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TargetCast Takes the Stage at OMMA

Earlier this week, publishers, media luminaries and brand executives filled the the Radisson Martinique in New York City for the OMMA Premium and OMMA Native conferences.

Steve Minichini, Chief Innovation and Growth Officer at TargetCast, led a lively discussion at OMMA Premium about the shift in media buying from direct sales to automated systems and the new role of the premium ad buy. The discussion focused on the future of programmatic media buying and the implications that it holds for publishers moving forward. Steve was joined onstage by Jenna (Umbrianna) Gino of Affiperf North America, Havas; Allegra Kadet of Neo@Ogilvy; Barry Lowenthal of The Media Kitchen, a Maxxcom Global Media agency; Matthew Waghorn of Huge; and Veronika Ward of OMD.

Audrey Siegel, President of TargetCast, also participated in a panel on native advertising and how it is relevant to paid, earned and owned media in today’s world. Specifically, Audrey spoke about enhancing a consumer’s brand experience by providing relevant, engaging content. Joining Audrey on the panel was Rick Acampora of MEC, Julian Cole of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Serge Del Grosso of SapientNitro and David Levy of true[x] Media, with Shannon Denton of Razorfish moderating.

More from Minichini…
Check out Steve’s thoughts on what the next five years hold for programmatic media:

Charlie Anderson of Project: Worldwide’s Shoptology Discusses Today’s Mobile Shopping Experience

Last week, the New York Marriott Marquis filled with media, retail and brand executives for the OMMA mCommerce Summit conference.  The day-long event included a variety of panels and keynote presentations focused on the future of mobile shopping.

Charlie Anderson, CEO of Shoptology and SVP of shopper marketing at Project Worldwide, sat on the Marketers in Search of Friction-Free Mobile Shopping Experience panel.  As an expert in shopper marketing, Anderson spoke to the importance of creating a seamless experience for consumers today and pointed to specific technologies that need to be developed in order to make this a possibility.

After the event, Charlie shared his thoughts on the panel with DGC, mentioning the need for more  focus on what shoppers actually need and the gaps that currently exist.  See more below:

NFC for You and Me: Brunner Talks Near Field

This post is by Will DeGirolamo

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology touted by tech savant Google for its potential in driving mobile payments. Additionally, some particularly savvy advertisers are looking beyond just payments, thinking long-term about near field.

Rick Gardinier, chief digital officer at advertising agency Brunner, discussed the potential of NFC for use in delivering ad content directly to one’s mobile device at OMMA Global earlier this month. Gardinier contends that NFC is invaluable to what the mobile experience will become and can develop deep, lasting experiences for consumers. See what other NFC insights Gardinier had to share:

Do you think NFC will change the way content is delivered to mobile devices or is it useful only in mobile payment situations?

Modea’s Mike Cox Talks Social

This week at OMMA Global 2011, Mike Cox, Senior Strategic Planner at Modea, shared his best practices for implementing social media strategy. After his panel, our very own Amelia Vereb took a few minutes to speak with him about his thoughts on the ever pertinent social subject. Here’s what he had to say:

Tablet Talk with Matt Fanelli of MNI

We caught up with MNI’s Vice President of Digital, Matt Fanelli, at OMMA’s first Tablet Revolution Conference on June 6 in Manhattan and asked him about the best ad campaign he’s seen deployed on a tablet device so far.

Matt moderated a panel at the conference titled, “Not the Web and Not the Phone – Ad Networks Find a Place at the Table.” The conversation focused on major mobile and Web ad networks and how the oversized touch screens on tablet devices influence creative marketing messages and business models. The panelists were: Tom Limongello, VP of Marketing, Crisp Media; Jesse Marmon Haines, Group Marketing Manager, Mobile Ads, Google; and Marcus Startzel, SVP, Sales, Millennial Media.

What’s your take on the best tablet ad campaign to date?

Making Internet Week Work for You

As New York’s fourth annual Internet Week comes to a close, we can’t help but ask the question (because many of our clients do): Does creating an event specific to Internet Week offer a return on investment? We don’t like to sit on the fence but, in this case, it really does depend on what you want to achieve.

For those who don’t know, Internet Week is a festival that allows any company, group, or individual to participate. It is crowd-sourced, so you can plan your event the way you’d like to see it — big, small, ticketed or free; morning or evening; focused on specific hot topics selected by Internet Week organizers and voted on by the community.

But with approximately 300 events being promoted during the week, it can be difficult to drive attendance and/or garner media coverage – which means you have to work very hard (some might say, pay more) to rise above the fray.

If you’re looking for media coverage from your event, you should be ready to invest in bringing big names, big brands and super big ideas to the table. Digitas’ fourth annual NewFront was mentioned in USA Today, thanks in particular to Demi Moore’s participation. Other well-known participants included Tyra Banks, John Battelle, GE’s Beth Comstock and YouTube’s Shay Carl and was held at Skylight.

Other, less celebtastic events that found their way into the media include:

  • Kaboodle’s “Fab at Five” fifth anniversary party (Adweek) that included a fashion show with models
  • Federated Media Publishing’s Conversational Marketing Summit where Marketing Evolution and Telmar released an ROI tool for early clients (Advertising Age)
  • RealTimeNY 11 Conference which ClickZ referenced in an article on acquiring new roles

These, for the most part, revolve around well-known brands, unique party experiences and extremely well-organized events with news to share. However, if you don’t have the news or necessarily want to invest the time and effort into a big production, Internet Week has more to offer. There are a slew of conferences produced by established organizations like OMMA, Digital Hollywood, and Elevate that allow executives to vie for panel participation, moderator gigs and the chance to attend all-day events where you can hobnob with reporters, brands and fellow industry execs. Here you are sure to sure to have at least one thing in common – a desire to learn more about what’s going on in digital.

So before you decide to invest money and time in an event that may be difficult to truly show value at the end of the day, consider your goals and objectives. Do you want to host clients? Attract new business or talent? Get the media involved? Or set yourself up as an expert in the space? Answer these questions and then layout a budget, goals and work with someone who can help you knowledgeably weigh the pros, cons and manage expectations. You’ll be on your way to making Internet Week pay off with the largest returns for you and your company.

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