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  • AE Aces Campaign for Private School Rebrand

    Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 - 08:40

    Originally appeared in Media $ales Today, by Courtney Huckabay,  August 29, 2017 Challenge: Newly acquired private school needs to rebrand     Comcast Spotlight AE Ana Jimenez connected with a private school in Monterey, Calif. that had been acquired recently. It housed grades K-8 but would be adding preschool classes. This school had a few challenges. They were marketing during the off season, changing the name of the school, rebranding AND promoting enrollment. J

  • Akamai, Comcast Spotlight, comScore, FreeWheel, and Turner Join Next TV as Sponsors

    Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 - 12:52

    Originally appeared in Broadcasting & Cable, August 3, 2017 Akamai, Comcast Spotlight, comScore, FreeWheel, and Turner have signed on to Next TV Summit New York City as sponsors, B&C parent NewBay Media announced Thursday. The event, which is set for Oct. 18 at the Sheraton Times Square, takes place as part of NYC Television Week. “Next TV provides attendees and sponsors the unique opportunity to connect and learn,”

  • Comcast Spotlight, Viacom, TiVo, comScore, WideOrbit Join 2017 Advanced Advertising Summit as Sponsors

    Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 - 08:30

    Originally appeared in Broadcasting & Cable, August 1, 2017 Comcast Spotlight, Viacom, TiVo, ComScore and WideOrbit are among the sponsors who have joined the 2017 Advanced Advertising Summit in New York City. The event, which will explore the impact of data and automation on TV advertising, takes place Oct. 18, 2017 at the Sheraton Times Square as part of B&C parent NewBay Media’s NYC Television Week. The full list of current summit Gold sponsors

  • Comcast Launches Advanced Advertising Group

    Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 - 11:13

    By: Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News on June 19, 2017 Comcast has introduced an Advanced Advertising Group that also includes Comcast Spotlight, the company's advertising sales division.  Comcast, which timed the announcement with Cannes Lions, also announced that David Clark, the former president of The Weather Channel, will be joining the company next month as executive vice president and general manager, Advanced Advertising, Clark, who will join Comcast next month and report

  • Comcast Promotes Marcien Jenckes to President, Advertising

    Monday, May 8, 2017 - 08:58

    By: Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News on May 5, 2017   Comcast Cable has promoted Marcien Jenckes to president, advertising, where he now heads up all of the company’s advertising assets and businesses, including Comcast Spotlight. Word of Jenckes’s new role at Comcast has been circulating for weeks, but is now confirmed by his updated bio on Comcast’s corporate web site. Jenckes most recently was EVP, consumer services at Comcast Cable, where he oversaw the co

For Comcast, Better Data Will Monetize Long-Tail Ads And Attract National DR Dollars

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Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:37

By: Steve Ellwanger, Beet.TV

Some people are anxious because addressable television ads represent a mere one percent or so of total TV spending. Then there’s Andrew Ward, who suggests that everyone take a step back and consider how far things have come in the past decade.

Back in 2006, when Comcast first debuted addressable ads in Huntsville, Alabama, the media world was analog only. “Trying to launch a digital-like solution like addressable on the back of an analog architecture was a little like pushing a string,” Ward says during a panel discussion at the recent Beet.TV Retreat 2016.

Now Ward is Group Vice President of Comcast 360 Media, which helps advertisers manage digital convergence across the full scope of Comcast’s multi-platform media properties. His dry humor on full display during an interview by moderator Tim Hanlon of The Vertere Group, Ward says there was “a fair degree of separation of church and state” between the advertising and distribution business inside Comcast.

“I remember being at an investor conference where Brian Roberts was speaking not long after I joined the company,” Ward recalls. “He said ‘well, we’re really not in the ad business.’ And I said wow this was a bad career choice on my part.”

That was because advertising was the tail on a $40 billion distribution dog. Then came Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal, wherein advertising became the second largest standalone business behind residential video.

Click here to continue reading and watch the full panel discussion.

For Comcast, Better Data Will Monetize Long-Tail Ads And Attract National DR Dollars