At Omnicom, Accuen Declines While Annalect Grows

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Omnicom’s trading desk Accuen shrank $9 million, or 0.2% year over year, in the US this quarter because clients continue to favor fully disclosed programmatic buys, the company said Tuesday. In other markets, where nondisclosed buys have generally been more accepted by marketers, Accuen was almost flat, growing by just $2 million in the quarter.Continue reading »

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Publicis Spine CEO Lisa Donohue Dishes On The Holdco’s Latest Data Centralization Strategy

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Publicis Groupe on Wednesday launched Publicis Spine, a technology and data platform that gives its agencies access to a universal ID and a centralized team of engineers, analysts and strategists. Led by former Starcom Global Brand President Lisa Donohue, Spine is the backbone of Publicis’ goal to make business transformation a core service for clients.Continue reading »

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Merkle’s Global COO On Navigating Platforms, Publishers And Cloud Stacks

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As the global COO of Merkle, Michael Komasinski keeps the proverbial engines running both internally and in the agency’s services business. After joining Merkle in 2015 from his post as COO of Razorfish North America, Komasinski helped drive 30% revenue growth across the business in 2016. Komasinski also was largely responsible for leading the integrationContinue reading »

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UK CEO Of Hearts & Science: “Earning Your Keep By Buying Media Will Drag You Down”

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Agency holding company stocks are down. Many of the biggest advertisers are struggling. Omnicom agency Hearts & Science thinks it’s found the solution to serve clients in an era of disruption. “It’s a highly commoditized media marketplace, and will only get more so because of automation,” said Frances Ralston-Good, UK CEO of Hearts & Science.Continue reading »

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Dentsu Aegis’ Chief Strategy Officer: Digital Has Fundamentally Changed The Economic Model

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Dentsu Aegis wants to be a 100% digital-economy business by 2020. To get there, the agency appointed Nigel Morris to serve as the company’s chief strategy and innovation officer in June. Morris will focus on the “important, not the urgent,” in the new role, an upgrade from his previous position as head of Americas. OverContinue reading »

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Sherry Smith Takes The Helm At Xaxis-Owned Triad Retail Media

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Triad Retail Media promoted its chief customer officer, Sherry Smith, to the CEO position on Tuesday. Roger Berdusco, Triad’s CEO of 11 years, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Triad manages ad sales on major retailers’ ecom sites including Walmart, Sam’s Club, eBay, Stubhub, Staples, Toys R Us, and most recently, Barnes &Continue reading »

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Accuen Chief Megan Pagliuca Joins Hearts & Science To Set A Programmatic Vision

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Megan Pagliuca, former boss of Omnicom-owned Accuen, has become the first-ever chief data officer of Hearts & Science, where she will lead the agency’s charge toward identity-based media buying. Pagliuca will oversee Hearts & Science’s tools and strategy that will put individual identities at the center of not just media execution, but brand strategy andContinue reading »

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Martin Sorrell Fights Against The Rise Of Short Term-Thinking

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WPP’s stock is down. And the company’s longstanding chief, Martin Sorrell, isn’t sure if the holding company can do anything about the factors putting pressure on its business. “I don’t know whether anything is within our control or not,” Sorrell said. “Some people say it’s the rise of the digital giants. No. Some people sayContinue reading »

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Ritz Taste-Tests Branded Voice Activation On Amazon Echo

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Ritz Crackers is always looking for out-of-the-box ways to connect with its customers. So when NUE Agency, which develops the music strategy behind campaigns for Ritz’s parent company Mondelez, suggested launching a voice-activated cooking show on Amazon Echo, Ritz marketing exec Lauren Sella was all in. “As a brand, we’re about celebrating people getting together and providing inspiration to makeContinue reading »

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CPG Spend Cuts Cause GroupM And Zenith To Lower Global Ad Spend Forecasts

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Both Publicis Groupe’s Zenith and WPP’s GroupM have lowered their 2017 ad spend forecasts, due to cost-cutting clients and slow economic growth in global markets. Zenith projects 4% growth for the global ad market by the end of the year, down from its original forecast of 4.2%. GroupM revised its 4.4% forecast down to 3%,Continue reading »

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