Zenith Forecasts Slower Programmatic Media Growth As Data Costs Go Up

Global programmatic advertising will grow by more than $13 million next year and the year after, but its growth rate has stalled and it’s making slower-than-expected headway in taking share from non-programmatic media, according to Zenith’s 2018 Programmatic Marketing Forecast published Monday. Programmatic display advertising will clear $70.2 million this year, according to the report,Continue reading »

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S4 Capital Reports First-Ever Earnings

Martin Sorrell’s self-proclaimed “peanut” of a holding company has officially graduated to a coconut. S4 Capital reported its first-ever earnings as a public company Wednesday, following its reverse takeover of Derriston Capital in April. Q3 revenue grew 45% to $33 million and rose 48% to $94 million for the first nine months of the year.Continue reading »

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Jerry Buhlmann To Leave Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis CEO Jerry Buhlmann will step down at the end of the year, after eight years on the job. He will be succeeded by Dentsu Aegis chairman Tim Andree, a former professional basketball player, who has been with the company since 2006 and will combine the chairman and CEO roles. Buhlmann – who willContinue reading »

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Horizon To Use Programmatic Radio Platform Jelli For Upfronts

Horizon Media wants to be at the forefront as broadcast radio buying becomes more automated and data-driven. On Tuesday, Horizon said it would use programmatic radio platform Jelli for all of its radio upfront planning and buying – typically where advertisers spend at least half of their annual budgets. The media agency, one of theContinue reading »

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RAPP Taps Into Omnicom To Deliver On Personalization

Fifty-year-old direct marketing agency RAPP plays an increasingly relevant role in a world where personalization is key. Rather than expanding beyond its core value prop like some competitors, RAPP is doubling down on its strength of knowing individuals and augmenting that expertise through partnerships. “We’ve always had the customer at the center of everything,” CEOContinue reading »

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The Unruly Video Ad Market

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. This episode of AdExchanger Talks is supported by StackAdapt. On the podcast this week, Unruly Media CEO Norm Johnston talks about the evolution of video ads – how they’re bought, how they’re sold and who gets to sell them. Unruly’s value proposition is to provide high-quality audiencesContinue reading »

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WPP Q3 Worse Than Feared, Kantar Officially For Sale

Something is wrong with WPP Group – or, perhaps, many somethings. On its Q3 call with investors Thursday, management detailed a list of ailments longer than that of a septuagenarian overdue for his physical. North America? “Further weakening.” Creative agencies? “Doing poorly.” Account losses? As bad as you’ve heard. Revenue was down .8%, and theContinue reading »

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Why Holding Companies Are Shedding Non-Core Assets

After stagnant growth in 2017, holding companies are getting rid of assets that aren’t related to their core focus on digital transformation, programmatic, data and technology. Omnicom, Publicis Groupe and WPP have pruned their portfolios this quarter, though IPG and Havas have made smaller and less strategic moves – to their detriment. Pivotal Research analystContinue reading »

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Michael Roth Hopes Acxiom Will Transform IPG’s Offerings Around First-Party Data

IPG’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Acxiom Marketing Solutions will transform the holding company’s services around its clients first-party data, said CEO Michael Roth said on the company’s Q3 earnings call Friday. “Acxiom is a world-class data asset,” he said. “As all companies look to make their first-party data work harder for them, and do soContinue reading »

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Martin Sorrell Bets Amazon Will Reach $100 Billion In Ad Spend

Martin Sorrell is bullish on Amazon. The platform will eventually reach $100 billion in ad spend, Sorrell, the CEO of S4 Capital and former WPP honcho, predicted Tuesday at AdExchanger’s Programmatic IO in New York City. He did not mention a timeline. In Amazon’s Q3 earnings in July, the company said it brought in $2.5Continue reading »

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