertising technology and services company that advertisers, agencies and publishers turn to when they want great creative, robust ad delivery, exceptional results and a consultative partner to help them build once, publish everywhere, and measure everything. Diez has previous experience at New York Times,… Continue reading »

    Tom Donnelly is currently the CEO at OptiMine, a leader in cloud-based omni-channel marketing analytics and optimization. Prior to joining OptiMine, Donnelly was the COO and President at Digital River, where he led the global e-marketing, sales, client delivery, and infrastructure organizations for the company’s core enterprise e-commerce businesses. The Makegood recently spoke with Donnelly about his… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

     In the world of B2B, content marketing is king. It’s become that highly desirable, hard-to-perfect ‘status’ both brands and marketers hope to attain. It makes me think of standing in line at an ultra hot, super hyped up nightclub in New York City. There’s a red rope and a long line around the corner of… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    “Do you want some fantastic stereo speakers, cheap?” said the guy driving the white van in the lane next to me. I rolled my window back up. We were right outside the Holland Tunnel.  I had just driven back into New York from a New Jersey client meeting, when I noticed this guy trying to… Continue reading »

      Kunal Gupta is the CEO of Polar (formerly Polar Mobile), a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. He has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30, a United Nations Global Citizen and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.… Continue reading »

     Glenn Humble is currently the Marketing and Communications Director at Adroit Digital, a digital marketing firm that drives performance across channels through a combination of advanced audience technology and knowledgeable industry experts. The Makegood recently spoke with Humble about a study regarding brand loyalty among millennials. The Makegood: After conducting a study on 2,000 U.S. Millennials, Adroit… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

     “Everyone’s going through various levels of pain,” commented 614 Group CEO Founder and Managing Partner Rob Rasko at a recent 3MS town hallon viewability. In the digital advertising industry, we all suffer together, no? Certainly viewability has been a trial for those all over the ecosystem for the last few years – a veritable emotional roller coaster. The… Continue reading »

      Selfhood: The fully developed self; an achieved personality. SalesHood: The state of sharing sales best practices; a community where sales people mentor each other; engagement to improve pipeline quality and close deals faster. In the midst of a profession filled with competition, secrets, and the image of a pushy and manipulative used car salesman… Continue reading »

    The IAB always puts on a great conference. Their Annual Leadership Meeting is the best of the best. The caliber of the attendees, the timeliness of the topics, the quality and preparation of the speakers, and the flawless execution are unparalleled in our business. The session that stood out at this year’s ALM and still resonates two months later… Continue reading »

     Mark Josephson is currently the CEO at Bitly, a company that shortens nearly half a billion links per month as an integral part of social, SMS, email efforts (and more) from publishers, brands, marketers, government organizations, educational institutions, non-profits and individual users. Prior to joining Bitly, Josephson was SVP at Patch Labs of AOL. The Makegood… Continue reading »

     Dylan manages PulsePoint’s US publisher business development efforts across the companies display, video and mobile inventory. He also works closely with PulsePoint’s internal product and data science teams to develop and implement new revenue maximizing publisher programs. Netizens remain outraged following a recent district court ruling that struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to… Continue reading »

    Brandon Evans is the Founder and CEO of Crowdtap, the leading social Influence Marketing Platform, making it easy for top brands to access real-time insights and inspire consumers to share more about the products they love across social media. Prior to Crowdtap, Evans founded three other successful startups, including MRY, where he created an exceptional technology… Continue reading »

     In ad-tech, it seems like much of our conversation revolves around how to make money: monetization strategies, improving ROI, boosting revenue. Our industry boasts many of the most creative, intelligent minds in the world, sophisticated technological resources and, let’s face it, a lot of dough. It is our responsibility; in fact, it is the responsibility… Continue reading »

      Qayed Shareef has two decades of experience in the digital marketing industry, having built and lead successful teams in both start-up environments as well as in mature, large-cap companies. He founded and is currently the CEO of Adaptive Media, a programmatic audience and content monetization provider for website owners, app developers and video publishers who… Continue reading »

     While dynamic remarketing may not be a novel concept to many the progress it has made in its capabilities and reporting is. New ways to remarket are emerging everywhere from abandoned cart emails to stock-based product ads, while airline companies keep clients up to date on the available seating of their flight. In the past… Continue reading »

     Tarek Pertew is the Co-Founder and CCO of Wakefield, which publishes a widely-read digital magazine on startups. Tarek is also the creator of Uncubed, Wakefield’s wildly popular tech event and one of the largest Startup event series in the US.  The Makegood recently spoke with Tarek about Uncubed, and how it is very different from… Continue reading »

     Noga Rosenthal is currently the General Counsel, VP for Compliance and Policy at the NAI, the leading self-regulatory association comprised exclusively of 3rd party digital advertising companies. Noga was previously SVP of 24/7 Media and Media Innovation Group. The Makegood recently spoke with Noga about NAI’s high level of member compliance. The Makegood: Congratulations on achieving such… Continue reading »

     Robert Johnston is CEO and co-founder of SponsorHub, the first online marketplace for the sponsorship industry, providing greater access, easier execution and audience measurement for marketers. Johnston has reached several milestones throughout his career, which include major investment achievements. The Makegood recently spoke with Johnston about what SponsorHub is providing for the industry. The Makegood: SponsorHub… Continue reading »

     Scott Rayden is the Founder of iSearch, a company recently acquired by 3Q. The two companies combined create an exceptional Search and Digital foundation for advertisers. Prior to founding iSearch, Rayden was a part of two of the country’s largest marketing agencies, Quinstreet and LeadClick Media. The Makegood recently spoke with Rayden about 3Q’s acquisition… Continue reading »

     Jag Duggal is currently the Senior Vice President of Product Management at Quantcast, a digital advertising company, specializing in audience measurement and real-time advertising. Duggal brings exceptional experience as the leader of the development and commercialization of one of Google’s most important display products. In 2012, 1.8 trillion display ads were paid for but not seen.… Continue reading »

     This column was written by Premal Shah, VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP). In the programmatic era, the more data you’ve… Continue reading »

     Eric Wheeler is currently the CEO of 33Across, a leading advertising technology company that harnesses intent from billions of consumer search and sharing activities on more than 1 million publishers to deliver breakthrough advertising experiences and enhanced modeled audience solutions. Wheeler brings previous experience from CEO of Neo@Ogilvy and Executive Director of Ogilvy Interactive North America. The Makegood… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

     Investors in programmatic media companies envision a future where media buyers sit at the industry’s equivalent of Bloomberg Terminals, placing orders for 20 million young moms or 30 million middle class dads at a time.  Part of this vision also includes bringing some concepts over from finance that we’ve learned to loathe in recent years,… Continue reading »

    “The system we learn says we’re equal under law But the streets are reality, the weak and poor will fall Let’s tip the power balance and tear down their crown Educate the masses, We’ll burn the White House down” Geoff Tate, “Speak.” Operation: Mindcrime Whether some good has come out of the massive leaks, or… Continue reading »

     Dan Ruch is currently the President at Rocketrip, a travel management and rewards platform that engage employees as partners in managing travel costs. Prior to Rocketrip, Ruch held positions at TACODA and GroupM where he dealt with several well-known brands. The Makegood recently spoke to Ruch about the funding Rocketrip received from Canaan and Genecast. The… Continue reading »

     Anthony Onesto is a business development guru who has started a campaign via Indiegogo to support females in engineering. The Makegood recently spoke with Onesto about a show he has developed that encourages females to pursue engineering. The Makegood: Your idea to start a campaign for a TV show called Ella the Engineer is an admirable one. Could… Continue reading »

     Richard Jalichandra is currently the CEO of iSocket, a technology platform purpose-built to simplify the buying and selling of fixed price, premium, reserved inventory. Prior to iSocket, Jalichandra was SVP of Business Development for Fox Interactive Media, and was the Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at IGN Entertainment. The Makegood recently spoke with Jalichandra about… Continue reading »

     Eric Bosco is currently the CEO at ChoiceStream, a a full-service Demand Side Platform that offers branding and pay for performance digital advertising services based on its programmatic media buying platform. Bosco was previously the COO at ChoiceStream, and CPO at comScore. The Makegood recently spoke with Bosco about his expectations for the future of advertising… Continue reading »

     Michael Calleia is the Senior Director of Marketing at Voltari, a company that develops predictive analytical solutions for the mobile space. Voltari optimizes mobile advertising campaigns from the start, learns and improves automatically in real-time, and provides insights. Michael comes to Voltari with a background that encompasses advertising, publishing, branding and marketing on both the… Continue reading »

      Scott Portugal currently runs global business development for PulsePoint, a digital media & technology firm based in New York. Prior to PulsePoint, Mr. Portugal was Chief Revenue Officer for TRAFFIQ, a leading media buying platform, where he created partnerships with leading agency holding companies as well as helped launch TRAFFIQ L.A., their Latin American joint… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

     If you follow sports, and sports on TV, you’re aware of a trend among well-known coaches and executives that have retired or been removed from their positions where they become analysts on TV. Recent examples in the basketball and football worlds include Bill Cowher on CBS, Bill Polian and Bruce Pearl (until recently accepting a… Continue reading »

     Rajeev Raman is currently the CEO at 1 Mainstream, is a cloud-based digital TV distribution platform for broadcasters and operators optimized for deploying HD services in weeks across the most popular TV, game console, tablet and Web devices. Raman is an experienced entrepreneur, but has previous experience as Head of Product at Roku, and VP of… Continue reading »

     Lauren Nutt Bello is currently Agency Partner at Ready Set Rocket, a digital agency that bridges cutting-edge creative thinking, technological expertise, data analysis and impeccable design execution, and leverages communication channels to transform human behavior into consumer action. Lauren was previously Account Manager at RSR, but also as the Sales Executive and Engagement Manager at Markets… Continue reading »

    William A. (“Bill”) Lederer is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of MediaCrossing, a firm that leverages Wall Street and Madison Avenue innovation and best practices combined with deep, specific audience and contextual data and analytics. Prior to founding MediaCrossing, Lederer was the Divisional CEO with Kantar. The Makegood recently spoke with Lederer about the launch… Continue reading »

     How Re:Think 2014 Aims to End the Debate about How to Appeal to the Hearts of Today and Tomorrow’s Consumer At the Advertising Research Foundation’s Re:Think 2014, we will combine the very best of leading-edge research, insight and analytic solutions through conversations with advertisers and researchers (or what we like to call new age analysts)… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    “They weren’t giving us enough when it comes to big, out-of-the-box ideas.” How many times have you talked to a client who recently fired an agency, who cites this as a reason why they’ve moved on to a new partner? “They ask us for all these out-of-the-box ideas, but then end up buying a bunch… Continue reading »

     Rik Haslam is currently the Senior Vice President Executive Creative Director at RAPP, a world-leading customer experience agency driven by data, inspired by culture and enabled by technology. Haslam has spent over seven years at RAPP, where he was most recently Chief Creative Officer of RAPP’s UK office. The Makegood recently spoke with Haslam about his new position.… Continue reading »

    One of the problems with venture capital is that it can launch and perpetuate bad ideas that would not otherwise survive in a competitive marketplace. Remember Adkeeper? Venture capitalists poured $43 million into the company on the premise that people would “keep” ads. While I understand why advertisers loved to dream about people scrapbooking their… Continue reading »

     Kunal Gupta is the CEO of Polar (formerly Polar Mobile), a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. He has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30, a United Nations Global Citizen and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.… Continue reading »

     Lisa Bennett is currently the U.S. EVP of Creative at DDB Worldwide. Named in 2013 as one of Business Insiders “Most Creative Women in Advertising,” Lisa is responsible for ensuring creative excellence across DDB’s North American offices. Under her charge, DDB San Francisco was awarded their first Cannes Lion and went on to win CLIO Awards,… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    According to Joe Pulizzi of The Content Marketing Institute, “Content marketing is about delivering the content your audience is seeking in all the places they are searching for it. It is the effective combination of created, curated and syndicated content.” This definition is spot on for those of us who are seasoned practitioners of strategic… Continue reading »

    Social media: The highly celebrated, culturally influenced societal norm becoming a legend among other mediums. It holds the clout to connect people around the world and has the capacity to host millions of advertisements and messages. Is there anything more powerful on this planet than that combination? Maybe- But we aren’t looking for a super… Continue reading »

     Kutay Saritosun is currently the Senior Marketing Executive at ISKO, a division of SANKO and the world’s largest producer of denim fabric. Saritosun’s previous experience includes Marketing, Sales, and Brand Managers at Trendyol, Chico’s Fas, and Gap Inc. The Makegood recently spoke with Saritosun about his New Position as Senior Marketing Executive and what the… Continue reading »

     Greg Williams is currently the Senior VP of OPEN Partnerships, as well as a Co-founder of MediaMath, a digital marketing technology development company that offers deep industry expertise, allowing marketers to communicate with consumers individually and on scale. Prior to co-founding MediaMath, Williams led advertising media strategy for global brands. The Makegood recently spoke with Williams… Continue reading »

     Yoav Arnstein is currently the General Manager of EMEA Operations at LiveRail, a leading publisher monetization platform for video that uses  technology to sell video inventory smarter and safer, across all devices. Arnstein has prior experience at several media companies, most recently at Legolas Media. The Makegood recently spoke with Arnstein about LiveRail’s efforts to penetrate the… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

     At some point today, and perhaps at several, you will go to a meeting.  When you do, I’d like you to perform a little exercise for me. Briefly scan the room.  See who is there.  Are there three people present or 50?  In-the-trenches employees or executive management?  Some mixture of the two?  What’s the mix… Continue reading »

     “It’s just that you’re about to do something out of the ordinary. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before.” ― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 When I was a freshman in college in 1989, my first road trip was… Continue reading »

     Raj Gill is currently the Vice President of Automotive at Adconion Direct, a worldwide leader in the cross channel digital advertsing space. Gill will handle sales and product marketing functions at Adconion. He has previous experience at Team Detroit, a global agency group that services Ford Motor Company. The Makegood recently spoke to Gill regarding… Continue reading »

    If the point of a business (as Peter Drucker pointed out) is to create a customer, then have most digital marketers failed at their essential task? Instead of real sales growth, marketers have delivered web site visitors and click-through-rates. Instead of strategies that sought to maximize profit by tonnage, they’ve focused on efficiencies. In short,… Continue reading »

     Matt Edwards is currently the Art Director at Johannes Leonardo, a newly created position at the creative agency who’s philosophy is to treat the consumer as the new medium. Edwards was most recently at Y & R Prague, and also led a small media company in South Africa. The Makegood recently spoke with Edwards about the… Continue reading »

     Jonathan Symonds is the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Ace Metrix, a television and video analytics company dedicated to delivering better, faster, and more cost-effective solutions for evaluating video advertising within competitive context.  The Makegood recently spoke with Symonds about Ace Metrix’s record growth in 2013. The Makegood: Congratulations on Ace Metrix’s record growth over the past… Continue reading »

     Joe Erwin is currently the President of Erwin Penland, one of the largest full service advertising agencies, as well as the founder of Food for Thought, an unconventional annual creativity and inspiration conference that uses food and atmosphere to spark the creativity of attendees. The Makegood recently spoke to Erwin about the conference, and what… Continue reading »

    Richard Sadowsky was named Acting CEO of Voltari in December 2013 after a year serving as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Previously Richard was a Partner at SNR Denton US LLP in New York City, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. This is his first contribution to The Makegood. Look for his… Continue reading »

     Higinio “H.O.” Maycotte is the Founder and Chief Executive for Umbel. H.O. previously served in founding roles for several companies including the Texas Tribune, one of the first online non-profit media organizations, Flightlock (acquired by Control Risks) and Finetooth (now called Mumboe). As the great-grandson of the Mexican general who shot off Pancho Villa’s leg,… Continue reading »

     Sean O’Neal is the president of Adaptly, a social advertising technology company that helps brands harness the unique value of each social platform to increase engagement. Prior to Adaptly, O’Neal was the global CMO at the Daily Mail Online, in addition to President at Vizu Corporation. The Makegood recently spoke to O’Neal about his new position and his… Continue reading »

    Over the past year of aggressively pitching multinational clients for media planning and buying assignments, I realized that clients were often unsure about how an advertising agency located in North America could plan a media campaign in other countries. This got me thinking about all the elements that have changed in the media landscape, such… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    Ragini Bhalla is a contributor to The Makegood and Director of Content and Communications for Maxymiser, the leading expert in online testing, personalization and cross-channel optimization for some of the world’s largest brands. The Makegood recently spoke with Ragini about The Makegood: Hi Ragini, you have been a contributor to The Makegood for some time now,… Continue reading »

    Rose Cameron is currently the Senior Vice President of Experience Planning at RAPP, a world-leading customer experience agency driven by data, inspired by culture and enabled by technology. Cameron has held previous positions at Hornall Anderson and Ogilvy & Mather, where she grew passionate about brand building. The Makegood recently spoke to Cameron about her how… Continue reading »

    Tony Vlismas is the Senior Director of Marketing at Polar, a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. Tony has worked in marketing, strategy, and sales engagement for over 15 years with companies like Ackroo, Motricty, Voltari, and Apple. Follow Tony… Continue reading »

     David Hahn is currently the Senior Vice President of Product Management at Integral Ad Science, a global media valuation platform that is integral to the buying and selling of quality media. The company focuses on enabling adverting to appear in quality environments where they receive quality exposure. Hahn has previously worked for several start-ups, including SafeNet and… Continue reading »

    My water meter just joined The Internet of Things and I’m not sure how I feel about it. A few months ago, I got a letter from the water company asking to change my water meter. I was annoyed by this request because they just replaced my water meter and it’s a hassle to be… Continue reading »

     Aaron Harvey is currently Partner at Ready Set Rocket, a full service Digital Marketing Agency that specializes in Digital Marketing Strategy, Search Engine Marketing, Web Design, and more. Harvey has previous experience at Purple, Rock, Scissors! and Hydra Studio, where he led in business development. The Makegood recently spoke to Harvey about the company’s growth and success.… Continue reading »

     Jeff Hirsch is currently the President of CPXi, a global digital media holding company that provides multi-screen messaging, leveraging display, social, mobile and video advertising at scale, serving billions of managed impressions daily. Hirsch has over 30 years of management and marketing experience including over 18 years in the digital space. Though it seems to us that digital has been around… Continue reading »

     Dana Wade is currently the Chief Client Officer at Sparks and Honey, a brand synchronizationcompany that leverages proprietary tools, algorithms and human insights to identify emerging cultural trends and engage brands in authentic and meaningful conversations. Wade has held previous positions at Spencer Stuart and Omnicom Group, where she held several client-management positions. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

    Christian Dougoud is currently the Director and Head of Digital at Eastwest Public Relations, consulting on a wide range of communication and marketing campaigns across diverse industries in Europe, USA and Asia. Dougoud  has spent the last 6 years in China designing PR and digital marketing campaigns  for over 50 international firms and Universities  “Consumer media habits… Continue reading »

     Robert Geruszczak is currently the Sales Director for the UK & Ireland at RTB House, a technology agency with worldwide operations, and the creator of technology for buying inventory and displaying adverts in the real time bidding model. Geruszczak has previous experience with such companies as Mobile Experts and Apple Inc. The Makegood recently spoke with Geruszczak about… Continue reading »

    Joseph Kerschbaum is currently the Account Director for 3Q Digital, a leading digital marketing agency that offers excellent digital marketing and display advertising services. As Account Director, Kerschbaum has worked with hundreds of clients. He also speaks frequently at search and advertising conferences, and is a regular contributor to several SEM magazines. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

     Stacy Sanchez and Rich Kim are the new Group Media Directors at Ignited, an exciting full service advertising agency. Kim and Sanchez have past experience at several leading media companies, including Zenith Optimedia, Saatchi & Saatch, &  Lionsgate, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group respectively. The Makegood recently spoke to the media directors about their new roles at… Continue reading »

    Michael Lamb is the newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer at MediaMath, a digital marketing technology company that enables marketers to connect with consumers individually. Lamb spent ten years at McKinsey & Company, a global management consultant firm. The Makegood recently spoke with Lamb about his new position at MediaMath, and his thoughts on the industry.… Continue reading »

     Tom is currently the President of Orion Trading, the first and only fully global publicly owned barter company. Tom crossed over to barter after a 17-year stint at UM where he rose to EVP, Group Account Director and spent five years running the Verizon business, one of the top five leading global advertisers. The Makegood recently spoke with Telesco about Orion’s… Continue reading »

    Toby Daniels is the Founder of Social Media Week, and the current CEO of Crowdcentric, a strategy firm that works at the intersection of media, communications, and technology. The company also owns and operates Social Media Week. Daniels has previous experience at ThinkSocial and Mint Digital. The Makegood recently spoke with Daniels about advertisers using… Continue reading »

     Whitney Fishman is currently the Senior Director of Innovation and Consumer Technology at MEC, one of the world’s leading media agency networks. Since joining MEC in 2013, Fishman has initiated innovation and developed new client communication tools. She has previously held positions at MediaVest, Grey and Buzz Marketing Group.  January doesn’t just mark the start of a new year. For over… Continue reading »

     Robert Cooley is CTO of OptiMine Software, Inc. OptiMine Software’s measurement and optimization platform helps digital advertisers maximize display and paid search financial performance. Its unique, cross-channel analytics break the cookie barrier and set a new standard in digital advertising measurement and optimization, leveraging atomic-level, predictive modeling and unique Value per Impression (VPI) methodology to measure the… Continue reading »

    Geoff Schiller is the newly appointed Chief Revenue Officer at Evolve Media, an integrated digital media company that focuses on publishing, with the simple mission to deliver Content, Context, and Creative at Scale. Schiller has previous experience at Hearst Digital Media, People Magazine and USAToday in advertising sales. The Makegood recently spoke with Geoff about… Continue reading »

     Unlike tomato soup, which looks and tastes the same from one side of the bowl to the other, your company’s profitability is not a uniform thing across all your markets. It likely looks very different from one city to the next, from one zip code to another. Yet so many businesses look at profitability—and subsequently their… Continue reading »

