Executive Director of Digital Innovation
New York, New York
Maria Mandel, 32, is the point person for emerging platforms at the interactive division of the global ad agency Ogilvy.
"The best mobile campaigns take advantage of the personal and interactive nature of the device. Ideally, you want the mobile consumer to be in control of the experience. For DHL, we did a Tetris-style game where the boxes were labeled with DHL. Ten percent of users forwarded the game to their friends — unheard of in traditional ad landscapes. For Motorola, we allowed travelers at the Hong Kong airport to upload good-bye messages to Motorola-sponsored digital displays throughout the airport. When we talked to users afterward, some took offense that we were calling the campaign 'advertising.' They said it was an 'experience.'"
Executive Vice President
Los Angeles, California
Cyriac Roeding, 35, runs CBS's wireless business, which tallied more than 75 million page views for its news, sports, and entertainment content in the fourth quarter of 2007, triple one year earlier.
"Mobile is the only media you carry with you 18 hours a day — every moment that you're not sleeping. People use the mobile Web differently from their computers: The display is small, you're often doing something else, too, and you typically have little time. But that creates opportunities. We recently teamed up with Loopt, a social-mapping service, to deliver the first location-based mobile ads in the United States and Europe. You're walking down the street checking sports scores on
The World Shrinker
Mike Baker, 44, joined the global
leader in handsets after it acquired his
mobile ad network, Enpocket, last fall.
In February, he launched the
"The challenge with global advertising is that attitudes toward mobile ads vary widely. In the United States, Japan, and the U.K., consumers see ads everywhere, so they aren't surprised to see them on their mobile phones. But in other places, such as Finland, mobile ads have to offer services or additional information to get users' attention. Luckily, the highest growth markets, including China, India, Russia, and Brazil, are eager for mobile advertising because it makes their mobile experience more sophisticated and compelling. We are adopting a uniform ad unit on the mobile Web that can be deployed worldwide simultaneously rather than the more customary practice of rolling out one region at a time. The potential here is 10 billion euros over the next five years."
San Francisco, California
Michael Chang, 34, heads Greystripe, a startup that provides free games for mobile phones in exchange for viewing ads. It's currently attracting 250,000 downloads a day, a tenfold increase from a year ago.
"The biggest problem in mobile is distribution. If a company wants to get a piece of content to a user, there's basically no getting around the carrier. Advertising is an end run around the carrier to achieve wide distribution.
We have relationships with 95 different game publishers and offer more than 900 games. With each game, consumers see three full-screen ads, two before play and one after. The full-screen format is attractive for branding —
The Toe Dipper
Director of Customer Marketing
Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.
San Francisco, California
Stacy Doren, 35, oversaw the Signature brand's venture into mobile advertising when it became one of the first companies to sign on to Virgin Mobile's Sugar Mama, an ad-supported cell-phone service in which consumers earn free minutes by watching advertisements.
A version of this article appeared in the May 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.