Adobe Teams Up With A Million Ads To Launch Dynamic Creative For Audio

Audio ads should be personalized, too. That’s the thought behind Adobe’s partnership with A Million Ads, which powers dynamic creative optimization in digital and programmatic audio, announced Monday. Adobe launched programmatic audio capabilities in July 2017, after receiving an uptick in demand from its customer base, said Justin Merickel, VP of media optimizer at AdobeContinue reading »

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How Marketo Added $3 Billion In Two Years, And Why PE Thinks There’s More To Come

When Adobe acquired the B2B marketing company Marketo for $4.8 billion last week, investors pressed CEO Shantanu Narayen to explain the gulf between Adobe’s price tag and Wall Street’s valuation of Marketo two years ago, when Vista Equity Partners snapped it off the stock market for $1.8 billion. Private equity investors have shown they haveContinue reading »

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Adobe Hooks Into More TV Inventory As Addressability Slowly Coalesces

Despite the massive steps the ad industry has made in figuring out addressable TV just this year, advancement comes not from stunning breakthroughs, but simply from attaching a few additional pipes and freeing a new trickle of inventory or data. On Thursday, Adobe Advertising Cloud TV soldered together a few more of those connections byContinue reading »

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Adobe Will Buy Marketo For $4.75 Billion

Adobe said Thursday it has agreed to acquire the B2B marketing platform Marketo for $4.75 billion. It’s the biggest deal in Adobe’s history. And the cloud technology giant may be shelling out so much because Marketo’s B2B category strength could help as Adobe moves into media buying and ecommerce, à la TubeMogul and Magento, whereContinue reading »

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Would Adobe Buy Marketo To Become A Major B2B Player?

If Adobe is actually in talks to buy Marketo from the PE firm Vista Equity Partners, as Reuters reported Wednesday, then it would suddenly become a major player in the B2B marketing space. To be clear, there’s no deal in place. The report, citing anonymous sources, said Adobe would pay “significantly more” than the $1.8Continue reading »

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Sources: Vector Capital Seeks To Sell Off Sizmek

Less than two years after Vector Capital sealed its $122 million deal to acquire Sizmek, the private equity firm is already looking to divest. Multiple sources with direct knowledge told AdExchanger that Vector has been shopping Sizmek, possibly as early as April, and just a year and a half after the deal closed. Vector deniedContinue reading »

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Who Will Buy LiveRamp? A List Of Favorites, And Dark Horses

When IPG acquired Acxiom’s managed services group, Marketing Solutions (AMS), for $2.3 billion last week, it marked the end of a five- months-long strategic review of the business – and the start of the next big sales review process with LiveRamp. Acxiom already had opened a strategic review of LiveRamp but was intent on sellingContinue reading »

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Adobe Will Buy Ecom Platform Magento For $1.68B

Adobe said Monday it will buy the ecommerce platform Magento for $1.68 billion. Magento’s 2017 revenue was $150 million, and the deal is expected to close by the end of August. Ecommerce has long been a big hole in Adobe’s tech, even as competitors spent heavily to acquire Magento’s competitors. SAP has owned hybris sinceContinue reading »

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Why The NFL Is Building Its Own Data Co-op

In the National Football League, the whole team has to know the same playbook for the plays to work. And the same is true for the NFL’s marketing group, which in 2017 began centralizing its audience data to improve team-level marketing and the value of league sponsorships. “We’re building a data co-op, in a sense,”Continue reading »

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Everyone Wants To Be A CDP. Here’s Who’s Actually Doing It.

Customer data platform (CRM) capabilities borrow attributes from CRM, tag management and even more traditional data onboarding. Consequently, they are often conflated with ad tech systems like data management platforms (DMPs), despite having use cases that go beyond paid media and into revenue, sales and customer experience. However, CDPs are really for enterprises that have a lotContinue reading »

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