Undaunted By Rising Costs, Skullcandy Goes Big On Social

Although Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter are getting more expensive, they remain the go-to places for brand-building campaigns. That’s the approach being taken by Skullcandy, the maker of headphones and audio devices, as it looks to grow from its action sports roots to a broader audience, according to CMO Jessica Klodnicki, who was hired inContinue reading »

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Kiip Brings On New Chief In Wake Of Sexual Assault Charges Against Former CEO Brian Wong

Jason Lapp, a longtime WPP and Kantar executive, is taking over as CEO of Kiip. Last Friday, a grand jury indicted Brian Wong, the company’s founder and now former CEO, on charges of felony sexual assault related to an encounter during the SXSW festival in 2016. An arrest warrant was filed in January. Wong hasContinue reading »

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Machine Learning Sits At The Heart Of Google’s New App Ads Products

Machine learning is becoming central to user acquisition and app advertising at Google. On Wednesday, Google introduced five game developer-focused ads products, four of which are powered by some form of machine learning. The first new release, called pre-registration ads, for example, allows developers to reach Android users across the Play store, YouTube, search andContinue reading »

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Oracle Data Cloud Companies Expose ‘DrainerBot’ App Fraud Scheme

Oracle has uncovered an ad fraud operation it calls “DrainerBot,” which siphoned off ad dollars and monthly data packages. Oracle’s internet infrastructure business Dyn originally discovered the operation after it picked up suspicious activity among some mobile apps using an SDK from Tapcore, a Dutch mobile monetization company. The apps obscured web data with proxyContinue reading »

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A Marketer’s Guide To 5G

How can a brand take advantage of the 5G revolution today? Actually, that’s a trick question. The next evolution of wireless technology after 4G LTE, 5G-enabled devices won’t be available until at least 2020, despite limited test deployments in large cities and a fair amount of boasting from the big telecom companies. But what willContinue reading »

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Zeotap Hopes To Become The LiveRamp Of Europe

Zeotap is launching a global identity graph to try and beat LiveRamp to the punch across the pond. On Tuesday, the Berlin-based mobile data platform announced the global rollout of Connect, an identity solution that deterministically links offline data to anonymized online identifiers based on exclusive relationships with telco operators in markets across Europe, IndiaContinue reading »

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Google’s Expenses Increase As It Makes Its Way Into TV

Google still brings in the big bucks, but its costs are skyrocketing as well as the digital media giant pushes its way into TV advertising. First, the basics. Alphabet brought in $39.3 billion in Q4 2018, up 23% from the same period the year before, the company disclosed in its quarterly earnings report on Monday.Continue reading »

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After GDPR Inspires Developers To Snip Unused SDKs, It’s Back To Biz As Usual

For many app publishers, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was an opportunity to examine each of their many SDK integrations and ask, “Does it spark joy?” The answer, in many cases, was no: It sparks the potential for data leakage and compliance headaches. In 2018, the number of unused SDKs – those that a publisherContinue reading »

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MillerCoors Taps Into Self-Serve Location Data From Foursquare

MillerCoors doesn’t have the opportunity to collect much first-party data: Most of its sales come through independently-owned convenience and liquor stores or bars and restaurants. “It’s very difficult to identify or measure audiences because of the nature of how these businesses are run,” said Brad Feinberg, VP of media and consumer engagement at MillerCoors. “They’reContinue reading »

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How Dating App Company The Meet Group Gets Live-Streaming To Pay Off

In less than two years, The Meet Group managed to diversify its revenue from a near total dependence on programmatic advertising to a healthy mix of ads, in-app purchases and subscriptions. “I’d say 90% of our revenue was ad-driven before we started to shift,” said Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group, which owns aContinue reading »

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