• The Cookie Cliff Is Coming. What Are You Going To Do Now?

    The cookie deprecation date has been confirmed - so what's next? In the latest MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane breaks down the addressable web. Google announced last week that it will not be moving the date for third-party cookie (3PC) deprecation in [...]

  • The SPO Wars and The Rise Of The Programmatic Direct Platform

    In his latest MadTech Sketch, Ciaran turns his attention to the supply-path optimisation (SPO) landscape. The SPO battle is hotting up. Ever since OpenPath was launched by The Trade Desk, both Magnite and Pubmatic have launched competing solutions (Clearline and Activate [...]

  • The Two Tiers of Retail Media

    Ciaran O'Kane is back at his sketchpad, and this week he's focussing on how the retail media market could develop into a two-tier system. Retail media is going to be huge. All online grocery platforms are building a strategy around how [...]

  • Are NFTs the Future of Brand Loyalty?

    The MadTech Sketch is back. This week Ciaran O'Kane has turned his attention to the nascent world of Web3, and in particular what NFTs and blockchain tech can really do for brands and advertisers. Web3 has always struggled with real-world [...]

  • DSP vs SSP: When Two Tribes Go To War

    In this week’s Madtech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane outlines a looming battle between SSPs and DSPs. There was a lot of drama around the first anniversary of The Trade Desk’s (TTD) supply path optimisation (SPO) product, OpenPath. OpenPath has been positioned as [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Dissecting the Pmax Sausage

    The MadTech Sketch is back, and this time Ciarán O’Kane has turned his attention to Google’s Performance Max. The use of “AI” in digital ad buying has moved up a few gears of late. Google is leading the charge with its [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Welcome to the No Data Zone

    On today's MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane maps out the concept of the No Data Zone, or NDZ, and what it means for the ad tech ecosystem. Ad tech will have you believe that programmatic is putting the right message in front [...]

  • Commerce Media: The Anatomy Of a Utility Publisher

    Following on from last week’s MadTechSketch, Ciaran O’Kane dives a little bit deeper on the “utility publishers” category that is becoming a mainstay of commerce media. Typically a utility publisher is a service not reliant on advertising as the primary revenue [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: an Overview of Commerce Media Ad Tech & Demand

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane outlines the complexity of the Commerce Media ad ecosystem and gives an overview of the demand underpinning this media segment.   The Commerce Media ad ecosystem is complex. From attribution to native ad platforms to clean [...]

  • The (Addressabilty) Revolution Could Be Tokenised

    In our latest MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O’Kane imagines how TrustPID might work and the inevitable problems it will face. Many have tried; most have failed. Telcos have an exceptionally bad track record in ad tech.  From AT&T to Singtel to Verizon, [...]