AT&T Can Acquire Time Warner, District Court Rules

The Washington DC, District Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner, a decision with far-reaching implications for AT&T and the media and advertising industries. Despite the hefty price tag, industry observers initially expected AT&T’s offer to breeze through under a corporate-friendly administration. The last time the Justice DepartmentContinue reading »

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Yieldmo Helps Advertisers Tap Into Engagement Data

Yieldmo has its eye on your thumb. For the last five years, the mobile ad startup has been working on a platform that collects and analyzes mobile ad engagement data to gather insights and create segments of the people most likely to convert. On Monday, the platform and a small group of select partners finallyContinue reading »

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When It Comes To Mobile Programmatic, Buyers Are Behind

Mobile programmatic is poised to dominate digital display ad spend this year, but there are still a heck of a lot of kinks to work out. The No. 1 headache for publishers: buyers that try to apply desktop tactics and standards to mobile and then wonder why it’s not working out. Even some of theContinue reading »

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Ericsson’s Mobile Ad Platform Taps Telcos To Validate Location Data

Emodo, Ericsson’s mobile ad platform for telcos, is aiming to boost the quality of location data in the ad ecosystem with a tool launched Thursday that uses carrier data to verify mobile audiences on a pre-bid basis. Marketers are shelling out for bad targeting and it’s akin to flushing their budgets down the toilet, saidContinue reading »

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Heads Up, Fake Apps: Ads.txt Is Coming For You

Ads.txt is headed to the app ecosystem. What form will it take? That’s still shaking out. The IAB Tech Lab released guidance on Wednesday with several proposals for how to implement Ads.txt within an app environment. Ads.txt is the Tech Lab’s initiative to reduce inventory spoofing and help advertisers distinguish legit supply sources from theContinue reading »

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In-App Header Bidding Is Hot. Next Up: Facebook

Facebook is hopping into in-app header bidding. Starting Wednesday, publishers can include Audience Network inventory in their in-app unified auctions. All formats will be available, including display, native and video. Facebook joins a long list of other platforms that have gotten jiggy with in-app header bidding in recent months, including Google’s AdMob, Oath, MoPub andContinue reading »

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Analysis: Apple Can Succeed In Ads Without Sharing Data

Apple is reportedly headed once more into the fray with the launch of a contextual ad network that could include inventory from Pinterest, Snap and a collective of other apps in the App Store. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, may seem strange in light of macro events like Facebook’s data scandalContinue reading »

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Verve Snaps Up Receptiv To Take A Bite Out Of The In-App Video Market

Location marketing platform Verve is angling for a piece of the growing programmatic mobile video pie with the acquisition of in-app video ad vendor Receptiv (formerly MediaBrix). The deal, announced Wednesday, opens up a rich new seam of inventory for Verve, said CEO Tom Kenney, who declined to share terms other than to say theContinue reading »

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Genera Games Is Playing Around With Influencer Marketing And Scoring Results

Influencer marketing often gets lumped in with vapid Kardashian nonsense, PewDiePie antics and top-of-the-funnel fluff. But there’s no reason sponsored videos can’t be a data-driven user acquisition (UA) channel for performance-minded marketers. User acquisition is about knowing where your audience is, wherever that may be, and being willing to experiment, said Danika Wilkinson, community managerContinue reading »

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Mobile Header Bidding Is On The Rise, And In-App Waits In The Wings

Header bidding-enabled ad spend is on the upswing thanks to mobile. And though it’s still early days for in-app header bidding adoption, that train’s just about ready to leave the station. The number of mobile impressions transacted through unified auction technology increased more than 110% year over year in the first quarter of 2018, accordingContinue reading »

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