Arun Kumar: AMS Will Supercharge IPG’s First-Party Data Capabilities

Arun Kumar, chief data and marketing technology officer at IPG Mediabrands, will play a central role in integrating Acxiom Marketing Solutions (AMS) into the holding company. The $2.3 billion acquisition, announced last week, gives IPG 1,600 data scientists, 200 product and technology specialists and first-party data on 2.2 billion global consumers. With AMS, IPG alsoContinue reading »

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IPG Mediabrands Melds Three Specialist Shops – Reprise, Ansible And Society – Into A Full-Service Performance Agency

IPG Mediabrands is the latest agency network to bust silos to offer clients integrated solutions. The company said Wednesday it folded mobile agency Ansible and social agency Society into search agency Reprise. The combined agencies unified under the Reprise brand because it had the broadest footprint, with 60 offices in 40-plus markets, said Tim RingelContinue reading »

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IPG’s Arun Kumar: Facebook’s Third-Party Data Clampdown ‘Could’ve Been Handled Better’

Facebook’s decision to shut off partner categories and turn down the spigot of data flowing into and out of its platform may be a necessary step to comply with GDPR and improve consumer privacy. But Facebook could’ve given partners more notice, rather than wait until two months before GDPR goes into effect, said Arun Kumar,Continue reading »

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IPG’s Erica Schmidt Becomes Cadreon’s Global CEO

Erica Schmidt, Cadreon’s former EVP and managing director in North America, has been promoted to global CEO of the programmatic unit, the company said Wednesday. Schmidt takes over the role from Arun Kumar, chief marketing and data technology officer of IPG Mediabrands, who oversees the group’s central media, data and technology practice as well asContinue reading »

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Demystifying Agency Data Platforms

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Advertisers want to market using the type of rich data provided by walled gardens – but that’s not possible on the open web. So the major holding companies have each developed data platforms to meet their clients’ needs. The question is: What’s the difference between their offerings? Publicis Groupe’s Spine, IPG’s AMP, WPP’s mPlatform, DentsuContinue 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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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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Why The 2017 TV Upfronts Could Be A Buyer’s Market

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Maureen Bosetti, the chief investment officer for IPG Mediabrands’ Initiative, will discuss dynamics for this year’s upfronts alongside other TV power players at Industry Preview on Jan. 18 in New York City. The 2016 TV upfronts ended with networks posting double-digit CPM increases, but will that momentum carry into 2017? Two key factors could help buyers wieldContinue reading »

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