Susan Borst: June 2013 Archives
The IAB is pleased to announce the appointment of Travis S. Howe, Senior Vice President for the Americas of Digital Sales Development & Ad Operations at Sony Pictures Television, as the new co-chair of the IAB Games Committee.
Based in New York, Travis founded the Americas
division in 2006, which manages digital ad sales for Sony’s entertainment
companies including PlayStation, Crackle, Sony Pictures Television (TV sites),
and FEARnet. In this role, Travis is responsible for leading the strategy,
sales development and digital ad operations divisions for North and South
America across online, mobile, gaming console and Sony’s suite of connected
Travis has proven leadership within the IAB Games Committee as well as numerous other IAB leadership roles including the Sales Executive and Digital Video Committees. In his new role, Travis will work with fellow Co-Chair Joy Taylor, Senior Director, Global Media Solutions at Electronic Arts (EA) to help galvanize the committee, establish working groups and strategic direction both short and long term with the goal of driving the committee to become an even more effective face for the rapidly evolving Games space.
The Games Committee is dedicated to showing the value and scale of gaming as an advertising medium which is driven by engaging content and cross platform solutions. All efforts will be centered on client objectives and needs which include creativity, scale and measurement.
The going-in key deliverables are focused on developing and executing a communication plan that educates the market on the value of gaming. A first priority will be to update and modernize the Platform Status Report. The communication plan will be centered on key areas of focus: Content, Platforms and Audience/Measurement.
Please join the IAB and co-chair Joy Taylor in welcoming Travis Howe as the new Games Committee Co-Chair
The next Committee meeting will take
place on July 10, 10-11:30am PT at the Sony Pictures Entertainment Lot in
Culver City, CA.
Please RSVP here to formally register, indicating whether you will be attending in person or remotely. Members are asked to please answer this two question Survey Monkey which, as discussed at the last meeting, will help us to better organize the committee.
For further information on the Games Committee, please contact
About the Author
Susan Borst is the Director, Industry Initiatives
at the IAB focusing on Social Media, B2B, Games, Content Marketing and Native Advertising.
She can be reached on Twitter @susanborst.
“Native advertising” is one of the most confounding phrases to captivate mind-share in the digital marketing arena. We all know that marketers are excited about it, but the ecosystem has yet to come up with a concrete definition of this buzzworthy approach to interactive advertising.
The confusion has reached a fever pitch, with Rob Macdonald, Vice President of Business Development at m6d finally writing down the words that so many have wanted to say…
“Please Obi-Wan Rothenberg, you’re our only hope!”
Rob really did include that line in a comment he wrote on a recent Digiday piece - but in all seriousness, the sentiment is in keeping with a widespread outcry from our members.
Native advertising is gaining in popularity, but stakeholders need to coalesce around definitions and best practices, if we’re going to be able to drive the native movement to scale. The confusion and chaos must be eradicated, and the first step in IAB forging a path in this direction is the development of a new IAB Native Advertising Task Force.
The group had its first meeting earlier this week and a number of key concerns were immediately raised:
• How do we distinguish between native web advertising and its mobile brethren?
• Is native allowed to be disruptive?
• How can we clearly delineate between native ad content and pure editorial?
• How do we define measurement and metrics surrounding native?
• Where do ad creatives fit into the native mix?
Even with disparate voices in the room - many of them in senior leadership roles - common goals quickly began to take shape.
First and foremost, the task force will aim to establish a framework for the native advertising space by putting forth a prospectus that clearly lays out today’s “native” landscape. This prospectus, targeted to advertisers, publishers, and ad tech providers, will need to be clear enough that the industry has a guiding light and broad enough that it can expand over time—while also providing a basis for further IAB initiatives in this space.
And, speaking of further efforts in the space, IAB has also kicked off a new Content Marketing Task Force, which may—or may not—be seen as an umbrella for or a cousin to the Native Advertising group.
So, light sabers aside, IAB is jumping into the fray. Debate, consensus and more debate are surely to follow, but we plan to be at the center of the conversation, providing a clear road ahead for these two vital advertising concepts to evolve into strong players in the digital marketing arena.
About the Author
Susan Borst is the Director, Industry Initiatives at the IAB focusing on Social Media, B2B, Games, Content Marketing and Native Advertising. She can be reached on Twitter @susanborst.