Hacking Amazon: Agencies Create Workarounds For An Emerging Ad Giant

It’s no longer a secret that Amazon is becoming a dominant player in the digital advertising industry. It’s also no secret among agency buyers that Amazon’s platforms are notoriously difficult to use. While forgiving Amazon’s ad platform for being a work-in-progress, agencies complain of clunky interfaces, limited automation and minimal reporting granularity. The lack ofContinue reading »

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AppNexus Is No Longer Independent: How Will Its Clients React?

AT&T has big plans to operate a programmatic exchange for the advanced TV advertising industry. Its Monday acquisition of AppNexus gives AT&T the infrastructure and relationships with content owners and buyers to operate that exchange at scale. But it remains to be seen if AppNexus clients will be spooked by its loss of independence andContinue reading »

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Four Reasons Why Agencies Are Working With Fewer DSPs

As media agencies become more skilled at programmatic buying, they’re working with fewer demand-side platforms (DSPs) than ever before. According to Pathmatics, advertisers have cut the number of DSPs they work with by 40% over the past two years, to about four per month on average. In part, that’s because the market is consolidating. Big-nameContinue reading »

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Essence’s Oscar Garza Predicts The Programmatic In-Housing Trend Won’t Last

Oscar Garza, EVP of media activation at Essence, will speak at AdExchanger’s upcoming Programmatic IO conference on April 10-11 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Brands concerned about brand safety, transparency and media budget control are sweetening to the idea of taking programmatic in-house. But marketers often don’t realize there’s a lot more to programmatic thanContinue reading »

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Programmatic’s Slow Payment Problem Puts A Strain On The Industry

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Pity the ad tech middleman. They place an ad on behalf of the advertiser, but when it comes time to get paid…they wait. And wait. And wait. In the meantime, they owe their own bills to creditors who want cash now. Since the economic crisis in 2008, marketers have slowed down payments to vendors andContinue reading »

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Three Challenges Agencies Face While Orchestrating Creative Messaging

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Media agencies know how to find the right person at the right time, thanks to the growth of programmatic. But they’re still trying to pin down how to send the right message. “You want the media to recognize where they were, but you also want to recognize where they were in the conversation,” said ZimmContinue reading »

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