Short Takes: Jeff Hirsch Joins Underdog Media

Digital advertising veteran Jeff Hirsch, former CEO of AudienceScience, has joined Underdog Media as CEO. Underdog Media wants to take the type of automation tools mostly used for direct response advertising and repurpose them for branding.

“I think the main point I want to make is that we have to remember that we are in the advertising business,” said Hirsch. “We get carried away thinking only about the technology side of what we do.”
Hirsch feels that the industry needs to get back to basics; rather than amplifying complexity, digital agencies and ad technology providers need to produce more results-oriented options for advertisers, with a healthy emphasis on direct response. Hirsch has more than 16 years of experience in ad tech, having founded Fastclick and working at ValueClick before joining AudienceScience.
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