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Soul-searching in the world of display advertising

This month has been a busy time for the online display advertising world with the huge dmexco trade show in Cologne followed by AdTech and two display-focused conferences taking place in London last week.

This post covers some of the main trends and challenges discussed at these events, some of which were outlined in my State of Display presentation at OMMA Display.

While there is much excitement around the growth of real-time bidding, there has also been plenty of realism and candour about the industry’s on-going struggle to address the issues which are preventing brand advertisers from investing more of their advertising budgets.  

Because one size doesn’t fit all: A Redken case study

At OMMA’s one-day summit for mobile marketing, Sarah Liang Kress, director of interactive marketing for L’Oreal USA, had the chutzpah to tell the crowd:

Technology, for us, comes very much last. It’s not about the shiny object. We look at the audience, and we look at our objectives and then come up with the right solution and the right execution.

She said this as a keynote speaker for the event, which took place on Monday as part of Internet Week NY, and anyone doubting Kress’s claim had only to follow the tidy case study she presented to know she meant business.  

So, if L’Oreal is downplaying technology, what’s fueling the global company’s mobile marketing?