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 »
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 »
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.
Trust Metrics CEO Marc Goldberg tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that advertisers should implement rules for their media teams in order to encourage logic over data craziness. Goldberg says too many advertisers are aiming only at viewability, and the bad guys know it. Look at the environment first, he says — and only then… Continue reading »
Brightcom CEO Gali Arnon tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that while programmatic advertising has taken control away from some marketers and publishers, there are systems available to make things right. Her company, formerly known as Ybrant, is expanding globally to offer such solutions. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.
MultiView CEO Scott Bedford tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that B-to-B marketers need to understand how dramatically the buying journey has changed. More than 90% of buyers now begin their B-to-B purchasing journey online, and conduct 70% of the buying journey on their own. Music: “Morning Rays” by Jim Duffy. Used with permission.
Christian Baesler, president of Bauer Xcel Media — the digital division of Bauer Media Group — tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that while his company still has a direct-sales team, it no longer relies on direct sales. The company’s lean media strategy empowers its editors to use analytics to focus on the stories that… Continue reading »
Stands CEO Roy Rosenfeld tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that ad blockers will bring us a future of fewer but more valuable ads. Rosenfeld argues that ad blockers focus more on streamlining their experience than on blocking ads. 90% of the people who use the Stands tool opt *in* to seeing ads — and… Continue reading »
As MediaPost’s Laurie Sullivan first reported, performance marketing leader EBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions became Pepperjam on April 6. Pepperjam CEO Michael Jones tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that he’s excited to move back to the brand he was leading when eBay acquired it in 2011. Recent acquisitions make Pepperjam the world’s largest affiliate network,… Continue reading »
Expanding on a recent column, Trust Metrics CEO G. Scott Tomlin tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that the phrase “premium publishers” does not convey the certainty one might expect. Scott’s company combines tech and human solutions, looking well beyond viewability, to determine whether a site’s users will develop a positive association with ads that… Continue reading »