Podcast: The Rise Of B2B

The B2B marketing discipline, worth some $120 billion in annual spending, is in flux. Brands like Microsoft, John Deere, HP, GE and Adobe have migrated from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that is far more targeted. This week on the podcast, we cover the impact of new methodologies, technologies and data on enterprise marketing, withContinue reading »

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What If Nielsen Disappeared?

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Krish Sailam, senior vice president of programmatic solutions at DWA, a Merkle company. Nielsen has been in the news lately, and not in a flattering light. With a major TV studio (CBS) and media agency (Gray) castingContinue reading »

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The Media Agency’s Guide To GDPR And EPrivacy

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On May 25th, when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect, media agencies will be subject to a new set of laws around targeting European consumers. The GDPR, which makes it illegal for businesses to use EU citizens’ data without proper basis or consent, will limit media agencies’ ability to targetContinue 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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Dentsu-Aegis To Acquire Indie Media Agency DWA To Boost Its B2B Chops

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Dentsu-Aegis Network is buying its agency Merkle an early Christmas gift: San Francisco-based B2B media agency DWA. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DWA’s 150 employees will join Merkle, and the agency will operate as a Merkle company. “There’s a growing group of enterprise level, B-to-B and technology businesses, all moving atContinue reading »

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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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