Kids Today: The Youth Vote Was 2018’s Killer App

“AdExchanger Politics” is a recurring feature that tracks developments in politics and digital advertising.  Today’s column is written by Ray Kingman, CEO at Semcasting. In 2008, it was the one-click political donation via email. In 2012, it was social media outreach. In 2016, it was fake news on Twitter and Facebook. Following every election, politicalContinue reading »

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The Midterms Are Over, But Don’t Hold Your Breath On Federal Privacy Rules Or Antitrust Action

With a divided Congress, don’t expect 2019 to usher in federal privacy legislation a la GDPR… or to see a breakup of big tech. Even if the midterms hadn’t shaken out as expected – with Republicans keeping the Senate and Democrats securing a majority in the House – the chance for congressional action on eitherContinue reading »

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Election 2018: Pollsters Are Redeemed, But Still Overlook Silent Trump Voters

The 2016 election was a disaster for the reputations of political pollsters, many of whom missed badly. With the midterm elections now in the bag, how well did the pre-election surveys match Tuesday’s results? Pretty well, actually. Public polls and data aggregators like FiveThirtyEight were, broadly speaking, closer to the mark in 2018 than theyContinue reading »

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Liberal Ad Tech Agonizes Over The Question: Did Democrats Miss On Digital Media Again?

With the midterm elections less than 24 hours away, some of the Democratic Party’s top digital advertising evangelists are worried that liberal candidates have squandered opportunities by siloing digital media and failing to adequately spend online. Conservative groups account for seven of the ten highest-spending political advertisers on Google and Facebook, according to data collectedContinue reading »

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Why Liberals Are Backing (And Banking On) Beto O’Rourke’s Senate Campaign

Online spending records have shattered across the country during this year’s midterm election cycle, but no campaign has brought more attention to digital media than that of Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a Texas congressman running for Republican Ted Cruz’s Senate seat. No candidate this year has raised more money online or spent more on Google, FacebookContinue reading »

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FTC Sets The Stage For The Future Of Enforcement

Far from Silicon Valley, in a lecture hall at George Washington University Law School on an overcast day in Washington, DC, the clouds are gathering for big tech. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission held the first in a series of public hearings running from now through November focused on a wide range of consumerContinue reading »

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The Voter Messaging Challenge

“AdExchanger Politics” is a recurring feature that tracks developments in politics and digital advertising.  Today’s column is written by Ray Kingman, CEO at Semcasting. As the candidates, PACs and parties lean into the remaining 50-odd days before the midterm elections, media budgets are coming into focus for both television and digital. But a mixed adContinue reading »

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Political Ad Targeting Could Take A Hit In This New Era Of Data Privacy

“AdExchanger Politics” is a recurring feature that tracks developments in politics and digital advertising.  Today’s column is written by Chris Nolan, founder at Spot-On. Regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and California’s Consumer Privacy Act have focused a spotlight on consumer data privacy. But there’s another conversation that needs to take placeContinue reading »

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Digital Advertising Upends Formula For How Political Parties Pick Winners And Losers

“AdExchanger Politics” is a recurring feature that tracks developments in politics and digital advertising.  Today’s column is written by Ray Kingman, CEO at Semcasting. Political parties and their leadership pick winners and losers – when they legislate and, especially, in how they allocate resources to candidates running for office. The idea of picking winners andContinue reading »

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How Marketing Budgets Could Get Caught In The Crosshairs Of Trump’s Trade War

Trump’s trade war is a game of high-stakes chicken that could hit advertising investment – but it’s not clear how. Escalating tariffs will affect different industries differently, but if the cost of manufacturing goods rises, CFOs are likely to shave whatever looks like a cost center. Marketing often fits that bill. On the flip side,Continue reading »

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