Tapad: Yes We Cannes!

Since 1954, Cannes has been the summertime meeting place for advertising and brand professionals to connect, share ideas and celebrate the wider marketing industry. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity attracts more than 15,000 people from more than 100 countries. This year, Tapad is thrilled to be part of the experience in a big way. Tapad is co-hosting several events throughout the week-long festival; details below.In the meantime, we asked the attending Tapad crew what they’re most looking forward to, what they’ve learned from years’ past and what will be in their luggage when they arrive. Here’s what they had to say:

David Sanderson, VP Creative Strategy & Operations: The most exciting part of Cannes for me are not the parties, or the yachts - I'm from FL and grew up near that stuff. The most exciting part for me is The Cannes Lions print showcase. Being around so many top-notch designs and layouts that use a medium where only a single "frame" with no animation has to convey so much information...it's absolutely remarkable. I find major inspiration from those singular visions and apply some of those concepts to Tapad's interactive creative output.

As for who I’d love to meet, Iggy Pop is at the top of my list. That dude played within industry lines, but definitely did his own thing inside them. His career has been remarkable. And he's still alive!

My luggage will include some sleeveless shirts and a hat. It's hot over there!Joanna McNeil, Global Agency and Brand Strategy: I am a first-timer to Cannes. I’ve been on the list to go throughout my agency life, but client needs forced me to cancel every time.

I’m most excited to see Anderson Cooper of course. He’s amazing. But I’m also super interested in seeing Aline Santos, Global SVP Brand Marketing for Unilever. She leads such a large and diverse team across the markets, I’m eager to hear her thoughts on how Unilever can continue to engage customers throughout the globe. I will also be able to reconnect with many of my former coworkers from my previous agencies.

I am hopeful to see the “The Pursuit of Impact,” Will Smith’s perspective on developing a global presence. I’m also eager to see the Lion Media Shortlist presentations to learn how data and cross-screen engagement are foundational to the idea-winning plans.

Jim Clark, SVP Global Sales: I have been to Cannes roughly five times. I usually stay in an un-airconditioned “Apart-Hotel” which is a room far away from the action and small enough that I’m able to touch all four walls at once while lying in bed, while hot as heck! This year I am very excited to be staying at the Marriott, which is perfectly located and is where I’ll have an executive meeting suite where we will be hosting people from AOL, Dentsu/Aegis, Amnet, Starcom and many more.

I am excited that we are sponsoring the Blanc party, but I must go shopping for a new outfit as a result. And I’m also looking forward to our co-sponsored Oracle Marketing Cloud rooftop party. It was very good last year – spectacular views and a powerful attendee list.

As with every Cannes year, I am excited about the close proximity to the industry’s most important decision makers - usually over a glass of rose’ - and I am particularly excited to attend the Omnicom Annalect Cannes party, as well as the Rubicon VIP lunch event. It’s nice to be recognized as an essential technology for one of the largest publisher platforms in the business.

This year we’ll have a fresh set of faces with our representatives from Telenor, and I’m looking forward to introducing them to our key clients.

Come visit with us in Cannes, and connect with us over social media using the handles and hashtags below. We can’t wait to see you there!

Monday, June 20 

Cannes Blanc: Tapad is proud to join LUMA Partners, Industry Index and MarketShare as co-host of Cannes Blanc, an exclusive rooftop party for marketers and leaders in marketing and advertising technology. White attire is suggested. Request an invitation here: http://www.cannesblanc.comWhere: Le Rooftop, 67 Boulevard de la Croisette

When: 7 - 9 p.m.

Social Media: @LUMA_partners, @Industry_Index, @Cannes_Lions, @Tapad #CANNESBLANC, #CannesLions, #CannesUnified

Wednesday, June 22

ODC Cannes Festival Fete: Meet with leaders in the data-driven marketing world, relax in the ODC Data Lounge and chat with your peers about how data is influencing not only media, but also creativity in advertising and marketing. Tapad is partnering up with Oracle for its ODC Cannes Festival Fete. Join us for drinks and mingling in the Oracle Data Cloud Live Tent at the foot of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

When: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Oracle Data Cloud Live Tent, next to Palais des Festivals, Boulevard De La Croisette – BP 272Social Media: @OracleDataCloud, @Tapad, @Cannes_Lions, #CannesUnified, #CannesLions

Thursday, June 23

Taboola co-hosted Canapés & Cocktails: We’re joining our friends at Taboola, the content discovery platform, for some late afternoon canapés and cocktails at the Taboola cabana, right by the Cannes Lions Palais des Festivals. You can join us too! Don’t forget to RSVP and secure your meeting slot here: https://cannes2016.taboola.com...

When: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Where: Cabana #14, Boulevard de la CroisetteSocial Media: @taboola, @Tapad, @Cannes_Lions, #TABOOLACANNES, #CannesUnified, #CannesLions