• How AI Evolves Programmatic Creative and Execution

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane turns his attention to AI, and how new tech can evolve programmatic creative and aid campaign execution. Much has been written about the magic capabilities of ChatGPT since it was released into the wild [...]

  • Navigating the European Privacy Moat

    In the latest MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O’Kane looks at the implications of the latest privacy rulings in the EU, and maps out the privacy options for the open web and walled gardens. The recent DPC ruling against Meta has serious implications [...]

  • Clean Rooms Uncovered: Breaking Down the Data Stack

    In our latest Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane looks at data clean rooms, and draws out the six key areas of ad tech relevance for the technology. Much has been written over the past weeks about the entrance of Snowflake and Amazon into [...]

  • Breaking Down Apple's (Potentially $30 Billion) Ad Ecosystem

    In this week’s MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O’Kane cuts to the core of Apple’s ad opportunities, and looks at how the tech giant can best grow its offering. Apple is the bête noire of ad tech. Having spent the last three [...]

  • The Incredible Fragmentation Of Data-Driven Media & Marketing

    In this latest edition of The MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane gives an overview of the fragmented state of the data-driven media and marketing landscape. Most of the coverage of this industry remains a reductive exercise. The mantra of duopoly and triopoly [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Why The Ad Network Will Flourish Again

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane explains why, contrary to common belief, the ad network model is bigger than ever before. Industry people generally have a negative view of ad networks and the value proposition. The very words conjure up bad [...]

  • The Stack: W3C Forms First Board; TikTok Could Be Fined Over Data Privacy

    This week: W3C forms first board, TikTok could be fined over data privacy… The World Wide Web Consortium announced the creation of their first board of directors whilst it looks to gain non-profit status. TikTok received a “notice of intent” from [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Making Sense Of The Addressable TV Market

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O'Kane takes on an issue more tangled than a bag of old cables; the non-US addressable TV market. CTV continues to be the mantra for ad tech, as US viewers “cut the cord”. Outside the [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: Chrome's Insane Addressability Problem

    In this week's MadTech Sketch, Ciaran O'Kane illustrates Google Chrome's addressability issue, and discusses why it's a major problem for the industry. Last week Google announced it was pushing its timeline for deprecating third-party cookies in its Chrome browser.  The cookie [...]

  • The MadTech Sketch: how to break up Google

    In our latest MadTech Sketch, Ciarán O’Kane imagines how the Google ad tech business could look if it is broken up due to impending regulation. Ever since the WSJ broke the story about Google potentially hiving off its ad tech business [...]