DataXu Brings On 4As Vet To Strengthen Self-Serve Agency Relationships

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Demand-side platform (DSP) DataXu hired former 4As exec Peter Kosmala as its VP of platform solutions, the company said Friday. With Kosmala, who started in late July and will report to chief revenue officer Ed Montes, DataXu hopes to grow its self-serve business with agencies. “This is about forging even stronger relationships with a channelContinue reading »

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GroupM Sets Its Own Viewability Standards For Social In-Feed Ads

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WPP’s media-buying unit GroupM on Thursday unveiled its own global viewability standard for display and video ads on social media feeds. Display ads must be 100% in view for one second before a user scrolls past to count as viewable. Video ads still have to be 100% in view, but can be initiated as autoplayContinue reading »

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La-Z-Boy’s Agency RPA Tested 168 Audiences In 10 Months

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When La-Z-Boy decided to use Oracle’s data management platform, it didn’t want the technology to sit around. Instead, it came up with a turbo-charged strategy to aggressively test, learn and adapt. The furniture maker’s agency, RPA, tested 168 audiences in 10 months using first-party, second-party and third-party data it loaded into the platform. Its audience-focusedContinue reading »

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Six Months In, mPlatform Begins To Manifest Across GroupM’s Agencies

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It’s been six months since GroupM launched mPlatform to unify its agencies’ access to data and technology. Since its inception, the organization has rolled out a data repository containing insights tied to known consumer IDs and now agencies across GroupM and WPP are “building it into the fabric of their networks,” said mPlatform CEO BrianContinue reading »

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Publicis Career Vet Katie Ford Tries Out The Tech Side At Amobee

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Media agency vet Katie Ford was looking for a change. Over 23 years at Publicis Groupe, her passion for technology and data in a changing marketing environment had grown. So she left her role as President and Managing Director of Spark Foundry to become marketing solutions provider Amobee’s first ever chief client officer, the companyContinue reading »

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Agencies Build Crowdsourcing And Automation Into The Media Plan

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Agencies are adding new wrinkles to their media-planning processes to make sure campaigns are relevant and informed by expertise across many marketing disciplines. “More timely, adaptive media plans for clients make it easier to respond to things that drive business results,” said Joe Maceda, head of Mindshare’s Invention Studio in North America. And as holdingContinue reading »

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IPG Attributes Negative Q2 And H1 To CPG Spending Cuts

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Spending cuts in the CPG sector had a negative impact on revenue growth at IPG this past half year. The holding company saw revenue decrease in both Q2 and H1 at -1.7% to $1.9 billion and -0.6% to $3.6 billion, respectively, the company announced on its earnings call Tuesday. Growth at Mediabrands and McCann WorldgroupContinue reading »

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Built A $3 Billion Relationship With The CMO

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), like other management consultancies in its competitive set, wants to grow its services to meet the needs of the modern chief marketing officer (CMO). “The role of the CMO is changing so much,” said Chris Vollmer, global advisory leader for entertainment and media at PwC. “It’s not just messaging anymore, but architecting theContinue reading »

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Publicis And Omnicom Preach Business Transformation In H1 Earnings

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Both Publicis Groupe and Omnicom focused on the need to transform their clients’ businesses and their own during their respective Q2/H1 earnings on Thursday. “We want to be the leader in marketing and business transformation,” Arthur Sadoun told investors on his first-ever earnings call as Publicis Groupe CEO. “Our clients need to transform.” Publicis sawContinue reading »

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Performance Agencies Take On Big Brands As Measurement Moves Up The Funnel

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Performance agencies are expanding their relationships with big brands as they move more budget to digital and the upper funnel becomes more measurable. “Everything has become performance,” said Michael Kahn, CEO of Performics, Publicis Media’s performance agency and specialty practice. “Clients need to know that a brand-building effort led to a revenue outcome as well.”Continue reading »

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