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  • 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

  • HitsMeUp Brings Music Fans Closer to their Favorite Artists

    Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 - 08:15

    New Online Music Video Experience Offers Exclusive Video Content from Top Artists; Big Machine and Warner Music Nashville Among First Record Labels to join HitsMeUp NASHVILLE (February 8, 2017) – HitsMeUp is a new online platform and app launching March 3, 2017 that will give music fans access to exclusive content from their favorite artists, including music videos, behind-the-scenes coverage, live streaming concerts, exclusive interviews, special announcements, contests and giveaways, and

  • HitsMeUp, New Video Platform Founded by Nashville Music Vets, Announces March Launch

    Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 - 07:14

    Big Machine and Warner Music Nashville are among the first labels to join the new service. HitsMeUp, a new digital platform for music videos with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, live streamed concerts, interviews and more, has announced its March 3 launch. The new service will also have exclusive channels from record label partners that thus far includes the Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Reba and Thomas Rhett) and Warner Music Nashville 

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

    Tuesday, Dec 6, 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

  • Addressable TV Is A ‘Tactic That’s Evolving’: Comcast’s Kevin Smith

    Monday, Dec 5, 2016 - 11:37

    By: Steve Ellwanger, Beet.TV Whether the subject is Nielsen ratings, video on demand or addressable television advertising, communications giant Comcast is all about the “macro experience” for consumers and advertisers. This holistic approach to the rapidly evolving entertainment landscape comes across loud and clear from Kevin Patrick Smith in a panel discussion at the recent Beet.TV Retreat 2016. Prompted by panel moderator Ashley J. Swartz, CEO and Founder of Furious Corp., to refle

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.

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