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People of Ad Tech: Aki Technologies CEO Scott Swanson

Aki Technologies CEO Scott Swanson tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that Aki was able recently to raise $3.75 million because it targets users based on “ad receptivity” — that is, on the kind of moment they’re probably having. Swanson says too few ad campaigns offer enough creatives to reach people appropriately. Music: “Morning Rays”… Continue reading »

Hiding Behind Garden Walls

When have walled gardens ever been good for digital advertising? As an industry, we are doomed to repeat our history with walled gardens because we haven’t learned from it sufficiently.  The truth is that most ad-supported walled gardens end up dying after marketers struggle to measure them and either can’t come to any meaningful conclusion… Continue reading »

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 »

Do The 4As Transparency Guidelines Go Far Enough?

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 »

Goodbye, Blockbuster.  Hello, Franchise Approach.

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 »

Don’t Throw Out The Programmatic Baby With The RTB Bathwater

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 »

Over The Rainbow? The Risks of “Too Much Publicity.”

Is there such a thing as too much publicity? In the age of social media, we’re programmed to share information and experiences in real-time – anything from celebrity encounters, to world travels, to baby’s first steps, to DIY projects. Whether it’s good or bad, news travels fast; and it travels even faster on online. For… Continue reading »

The Importance of Radio in the Overall Media Mix

I’m not part of an agency creative team, rather a media professional that has over the years worked closely with the creative department at various agencies.  Sometimes, the creative department can go into an assignment thinking radio creative isn’t very sexy.  They think it’s limiting in its execution; “you can’t win any big CLIO awards”… Continue reading »

Could Pokemon Go Rob Mindshare from Facebook and Twitter?

How can a new app, in less than a week, beat out Twitter in daily usage? If you’re into mobile marketing, that’s a nagging question in a world when countless apps launch each week and a scant few attract any sort of notice.  A lot has been written about Pokemon Go this week, mostly about… 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 »