How A Focus On Quality And Discipline Revived Healthline Media

Healthline Media embarked on the road to recovery by taking a content-focused approach to health information. The profitable company racked up more than $100 million in revenue last year. With audience growth rates topping 60% year over year, Healthline is on the cusp of eclipsing slow-growing WebMD as the web’s top health property. The ascensionContinue reading »

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Disney’s BAMTech Investment Was A Smart Move; Walmart Launches Subscription Box For Kids’ Clothes

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Best Of A BAM Lot BAMTech, recently rebranded as Disney Streaming Service, gets knocked because Disney took a $469 million writedown on its investment early this year after spending billions to acquire a controlling interest. Yet there’s a lot of upside there. “Everyone lovesContinue reading »

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Podcast: Xaxis, Then And Now

WPP Group’s programmatic platform subsidiary Xaxis has navigated several seasons of change in programmatic. “When Xaxis was started it was very much around this concept of leveraging programmatic to help advertisers reach audiences,” Global CEO Nicolas Bidon says in this week’s episode of AdExchanger Talks. But over time that old definition of programmatic has becomeContinue reading »

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Bad Actors Are Taking Advantage Of Genuine Web Infrastructure To Hide The Spread Of Malware

When people join a browser-based video conference call, their top worry is usually whether their hair looks OK. But there’s a bigger concern lurking. WebRTC, the open source technology used by browsers and apps to enable real-time communications over the internet, is being exploited to camouflage the dissemination of malware-infected ads. Programmatic exchanges appear toContinue reading »

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Data Regs Could Affect Brick And Mortars; Amazon Unveils Ad Supported Audio

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Smart Bricks US retailers are upgrading their in-store tech to keeping the most transactions in brick-and-mortar locations, and head off Amazon’s growth. Apps or facial-recognition tech help people breeze through checkout. Interactive mirrors recommend outfits. Beacons and Bluetooth ping promos to phones and connectContinue reading »

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Sizmek’s Bankruptcy Is Changing How The Supply Side Manages DSP Debts

One of the most pressing concerns from Sizmek’s bankruptcy comes from SSPs, which must reconsider how they think about risk and credit with their longtime partners. Brands and agencies often pay DSPs on 90-day or even 120-day cycles. But DSPs pay SSPs between 30 to 60 days. There’s a separate contract between an SSP andContinue reading »

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The Ad Buyer’s Wish List For Snapchat’s TBD Audience Network

Snap teased an audience extension product called Snapchat Audience Network in early April, but the offering is still being baked and the beta likely won’t open until some point this summer. So, advertisers have to wait to find out how targeting will work outside of the Snapchat platform, what data will be available and whatContinue reading »

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Publicis Buys Epsilon For $4.4B – But Will It Be Able To Integrate The Frankenstack?

Publicis Groupe’s $4.4 billion purchase of email marketing and data company Epsilon on Sunday comes down to three words: first-party data. “What is really important for our clients is to build their first-party data,” said Publicis Groupe CEO Arthur Sadoun on an investor call Monday. “If not, they will be killed by direct to consumerContinue reading »

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BuzzFeed Switches To Next-Gen DMP Permutive

BuzzFeed thrives on using data to inform its advertising programs, social strategy and editorial. But its cookie-dependent data-management platform (DMP) had too many holes in how it collected data. So the publisher switched to Permutive, a next-gen DMP that uses a browser’s local storage to find patterns in how its users engage with content andContinue reading »

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