Martin Sorrell Bets Amazon Will Reach $100 Billion In Ad Spend

Martin Sorrell is bullish on Amazon. The platform will eventually reach $100 billion in ad spend, Sorrell, the CEO of S4 Capital and former WPP honcho, predicted Tuesday at AdExchanger’s Programmatic IO in New York City. He did not mention a timeline. In Amazon’s Q3 earnings in July, the company said it brought in $2.5Continue reading »

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Onboarding Data In Real Time Means Reaching Customers At The Right Time

This article was produced in partnership with Signal. Identity continues to attract attention – and investment. U.S. marketers are responding to surging consumer expectations for more personalized, contextually relevant experiences by spending close to $900 million this year on services and solutions dedicated to solving identity resolution – a sum expected to triple to $2.6Continue 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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Brian O’Kelley’s Departure As CEO Comes As No Surprise To Ad Tech Insiders

Brian O’Kelley’s departure as CEO of AppNexus surprised few in the industry who know him. His sharp opinions and independent mindset made him an ad tech provocateur and a fearless leader. But that same personality seemed incompatible with taking a subservient role to Xandr CEO Brian Lesser within the AT&T mega-corporation. After all, this isContinue reading »

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Brian O’Kelley Steps Down As AppNexus CEO

It’s the end of an era. AppNexus co-founder and CEO Brian O’Kelley has stepped down from his operational role and will serve in an advisory capacity at Xandr, the AT&T-owned ad unit that acquired AppNexus in June. An internal memo, published below in its entirety, Xandr CEO Brian Lesser wrote: “As Brian and I discussedContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Is Flying High. Can It Last?

When The Trade Desk IPO’d in September 2016, it nearly doubled its own value projection and quickly became a $1 billion company. Fast-forward two years and the company’s market cap sits at around $6 billion. The question for many analysts and ad tech observers is: How long can this ride last? Investors have pumped aContinue reading »

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Turner Ad Sales Boss Donna Speciale Wants To Blur The Line Between Linear And Digital

Why is the industry still talking about linear vs. digital when to consumers, it’s all just content? That’s the question Donna Speciale, president of ad sales at Turner, is using to galvanize long-awaited changes to how network TV transacts media. “At some point, we’re not going to say linear or digital,” she told AdExchanger. “We’llContinue reading »

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Key Ad Leader Ramaswamy Leaves Google, Prabhakar Raghavan To Take His Place

Ryan Joe contributed One of Google’s key ad executives is riding off into the VC sunset. Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP for ads and commerce,  will depart the Googleplex for a role with Greylock Ventures, Forbes reports. Prabhakar Raghavan, VP of Google cloud apps, will become the new ads honcho. “I’ve long admired how Sridhar and his team haveContinue reading »

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Wrapper Wars: Exchanges And Publishers Question Fairness Of Index Exchange’s Wrapper

Six exchanges and a handful of top publishers who work with Index Exchange’s wrapper say they consistently notice anomalies indicating the exchange prioritizes itself. At least two of those exchanges are composing a letter to Index Exchange CEO Andrew Casale threatening to withdraw from its wrapper unless it takes steps to ensure neutrality, AdExchanger hasContinue reading »

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Will AT&T’s ‘Community Garden’ Have Walls?

AT&T’s promise to connect data, technology, distribution and content to make advertising better for all constituents is exciting. So exciting, in fact, that industry executives from both the buy and sell sides gathered in support of the idea at the Relevance conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., this week, willing to help make it happen. ButContinue reading »

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