YouTube’s Latest Brand Safety Scare Is Very Different From 2017

Marketers are reacting differently to YouTube’s latest brand safety flare-up compared to 2017, when scores of global brands suspended YouTube campaigns over ads monetizing violent or offensive videos. There’s certainly some déjà vu, with Disney, Nestlé’s and McDonald’s halting YouTube spending after YouTube creator Matt Watson showed them advertising on a video that had aContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Train Is Still Picking Up Speed With 55% Revenue Growth

The Trade Desk’s growth streak shows no sign of diminishing, with revenue of $477 million in 2018, a 55% increase from the year before, according to the company’s earnings report on Thursday. Shares of The Trade Desk were up more than 10% in after-hours trading. The company raised eyebrows last year when its stock wentContinue reading »

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Verizon-Backed Visible’s CMO Is Getting Millennials To Leave The Family Plan

Verizon’s Visible, a low-cost, digital-only phone carrier, is using direct-to-consumer principles to attract millennials who are leaving a family plan for the first time in their lives. No stores exist. Consumers sign up for Visible by downloading an app. A new SIM card arrives in the mail for the $40-per-month service. Like direct-to-consumer brands, VisibleContinue reading »

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US Digital Marketing Spend Beats Traditional For The First Time

US digital ad spend in 2019 will surpass all traditional advertising for the first time, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. Digital advertising is being driven by mobile, which is now more than two-thirds of the digital category, and by TV dollars moving to streaming and online video. Oh, and Amazon, which grew from 4.5% ofContinue reading »

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How Kellogg’s Speed Team Is Launching Brands With Startup Principles

Normally, when Kellogg’s launches a new product, it goes all out with national marketing and big TV budgets. But Kellogg’s broke all its own rules when its 12-person “speed team” created and brought to market two new products in less than a year: Joybol, a protein-packed smoothie bowl, and Happy Inside, a prebiotic and probioticContinue reading »

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Legit Brand Creative Is Getting Hijacked – And Advertisers Need To Start Paying Attention

Walmart, Nike, Amazon, Dell, Honda, Lowe’s – all brand advertisers you can trust, until a bad actor steals their ad creative to use as a vehicle for spreading malware. The problem grows during periods of higher traffic, like the holidays, said Maggie Louie, CEO and founder of DEVCON, a cybersecurity startup focused on fraud detection.Continue reading »

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Meet The Ex-Googlers Who Built ThirdLove, The DTC Challenger To Victoria’s Secret

Six-year-old women’s underwear brand ThirdLove considers data critical to its whole business, not just its marketing plan. The direct-to-consumer company was founded by husband-and-wife team Heidi Zak and David Spector, who both hail from Google’s advertising business. “The biggest thing I learned [at Google] was about testing and optimization,” Zak said. “Even if something didn’tContinue reading »

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Under S4, MightyHive Plots Expansion Beyond Its Google-Centric Roots

Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital acquired the programmatic agency MightyHive last December to marry hands-on-keyboard expertise with dynamic creative expertise from MediaMonks. The acquisition kicked off a formal working relationship between S4 CEO Sorrell and MightyHive CEO Pete Kim – who are bonding over their similar Type A personalities. Sorrell’s reputation for all-hours emails and constantContinue reading »

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LiveRamp Adds Connected TV IDs To IdentityLink

LiveRamp has added connected TV IDs to IdentityLink, its cross-device identity graph, the company said during its Monday Q4 2018 earnings report. Connected TV IDs are tied to a home IP address, and are used to distinguish households by companies that serve ads over smart TVs or OTT services, including some smart TV manufacturers, multichannelContinue reading »

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Google’s GDPR Policy Delays Throw Digital Media Into Disarray

Since GDPR came into effect last year, Google has been at the center of two connected issues around resolving identity in digital marketing. First, it planned to remove the DoubleClick ID (now the Google ID) from its log files, preventing ad tech and analytics companies from using the ID to track campaigns across the web.Continue reading »

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