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People of Ad Tech: Thunder CEO Victor Wong

Programmatic creative company Thunder CEO Victor Wong tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that programmatic technology finds the right people, but doesn’t always deliver the right message. Procter & Gamble and others question programmatic’s promise. Wong says the real problem is a widespread failure to customize ads. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Smart AdServer CMO Corey Kronengold

Smart AdServer CMO Corey Kronengold tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that a recent Google announcement — that it will downgrade the search ranking of mobile sites that use “intrusive interstitials” — represents an abuse of power by the search giant. Kronengold argues that it’s simply not Google’s place to tell publishers how to generate… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Grapevine CEO Brendan Lattrell

Grapevine Founder and CEO Brendan Lattrell tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that he left his job as a TV producer when he saw YouTube videos garnering more viewers than TV shows. Lattrell sees Influencer Marketing as the best solution to ad blocking and falling ratings. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.

People of Ad Tech: ConvertMedia President Chris Scott

ConvertMedia President and CRO Chris Scott tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell what it will take to move TV budgets to digital. Moreover, alarmed by the rapid rise in ad blocking, Scott urges publishers and advertisers to work together to improve the online experience so that fewer members of the public block ads. Music: “Morning… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Sublime Skinz COO Jerem Febvre

Sublime Skinz COO and Cofounder Jerem Febvre tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that many display ads fail because they are never seen — and many that are seen, annoy. In response, Sublime Skinz developed a method of wrapping ads around the content, at scale. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.

People of Ad Tech: Netseer’s Dennis Clerke

Netseer President of Monetization Dennis Clerke tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that visual content is the new currency of communication. People take fewer than 200 milliseconds to decide whether or not an image interests them. Four billion photographers in 2015 captured 1.2 trillion photos on their phones. Snapchat and Whatsapp are just two successful… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: ConvertMedia CEO Yoav Naveh

ConvertMedia CEO Yoav Naveh tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that too few publishers understand how the ad partners they work with affect the publisher’s audience. It makes more sense to put aggressive ads in front of visitors from social-media sites, Naveh says, than in front of visitors who come in via the homepage. He… Continue reading »

Native Ad Regulation

Just a couple days before Christmas, the Federal Trade Commission issued guidance on Native Advertising that touched off a wave of blamestorming across the digital industry. The timing was terrific.  With visions of sugarplums dancing in everyone’s heads, and the ad industry preparing for its end-of-the-year shutdown, the controversy could wait.  We would deal with… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Pypestream CEO Richard Smullen

Pypestream Founder and CEO Richard Smullen tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that he wondered why he couldn’t instant-message his airline as easily as he could IM his sister. So after finding someone to replace him at Genesis Media, he launched Pypestream, the market’s first purpose-built B2C messenger — a step toward what Richard sees… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: California Sunday’s Chas Edwards

California Sunday President and Publisher Chas Edwards tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell about the two paths publishers can take today. One path, Chas says, garners all revenue from digital platforms, so — because online advertising doesn’t pay much — such publishers focus on volume, producing many stories per day and disseminating them across social… Continue reading »

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