If agencies are transparent about media they’re reselling to their clients, is that enough? The 4As recently announced that member agencies failing to adhere to their transparency guidelines could end up purged from the organization. That’s a harsh penalty that will, no doubt, make agencies think twice about opaque arrangements that allow them to earn… Continue reading »
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 »
By: Amanda Fiore As the healthcare industry changes year over year, pharmaceutical companies must adapt to the ebb and flow. We have said goodbye to the “Age of the Blockbuster,” when high revenue-generating drugs took priority, bringing in at least $1 billion annually singlehandedly. Pharmaceutical companies typically launched one to two of these blockbuster drugs… Continue reading »
LKQD COO Scott Alexander tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that the transition from Flash to HTML5 video ads has been uneven, as a lot of ad inventory still uses the Flash code base. Publishers understandably want to be ready for ads using both formats; that’s the problem LKQD formed to solve. Music: “Morning Rays”… Continue reading »
Be honest. When you hear the word “programmatic,” what’s the first thing you think of? If you’re like a lot of marketers, your brain might conjure up images of digital ads, ad exchanges, bidding algorithms and targeting personas. And this is a problem. Digital has always had its issues with lingo and tech talk. The… Continue reading »
Blackwood Seven North America CEO Mark Zamuner (whose company TWO NIL recently merged with EU-based Blackwood Seven) tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that Artificial Intelligence can now inform media plans with client-transactional and media-placement data, benchmarking predictive results to actual results. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.
GDM Group Chief Revenue Officer Mark Hassin tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that marketers today find it difficult to work with multiple vendors toward widely varying KPIs — so ClickDealer and MobAir merged to form GDM Group, giving marketers a unified platform. Hassin said GDM Group’s international footprint — its employees speak 11 languages… Continue reading »
By: Amanda Fiore As a client, hiring an agency to plan, negotiate, buy and execute media to support your brand and help achieve its business goals can be a large but rewarding task. So now that you’ve hired an agency, what’s next? Which marketing responsibilities does the agency take on, versus the internal client team?… Continue reading »
StreetFight Cofounder and CEO Laura Rich tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell about StreetFight’s new National-to-Local Marketers report, and describes ways to address the challenges that face vertical publications. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.
Predictably, in the wake of reports and recommendations to the ANA by K2 and Ebiquity on agency transparency, and subsequent reactions and rebuttals by the AAAA, nobody has been able to agree on a course forward. There’s an elephant in the room, though, one that pundits have touched on but haven’t exactly told us how… Continue reading »