Musings On Why LinkedIn Bought Drawbridge

On the surface, LinkedIn’s plan to acquire cross-device data company Drawbridge may seem like a head scratcher. What does a B2B social network want with a probabilistic cross-device vendor? The deal creates potential for LinkedIn’s marketing products that go beyond Drawbridge’s existing technology assets. If LinkedIn wanted access to an identity graph, it could haveContinue reading »

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LinkedIn To Snap Up Drawbridge In Odd-Couple Pairing

LinkedIn is buying Drawbridge. The acquisition was announced quietly on Tuesday via a mere mention buried in a blog post, and the deal price was undisclosed. The deal is expected to close by the end of June. Drawbridge CEO Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan and CTO Devin Guan are coming aboard, although LinkedIn declined to share which otherContinue reading »

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Drawbridge Sells Its Media Arm And Exits Ad Tech

Drawbridge, one of the last major cross-device indies, is selling its US media business to location data platform Gimbal, shutting down its self-serve ad platform and getting out of the advertising biz, AdExchanger has learned. Drawbridge’s media team and the company’s entire book of managed business is transferring to Gimbal. Both companies declined to shareContinue reading »

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Cross-Device? Nah, CDP. Tapad Launches A Customer Data Platform

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Tapad launched a product on Tuesday that lets telcos stitch their first-party data to Tapad’s device graph – which Tapad will then activate through partners, including Facebook and The Trade Desk. The company is calling this service a Customer Data Platform (CDP), which is the buzzword du jour, though the vendor said it’s been workingContinue reading »

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Tapad Is Getting Out Of The Media Services Game

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Cross-device provider Tapad is offloading its media business with Brand Networks, a social marketing tech firm that serves large retail brands and enterprise clients. The deal, announced Tuesday, is structured like a partnership rather than an acquisition, said Tapad CEO Sigvart Voss Eriksen. Tapad’s managed media and creative teams will join Brand Networks to helpContinue reading »

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Screen6 Has A Solution For Cookie Decay: Grab Those Cookies While They’re Fresh

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The cookie is under pressure. On Tuesday, Amsterdam-based cross-device vendor Screen6 released a tool that CEO David de Jong says can add cookies to cross-device graphs in real time before they have a chance to decay. Device fragmentation, Apple’s recent moves to prevent third-party tracking in iOS 11 and environments where there are no cookies,Continue reading »

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Adsquare Intros Cross-Device Matching With Device IDs As The Foundation

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Mobile data exchange adsquare is proposing an alternative method to cross-device matching: starting with device IDs rather than cookies as the core identifier. On Tuesday, adsquare introduced mobile cross-device capabilities into its exchange through partnerships with Tapad, Drawbridge and Adbrain. Crosswise is coming soon. Rather than building mobile audiences based on cookies, the industry’s deContinue reading »

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Screen6’s Identity Resolution Platform Aims To Act As Matchmaker For Lonely, Siloed Data Sets

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Even vendors need vendors. On Monday, cross-device provider Screen6 launched an offering called The Hub that Chief Strategy Officer Keith Petri called “a DMP for platforms.” “The fact is, data management is not as straightforward as our clients or even we have viewed it,” he said. The ecosystem is choked with data platform players rangingContinue reading »

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