    Digital strategy agency Morpheus is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Kate Godlewska, Senior Media Strategist. It’s no secret that native ads are the biggest trend in innovative ad formats. Advertisers’ infatuation with them is warranted as the native format promises to seamlessly integrate with relevant content in a non-intrusive,… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    I weighed myself this morning.  This was no normal weigh-in, though.  Like many of us, I started following a health regimen as a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and lose some weight. It wasn’t a normal weigh-in because it didn’t follow my usual protocol.  I don’t weigh myself every day because weight loss doesn’t… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    So I got to attend AdExchanger’s great Industry Preview conference last week (thank you again, John and team, for having it in TheTimesCenter so I only had to walk 100 feet in the blizzard). Our own Nick Bilton, NYT columnist and lead writer for our Bits blog, gave the opening preview. Part of his talk… Continue reading »

     Richard Sadowsky was named Acting CEO of Voltari in December 2013 after a year serving as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Previously Richard was a Partner at SNR Denton US LLP in New York City, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. This is his first contribution to The Makegood. Look for his… Continue reading »

    Dave Zinman is currently the CEO of Infolinks, a company that focuses on studying consumer blindness and improving digital advertising. Infolinks help advertisers better place ads in order to better reach their target. Prior to joining Infolinks, Zinman was the COO of Inadco, as well as the VP and general manager of display advertising at… Continue reading »

     Bill Tucker is currently the Executive VP of Media Relations at 4A’s, the national trade association of the advertising agency business. As Executive VP of Media Relations, Tucker will oversee all of the 4A’s media committees and task forces, as well as develop strategic partnerships for 4A’s Signature Events. Previously, Tucker held several leadership positions,… Continue reading »

    National television viewing is down.  Or is it?  If you take the arguments against television at face value without digging deeper, you might fall into the trap of repeating this fallacy as a mantra. Yes, individual Network television ratings are down, but the universe of viewers is larger, the number of actual national networks (yes… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    Recently I’ve been intrigued by two start-up businesses. Neither has reinvented the wheel, or innovated, but both have significantly disrupted their markets. On paper each business might sound ridiculous propositions, and had they been pitched before they were proven successes, I would imagine them to be laughed out the boardroom by VCs. Before I reveal… Continue reading »

     Kunal Gupta is the CEO of Polar (formerly Polar Mobile), a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. He has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30, a United Nations Global Citizen and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.… Continue reading »

      The iMedia Agency Summit gathers some of the brightest minds in digital media. At last month’s semi-annual gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, I asked a group of about 75 media executives which tool they use for creating their digital media plans. 86% responded they still use Microsoft Excel despite the availability of purpose-built media planning… Continue reading »

    Ryan Wofford is currently the Director of Digital Strategy at BFG, an independent communications company that tells company’s stories and helps build brands. Wofford was most recently a part of MELT, where he worked with leading brands and major sports properties. The Makegood recently spoke with Wofford about his new position at BFG. The Makegood:… Continue reading »

     Jud Bowman is Founder and CEO of Appia, the leading mobile user acquisition marketplace, delivering mobile app downloads to over 700 million users across 200 countries. Ranked #22 on the Wall Street Journal’s 2012 Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies, Appia provides non-incentivized performance mobile solutions for developers, publishers and advertisers. The Makegood recently spoke with Jud about… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. Riddle me this – what if desktop display ads were more like TV commercials? You hit up your favorite website and a banner ad appears at the top of the screen. As you spend 20… Continue reading »

    In December Deb Josephs was named SVP of Global Human Resources at eXelate, the smart data company powering smarter digital marketing decisions worldwide for marketers, agencies, platforms, publishers and data providers. As SVP of Global Human Resources, Josephs will be responsible for all employee initiatives across eXelate’s worldwide offices, including organizational effectiveness, talent acquisition, learning… Continue reading »

    Mark Trefgarne is CEO and Co-Founder of LiveRail, the leading video monetization platform for publishers with more than 3bn impressions (25% of all online video ads) delivered via its platform each month and more than 2.5bn ads served in October 2013 alone according to comScore. This is Mark’s second contribution to The Makegood. Mark has been CEO at… Continue reading »

    Last year, my agency announced it would stop meeting with ad networks, except in very specific circumstances.  It’s a common sense decision, driven by our need to be efficient with where we spend our time, as well as an obvious redundancy and conflict of interest on the network’s side. Thanks to accelerated investment in the… Continue reading »

      Duncan McCall is currently the CEO and Co Founder of PlaceIQ, a leading provider of location intelligence, enabling advertisers to reach and define mobile brand audiences at scale for a wide range of marketing activities. Duncan’s background includes leading or being part of the executive team for a number of startups from the location, mobile and… Continue reading »

    Michael Duda was recently named CEO of Johannes Leonardo, a new role at the creative agency helmed by co-founders Leo Premutico and Jan Jacobs. Duda was previously co-founder and managing partner of Consigliere Brand Capital, and prior to that he spent over a decade leading Deutsch, most recently as partner and chief corporate strategy. In his new… Continue reading »

     In perfect world, all that digital marketers would need to do to is buy (inexpensive) brand search terms, sit back and let the steady flow of potential customers click, visit, and purchase. The strategy would be highly efficient and be able to operate at maximum scale. Unfortunately, brand search does not just appear, it must… Continue reading »

    GroupM’s Mike Bologna, Director of Emerging Communications, provides his exclusive CES 2014 preview to The Makegood’s readers. Click the link below to view ‘What To Expect’.   CES Preview 2014

    Marc Groman is President and CEO of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory association exclusively focused on third-party advertising online and in mobile. As President & CEO of NAI, Marc Groman leads the organization’s growth and ongoing efforts to develop and maintain high standards for Interest-Based Advertising. The Makegood recently spoke with Marc about his past… Continue reading »

    It’s been a great year for The Makegood. Not only did we publish 275 articles in 2013, but we also surpassed 10,000 monthly unique visitors. Thanks to all of our contributors and readers for their support! As you know, the Makegood is an all-volunteer effort that launched in the fall of 2011. Since that time we have published… Continue reading »

    Michael Calleia is the Senior Director of Marketing at Voltari, a company that develops predictive analytical solutions for the mobile space. Voltari optimizes mobile advertising campaigns from the start, learns and improves automatically in real-time, and provides insights. Michael comes to Voltari with a background that encompasses advertising, publishing, branding and marketing on both the… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    As other marketing and media trade publications have pointed out over the years, digital tends to be a young business.  It attracts young people with big ideas and a certain disdain for the status quo. It’s also no surprise that with such a young talent base, perspective concerning digital’s history can be somewhat skewed toward… Continue reading »

     Amir Kassaei is Chief Creative Officer of the 2013 Eurobest Network of the Year: DDB Worldwide. DDB Worldwide is one of the world’s largest advertising holding companies and is owned by Omnicom Group Inc. The Makegood recently spoke with Amir about his agency’s latest award, and how his job has changed with the emergence of digital.… Continue reading »

    Brad Davis on The-Makegood.com

     “Native Advertising”- it’s one of the buzzwords of the year, right up there with “selfie” and “twerking.” (Sorry, Miley but that will be the only reference to your very successful social media campaign here.)  “Native advertising” has gotten a lot of ink of late.  But these types of advertising solutions have been around for decades,… Continue reading »

     Jim Daily is General Manager of Ebuzzing, the global experts in video advertising that create engaging, high impact video experiences, distributing video ads to audiences through placements within social media, and premium media. To date, they have distributed thousands of campaigns for the world’s leading brands including Heineken, Acer, LG, Samsung, Evian and Adidas. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

     Eli Portnoy is GM of Thinknear by Telenav. Thinknear, which he founded two years ago is a hyper-local mobile ad solution. Telenav offers personalized navigation services that help people make faster and smarter daily decisions about where to go, when to leave, how to get there, and what to do when they arrive. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

     Greg Wester is EVP, Sales of Mobile Posse, which provides software and services used to create and monetize best-in-class home and lock screen experiences combining mobile content, messaging and advertising. Mobile Posse is the first company to commercially launch graphically interactive home screen experiences in North America, and Gregory has been working there for almost 3… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    Milk, it does a body good. We all know this to be true. But what does it really mean? Well, if you think about it, it’s a saying that could be easily transferred to the PR industry. Making milk a staple of your daily diet is just as important as embedding strategy and goal-oriented results… Continue reading »

    Kunal Gupta is the CEO of Polar (formerly Polar Mobile), a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. He has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30, a United Nations Global Citizen and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.… Continue reading »

    Alex Merwin is Director of Programmatic at SpotXchange, the trusted video advertising platform for premium publishers, connecting them with advertisers, agencies, trading desks, DSPs, ad networks and traditional media companies to ensure they achieve maximum revenue for their inventory. This is Alex’s first contribution to The Makegood. Programmatic and RTB have spawned a host of… Continue reading »

     Luis Caballero is the new CEO of BLiNQ Media, a leading social media technology innovator offering optimization and analytical tools for advertisers. Luis has been with BLiNQ for three years and was promoted from his old position of COO. The Makegood recently spoke with Luis about his new position and social media marketing. The Makegood: Congratulations… Continue reading »

     Jim Moar is CEO of OptiMine Software, Inc. OptiMine Software’s measurement and optimization platform helps digital advertisers maximize display and paid search financial performance. Its unique, cross-channel analytics break the cookie barrier and set a new standard in digital advertising measurement and optimization, leveraging atomic-level, predictive modeling and unique Value per Impression (VPI) methodology to measure… Continue reading »

     Kinney Edwards is the U.S. Executive Creative Director of Tribal DDB Worldwide, a global creative agency headquartered in New York City with 60 offices spanning 42 countries around the globe. Kinney recently spoke with The Makegood about his company’s partnership with UNICEF for World Toilet Day, and about Cause Marketing as a whole. The Makegood: On… Continue reading »

     Reid Tatoris is the Co-Founder of “Are You a Human?”, a company dedicated to improving the way websites verify that their users are human, rather than bots. Are You a Human just announced plans to broadly launch their PlayThru service as a replacement option to the mostly used CAPTCHA method of human verification. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

      A recent string of bad behavior has made me think it’s time for another column on business protocol.  Let’s talk about setting up meetings, shall we? Protestations of the programmatic crowd notwithstanding, the media business thrives on meetings.  A salesperson believes they have an advertising venue, bit of ad technology or new service that… Continue reading »

     Polar loves native advertising. In fact, our platform MediaVoice enables publishers to easily deliver native ads, which leverages their existing CMS and ad serving infrastructure, placing them in-stream across desktop and mobile sites. We’ve been working with our publisher clients on delivering the experience that will give them their best results. But up until now, there hasn’t been… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    I’ve always had two pet peeves over the years about Thanksgiving and they both have to do with what happens to Thanksgiving, not anything about the great holiday itself. One is that Christmas music and TV specials have moved from the day after to now well before Thanksgiving, even creeping up on Halloween. As someone… Continue reading »

     David Hahn is SVP, Product Management at Integral Ad Science (formerly Ad Safe Media). Their media valuation platform is the only solution that scores and evaluates the brand safety, context, viewability, and many other elements of web pages on an individual page level. The Makegood recently spoke with David about how Integral is working around… Continue reading »

     Qayed Shareef has two decades of experience in the digital marketing industry, having built and lead successful teams in both start-up environments as well as in mature, large-cap companies. He founded and is currently the CEO of Adaptive Media, a programmatic audience and content monetization provider for website owners, app developers and video publishers who… Continue reading »

     Hugo Plácido da Silva is a researcher at the IT – Instituto de Telecomunicações since 2004, where he currently pursuits his PhD and a member of the team behind BITalino, a low-cost toolkit that allows anyone from students to professional developers to create projects & applications with physiological sensors. The Makegood recently spoke with Hugo about… Continue reading »

    When you sit in a busy restaurant, what do you see? People talking. According to this study, 93% of word-of-mouth activity still happens offline. Those offline conversations with our friends, co-workers and peers influence the purchases we make more than anything else. Similarly, the things we do and see play a big role in the… Continue reading »

     Erik Matlick is CEO of Madison Logic, the premier provider of intent data solutions for 1,000+ of the world’s leading B2B marketers and publishers. Madison Logic just became the largest aggregator of B2B intent data with 40 million user interactions per month. The company also announced two brand new product launches. The Makegood spoke with Erik… Continue reading »

    Paul Mokbel is Founder and CEO of SiteScout, the world’s favorite self-serve platform for buying banner, video and rich media ad space on the web and mobile devices. SiteScout, which was just acquired by Centro, is the media buying platform of choice for small businesses, entrepreneurs, sophisticated marketers, digital advertising agencies, e-commerce stores, independent authors, and even… Continue reading »

     It seems like not so long ago that brand marketers were downright skeptical about using digital to drive to store. There was a low level of faith that the capability could or would get them to where they needed to be. So, when planning, executing and evaluating their own performance, there were breaks in the… Continue reading »

      At a time when more and more companies are banning their employees from accessing social media in the office, New York Times bestselling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk takes the other side: “Just because your teenage daughter and her friends are excited about a new platform does not mean that that platform… Continue reading »

     Jeanne Houweling is Co-Founder and CEO of AdFin, digital media’s definitive source for real-time market and data analytics. The platform aggregates data from the media marketplace to provide visibility into the programmatic media ecosystem. Jeanne recently spoke with The Makegood about AdFin’s new dashboard. The Makegood: Hi Jeanne, your company, AdFin is releasing dashboards to help provide… Continue reading »

     Jonathan Opdyke is CEO of HookLogic Inc., the global leader in commerce search advertising. HookLogic Inc enables marketers to influence in-market shoppers and Win the Moment of Truth™ on the world’s leading retail, travel, and automotive sites. John recently spoke with The Makegood about his latest investment round and the competitive landscape that his company faces.… Continue reading »

     This column was written by Premal Shah, VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP).  3 Ways the Car Salesmen of the Future… Continue reading »

      In my last contribution to The Makegood, I touched on some of the challenges that we face within the programmatic industry that are impeding our transition from efficient advertising medium to effective advertising medium. Today I’d like to highlight another important data-focused lever within that dynamic: Attribution Modeling. The importance of determining how credit for… Continue reading »

     Joe Pych is a Makegood columnist and CEO of Bionic, a new division of NextMark, a company that provides tools for the media planning and buying industry. He also serves as Founder and President of NextMark. Joe recently spoke with The Makegood about his new system launch. The Makegood: Bionic Advertising Systems launched a few… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Corporate behavior often mystifies me, especially when the company in question is in a highly regulated industry.  And I’m likely not the only one trying to solve mysteries. Over my nearly 20 years in the marketing services business, I’ve come to wrestle with and understand that there are a million different things going on behind… Continue reading »

     Karyn Hall was just named Vice President of Instant.ly at uSamp, a premier provider of technology and survey respondents used to obtain consumer and business insights. uSamp’s leading-mobile technology and SaaS platform transform the way companies gain intelligence to make better, faster decisions about their products and services. The platform tapps into uSamp’s 12 million member global… Continue reading »

     Uyen Tieu is the Revenue Strategist (Media, Digital, and Tech) for Rumble Inc., the mobile-first platform for publishers. Rumble powers content for publishers of news, sports and entertainment; across multiple platforms and devices. Rumble delivers the first end-to-end publisher solution bringing together a full user experience, advanced monetization and complete publisher control, in a single, easy-to-use… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

      This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders.  “When client and agency teams look at content, they have a very good idea of where they want to run. But up to this point it’s been difficult to find those exact pages,” says Twelvefold CEO Dave… Continue reading »

    “Do NOT go in the bathroom. There is a TIGER in the bathroom! There’s a jungle cat in the bathroom! Be careful! It’s big. It’s g-g-gigantic. How does a tiger get in the bathroom? It almost killed me.” – Alan played by Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover In the movie The Hangover, the bachelor party crew wakes… Continue reading »

     Mihael Mikek is Founder and CEO of Celtra Inc. the global leader for rich media mobile advertising and analytics across mobile devices. The company recently opened a New York location and its products are widely used in the mobile advertising industry. The Makegood recently spoke with Mihael about the move, the company’s products, and mobile advertising.… Continue reading »

        Pau Sabria is a Co-Founder at Olapic, a technology platform enabling eCommerce, Media Companies, Agencies, and almost any site to integrate photos from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The Makegood recently spoke with Pau about Olapic’s past, its value proposition, and the current state of eCommerce. The Makegood: Olapic was founded 3 years ago. Can… Continue reading »

     Mark Zagorski is CEO of eXelate, the smart data company that powers smarter digital marketing decisions worldwide for marketers, agencies, platforms, publishers and data providers. The Makegood recently spoke with Mark about his company’s new consumer insights terminal: eXelate optiX The Makegood: eXelate just launched its new eXelate optiX, a consumer insights terminal that turns digital consumers… Continue reading »

     Cillian Kieran is Founder and CEO of CKSK, a full service digital agency dedicated to developing truly innovative and creative platforms that create ongoing engagement with consumers through the possibilities of technology. Cillian recently spoke with The Makegood about his company’s new expansion into New York. The Makegood: Congratulations on your expansion and welcome to New… Continue reading »

    Kunal Gupta is the CEO of Polar (formerly Polar Mobile), a computer software firm based in Toronto. Polar originally focused on mobile, but has rebranded to expand its mission, now specializing in native ads. This is Kunal’s first contribution to The Makegood. Advertisers pay attention. Twitter will soon dominate digital advertising. With November 6th’s IPO,… Continue reading »

     Ash Nashed is CEO of Adiant, a digital media technology company whose main mission is to deliver the most innovative advertising solutions to top quality publishers and advertisers. The Makegood spoke with Ash about recent developments from his company. The Makegood: Adiant has just purchased the assets to the IndustryBrains ad network, and will be relaunching… Continue reading »

     We are pleased to welcome Mark O’Brien as a contributor to The Makegood. Mark has been President of DDB North America at DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. and DDB Chicago, Inc. since December 2010. Mr. O’Brien first joined DDB in 1994. He was instrumental in establishing the DDB interactive business unit as a new profit center.   … Continue reading »

     John O’Hea is the new Creative Director at David&Goliath,  a creative agency helping challenger brands fight their way to market leadership. Prior to working at D&G, John was Art Director at DOJO, in San Francisco. He made the move to LA to join D&G. The Makegood recently spoke with John about  his transition. The Makegood: Congratulations… Continue reading »

     Mike Cooper is President of Rapport Worldwide, a global Out-of-Home media planning & buying agency with a mission to build rapport between brands and their consumers. With offices in the U.K., U.S. and India, the company complements the offerings of both UM and Initiative and represents numerous brands including MasterCard, Microsoft, Sky and Tiffany. The Makegood… Continue reading »

    Until recently, I sold products based on the relationships that I had formed during a career in media and advertising. Agencies like GroupM, OMG and Starcom Mediavest were accessible to me because of the people I knew and the people they knew. I took pride in the fact that I could sell products based on… Continue reading »

    Damian Thompson is the Global Head of Consumer Insight at MEC one of the world’s leading media agency networks. MEC features over 4,500 highly talented and motivated people working with domestic and international clients in 84 countries, and manages more international media assignments than any other network. The Makegood recently spoke with Damian about MEC Momentum,… Continue reading »

      Ophir Tanz is the Co-Founder and CEO of GumGum, the world’s largest in-image ad platform. Prior to launching GumGum, Ophir was CEO and co-founder of Mojungle.com, a mobile-media sharing platform that was sold to Shozu.com in 2007. The Makegood recently spoke with Ophir about entrepreneurship, GumGum, and the future of the advertising industry. The Makegood:… Continue reading »

    Joe Germscheid is the Director of Consumer Engagement and a Senior Partner at Carmichael Lynch. Carmichael Lynch is a creative firm centered in Minnesota existing for one simple reason: “to transform, instigate, rally and delight – all to put our clients not just top-of-mind, but deep in hearts.” The Makegood recently spoke with Joe about… Continue reading »

     Tom Deierlein is Co-Founder ad CEO of ThunderCat technology a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that delivers technology services and solutions to the federal government and fortune 500 companies. Tom served in the U.S. military in Iraq, in 2005, and as a result of his experiences there, started the Tom Deierlein Foundation in 2006, with the… Continue reading »

     Christine Stack was recently promoted to “Head of People & Culture at MEC, the fifth largest media agency  network in the world, with domestic and international clients generating global billings of approximately $20 billion. The Makegood recently spoke with Christine about her promotion and plans with the new position. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new promotion. Can… Continue reading »

     Rob Jewell is Founder and CEO of Spruce Media, an enterprise class social software solution built from the ground up.  Spruce is exclusively for Facebook Marketing – empowering brands to build and maintain relationships with their consumers. Rob has also founded Gratis, a company dedicated to finding, “creative ways to connect consumers with advertisers online.” The… Continue reading »

     Scott Knoll is CEO and President of Integral Ad Science (formerly AdSafe media). Integral is a global media valuation platform that is integral to the buying and selling of quality media . Scott was most recently the founder and President of Aperture, the audience targeting and measurement technology platform that provides business intelligence to blue chip brands,… Continue reading »

    Use External Data Layers to Predict the Future, Discover Opportunity When I think about how most digital marketers and executives allocate budgets and develop media strategy, I’m reminded of a boat trip I took down to the Bahamas. My friends and I found ourselves in constant peril of running aground, due to the sharp assent… Continue reading »

    One of my favorite industry articles is “The Power of No” by Dave Morgan. In it, Dave describes how the word “no” can be useful in business: “Learning how and when to use the word is a vital lesson. This is true whether you are in sales, client service or product development. It’s particularly true… Continue reading »

     Max Lenderman is a Principal at School, a division of Project: Worldwide that invents, designs and orchestrates strategy and creative work that focuses on human-connecting mediums –experiential, social, digital – that have been proven most effective in sparking meaningful understanding, mass participation and culture change for our partners and their efforts to do good. The Makegood… Continue reading »

     Nada Stirratt is Chief Revenue Officer of Acxiom Corporation at Acxiom Ltd. a marketing technology and services company that offers offers marketing and information management services, including multichannel marketing, addressable advertising and database management. The company just released its Audience Operating System, an unprecedented product in the industry. The Makegood recently spoke with Nada about this new groundbreaking… Continue reading »

