AD TECH AND MARTECH
Comcast Advertising | September 15, 2022
Comcast Advertising today announced that it has appointed Pooja Midha as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. She replaces James Rooke, who recently took on the role of president, Comcast Advertising.
In this position, Midha will oversee a national team spanning sales and sales development, operations, technology, product, data innovation and insights, and customer experience. She will continue to foster the company’s efforts to bring more widespread use of data to TV strategies, including the focus on multi-screen, audience-based advertising, as well as driving the growth of addressable advertising and programmatic capabilities across the company.
Midha will report to Comcast Advertising President James Rooke. She will be based in New York.
“Pooja is the right leader for Effectv at this time, especially as the company continues its transformation within the rapidly changing television landscape,” said Rooke.
“Pooja is the right leader for Effectv at this time, especially as the company continues its transformation within the rapidly changing television landscape,” said Rooke. “Through her recent work at Comcast Advertising, as well as her work within the industry as a pioneer and catalyst in driving innovation across both sales and software for premium premium video advertising, I am confident that she will lead the Effectv team to the next level of success.”
Midha has over 20 years of experience in the media and advertising sector, with a track record of transforming businesses, creating new models, developing brands and partnerships, and exceeding revenue goals. She has extensive knowledge of digital, video and television advertising, from pioneering digital and cross-screen strategies for major media companies and cable networks, to shepherding new technologies focused on consumer engagement and measurement for premium video.
In her role as Comcast Advertising’s first-ever chief growth officer, Midha oversaw global marketing across Comcast Advertising, FreeWheel and Effectv, including the launch of Effectv’s sales development organization. In addition to strengthening each unit’s brand and differentiated value, she worked with the leadership team to enhance the company’s products and solutions within a shifting, multi-screen landscape, emphasizing data and customer value.
“I’m excited, humbled and very much looking forward to leading Effectv in my new role,” Midha said. “In the last two years, Effectv has made significant progress in its mission to become the world’s smartest audience delivery company. I can’t wait to start working with the leadership team and network of talented employees to accelerate industry innovation and drive business results for our clients by combining the power of TV with the best of digital to connect their brands with multi-screen audiences.”
Prior to joining Comcast Advertising, Midha served as president of the advertising technology company true[X]. Before true[X], Midha was senior vice president, digital ad sales and operations for the ABC Television Network. Earlier in her career, Midha held a variety of senior sales and marketing roles at Viacom (now Paramount), including positions at MTV Networks, MTV Networks International and Nickelodeon. She started her career in advertising sales at Dow Jones & Company.
Midha is a frequent industry spokesperson and thought leader and has won numerous industry awards, including being named a 2016 Adweek Young Influential and a 2021 Multichannel News Wonder Woman. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Midha lives with her husband and two young daughters in New York City.
About Comcast Advertising
Comcast Advertising is the advertising division of Comcast Cable. As a global leader in media, technology and advertising, Comcast Advertising fosters powerful connections between brands and their audiences as well as among publishers, distributors, MVPDs, agencies and other industry players. Effectv, its advertising sales division, helps local, regional and national advertisers connect with their audiences on every screen by using advanced data to drive targeting and measurement of their campaigns. FreeWheel, its media and technology arm, provides the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. Comcast Cable, along with NBCUniversal and Sky, is part of the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA). Visit http://comcastadvertising.com/ to learn more.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING
SAP, GumGum | September 07, 2022
GumGum, a contextual-first global digital advertising platform, has announced that multinational software company, SAP, has become the first brand in EMEA to leverage both GumGum’s high impact desktop skin advertising unit, and its cookieless contextual targeting solution, VerityTM, to significantly boost brand awareness.
Led by OMD Hamburg, a leading media agency, the campaign successfully improved brand perception of SAP as a trusted business by +7ppts, and as a company that offers the best business software and solutions by +5ppts.
Measurement was provided by research experts On Device Research (ODR) and Lumen Research Ltd. ODR measured the campaign’s impact on the SAP brand by comparing the results of two tests. The first test comprised a control sample of people who had not been exposed to the ad creative, and the second test was aimed at the target audience, with consumers shown the campaign’s ad creative. Lumen provided eye tracking technology to both measure the attention the contextual campaigns received, and help understand the broader implications of attention as a metric for the digital advertising industry.
