AppLift Vet Tim Koschella Has A New Startup To Cut Out Mobile Programmatic Middlemen

Former AppLift CEO Tim Koschella is launching a company called Kayzen to help app marketers bring their programmatic ad buying in-house. Kayzen, which came out of stealth Tuesday after several months in beta, is powered by a bidder that Koschella purchased from AppLift through a management buyout last year. It positions itself as a self-serveContinue reading »

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Facebook Earmarks $300 Million For Local News Initiatives

Facebook will distribute $300 million across multiple local news projects over the next three years to support newsrooms and help publishers create new business models, the platform announced Tuesday. Donations include a $5 million endowment gift to the Pulitzer Center, $6 million for the UK-based Community News Project and a $20 million expansion of Facebook’sContinue reading »

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Double Verify Snaps Up Contextual Ad Firm; Germany Quashes Facebook’s Like Button Data

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Doubled Up DoubleVerify has acquired the Finnish contextual ad tech startup Leiki for an undisclosed sum. Leiki is DoubleVerify’s first acquisition and comes a year and a half after DV was bought by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. Other ad tech companiesContinue reading »

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NBCU Reveals New Details About Its Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service

NBCU is not getting left in the dust as competitors like Amazon, AT&T and Disney plan their direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming services. On Monday, the broadcast titan said it will launch its yet-to-be-named streaming service in early 2020. The service will provide ad-supported content to pay-TV subscribers, including 90 million Comcast-connected homes in the United StatesContinue reading »

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Under Global CEO Daryl Lee, UM Prioritizes Strategy Over Efficiency Plays

As clients tighten their belts and put accounts up for review, IPG media agency UM is focused on working strategically with data and analytics to grow clients’ businesses. That often means sitting out a major pitch if it’s clear the focus will be on cost cutting. “It goes against how agencies have been trained, whichContinue reading »

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Basic Private Auctions Are ‘Going The Way Of The Dinosaur’ As Programmatic Cleans Up

In recent years, buyers have flocked to private marketplaces to avoid the fraud, hidden fees and low-quality ads they saw in the open marketplace. Agencies created a network of auction-based private auctions to protect their clients from these threats. Now the trend is reversing. As the open marketplace’s performance and safety has improved, the valueContinue reading »

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DTC Mattress Startups Nectar And DreamCloud Are Obsessed With Tests

There’s no rest for direct-to-consumer mattress marketers. “We’re constantly running tests,” said Scott McLeod, co-founder of DreamCloud, a mattress startup housed under Nectar Home, parent company to a growing portfolio of DTC sleep and home furnishing brands, including Nectar Sleep and ecommerce rug brand Wovenly. “We have disdain for the idea of running something withoutContinue reading »

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Frequency Management: Let’s Do Better Than Average

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Steve Latham, global head of analytics at Flashtalking Frequency ranks among the most important factors in determining advertising effectiveness. Regardless of the quality of the placement, creative or context, tooContinue reading »

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Amazon Fire Has More Users Than Roku; Spotify Bets On Podcast Content

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Video Jockeys Amazon has a monster ad business, but it’s missing one piece: video inventory. The Amazon Prime video library has the audience, but like Netflix, it’s ad-free. Some recent moves show how Amazon will broaden its video supply. At CES last week, AmazonContinue reading »

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Amazon’s New Ad-Supported Video Channel Freedive Could Challenge Facebook And Google

Amazon’s release Thursday at CES of a free, ad-supported streaming video channel called IMDB Freedive could provide an opportunity for the digital giant to exhibit its targeting capabilities and pose a real threat to the Facebook-Google duopoly. Freedive is currently available on Amazon Fire devices and through Amazon’s desktop site. With about 50 million FireContinue reading »

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