    I think we’ve heard this tune before. The news last week that Google is testing banner ads in search results did two things.  First, it sent a good portion of recreational Google watchers and the mainstream tech press into a tizzy.  Second, it had search engine marketers scrambling to determine the implications for their business.… Continue reading »

     Singleton Beato is the Executive Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Development for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s). Founded in 1917, the 4A’s is the national trade association representing the advertising agency business in the United States. The Makegood recently spoke with Singleton about diversity in the advertising field and the future of… Continue reading »

    We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Harz as a contributor at The Makegood. Elizabeth is Vice President of Business Development at Chegg Inc., an online academic hub that connects students to the people and tools needed to succeed in college through homework help, course selection, eTextbook and textbook options as well as school and scholarship connections. When… Continue reading »

     A closer look at how marketers really regard data, targeting and insights One of the things we think about a lot is whether all of us fully appreciate the strength and options of mobile ad marketing today. After all, it is more possible than ever before to model and target audiences, develop personalized and localized… Continue reading »

     Kim Perell is the recently named President of Adconion Media Group. Kim is retaining her role as CEO of Adconion Direct, formerly Frontline Direct, which she founded in 20o3. The company’s success lead to her winning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services category. The Makegood recently spoke with… Continue reading »

    Photobucket's David Toner

     While, as we’ve heard before, consumers increasingly live their digital lives on mobile devices, so marketers must also re-think, re-define or even dismiss tried-and-true strategies to meet consumers where they are and when they’re ready to hear from them. The writing has been on the wall for a while. It comes as no surprise that… Continue reading »

    A few years ago, I achieved an unexpected level of financial security. For a decade I had worked in media planning, an industry not known for its exorbitant salaries. But through some basic techniques I was able to secure a decent nest egg. Here’s what I learned along the way: Keep saving. It may sound boring,… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Growing up in Jamestown, NY was pretty nice, especially in the summers when I was around 12 years old in the 1940s, I mean 1980s. And it was a pretty simple time too, in a good way. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, my parents would drive me to the local Putt-Putt, which became my… Continue reading »

     Gayle Fuguitt was just named President and CEO of The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), an open forum where the best and the brightest from every avenue of advertising can gather to exchange ideas and research strategies. Gayle is also a board member at Converseon and Pierrepont Hicks. The Makegood recently spoke with Gayle about her new… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders.  Considering all the drama circling this space – think colorful tech trade prose, fiery accusations of fraud, salty whispers of idea theft, conference panel shouting matches – it’s not hard to think about digital media… Continue reading »

     John Piccone is Chief Revenue Officer at Simulmedia. John has been at the forefront in introducing new digital advertising technologies to media owners, agencies and advertisers through media representation, search engine marketing, ad serving, analytics and video management services in Europe and the United States since 1995. The Makegood recently spoke with john about Simulmedia’s newest… Continue reading »

    Justin Choi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nativo. Nativo is an end-to-end native advertising solution for publishers, which enables them to easily activate, deploy and manage native ad placements across all media properties. Justin is a technology based entrepreneur, and Nativo is his third company. The Makegood recently spoke with Justin about Nativo, and… Continue reading »

    Toby Southgate was recently hired to be the CEO at The Brand Union, United States. Toby previously worked as the CEO of The Brand Union in UK /Ireland to tremendous success. Hew now hopes to duplicate that success in America. The Makegood recently spoke with Toby about his new job and ambitions for the position.… Continue reading »

    What generation comes after the Millennials, the massive generation that is now swamping the U.S. workplace with people born between 1980 to 2000? The Homeland Generation. Born after 9/11, the oldest members of this generation are now entering middle school. I have two Homelanders living under my roof, boys aged 9 and 11. They are… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Often, when a new client asks me to look at the work done by a prior agency, I know I’m in for some cringe-worthy moments.  But not for the reasons you might think. Sometimes, the prior agency recommended a program that wasn’t half bad from a tactical perspective.  And that’s what makes me cringe –… Continue reading »

     Elizabeth Rowny was recently hired as Managing Director, Partner at Cole Weber United, a Seattle-based creativity company. Elizabeth was previously employed as Worldwide Managing Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, where she was the global network leader for two of GSK’s largest consumer brands, Nicorette/Niquitin and Aquafresh. The Makegood recently spoke with Elizabeth about her previous position,… Continue reading »

    Evan Schwartz is the CEO and Founder of ActionX, the leading mobile customer acquisition and retargeting platform for retailers and subscription brands to drive mobile revenue. Evan founded the company in January of 2012, and was previously the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Clear Channel Communications. The Makegood recently spoke to Evan about ActionX’s new platform… Continue reading »

    Generation X’ers: Remember the Bionic Man on the Six Million Dollar Man? And who could forget Lindsey Wagner the Bionic Woman? Media pros will soon be like our childhood heroes as digital media enters its Third Age: the “Bionic Age.” In October 1994, AT&T served up the first banner ad on Hotwired. This ad was… Continue reading »

    Given the demand for engineers and sales people, recruiting plays an essential role in the media and technology industry. Finding great people can be difficult and recruiters can help. But there are some recruiters—especially the younger, more aggressive tech recruiters—who act unprofessionally. Here are some examples: They annoying. Sometimes I receive multiple unsolicited messages from… Continue reading »

    Greg Hunter is Group Creative Director / Principal of the Dallas-based advertising, marketing, and PR agency: Firehouse. He was recently promoted  from Associate Creative Director. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and spent three years at Mother New York as a copywriter. The Makegood recently spoke with Greg about his “meteoric rise” through… Continue reading »

     David Rodnitzky is the CEO of 3Q Digital, which just underwent a name change from PPC Associates. 3Q Digital is a leading online growth agency for innovative companies. The Makegood recently spoke with David about the arduous process of re-branding and the reasons behind his decision to go through with it. The Makegood: You recently… Continue reading »

    Scott Ashby is the Managing Director of MEDIA iQ, North America. Scott’s background includes 15 years in local and international media sales and management, encompassing B2B, consumer print, e-commerce, TV, and Digital Strategy. After an eight year stint at Microsoft, he joined MEDIA iQ in 2012 and is responsible for building, launching and developing their performance… Continue reading »

    Kingsley Taylor was recently hired as David&Goliath’s Director of New Business. David&Goliath is a full-service, independent creative agency based in Los Angeles. Prior to this, Kingsley was employed at Ogilvy as Global Business Director. The Makegood recently spoke with Kingsley about his legacy at Ogilvy, and what he hopes to accomplish at D&G. The Makegood: Congratulations… Continue reading »

    Christopher Skinner is a frequent speaker at Google conferences and other digital industry events. He founded MakeBuzz in 2001 and has worked with over 250 leading companies, including Vodafone, Target, United Airlines and Oreck. Look for Christopher’s  column on The Makegood every month.  Most companies do direct marketing and branding through digital channels, and almost all fail to… Continue reading »

    Lisa Reynolds is VP of Consumer Engagement at Valassis Communications, a leader in intelligent media delivery. The Makegood recently spoke with Lisa about the annual RedPlum (a printable and load-to-card coupons website) Purse Survey, regarding the use of coupons by Millennials. The Makegood: Your annual RedPlum Purse String Survey results were just released and there are some very… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

     This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. During his OPS keynote, Federated Media’s John Battelle suggested comparing digital data to clothing. No, that doesn’t mean lat/long is a halter top or site registration data is a mankini – he was talking about the social development of… Continue reading »

    Skip Brand is Founder CEO of Martini Media Inc. Martini Media is a digital media and content platform specializing in engaging the most affluent and influential audience online. Fresh off of a new round of funding, the company now looks to expand in all directions, including globally. Skip spoke to The Makegood about how Martini Media Inc.… Continue reading »

    The market for salespeople, account managers and engineers is so fierce today that recruiters, startups and established companies are all trying to attract the best talent. How will you retain your top performers in the face of such competition? The key is to build a culture and process that naturally repels your competitors. Here are… Continue reading »

    Ryan Griffin was recently hired at Undertone, which develops digital advertising solutions for brands, as their new VP of Strategic Sales. The move is a transition for Ryan into the “buy” side from the “sell” side of advertisements. The Makegood recently spoke with Ryan about how he will make a positive mark on the company.  The Makegood:… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    “Let’s just see how big we can get before we get bad.” – Jay Chiat Of course, Chiat was talking about his company and the extent to which he could scale it before size started to affect the quality of the work product.  I’d like to apply that quote to programmatic display campaigns, and offer… Continue reading »

    Shawn Riegsecker is the Founder and CEO of Centro, Inc., an online advertising and media purchasing service headquartered in Chicago. The company was formed in 2001. The Makegood recently spoke with Shawn about the future of Centro. The Makegood: Shawn, welcome back to The Makegood. Since we last spoke, Centro, Inc. announced Oracle Group Vice President… Continue reading »

     Ian Woolley is Chief Commercial Officer at VisualDNA, an audience insights company with patented technology helping businesses understand people online. The company is headquartered in Shoreditch, London and Ian joined the team just a few months ago. The Makegood recently spoke with Ian about VisualDNA’s products and vision. The Makegood: Congratulations on the launch of… Continue reading »

    Suzanne Hader is the recently hired Head of Digital Strategy at SelectNY. She has worked in marketing for over 15 years as everything, from a Freelance Consultant, to a VP of Market Development, to a Chief Product Officer. The Makegood recently spoke with Suzanne about her new role. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new position… Continue reading »

    Ad week didn’t accomplish much this year. We left the week not understanding nor defining major trends in our industry nor sussing out what the hell everyone does in our space. We blurred definitions further between programmatic premium and private exchanges as well as native advertising as an emerging category. Ad Week fell flat for… Continue reading »

    Ari Brandt is CEO and Co-Founder of MediaBrix, the industry leading ad platform that delivers immersive brand messages during breakthrough moments in gaming. He founded the company in 2011 with current CPO, Jay Drago and their “emotional targeting” is changing the way advertisers reach consumers. The Makegood recently spoke with Ari about his new marketing… Continue reading »

    Gabe Gotlieb is the Co-Founder and CEO of YieldMetrics, which recently re-branded as Adomic.  Through his efforts at Adomic, Gabe seeks to rid the digital marketing industry of “opaqueness.” The Makegood recently spoke with Gabe about Adomic, its products, and the state of the industry. The Makegood: Both you and your partner Tom Lorimor founded YieldMetrics… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Premal Shah, VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP). Programmatic can power a video campaign A lot… Continue reading »

    This month marks The Makegood’s second birthday. Over the past 24 months we’ve published 500 articles, had over 100,000 unique visitors and more than a quarter million page views. The Makegood now averages upwards of 10,000 readers a month and continues to grow. Virtually all of our traffic has been generated by word of mouth.… Continue reading »

    Mark Trefgarne is CEO and Co-Founder at LiveRail, the leading publisher monetization platform for video. Currently over three billion monthly impressions (25% of all online video ads) are delivered via their platform each month. LiveRail was started in 2007, by Mark and Andrei Dunca. The Makegood recently spoke with Mark about the impact of video on advertising… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    When you engage an agency to help you address your marketing goals, you’ll often see a nice org chart that gives you details on all the people servicing your account.  Each person on the chart plays a different role.   You might hear from some of them every day, while others you might interact with very… Continue reading »

    Mark Coleman is a former Google Executive that recently signed on as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at my6sense. Originally founded in 2009, my6sense is a leading provider in personalized content discovery and innovative rich brand advertising for mobile publishers that is looking to use Coleman’s talents to penetrate into the U.S. market. The… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    With Advertising Week in NYC starting to wind down a bit after today (big assumption you’re reading this on the same day it posted, of course), I thought providing a couple semi-real-time observations of events and chats I’ve had this week can hopefully add a little value. On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of… Continue reading »

    Nick Troiano joined BlackArrow as president in March 2009. BlackArrow is the San Jose, California-based provider of advanced advertising technology for New TV platforms. As president, Nick oversees all go-to-market activities for BlackArrow, where he is responsible for building the company’s advanced advertising business for networks and content distributors. The Makegood recently spoke with Nick about how BlackArrow is advancing… Continue reading »

     John Farrar is President and General Manager of Brand.net, a Valasiss digital company that uses the most precise targeting technology to deliver “probability over possibility” and “action over exposure”. The Makegood recently spoke with John about how the measurement tools in advertising are currently changing. The Makegood: In June, you announced an alliance to address Viewable… Continue reading »

    Brad Davis on The-Makegood.com

    You are sitting in weekly sales meeting and your sales leader asks, “Who’s got new case studies we can use?” The room is eerily quiet as heads tuck down and eyes are averted. Very rarely does one just “have a case study” on hand. Yet, salespeople are constantly asked to provide case studies to management… Continue reading »

    How do high-growth companies manage their people and teams today? Increasingly, the answer is with OKRs: Objectives and Key Results. Originally invented at Intel, OKRs were adopted by Google in 1999 when the company was less than a year old. Since then many other companies have adopted some form of OKRs, including a growing number… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    When I first left the world of journalism as an on-air reporter for NBC News in Montana, I had little knowledge of what a job in public relations really entailed. In the early 2000s, public relations professionals were doing a lot of overt selling of their clients’ value, products and services. There was a lot… Continue reading »

    Kenny Rosenblatt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Arkadium Inc. a game development company headquartered in New York City. He was educated at Syracuse University and started the company in 2001 with his wife, Jessica Rovello. Today, Arkadium is one of the leading developers of online casual games with offices in Canada and the Ukraine.… Continue reading »

    Robert Vallee Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of Project: Worldwide the independent holding company for multiple agencies focused on delivering Engagement Marketing services globally. Prior to Project: Worldwide, Robert was Chairman and CEO of George P. Johnson Company, which became a part of Project: WorldWide in 2010. The Makegood recently spoke with Robert about his position… Continue reading »

    With advertisers’ increasing awareness of the inefficiencies in digital media buying today, your agency’s operating system is becoming a critical factor in winning new business, hiring the best talent, and operating profitably. In today’s highly competitive environment, it can make you or break you. Real-time bidding technologies have proven that it’s possible to drive transaction… Continue reading »

    From my office on 34th Street near Herald Square in Manhattan, I can look uptown and see the world of media as it is today. GroupM, a few blocks away on 7th Avenue, is the world’s largest buyer of media from the world’s largest sellers. Another agency behemoth, Mediavest, is further uptown at Broadway and… Continue reading »

    Matt Minoff is CEO of Selectable Media, a leader in enabling consumers to unlock digital content through advertising. The Makegood recently spoke with Matt about Selectable Media’s Select-to-Unlock platform and the importance of targeted advertising. The Makegood: Earlier this year, you launched the Select-to-Unlock platform. Can you elaborate on its functions and the benefits for… Continue reading »

    Theresa LaMontagne  is the Managing Partner, Senior Practice Lead, Analytics & Insight at MEC, one of the world’s leading media agency networks. Theresa joined MEC in 2010 as Managing Director, spearheading the new A&I practice that combined and integrated the agency’s media research, digital analytics, data integration and modeling teams to create on and offline continuity in data,… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. At first I thought it was a joke, one that only digital advertising people would laugh at sardonically. But as the news of MoPub’s acquisition spread across the tech media echoplex, one question kept rolling through my… Continue reading »

    Gurman Hundal is the co-founder of MEDIA iQ, a leading innovator in digital trading. Prior to launching MEDIA iQ, Gurman set-up the online ad network, A&NY Media, for the large publishing group Associated Northcliffe Media. He has a passion for the online advertising space, particularly in areas of analysis and optimisation. The Makegood recently spoke with… Continue reading »

    Millennials, those born after 1980, expect to change jobs at least every three years. That means that every few years—unless you’ve been fired—you will need to resign. This is especially true in media and advertising where change is constant and new opportunities come along frequently. Since you may need to resign more than a dozen… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    “Please help us,” the client says.  “We don’t feel like we can trust the strategic advice coming from our agency.” This is a phone call I get pretty often.  An advertiser reaches out, looking for a third-party perspective on their media investments or their communications strategy because they don’t feel like they can trust their… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    I recently attended a client meeting where the subject turned to customer loyalty. We were all asked a very simple question – what would make you come back to buy from a website again? There were some very clear winners, delivery options and trust faired high on the list. In my capacity as a media… Continue reading »

    Audrey Siegel is the President and co-founder of TargetCast tcm, a full service media agency delivering communications strategies and marketplace tactics. As President, Audrey oversees the day-to-day management of all client activity and is directly responsible for agency staffing and training. The Makegood recently spoke with Audrey about how TargetCast tcm differentiates itself in the advertising… Continue reading »

    Christopher Skinner is a frequent speaker at Google conferences and other digital industry events. He founded MakeBuzz in 2001 and has worked with over 250 leading companies, including Vodafone, Target, United Airlines and Oreck. Look for Christopher’s  column the 1st Tuesday of every month.   You wouldn’t walk up to a stranger on the street and ask them on… Continue reading »

    Are we there yet? What’s taking so long? No, I’m not a 10 year old sitting in the back of my family’s car, dying of boredom (or at least it usually feels like that), desperate for an ‘update’ from my parents on when we’ll arrive at our ‘destination.’ But I am a content marketer and… Continue reading »

    Wes Phelan was recently hired as senior art director by creative agency Johannes Leonardo. Previously, Wes was the creative director at MetropolitanRepublic in Johannesburg. Phelan will now work with clients such as Coca-Cola, Google, Nike and Sprite. The Makegood recently spoke with Wes about his new role and how to make campaigns work across nationalities.… Continue reading »

    Ignacio Oreamuno is executive director of the Art Directors Club (ADC),  the first global creative collective of its kind and the longest standing organization championing the visual arts. During the last year, Ignacio brought dramatic change to the ADC. Makegood recently spoke with Ignacio about his position, and passion for creative projects. What made you fall in love with communications and… Continue reading »

    How we realize the power to personalize based on mobile activity Everyone is talking about mobile spending’s steady ramp to overtake desktop ad marketing. Reports by eMarketer tell us to expect a $1 billion increase in mobile banner spending. The trend is clear—brands and their agencies absolutely must figure out how to leverage and engage on the… Continue reading »

      Zihla Salinas  is the Chief Marketing Officer at RAPP, a customer experience agency driven by data, inspired by culture and enabled by technology. At RAPP she is responsible for the development of the RAPP brand and as well as new client relationships across the RAPP U.S. Offices. The Makegood recently spoke with Zihla about her position. The Makegood: Your… Continue reading »

    Despite the growth of the tech companies, New York is still largely a media town. 70% of all US advertising still bought and sold here. There at least ten things that make New York’s media industry great, including: 1. Agencies. Media agency lobbies like GroupM and Mediavest are a 21st century bazaar where sellers pitch… Continue reading »

    Elizabeth Harz serves as Vice President of Business Development at Chegg, The Student Hub.  She is charged with building the company’s marketing services business, helping connect external brands with 16-to-24 year-old consumers. The Makegood recently spoke with Elizabeth about how millennial students differ from past generations and how Chegg is working with brand partners to help… Continue reading »

    Digital marketing agency Organic recently named Sarah Montague and Katie Healey as SVP, general managers of San Francisco and Detroit, respectively. In their new roles, the women will oversee Organic staff and accounts based out of their individual offices. The Makegood recently spoke with Sarah and Katie about their new roles and how they plan to continue building human… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Premal Shah, VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP). We’re living through an exciting period in digital… Continue reading »

    “It amazes me how many companies cannot follow the simple practices that lead to a strong product, great culture, and innovation. How much of it do you think has to do with unrealistic growth expectations out of the gate for so many startups and growing small companies?” Joseph Dressler, a reader with a management role… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    It’s no secret that agencies are under increased pressure to condense both timing and costs when working with their clients.  A good agency knows where in the media planning process it’s less risky to take shortcuts and where taking days out of the schedule will do serious damage. When agencies are under the gun, whether… Continue reading »

    Ujjal Kohli is the CEO of Rhythm, a company that connects brand advertisers with highly engaged mobile audiences by selling and serving video, rich media and other immersive advertising formats.. Ujjal has over 25 years of experience in general management, engineering, marketing, strategy, M&A, and venture capital. He was CEO and a Co-Founder of Meru Networks and previously… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This is part 2 of a column written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. Read part 1 “We spend most of our time telling privacy advocates and even our clients what we don’t collect,” comments James Lamberti, Vice President and General Manager of AdTruth. “If you… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. UDID was a problem. First off, the 40-digit alphanumeric codes giving unique identifiers to Apple mobile devices based on hardware details had no consumer opt-out functionality – no blocking, removing, what have you. Second, the… Continue reading »

    In this age of programmatic ad buys and self-serve platforms, one of the most overlooked leadership skills in business today is the ability to sell something. Fifty years ago all of the great ad agencies were built this way, with CEOs like David Ogilvy landing clients on the basis of his wit, charm and “soft… Continue reading »

    Ari Jacoby is CEO and Co-Founder of Solve Media, a performance-based online advertising platform promoting online branding. Ari previously co-founded VoiceStar, which was acquired in Sept 2007 by Marchex. He also served as a senior consultant in the Business-to-Business division at Google. Ari is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Government. The Makegood recently spoke with… Continue reading »

    Seema Miller is the newly appointed Executive Director, Head of Planning at David&Goliath, a full-service, independent creative agency based in Los Angeles. Miller most recently served as Head of Strategic Insights for JCPenney in Dallas. During that time, she restructured the research team into insights and strategy centered on seeking truths and telling compelling brand stories. At David&Goliath… Continue reading »

    Advertising is still obsessed with the young and the beautiful, but when it comes to their employees they expect certain tenure. ‘Paying your dues’ is par for the course in climbing the ranks of ad agencies, but savvy, young admen and women are finding bigger roles elsewhere thanks to the increase in startups in the… Continue reading »

    Charles Wright was recently hired as a senior partner at Lippincott’s London office. Lippincott is a global brand strategy and design firm. Charles most recently served as managing director of Wolff Olins in the Dubai office, where he built the company’s presence in India and the Middle East.The Makegood recently spoke with Charles about his new role… Continue reading »

    Charles Wright was recently hired as a senior partner at Lippincott’s London office. Lippincott is a global brand strategy and design firm. Charles most recently served as managing director of Wolff Olins in the Dubai office, where he built the company’s presence in India and the Middle East.The Makegood recently spoke with Charles about his new role… Continue reading »

    I came to New York to work in media a decade ago and there’s no other place I’d rather do business. Each morning I step off my commuter train I feel invigorated about being in the big leagues, competing at the highest level. I’ve learned a lot after a decade working in the city, from… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Every time I get a mission-critical e-mail with a link, I cringe a little.  It wasn’t always this way. These days, I’m way more likely to read that e-mail on a mobile device, and if something requires my immediate input via clicking on a link, I can count on the page behind that link working… Continue reading »

    VaynerMedia's Gary Vaynerchuk on Social Media

    Gary Vaynerchuk is co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, a brand consulting agency with a focus on social media. The Makegood recently spoke with Gary about trends in social media, his success as an entrepreneur, and his new book ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.’ The Makegood: What inspired you to found VaynerMedia and how did you get… Continue reading »

    Jon Jackson on Advertising Technology

    Jon Jackson is the founder and CEO of Mobile Posse, the first company to commercially launch graphically-enhanced interactive mobile home screen programming in North America, offering a proactive mobile delivery channel well-suited to the needs of carriers, content providers, and brands. The Makegood recently spoke with Jon about Mobile Posse’s venture into home screen messaging for mobile… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome the CEO of Voltari, Richard Stalzer, as monthly contributor to The Makegood. Voltari develops predictive analytical solutions for the mobile space. Look for Richard’s column the 4th Wednesday of every month. Last month, I shared my view on how much progress we’ve made in the mobile space, as far as our… Continue reading »

    Publicis chief executive Maurice Levy (left), and Omnicom boss John Wren plan a merger to create the world's biggest advertising group.

