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September 1, 2016

Agencies Need To Do A Better Job Of Integrating Cross-Device Targeting

IanJohnsonTobi Elkin from MediaPost interviewed Ian Johnson, EVP, Managing Director, Global Product, after his recent “Improving The Customer Experience: Leveraging Data for Cross-Device Strategies” keynote address at the Programmatic Insider Summit in Lake Tahoe. 

Brands need to leverage deterministic and probabilistic models to do cross-device targeting. Cross-device targeting solutions yield data and insights that can enable brands to understand which channels to place their media dollars in, according to Ian Johnson, EVP, managing director for global products at Cadreon, the data solutions unit of IPG MediaBrands.

Johnson addressed programmatic experts at MediaPost’s Programmatic Insider Summit in Lake Tahoe during the keynote: “Improving The Customer Experience: Leveraging Data for Cross-Device Strategies.” A self-described engineer by nature and a geek by training, Johnson said that by deploying cross-device strategies, data sets become richer and programmatic solutions can further improve the consumer experience by consistently reaching the right audience with the right message, regardless of the device that audience is using.

Read the rest of the interview here.

August 24, 2016

Cadreon Wins an Adweek Project Isaac Award for Media Buying!

From Adweek’s “Check Out the 26 Boldly Inventive Campaigns That Won This Year’s Project Isaac Awards”

Cadreon: Dodge Ram, Hyper-targeting Insights Enabler

Faced with a limited budget and not a ton of inventory, IPG Mediabrands’ programmatic arm, Cadreon, in Mexico City looked to boost sales for the Dodge Ram 700. It started by identifying three male target groups: business owners, men visiting multiple branches and young entrepreneurs. Cadreon then set about geo-fencing supply centers with a mobile campaign that followed the targets wherever they moved, adding on digital out-of-home media screens programmatically linked to Cadreon’s trading desk. TV ads purchased programmatically by postal code optimized reach and frequency. The result? Reach surged 300 percent for all three targets, while purchase consideration rose 10.6 percent versus traditional buys. What’s more, brand recall was up 4.6 percent. Ultimately, Dodge dealers reported a 200 percent sales increase for the model versus the year prior. —M.B.

August 17, 2016

Awards Update: The Shortlist Season

We’re proud to have our work recognized by a diverse selection of awards programs. Cadreon has been shortlisted for 10 total awards between the Festival of Media LatAm, The Drum Digital Trading Awards USA, MMA Smarties and the IAB MIXX awards. In a series of categories that range from ‘Best Use of Programmatic’ to ‘Best Mobile Campaign’ these entries showcase the execution and results we aim to deliver to all of our clients. Here’s the breakdown:


Festival of Media LatAm

Shortlisted for:

– Smart Use of Data award: Cadreon Argentina & Banco Supervielle for “Data Turns into Audience Insights and Personalization”

– Best Use of Video award: Cadreon Brazil & Unilever/Axe for “Axe Romero Reboot”

– Best Use of Digital Media award: Cadreon & UM Mexico for “Insights Enabler RAM 700”

– Best Use of Programmatic award: Cadreon & UM Argentina for “Absolute Buenos Aires”

– Best Use of Programmatic award: Cadreon Brazil & Unilever for “Axe Romeo Reboot”

– Best Use of Programmatic award: Cadreon & UM Mexico for “Insights Enabler RAM 700”

– Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 6th in Miami, Florida


The Drum Digital Trading Awards USA

– The BMW campaign “Driving Moments That Matter” was shortlisted in two categories

– It was 1 of 2 recognized entries for the Best Mobile Campaign award

– Also shortlisted for Most Effective Use of Data award

– This is the inaugural year for The Drum’s USA-only awards

– Winners to be announced on September 21



– The BMW campaign “Driving Moments That Matter” was picked as one of the campaigns exemplifying what the future holds for the digital advertising arena

– Shortlisted for Geo-targeting/Local award

– Winners to be announced at the 12th annual awards show on September 27 at the IAB MIXX Conference & Expo


MMA Smarties

– The BMW campaign “Driving Moments That Matter” was shortlisted in the ‘Location Based’ portion of the Enabling Technology category

– Cadreon partnered with Factual for this campaign entry

– Winners to be announced on September 26 at MMA’s SM2 Innovation Summit

August 9, 2016

Data-Driven TV Deals – Erica Schmidt’s MediaPost Chat

Erica Schmidt, our Executive VP, Managing Director of North America, breaks down data-driven TV deals, measurement, timing and integration into a cross-screen environment.

