GroupM: Digital Brands Fuel Robust Ad Spend Growth, But Foundation Is Shaky

Facebook, Amazon, Google might be the biggest ad platforms in the world, but as advertisers, they’ve become the heaviest spenders, according to a global ad forecast from GroupM, released Wednesday. As an advertiser category, digital natives are fueling the fire on global ad spend growth. Granted, GroupM doesn’t expect the 2019 growth rate to beContinue reading »

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Kraft-Heinz’s $15B Write-Down Shows Why Marketing Still Matters

Kraft-Heinz’s $15 billion write-down on Kraft and Oscar Meyer last week shows that underinvesting in marketing and brand hurts long-term growth. “It indicates investment in innovation and branding is essential,” said Martin Sorrell, CEO of S4 Capital. “In addition to being frugal, you have to invest in product or service innovation and marketing. You’re throwingContinue reading »

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Brian Wieser Leaps From Pivotal Research To Global Role At GroupM

Brian Wieser is heading back to the agency world, joining WPP’s media buying unit GroupM as global president of business intelligence, the company said Wednesday. He will report to GroupM CEO Kelly Clark. It might seem like an odd time to jump to an agency, given the volatility of the industry and the epic amountContinue reading »

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Analyst Brian Wieser Takes On Ad Tech’s ‘Big Two,’ Criteo And The Trade Desk

On Monday, Pivotal analyst Brian Wieser informed investors he will begin covering Criteo and The Trade Desk as his first ad tech stocks. Wieser covers large entities across the media and marketing sectors. His smallest previously was Interpublic Group, which has a $10 billion market cap. But when investors began asking him more about adContinue reading »

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Podcast: Brian Wieser’s Word To The Wise

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. Brian Wieser has been called the most quoted man in advertising, and that’s probably true. The Pivotal Research analyst is routinely quizzed by reporters, ad CEOs and investors for his thoughts on a wide range of companies in the space, including tech platforms, media companies andContinue reading »

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Will Martin Sorrell’s Successor Be A Media Mogul Or Financial Outsider?

Longtime WPP CEO Martin Sorrell’s abrupt departure Saturday shocked the industry. Sorrell, 73, is the advertising giant’s founding CEO and the only person to hold the title since 1986. But despite his age, WPP’s board never named a possible successor for the company. There are many options to choose from, said Brian Wieser, senior researchContinue 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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