Horizon Teams Up With 4C To Customize Cross-Platform TV Plans

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Media agency Horizon is giving its advanced TV platform Pivot a facelift. Horizon is building a custom planning tool using 4C Insights, the social and TV data analytics platform designed to go beyond age and gender demographic targeting. Instead, 4C’s tool will integrate with Pivot to help Horizon marry behavioral, attitudinal and purchase data withContinue reading »

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CES 2018: Sir Martin Sorrell Sets His Sights On Simplification, VR And Amazon

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WPP is embracing the forces of change – both internally and externally. Internally, CEO Sir Martin Sorrell knows WPP’s clients want simplification, which will lead to more consolidation. “We’ve seen it amongst clients and media,” he told AdExchanger. “We’re quite likely to see a similar set of circumstances in the agency business.” And externally, he’sContinue reading »

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2017: The Year The Holding Companies Fell To Earth

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The past year was a tough one for agency holding companies. WPP, Omnicom, Publicis Groupe, IPG, Dentsu Aegis Network and Havas posted little to no growth in 2017. The agency business has been in flux for years, but 2017 offered the “perfect storm” of challenges that caused growth to stutter, said Greg Paull, principal analystContinue reading »

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Dentsu-Aegis To Acquire Indie Media Agency DWA To Boost Its B2B Chops

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Dentsu-Aegis Network is buying its agency Merkle an early Christmas gift: San Francisco-based B2B media agency DWA. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DWA’s 150 employees will join Merkle, and the agency will operate as a Merkle company. “There’s a growing group of enterprise level, B-to-B and technology businesses, all moving atContinue reading »

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IPG Mediabrands Built A Data Stack That Operates Across Walled Gardens

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For agencies, managing and optimizing campaigns across walled gardens is no easy task. Because Facebook, Google, Snap, Twitter and Amazon each have their own ways of defining audiences and processes for optimizing spend, buyers have to launch campaigns multiple times across each of them for every client, without getting consistent insight into what’s working andContinue reading »

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Hearts & Science: Negative Brand Adjacency Has A Direct Impact On The Bottom Line

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When ads show up next to questionable content, consumers are far from impressed. Sixty-four percent of adult consumers say a brand’s reputation is at risk if its media appears next to hateful or derogatory content, according to research released Wednesday by Omnicom media agency Hearts & Science, which surveyed roughly 1,500 consumers ages 22-45 acrossContinue reading »

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With A New CEO On Board, We Are Unlimited’s New Agency Model Comes To Life

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We Are Unlimited, the integrated agency Omnicom launched to service the McDonald’s account earlier this year, has hired former iCrossing President Mark Mulhern as its new CEO. In an interview, Mulhern said he was attracted by the opportunity to test a new agency model. “The future of our industry is based on specialisms coming backContinue reading »

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The Top 10 Programmatic Agencies

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By Alison Weissbrot, Sarah Sluis and Kelly Liyakasa Programmatic has transformed the role of the media agency. When programmatic was new, trading desks formed within agencies and holding companies to incubate expertise. As the buying method matured and the trading desk business model came under scrutiny, clients demanded that talent be integrated with their accountContinue reading »

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Spark Foundry Rolling Media Budgets And Creative Budgets Together

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What if your media agency made your creative agency obsolete? Spark Foundry, which formed last year when Starcom retired the Mediavest Spark brand, is blurring the line between media and creative to give its clients a better chance of success. With the rise of sponsored content and social media, it makes sense for media andContinue reading »

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Rob Norman Shares His Industry Outlook After 30 Years In The Media Biz

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Agencies are dying? Don’t tell that to Rob Norman, chief digital officer and veteran of WPP’s GroupM, who said Monday he will step down from his full-time role to become a part-time adviser for the company. But even if agencies aren’t having a near-death experience, they should behave like they are, Norman said: “If youContinue reading »

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