Brands as Media Companies: In an age where brands have the tools to generate compelling content and connect directly with consumers, advertising is becoming a tax that brands have to pay.Many brands are circumventing the publisher network by generating their own media and distributing it to online and social media “readerships” that are far bigger than those of traditional media. This half-day clinic explores case studies and best practices on how brands can generate meaningful content to connect directly with consumers."
Since leaving MediaCom in 2011 Doug has been involved in a variety of consulting projects. The primary focus of these projects has been the productive application of technology in the advertising and media arena. In addition Doug is an active partner in a digital startup focused on new methods of content distribution.
At MediaCom, Doug served as Chief Executive Officer of MediaCom Canada, then MediaCom USA and ultimately, MediaCom North America, managing over 700 employees in 6 offices across the region. Doug successfully built teams, balancing the need to create an open and inspiring work environment, combined with a clear focus on meeting operational and financial goals.
Doug is currently vice chairman of Dress For Success, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 110 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Poland, the Netherlands, the West Indies, and New Zealand.
Doug received a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University and has been an active member of a wide variety of industry associations including the 4Aâ€™s Media Committee and a media judge at Cannes.
Scott is a Clinical Professor of Marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches brand strategy and luxury marketing, and is the founder of L2, a think tank for digital innovation. Scott is also the founder of Firebrand Partners, an operational activist firm that has invested more than $1 billion in U.S. consumer and media companies. In 1997, he founded Red Envelope, an Internet-based branded consumer gift retailer. In 1992, Scott founded Prophet, a brand strategy consultancy that employs more than 120 professionals in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Scott was elected to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders of Tomorrow,” which recognizes 100 individuals under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments have had impact on a global level.”
Scott has served on the boards of directors of Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq: EBHI), The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), Gateway Computer, eco-America, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Aron Pilhofer is editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. His team blends journalism and technology to enhance The Times's reporting online through social media, community and dynamic, data-driven Web applications. He is co-founder of two news startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks and Hackers. Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper's newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team, where he specialized in stories related to money, politics, and influence for the politics desk and Washington bureau. Prior to joining The Times, Pilhofer was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, on the national training staff of investigative reporters and editors and worked for a number of years as a statehouse and projects reporter for Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware.
Anthony Psacharopoulos has a wealth of industry, consulting, and market analysis experience, having advised clients on strategic and marketing issues in a number of industries including media companies, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals/healthcare, and CPG. At comScore, Anthony manages sales for the Retail, Travel, Health, and Media East verticals.
Prior to comScore, Anthony worked with Corporate Value Associates, a strategy consulting firm that was spun off from Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on a wide range of projects (including strategic audit and value creation, product mix optimization, product introduction strategies, and other sales and marketing initiatives) in several industries (including financial services, metals, retail and packaging) in North America and Europe.
Anthony has an MBA from University of Michigan and a B.A. in Commerce and Economics from University of Toronto.
Martin Stoddart is Zite's vice president of business development. He focuses on publisher relations and revenue generation. Martin's impressive resume includes stints at Bing, IBM, and HP, and an M.B.A. from MIT.
Anthony Psacharopoulos, a Senior Vice President at comScore hypothesizes that, even though clicks on internet ads are an easy data point to collect, their seemingly low numbers may not represent the actual effectiveness of display ads online.