    The merger of Publicis and Omnicom is yet another sign that the traditional media and advertising business is being disrupted. When this wave of consolidation is over there will be just a few major holding companies left. At that point there will be a holding company for each of the top two or three brands… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Over the years, one of the best justifications I’ve heard for marketers gathering information to target advertising is that the methods are not all that dissimilar from the methods a shopkeeper might use to better service his customers. There’s something reassuring about being a regular, predictable customer of any human-run retail establishment.  A smile comes… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Did you ever read John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” in high school or college? Great story. Good lessons. Also made into a surreal cartoon that slightly confused and scared me when I first saw it as an 8-year-old. For those of you who haven’t read it, or did read it but have had a… Continue reading »

    Photobucket's David Toner

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Photobucket’s Brad Davis and David Toner as monthly contributors to The Makegood. Brad Davis is CRO/ EVP-Sales, and David Toner is VP Marketing at Photobucket, one of the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing services. Look for their columns every fourth Tuesday on The Makegood. This is the first… Continue reading »

    The ad industry’s high water mark is usually seen as the “Mad Men” era when the startups of the day were service-based agencies. It’s estimated that in the early 1970s over 200 ad agencies were founded annually. The best were eventually consolidated into a handful of marketing services holding companies that we all know and… Continue reading »

    David Berkowitz on his new role at MRY

    David Berkowitz is the new Chief Marketing Officer at Publicis Groupe’s MRY, a global digital marketing and technology agency with social at its core. Berkowitz’s new position ends his seven year tenure at digital marketing agency 360i and he now oversees marketing operations and strategy across the agency. The Makegood recently spoke with David about… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    Data and metrics are what we live and die by in this industry. Yet all too often the metrics we use are over inflated or erroneous. Better numbers tell a better story, but stories are mere fantasies if they are founded on inaccurate data. Many prefer to ignore known data inaccuracies to suit a self-fulfilling… Continue reading »

    Geoff Schiller on interactive advertising.

    Geoff Schiller is the Chief Sales Officer at Hearst Digital Media and the President of 212, New York’s interactive advertising club. We recently spoke with Geoff about 212′s upcoming events.The Makegood: On July 25, you will host 212’s Summer Beach Party. What is the reason to celebrate and who will attend?Here’s a brief history on… Continue reading »

    The Brand Union on Coca-Cola

    This column was written by Gary Bryant, Managing Director at The Brand Union Johannesburg, a WPP-owned global branding agency. The Brand Union specializes in strategy, design, environmental design, brand development, and brand experience. In just about every meeting I attend where people are asked to list what brands they admire, almost without fail, Coca-Cola is mentioned.… Continue reading »

    I’ve founded three companies and at some point each one necessitated that I apologize to a customer that we had disappointed. Early stage media and technology companies are especially prone to error. It’s a time when you have more vision than code and a team that is still figuring things out. At my last startup,… Continue reading »

    ChoiceStream's Bill Guild on 'The Economics of Programmatic Ad Buying (aka RTB)'

    This column was written by Bill Guild, VP of Product Management and Marketing at ChoiceStream, a company that improves ad relevance and performance with the most accurate and effective programmatic media buying for branding and direct response campaigns. Back in 2011, industry pundits panicked saying RTB would lower the value of eCPMs, and all anyone… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    What is it about a book that hooks you in to turn the page and read for hours? Why do news publications like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times have such high circulation figures? What makes a movie a hit at the box office? Content that’s riveting, witty, smart, compelling and personal entices… Continue reading »

    Julia Casale on Marketing and RTB

    Consumers are always on, reacting in real time to events, conversations and cultural phenomenon as they traverse like liquid across devices. No longer creatures of habit, the means by which we ingest media is ever-changing; our approach is proactive and purposeful and couldn’t be more alien to the lean-back era of yesteryear. Brands perched on… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Over the course of my career, I’ve worked for clients with many different degrees of experience with media.  I’ve had clients who came from the agency side and ran their own in-house agencies (and who had more media experience than me), and I’ve had clients who were new to the job with no experience using… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. Pop quiz, publisher: Let’s say Brand X purchases $10 guaranteed CPMs from your direct sales team. However, Brand X’s steely programmatic buying team notices a high-prospect user has just jumped on one of your URLs.… Continue reading »

    For me, building great teams and creating exciting, new products is what I was meant to do. There’s nothing that compares to seeing a group of people—sometimes with more enthusiasm than experience—come together to do something extraordinary. That said, early stage startups require a level of effort and perseverance that is different from working for… Continue reading »

    “The cost of not having a connected business is costing the [digital advertising] industry $3.6 million dollars per hour.” That’s what Neal Mohan, Google’s Vice President of Display Advertising Products, revealed in his introduction to Google’s thinkDoubleClick event. Not per year or per month or per day – the industry is wasting $3.6 milling dollars… Continue reading »

    Brad Davis on The-Makegood.com

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Photobucket’s Brad Davis and David Toner as monthly contributors to The Makegood. Brad Davis is CRO/ EVP-Sales, and David Toner is VP Marketing at Photobucket, one of the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing services. Look for their columns every fourth Tuesday on The Makegood. This column has been… Continue reading »

    107 issues. More than 2 years. That’s how long it’s been since Bloomberg Businessweek has featured a female businessperson on its cover. You have to go back to May 16, 2011 when Sheryl Sandberg was featured to find a female executive who made the grade. Who did make the cover during that period? Tim Cook,… Continue reading »

    This column has been written by Vijay Rao, SVP of client strategy, research and insights at Adap.tv, the video advertising platform for the world’s largest brands, agencies, publishers and ad networks. Adap.tv recently published the State of the Video Industry report, which looks at the future of ad buying and selling based on input from more than 750… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    When much of your world is in the programmatic digital media space today, you can easily start looking around you and realize that much of your world is already programmatic. We’re only talking about computer programs, or algorithms, that allow for the buying and selling of media, or really any task, to be done more… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital marketing and strategy agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Justin Weag, Director of SEO & Emerging Technology. While Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become a mainstay of the digital space, many marketers would be surprised to learn just how much the SEO industry evolves… Continue reading »

    Tom Munro is CEO of Photobucket, one of the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing services. The Makegood recently spoke with Tom about ‘Photobucket Stories’ and how it transforms the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling. The Makegood: Billions of photos are shared every day via Photobucket. What drives people to upload… Continue reading »

    Sara Fahim is Director of Strategy of SelectNY’s Los Angeles agency. The Makegood exclusively spoke with Sara about her new position, strategic planning, and the future of SelectNY. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new position! What is your strategic vision and where will you lead the agency? Thank you! It’s so great to be a… Continue reading »

    Karping About Creativity. Matt Straz discusses engineering creativity and David Karp's comment in Cannes.

    Last week I attended True University, a two-day seminar for startups hosted by True Ventures, the west coast venture capital firm. The event, held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, brought together over 250 people from True’s 150-plus companies. It was a highly creative group of people working on some exciting problems. During our… Continue reading »

    If you’re surprised that you’re still reading articles about email marketing in 2013, you shouldn’t be. It may only represent 0.5% of digital ad spending, but even that small amount still means roughly $210 million in 2013, per eMarketer’s latest digital ad spend share data. The mere mention of outbound email in a planning session… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    If there’s one thing people hate about the web it’s being followed around by behaviorally targeted ads. We’ve all experienced being pestered by an advertiser the moment we set foot outside their online store. Some chase their prospects all day long, every day, serving ads for that lovely coat from Kooples you can’t yet afford.… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Richard Stalzer, CEO of Voltari, a company that develops predictive analytical solutions for the mobile space. Voltari optimizes mobile advertising campaigns from the start, learns and optimizes automatically in real-time, and provides insights.  Over the past several years, mobile lifestyle has become about so much more than the smart phone.… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    I wouldn’t call myself a second-screen junkie, but my wife might disagree. My typical stimulant is the Internet Movie Database app, which is always a tap away when we’re watching TV. I’ve always had a strange obsession with searching on IMDB, realizing that so-and-so actor was also in that, or that so-and-so director wrote the… Continue reading »

    CohenMartin is COO and co-founder at Dynamix, a NYC-based digital video advertising company. The Makegood recently spoke with Jack about digital videos, targeted ads, and Dynamix’ patent-pending digital advertising technology. The Makegood: Jack, you have been in the digital industry for over 10 years. How do people consume TV today and where is the trend… Continue reading »

    Ragini Bhalla on Storytelling and Content Marketing.

    We are pleased to welcome Ragini Bhalla as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Ragini is Director of Content and Communications for Maxymiser, the leading expert in online testing, personalization and cross-channel optimization for some of the world’s largest brands. Look for her column on the second Friday of every month. For those of us… Continue reading »

    Marla Kaplowitz is CEO of MEC North America, a top media buying and planning firm. The Makegood recently spoke with Marla about keeping employees happy, managing distributed teams, and empowering leaders.The Makegood: Marla, you are known for a modern leadership style at MEC. Can you elaborate on your happiness concept, how MEC launched the program,… Continue reading »

    Russell Wallach is President at Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions. The Makegood recently spoke with Russell about how to build relationships between brands, bands and fans, create consumer touch points, and impact consumer behavior. The Makegood: How does Live Nation Network help companies to build relationships between brands, bands and… Continue reading »

    Namely, the people management platform in use by media companies, ad agencies and ad tech firms, announced today that the company has raised a $3.35 million Series A round of financing. The round was led by True Ventures, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm. We recently spoke to Matt Straz, Founder and CEO of Namely,… Continue reading »

    Like a lot of companies, we’ve been making a number of hires recently. There are some great candidates on the market, including recent college graduates. But it’s surprising how many people mess up the most basic aspects of applying for and getting a job. Here are ten tips for getting hired: 1. DO what is… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” – Someone on MetaFilter This quote is awfully popular with the anti-advertising crowd.  You know the type.  They believe that the Internet was once successful as a non-commercial medium and it can be so again, if it weren’t for all… Continue reading »

    Julia Casale on Marketing and RTB

    I recently attended the first NAI Member’s Summit—and for anyone unfamiliar with the NAI (Network Advertising Initiative) it is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of a coalition of third-party advertising technology companies committed to the self-regulation of their online interest-based advertising practices; it is also one of the associations that make up the… Continue reading »

    Facebook and Twitter have finally gained traction with agencies and large advertisers. Now, social platforms are looking to SMBs as the next client to bring onto their platforms. Social platforms are trying to solve this initiative with self-serve, dashboards, and measurement tools. However, it wasn’t that long ago that social platforms had a hard time… Continue reading »

    Alan Schanzer is Chief Client Officer at Undertone, a provider of quality display, high impact, and video solutions. The Makegood recently spoke with Alan about ScreenShift, responsive design, and seamless brand experience for consumers across multiple devices. The Makegood: Undertone recently released a responsive ad format called ScreenShift. How does it work? ScreenShift is a… Continue reading »

    Advertising remains a growth business with annual global ad spending more than half a trillion dollars. Digital advertising is growing even faster thanks to usage and its ability to target consumers. Despite this there are situations when advertising can be pointless—and sometimes even harmful—for a brand. Here are some examples: Corporate disaster. It’s often best… Continue reading »

    Paul Silver is to step into his new role as Global Strategy Director at MEDIA iQ early June 2013. For The Makegood, he provides insights on his new position and innovation in trading. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new position! Why did you decide to move? Thanks! Running my own consultancy has been a great… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Do you remember when your kids were five? Or even when you were five? It’s an awesome age. Our daughter, Danielle, started kindergarten then a couple years ago, with my wife, Bronwyn, and me bawling like babies dropping her off on Day One, knowing it was the end of an era but the wonderful beginning of… Continue reading »

    Earlier this month, during the Agency-Only Day at the iMedia Agency Summit, I gave a presentation on agency automation and streamlining the media planning process. It’s a complicated and expensive process still done manually at most agencies. It’s a process that’s clearly ripe for automation and the seventy media executives in the room were all… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Toby Southgate, CEO UK & Ireland at The Brand Union, a WPP-owned brand strategy and design consultancy. Toby feels that ‘experience’ is an over-used buzzword and that the meaning of it has been diluted with time. He argues what it should truly convey for the marketer. Marketing speak. Non-stop buzzwords and… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Andy Wasef, Head of Innovation and Technology at MEC, one of the world’s top media agencies.  I’ll confess, I love TV. My job may center around the latest innovations (many of which I equally love) but I spend a large amount of my media diet consuming many of the great TV shows… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Premal Shah, VP, Strategy at Chango, a real-time marketing technology company with an advanced platform and full-service solutions for brands and agencies. Premal is responsible for leading best practices and partnership strategies across all media solutions and the Programmatic Marketing Platform (PMP). When most people hear the word “retargeting,” they… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Fahad Khan, Founder and CEO of One Public, a cross media digital marketing software company based in New York City. The definition of “native advertising” that is loosely or tightly associated with content marketing is flawed and misguided. I had stressed the need to define native advertising at an IAB… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Mike Shehan, CEO and Founder of SpotXchange, the largest global marketplace of video ad inventory, and Chairman of Booyah, a digital agency. Much has been said in the last year about the rise of RTB and programmatic technologies within online video advertising. Some will hang their hat on the industry seeing widespread… Continue reading »

    Today Yahoo announced that the company intends to acquire microblogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion. This is an important event for the two companies, their users, marketers and the New York startup ecosystem. Here are some of the good things that will likely happen from this: Success. New York City has not had a fully… Continue reading »

    Is it better to rent or own? When looking for a home, most people are faced with this daunting question. Owning a home gives stability and the free reign of being able to customize your living quarters, but also comes with a higher price bracket and more responsibility. On the other hand renting gives more… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    The online media industry will by now have had time to digest the news that Firefox 22 intends to block 3rd party cookies by default. What this means is that when an ad is served to a website hosted by this version of the browser, the technology that serves the ad will not be able… Continue reading »

    Julia Casale on Marketing and RTB

    We are pleased to welcome Julia Casale as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Julia is Chief Marketing Officer at Casale Media. She has been working in digital media for more than ten years and loving every moment of it. Look for Julia’s monthly column every first Thursday. From marketing to creative to media, every… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. Portrait of a cord cutter – you’re looking at it. Disturbing, a little serial killer-esque, I know. Five years ago, I moved to NYC from DC with a laptop and an iPod as my only… Continue reading »

    John Minty is Chief Operating Officer of DDB California, including offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. DDB California is part of DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc., a worldwide marketing communications network. The Makegood exclusively spoke with John about his new position, brand stories, and top performers. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new position as… Continue reading »

    Adam Chandler is SVP of Sales at Jumptap, a leader in targeted mobile advertising. The Makegood recently spoke with Adam about his new position, mobile advertising, and consumer behavior. The Makegood: In January, you joined the mobile ad network Jumptap as senior vice president for advertising sales, congratulations! Can you elaborate on your new priorities?… Continue reading »

    Terry Young is CEO of sparks & honey, a company that operates a data-driven advertising newsroom that helps synchronize brands with culture. The Makegood recently spoke with Terry about culture, the data-driven newsroom model, and changing dynamics of the modern family. The Makegood: You are a seasoned agency executive that has held posts at IPG,… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Florian Kahlert, Managing Director, North America, of GfK’s Digital Market Intelligence (DMI) group.      A dashboard, as the name suggests, should give the user a very quick readout on the status of something. Think of a car dashboard: You have a bunch of lights, gas and temperature gauges, and maybe… Continue reading »

    Dan Slagen is SVP of Marketing at Nanigans, an early and initial Facebook Ads API partner. The Makegood recently spoke with Dan about Nanigans’ founding round, ROI and LTV, and the future of mobile and video on Facebook. The Makegood: Congratulations on your recently closed $6 million round of funding. What are your plans in… Continue reading »

    Last week I attended an event at The Standard hotel in New York City hosted by venture capital firms NEA, Silicon Valley Bank and Lerer Ventures. The Standard’s Roof Bar offers extraordinary views of lower Manhattan, including Freedom Tower and its newly installed spire. “Fitting,” I thought to myself as I chatted with this next… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    We asked for it, and we got it. It seems that for many of the innovative ad products out there, ad sales support is scarce. Whether it’s self-serve interfaces for search or Facebook ads, or by-invitation-only programs geared toward multi-million-dollar spenders, it seems impossible in certain circumstances to get an ad sales rep to dedicate… Continue reading »

    My apologies to those who happened to notice from a tweet, or post on Facebook or LinkedIn in the past nine days, for this will be a little repetitive, but last Monday I started as Programmatic Advertising Director at The New York Times. I am privileged to have responsibility for all global programmatic and channel/”indirect”… Continue reading »

    Chris Ingram is Founder of IngramEnterprise LLP and Chairman of Sports Revolution, a company that works with the biggest spenders in sports sponsorship and media to maximize the revenue return on sports rights. The Makegood recently spoke with Chris about sports marketing, his role as Chairman of Sports Revolution, and how he became the Godfather of… Continue reading »

    Without an outside source of funding most media and technology startups will perish. The cost of hiring engineers and salespeople is usually just too high to self-fund a business until it is profitable. There are usually three stages of fundraising that a startup must go through to create a sustainable business: Stage 1: Angel Round.… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. “The truth is, digital media is overpriced.” I believe I flinched a bit as the agency executive made that blunt statement. We were chatting in the wake of a heated conference session about viewability, where… Continue reading »

    Joe Kowan is Managing Partner, Practice Lead, Digital Investment & Activation at MEC Global, one of the world’s top media agencies. The Makegood recently spoke with Joe about his new role, MEC’s digital workflow, and RTB. The Makegood: Congratulations on your new role as Practice Lead, Digital Investment and Activation at MEC. What are your… Continue reading »

    Steven Lindseth is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of YouBeauty.com, a website to explore the link between beauty and health with tips from Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. The Makegood recently spoke with Steven about big data, startups, and the science of beauty. The Makegood: What inspired you to found YouBeauty.com and why is… Continue reading »

    Ari Brandt is CEO and Co-founder of MediaBrix, a company that powers the industry’s leading advertising platform for social and mobile games. The Makegood recently spoke with Ari about social and mobile games and breakthrough moments. The Makegood: Ari, what inspired you to found MediaBrix and to focus on social and mobile games? We launched… Continue reading »

    Last week at the Lerer Ventures CEO Summit, executives from New York media and technology startups discussed the challenges with building a company from scratch—particularly as it relates to people. Given that startups are highly dependent on the talents of the first few dozen people who join up, it’s essential to get the most out… Continue reading »

    Buying media on a cost-per-action (CPA) basis sounds like a win-win situation when your objective is to drive a single action. Instead of paying for impressions or clicks, you’re compensating publishers only when a consumer takes a defined action. While this model may be appropriate for some advertisers, it is a very risky proposition in… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    I’ve had the good fortune of consulting with a number of start-ups over the past few months on their media and marketing strategies. Start-ups are very different beasts from the larger corporate giants we media folk are more used to engaging with. For a start they won’t always have a marketing function, your client will… Continue reading »

    Samantha Skey is Chief Revenue Officer at SheKnows, one of the Top 100 Websites for Women that enables experts to create and distribute premium content at scale. The Makegood recently spoke with Samantha about female-centric content. The Makegood: Samantha, congratulations on your new position! Can you elaborate on your new priorities? I am focused on… Continue reading »

    The New York Times obituaries section is the city’s toughest club to get into. First, you have to die. Second, of the 150,000 people each day that are eligible, The Times selects only one or two people to get in. Given these long odds, who from our industry might eventually make it past the Times’… Continue reading »

    This guest column was written by Mark Trefgarne, Founder and CEO at LiveRail, a leading publisher monetization platform for video. Last year, almost fifty million concerned citizens searched the Internet for “Hurricane Sandy”, seeking news about loved ones, information on the damage, advice on how to keep safe and ways to help the relief effort.… Continue reading »

    Last week Rutgers University fired their men’s basketball coach for his abusive behavior toward his players. His acts, caught on video, included a range of behavior typical of a schoolyard bully: name calling, pushing and kicking his players. The coach, who was supposed to be the leader his team, was allowed to inflict his abuse… Continue reading »

    As the SVP of Global Advertising Products and Strategy, Seth Demsey is responsible for the strategic vision of advertising products across AOL and AOL Networks. The Makegood recently spoke with Seth about balancing the needs of ad tech entities, programmatic buying and selling, and the future of online video. The Makegood: Seth, how do you… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters. Forget “To be or not to be?” “How do we get those big branding dollars moving into our wonderfully efficient programmatic channels?” – now that is the question, or at least it has been as long as I’ve written about digital advertising. But cramming… Continue reading »

