On Wednesday, March 14, we invited industry pros from Universal Pictures, HBO, Sparkd Studios, and OMD to discuss diversity, race, gender, inclusivity, and how all of that plays into the media landscape. Many thanks to our panelists for sharing their knowledge, and to Grindr for hosting us.
Zach Stafford, Editor-in-Chief, INTO
Ben Cory Jones, Writer/Producer, HBO's 'Insecure' and Netflix's 'Step Sisters'
Candela S. Rebot, Founder/Creative, Sparkd Studios
Ivette Martinez, Group Director, OMD
Jonathan Gist, Director, Multicultural Publicity and Promotions, Universal Pictures
"If something comes out of your mouth and you know what your talking about, that’s when people pay attention to you. That’s when people really trust you. Know your sh*t." - Ivette Martinez
On breaking into the industry…
"It’s still very difficult to convince people your story matters. We are constantly breaking in. You have to keep pushing hard, you always have to seek opportunities that are going to teach you something and grow, and meet people who have a strong network." - Ben Cory Jones
"Advertising is cutthroat - especially for females trying to make any sort of difference. I had to tap into my resources." - Candela S. Rebot
"Pitch it, pitch it, pitch it until it works out. I just pretended that I knew was I doing until it actually worked." - Candela S. Rebot
On being marketed to as a minority….
Who do people want to see, who do people care about? "They want to see themselves. At the end of the day I want to see myself." - Johnathan Gist
"Whatever area you consider yourself to be an “other”, that is something that you never forget. As a minority we have to do a lot of teaching to other people about who we are." - Ben Cory Jones
Inclusion is less about who’s in the room but about how you feel in that room.
“Staying true to the culture, means staying true to yourself.” - Ben Cory Jones
On multiculturalism in media:
"Total market is not only catering to a general market audience, it’s about finding those nuances, talking to a diverse segment and making it part of the total market conversation." - Ivette Martinez
"I love that we can create this conversation around a horror movie (Get Out) but it’s still so culturally relevant, its still so powerful and everyone can walk away with something different, something relatable." - Johnathan Gist
On work life balance…
"If I am still pulling from the same well of stories that means I haven’t lived enough. We have to give ourselves time to do that." - Ben Cory Jones
"Everything isn’t urgent. It’s about realizing your worth and what you bring to the table. The world is not going to end tomorrow. It’s not ER, it’s PR." - Johnathan Gist
"When the product you create is incumbent on someone’s opinion of it, you’re going to fail. In order to work in the business we work in, you constantly have to be reinventing yourself." - Ben Cory Jones
"It’s very easy to deflect the fault of something to feel better but it’s important to remember, we are only as good as our mistakes. Think about what you could have done better, if there is nothing you could have done better, do it again. At some point it’s going to click." - Candela S. Rebot
"Admitting when you failed is super important, that makes you human. We are all human. Admitting, apologizing, and figuring out how your going to fix it and make it better so that someone else doesn’t have to." - Ivette Martinez
Over 750 attendees gathered for our Mobile Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton. Guests heard from Jack in the Box, Tastemade, Google, Instagram, Waze and other brands about their "mobile-first" strategies.
We would like to extend a big "Thank you" to our keynote speaker: Iwona Alter, VP, Marketing at Jack in the Box, and to our other speakers: Aaron Austin, Sarah Bachman, Ben Blatt, Karin Gilford, Oren Katzeff, Raghu Kodige, Melaney Lubey, Nick Mokey, Joanne Nichols, Sarah Ohle, Kate Slovin, Autumn White, and Doug Zanger for an educational morning.
Victoria Adelhelm, Account Manager, Fetch: Sonos Speakers, courtesy of Nucleus
Samantha Baseford, Associate Media Director, RPA: Beats By Dre headphones, courtesy of AdColony
Matt Lipschutz, Zimmerman Account Director, Zimmerman: Apple Gift Card, courtesy of Sabio Mobile
Daria Hannah, Senior Strategist, GiantSpoon: Google Home Mini, courtesy of Waze
Iwona Alter, Chief Marketing Officer, Jack In The Box
Aaron Austin, Mobile App Sales and Strategy Expert, Google
Sarah Bachman, SVP, Digital Experience Lead, Horizon Media
Ben Blatt, Executive Director, Digital Marketing, ABC/Disney
Karin Gilford, SVP/GM, Movies Anywhere, Walt Disney Studios
Oren Katzeff, Head of Programming, Tastemade
Raghu Kodige, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Alphonso Inc.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
We would like to extend a big thank you to Don Lupo for a highly educational session, at to Jukin Media for hosting the group.
We learned what it takes to make a digital project efficient and profitable, whether producing banners, a mobile app, or a website as well as the basics of the digital production process, how to estimate for projects, and why the client needs to pay for IA, UX, and QA, as every agency has challenges with digital production:
Account does not always know it well
Creative does not always follow best practices
Finance doesn’t always know how to bill for it
Very few people know how to make it profitable
Digital production can be far more complicated than anyone anticipates, but focusing on process can make it much easier. In this class, we discussed what it takes to not only get websites and banners out the door AND how to get them done efficiently and (hopefully) profitable.
