Scripps Will Acquire Streaming Audio Tech Company Triton For $150 Million

E.W. Scripps said Wednesday it will buy audio advertising and measurement company Triton for $150 million. Scripps had previously purchased on-demand audio service Stitcher and podcasting ad net Midroll, but Triton will be its first subscription software business and first advertising measurement offering. “We’re always looking for good opportunities, particularly if they diversify our revenueContinue reading »

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Hearts & Science Calls To Replace First-Price Auction With Reformed Second-Price Model

The switch to first-price auctions last year is causing programmatic buyers to pay more, according to research from media agency Hearts & Science. In one test, a first-price auction drove CPMs up by more than 50%. The Omnicom agency wants programmatic to create “clean” second-price auctions to remove the premium that buyers pay. It doesn’tContinue reading »

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EMarketer: Buyers Embrace PMPs And Programmatic Guaranteed

As marketer concerns about brand safety, transparency and data ownership continue to grow, so do their investments in programmatic guaranteed deals and private marketplaces (PMPs). By 2020, four out of every five programmatic dollars in the United States will flow to PMPs or guaranteed deals, according to eMarketer’s latest programmatic forecast released Friday. Brand safetyContinue reading »

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How Marketo Added $3 Billion In Two Years, And Why PE Thinks There’s More To Come

When Adobe acquired the B2B marketing company Marketo for $4.8 billion last week, investors pressed CEO Shantanu Narayen to explain the gulf between Adobe’s price tag and Wall Street’s valuation of Marketo two years ago, when Vista Equity Partners snapped it off the stock market for $1.8 billion. Private equity investors have shown they haveContinue reading »

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Fraudsters Are Masquerading As Real DSPs

The first rule of ad fraud: If it can be spoofed, it will be spoofed. Bad actors are pretending to be legit, demand-side platforms to fool exchange partners and blend in with real ad calls as a way to purvey malware and litter the web with forced redirects. “They weasel their way onto the exchanges,”Continue reading »

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Brian O’Kelley Steps Down As AppNexus CEO

It’s the end of an era. AppNexus co-founder and CEO Brian O’Kelley has stepped down from his operational role and will serve in an advisory capacity at Xandr, the AT&T-owned ad unit that acquired AppNexus in June. An internal memo, published below in its entirety, Xandr CEO Brian Lesser wrote: “As Brian and I discussedContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Is Flying High. Can It Last?

When The Trade Desk IPO’d in September 2016, it nearly doubled its own value projection and quickly became a $1 billion company. Fast-forward two years and the company’s market cap sits at around $6 billion. The question for many analysts and ad tech observers is: How long can this ride last? Investors have pumped aContinue reading »

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The Ad Industry Is Still Figuring Out How To Devise Standards Without Driving Everyone Insane

How many seals, accreditations, badges, consortiums, committees and standards can one industry support before it collapses under the weight of its own good intentions? The ad industry seems hell-bent on finding out. “There may be too many badges and seals out there,” Mike Zaneis observed on a panel during Advertising Week in New York City.Continue reading »

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Key Ad Leader Ramaswamy Leaves Google, Prabhakar Raghavan To Take His Place

Ryan Joe contributed One of Google’s key ad executives is riding off into the VC sunset. Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP for ads and commerce,  will depart the Googleplex for a role with Greylock Ventures, Forbes reports. Prabhakar Raghavan, VP of Google cloud apps, will become the new ads honcho. “I’ve long admired how Sridhar and his team haveContinue reading »

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AppNexus Has Quit The Industry’s Ad ID Consortium. Is This The End?

AppNexus’s new telco owner, AT&T, has withdrawn it from the Advertising ID Consortium, a shared industry cookie ID it co-founded last year along with other independent ad tech platforms. Adweek first reported the move on Thursday. Does the withdrawal spell curtains for the independent identity graph before it really got off the ground? The consortiumContinue reading »

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