Procter & Gamble Beats Back Activist Investor, And Its Existing Brand Strategy Is Safe – For Now

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Nelson Peltz, founding partner of Trian Fund Management, narrowly lost a bid to win a board seat with Procter & Gamble Tuesday following a vote at the company’s shareholder meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Peltz and his Trian fund are known for waging aggressive proxy battles to obtain public company board positions and then using theirContinue reading »

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Placed Intros Attribution Tool To Tie Paid Search To In-Store Foot Traffic

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Paid search influences offline conversions, but there’s been no good way to measure that impact. That’s because paid search, a market expected to top $36 billion this year, according to eMarketer, has been primarily used as a direct response channel, said David Shim, CEO and founder of Placed. The Snap-owned location data company released anContinue reading »

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Criteo Sees New Products And Growth In Data Cooperatives

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Criteo on Friday released a suite of products, including audience matching and customer prospecting, as well as a new policy beginning in the fourth quarter to give buyers and DSPs impression-level transparency into every unit of inventory. At the heart of Criteo’s string of product releases this year is a newfound willingness among retailers andContinue reading »

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Mack Weldon Layers In Data To Scale Up Taboola Buys

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Direct-to-consumer, digitally native startups like Mack Weldon own their own data and don’t rely on middlemen. Those two huge advantages enable them to track marketing effectiveness with greater precision than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. But to do so, they need platforms that allow them to use every piece of information they can collect about their customers.Continue reading »

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How WPP’s Essence Patrols The Mean Streets Of Programmatic

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Programmatic has been going through its awkward period. Brands are rethinking their investments in the wake of concerns about brand safety, viewability, fraud and a murky supply chain. But where other agencies and trading desks are pulling back on the open marketplace, WPP’s Essence is staying neck-deep, relying on its use of machine learning, optimizationContinue reading »

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RhythmOne And Dataxu Tussle Over Unpaid Bills And Hidden Fees

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Advertisers aren’t the only ones irritated by hidden fees and undisclosed inventory sources. Dataxu is claiming it’s been victimized by shady auction mechanics following a soured partnership with RhythmOne. The situation came to light after RhythmOne filed a lawsuit in July against dataxu to recover $1,900,000 from three unpaid invoices between January and March. ButContinue reading »

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Is Reliance On LiveRamp Scaring Ad Tech Vendors Out Of The Cross-Device Consortium?

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Remember that consortium led by LiveRamp, MediaMath and AppNexus to develop a cookie-based identifier that could be used consistently across the open exchange? While live tests are still set for October, ad tech vendors are hesitant to buy in due to LiveRamp’s exclusive role as a cross-device option. MediaMath is already out, said John Slocum,Continue reading »

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Ad Trade Groups Sound The Alarm As Apple Closes The First-Party Cookie Jar

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Six ad industry trade groups have called for Apple to rethink an upcoming change to Safari that will unilaterally block some first-party cookies. Apple’s Safari browser started blocking third-party cookies by default earlier this summer with the release of its Intelligent Tracking Prevention, a machine learning-based feature that discourages cross-site user tracking. But an extensionContinue reading »

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Acxiom’s European Privacy Officer (Mostly) Demystifies GDPR

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become law next May, is stressing out the marketing industry. “I have a feeling that people are just scared,” Acxiom’s European privacy officer, Sachiko Scheuing, told AdExchanger at Dmexco in Cologne, Germany. That fear may be preventing many advertisers from speaking up in the debate overContinue reading »

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IAB Tech Lab Proposes OpenRTB 3.0 To Create More Honest Auctions

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The IAB Tech Lab wants to change its OpenRTB 3.0 programmatic auction standard so that it authenticates basic details of the transaction, like the identity of the seller. The current OpenRTB standard assumes buyers and sellers honestly identify themselves and their intentions – but some shady players took advantage of that honor system. One problemContinue reading »

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