LinkedIn Launches Lookalike Audiences At Last

LinkedIn is rolling out lookalike audiences following a beta testing period that began late last year, the company said Wednesday. Advertisers could already create matched audiences – basically, LinkedIn’s answer to custom audiences – built from a list of target contacts or accounts. The addition of lookalike audiences is a good look for a platformContinue reading »

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Here’s What Facebook’s 14-Hour Ads Manager Outage Might Have Cost

How much ad revenue does Facebook lose out on when its platforms go on the fritz? More than you probably make in a year … or 50. On Thursday and Friday, Facebook experienced what was reportedly the longest partial global outage in the company’s history. For around 14 hours, some users had trouble accessing orContinue reading »

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Google Is Moving To First-Price, But Big Questions Remain

Google’s move to create unified, first-price auctions for publishers using Google Ad Manager doesn’t just change the auction type. It impacts pricing, header bidding, publisher floors and how publishers see AdWords demand. Under the new rules, all exchanges will bid for an impression at the same time, and Google will lose the “last look” itContinue reading »

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Pinterest: ‘Shopping Is A Big Focus For Us In 2019’

There are only around 2.5 million weddings in the United States every year – yet more than 30 million people are planning a wedding on Pinterest at any given time. “That means there’s a lot of planning being done long before a wedding ever happens,” said Jon Kaplan, who joined Pinterest in 2016 as global headContinue reading »

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants To Force Google To Divest Its Ad Platforms

Big Tech can’t catch a break in DC … actually, scratch that. If Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, is elected to the White House in 2020, she’s got a plan to break up Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple. And her proposal specifically targets Google’s ad platform business. On Friday, the Democratic presidential candidate laid out how herContinue reading »

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Advertisers To Instagram: More Measurement, Please

Branded content is a priority for Instagram in 2019 – but measurement is seriously lacking. “That’s one of the things I wish you guys would work on,” said Edlynne Laryea, director for global Neutrogena digital transformation and sustainability, speaking at an Instagram media event Tuesday. Although Instagram claims that 68% of its users choose to interactContinue reading »

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Pinterest Eyes Bottom-Of-The-Funnel Budgets With Catalogs, Self-Serve Shopping Ads

On Monday, Pinterest introed a tool to help retailers automatically ingest their online product catalogs as pins, including up-to-date pricing and stock info. Advertisers can then take the additional step to promote their product pins as targeted shopping ads, which are now available via self-serve after a prolonged beta that started last year. Similar functionalityContinue reading »

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After A Bumpy Road, Ooyala Sells Video Player To Brightcove For $15 Million

Video ad platform Ooyala is slowly being disassembled and sold piece by piece. On Thursday, Ooyala revealed it had sold its online video player to Brightcove for $15 million. The deal is expected to close in mid-2019. Brightcove, founded in 2004, provides a similar cloud-based video distribution solution as Ooyala. Its clients include Acorn TV,Continue reading »

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Will Small Advertisers Stand By Facebook During A Downturn?

Facebook CFO David Wehner recently told investors that even if the economy falters, Facebook’s ability to measure advertising returns is its saving grace. Will the same hold true for small- to mid-sized marketers? AdExchanger called on several analysts and senior marketers to get their take. On the whole, they agreed SMBs will continue to buyContinue reading »

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Media.net Bets Its Contextual Data Can Offset Death Of The Cookie

The amount of online media with audience data attached is shrinking, thanks to Apple, which now blocks third-party cookies in Safari, and GDPR, which requires user consent to show personalized ads. But when advertising cookies are missing, marketers have limited, costly alternatives. Some demand-side platforms (DSPs) don’t offer any contextual buying. Or buyers must payContinue reading »

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