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Outsourcing Your Media Buying

Imagine if all of your strategies, ideas and thoughts were able to be vetted and acted upon. Better yet, imagine the sense of accomplishment you’d have from taking an idea from your head all the way to production. Part of your role as a marketer is to lead the strategic vision of your company, yet …

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Native. Undefined.

Native was once considered a standalone tactic used in reaching our audience – in a non-intrusive and relevant environment. Now we find ourselves increasingly identifying more tactics as ‘native’ when developing media strategies as the lines continue to blur with publishers, mobile platforms, video networks, commerce sites and social networks all offering some form of …

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Programmatic TV: The Good, The Bad, The Fuzzy – Part 1

In order to truly dive into the programmatic TV space, let us first separate it into the way we see it: the good, the bad and the fuzzy. This first blog post will tackle the good, everything that we have come to love in buying TV programmatically. TV upfronts are a 50 year old tradition …

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Attribution 101 – What the heck are we talking about?

Most of us have heard the old John Wanamaker quote, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”  It’s been over a hundred years since those words were first uttered, yet for some reason the advertising industry still struggles with the same familiar challenge. For the …

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What’s the Deal With Outstream Video?

Outstream video, in-content video, native video.. different names describing the same thing! Let’s call it outstream video for today. Outstream is a video format that is embedded within content rather than instream formats such as pre-roll.. meaning that a user does not need to be watching video content in order to view the ad. The …

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Is Viewability an Issue or Advantage?

Does anyone remember the Hi-C marketing campaign that rolled out by stating clearly on the juice container “Contains 10% real fruit juice!”?   Like many, my first reaction was wondering if that was a good thing or what was everyone else pumping into their juice? Flash forward a few decades, and according to a recent Google …

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Definitions in the RTB and Programmatic Advertising World

In the world where only the acronym’s advance faster than the technology, we often have to take a step back and make sure we’re not interchanging our terms.  Much like people seem to interchange the terms Search, SEO, SEM and PPC – and yet never fully understand what they’re asking for, we’d like to lay …

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Big Data or Big Marketing Opps?

So today I had the opportunity of sitting on a panel of “big data” experts at the Triangle Interactive Marketing Association (TIMA). I have to admit, I was not excited to speak about data, no matter how “big” the industry has labeled it.  My opinion of the excitement over big data is that it is …

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Digital Media Strategy | Programmatic Media Buying

Programmatic Media Buying is defined as the automated process for which one can purchase display media advertisements via an online bidding process.  Typically, remnant inventory is placed on an exchange, in which technology such as Demand Side Platforms (DSP’s) or Trading Desks will Real Time Bid (RTB) on the data and available inventory.  Pretty simple …

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Super Bowl 2012 Advertising

Yes, there are plenty of critics in the world, so I won’t pretend to be perfect – but here’s some of my high-level wondering’s on this years Super Bowl, and more importantly, the commercials that aired throughout. Hands down, my favorite spot was the Chrysler “It’s Halftime in America” with Clint Eastwood.  It was pointed …

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