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People of Ad Tech: 20nine CEO Greg Ricciardi

20nine President and CEO Greg Ricciardi tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that many ad-tech companies focus so intently on their technology that they forget they’re selling to humans. Ricciardi says it’s not about the quality of your technology — it’s about the benefits you can provide for your customers. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Netseer’s Amir Bakhshaie

Netseer Head of Product Amir Bakhshaie, formerly of Apple and Amazon, tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that visual monetization is its own kind of vertical — one that connects brands more closely to audiences by tapping viewers’ emotional connections to images. Publishers, who also understand the power of images, have been creating increasing amounts… Continue reading »

Digital Marketing to the Ultra-Rich

If you’re marketing to the ultra-rich, don’t expect much of the market research conducted against “affluents” to be much help. Occasionally, a marketer will be called upon to find ways to reach the not-merely-rich set.  Not the folks considering a Maserati automobile or a Rolex watch, but the kinds of people who might consider purchasing… Continue reading »

Buzzfeed Rejects Trump Ads

It is no surprise that the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has ruffled feathers from the very beginning of his 2016 presidential campaign. From his offensive comments towards women to his extreme views on immigration, Trump has not been shy expressing his often controversial political views. Up until now Trump has been winning primary elections… Continue reading »

Four Things You Can Do Right Now To Protect Against Undisclosed Agency Rebates

By Tom Hespos The results of an ANA probe on agency rebates have come back, and while details of those results have yet to be made public as of this writing, I’ve been in the business long enough to know what the report will say when details reach the general advertising community. Are you managing… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Tiller CEO Stephen Gill

Tiller Cofounder and CEO Stephen Gill tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that advertisers should look to long-form storytelling and contextual advertising as defenses against ad blocking. And as MediaPost first reported, publishers can now mitigate such blocking by using Tiller’s free new tool,, to identify the precise bits of source code that the… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: TruSignal Marketing VP Pete LaFond

TruSignal Marketing VP Pete LaFond tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that his company uses offline profile data to better understand the people it’s targeting online. He describes an upcoming self-serve interface that will enable people to combine a sample customer list or CRM data with offline data. Finally LaFond, a former Yahoo exec, offers… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: NewCo CEO John Battelle

NewCo CEO John Battelle was there when HotWired put up the world’s first banner ad, and his bestselling business book “The Search” explained how Google and its rivals transformed our culture. Now the Sovrn Holdings chairman and Axciom board member tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that ad tech is the processing layer for the… 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 »

Ad Blocking Is Not a Generational Problem

I’m not one for petty blamestorming when it comes to the collapse of the implied contract, but this definitely set off my irony meter. Let me get this straight…  The APAC head of a major programmatic agency is blaming ad blocking on millennial attitudes?  This strike anyone else as the pot calling the kettle black?… Continue reading »