    The clicks from organic search are free; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not. Simply speaking, SEO is the process of identifying and capturing organic clicks based on the content found on your website. Interactive agencies tout organic search as a free way to capture additional traffic. While this may be the situation in an ideal… Continue reading »

    Cloud computing has become an increasingly popular go to market strategy for both new and mature ad tech companies looking to streamline their infrastructure. I want to talk about safety and precautions, specifically as it pertains to cloud computing. While this is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about… Continue reading »

    Wally Krantz is Worldwide Creative Director at The Brand Union (TBU), a WPP-owned brand strategy and design consultancy. In his role, Wally’s responsibilities span across The Brand Union’s 23-office network. The Makegood recently spoke with Wally about international communication and company brands. The Makegood: In February, you were promoted to TBU’s Worldwide Creative Director, congratulations! What… Continue reading »

    Stuart McLean is founder and CEO of Content & Co, a company that creates, produces and distributes content for brands to engage with their audience. The Makegood recently spoke with Stuart about original content, consumer insights, and cross channel engagement. The Makegood: What are the challenges brands are facing in producing original programming, how does… Continue reading »

    By the year 2025 an incredible 70% of the US workforce will be comprised of Millennials—people born between 1980 and 2000. Given their coming dominance, this generation will have a huge impact on business and the workplace. But if you look closely you can see that their presence is already being felt today. Here’s how:… Continue reading »

    Krishna Subramanian is Chief Marketing Officer at Velti, a leading global provider of mobile advertising technology and marketing solutions for brands, agencies and publishers. The Makegood recently spoke with Krishna about tablet advertising, trends in app usage and app advertising. The Makegood: Krishna, besides Burrp! And Mobclix, you co-founded Blue Lithium, the world’s largest behavioral… Continue reading »

    This guest column was written by Dee Salomon, Senior Vice President of MediaLink LLC, a strategic advisory and business development firm. Halfway through my discussion with David Sable, CEO of Y&R, it struck me that we were talking about two different things. The topic was storytelling, but David was talking about the story and I… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Do you consider yourself to be a Generalist or a Specialist? Ever think about that as it relates to your career? Ever get a job or not get a job because you were one or the other? Consider Jose Oquendo, a 12-year Major League Baseball veteran who spent most of his career playing for the… Continue reading »

    You have suffered through the name droppers and pretenders, spent hours and hours evaluating candidates, and you managed the impossible; You found someone that you are excited about!  You made it to the 1-yard line and it’s time to extend a job offer. Unfortunately, you don’t get points for making it to the 1-yard line.… Continue reading »

    At this point we can all agree that the world of marketing and advertising has been fundamentally changed. Thanks to mobile, social, and search technology, brands are now transparent, and the tools from yesteryear are no longer sufficient. Neither is the typical corporate structure. Some corporations have taken an aggressive approach to this. For example,… Continue reading »

    “Matt, will you write a recommendation so that I can go business school? I want to get my MBA,” my colleague Katie Bronnenkant asked me a few years ago. “Why do you need an MBA? You work in media,” I said dismissively. At the time Katie and I both worked at MEC, the global media… Continue reading »

    Admonster's Gavin Dunaway

    This column was written by Gavin Dunaway, U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders. Real-time bidding is programmatic trading, but programmatic trading is not simply RTB. That statement is not a riddle, though in the ever mind-warping universe of digital advertising technology, it’s caused a lot of confusion over… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    A couple of weeks ago we heard the news that Facebook acquired Atlas for the sum of $100M. Atlas is primarily an ad serving platform born from the agency Avenue A (aka Razorfish), who wanted to develop an in house tool to manage their online display buying. During the early noughties Atlas quickly became a… Continue reading »

    In the envisioned world of “programmatic premium,” computers buy all digital media automatically with astonishing efficiency and without human intervention. Contrast that with today’s reality: an army of DSOs – Digital Switchboard Operators – carrying out digital media plans using a manual 42-step process. On the buy side, this process typically requires 482 hours in… Continue reading »

    Like many companies today, our startup operates as a series of distributed teams. Our product team is in Brooklyn while our sales and marketing team operates in Manhattan. We have found that if we let engineers and product designers work in Brooklyn not only are they more likely to accept our offer employment, the current… Continue reading »

    Kevin Meany is founder and CEO of BFG, an independent, creative communications agency that delivers seamless storytelling and consumer insights to companies. The Makegood recently spoke with Kevin about breakthrough insights, consumer relationships, and the importance of relevant content. The Makegood: Kevin, you founded BFG 17 years ago. Today, you are leading a truly integrated marketing… Continue reading »

    10. @Bre, @fivethirtyeight, @garyvee and @elonmusk need a rest. 9. There’s a boat-load of work to get done around here. 8. Every time you tweeted a picture of your barbeque, WE gained weight. 7. Your use of “inside hashtags” was disorienting. #fakeSXSW 6. Thanks, but we would like to get back to hearing about bands… Continue reading »

    Rob Beeler is Content Czar of AdMonsters, and Gavin Dunaway is U.S. Editor at AdMonsters, the global community of ad operations and technology leaders, providing ad operations conferences and events, content, training and consulting. The Makegood recently spoke with Rod and Gavin about what drives AdMonsters’ community, ad operations, and topics worth cheerleading. The Makegood:… Continue reading »

    While building the next Facebook or Google may be a worthy goal, the best possible outcome for many venture-backed startups is to be acquired by a larger company. In a sense, the entire startup ecosystem—founders, venture capitalists, lawyers and other service providers—forms a kind of ad hoc research and development lab for bigger companies. Given… Continue reading »

    This column was written by Krystina Rubino, Associate Director, eDR, at Underscore Marketing, an independent media agency that creates and manages digital marketing programs. In an ideal world, agencies would have a rock solid relationship with every Google and Yahoo!(/Bing) team they work with, to help both the agency and its clients navigate the evolving search… Continue reading »

    A growing trend is brewing in the digital publishing world where brand new sites that no one has ever heard of are posting astronomically high numbers of unique visitors per month. Popping up in various exchanges on a seemingly daily basis, the sites appear to be running ads from major brands, but these sites are… Continue reading »

    Michael Cassidy is founder and CEO of Undertone, a provider of quality display, high impact and video solutions. The Makegood recently spoke with Michael about Undertone’s products in display, mobile, and video. The Makegood: Michael, you have led the company’s growth from a start-up advertising network to an industry-leading provider of quality display, high impact… Continue reading »

    “After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today.” In one of the most honest resignation letters in the history of CEO resignation letters, last week Andrew Mason signed off after four… Continue reading »

    This guest column was written by Ryan Harwood, CEO of PureWow, a free daily email and website for women, featuring culture, fashion, travel, and tech. You’ve heard it again and again. And again. Here it is, one more time for the back of the room: content is still king. It’s still the most valuable asset… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Like millions of Americans, I read Steven Brill’s fantastic investigation last week for Time entitled “Bitter Pill” that revealed why this country’s health care costs are so outrageously high and how they are crippling our economy. All the noise around our health care system during the Obamacare debate and very few asked the right questions or… Continue reading »

    AdMonsters and Adap.tv released the ‘2013 European Digital Video Outlook‘. The report covers the ‘State of the UK Online Video Advertising Industry’. Research points to advertisers’ evolving perception of online advertising and highlights the challenges. 86% of UK advertising agencies purchased digital video inventory in 2012, with 62% listing brand awareness as a primary goal.… Continue reading »

    After my last 3 articles (LinkedIn, Crucial Sales Skills, Rolodex) you may be saying, “I hear you, I already knew hiring was hard!” The next challenge:  It’s also really expensive. Since staffing fees are easily quantified, often Ad Tech start-ups rely on their sales leadership to fill open sales positions in order to avoid these fees. Some Back-of the-Envelope… Continue reading »

    We are pleased to welcome Jeff Rosenblum as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Jeff is a founding partner of Questus, a digital agency, and he is a documentary film director and producer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators in the field of digital marketing. Look for Jeff’s monthly column every fourth… Continue reading »

    This guest column was written by Dee Salomon, Senior Vice President of MediaLink LLC, a strategic advisory and business development firm. At the 2008 IAB annual meeting, Wenda Harris Millard heralded the ad-tech revolution with her ‘pork bellies and diamonds’ speech.  Five years later we have seen impressive growth in programmatic and audience-targeted media and… Continue reading »

    AdMonsters, the global leader in providing strategic insight on the future of digital media and advertising technology is a media partner and contributor to The Makegood. This column was written by Jana Massey, Sr. Director, Ad Operations at Buzz Media.  At the tail end of last year, the IAB Ad Ops Summit held a 3MS Town… Continue reading »

    James Avery is the founder and CEO of Adzerk, a company that is focused on helping publishers make more money from their ad inventory by building a revolutionary ad serving platform. The Makegood recently spoke with James about Adzerk’s adOS app store and the fastest ad code in the world. The Makegood:  James, what market gap… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    I recently entered into a discussion with a client about the potential of marketing their app instead of driving traffic to the website. I held the view that the app was a much more engaging and rich experience than the more transactional website and that getting more people to use the app would show healthier… Continue reading »

    Regardless of whether a publisher is a start-up or an established company, no one is exempt from challenges related to managing digital ad operations. Just when you think it’s safe to assume that publisher X has it all together because they are ranked in the top 50 in Comscore or Nielsen, or they just received… Continue reading »

    The Makegood, the website that provides an inside look into the media advertising industry, and AdMonsters, the global leader in strategic insights on digital media and advertising strategy through its conferences, website, research and consulting services, today announced a marketing partnership where the two organizations will work together to produce timely and relevant content and… Continue reading »

    John Trimble is Chief Revenue Officer of Pandora Media where he is responsible for all advertising revenue, strategic sales marketing and advertising operations. The Makegood recently spoke with John about personalized music and Pandora’s success in mobile. The Makegood: John, within the last three years, Pandora became one of the leading radio services. What is your… Continue reading »

    Like many media and technology companies, we are planning to staff up as we prepare for our next stage of growth. Many of the qualities we’re looking for from prospective employees could be useful to your company as well. True believers. You have to be ambitious to build an enterprise technology company in a place like… Continue reading »

    For decades, gender roles have been pretty divided in the workplace. Men, for the most part, aren’t shy about vocalizing their demands – whether it’s negotiating their salaries up front, asking for raises or increasing budgets to add additional staff. I myself can attest to the fact that female professionals, however, are bound by a… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Shenan Reed, Chief Media Officer. It was the day after Hurricane Sandy and we all scrambled to our computers to count noses, check on our own and get back to making certain the storm didn’t delay our… Continue reading »

    Digitas’ Jordan Bitterman, Senior Vice President and Social Marketing Practice Director, provides his view on the future of video. “Summary: Video is being freed – It’s moving to the cloud. Software is becoming just as important as hardware. Business models & technology are slowing the pace of change. Familiar names are emerging as the new… Continue reading »

    There are some CEOs who believe that you should only hire “A” players and fire everyone else that doesn’t measure up. I am not one of them. Don’t misunderstand—I have fired people who cannot or will not do what is asked of them. But I don’t believe that automatically thinning the herd is a good… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    We are pleased to welcome Tom Hespos as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Tom is Founder and Chief Media Officer at Underscore Marketing, a boutique firm that creates and manages digital marketing programs. Look for Underscore Marketing’s monthly column every second Friday. It’s no secret that agencies have a problem with the sheer number of media partners asking for time to pitch… Continue reading »

    The cookie is the lynchpin of any successful display advertising campaign. The cookie allows marketers to collect data that they can in turn leverage to target their advertising to qualified prospects. Without the cookie, digital advertising just wouldn’t be as effective. We can say this with confidence because we see the problems inherent in mobile… Continue reading »

    Jeff Jarvis wrote a piece in April 2006 for the Guardian to “propose an open ad marketplace that would allow advertisers to find the best blogs and bloggers to find the best ad deals.”  He lists three main concepts to accomplish this: metrics, workflow (ease of implementing code for ads), and trust.  Broadly, the concept… Continue reading »

    Arlo Laitin is Senior Vice President of Cardlytics Media Group, a company that enables brands to connect and engage with consumers based on their actual purchase behavior. The Makegood recently spoke with Arlo about Cardlytic’s analytics platform and consumer behavior. The Makegood: Arlo, at Cardlytics, you provide a new way to connect, engage, and measure consumer… Continue reading »

    Any product must have market appeal in order to gain customers. At my last company, Pictela, we struggled to achieve product/market fit in our first year.  Initially, we tried to sell our product to PR agencies as a way to distribute brand content. But no matter how hard we tried we could not get them… Continue reading »

    Susan Schiekofer is President of Digital for North America MEC, one of the world’s top media agencies. The Makegood recently spoke with Susan about her new position, brand communication and social media data. The Makegood: In November, you were promoted to MEC’s President Digital, congratulations! Can you elaborate on your new priorities? My priority is to… Continue reading »

    Matt Minoff is CEO of Selectable Media, a leader in enabling consumers to unlock digital content through advertising. The Makegood recently spoke with Matt about the new partnership with Microsoft and Selectable Media’s content unlock model. The Makegood: Matt, six years ago, you were professional basketball player in the Israeli Premier League and Corporate Finance… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Ben Beyda, Associate Director, Mobile Strategy. At this point in the evolution of the mobile marketing space, you’ve likely faced or are soon to face the decision of how to go about creating a native mobile application.… Continue reading »

    For ten years I worked on the partner side of the marketing business, both as an agency executive at MEC and then as the co-founder of Pictela, an ad tech firm. Now, as the CEO of an enterprise technology company, I’m a pure marketer and it turns out that this side of the business is… Continue reading »

    John is Founder and CEO of isocket, a Venture Capital backed startup in Silicon Valley and NYC that builds tech for direct ad sales. isocket is the leading platform for powering programmatic direct and self-service buying at the web’s top publishers. The Makegood recently spoke with John about advertising technology and isocket’s success. The Makegood:… Continue reading »

    Erika Nardini is Vice President, Head of Marketing Solutions for AOL Advertising, a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. The Makegood recently spoke with Erika about her new position, the digital future and brand experiences. The Makegood: Erika, congratulations on your new… Continue reading »

    E. Walter Deming did not work for an ad serving company. He did not write code. He was not a social media guru. He did not Tweet. He was not an angel investor. He did not even live during the rise of internet media. So why does he matter now? At the conclusion of World… Continue reading »

    Media buying used to consist of vetting publisher sites for “quality” and quality was measured differently by every advertiser. Yet there were some standards that most often equated to scale – how much traffic the site generated, the quality of content – or even, was it professionally procured content? Advertisers also looked at relevance to… Continue reading »

    By Roy Pereira, Founder and CEO of  Shiny Ads, a self-serve advertising platform for digital publishers. There is little doubt that real-time bidding (RTB) entered the mainstream in 2012. eMarketer reported that RTB ad spending grew 98% from 2011 to almost $2 billion dollars in the U.S. With a market this hot, it’s not surprising that more… Continue reading »

    GroupM’s Mike Bologna, Director of Emerging Communications, provides his exclusive CES 2013 wrap up report to The Makegood’s readers. Click here to view ‘The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Review’.

    This is the monthly column, “That’s What She Said,” written by Amy Vale. We are pleased to welcome Amy Vale as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Amy is VP, Global Research and Strategic Communications for Mojiva Inc., the parent company for Mojiva, the mobile ad network, and Mocean Mobile, the mobile ad serving platform. Advertising has been… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    Over the last 6 months I have seen many briefs from brands requesting ‘content marketing’ services. Some indicate a desire to shift away from online paid media, reallocating budget into producing and seeding content. This is partly due to a view held that paid online media is a bottomless pit requiring constant funding, and that… Continue reading »

    Elizabeth Scherle and Aydin Acar are the co-founders of Influenster, a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who give opinions of products and experiences. The Makegood recently spoke with them about scoring online influence and connecting brands with influential online communities. The Makegood: Aydin and Elizabeth, what inspired you to found Influenster?  The concept came to us while Elizabeth… Continue reading »

    In 2013, we’ll be watching a dramatic shift in the digital advertising technology landscape which may become known as The Great Ad Tech Sutton Pivot of 2013. In his excellent new book for entrepreneurs, Lean Startups, Eric Ries defines a pivot as “structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product,… Continue reading »

    January is a popular time to get a new job in advertising, especially for salespeople whose Q4 bonuses and commissions have been paid out. But how do you find the sales job of your dreams? For some answers I spoke to Ellie Windle, Sales Director at MediaMath. Ellie is also a former Executive Recruiter at… Continue reading »

    Underscore Marketing's Tom Hespos on The Makegood

    Tom Hespos is the chairman and president of Underscore Marketing, an independent media agency that creates and manages digital marketing programs. The Makegood recently spoke with Tom about Social Media, Online Marketing and the changing digital landscape. (Read Part I) The Makegood: On your corporate blog, you write about brands on Facebook. Can you explain the… Continue reading »

    Tom Hespos is the chairman and president of Underscore Marketing, an independent media agency that creates and manages digital marketing programs. The Makegood recently spoke with Tom about Social Media, Online Marketing and the changing digital landscape. The Makegood: Tom, you started Underscore Marketing in May 2002, focusing on digital media for clients from all product… Continue reading »

    Agencies, ad tech firms, and start-ups tend to be staffed by younger people. The hours are long, the problems are complex and the technology is constantly changing. As a result, high growth companies are now mostly comprised of Millennials, the massive generation of Americans born after the year 1980. I sometimes hear my fellow Gen-X… Continue reading »

    Joseph Vito DeLuca is Marketing and PR Manager at SponsorPay, the leading global cross-platform advertising solution for the monetization of premium content or virtual currency on social networks, virtual worlds, mobile apps as well as online games and services. According to lpsos, a projected one-third of U.S. consumers planned on purchasing a tablet during the… Continue reading »

    GroupM’s Mike Bologna, Director of Emerging Communications, provides his exclusive CES 2013 preview to The Makegood’s readers. Click the link below to view ‘What To Expect’. CES.Preview.2013

    With student debt now topping $1 trillion dollars and the cost of college far outpacing inflation, some have begun to question if getting a college education is worth it. Industries like media and advertising tend to rely on a lot of on the job training—client entertaining and negotiating isn’t something most schools teach. To get… Continue reading »

    One of the most prophetic things I have ever heard came from my college Organizational Behavior professor and it was “K.I.S.S… Keep It Simple Stupid.” It is my resolution in 2013 to make K.I.S.S. a daily practice and I would like to encourage folks to do the same. Over the past year our industry has… Continue reading »

    How much did you write last year? I bet it’s a lot more than you think. My total word count comes to over a million. This was surprising to me — wasn’t technology like video conferencing and voice recognition supposed to diminish our dependence on the written word? It turns out that writing and producing… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    I believe there is a higher percentage of columnists that write prediction- or resolution-themed columns in early January than there are people that actually make real resolutions nowadays. And to prove it, I will write a column with a resolution theme…. One of my favorite New Year’s traditions in broadcast media is the SyFy channel’s… Continue reading »

    LinkedIn is a phenomenal recruiting tool for all industries, but there are a few subtle things you can look for on a profile when evaluating an Ad Tech sales candidate. Company Progression- Are the companies they work at getting more or less prestigious? Career Progression- Is their title going up primarily because they are joining smaller… Continue reading »

    Fahad Khan is the Founder and CEO of One Public, one of the earliest Facebook Preferred Marketing Developers and a provider of next-generation enterprise social marketing software and solutions to global brands, agencies and retailers. The Makegood recently spoke with Fahad about his position and international trends in marketing technology. The Makegood: Fahad, you founded… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    I feel like we’re at an important juncture in digital media. Consolidation is happening all over the place so that a few key players are emerging in ecommerce, in social and in technology.. We’ve witnessed Facebook struggle in 2012  potentially putting a spanner in the works for many upcoming tech companies. The impact of this has signalled a warning sign… Continue reading »

    Having just packed 2 industry clichés into a single title, I now feel compelled to explain my excess. “Robust” of course is an adjective in our industry used to describe an application that is technically sophisticated, has many features required by business, and implies superiority to other competitors. And “Stack”? It’s a more recent entry… Continue reading »

    It’s December and time to make bold predictions for the upcoming year. I have a mundane, but important, prediction for 2013: it will be the year the digital advertising industry finally adopts a standard electronic insertion order. Furthermore, the electronic IO will usher in a wave of innovation in “programmatic premium.” Digital advertising was born… Continue reading »

    Dax Hamman is the CRO of Chango, a search retargeting platform. Dax is a frequent writer for iMedia, the HuffPost and eConsultancy.  We’re living in the age of big data. That’s definitely a good thing. The more data we can capture and make actionable, the more efficient and effective digital advertising becomes. This is why we’re witnessing… Continue reading »

    Shawn Riegsecker is the CEO of Centro, a media technology and services company. The Makegood spoke with Shawn about his 16-year career in digital media as well as recent Centro milestones, as the company marked its 11th anniversary. The Makegood: Shawn, Centro recently announced Kelly Wenzel as Chief Marketing Officer and Scott Neslund as Executive… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media and strategy agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Tara Kalmanson, Senior Social Strategist In journalism school, I heard (and helped circulate) a common student thought: transitioning to PR and marketing from the world of editorial was “going to the dark side.” In exchange… Continue reading »

    Working Media no longer works on its own.  This is far greater than a media buying challenge.  It is actually one of the biggest issues facing every marketer today regardless of size or industry. We used to maximize the ratio of working to non-working as best we could. Non-working media includes costs related to production,… Continue reading »

    Last year I went out on a limb here on The Makegood and made some predictions about media in 2012. Some have been highly accurate. Others have proved the maxim that predicting the future is a fool’s errand. Here are a few that I got right: “Look for social TV startups like GetGlue and Bluefin… Continue reading »

    Sarah Reilly is VP of Sales at Blueye Creative, a Chicago based Facebook preferred partner with a platform to help brands create and measure social marketing programs. Previously, Sarah was a Director of Sales at Thismoment, a global cloud based CMS for brand engagement, and also held positions at Vibrant Media and Salesforce.com. Marketers have… Continue reading »

