Who Are This Year’s Strategic Acquirers In Media And Marketing?

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In recent years, enterprise giants like Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and Adobe monopolized M&A activity as each marketing cloud raced to buy their way into ad tech. That tide has turned. These days, strategic acquisitions are more about expanding access to content, audiences and new means of distribution. Just look to media company team-ups like Disney-21stContinue reading »

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Verizon Global Media Head Marni Walden To Exit, Oath CEO Tim Armstrong To Report To Verizon Boss

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Marni Walden, EVP and president of global media and the highest-ranking female executive at Verizon, will step down and move into an advisory position as of Dec. 31. She will leave the company in February, according to a Verizon SEC filing dated Sept. 28. Company CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed the news late Wednesday, stating thatContinue reading »

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Oath’s Revenue Chief Charts A Path For Verizon’s Ad Tech And Publisher Brands

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John DeVine, Oath’s newly minted CRO, faces a steep challenge in integrating Yahoo and AOL’s sales organizations. “Priority one is cultural alignment and making sure we have clarity on who our clients are and where we’ll win in the marketplace,” DeVine told AdExchanger. “We’re going through the process now to bring the two sales teamsContinue reading »

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For Verizon, Customer Experience Combines Data And Design Thinking

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In April, Verizon joined the ranks of Apple, Samsung, Citi and other enterprises when it hired its first chief customer experience officer. For the role, it tapped Disney and Capital One alum Scott Zimmer to help connect the dots between all channels that Verizon consumers come across. Unlike CRM, which originated in the late ’90sContinue reading »

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Behind NBCU’s Direct-To-Marketer Pitch

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As NBCUniversal’s portfolio has evolved, so has its sales pitch to brand marketers. When NBCU merged its linear and digital sales teams in 2015 and combined all its content groups, its client partnerships team assumed a greater role within its sales organization. That team, led by client partnerships EVP Ali Tarrant, became the broadcaster’s conduitContinue reading »

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AOL Primes An Alternative To Standard Pre-Roll

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Publishers like Bloomberg and The Washington Post have raced to roll out non-intrusive ad formats priced on attention and engagement metrics. The IAB’s efforts to curb disruptive ad experiences also reinvigorated the dialogue. Verizon-owned AOL is the latest to join the conversation. On Thursday, it dished up several new ad formats designed around consumer engagementContinue reading »

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