How Google and WPP Are Working Together in Evolving Digital Ad Space

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November 17, 2017
From the WPP Stream in Ojai, California, Cheddar's CEO Jon Steinberg speaks with Google's Director of Global Agency, James Rosenthal. Steinberg previously spoke with WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, who said Google listens better than Facebook, in terms of taking feedback from WPP. In response, Rosenthal says their relationship could be attributed to working with WPP for a longer amount of time. Rosenthal says Google has learned the best way to get stuff done is to listen, and not impose. On how clients are leaning into new initiatives such as virtual reality, Rosenthal says Google would like to first get to the basics, and master ROI with clients, before taking them to the next level. In the latest earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced YouTube viewership in living rooms is up to 100 million hours per day, representing a 70% increase year over year. Rosenthal says the numbers speak for themselves on this new way of watching streaming content.