    Philipp is the founder and CEO of Proximic, a company that helps media traders grow revenues through improved online ad placements. We recently spoke with Philipp about his experience and industry trends. The Makegood: Philipp, how did you get into the online advertising industry and what inspired you to found Proximic in 2007? PP: In 2002 I… Continue reading »

    If you’ve been shopping online lately it’s probably safe to assume that while you surf the web you are being bombarded with online advertisements from retailers that you have either visited or made purchases from. With recent Cyber Monday sales pulling in nearly $1.5 billion, and RTB density doubling during this stretch, it’s likely that you’re seeing… Continue reading »

    In a room with Rupert Murdoch and a few other smart guys, the following conversation occurred during the conception of The Daily (ok, not really).  “I have an idea! Let’s start an iPad only newspaper app where we charge users a small fee to wait 2 minutes each day for the app to update.  We’ll… Continue reading »

    When the book “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN” was first published last year, much of the coverage focused on the lascivious elements of the story. Especially during the early years, the cable sports network attracted all kinds of characters, some of who engaged in sex with coworkers, took drugs… Continue reading »

    Mike Shehan is the CEO and Founder of SpotXchange, the largest global marketplace of video ad inventory, and Chairman of Booyah, a digital agency. Previously, Mike was the CEO of Ereo,  an image search technology company and also founded LOGEX International, an e-commerce solutions provider for the retail and catalog industries. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us,… Continue reading »

    Al Muzaurieta (right) is Founder & President, and Nedim Aruz is Co-Founder and Vice President of Good Apple Digital, a full service digital media planning and buying agency. The Makegood recently spoke with them about their niche in the marketplace, media planning and brand engagement. The Makegood: Nedim and Al, you met each other over 10 years ago working as media planners at… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    Provocative, huh? The title for this column is based on the tagline for one of my favorite books, Freakonomics, where economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner cover “The Hidden Side of Everything.” The original book came out in 2005, sold four million copies, and like many smart authors and publishers these days, Levitt and… Continue reading »

    Recently, a Sr. Sales Director at another company accidentally cc’d me on an email to a Media Supervisor.  The entire email was ridiculous but one line in particular stuck out to me: “I recommend that big data driven agencies like yours use biddable media for their programmatic RTB opportunities.” Wait.  What?!? I have decided to… Continue reading »

    The term Big Data although prevalent throughout our industry is not a new concept. For years finance companies, print publishers, catalogers have invested millions in CRM systems and established relationships with data management companies that facilitated the capturing of data and the decisioning of segmentation, creative, and offers to create 1to1 (what a throwback term… Continue reading »

    Amir Kassaei is DDB Worldwide’s Chief Creative Officer, one of the most lauded creatives in the world. The Makegood recently spoke with Amir about DDB’s LaunchPad program, a 3-month to 6-month internship at DDB designed to bridge the gap between students and professional creatives (Read Part I). The Makegood: The LaunchPad Program will teach young professionals… Continue reading »

    Amir Kassaei is DDB Worldwide’s Chief Creative Officer, one of the most lauded creatives in the world. The Makegood recently spoke with Amir about DDB’s LaunchPad program, a 3-month to 6-month internship at DDB designed to bridge the gap between students and professional creatives. The Makegood: Amir, you are continuously demonstrating a deep understanding of… Continue reading »

    We are pleased to welcome Doug Wintz as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Doug is Founder and Principal of DMW MediaWorks, a consultancy specializing in digital ad operations and technology. Look for his column every third Wednesday on The Makegood. Depending on your point of view, “Armageddon” could refer to 1) the day in… Continue reading »

    The publishing business is under siege by technology. The New York Times is blaming exchange-traded media for its most recent declines in online display ad revenue. Federated Media just gave up on direct sales in favor of exchange-traded media. Meanwhile, CNET just reported that “Google generated $20.8 billion in ad revenue in the first six months of 2012,… Continue reading »

    Over the past year I’ve met with dozens of advertising agencies, media companies and ad tech firms to discuss their challenges in human resources technology. Since the solution that my company is building needs to work with all this tech stuff, I’ve become something of an expert on the HR tech landscape. Like Terry Kawaja’s… Continue reading »

    Robert Vorel is president of Crest Communications Inc, a full service Branding/Promotional Ad Agency. It provides market positioning implementation utilizing newly defined “real-time marketing” approaches.  For many brands and agencies that have long favored such traditional media as print newspapers, radio and television to carry their advertising messages, navigating the complexity of advertising in the fragmented digital… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    We’ve all become used to the clichéd ‘data is the new oil’. In digital media at least, data is what drives performance, data is what helps us make business cases, helps us to prove or disprove hypotheses and what ultimately justifies our fees. Having data at our fingertips is not new, it’s just that we… Continue reading »

    Alice K. Sylvester is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Media Behavior Institute, an industry leader in research surrounding how people interact with digital media. Alice is also a partner at Sequent Partners, a New York-based brand and media metrics consultancy. The Makegood recently spoke with Alice about her positions and the challenges of the changing media landscape. The… Continue reading »

    Amanda Currie is Senior Vice President at Adconion Direct, a leading digital distribution platform spanning digital, email, social media and mobile. Amanda was co-founder and Vice President at Frontline Direct, a leading database management and customer acquisition firm, which was acquired by Adconion Media Group in 2008.  Over the last 10 years, running a digital start up and being acquired… Continue reading »

    Mary Ellen Muckerman is Strategy Director at Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy that ‘helps ambitious leaders invent the future by reinventing their business or category’. With nearly 20 years of experience in both Fortune 100 companies and nationally recognized advertising agencies, Mary Ellen has developed multinational integrated marketing and advertising strategies. The Makegood recently spoke with Mary Ellen… Continue reading »

    John Lim is Co-Founder and CEO of Life in Mobile, a global mobile monetization agency with offices in New York and Europe. John founded multiple companies, including On Site Marketing, Mobile Card Cast and most recently, Life in Mobile. The Makegood spoke with John about ‘Life in Mobile’ and mobile monetization strategies. The Makegood: John,… Continue reading »

    Peter Shankman is Founder of HARO (sold to Vocus) and CEO and Founder of the Geek Factory, a Social Media and PR firm. Peter is also Investor and advsior to multiple early stage startups. The Makegood recently spoke with Peter about redefining journalism, social media monitoring and the future of social networks. The Makegood: Peter,… Continue reading »

    Social networking has had a number of inflection points in its short history – markers in time where so many people have discovered the value of their networks and the platforms on which they are built and maintained.  The list includes the 2008 Presidential election, the evening we learned of the killing of Osama Bin… Continue reading »

    I recently had the privilege to have a conversation with Chad Little, co-founder of his new company called Adhesive, which will be focused on show-stopping CPC ads that generate exceptional performance. Mr. Little has had a long successful history as a serial entrepreneur, including his last company Fetchback that was acquired by GSI Commerce in 2010. Tim Nichols… Continue reading »

    While I work in New York City, on most nights and weekends I live in a small rural town about 90 minutes away. Last week superstorm Sandy affected people on the East Coast — sometimes tragically so — and our area was no exception. We have been without power, running water, TV, Internet and train… Continue reading »

    Mark Wills is the Founder of the Audacious Group, a Branding Consultancy. Mark has been working in advertising for 20+ years at companies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Coca-Cola and Ogilvy & Mather. Have you ever noticed things bought by the ounce are normally better than things bought by the pound? Saffron versus salt, caviar versus… Continue reading »

    Matthew Kumin is Founder and CEO of PublishThis, a company that enables businesses to search, curate and distribute content from around the web, including articles, blogs, videos, tweets and photos. Matthew has worked in the software and Internet industry for over eighteen years and has extensive experience building data, content and publishing-oriented digital businesses. The Makegood recently… Continue reading »

    A longstanding industry issue has been the implications on privacy that cookie based targeting creates, and Do Not Track legislation is not going away. Forthcoming versions of Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Apple’s Safari, and Google’s Chrome browsers have installed Do Not Track mechanisms that could potentially have a substantial impact on the digital advertising… Continue reading »

    Kailei Richardson is the Director of Marketing for PointRoll, a Gannett company and leading provider of digital marketing solutions and technology. iPhone, iPad, Amazon Kindle and BlackBerry. What do all of these devices have in common? Each of these has seen incredible consumer adoption and provided marketers with new ways to engage with consumers –… Continue reading »

    Rob Friedman is the Executive Vice President of Digital Element, a business unit of Digital Envoy, which is a is part of Dominion Enterprises, a leading media and information services company that delivers the de facto standard in IP Intelligence and NetAcuity Localization technology. Rob brings to his role more than 15 years of experience… Continue reading »

    Terence Kawaja is Founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused at the intersection of media and technology. Terence is a seasoned investment banker with more than 20 years of experience and has advised on over $250 billion of transactions. The Makegood recently spoke with Terence about LUMA Partners’  refreshing investment banking… Continue reading »

    In the world of startups, the term “mafia” has come to positively describe a group of people who have built a successful company and then continued to work together to create a new wave of startups. As Sarah Lacy, founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily, the Silicon Valley-based publisher, recently put it: “In the case of… Continue reading »

    Paul Mokbel is CEO and Founder of SiteScout, a Canadian self-serve advertising platform for small businesses, digital advertising professionals and global brands. The Makegood recently spoke with Paul about SiteScout’s powerful self-serve advertising platform. The Makegood: Nowadays, ad tech companies are often launched by being backed by major VCs. SiteScout, however, has a different and interesting story.… Continue reading »

    GfK recently hosted the panel discussion ‘Agency Talk: Enter the Digital Client’. GfK’s Ben Theriault, SVP Sales, Digital Market Intelligence, moderated the discussion on digital clients with the participants Josh Bock, VP Director, Decision Sciences at Universal McCann, Michael Kaushansky, SVP, Analytics and Insights at Havas Digital and Arun Kumar, Senior Consultant, Consumer Insights at… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    The best movie ever with the worst title ever has to be The Shawshank Redemption, right? There are so many great scenes, amazing moments, and the ultimate triumph-over-adversity story. I was reminded of one of my favorite scenes when planning for the next couple of days. I will be on the road tonight heading to… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Ellie Windle as a monthly contributor to The Makegood. Look for her column every fourth Wednesday on The Makegood. Ellie is Sales Director at MediaMath, the leading provider of digital media trading technology and services. If you have ever hired a sales professional in the Ad Tech industry, you may have… Continue reading »

    We all believe that campaign success is a mutual quest. So, why is it that when publishers ask an agency for the KPI on which performance is being measured – the request often goes unanswered? Don’t we all need to reference the same playbook? Is it not the goal of both the agency and the… Continue reading »

    While at MEC, the global media agency, I ran the media business for retailer L.L. Bean. One of the most effective parts of our campaigns were the “retargeted” ad banners that we would serve to people who had previously been to the retailer’s web site. This was similar to sending more catalogs to the most… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    Google’s launch of a new tag management product this month happened with little fanfare or reason to comment. After all, Google has launched many new media products over the years, many of which are free to use. They’ve probably given TagMan, BrightTag and SiteTagger some cause for concern. After all, which client will want to… Continue reading »

    Bryan Gernert is Chief Executive Officer at Resonate Networks, a company that helps political campaigns and brand marketers to find target audiences online based on their values. The Makegood recently spoke with Bryan about startups and political campaigns. The Makegood: Bryan, you have a professional history of helping to grow startup companies into successful businesses,… Continue reading »

    Namely, a cloud-based management platform for advertising, media and technology companies, has raised $750,000 in funding. Lerer Ventures, the New York-based venture capital fund, led the round. Also participating was Bullpen Capital, a venture fund based in Menlo Park, California. We spoke with Namely CEO and founder Matt Straz about the investment and the rapid… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media and strategy agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Liz Pelikan, Display Strategist. Tips for Strategists and Media Planners When trying to persuade our more traditional luxury brands to take a leap of faith regarding new and innovative digital opportunities, we often find ourselves… Continue reading »

    Scott Reese is CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board at blurbIQ, an interactive video advertising company that attempts to maximize the experience for consumers. The Makegood recently spoke with Scott about his position and latest trends in interactive video advertising. The Makegood: Scott, you are a serial entrepreneur that has started up 3 successful ventures over… Continue reading »

    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about “programmatic premium” - using machines to fully automate the purchase of premium advertising inventory. It seems like every conference lately has someone from Kellogg’s on a panel saying programmatic premium is GR-R-REAT with very impressive statistics to support their claims. The Ad Exchanges, DSPs, DMPs, SSPs, and various… Continue reading »

    Shawn Riegsecker is founder and CEO of Centro, a media logistics company. The 2008 election ushered in an era of internet-based voter engagement, but that was about a million years ago in terms of how quickly the web has come to dominate nearly every aspect of campaign strategy, voter opinion gathering and messaging machinery. Today,… Continue reading »

    Florian Kahlert is Managing Director of Digital Marketing Intelligence (DMI) at GfK, a company that is passionate about online research for consumer products and services, pharmaceuticals, retail, media, and public policy. The Makegood recently spoke with Florian about his position and innovative online research. The Makegood: Florian, how did you get into the online industry,… Continue reading »

    Shelley Eleby is a new contributor at The Makegood. Shelley is Vice President Marketing Services at quadrantONE, a joint venture of the media companies Tribune Company, Gannett Co., Inc., Hearst Corporation and The New York Times Company. We’ve gotten used to the A Word: Attribution. In fact, since I was on the client side, we’ve come a… Continue reading »

    Peter Davies is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Adconion Direct, a leading digital distribution platform spanning Display, Email, Social Media and Mobile. Firstly let me state this very clearly: networks are not dead.  In fact, not only are they surviving, the experienced ones are in fact thriving. How can this be?… Continue reading »

    Frank Addante is CEO and Founder of the Rubicon Project, the world’s leading real-time trading platform for online ads. The Makegood recently spoke with Frank about the Rubicon Project and his role as a serial entrepreneur. The Makegood: Frank, you are a serial entrepreneur specializing in high-tech, having founded or co-founded companies including StrongMail Systems and L90,… Continue reading »

    Mihael Mikek is the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-Founder at Celtra. He is a pioneer in mobile advertising having launched the first all-in-one rich media advertising platform for mobile. The Makegood recently spoke with Mihael about his role at Celtra, managing fast growing businesses and the AdCreator. The Makegood: Mihael, you have co-founded and… Continue reading »

    There’s a lot of talk about online ad creativity, and for good reason – the bulk of display dollars are still transacted within a set of ad sizes that haven’t changed much in 10 years. With AOL and the IAB pushing the boundaries of display ad units, these innovations could and should come to real-time… Continue reading »

    Two recent events in the Digital Media industry have tested the ‘plat-ag’ vs. platform exclusive theory: 1. Google’s announcement of their tag management solution and 2. FBx.  Platform agnostic brands, startups, and agencies main USP is being able to shift gears easily and adapt to the most current and innovative technologies available.  Yet a major… Continue reading »

    Rubicon Project recently release a report on the Real Time Buying Marketplace. Buyers and sellers in the online advertising ecosystem have been working continuously on two primary fronts in order to be successful with this form transaction by leveraging scalable technology and processes to optimize performance and to keep informed of current trends in marketplaces for buying and selling strategies. Check out… Continue reading »

    New York Times' Matt Prohaska

    What was it like for you in junior high? For me, it was…uh…not so fun. I was the shortest kid in my class, the only one to carry a handkerchief in my pocket for allergies, and eventually needed glasses and braces. Oh yeah, I had it going on. Kids that age, as you may remember,… Continue reading »

    Bowen Dwelle is the Founder and CEO of AdMonsters. Since 1999, AdMonsters has grown from an informal group of early pioneers in online ad operations to a global network of senior leaders in the field. We recently spoke with Bowen about AdMonsters and the future of digital media. The Makegood: Bowen, after working in advertising technology… Continue reading »

    Rob Norman is the Global Chief Digital Officer for GroupM. Prior to landing arguably the most prestigious position in digital media advertising, Rob held multiple senior positions throughout GroupM and its global media agency, MEC, during a remarkable 26 year career. This interview was conducted as Rob was en route to Stream, the annual conference… Continue reading »

    Chris Cunningham co-founded appsavvy, an activity advertising technology company and serves as CEO. We recently spoke with Chris about customized brand experience and upcoming initiatives. The Makegood: Chris, you launched appssavvy in late 2007 focusing on integrating customized brand experiences on Facebook. What motivated you to launch this business? CC: In co-founding the company with Michael… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media and strategy agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Dave Surgan, Manager, Digital Media Communications. Last week I heard a familiar grudge that digital media does not have enough hard metrics to justify a shift in marketing budgets. It’s true, mass media can provide… Continue reading »

    Last week I was granted access to Mediaocean’s new digital pre-buy application, SmartRFP, and was both surprised and impressed by what I saw. This will be the first major new product release since the merger of Donovan and MediaBank. SmartRFP will work with both of existing OX and DDS media billing products and is part… Continue reading »

    Geoff Schiller is the Chief Sales Officer at Hearst Digital Media and the President of 212, New York’s interactive advertising club. We recently spoke with Geoff about his new role and upcoming initiatives. The Makegood: Geoff, congratulations to your recent promotion to the Chief Sales Officer at Hearst Digital Media. What are your new goals in… Continue reading »

    Mark Kopera is the Director of Product Management at [x+1]. Previously, Mark has worked in digital media at companies including appssavvy and Digitas. We recently spoke with Mark about his current role. The Makegood: What skills did you gain from consulting that enable you to better understand digital media? MK: I was fortunate enough to… Continue reading »

    VCCP's Nathan Levi on Digital Media.

    I’ve recently been reading an outstanding publication called ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ by Daniel Kahneman. The book is about ‘human rationality and irrationality’ and how the brain can often jump to the wrong conclusions. One reason for this cites Kahnenman is ‘because people are prone to apply causal thinking inappropriately, to situations that require statistical… Continue reading »

    Brent Hieggelke is the CMO of Urban Airship, a company that powers Push Notifications, In-App Purchase, and Subscriptions for mobile applications across major mobile platforms. The Makegood: Brent, you started your career working in finance before moving over to media at a newspaper publisher. Can you tell us what motivated you to make the change?… Continue reading »

    It’s the fall media planning season. It’s the time of the year when leaves fall and make a mess of all the yards in the neighborhood. It’s also the time of the year when RFPs fall and make a mess of all the desks and inboxes in the media world. In The Fiesta Nobody Loves, Doug… Continue reading »

    What a year it’s been! In our first twelve months we’ve published over two hundred interviews, thought pieces and news items about the business of media advertising. Whether it has been the intricacies of automated buying, the advances in mobile advertising, or the more lighthearted aspects of our business, The Makegood has served as a… Continue reading »

    By Mark Wills, the Founder of the Audacious Group, a Branding Consultancy. Mark has been working in advertising for 20+ years at companies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Coca-Cola and Ogilvy & Mather. Some things are as true today as they were back then. Others aren’t. I was very fortunate to have been schooled in advertising… Continue reading »

    By Mark Wills, the Founder of the Audacious Group, a Branding Consultancy. Mark has been working in advertising for 20+ years at companies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Coca-Cola and Ogilvy & Mather.  A couple of news stories caught my eye recently. The first was the now familiar tale that TV advertising is failing to reach… Continue reading »

    For all that we love about social networks, there is a glaring problem we must address: the very platforms that bring us together, also keep us apart. THE CURRENT DYNAMIC Before we experienced a total proliferation of media choices – before cable television, specialized websites and Google news feeds gave way to social networking streams… Continue reading »

    Jason Kelly, Admeld’s former chief revenue officer, has been named CEO of Sociomantic Labs, the Berlin-based pioneer of real-time bidding (RTB) technologies for eCommerce advertisers. Kelly left the ad tech company Admeld, that has been acquired by Google in December last year, to lead Sociomantic Labs, that is expanding from its European base into the U.S. We recently spoke with… Continue reading »

    GroupM’s Mike Bologna, Director of Emerging Communications, provides his opinion on Addressable TV State of the Union in a recently released report. According to Mike, over time, every media channel will possess the ability to deliver a targeted message to the appropriate consumer at the ideal frequency. See the full report by clicking on the link… Continue reading »

    Anthony Onesto is the Chief Talent Officer at Big Fuel. Anthony has been working in HR management for the past dozen plus years at companies including Fresh Direct and Zeta Interactive. We recently  spoke with Anthony about his current role. The Makegood: Anthony, you have facilitated growth of companies, for example Fresh Direct. What would… Continue reading »

    What started as a fun discussion over lunch with an industry peer about the possibilities of RTB transformed into a ‘what if’ discussion about turning the ad buying concept upside down – and the potentially significant ramifications of this approach. What if algorithms were tweaked to purposely lose, and, pushing this further, lose at the… Continue reading »

    F-commerce has a performance problem just like Bob Dole.  However, unlike Bob Dole – F-commerce hasn’t found its magic blue pill yet.  Every major tech outlet has highlighted why F-commerce sucks.  Some attribute it to social media ‘gurus’ with no real business experience in charge of driving online store traffic and failing miserably while others point… Continue reading »

    James Curran has spent the last decade working in and building ad platforms. As former product and business development lead for Lotame’s Data Management Platform and a product manager for Advertising.com, James has seen a historical trend in the use of multiple ad platforms by companies and believes it points to where they will be taken… Continue reading »

    By James Malins, Director of Social Media at Adconion Direct.  Continuing our quest to solve what Facebook is good for, we move beyond branding to other equally valuable uses of the platform when approached correctly. In case you missed yesterday’s guide to the plethora of features Facebook rolled out recently, you can find it here. Let’s… Continue reading »

    By James Malins, Director of Social Media at Adconion Direct.  Facebook, of late, feels like a late-night infomercial. With a seemingly endless, “But wait, there’s more!” roll out of product features, Facebook now sells the most advanced, feature- full “Oxyclean®-infused, Pajama Jean® Showtime Rotisserie BBQ®” social media platform out there. Marketplace ads, Sponsored Stories, Premium… Continue reading »

