Podcast: Ad Tech Fan Fic

What if Microsoft, and not Google, had acquired DoubleClick in 2007? What if Facebook hadn’t given up on its Atlas and LiveRail acquisitions? What if YouTube had stayed independent? In this episode, Beeswax CEO Ari Paparo comes to the studio for a game of “what if,” applying his encyclopedic knowledge of ad tech to aContinue reading »

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Podcast: Lessons From The Media Trenches

It’s been almost a year since Vista Equity Partners acquired a majority stake in ad verification company Integral Ad Science. In the wake of the acquisition, the company appointed a new CEO, Lisa Utzschneider, to lead the company. In this episode, Utzschneider discusses her 20 years in senior revenue roles at Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo,Continue reading »

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Podcast: Too Much Power

Facebook, Google and Amazon all possess near monopolies in their respective markets. Is there anything wrong with that? The presiding view has been that monopolies don’t matter as long as the consumer is better off, according to Rishad Tobaccowala, chief growth officer at Publicis Groupe. “All of us get these platforms for free,” he saysContinue reading »

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Podcast: Media Agency Tectonics

Dentsu Aegis Network’s media billings grew 28% in 2018, according to benchmarking firm RECMA, making it the fastest-growing media group among the holding companies. The company now has $13 billion under management across Carat, dentsu X, iProspect and other agencies. This week on AdExchanger Talks, Dentsu Aegis’ media chairman, Doug Ray, describes the agency’s growthContinue reading »

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Podcast: Xaxis, Then And Now

WPP Group’s programmatic platform subsidiary Xaxis has navigated several seasons of change in programmatic. “When Xaxis was started it was very much around this concept of leveraging programmatic to help advertisers reach audiences,” Global CEO Nicolas Bidon says in this week’s episode of AdExchanger Talks. But over time that old definition of programmatic has becomeContinue reading »

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Podcast: What Innovation Means Now

This week on AdExchanger Talks, 614 Group CEO and Founder Rob Rasko graces the studio for a discussion of the changing nature of programmatic and entrepreneurship. 2018 was a year of change in programmatic, exemplified by Xandr’s acquisition of AppNexus. The deal has created uncertainty: Where will networks that used to transact on the AppNexusContinue reading »

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There Is No Podcasting Bubble

This week’s guest, Tutuwa Ahwoi, will present at AdExchanger’s upcoming Programmatic IO San Francisco, taking place April 29-30, on “How To Harness The Momentum In Podcasting.” Podcasting is increasingly a source of audience and revenue growth for publishers. In this episode Ahwoi, a 12-year veteran of National Public Media, shares lessons learned from her manyContinue reading »

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Podcast: Everything Is Shoppable

This week on the podcast, entrepreneur Rachel Tipograph describes her startup MikMak and her vision for a future where every media format is commerce-enabled. The company provides universal product detail pages that brands can embed in any content environment and that integrate with pretty much every retailer out there. A person can swipe or tapContinue reading »

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Podcast: Adform Follows Function

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. Adform is a proud member of the tiny club of huge independent ad platforms. With 900 people working in 26 countries, the Denmark-based company takes an engineering-driven approach to data-driven ad buying. Profitable since the early days, its top-line revenue has doubled year on year forContinue reading »

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Spotify Buys Anchor And Gimlet In Major Foray Into Podcasting

Spotify said Wednesday in a blog post it would acquire podcast production network Gimlet Media and podcast creation, distribution and sponsorship platform Anchor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources pegged the price at roughly $230 million. If that estimate is correct, it’s the most high-value acquisition of a podcast network or platformContinue reading »

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