A clearer understanding of digital production process
How to best utilize digital producers
How proper estimating can save and make money
Why you should fight for IA and QA when the client balks
How to use consumer empathy to make a better digital product
In recognition of Black History Month, RPA partnered with NBC Universal, ThinkLA, and ThinkLA's DIG initiative on "Diversifying Advertising: Perspectives on Hiring Black Talent & WorkplaceInclusivity on Feb. 21 at RPA in Santa Monica.
From recruiting and retaining black talent to workplace inclusivity, we learned about the challenges agencies and businesses face in creating a diverse culture from industry veterans.
Panelists included: Kirsten Atkinson, VP, Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal Media; Rhonda Fortner, Digital Media Manager, Innocean USA; Marissa Nance, Managing Director, Multicultural Content Marketing andStrategic Partnerships, OMD; Marcus Wesson, Executive Creative Director, Dailey; and moderator Shanique Bonelli-Moore, Senior Director, Global Corporate Communications, Buzzfeed.
"What an amazing way to celebrate Black History Month! Thank you to RPA for hosting this incredibly informative and inspiring event. A special thanks to NBC Universal and ThinkLA's DIG initiative for partnering to make this event possible."
“What I would challenge each of you is first and foremost, be aware of who you are. Don’t become someone you’re not. If you’re not true to yourself, you’re not your best self.” - Marissa Nance, Managing Director, Multicultural Content Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, OMD
“One thing that I value the most is... time. If I can give that, that means more than money and other resources.” - Kirsten Atkinson, VP, Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal Media
“[People of color] will go to a meeting but we won’t sit down together and talk to each other. That becomes intimately important in all of our learning. We have to educate each other because we individually can’t break the mask. We have to collectively communicate and destroy the perception.” - Rhonda Fortner, Digital Media Manager, Innocean USA
“I came up through the [ThinkLA's] MAT Program, which is essentially the multicultural advertising training program… it helped show that I had experience in the real world.” - Marcus Wesson, Executive Creative Director, Dailey
As a special treat for the attendees, Don Lupo of lupofotocreated a complimentary portrait opportunity.
Click below for the full gallery (password: Diversity2018).
What a great day of volunteering at the LA Regional Food Bank in Commerce! With 50+ ThinkLA and AMA-Los Angelesvolunteers, we sorted and folded over 5,000 boxes - enough boxes to store food for 5,936 people in the LA area!
Many thanks to Supa Coffee for providing the morning energy, and to Vox DJ's (DJ Hudd!!) for keeping the party going while we worked!
We celebrated the holiday season with an evening of glamour, glitz, and glitter, all to benefit the Toys For Tots Foundation!
Over 600 of our closest advertising colleagues and friends gathered at Unici Casa in Culver City for dinner, dancing, and TOYS! We collected over 750 toys to benefit the Toys For Tots Foundation. Thank you to all who attended and brought a toy (or two!) to put a smile on a child's face this holiday season, plus an especially huge "Thanks!" to our Marines who attended. We appreciate all that you do to make our toy drive, and all toy drives this season, such a success.
Thank you to our attendees, vendors, and sponsors for making the Fourth Annual Programmatic Summit on Nov. 29 a huge success. 300+ brand marketers, media buyers, online publishers, ad networks, ad exchanges, and other solution providers participated in candid conversations surrounding data and privacy, transparency and brand safety, and the future of programmatic in media and marketing.
View the agenda for a recap of our sessions, and read about the Programmatic Summit speakers on the event page.
Anna Bager, GM, Video & Mobile, IAB
Leisha Bereson, VP, Group Director, Programmatic, Canvas Worldwide
Marco Bianchi, Director of Exchange Partnerships & Analytics, Oath: A Verizon Company
Dennis Buchheim, SVP & General Manager, IAB Tech Lab
Tal Chalozin, Co-Founder and CTO, Innovid
Scott Cunningham, Owner Cunningham.Tech Advisors
Jennifer Derke, Director of Product, Programmatic & Data, IAB Tech Lab
Anne Frisbie, SVP of Global Brand & Programmatic, InMobi
Ross Geier, SVP, Programmatic Revenue, iHeartMedia
Quentin George, Founder, \UNBOUND\
Oksana Hickok, Digital Business, Transformation Leader, Publicis.Sapient
Scott Messer, Vice President, Content Channels, Leaf Group
Karin Mihkels, SVP, West Coast Programmatic, Cadreon
Lorenzo Moreno, GM of Business Development for the Southwest Region, The Trade Desk
Kristen O’Hara, CMO, Global Media, Time Warner Inc.
