Xaxis is known for programmatic media buying – or ‘transforming digital media into business outcomes’. But how is it managing to balance artificial and human intelligence? Short-term and long-term business outcomes? Brand-building activity and performance marketing? Smart targeting and winning creative? CEO Nicolas Bidon explains how they approach these challenges, as well as those around measurement (with the deprecation of third-party cookies), using first-party data in smart ways, brand safety, and the increasing digitalisation of media channels.