• The MadTech Sketch: Curation vs the Open Marketplace

    In his latest MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane turns his attention to curation - an ad tech model that is gaining momentum and turning heads across the industry. Curation is one of ad tech's hottest topics. It has been around for some [...]

  • DoubleVerify & IAS: Moving From Verification To Activation

    In this week’s MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane looks at how two heavyweights in the world of verification have been shifting focus towards activation and attention. DoubleVerify (DV) recently agreed to buy Scibids for $125m. Why did an ad verification company want [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: How Commerce Media is Grabbing Ad Share

    In ExchangeWire’s latest MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O’Kane looks at why commerce media is having a moment, and what a successful commerce media business looks like. Uber announced this week that it is now “profitable”. Yes, after 13 years of huge investment [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Curation for the Ad Tech Nation

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane takes a look at curation and the opportunities it offers in the current ad tech landscape. Curation is not a new concept in ad tech. Ever since Dr Boris Mouzykantskii developed it for WPP [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: 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, Ciarán 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 [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: 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 [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: DSP vs SSP: When Two Tribes Go To War

    In this week’s Madtech Sketch, Ciarán 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 [...]