More encouraging news that ad demand is rebounding from its recent recession is coming out of GroupM’s Business Intelligence team. “Global advertising is improving,” GroupM Business Intelligence Global President Brian Wieser writes in an update, adding that ad spending is “even going positive in some markets.”
“In our current multiplatform world, everything is now being sold on an impression basis except linear TV,” says TVB President Steve Lanzano. “We want local TV stations and the ad agencies to be able to sell and buy that way, too. We have been working with the buying agencies for some time behind the scenes and now we are going public.”
“The XFL has a good chance to become a small, viable opportunity for clients based on its WWE ownership backing,” says Adam Schwartz of Horizon Media. “I don’t think the XFL will ever become the NFL, but if the product is strong, it will get viewers to watch and, perhaps, to gamble on the games [and] that will draw more viewer interest.”
WPP said Christian Juhl, who currently leads GroupM’s ad buying agency Essence, will assume the new role on Oct. 1. GroupM buys tens of billions of dollars of commercial space on behalf of advertisers. One of Juhl’s biggest remits will be to evolve the company’s partnerships with ad and tech vendors.
Fox is the latest TV network to join Project OAR, the TV consortium designed to standardize addressable TV buying. The group also announced the formation of an agency advisory committee that includes Publicis Media, Omnicom Media Group, GroupM, IPG’s Magna Global, Dentsu Aegis, Havas and Horizon Media.
GroupM issued a revised ad-spending forecast today for the U.S. predicting underlying growth (which excludes political advertising) of 5.8% for 2019. That’s just slightly lower than the 6% underlying growth GroupM says the U.S. market achieved in 2018. The WPP media unit also forecast underlying growth of 4.8% for 2020.
As global president of business intelligence, the research analyst will lead the company’s marketplace analytics, forecasting and publishing.
The new offering is designed to help TV advertisers target viewers more precisely across the spectrum of video platforms including broadcast, satellite and cable TV and the array of video-on-demand offerings tied to those channels; over-the-top providers and game consoles, all combined for scale.
WPP’s GroupM today announced it is imposing its viewability standards globally and strengthening them for social and mobile newsfeed environments. It’s also undertaking a research to study the performance of social and newsfeed video.
Mindshare, the GroupM agency, has absorbed sibling Ogilvy unit Neo, which becomes part of Mindshare’s newly formed Performance Group, the agencies have confirmed. The new unit also houses an operation called FAST (Future Adaptive Specialist Team) which focuses on marketing via addressable channels. For GroupM it’s the second big agency restructuring move in recent weeks, following its decision to fold Maxus into sibling media agency MEC. Neo was formed in 2006 as a digital media unit of Ogilvy.
After celebrating the benefits of robust ad spending in 2016, the U.S. media world may have to prepare for a hangover next year. Madison Avenue is seen paring back on the amount it spends in 2017 as advertisers ponder heavier investment in digital media and gauge the pulse of consumers under a mercurial new U.S. president, according to two of the ad sector’s biggest purchasers of commercials. While advertisers will spend more money overall, the amount of increase in their outlay from year to year is expected to narrow.
After serving since 2005 as chief investment officer for the North American operations of GroupM, the large media-buying operation that is part of ad-holding giant WPP, Scanzoni is moving to a new role – and the shift is indicative of a transformation of how Madison Avenue is buying commercial inventory across all media. He becomes president of investment, meaning he will oversee how advertiser dollars are allocated across TV, print, radio, digital and local media, as well as the burgeoning swell of analytic tools advertisers are tapping to help them determine their allocations.
A new deal with BuzzFeed gives GroupM loads of data, which can be used for better targeting. The aim: Breakthrough campaigns. Rob Norman, chief digital officer at GroupM, talks about why the BuzzFeed deal was made, why big data is important, and how agencies are preparing for the future.
The company’s top forecaster — Adam Smith — provided some headline numbers for 2015 ad spending from a forthcoming new report during a conference call with analysts on Wednesday. GroupM now believes that total global spending growth for the year will be 4%, down from the 4.9% (to $538 billion) the firm had forecast earlier.
WPP’s GroupM has appointed David Michael chief information officer in North America. The position is new and the firm said Michael is responsible for IT delivery in North America. From authorizations to dashboards to human resources to finance, he will work with GroupM and its agencies to identify, enable and execute data-driven solutions which provide tech advantages and deliver efficiency.
After two years of recession and five years of recovery, the worldwide media economy is finally getting back on track. Global ad spending finally will rise above its 2007-2008 pre-recession levels next year for the first time, according to a new forecast from GroupM. Worldwide spending will hit $534 billion this year, up 4.5 percent over 2013. In 2015, that will increase to $560 billion, up another 5 percent.
GroupM is striking agreements with broadcasters to do business on a C7 basis for its clients during upfronts, according to multiple people familiar with the talks. Actual commitments for ad time aren’t the focus; instead the parties are laying groundwork to do deals that consider commercial ratings over the course of a week instead of the current industry standard of three days.
Three new ad spending forecasts released Sunday night are pegging ad growth next year partly on the Winter Olympics, the World Cup and the mid-term elections in the U.S. It’s the first time in 20 years that a new platform is expanding overall ad spending without cannibalizing other media, one forecast said.
Though there have been some economic bright spots for the United States this year, including the decline in unemployment and rebound of the housing market, true recovery is still a ways off, and that’s apparently making companies reluctant to invest in advertising. A new forecast from GroupM slashes its outlook for U.S. ad growth in 2013 from 2.7% to 1.8%.
WPP’s GroupM has won global buying duties for household products maker S.C. Johnson after a review. The account, with total spending approaching $1 billion, will be parked at Maxus, which also was awarded half of the client’s media planning account.