    Anthony Iacovone is the Founder and CEO of Adtheorent, a mobile ad tech company. Anthony has significant experience working in telecommunications at companies including Global Crossing and MCI. We recently spoke with Anthony about his current role. The Makegood: Anthony, you have been working in the telecommunications industry your whole career. How did you first… Continue reading »

    The digital media business is evolving so fast that the roles for people are changing very quickly. In some cases, people have migrated to adjacent industries. Others have so closely tracked the transformation of media into a technology business that they now essentially work for tech companies. And a few have left media and advertising… Continue reading »

    I am certainly not one to give real dating advice based on current experience, um…perhaps based on any past experience as well, except for, thankfully, my last attempt…. But in the last few weeks, I had some catch-up conversations at conferences and elsewhere with old friends, peers, and favorite members of past teams that I’ve… Continue reading »

    Jay Habegger  is the co-founder of OwnerIQ. Jay was previously the CEO of Bitpipe and has significant experience working in digital media at companies including Reuters. We recently spoke with Jay about his current role. The Makegood: Jay, you are very active in the Boston startup community, having founded two companies and being an active… Continue reading »

    Last week Thrillist, the New York-based media and e-commerce company targeted to young men, raised a $13 million Series A round of venture capital. By itself, this is not remarkable news; there are many startups that have raised millions of dollars over the past few years. But if you look at the numbers behind Thrillist,… Continue reading »

    I started out interning at a mobile games company before the iPhone and Android were ever released in a day when Nokia still reigned Mobile King.  It was also years before Google acquired AdMob, before App Marketplaces, and before Angry Birds.  Mobile gaming used the game console industry as the example, when really it was… Continue reading »

    I’m going to be totally honest and say that I had originally planned to fill this this article with a diatribe about mobile display advertising. I was going to criticize the misleading stat that click through rates  are 15 times higher on a mobile, (50% of which occur in error I might add), especially in view of… Continue reading »

    We recently spoke with Ari Brandt, CEO of MediaBrix, about the findings of a joint study conducted with Harris Interactive on monetizing Facebook Apps and Moblie Apps. The Makegood: The survey found that traditional online ads, i.e.: standard banners and video ads, are not effective in a social media app environments. What elements insocial advertising… Continue reading »

    By Mike Shehan, CEO and founder, SpotXchange Mike Shehan is the CEO and Founder of SpotXchange and Chairman of Booyah, a digital agency. Previously, Mike was the CEO of Ereo,  an image search technology company and also founded LOGEX International, an e-commerce solutions provider for the retail and catalog industries.  It has been well documented that… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media and strategy agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Hope Distant, Group Associate Director, Client and Media Strategy. Traditional advertising-driven brands are very comfortable with the current metric in place as it has been the same since the 1950′s. The Gross Rating Point (GRP)… Continue reading »

    At a recent industry conference, a controversial topic that crept up on panels and during networking portions was dynamic floors. For the uninitiated, dynamic floors is the practice of a supply side platform or ad exchange bumping up the clearing prices of auctioned-off RTB inventory to more closely match the highest placed bid. It is… Continue reading »

    This is another in a long line of unsolicited Marissa Mayer suggestion pieces from around the Internet.  I will stay away from parenting tips as she seems to be getting enough of those.  This one is about business. What Yahoo! Is Missing: Owned Channels In the world of paid, owned and earned media, brands are… Continue reading »

    Claire Bishop is in charge of strategy, planning and implementation of all digital marketing at MMGY Global. Her experience in online retail and branding programs includes tactical components such as display, affiliate, OTA merchandising, social, mobile and search. Claire believes in the importance of digital branding as well as transactional engagement and has contributed to… Continue reading »

    New York City’s media industry is the largest and most vibrant in the world. The city has more billion-dollar plus media companies and employs more people than any other metropolis. But as the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) pointed out in a study earlier this year, there are steps that the city needs… Continue reading »

    Colleen Soriano is the SVP Managing Partner, US Integrated Investment & Digital Innovation at UM. Colleen has held management roles at MEC and Avenue A / Razorfish. We recently spoke with Colleen about her new role. The Makegood:  Colleen, you have been working in media planning for 12+ years. Can you tell us your story of… Continue reading »

    As the Media industry is still discussing the implications of Facebook Exchange to the market, one interesting case study that hopefully will come from the alpha that the industry I’ve been mulling over is: what’s more effective – retargeting on Facebook using an advertiser’s cookie pool(s) or retargeting based on Action Spec Targeting?  The former… Continue reading »

    It’s been the year of mobile at least 10 times in the last 10 years, so what makes 2012 the year that mobile advertising really takes hold?  Ben Fox, from Adconion Media Group, shares nine metrics covering the technology, distribution, device and creative fronts to support his contention that this will be the year that… Continue reading »

    Jeff Rosenblum is the producer and director of The Naked Brand and a founding partner of Questus. Having co-founded Questus in 1998, Jeff has significant experience in digital marketing. We recently spoke with Jeff about The Naked Brand. The Makegood: The Naked Brand focuses attention on how corporations should be transparent with stakeholders and give… Continue reading »

    If any of you play golf or even watch golf, you know one of the hardest parts of the game is to forget that last bad shot you hit and focus on the next one coming up. No matter how badly I shanked that 5-iron into the trees, I need to quickly realize the only… Continue reading »

    Ming Linsley is the Senior Partner, Senior Director, Social Media at MEC. Ming has extensive experience working in media and advertising on both the client side, at LL Bean, and the agency side, at MEC. We recently spoke with Ming about her current role. The Makegood: Ming, you worked on the client side, at LL… Continue reading »

    Nick Johnson is the SVP, National Sales, NBC Sports Digital. Nick has held management roles at media companies including CNN and Revenue Science. We recently spoke with Nick about his role and the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Makegood: Nick, you have been working in media sales for about 20 years, at companies including CNN and… Continue reading »

    Last week, computer scientist Marissa Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo! In the process, the Silicon Valley-based company passed over interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, the candidate favored by many New York media professionals. This occurred despite the fact that Yahoo! is dependent on New York-based media agencies buying its ads. 70% of all US media… Continue reading »

    Lorne Brown is the Founder of Operative. Previously Lorne has held various management roles at internet and technology companies. We recently spoke with Lorne about his current role. The Makegood: Lorne, you founded Operative, an advertising business management company, in 1999. What motivated you to do so and why was it the right time? LB:… Continue reading »

    When I began my career ten years ago my initial desire was to be in TV (or on TV I hasten to admit). The glamour, wealth and fame factors drove me to apply for an ad operations job at a television sales company. However, the sheen soon wore off and my ambitions were muted when… Continue reading »

    Agencies act like wasted sorority girls giving everything away for free.  From a sustainable business model perspective, it seems ridiculous to give free services to clients, but in actuality they’re retention rate and ability to win business depends on it.  And like sorority girls – agencies are very good at looking desirable in what seems… Continue reading »

    Advertising agencies are notoriously inefficient in digital media. A recent study showed that agencies typically spend more than $4,000 in media labor to place an advertisement on a website. The good news for challengers is there’s a big opportunity to win business away from inefficient agencies by adopting new methods that give you a sustainable… Continue reading »

    Last year I wrote a column entitled “The RFP is Frustrating Mess.” The Request for Proposal is the bane of the existence of digital media buyers who must wade through thousands of emails and spreadsheets each year to assemble media plans for their clients. Media sellers are equally frustrated, especially when they diligently respond to… Continue reading »

    Dick O’Hare is the Founder and CEO of Local Yokel Media. Dick has extensive experience in online media, having held executive roles at companies including DoubleClick, Yahoo! and AOL. We recently spoke with Dick about his current role. The Makegood: Dick, you got into digital media early, having started working at DoubleClick in 1999. What were… Continue reading »

    Nikhil Sethi is the Co-Founder of Adaptly, a social media advertising technology company. Adaptly was founded in 2010 and was incubated through DreamIt Ventures.  We recently spoke with Nikhil about his role and company. The Makegood: Nikhil, you co-founded Adaptly right after graduating college. Can you tell us the story behind why you decided to… Continue reading »

    There are thousands of players in the social marketing space, but two companies – Facebook and Twitter – are the true north of our business. This is actually healthy for the industry. The early Internet had three dominant portals.  Search became a mature segment around two major offerings.  Even home computing came down to Mac… Continue reading »

    Whether it’s consumer devices like the iPhone or apps like Instagram, well-designed products are now all around us. As consumer expectations for design migrate to business, it’s more important than ever to build ad-tech systems that people actually want to use. This is especially important given the number of systems that most people already use… Continue reading »

    Bob Davidowitz is the Chief Revenue Officer at Trust Metrics. Bob is a seasoned media professional and has worked at companies including Primedia, Rodale and Bauer Media Group. We recently spoke with Bob about his current role. The Makegood: Bob, you spent most of your career in magazine publishing at companies including Rodale and Bauer… Continue reading »

    Despite RTB’s accelerated adoption in the past two years, it has yet to reach a point of universal benchmarking, and standards. There’s no comScore or Nielsen report for RTB activity – yet – perhaps we’ll start seeing the beginnings of that before the year is out (are you guys listening?). Most RTB industry discussions typically… Continue reading »

    Myles is head of marketing and business development at Canned Banners, a platform that automates and streamlines display ad design. I caught up with Myles on the state of display ad creative. Tim Nichols: Everyone keeps predicting the death of the banner ad, yet Canned Banners has staked its business model on making it easy… Continue reading »

    Last week I took my family on a vacation to Arizona. In addition to enjoying natural attractions like The Grand Canyon, The Painted Desert and Meteor Crater, we also consumed a surprising amount of media on our road trip. The biggest surprise was all of the print that we consumed. Ordinarily, we get our media… Continue reading »

    By Christopher Hansen Christopher Hansen is President of Netmining, a provider of display targeting solutions. Christopher has 14+ years experience working in digital media at companies including 24/7 Real Media and 360i. As the media industry evolves, fresh lingo floods the market. We’ve seen this with search, mobile, social, video, networks, exchanges and now real-time bidding (RTB) and display… Continue reading »

    It was a brisk February 11, 1996, in New York City, the Sunday night before my first day as new Regional Sales Manager at CNET. I was fired up as a 24-year-old to start with a territory of the eastern half of the United States for this cool start-up doing wild things at the time… Continue reading »

    Greg Rogers is the CEO of Pictela, a high definition brand content platform that was acquired by AOL in 2010. We recently spoke with Greg about Pictela’s newly released ad formats. The Makegood: Pictela recently released new ad formats that enable marketers to serve premium advertising across browser, mobile, and tablet, through one work-stream. Can… Continue reading »

    Peter Spande is the Chief Revenue Officer at Business  Insider. Peter has held management roles in media and ad sales at companies including Federated Media and CNET. We recently spoke with Peter about his new role. The Makegood: Peter, you have been working in ad sales at companies including CNET and Federated Media for 15+… Continue reading »

    Kim Perell is the CEO of Adconion Direct. Previously, Kim was the Founder and CEO of Frontline Direct Inc, a performance marketing company specializing in database management and customer acquisition, which was acquired by Adconion. We recently spoke with Kim about her current role. The Makegood: Kim, you founded Frontline Direct, a performance marketing company… Continue reading »

    “I remember to have heard of a notable Woman, who was thoroughly sensible of the intrinsick Value of Time: Her Husband was a Shoe-maker, and an excellent Crafts-man; but never minded how the Minutes passed. In vain did his Wife inculcate to him, That Time is Money: He had too much Wit to apprehend her;… Continue reading »

    Perhaps one of the more taboo topics of discussion amongst us agency folk is the threat that brands will one day buy all their digital media without us. I have encountered a certain amount of defensiveness over the years from peers unwilling to accept that this trend might play out. For the purposes of this… Continue reading »

    Last year, after a decade in the media business, I left the world of buying and selling ads to start an enterprise software company. Technically, I am still involved in the media business since the HR software we are building is designed for agencies and media companies. I also write about the industry here on… Continue reading »

    Rich Routman is the EVP and GM of Season, a division of the Chicago White Sox-owned Silver Chalice Ventures. Rich is a digital media executive with experience in business strategy, corporate development, marketing and sales at companies including Collegiate Images and the National Football League. We recently spoke with Rich about his current role. The… Continue reading »

    Christine Chen has over 12 years of experience in media having started her career at Foote, Cone & Belding. We recently spoke with Christine about her experience and current role. The Makegood: Christine, you started your career at Foote Cone and Belding in media planning, launching new products and brands for Microsoft and Levi’s. Can… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Jordan Bitterman  as a regular contributor. Jordan is currently the SVP and Social Marketing Practice Director at Digitas and has 15+ years working in media on the agency side. TANGIBLE LANDSCAPE COMING INTO FOCUS As we head into the next phase of digital growth – one that might as well be… Continue reading »

    Scott Matthews is the CEO of WebCollage, a company that offers SaaS to manufacturers to publish rich product information—videos, interactive tours and enhanced product descriptions—on their retail channel. Scott has 20+ years experience in sales and executive management at companies including Optum, Oracle and Siebel. We recently spoke with Scott about his current role. The… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Ben Beyda, Associate Director, Mobile Strategy. Many studies have demonstrated that smartphone adoption is increasing at a very rapid rate, and that mobile technologies have opened new sales and marketing channels that can outperform traditional “wired” efforts.… Continue reading »

    The traditional wisdom has been that all of the ad networks were doomed. Whether it was trading desks, demand side platforms or the fact that there were just so many of them, by now every ad network should be out of business. That hasn’t happened. Sure, the herd may have thinned a bit, but in… Continue reading »

    By AJ Vernet, Co-Founder, CEO, Rey Interactive AJ Vernet is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rey Interactive. AJ has 10 years experience building out sales channels and working with direct customers, agencies and creative shops fulfilling their online campaigns. Name your favorite agency from back in the day.  Was it Crispin+Porter? Goodby, Silverstein & Partners… Continue reading »

    When evaluating and eventually buying private exchanges, there still seems to be considerable confusion from desks, and the DSPs powering buys about the practical usage of this channel. In my view the confusion is fueled by the lack of standards for the usage of the term ‘private exchange.’ There are several widely used tactics that… Continue reading »

    Randall Rothenberg, CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), was recently quoted in an article saying that venture capitalists were the biggest obstacle to our industry. “Venture capital has supported and financed a bunch of chaos,” Rothenberg said. Unsurprisingly, the response from the VC industry was swift and harsh. “Randall Rothenberg. What an idiot,” Jerry… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Tim Nichols as a contributor to The Makegood. Tim is the Principal Media Director at Exact Drive and has been involved with digital media and the online advertising space for nearly 10 years and has been with Exact Drive since its founding. Most recently, Tim played a key role… Continue reading »

    Cella Irvine is the CEO of Vibrant Media. Cella has over 25 years of experience in digital, media and technology at companies including The New York Times Company’s About Group, Digitas and Marsh. We recently spoke with Cella about her current role. The Makegood: Cella, you recently became CEO of Vibrant Media after an extensive… Continue reading »

    Al Silverstein is the CEO of AudienceFuel, a publisher-to-publisher, house inventory trading platform. Al has worked in media and advertising for 10+ years at companies including OgilvyOne and AtmosphereBBDO. We recently spoke with Al about his current role. The Makegood: Al, you founded AudienceFuel in 2010, the publisher-to-publisher trading platform. What motivated you to do… Continue reading »

    Niall McKinney is the Founder & CEO of The Knowledge Engineers, a leading digital training company. Niall has extensive marketing and media experience and has worked at companies including P&G, TimeWarner and Travelocity Europe. We recently spoke with Niall about his current company. The Makegood: Niall, previously you worked in print media at IPC Media/Time… Continue reading »

    Julian Baring is the EVP, North America at Facilitate Digital. Julian has extensive experience working in media and advertising, having began his career at Saatchi and Saatchi in the late 1990’s. We recently spoke with Julian about his current role. The Makegood: Julian, you have significant experience in the media buying and planning industry –… Continue reading »

    Mark McKinney is the Chief Strategy Officer at MEplusYOU, a strategic and creative agency – previously imc2 – that works with digital and emerging media. Before getting into the digital advertising industry at Tribal DDB in 2004, Mark worked in technology consulting. We recently spoke with Mark about his current role. The Makegood: Mark, you… Continue reading »

    No, this is not a column meant to stifle future competition for Prohaska Consulting….It’s just that since opening our practice last fall and writing a couple columns, thanks to some generous space here in The Makegood, I’ve had many good folks, some I knew and some I didn’t, approach me about getting into it themselves.… Continue reading »

    I love a good exposé, drama-filled piece of journalism. The New York Times, WSJ, and even Upton Sinclair all hang their hat on blowing the lid on a major issue. The problem I have with our industry doing these provocative pieces is two-fold: 1. they’re ill-informed. 2. they make a mountain out of a mole… Continue reading »

    Last week MEC, the global media agency where I worked from 2002-2008, marked its 10th year in business. The agency was the result of a merger between The Media Edge and CIA (Chris Ingram and Associates). To mark MEC’s decade of success, I would like to share 10 things that I learned about media and… Continue reading »

    Keith Lorizio is the Vice President, U.S. Sales and Marketing for Microsoft Advertising. He has over two decades of media sales and management experience and has spent the last decade working in digital. Keith joined Microsoft from Yahoo! in 2006 where he was Vice President of Sales. The Makegood: Keith, how has media sales evolved… Continue reading »

    Joe Pych is the Founder and President at NextMark, a company that provides tools for media planning and buying industry.  We recently spoke with Joe about his experience working in technology and NextMark. The Makegood: Joe, you have been working in technology for the past two decades. What would you say has been the most… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Nathan Levi as a regular contributor. Look for his column every third Thursday on The Makegood. Nathan has over a decade of experience working in digital media at companies including 24/7 Real Media and Razorfish and is currently the Head of Media at VCCP.  Whilst surveying my book recommendations on… Continue reading »

    Brian Liebler is the VP, Ad Sales at ooVoo, a social video company. Brian has significant experience in the online industry and we recently spoke with him about his current role. The Makegood: Brian, you have been working in business development and sales for 15+ years at start-ups and leading media companies including Alloy Media… Continue reading »

    Recently, Sir James Dyson, the founder of the Dyson Company and the inventor of sleek household appliances, said that he doesn’t believe in branding. “We’re only as good as our latest product,” Dyson said. “I don’t believe in brand at all.” Like a cat coughing up a hairball, Dyson’s comment caused a loud, involuntary response… Continue reading »

    Ryan Harwood is the CEO of PureWow, a premiere lifestyle email publication and website for women. We recently spoke with Ryan about his experience founding PureWow and what they are currently working on. The Makegood: Ryan, you started you career in banking working at Goldman Sachs before launching Purewow.com, a lifestyle email publication and website… Continue reading »

    Stéphane Pere is the Vice President – Head of Ideas People Media, a business unit of The Economist Group. Stéphane has had a diverse career in the ad industry, having managed online display advertising for Yahoo!, headed up a TV and Print network for Canal+, and worked with Bloomberg Television in international ad sales. We… Continue reading »

    “This agreement is a great complement to our pending relationship with The Walt Disney Company and its family of broadcast brands such as Disney, ABC News and ESPN. The convergence of the Internet and television media has the potential to empower the consumer like no other media in history.” That statement was from Harry Motro,… Continue reading »

    Undertone, a digital advertising company, recently launched their own marketing campaign, which included a TV buy. We recently spoke with Alan Schanzer, Chief Client Officer at Undertone, about the campaign. The Makegood: It’s safe to say that most digital advertising and technology companies don’t run TV spots. What was Undertone’s motivation for developing and running… Continue reading »

    Eric Johnson is the founder and CEO of Ignited, the full service ad agency based in Los Angeles, California. As a former SVP of Marketing at Activision, Eric left to found a company that would re-imagine the ad agency model. The result is Ignited, a 120+ person agency that has expanded its remit well beyond… Continue reading »

    Kristian Baek-Mikkelsen is the Senior Partner of Engagement Planning, MEC. Kristian is an experienced media professional that recently moved to New York from Copenhagen, Denmark. There he spent time at major agencies including Mediacom, Grey Communications and Brandhouse. We recently spoke with Kristian about his experience and new role. The Makegood: Kristian, you co-founded MEC’s… Continue reading »

    The first wave of private exchanges has been dismissed as marketing rather than reality by some industry insiders. In many cases the model meant charging more for the same buyer experience that the open exchange model already affords. The issue isn’t about the buy side’s willingness to transact through the model. It isn’t about the… Continue reading »

    Ophir Tanz is the CEO of GumGum, the largest in-image platform company. Prior to launching GumGum in 2007, Ophir was the CEO and co-founder of Mojungle.com, a mobile media-sharing platform that was sold to Shozu.com in 2007. Before this, Ophir co-founded and sold Fluidesign, an interactive and branding agency. We recently spoke with Ophir about… Continue reading »

    I’m old enough to remember the first internet bubble and lately I’ve been having a feeling of déjà vu. While most entrepreneurs and investors seem more disciplined this time around, there are some worrying signs. They include: Billion Dollar Exits. The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a billion dollars when it had no revenue… Continue reading »

    Oren Harnevo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eyeview Digital, a company which provides tools to localize instream advertising. Previously, Oren has worked on product development for an online gaming company that went public. We recently spoke with Oren about his current company. The Makegood: Oren, you previously played a role in leading the product… Continue reading »

    Our daughter, Danielle, is in first grade and started working on adding 3 numbers together last week. I’ve been told first graders are not ready for multiplication yet, so being sort of a math dork, I hold back on giving her times tables at home. But I was thinking about her addition worksheets when writing… Continue reading »

    I collected baseball cards as a kid as many others did, but I did it a bit differently.  I had all the rookie cards of the hot shots – Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Barry Bonds (180lbs. then), etc.  However, I had an entire binder dedicated to Nomar Garciaparra.  I would give up all my… Continue reading »

    Steve Farella is the Chairman and CEO of TargetCast, a full service media agency that was recently acquired by MDC Partners. Previously, Steve spent time at other notable agencies including Benton & Bowles, Y&R and MPG. We recently spoke with Steve about the beginnings at TargetCast and what they are working on now. The Makegood:… Continue reading »

