Amazon Faces EU Data Inquiry; Apple Will Fund Podcasts

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Ecom Advantage The EU’s top antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager, opened an investigation into whether Amazon unfairly collects or uses data to promote its own products at the expense of other retailers or manufacturers. “Ecommerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choiceContinue reading »

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Netflix Flatly Dismisses Ad Rumors

Holding your breath on ads coming to Netflix? Time to let it out. There will be no advertising on Netflix anytime soon if ever, the company said in a letter to shareholders on Wednesday in advance of its second quarter earnings call. “We, like HBO, are advertising free. That remains a deep part of ourContinue reading »

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Podcast: How Accenture Interactive Gate-Crashed The Agency Business

If you’re still confused about what’s motivating global consulting firms to move in on agency turf, who better to explain than a longtime holding company executive who defected to the other side? Nikki Mendonça, global president of Accenture Interactive Operations, spent 28 years in marketing services, including 16 years at Omnicom. She left in 2018Continue reading »

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Three Ways Amazon Stays A Step Ahead On Prime Day

Prime Day has grown out of Amazon to become a general shopping holiday. Monday and Tuesday were the third ever two-day period with more than $2 billion in online shopping in the U.S., aside from the Thanksgiving holiday week, according to Adobe data. Only Memorial Day weekend this year and Labor Day 2018 had similarContinue reading »

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Omnicom Sees Long-Term Risks In Owning A Data Company

Omnicom does not intend to buy a data company, even after Publicis Groupe bought Epsilon ($4.4 billion), IPG bought Acxiom ($3.2 billion) and Dentsu Aegis bought Merkle ($1.5 billion). Omnicom steadfastly believes that owning a data company would compromise its neutrality when serving advertisers. “Our systems have always been open and unbiased,” CEO John WrenContinue reading »

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Ad Ops Manager Turned Ad Tech Founder Solves Viewability For Publishers

Optimera increases site viewability solely from a publisher’s point of view. The tech optimizes campaigns toward the most viewable placements in real time – key in an era where buyers demand highly viewable ads, but publishers lack the technology to meet these demands in a way that’s sustainable for their businesses. “The market has failedContinue reading »

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To PMP, Or Not To PMP, That Is The Question

“The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is written by Jason Boshoff, chief operating officer at Bidtellect. If an advertiser’s primary objective is to hit a numeric KPI or a first- or third-party audience to achieve one, does it make sense to pay two toContinue reading »

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WashPo Rolls Out Cookie-Free Targeting Tool; Quibi Snags Original NBC News Content

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Lightning Strikes The Washington Post introed a first-party data ad targeting tool called Zeus Insights that can work without third-party cookies and target across display, video and native ads, reports Digiday. Zeus, which can be used in both direct deals and programmatically, looks atContinue reading »

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How OTT Platforms Fit Into The Complicated TV Landscape

Pity the OTT ad buyer, who must manage reach and frequency goals while finding inventory across a fragmented TV landscape. Often, the same inventory is available from multiple sellers – from networks like NBC, Fox and ABC to the actual OTT platforms, like Roku, Samsung or Amazon. And networks and platforms offer different strengths andContinue reading »

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Here’s How The Rest Of The World Is Going After Facebook, Following Its $5B FTC Fine

There aren’t a lot of companies that can take a multibillion-dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission in stride – and fewer still whose stock actually rises on the news. But that’s Facebook for you, whose stock went up 1.8% at the close of trading last week after reports that the FTC is planning a $5Continue reading »

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