Inside Xandr’s Pitch To Agencies

If Xandr wants to live up to its promise and create a programmatic marketplace for the TV industry, it’s going to have to convince agencies to buy what it’s offering. The AT&T-owned company recently hired Jay Askinasi for the job, and he joined Xandr in early February as VP, head of digital and agency partnerships.Continue reading »

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IAB Offers DTC Playbook; AT&T Consolidates Ad Spend On AppNexus

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. DTC Playbook, Written A values-driven brand with the best X in its category launches on Facebook, quickly gains customers and uses data to improve its products and its marketing process. Ever feel like direct-to-consumer brands are all following the same unwritten set of rules?Continue reading »

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DirecTV Now’s Losses, Xandr’s Growth, And Other Hotspots From AT&T’s Earnings Call

AT&T is juggling a lot of business units at the crossroads of media, advertising and communications. Here are three takeaways from the company’s Q4 2018 earnings call on Wednesday that you can bring to the water cooler. DirecTV Now lost subscribers … but it’s all part of the plan? When AT&T scaled back on promotionsContinue reading »

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Xandr CEO Brian Lesser: AT&T’s Strategy Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ Than Verizon’s

When AT&T bought Time Warner in June to create a programmatic exchange for the TV industry, many looked to Verizon’s purchases of AOL and Yahoo as a comparison. But the two telco’s strategies “could not be any more different,” said Xandr CEO Brian Lesser on stage at AdExchanger’s Industry Preview last Thursday. “Oath, I think,Continue reading »

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AT&T Returns To YouTube; Facebook Faces New FTC Fine

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Brand Safe Enough AT&T is advertising on YouTube again after a two-year hiatus. The telco, one of the world’s largest advertisers, pulled spend from the video platform at the height of its 2017 brand safety scandal with a promise not to return until majorContinue reading »

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AT&T First-Party Data Floods Into Turner’s Linear And Digital Inventory

Turner will activate first-party data from AT&T’s 40 million set-top boxes to improve targeting and attribution for its linear TV offering, the company said Tuesday. The capability will be generally available Q1. AT&T’s set-top data, available through the Xandr ad unit, could already be applied to Turner’s digital properties, as of Q4 2018. These dataContinue reading »

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How AT&T Completes Cheddar’s ‘Journey’ Into Every OTT Skinny Bundle In The Country

Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg will speak at AdExchanger’s upcoming Industry Preview conference on Jan. 23-24. AT&T began rolling out Cheddar across its video platforms DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse TV last month. Cheddar has also broadened its reach on other media over the last few months. AT&T announced the Cheddar deal just days after Axios reported thatContinue reading »

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2018: The Year AT&T Packed Its War Chest

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video.  Today’s column is written by Lindsey Harju, co-founder at Blinc Digital Group. 2018 may look similar to years past, with cross-channel acquisitions a seemingly regular occurrence. But for me, 2018 will stand out in the history of advanced TVContinue reading »

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Verizon’s Oath Looks To Non-Advertising Revenue; Apple Lax On App Enforcement?

Shorting Ads Verizon is inching away from the grand advertising ambitions it once had for Oath. The ad unit has a new chief, Guru Gowrappan, following Tim Armstrong’s departure in September, and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who took over in August, is more interested in network infrastructure than media. And after failing to meet adContinue reading »

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Retailers Race To Own A Piece Of CTV’s Future

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Ryan Christiansen, co-founder and CEO at Ntooitive Digital. The ability to track and effectively target consumer actions has never been more essential to marketers seeking to unleash the power of cross-platform digital advertising. WithContinue reading »

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