AppLovin Picks Up $400M In PE Investment, Plans Acquisitions And Potential IPO

It seems everyone wants a piece of AppLovin. Private equity firm KKR bought a $400 million minority stake in the app marketing and discovery platform on Tuesday, lifting AppLovin’s valuation to around $2 billion from $1.4 billion just eight months ago. Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised AppLovin on the investment, adding a new wrinkleContinue reading »

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Snapchat’s Programmatic Turnaround Is Helping It Compete With Facebook

Snapchat took a short-term revenue hit last year when it pivoted from its original direct branding business to a self-serve ad platform. But the low inventory prices and data and user-tracking features that have accompanied Snapchat’s programmatic transition are making the company more competitive with Facebook and Instagram. Snapchat’s improved measurability come as Facebook’s platformContinue reading »

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Machine Zone Shuts Down Its DSP, Lays Off 125 Employees, Including Media Buyers

Machine Zone’s (MZ) experiment with homegrown ad tech is over. The gaming company shuttered Cognant, an internal demand-side platform created in 2016 to help MZ’s media buying team plan, create, buy, optimize and measure marketing campaigns. MZ laid off the entire Cognant team in June, as well as around half of its in-house media buyers,Continue reading »

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Realtor.com Welcomes Reinstall Data To The Neighborhood

“You can never go home again” doesn’t apply to the home screen. Most smartphone users – 98%, according to mobile attribution provider TUNE – have reinstalled an app that they previously deleted. Forty percent of users delete and reinstall apps on a regular basis. But most app marketers don’t differentiate between first-time downloads and re-downloads, mainly becauseContinue reading »

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PubNative Intros A Hybrid Approach To Mobile Header Bidding

Header bidding-like tech is starting to pick up steam on mobile, but it’s still mostly SDK-based, which brings added latency along with the revenue bump. On Thursday, mobile monetization platform PubNative released a hybrid server-side/client-side header bidding tool to help publishers bring in more dough without messing up the UX. Dubbed HyBid, the solution allowsContinue reading »

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Apple’s Push Against Push Is An Opportunity For Advertisers

As Apple cuts down on lock screen clutter, app marketers should take notice. In the wake of Apple’s latest do-not-disturb feature updates, which give users more control over their notifications, developers need to be judicious about how pushy they get with push notifications. Once users disable push or banish notifications from the lock screen, theyContinue reading »

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Why CPGs Beating Up On Influencers Is Great For Influencer Marketing

Unilever CMO Keith Weed gave influencer marketing a black eye at Cannes this year with a call for brand marketers to demand more transparency and accountability in their dealings with social trendsetters. It’s about time the industry took a more critical view, said Ahalogy’s CEO and co-founder, Bob Gilbreath. Ahalogy is an influencer marketing adContinue reading »

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Facebook Messenger Comes To Cannes To Make Its Pitch

Facebook’s been doing the Cannes thing for several years, but this year was the second that execs from Messenger donned their deck shoes and salmon-colored shirts for their festival debut. It’s an opportune time to double up on its presence. The messaging service, which has 1.3 billion users, is entered into the Cannes Lions competitionContinue reading »

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AB InBev Gets Its Buzz On With A Blockchain-Enabled Mobile Campaign

Anheuser-Busch InBev isn’t crying in its beer over the sorry state of transparency in the supply chain – it’s taking action with a mobile campaign built on the blockchain. It may sound like a stunt, but this is a serious experiment, said Andy Chang, AB InBev’s global head of media and content. “There are aContinue reading »

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How Salesforce’s Integration Approach Helps Set It Apart From Other Clouds

Teamwork makes the dream work. At least, that could be the new Salesforce mantra for a suite of cross-cloud integrations and partnerships launched this week as Salesforce tries to separate itself from other leading marketing cloud companies. With so much competition and jargon in the cloud marketing technology space, it can be hard to differentiate,Continue reading »

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