Chris Pierantozzi, ECD, Saatchi & Saatchi LA
Jay Sears, Group Head, SVP, Mastercard Ad Intelligence
Doug Weaver, Founder and CEO, Upstream Group
Peoplematic: POV, Persuasion, Politics and the Future of Automation.
People, not technology, are the key component to the next iteration of programmatic We need smart people at the switches: to activate, challenge, push for transparency, and integrate technology and creativity.
Demystifying AI: A Deep Dive into the What, Why and How for Marketing & Media
Now is the time to invest in A/I. Your competitors are thinking about it. Dive in now to keep your competitive edge A.I. is going to touch every part of every business in the coming years. “A.I. is going to eat software.”
Commerce, Data, and Advertising’s Final Frontier: Defining the Currency of Today’s Programmatic Marketplace
It’s time to “stop the nonsense”. We have the capability to tie digital activation to actually, real-world, offline business outcomes. We are way beyond the click. The world is moving from venture backed companies to private equity and that means desired outcomes are value and margin not just exits. “Playing to win is a different game than playing to sell”.
Data-Driven Marketing: The End-Game of Automation: What does it mean, and how do we get there?
Building a results-oriented, data-driven marketing strategy requires laser-focus on four crucial components: data and measurement; people and process; technology and tools; media and creative.
A well-defined consumer journey helps showcase the strategic role of programmatic creative in driving customer experience and unites teams over a common goal.
There are a large number of considerations and data points to weigh when setting strategy and approach to execution.
As powerful as ad technology is, there is a crucial role for brand and agency teams to play in forming hypotheses, managing campaign optimizations, and informing future strategy.
Why Connected TV is Here and Now
Cord-cutting is on the rise, time spent watching “traditional TV” continues to shift, and connected TV viewers are a growing and valuable audience. Premium connected TV inventory must be part of your buying strategy. 10 million people will cut the cord during the next 10 years.
Data Deep-Dive: Segments, Models, Measurement and More
Data is not just the realm of the data scientists; you need to understand and be fluent in data terminology. Probabilistic and deterministic data are both first-party, just different aspects of it. CDP and DMP are different: your customer data platform and your data management platform need to perform in different ways.
Busting Myths about Programmatic TV/Video: What’s Hype, Hyperbole, and What’s Actually Happening?
There are many myths, misunderstandings, and a lot of confusion about digital video and OTT. It’s important to remember:
Vertical video is highly effective with completion rates around 80%.
“VPAID” is not synonymous with “viewability”.
Programmatic is not simply for flat standard units. Highly interactive advertising can be part of the programmatic funnel.
GDPR (And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night)
GDRP will turn the collection of digital data from an opt-out market to an opt-in one where consumers opt-out by default. Under GDPR, users have the right to access, port, correct and erase their data. If you don’t respond to their requests, you are breaking the law, and penalties are severe.
Chris Pierantozzi, ECD, Saatchi & Saatchi and Oksana Hickok, Digital Transformation Strategy and Execution, Publicis.Sapient
Dennis Buchheim, SVP and GM, IAB Tech Lab, Jennifer Kyla Derke, Director of Product, Programmatic, IAB Tech Lab, and Leisha Bereson, VP, Group Director, Programmatic, Canvas Worldwide
Scott Cunningham, Owner, Cunningham.Tech
Data Driven. Audiences. Broadcast Radio?! iHeartMedia Presentation
Ssssstrike! What a great turnout! On Nov. 16, the Los Angeles advertising and marketing community came out in full force to bowl, party, network and give back to the LA Regional Food Bank!
Congratulations to Justin Satzman at Maxus for winning an Amazon Dot courtesy of Verve, and to Robert Velasquez at RPA for winning two tickets to the Bling Ball on Dec. 8!
Congratulations to Team One for top high score; Pinterest for best team spirit; Tapjoy for best effort; and Wesley Mitchell, Entertainment Partnerships at Pinterest for the top individual score!
Special shout-outs to our other Turkey Winners: Jassiem Dingle of Carat, Franco Viteri of Mediacom, and Wesley Mitchell of Pinterest for getting three strikes in a row and taking home a bottle of Wild Turkey!
FOOD DRIVE | Enough about getting basted (we kid). This year, instead of doing a physical food drive, our digital food drive was a major success for the LA Regional Food Bank. For 42 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been mobilizing resources to fight hunger in our community. They distributed 59 million pounds of nutritious food in 2014 – the equivalent of 48 million meals – to 280,500 clients each month in L.A. County.
We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your hard work at the LA Food Bank on Saturday... What an amazing turnout! The wonderful folks at the LA Food Bank told us that this was the biggest day they have ever seen. We sorted 50,190 lb of food, to create 41,657 meals!
Special thanks to Coffee Connection for the coffee and to Sabio Mobile for the delicious morning pastries. Thank you also to KIND Snacks for the snacks and to DJs Joe Kim and Nick Mariano for keeping us motivated... and to Seoul Sausage for the yummy afterparty snacks!