Tracing The Timeline Of Sizmek, Ad Tech Rollup And Duopoly Alternative

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The ad tech rollup is real, and its name is Sizmek. On Tuesday, the 18-year-old company revealed its intent to buy public ad tech company Rocket Fuel for $145 million. If the purchase finalizes, Sizmek’s acquisition spree (excluding the earliest iterations of its evolving stack) will round out to about five companies acquired in lessContinue reading »

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Online Video Changes The Way Super Bowl Advertisers Gauge Their Big Game Buy

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The Super Bowl used to be the one day when, thanks to the commercials, non-football fans would willingly watch the sport. Today, you can watch those spots well before the big game even airs, as the number of pre-Super Bowl ads on YouTube grew 200% since 2008, said Google. And the growing importance of onlineContinue reading »

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How Cadreon’s Arun Kumar Connects The Dots Between Walled Gardens

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Walled gardens are cropping up across the digital ecosystem. “It’s just the way the world is going to be for the foreseeable future,” said Arun Kumar, global president at Cadreon. “I don’t see that changing.” As president of a global trading desk, it’s Kumar’s job to follow the consumer across these walls as he orContinue reading »

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YouTube Gained Political Ad Revenue This Year, ​But Lost Influence With Voters

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For YouTube, the recent election cycle was the best of times and the worst of times. Multiple campaign sources think the Google-owned video network remained the single largest platform for political video dollars (aside from TV networks), despite Facebook’s meteoric rise. “YouTube is the second most trafficked site in the US, so it played aContinue reading »

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In Video, Publisher Guarantees Spur Private Deal Success

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While private marketplaces (PMPs) and preferred deals are predicted to outpace open exchange buys by 2018, their rate of adoption has been inconsistent – especially when it comes to video advertising. Some ad buyers have avoided PMPs out of concerns over reach, leaving some publishers twisting in the wind to accurately forecast their fill rate.Continue reading »

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