CafeMedia Sells Websites To Focus On AdThrive

CafeMedia is selling its entire publishing portfolio to RockYou, choosing to place its bets on AdThrive, the ad management firm it acquired two years ago. The AdThrive business is profitable but the sites being sold by CafeMedia – CafeMom, MamasLatinas, Revelist and Baby Name Wizard – were “break-even,” according to CafeMedia CEO Michael Sanchez. “It’sContinue reading »

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WPP’s Mark Read Is Serious About “Getting On With The Business”

It’s been a heck of a couple of months for Mark Read. The Wunderman CEO was promoted to co-chief operating officer of WPP in April after then-CEO Martin Sorrell stepped down amid an investigation into misuse of company funds. Read shares his role with Andrew Scott, WPP’s COO for EMEA, who focuses on the commercialContinue reading »

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Ad Tech Abandoned The SMB Market

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Ratko Vidakovic, founder at AdProfs. With the digital ad market poised to continue growing by double-digit figures, Facebook and Google will, unsurprisingly, “account for 90% of that growth,” according toContinue reading »

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Roy Rogers Restaurants Taps New Marketing Chief To Beef Up On Digital

Mark Jenkins spent his first two weeks as the new senior director of marketing at Roy Rogers Restaurants, manning the drive-thru window, making gravy, frying chicken and prepping salads. “As a marketing guy, I need to really understand the ops platforms inside the restaurant, the experience and the way things are built,” said Jenkins, whoContinue reading »

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Waldorf Astoria Launches First Digital-Led Branding Campaign

Waldorf Astoria is using social media to connect with the young, affluent millennial women it sees as its next guests. The goal is make sure that the ritzy Hilton-owned brand, whose roots go back to the late 1800s, has a marketing strategy that hits “the sweet spot with the newer entrants to the luxury demographic,”Continue reading »

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VAST 4.1: Why Are Changes Needed?

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Michael Tuminello, vice president of solutions and partnerships at Innovid. Believe it or not, video ad standards are almost 10 years old. VAST 2.0 and VPAID 1.0 [PDF] were drafted in 2009 and, generallyContinue reading »

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AT&T’s Lesser Coy On AppNexus Buy; Facebook Rakes In The Ad Revenue

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Rumors And Rosé “Cannes is really good at rosé, heat, parties and rumors,” Brian Lesser, president of AT&T’s Advertising and Analytics group, told CNBC at the Cannes Lions Festival on Wednesday. The rumors swirling at Cannes this year center on AT&T’s reported deal forContinue reading »

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AT&T Advertising CMO Kirk McDonald On Redefining The Ads Experience, Blank Banners And Big Rumors

AT&T rode into Cannes this year amid fanfare following its Time Warner acquisition, freshly rebranded as WarnerMedia. But trailing in its wake are a lot of questions around what this mega-merger means for the advertising landscape. Intentionally or not, AT&T added to the ambiguity with its Cannes branding – or complete lack thereof. The telcoContinue reading »

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Agencies Shrug As Consulting Firms Swarm The Croisette

Cannes is reaching peak consulting firm. After steadily acquiring small digital and design agencies for the past decade, the agency divisions of major consulting firms, such as Accenture, PwC and Deloitte, are making their presence known on the Croisette this year. Deloitte Digital had a far lighter touch at Cannes last year, with a cabanaContinue reading »

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Nielsen Catalina Adds Cross-Screen TV And Video Measurement To Its Toolkit

Ad campaigns unfurl across screens, and that’s the way they should be measured. Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) released a cross-screen measurement tool on Wednesday that links incremental offline sales for an ad campaign to total views across channels, including linear TV, mobile and desktop video, over-the-top (OTT) and connected TV. NCS, which provides purchase-based targetingContinue reading »

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