5 Takeaways from BCON Expo 2016

Posted by Karim Kanji

On March 29th, content strategists, media professionals and other digital folks gathered in Toronto for the annual BCON Expo. Companies such as L’Oreal, Kraft Heinz, Royal Bank of Canada and General Electric presented on topics ranging from how to measure content marketing to the essential elements needed to engage audiences.

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Active International’s Media 360 panel discussion answers 20 burning social media questions.

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

Active International recently moderated a panel discussion on social media strategies, opportunities, and best practices, with a focus on Facebook and Twitter. On the panel were clients Anna Bittner of HSAD (LG) and Teresa Randall of Pinnacle, creative agency representative Brian Howlet of Agency 59, and social media expert Ben Dumas of Involved Media.  The panel was moderated by Joanne Crump, VP Media Services Director for Active International. The event was part of Active’s Media 360 Education series: 90 minute breakfast seminars to share insights, demystify today’s burning media topics, and deliver actionable ideas to our partners.

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The challenges and opportunities of programmatic media

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

Active International’s Media 360 panel discussion answers 17 burning programmatic media questions.

Active International recently moderated a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of programmatic media. On the panel were programmatic media experts Grant le Riche of TubeMogul  and Katie Wolf of Acuity Ads, two leading programmatic marketing platform companies.  The panel was moderated by Esther Tak Director, Digital Media for Active International. The event was part of Active’s Media 360 Education series: 90 minute breakfast seminars to share insights, demystify today’s burning media topics, and deliver actionable ideas to our partners.

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A day in the life of... a digital media buyer

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

I sat down with Active’s Esther Tak, Director Digital Media, and Christine Lako, Digital Media  Assistant to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes during a corporate trade digital media buy.

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Highlights from the BRC's Mid Season Review 2015

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

Andrea Lloyd, Senior Media Buyer with Active International in Canada, attended the Broadcast Research Council (BRC) mid season review, gaining valuable insight into the Winter/Spring 2015 Mid-Season programming.

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4 Ways to re-think your digital advertising

Posted by Joanne Crump

If you want to stay ahead of your company’s competition, you need to rethink your digital advertising. Technology, and as a result consumer behaviour, is changing so fast it is making everyone’s head spin. Smart marketers are constantly reinventing ways to keep their audience engaged—or risk brand obsolescence.

Here are 4 ways to rethink your digital advertising this year:

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10 shows advertisers should consider for their Spring media buy

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

A few weeks ago, the Broadcast Research Council of Canada presented their annual mid-season TV reviews with The National Post’s TV critic, Scott Stinson, and MSN’s Entertainment Editor, Joan Porter. They gave us a Canadian perspective on the year so far, and provided insights on replacement shows.

Here are 10 new shows airing in Canada this winter, along with a short synopsis of each one, to help you pick the right ones for your media buy . Enjoy!

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TV media buying 101: audience measurement techniques

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

How do you measure and evaluate a television media buy in a world where audiences watch on smart phones, computers, tablets, television--or even video on demand? It's a question tormenting both media buyers and advertisers.

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Media buying trends: how Canadians use the second screen

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

The television is no longer the attention-commanding appliance it once was. Today, it shares the spotlight with a variety of ubiquitous devices including smart phones, tablets and computers.

According to this infographic from Seevibes, the iPhone is viewers’ favourite device, representing more than 40% of social TV interactions—an 80% increase over the last 18 months. Tablet and Android use is also growing, while Blackberry and computers are declining.

How does the second screen impact media buying trends? What does the second screen mean for advertisers?

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The intricacies of digital media buying

Posted by KImberly Armstrong


Today companies can implement an almost infinite number of digital and social media strategies to reach potential customers. While these vast choices make it easier to target specific demographics, it also makes media buying for brands more complicated than ever before.

It is helpful to know a little bit about the intricacies of digital when making media buying decisions. Here are some of the most common questions clients typically ask our media buying team:

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