Instagram Brings Ads – And Measurement – To Stories

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Instagram will allow ads in its Stories section, the company said Wednesday. It also unveiled brand measurement tools. “Over the first holidays with Stories we’ve gotten a chance to peek into what people do when they’re home and with their families, at a level of depth and intimacy we haven’t usually had with Instagram,” saidContinue reading »

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Campari Taps Moments And Audio To Raise The Bar On Its Mobile Strategy

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Mobile moments – and music – are having their moment. GroupM predicts that music streaming activity linked to “moods and moments” is a targeting opportunity worth around $220 million in new ad revenue. Advertisers are starting to take advantage. Wendy’s, for example, recently hooked up with Spotify as a launch partner on the latter’s Branded Moments product.Continue reading »

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Children’s Data Doesn’t Have To Be a Regulatory Hot Potato, Says Kid-Friendly Chat App Jet.Me

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This is the tenth installment of Home Screen, a series of profiles on mobile pubs and apps and the devs who make them (and hopefully make money on them). Read about home décor app Lux, teen voting app Wishbone, wedding planner platform The Knot, lip-syncing app Musical.ly, pop culture magazine Movie Pilot, news app News Republic,Continue reading »

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The Next Big Test For Ad Blocking: Can Adblock Plus Grow And Grow Up?

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A year ago, the rise of ad blockers put the online advertising ecosystem into an existential crisis. But not only did the ‘adpocalypse’ never materialize, many of the same stakeholders who were on the defensive now see a chance to reclaim lost ground. “People were literally saying this is the death of the web, andContinue reading »

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Grabr Connects Community With Global Commerce – And Collects Data Along The Way

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This is the ninth installment of Home Screen, a series of profiles on mobile pubs and apps and the devs who make them (and hopefully make money on them). Read about home décor app Lux, teen voting app Wishbone, wedding planner platform The Knot, lip-syncing app Musical.ly, pop culture magazine Movie Pilot, news app NewsContinue reading »

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Twitch: Any Experience Is Streamable – But Not Everything Is Monetizable

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A few years ago, when Twitch CRO Jonathan Simpson-Bint would walk into meetings with agencies and advertisers, they’d cock a dubious eyebrow. “That many people engage on Twitch? You’ve got to be kidding.’ That was the reaction,” said Simpson-Bint, who’s been with Twitch since 2011, three years before Amazon acquired the social gaming and liveContinue reading »

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Kochava Looks To Spin Its App-Based Measurement Network Into Targeting Gold

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Kochava has spent the past year building up the Collective, its audience data co-op for in-app advertising. Last week, it picked up its first DSP partner – The Trade Desk – to carry the data. Kochava’s Collective works by gathering data from three sources: aggregated third-party providers, ad networks that pool audience behavior insights andContinue reading »

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AppsFlyer Rolls Out Tool To Get To The Bottom Of In-App Ad Revenue Attribution

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FuturePlay Games relies primarily on advertising to monetize. But it had a devil of a time attributing ad revenue to specific campaigns. “We knew that an ad had been watched on a device, but we didn’t know how much money we got back from it,” said Camilo Fitzgerald, a games analyst at the Helsinki-based gameContinue reading »

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Opera Mediaworks Is Changing Its Name – To AdColony

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Will Kassoy is CEO of AdColony – again. On Monday, Opera Mediaworks said it is changing its name to AdColony as of January. If the name’s familiar, that’s because it’s the mobile video ad network that Opera Mediaworks bought for around $350 million in 2014. Kassoy was CEO of AdColony at the time, and then joinedContinue reading »

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UK Airline Monarch Tries Cookieless Attribution To Cover Data Gap

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Despite skyrocketing mobile traffic and climbing mobile conversion rates, British airline Monarch was struggling to determine precisely what was or wasn’t working for mobile media buys. “We persistently got all the data in and still faced the question: What about mobile?” said Robert Foulkes, senior marketing manager for the low-cost airline. Monarch was among theContinue reading »

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