Prehistoric Ad Operations 2005 – 2007

Ad Operations People: We Salute You!

Originally published 12/21/05 When our sun grows ancient and cold, and the inhabitants of this planet leave for a place far more hospitable, chances are one of the last lights flickering will be shining on an ad operations person trying to wrest the last impression out of a campaign. Exaggeration? Of course. But I guarantee…

Anatomy of a Project Plan

Originally published 8/10/07 How does an icon in traditional media make the transition from an outsourced ad operations solution to in-house ownership of the tools and processes needed to facilitate online advertising? This is a story about how a logical, step-by-step roadmap can ease that transition. And in this case, how the process became relatively…

Closing the Vast Agency- Publisher Knowledge Gap

Originally Published 09/20/09 When it comes to ad operations, nowhere is there a wider knowledge gap than between publishers and agencies. And I’m not just talking about discrepancies in third-party ad serving. That’s the least of the issues. Over the past three to four years, I’ve had occasion to work on both sides of that…

Inventory Matters

Originally Published 05/11/05 Before you pass this article by in favor of something you believe is more exciting, like streaming video ads, wireless multi-player games or interactive TV, think back to the last corporate fire drill that occurred towards the end of a fiscal quarter. This is where the CEO asks “how much are we…

Local Rules for Ad Operations

Originally Published 10/21/06 In the late 1980s, the fledging online service Prodigy created local content covering the Atlanta metro market. In part, the hope was that “Access Atlanta” would entice an audience to sign up and log on. But in this chicken and egg scenario, the egg was yet to be hatched. The online audience…

New Media, Traditional Lessons

Originally Published March 23rd, 2005 I was rummaging through some old files the other day and came across some direct mail samples for an old, old client, Texaco Star Club. This was a private label auto club for Texaco credit card holders. Along with the samples was a direct mail matrix, containing details of a…

Protecting Your Business By Securing Workflow

Originally Published 07/11/07 Mention the word “workflow” to a room full of seasoned, intelligent executives and you’re likely to induce a mass attack of glassy-eyed narcolepsy. Nothing can put a damper on a spirited entrepreneurial discussion like visions of boxes, triangles, hexahedrons and decision trees that are conjured up by this topic. However, give me…

Publishers: Take Control of Your Inventory

Originally Published 07/03/08 Most of us in ad operations are used to creating “work arounds” as a means of solving our most pressing problems. We are frequently handicapped by applications that are limited in their flexibility. We tend to adopt the attitude that “this is the hand we’ve been dealt, so let’s try to make…

The Best-Kept Secret in Ad Operations

Published 01/28/06 As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, the life of an ad operations staffer is filled with day-to-day tasks revolving around the launching of new campaigns, troubleshooting creatives, revising campaigns, managing inventory– you know the drill. Today, however, I’d like you to consider that you know far more than your corporate colleagues think you…

The Mass Hysteria from Mass Acquisitions

08/03/2007 I’m not one who gives in easily to hysteria. After all, if you work in ad operations, you eventually become desensitized to emotions of panic and horror; the same thing that happens when you watch too many violent movies. However, when the latest round of acquisitions occurred in our sector, leaving virtually no tier…

The Roadblocks to Starting Your Own ad Network

Originally Published 05/24/09 Mainstream publishers are leaping into the ad network business with increasing frequency. Why, you may ask? After all, isn’t it hard enough for publishers to fill the ad inventory on their own domains? Or have they secretly been selling out 100 percent of all their ad placements without telling anyone? If so,…

Three’s a Crowd

Originally Published 9/14/2005 One of the most interesting things about going to interactive conferences, or simply interacting with multiple clients, is getting a bird’s eye view of our business and gaining a sense of perspective. In other words, you get to see how other people handle their businesses. The question, “is it just me, or…

Video and Media Operations

Originally Published 08/13/05 Jon Stewart has described the internet as “a technology combining the credibility of anonymous hearsay with the excitement of typing.” I’ll admit it. I’ve been trying to find a way to crowbar this favorite quote of mine into an article for months. I even toyed with the idea of going minimalist and…

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