Using VerityTM, GumGum served the desktop skin unit across its premium roster of publishers, on contextually relevant articles, targeting key business decision makers. VerityTM is able to scan everything from copy and imagery, to audio and video, for accurate and safe ad placement, without the need for cookies or any personally identifiable information (PII).
The research was a huge success in proving that GumGum’s high impact ad units – and Verity’sTM cookieless contextual intelligence technology – positively impact both brand awareness and brand consideration. 61% of the audience exposed to the campaign took some form of action. One in three felt the ad campaign was informative, while a positive shift was also seen among the target audience (+5ppts).
Peter Wallace, general manager of EMEA at GumGum, says: “There were so many aspects about this piece of research that got us excited."
Peter Wallace, general manager of EMEA at GumGum, says: “There were so many aspects about this piece of research that got us excited. The chance to work with one of the world’s leading software companies is an obvious one, but the opportunity to test VerityTM in the German market for the first time was hugely rewarding. The future of digital advertising in this cookieless, privacy-first era is all about contextual, and tapping into the consumer’s mindset at the right moment to engage and influence their imagination and behaviour. We’re delighted to have helped SAP to do that.”
Moritz Fisecker, integrated media manager EMEA at SAP & Timo Steyer, deputy director digital strategy at OMD Hamburg, say: “We were looking to increase brand and product awareness – and ideally consideration – when we partnered with GumGum to help boost our advertising campaign performance. Our friends at Lumen and ODR concluded that those that saw the ads had a spiked interest in learning more, ultimately increasing brand consideration, and we’re delighted to declare our media campaign and the research results with GumGum and OMD Hamburg a success. The campaign clearly demonstrated the potential of a cookieless approach for driving improved outcomes for digital advertising.”
GumGum is a contextual-first global digital advertising platform that captures people’s attention, without the use of personal data. We believe that a digital advertising ecosystem based on understanding a consumer’s active frame of mind rather than behaviour builds a more equitable and safer future for consumers, publishers and advertisers alike. Founded in 2008, GumGum is headquartered in Santa Monica, California and operates in 19 markets worldwide. For more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Imaginuity, Beacon Advertising | November 09, 2022
Imaginuity® announced the acquisition of Beacon Advertising, a deal that includes Evan Meeks, co-founder of Beacon, becoming Executive Director of Client Partnerships at Imaginuity. Already one of the largest independent marketing services providers in the Southwest, the combined operation will do business under the Imaginuity brand.
Beacon Advertising was founded in 2015, and serves clients across the restaurant, retail, and B2B space, building brands with creative solutions in broadcast, digital, social, print, POP, and packaging. The Beacon team and its leadership will further strengthen Imaginuity’s business and their support of over 3,300 client locations across North America.
“This acquisition is accretive to our integrated service offering by adding more marketing talent and multi-location clients to our growing agency,” said Taylor Calise, CEO of Imaginuity.
“This acquisition is accretive to our integrated service offering by adding more marketing talent and multi-location clients to our growing agency,” said Taylor Calise, CEO of Imaginuity. “We’re especially excited to welcome Evan and his extensive brand management and media agency experience to our executive team.”
Imaginuity provides integrated marketing services complemented by its proprietary AdScience® customer data platform that collects and analyzes data along the customer journey.
“Blending our team into Imaginuity means we can provide our clients broader marketing services along their customer journey from traditional media to online media, all the way to conversion on any device,” added Meeks.
The combined operations will employ nearly 120 team members and will report 2022 capitalized billings of approximately $200 million. Imaginuity is headquartered in downtown Dallas.
Imaginuity is the integrated agency that is reimagining marketing for the connected age. The agency’s proprietary AdScience® customer data platform collects, manages, analyzes and activates data to drive more efficient conversions throughout the customer journey. Headquartered in Dallas, Imaginuity provides integrated marketing services, including brand experience, advertising, traditional and digital media buying, paid and organic search, social media, web development, UX, AI, data analytics and database marketing services. More information is available at www.imaginuity.com.