Accenture Interactive Taps Former Rosetta CEO Tammy Soares

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Agencies and consultancies are looking more and more alike. Tammy Soares, Accenture Interactive’s newest West Coast lead as of Tuesday, brings nine years’ experience as CEO of Publicis Groupe’s digital agency, Rosetta. There, she gained experience embedding consultants into agency culture. At Accenture Interactive, she’ll be tasked with doing the opposite. “I’m used to workingContinue reading »

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How Cadreon’s Arun Kumar Connects The Dots Between Walled Gardens

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Walled gardens are cropping up across the digital ecosystem. “It’s just the way the world is going to be for the foreseeable future,” said Arun Kumar, global president at Cadreon. “I don’t see that changing.” As president of a global trading desk, it’s Kumar’s job to follow the consumer across these walls as he orContinue reading »

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PII: For Carat’s Patricio Jaramillo, Business And Analytical Skills Are A Career ‘Killer Combo’

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This is the latest installment in “PII,” a series featuring the talent that makes the wheels turn in our data-driven advertising world. Read previous interviews with talent from Mindshare, Mediavest | Spark, Razorfish, Essence, INNOCEAN, Clear Channel Outdoor and Placed. Patricio Jaramillo is in a serious relationship with data. “My relationship with my wife is first, and then with data,” theContinue reading »

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Two Years In, GroupM Hasn’t Softened Its Tough Stance On Viewability

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GroupM exec John Montgomery has been to CES for nearly a decade, but this is his first year attending as EVP of global brand safety. So what’s a brand safety guy doing at a consumer electronics show? “To understand brand safety, I need to understand where media is going, particularly new data innovations,” he said.Continue reading »

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CES 2017 Is Brought To You By The Letters AR, VR And IoT

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Jim Butler, president of the Dentsu Aegis digital agency Isobar US, is ready to hit the CES showroom floor even though, at the time of this interview, it hadn’t opened yet. It’s his first pilgrimage to CES, and much of what will be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center falls into both personal andContinue reading »

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CES 2017 Will Soon Light Up Las Vegas, And Here’s What To Expect

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which officially kicks off Thursday, is fundamentally a hardware show. It’s a sprawl of new toys that consumers will either really want (drones!) or want not at all (3-D TVs!). “One needs to be careful about CES, as there are a lot of things on display and aren’t relevant forContinue reading »

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Exiber Aims To Bring Transparency To Programmatic Buying In LatAm

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The transparency train is making its next stop in Latin America. On Tuesday, a company called Exiber came out of stealth with a raison d’être centered on what it calls “uncomplicated and transparent programmatic marketing.” Based in Miami, Brazil and Mexico, Exiber bills itself as a data-driven agency for LatAm and US multicultural customers looking forContinue reading »

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Move Fast And Break Things: Holding Company Shape Shifts Of 2016

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For the big six holding companies, 2016 was a year of acquisitions, restructures, reviews and leadership shakeups, centering expertise around data and digital. But they also engaged in strategies at odds with best practices and client interests. Faced with shrinking margins and rising technology costs, holding companies found new ways to eke revenue – methodsContinue reading »

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Gale Aims To Integrate Clients’ Agency Partners

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Agencies live in a dog-eat-dog world, fighting for diminishing brand budgets. How can a new agency compete against giants with huge war chests and tons of employees? For Gale Partners, a two-and-a-half-year-old digital agency that began as a systems integrator, the trick is to frame its data and strategy capabilities in a way that solves a specificContinue reading »

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As Agencies Ramp Up Advanced TV, Will Business Models Resemble TV Or Digital?

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Agencies are developing skills and business models around advanced TV buying, just as they once did for programmatic buying. GroupM has a dedicated department in Modi Media. IPG Mediabrands’ Cadreon, Dentsu Aegis’ Amplifi, Omnicom and Publicis Groupe also have added expertise. Even independent agencies like Horizon Media are building out advanced TV centers. “Advanced TV”Continue reading »

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