P&G Drives TAG Trusted Partner Registrations

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In the two years since the Trustworthy Accountability Group got off the ground, the industrywide fraud-fighting coalition has received more than 350 applications from companies within and outside the United States for TAG registration to get verified as a trusted partner. As of this time last year, the registration count was only about 100 mostlyContinue reading »

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CPG Ad Cuts Raise Tough Questions For Digital Media

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The largest advertisers in the world are still dead set on cutting advertising costs and reducing agency fees. On earnings call after earnings call in the past week, consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies sent a clear message to the ad industry: The belt is tightening. On Thursday, Procter & Gamble CEO Jon Moeller told investorsContinue reading »

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Ad Blocking’s Old Guard Remains Strong, But Faces Growing Competition

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Ad blocking is generally associated with early browser extensions like AdBlock and eyeo’s Adblock Plus (ABP), which both make their money through the Acceptable Ads whitelisting platform designed by ABP to monetize ad-block users. But the consumer market for ad blocking has branched into apps, mobile browsers and antivirus software all peddling ad blocking wrappedContinue reading »

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Zeta Global Buys Boomtrain, Adding Machine Learning Mojo

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Zeta Global, a provider of cloud-based CRM and email marketing services, has acquired Boomtrain, a machine-learning marketing technology startup that works primarily with retailers and media companies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boomtrain previously raised almost $15 million, and headcount was down 8% in the first six months of 2017, according to LinkedInContinue reading »

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Why Brands Want Lifetime Value In Real-Time Bidding

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Some advertisers are shifting from traditional CPM buying to new tactics, often dubbed dynamic CPMs or dCPMs, which connect digital media dollars to lifetime value (LTV) metrics. While most brands still make online ad buys based on cookies and bidstream data evaluated in milliseconds, publishers are starting to accommodate forward-thinking advertisers. For instance, Angie’s ListContinue reading »

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The Marketer’s Guide To Blockchain

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Blockchain, an unmodifiable and unbreachable digital ledger, was conceived 10 years ago to support the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But it has since seeped into new categories, jumping from finance to health care and, more recently, digital advertising. It’s doing so with the backing of big companies like IBM and Comcast, as well as smaller startups likeContinue reading »

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Verification Consolidation: DoubleVerify Is Actively Exploring A Sale

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DoubleVerify is looking for a home. AdExchanger has learned that the independent verification company recently hired a banker from tech-focused investment firm Pacific Crest Securities. Final bids were due Tuesday, and sources tell AdExchanger the deal price could be somewhere in the $350 million range – a lofty bid, though considerably less than the reportedContinue reading »

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Shopper Marketing Is Moving Online As Brands Open Data To Stores

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Ad tech vendors are clicking “add to cart” on first-party retailer data. As brands and retailers grow more comfortable sharing first-party data, shopper marketing budgets – traditionally spent on last-leg marketing efforts like high-performing shelf space, in-store signage, coupon circulars and co-marketing (“Find us at your nearest…”) – are moving online. “Merchants are talking to meContinue reading »

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Ohio Car Dealer Takes Digital Video Ads For A Test Drive

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Hokey, funny car dealer ads dominate local TV broadcasts for a reason: They work. But auto dealers like Rick Ricart are starting to expand into places like YouTube and Facebook. “TV is the new background noise, like radio,” said Ricart Automotive VP of Sales and Marketing Rick Ricart, referencing marketing knowledge from Vayner Media CEOContinue reading »

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Rocket Fuel Reorgs And Lays Off 11%, Calls Plan To Return To Growth Unchanged

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Rocket Fuel has made organizational changes, resulting in laying off 11% of its headcount – 93 services and admin positions – which will save $20 million in operating expenses. It is the second round of cuts affecting more than 10% of Rocket Fuel’s staff. In April 2015, the company let go of 11%, or 129 staffers. TheContinue reading »

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