Waldorf Astoria Launches First Digital-Led Branding Campaign

Waldorf Astoria is using social media to connect with the young, affluent millennial women it sees as its next guests. The goal is make sure that the ritzy Hilton-owned brand, whose roots go back to the late 1800s, has a marketing strategy that hits “the sweet spot with the newer entrants to the luxury demographic,”Continue reading »

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Exchanges Are Under Pressure To Pony Up For Guaranteed Viewability

Advertisers are sick of paying for unviewed impressions, and some programmatic exchanges are appeasing them by eating the cost of anything that wasn’t viewed. Viewability guarantees aren’t new. For advertisers that demand it, ad tech companies can optimize toward viewability on open exchanges or run viewable deals in private marketplaces. The problem is, those optionsContinue reading »

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Stutz On Data, Paid Media And The “Passing Fad” Of The CDP

The marketing cloud landscape has taken big steps into advertising technology and media buying, as with Oracle’s recent acquisitions of Moat and Grapeshot or Adobe’s deal for the video DSP TubeMogul. But Salesforce defies that trend. The company has deferred to partners to provide online advertising. And while rival clouds contend for new data sources,Continue reading »

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Flare Audio: Where The Direct-To-Consumer Company Spends Its Marketing Dollars (Besides Facebook)

Headphone and ear protector company Flare Audio is one of the many direct-to-consumer businesses racking up sales using digital media. The UK-based company generated nearly $9 million (5.9 million pounds) in sales last year after launching in 2016 with Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns. “Our company wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for digital marketing,”Continue reading »

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Google Reverses Course On GDPR Consent Tool Limiting Publishers To 12 Vendor Partners

Google is reversing its policy for its consent management platform (CMP) that initially capped at 12 the number of vendors a publisher can list in opt-in messages, following critical feedback from publishers and the ad tech industry. The platform now has no limit. “The change being made now is in line with our priority ofContinue reading »

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IAS Acquisition Highlights Growing Competition Among Ad Verification Vendors

Vista Equity Partners’ plan to buy a majority stake in Integral Ad Science – valuing the company at $820 million, according to AdExchanger sources, or up to $850 million, according to Axios – underscores the ongoing importance of ad verification and the pressure these vendors face to grow their product offering to remain competitive. “There’sContinue reading »

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‘Advertising Is The ATM For Media’: ‘Frenemies’ Author Ken Auletta On Profound Change In Ad Land

Ken Auletta’s new book, “Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else),” examines an ad industry in the midst of profound change. He followed pillars of the ad industry, including former WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, former GroupM Chairman Irwin Gottlieb, Facebook’s Carolyn Everson, CBS’ Les Moonves and MediaLink’s Michael Kassan. The groupContinue reading »

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Google Will Enjoy Major GDPR Data Advantages, Even After Joining IAB Europe’s Industry Framework

Even if Google registers its entire product stack with the IAB Europe Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), there will still be important differences between Google’s GDPR solution and the programmatic ecosystem. Google has a huge advantage because of its end-to-end status in the online supply chain, said Blake Brannon, VP of product at the privacyContinue reading »

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Vista Equity Partners Acquires Majority Stake In Integral Ad Science

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in ad verification vendor Integral Ad Science. Terms were not disclosed. IAS detects ad fraud by scanning billions of insertions from both buy and sell sides, searching for anomalies. It also assesses whether individual impressions are fraudulent or not. Industry insiders had wondered aboutContinue reading »

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How Grey Goose Makes Its Digital Video Super Premium

As many brands move to six-second spots to promote their brands, Grey Goose has gone in the other direction with “Off Script,” an eight-episode series featuring 10-minute segments of Jamie Foxx interviewing celebrities. Participants include Melissa McCarthy, Gabrielle Union, Vince Vaughn and Sarah Silverman. “We wanted to change the model from interrupting with branded contentContinue reading »

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