    Moat, a SaaS company that is developing tools for brand advertising online, announced today it raised $12 million in a Series B round from Mayfield Fund. In its Angel and Seed rounds, Moat previously raised $4.5 million, which includes a $1.5 million round led by Ron Conway’s SV Angel. Moat was founded in 2010 by… Continue reading »

    Dilip Venkatachari is the CEO of Compass Labs, an ad tech company that extracts insights from public social content. Dilip is an entrepreneur who has founded a few companies that have been acquired and has also held a number of management roles at internet companies including Google and Paypal. We recently spoke with Dilip about… Continue reading »

    Pam Horan is president of the Online Publishers Association, which represents quality online publishers to advertisers, press, government and the public. Her prior experience fuses technology and publishing. Before landing at OPA, Pam was vice president of marketing for Zinio Systems Inc., which sells print magazines in virtual form online via single issue or subscription.… Continue reading »

    Clark Kokich is the Chairman of Razorfish and author of the new book, Do or Die. The book details the transformation that is overtaking advertising and how it is impacting the 300,000 Americans that work in the industry. Clark’s book includes video interviews of some of the top minds in the business and is available… Continue reading »

    Last week Instagram was acquired by Facebook for the incredible sum of one billion dollars after just 18 months since founding. Even in the frothy world of internet software startups this was an unusual event. Here are some of the lessons that I took from Instagram’s success: Design Matters. The sheer ugliness of the Web,… Continue reading »

    Rob Schmults is the SVP at Intent Media, an ad tech company that enables retail sites to monetize visitors who leave without making a purchase. Rob has over 15 years experience leading and building teams at internet companies. We recently spoke with Rob about his previous experience and talent issues in the tech startup space.… Continue reading »

    Morpheus Media, the digital media agency, is a monthly contributor to The Makegood. This column was composed by Dave Surgan, Manager, Digital Media Communications. One of the greatest challenges planning social media strategies has been tracking the investment to a direct ROI. Social is an element that permeates all aspects of the media mix and… Continue reading »

    Scene: Client briefs Agency, “We want Facebook fans. Go get us some.”  Agency to Client, “Absolutely, Social is so in right now. Brilliant.” Agencies are doing a disservice to themselves and their clients by being Yes Men and Chicken Littles. I’ve sat in meetings where the Account Director mutes the line to comment on a… Continue reading »

    Caroline Foster Kenny is the Chief Client Officer, Global at MEC. Caroline has 20+ years of agency experience, specialized in International Client Management and has worked across most sectors in multiple markets and regions. We recently spoke with Caroline about her current role. The Makegood: Caroline, you have a background in International Client Management and… Continue reading »

    Last week Digitas released the findings of a recent survey they commissioned on online video. The results show a deepening multi-generational interest in digital video across screens and consumer interest in learning more about brands through online video. We recently spoke with Stephanie Sarofian, Managing Director of The Third Act, the brand content unit of… Continue reading »

    Jen Soch is the Managing Partner, Global Account Director at MEC. Previously, Jen was Senior Vice President, Activation Director of Advanced TV at MediaVest USA. We recently spoke with Jen about her current role and previous experience. The Makegood: Jen, you have extensive experience in the media business, having worked with a broad spectrum of… Continue reading »

    As publisher sites continue to grow and fill all available page space with ads to the point that some resemble NASCAR cars, media buyers and planners have a reason to be overwhelmed. As I walked around the floor at ad-tech this week, I heard countless times the startling statistic that for real-time bidding (RTB) alone,… Continue reading »

    The following guest column is by Chris Senio, Partner and Group Director at MEC, the global media agency. Chris has been with MEC for over five years developing digital media strategies for clients like Macy’s and Cadbury Schweppes. That media consumption continues to fragment is a surprise to no one.  As consumers use an ever-proliferating… Continue reading »

    We spoke to JT Batson of the newly formed MediaOcean, a merger of Donovan Data Systems and MediaBank, about where the company is headed. The Makegood: Now that Mediaocean is up and running, what kinds of things is the company looking to solve? We created Mediaocean to empower agencies and media vendors to capture full… Continue reading »

    Mike Lazerow is a serial entrepreneur who has started a number of successful  companies including Buddy Media, the social media enterprise software company. We spoke to Mike recently about his background, the evolution of the company and the recent acquisition of Brighter Option. The Makegood: Mike, your have founded four successful internet-based media companies: Buddy… Continue reading »

    Mad Men returned this week after a 17-month hiatus and it is good to have the show back. The hour-long drama has characters and story lines that are deeply compelling. Mad Men has left an indelible imprint on the advertising industry, similar to what The West Wing did for presidential politics. Because I’m a fan… Continue reading »

    Tim Nichols is the Principal Media Director at Exact Drive. We recently spoke with Tim about his experience and a newly launched partnership. The Makegood: Tim, how did you get into digital media advertising? TN: Almost 10 years ago I was working at a leading Fortune 500 company. I was working on the operational team given the… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Matt Prohaska as a regular contributor. Look for his column every fourth Thursday on The Makegood. Matt is a 20-year media veteran and consultant to leading digital media and advertising technology firms and executives. He has held various roles in the industry at companies including BBDO, CNET, [x+1] and AOL.… Continue reading »

    I’m moving back to San Francisco after living in London for over a year having witnessed quite a different London in that time than what Paul Carr described in his TechCrunch post discussing the depressing state of the London startup landscape.  I remember reading the post in the middle of packing up my ten boxes… Continue reading »

    Chia Chen is the Senior Vice President/North American Mobile Practice Lead at Digitas. Chia leads mobile innovation and marketing and works across the Digitas network of clients including Delta Air Lines and P&G. We recently spoke with Chia about his current role. The Makegood: Chia, you are the Senior Vice President/North American Mobile Practice Lead… Continue reading »

    Patrick Cartmel is the VP National Accounts, Undertone. Patrick has spent the last 15 years on the agency side, at companies including MEC and Avenue A. We recently spoke with Patrick about his move to Undertone. The Makegood: Patrick, tell us a little bit about your background and experience. PC: For the past 10 years… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Andrew Casale as a regular contributor. Look for his column the first Thursday of every month. Andrew is the VP of Strategy at Casale Media and we recently spoke with him about his experience working at Casale over the last 11+ years and where the company is headed now.… Continue reading »

    Andy Nibley is the CEO of Yieldex, a company that enables online publishers to maximize advertising revenue. Previously, Andy has been a CEO in multiple media industries and has worked at four different media giants: WPP, Vivendi, Bertelsmann and Reuters. We recently spoke with Andy about his current role. The Makegood: Andy, you are a true… Continue reading »

    Nancy Hill is the President and CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), the national trade association founded in 1917. Next week the 4A’s holds Transformation LA, the annual event that covers key topics including talent recruitment and retention, regulatory updates, creativity, social media, mobility and growth. We spoke to Nancy recently about… Continue reading »

    Andy Monfried is the Founder and CEO of Lotame, a leading Data Management Platform. Prior to founding Lotame in 2006, Andy was responsible for building the New York office of Advertising.com (now AOL Advertising). We recently spoke with Andy about Lotame’s history and the DMP landscape. The Makegood: Andy, tell us a bit about your… Continue reading »

    Joey Trotz is the Senior Director, Advertising & Digital Tech Strategy at Turner Broadcasting Systems as well as the Co-Chair, IAB Digital Video Committee. Previously, Joey has held various management level roles at companies incluing CNN, Sports Illustrated.com and The Augusta Chronicle. We recently spoke with Joey about his current role at Turner and IAB… Continue reading »

    The recent news that Yahoo! was suing Facebook for patent infringement unleashed a torrent of blog posts and Tweets. Many felt that Yahoo!, once a internet startup itself, had crossed the line by suing another startup. While it may eventually pay dividends, assuming the role of a patent bully has the potential to turn the… Continue reading »

    Troy Young is the President of SAY Media and has significant experience working on  the buy side at agencies like Organic, as well as the publisher side. We recently spoke with Troy about his current role and where SAY Media is headed. The Makegood: As the President of SAY Media, you oversee many areas of… Continue reading »

    Geoff Schiller is the National Sales Director at Hearst Digital Media and the President of 212, New York’s interactive advertising club. We recently spoke with Geoff about his role at 212 and upcoming initiatives. The Makegood: Geoff, why did you decide to become more involved in the New York interactive advertising community and take on… Continue reading »

    Everyone is at South by Southwest this year, and by everyone I mean my VC, startup, and media agency friends. SXSW Interactive caught the attention of ad agencies when social media startups started to take off bringing in ad industry dollars and attention. It’s prom for digital startups and agencies with Prom Kings in the… Continue reading »

    Last year I resolved to become more active in online networking. While I had worked in digital media for over a decade, I had neglected to build my own brand online. Sure, I was on Facebook and also on LinkedIn, but I didn’t have a Twitter account and had rarely found time to write about… Continue reading »

    Tony Nethercutt is the General Manager, NA of Mojiva, one of the largest mobile advertising companies. Tony has over 20 years of experience in sales and operations at major media companies including Yahoo!, DoubleClick and AdMob. We recently spoke with Tony about his previous experience and current role. The Makegood: Tony, you began your career… Continue reading »

    Charlie Jones is the President of the Brand Intersection Group, a brand strategy and marketing innovation consultancy.  Charlie launched the Brand Intersection Group in 2007 and over the last 20+ years he has worked with over 100 clients, selling over 170 products in multiple countries for some of the world’s most admired brands, leading nonprofits… Continue reading »

    Amit Avner is the CEO of Taykey, a company that uses real time trends to improve advertising performance. Amit has extensive experience building software and we recently spoke with him about Taykey’s offering. The Makegood: Amit, you have always had a passion for technology, having started programming at the age of ten. What is it… Continue reading »

    Jason Oates is the President of LiveIntent, a company that delivers real-time display advertising within email on any device. Previously, Jason was on the agency side at Razorfish as well as at ad tech companies including Datran Media. We recently spoke with Jason about his previous work and LiveIntent’s offering. The Makegood: Jason, you started… Continue reading »

    Kristine Welker is the Chief Revenue Officer for Hearst Digital. We spoke with her recently about her background and how Hearst Digital is preparing for the future. The Makegood: Kristine, in 1999 you began working on CosmoGIRL!, a magazine that was at the forefront of digital. What was it like to be working on, what… Continue reading »

    Today SessionM announced the launch of its new mobile platform. Founded by Quattro Wireless co-founder Lars Albright, SessionM addresses the problem of audience engagement with consumers while offering new ad experiences for brands. We spoke with Bill Clifford, Chief Revenue Officer at SessionM, about the launch of the platform. The Makegood: Bill, today SessionM is… Continue reading »

    The Makegood was launched six months ago today by Matt Straz. Matt is the CEO of Namely, a platform that enables media, advertising and technology companies to manage their human capital. We spoke to Matt about why he started the The Makegood and where it is headed. The Makegood: Matt, why did you start publishing… Continue reading »

    Last week at the IAB Annual Meeting in Miami there was a fascinating presentation by Rob Norman, CEO of GroupM North America, who responded to questions about the future viability of the media agency model in the face of competition posed by ad tech startups. Rob made the case that agencies have recently made their… Continue reading »

    Yesterday the Department of Justice formally approved the merger of Donovan Data Systems and MediaBank to form MediaOcean, a company that plans to build the operating system for advertising. We spoke to MediaOcean’s CEO Bill Wise about the merger, what is means for current customers and where the company is headed next. The Makegood: Donovan… Continue reading »

    Ben Lerer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Thrillist and a Partner at Lerer Ventures. Ben co-founded Thrillest in 2005 after he recognized the need for a city guide, which eventually developed into a leading men’s digital lifestyle publication. We recently spoke with Ben about the newly launched Thrillest Media Group. The Makegood: Ben, in… Continue reading »

    If you’ve ever watched a children’s tee ball game, you know it’s a bit of a mess. Everyone is playing everyone else’s position and there’s that kid out in left field making a crown out of the daisies in the outfield to show his parents that he’s not cut out for the Majors later in… Continue reading »

    Today AOL announced the launch of Pictela Enterprise, a self serve version of the software that powers the company’s Project Devil ad units. We spoke with Greg Rogers, CEO of Pictela, about the launch of the platform. The Makegood: What does Pictela Enterprise mean for marketers and agencies? GR: In short, it means that what… Continue reading »

    Most people in media advertising are aware that the buy side of the industry receives “perks” from sellers. This may come in the form of a complimentary lunch or a dinner thanks to the expense budgets of the media sellers. Tickets to baseball games, concerts or ski trips are some of the nicer benefits that… Continue reading »

    The Internet Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Annual Leadership Meeting kicks off on Sunday in Miami and is one of the most important industry events of the year. We recently spoke to Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO of the IAB, about the association’s initiatives and the upcoming annual event. The Makegood: Randall, you spent much of your… Continue reading »

    The digital ad business is having an excellent quarter according to sales leaders across a range of premium publishers and ad networks. Compared to Q4 where some results were mixed due to unfounded fears of a double dip recession, Q1 looks good–very good in some cases. Ad sales growth was on fire in January and,… Continue reading »

    Glam Media recently welcomed Erin Matts, former Chief Digital Officer at OMD and Global Director of Digital Connections for Anheuser-Busch inBev, as its Chief Digital Marketing Officer. Matts believes that media companies should focus on developing sustainable growth, even when they’ve already built a massive audience. The Makegood: So last week was your first at… Continue reading »

    Shawn Riegsecker is the CEO of Centro, a technology and media services company. Before forming Centro in 2001, Shawn worked at Real Media and has also led sales and strategic initiatives for start-up Internet companies including Everstream, Cleveland.com and Ohio.com. We recently spoke with Shawn about his career in online media and current Centro initiatives.… Continue reading »

    Stephanie Lawrence is a Partner, Group Director at Mediaedge and a seasoned media professional, having worked at major agencies including Dotglu and Optimedia. We recently spoke with Stephanie about her current role and best practices. The Makegood: Stephanie, can you tell us about your role and responsibilities as Partner, Group Media Director at MEC? Where does the… Continue reading »

    When I first started out in media planning I used to make fancy slides smothered in Smart Art. The conversion funnel slide showing high impact buys and how it filtered down the funnel to remessaging. Delicious. One of the last slides would always be the snapshot of the media plan and media mix. Usually it… Continue reading »

    Jim Norton was recently named Head of AOL Sales. He is a seasoned media professional, having held management roles at companies including Google and WLVI-TV, a Tribune Broadcasting station. We recently spoke with Jim about his new role and expectations for 2012. The Makegood: Jim, you have spent about 20 years in sales and marketing roles, working… Continue reading »

    There is a war taking place in advertising, one that will determine what the industry will look like for years to come. This battle is being waged on multiple fronts, but the outcome will be based on one question: What technology will marketers use to create, target, deliver and measure their ads? The winning software… Continue reading »

    Samir Arora knows new media. Present at the birth of social media and digital advertising, Arora was founder, CEO and Chairman of the pioneering web development company NetObjects, Inc. from 1995 to 2001 and is the co-founder and CEO of Glam Media. Arora’s 7-year-old Glam Media has successfully built a global audience of more than… Continue reading »

    The Makegood is pleased to welcome Jayne Pimentel as a regular contributor. Look for her column every other Wednesday on The Makegood. Jayne is the Head of Display Advertising at Razorfish London and originally from Silicon Valley. She works on driving digital strategy for brands globally and her experience spans from social media strategy for… Continue reading »

    Bill Rosolie is the EVP Advertising Sales, Digital and Advanced Platforms at AMC Networks. Bill is a senior sales executive with over 30 years experience working on TV, digital, branded entertainment, event marketing, direct response and VOD for companies including Gemstar-TV Guide and The Weather Channel. We recently spoke with Bill about online branding. The… Continue reading »

    Jordan Bitterman is the Senior Vice President and Social Marketing Practice Director at Digitas. Jordan has extensive media agency experience having spent time at agencies including Ammirati Puris Lintas and Foote Cone Belding. We recently spoke with Jordan about his career and his current role. The Makegood: Jordan, you started working in media about 18… Continue reading »

    Netscape founder Marc Andreessen says that software is eating the world — and he’s right. All of the necessary ingredients for this revolution are now in place: Programming languages like Ruby make creating software easier and faster than ever before, cloud-based hosting allows software to be served at a global scale, and over two billion… Continue reading »

    Charlie Kemper is a Partner at Revel Partners, an early-expansion stage investment group focused on financing disruptive innovation in the areas of digital media and internet technology. Revel Partners was formed in early 2011 by Joe Apprendi, Founder and CEO of Collective, Thomas Falk, CEO of eValue Group, Chris Young, Chairman and CEO of Digital… Continue reading »

    John Piccone is the SVP of Sales at Simulmedia, the digital ad targeting platform for linear television. John has extensive experience in digital ad sales, having spent time at  24/7 Real Media and HealthiNation. We recently spoke with John about his current role and Simulmedia. The Makegood: John, can you tell us about your role… Continue reading »

    Jonah Goodhart is a New York based entrepreneur who has spent the last 13 years building and investing in digital media companies. Goodhart was a founding investor and board member of Right Media, the online advertising exchange which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2007. Recently, Goodhart co-founded WGI Group, a seed stage fund which invests… Continue reading »

    Today’s ad industry is very different from the old one. In this new world, paper and ink have given way to screens and software. Our predecessors used to speak in terms of universal selling propositions and mass markets, but now we use jargon like pay-per-click, engagement, and brand content. But our need to socialize, gossip… Continue reading »

    Steven Kaufman is the Executive Vice President of Integrated Media at KSL Media, an independent media services company that specializes in helping entrepreneurial companies and challenger brands to acquire and retain their best customer. Steven has an extensive media background, starting off as a media supervisor at Wunderman Cato Johnson and having held various senior… Continue reading »

    Brian Weiser‘s Pivotal Research Group has released a groundbreaking piece of equity research on the major advertising agency holding companies. Highlights include: Top pick is WPP. “We like the company’s long-term exposure to China — possibly the most significant of any western media-related company — its independent digital platform and its dominant media services business.… Continue reading »

    Advertising is a massive human enterprise. The top 10 advertising agency holding companies employ a combined 370,000 employees worldwide, with thousands more employed as consultants, freelancers and outsourced team members. All of this talent is a major investment for the agencies. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, estimates that his company spends $9 billion each… Continue reading »

    Adam Chandler is the Chief Revenue Officer of Martini Media, an audience buying platform that reaches the affluent online. Previously Adam spent 8 years at Yahoo! and has also spent time at NBC and PointRoll. We recently spoke with Adam about his experience in the media industry and his current role. The Makegood: Adam, you… Continue reading »

    From his perch in rural Vermont overlooking the Green Mountains, Doug Weaver joined us by phone to talk about the state of the advertising industry and where it’s headed. Weaver, founder and CEO of Upstream Group, is a consultant and strategist who advises publishers and ad networks such as The New York Times, Yahoo, About.com,… Continue reading »

    GroupM’s Mike Bologna, Director of Emerging Communications, provides his exclusive CES 2012 wrap up report to The Makegood’s readers. Click the link below to view the report. CES.Review.2012

    This week we launched Namely, a company that is developing a team management system for advertising companies. With billions of dollars being invested in automating the buying and selling of media, our focus on people may seem unusual. But attracting, retaining and expanding advertising’s human resources is the most critical issue facing the industry today.… Continue reading »

    Dave Roter is the Senior Director of Digital Sales at ESPN. He is a media veteran having spent his 16 year career at ESPN and MEC. We recently spoke with Dave about his experience on the buy side and the sell side as well as his current role. The Makegood: Dave, you have been part… Continue reading »

    Curt Viebranz is the CEO of Korrelate, a company that links digital marketing efforts and product purchases. Before Korrelate, Curt was President of Platform-A, the ad network division of AOL. He was also previously the CEO of TACODA and has held a number of management roles over the course of 17 years at Time Warner.… Continue reading »

    Andy Ellenthal is the CEO of Peer39, the company that provides data about web pages to buyers and sellers. We spoke to Andy recently about his background in the digital media business as well as his company. The Makegood: Andy, you have a strong background in digital advertising, having held management and sales roles at… Continue reading »

    Kelly Wenzel is the SVP of Marketing at Undertone, a digital advertising company focused on delivering experiences for brands across PCs, mobiles and tablets. Kelly is a seasoned marketing professional with experience in software firms, having spent time at Optum and DataSynapse. We recently spoke with Kelly about online branding. The Makegood: Kelly, how do… Continue reading »

    Alvin Bowles is the CEO of Grab Networks, a media company that licenses and distributes short form video online. We spoke to him recently about a number of topics including his background, how online video distribution is becoming more targeted, and the fast growth of Grab over the last year. The Makegood: Alvin you joined… Continue reading »

    According to John Durham at CatalystSF, there were only eight business days in 2011 without an industry event. A quick look at the conference calendar confirms this year appears to be no different. Given this onslaught of events, it’s important to prioritize the conferences that are crucial to attend. Otherwise it might be difficult to… Continue reading »

    As the director of emerging communications for GroupM, Mike Bologna will be leading a contingent of over 70 clients at CES this year. We spoke to him today about what attendees can expect from the show. The Makegood: Mike, you have attended a number of CES events. What year was your first CES and what… Continue reading »

    Ari Brandt, a media veteran with over 18 years of experience, took on the role of CEO of MediaBrix in May 2011. Previously, he was the CEO of Linkstorm, an advertising technology company, and has also held roles at DoubleClick, Yahoo!, SmartMoney and Condé Nast. We recently spoke with Ari about his role and some of… Continue reading »

    Dave Marsey is the SVP/Media Practice Lead at Digitas in Chicago. Previously, he has held roles at other major agencies, including ID Media (part of Draftfcb), Avenue A and Scient/iXL. We recently spoke with Dave about his role and current trends. The Makegood: Dave, you have been teaching a Digital Marketing Strategies course at the… Continue reading »

    Jason Gross is the Director of Strategy and Marketing for Verifone Media, an out of home advertising network with placements in taxis, transit vehicles and gas stations. Jason has over 20 years of experience in a variety of creative, strategic, and management roles at leading advertising, branding, and media firms, including McCann Erickson and Doremus.