What’s Old Is New Again As Online Sellers Rediscover SMS Text

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Mobile texting never quite made it into the marketer toolkit, but some online sellers are re-examining SMS as a more cost-effective way to engage known customers than advertising. And ecommerce tech vendors are beefing up mobile messaging because the channel now supports data-driven segmentation, like retargeting campaigns. These capabilities are increasingly valuable as frictionless mobileContinue reading »

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Ubisoft On Why Devs Need More Than Data To Ferret Out Fraud

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Data is helpful in the fight against fraud, but it’s not enough, said Martzel de Domingo, who leads user acquisition at French gaming giant Ubisoft, whose titles include “Assassin’s Creed” and “South Park: Phone Destroyer.” Fraudsters know how to hide behind the numbers. “Some people might not look to see what’s happening after an install,”Continue reading »

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Ericsson Emodo Beefs Up Its Ad Tech Chops With Placecast Acquisition

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Ericsson remains keen on ad tech. On Wednesday, the Swedish networking and telecom company announced its acquisition of Placecast, a combo data management and demand-side platform (DSP) for location data. Placecast is now part of Emodo, Ericsson’s programmatic mobile ad platform that helps telcos monetize their subscriber data. Emodo is housed within a newly createdContinue reading »

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Branch Snags Facebook Mobile Measurement Badge, Releases Paid Attribution Tech

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Deep-link startup Branch earned its Facebook mobile marketing partner (MMP) stripes on Wednesday and launched an attribution tool for paid media called Universal Ads. Branch is the first MMP added to Facebook’s marketing partner program since around 2013. When the company launched in 2014, it focused on deep-linking across owned-and-operated content – for example, tracking clicksContinue reading »

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App Retargeter Adikteev Brings Home $12 Million In Series B

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Paris-based app retargeting platform Adikteev – think Criteo for apps – snagged $12 million in Series B on Tuesday. The company plans to spend it on research and development and on expanding its 100-person headcount with around 40 new engineer hires over the next month. The round, which brings Adikteev’s total funding to $14.2 million since itContinue reading »

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A Rare Peek Inside The Tech Stacks Of Two Mobile Marketers

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There’s no point eating up engineering resources to build technology that can be provided out of the box, Lomit Patel, VP of growth at IMVU, said at the Mobile Growth Summit in San Francisco last week. Although most mobile growth marketers would rather build than buy, nearly every app relies on a constellation of third-partyContinue reading »

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App Advertisers Give Low Marks To Facebook’s Instant Articles And Audience Network

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Apps lean heavily on Facebook for their paid user acquisition efforts, but they also want more control over how and where their ads run. And Instant Articles? No thanks. When Pixelfederation, a game studio based in Slovakia, tested Instant Articles, the return was nil. “The impressions were almost nonexistent, and all of the impressions weContinue reading »

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Comeback Time? Twitter Turns A Profit And Sees Advertiser Gains

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A budding sense of optimism around Twitter was substantiated Thursday when the social platform announced its first-ever quarter of profitability and a return to revenue growth. Twitter saw 2% year-over-year revenue growth with a total of $732 million in the final quarter of 2017, after a string of revenue declines last year. Twitter averaged 330Continue reading »

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2018 Will Be A Year Of Reckoning For Mobile App-Install Fraud

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This is the first in a series of deep dives from AdExchanger on mobile fraud, including guides to fraud tactics and threat vectors and practical solutions from advertisers in the growth and user acquisition trenches. Ad dollars are flowing to mobile and fraudsters have noticed. App-install fraud alone is estimated to have cost mobile marketersContinue 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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