A Muse for Creativity

Arun_Print2cI headed to Cannes this year with a fair amount of optimism. Not that optimism was a widely available commodity — the world of advertising of late wasn’t exactly a fun place to be. But being part of the jury for the first time gave me hope that I would get to see what our creative output as an industry had been over the last year or so.

And my category was interesting to say the least: Creative Data or, the description I favored, Creative Usage of Data. This was the second year for the award and no Grand Prix had been awarded the previous year.

Invariably when I mentioned to anyone that I was a creative data jury member, I would be bombarded with questions: What’s creative about data? What’s data? Are you only looking at programmatic data sets? How do you define excellence in a field where every case claims billions of impressions, millions in sales or large percentage points in brand lift? Don’t you get bored?

I’ll tell you what; I didn’t get bored. In fact, I would heartily suggest that if you are going through a crisis of faith in your advertising career, or find your enthusiasm waning, get yourself to Cannes. Skip the rosé and the meaningless parties and see the work.

In surveying the offerings at Cannes, you’ll see novel ideas elevated by quality execution. The New York Times virtual reality app, winner of the Mobile Lion, and the Burger King McWhopper campaign, winner of a Media Lion, are two such examples. The first is a brand with a celebrated legacy trying to find itself and its readers in an unconventional format that it is entirely undiscovered country. It took courage for the Old Gray Lady to take a leap into the unknown. The latter is a brand which exhibited extraordinary courage in reaching out to its rival and offering to create a new product – a prime example of ‘out of the box’ thinking. Truly great work is where you struggle to find the boundaries; after all, creativity has none.

The judging experience itself is quite unique. Sequestered in a room overlooking the Mediterranean for three days, surrounded by peers, looking at case films and arguing merits or demerits of various pieces of work is manna for the soul. It reaffirms your faith in both the science and art of advertising. And you do come away with some realizations.

Yes, data is boring. It is in many cases meaningless, existing solely for the sake of existence. It comes in many forms and sizes and refuses to be categorized in neat silos. And no, data is not creative per se. But it can and does inspire creativity. If you can see the boring numbers and read the underlying story, you can come up with inspired solutions.

Creativity is often held up as an individual entity, supreme in itself, a standalone output of either brilliance or mediocrity. It is the origination, the journey and the destination. When we raise creativity to the altar of greatness, we tend to forget what most artists and poets would tell you that they couldn’t do without: a muse. Data is a muse for creativity, one of many, but critical nevertheless.

When data analysis and its output are married with a creative spark, you get fire. The reason why we don’t produce so many such fires is because often the data that can act as inspiration sits at the disappearing end of a long and arduous activation process when it really needs to be in the hands of a creative team that crafts ideas. Agencies and brands that reduce the distance between data and the creative process create great work.

At the end of the judging process, we came up against an important question: Is there any work that deserves a Grand Prix? We were torn between two pieces of work: Field trip to Mars, a VR group experience that allowed school kids to experience Mars on the streets of Washington DC and Next Rembrandt, the 347th painting of Rembrandt created by a computer.

Given my belief that the human race needs to focus on colonizing other worlds and explorinNQ_gwg space rather than blowing each other up and discussing open vs concealed carry permits, I favored Mars just a bit. In the end though, we decided to award the Rembrandt. What better way to thumb your nose at the notion that creativity can only come from human beings and their inspired imagination? Granted, an algorithm still needs to be written but in a way without the algorithm, there is no idea.

Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have all warned about artificial intelligence and its potential impact on humanity. While it might not seem significant in comparison, a machine learned how to paint like Rembrandt. It may not be long before computers can paint better than Rembrandt.

I for one would be happy to turn up at Cannes again and judge the work of AI driven machines, immersing myself in the products of data-fueled creativity. I may be replaced by a C3PO by then though. Those considerations aside, the fact that I could forget about ad fraud, viewability, ad blocking and other such mumbo jumbo and think about the aesthetic takeover of machines in a rapidly transforming world on the beaches of France is the intellectual inspiration I got from Cannes. One that I treasure and bet many of us need.

Arun Kumar
Global President

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