• The Disintermediation of Ad Agencies

    Darren Herman of MDC Partners‘ Varick Media Management recently published his thoughts on the disintermediation of online display advertising and, by extension, ad networks. Though it cannot be said we’re in complete agreement, it is a well-conceived argument that plots a path to success for savvy ad agencies who are ready to bring ad exchange […]

  • Razorfish 2009 Outlook: The Ad Exchange Is Our Future

    Are those pork bellies or M&M’s in the picture? Ad exchanges get premium billing in Razorfish’s just-released 2009 Digital Outlook paper (PDF here). In the “What’s emerging” section of the paper, Razorfish has imbibed the ad exchange Kool-aid with a four-page spread entitled, “Ad Exchanges: Revolutionizing the Buy-Sell Process.” The exchange feature is even before […]

  • Ad Agencies, Exchanges And The Disintermediation Opportunity

    A flood of behavioral targeting company news coincided with the OMMA Behavioral conference at the Marriott Marquis in NYC this past Thursday. In ClickZ, Michael Katz of interClick noted the recent appearance of new data “intermediaries” – such as yield optimizers Rubicon Project, “meta network” MediaMath and ad data exchanges like Media 6° and BlueKai […]

  • When Worlds Collide: GroupM Undermines The Agency Model

    Like rats following the pied piper into the East River of New York City, Rob Norman’s GroupM believes it knows best when it comes to its clients’ future – and the future is closed. Are the lawyers in charge over there or what? This is it, people – the end of the agency model as […]

  • Media Kitchen Starts Varick Media Management

    The Media Kitchen, a Kirshenbaum Bond offshoot, has birthed a new ad exchange trading services company called Varick Media Management (a KB “grandchild”?). From the press release: Varick Media Management is the first digital media management company that allows media trading in real time across all online exchanges, ad networks and websites. Similar to hedge […]

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