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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Blaming Programmatic: Snapchat Goes To An Old Publisher Script

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When Snap reported disappointing earnings on Tuesday, it said revenue was constrained by its shift from a direct sales model to a programmatic, auction-based model. Snap’s excuse mimics one that publishers used in the early days of programmatic to explain their revenue shortfalls, and it doesn’t fully take into account immaturities and nuances in Snap’sContinue reading »

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When It Comes To Ad Quality, Programmatic Isn’t The Problem

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Brands, agencies, publishers and vendors agree that while the industry is rife with ad quality issues, programmatic isn’t the culprit. “Programmatic is not the problem,” said Shaune Kolber, programmatic creative and ad fraud manager at Dell, at AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O conference in New York City on Thursday. “It’s a way of buying. It’s not supposedContinue reading »

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Merkle’s Global COO On Navigating Platforms, Publishers And Cloud Stacks

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As the global COO of Merkle, Michael Komasinski keeps the proverbial engines running both internally and in the agency’s services business. After joining Merkle in 2015 from his post as COO of Razorfish North America, Komasinski helped drive 30% revenue growth across the business in 2016. Komasinski also was largely responsible for leading the integrationContinue reading »

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Three Challenges Agencies Face While Orchestrating Creative Messaging

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Media agencies know how to find the right person at the right time, thanks to the growth of programmatic. But they’re still trying to pin down how to send the right message. “You want the media to recognize where they were, but you also want to recognize where they were in the conversation,” said ZimmContinue reading »

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Fluent Aims To Help Database Marketers Embrace ‘Audience’

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Digital ad players from AOL to Facebook have given lead-gen ads a try, but one company built an entire business around it. Fluent has remained relatively quiet since it was acquired by information services company IDI, now Cogint, for $100 million. The company was on a $140 million (gross revenue) run rate at the timeContinue reading »

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Don’t Fall Into The Marketing Vs. Sales Trap

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“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 Michael McLaren, executive global group director, high-tech and business-to-business practices, at Merkle. Have you ever found yourself in a meeting where sales leadership challenged marketing leadership for evidence that theirContinue reading »

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Ordered Chaos: Is The Marketing Funnel Capable Of Much More?

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“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 Matthew Mobley, chief technology officer at Merkle. At a marketing event I recently attended, there was one aspect that resonated with me the most: the marketing funnel and how marketersContinue reading »

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