Amobee Wins Videology; Instagram Drives Facebook Traffic

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Auction Exit Amobee won the Videology bankruptcy auction this past weekend with a bid of $117.3 million and additional expected payments up to $16.1 million. British broadcaster ITV was also in the bidding for Videology’s assets, driving up the price Amobee had alreadyContinue reading »

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Facebook Is Testing AR-Enabled Ad Formats In Time For The Holidays

Facebook is augmenting the news feed. The company has been testing AR ads for the past couple of months with a limited number of brands, it announced at an event for advertisers and agencies in New York City on Tuesday. The plan is to release the format more generally in the lead-up to the holidayContinue reading »

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Will IGTV And Digital Long-Form Finally Bring Big TV Ad Budgets Online?  

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Edward Kim, founder and executive chairman at SimpleReach. Facebook recently announced the launch of IGTV, a hub for long-form, vertical videos that’s accessible from both a new app and the existing Instagram app. Facebook’sContinue reading »

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Facebook Defies Gravity; WPP Vs. Martin Sorrell

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Zuck Abides Readers might be forgiven for thinking this has been a brutal year for Facebook, given the long string of scandals and investigations the company has faced. But in some important ways, Facebook is humming along as smoothly as ever, according toContinue reading »

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3 Old-School Ad Tactics Facebook Uses To Gun For Engagement

Facebook’s scale – 1.45 billion daily active users at last count – has been its armor through a no-good, very bad year of repeated privacy failures, questions of Russian election interference and other controversies. But scale needs to be maintained. Although only a handful of advertisers pulled spend in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica, that wouldn’tContinue reading »

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Programmatic Guaranteed: A Chance To Rethink Publisher Growth

“The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is written by Devlin Jefferson, vice president of product at Operative. Bauer Xcel recently gave publishers advice about working directly with brands that take programmatic in-house. Note that the advice was written by Bauer’s new in-house programmaticContinue reading »

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Hulu Hangs In The Balance; Verizon Shutters Go90

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Outlook Hazy The fate of Hulu depends on the outcome of Comcast’s and Disney’s bidding war for 21st Century Fox. Whoever wins will own a majority stake in Hulu, and both companies have very different visions for the platform’s future. Comcast wants to investContinue reading »

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Facebook And Twitter Offer New Political Ad Transparency Tools To Head Off Bad Actors

Facebook and Twitter each released new political advertising transparency tools on Thursday in preparation for the 2018 US midterm elections, as the social platforms try to forestall the malicious electoral interference they enabled during the 2016 election. Facebook began archiving electoral and issue-based ads in May, so any ad by an active candidate or featuringContinue reading »

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Kogan: Cambridge Analytica’s Supposed Data Genius Was Just Hack Work

It’s been a weird four months for Aleksandr Kogan. The 33-year-old went from an obscure research psychologist at Cambridge University to one of the villains at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Kogan, who testified Tuesday before a Senate Commerce subcommittee, apologized for his role in the controversy, but disputes that the data providedContinue reading »

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AT&T Eyes AppNexus; Google Gives Podcasts A Boost

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. DSPayday? AT&T is in talks to acquire AppNexus and the two companies are close to finalizing the deal, reports Cheddar. AppNexus brass are reportedly unwilling to sell for less than $2 billion. That sounds like an awful lot, but there are factors working inContinue reading »

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