Condé Nast’s Chief Data Officer On Making Data More Accessible Across Its Footprint

Condé Nast has appointed the company’s first chief data officer as it doubles down on data and tech across its business groups. Karthic Bala, most recently Condé’s head of data strategy, is also responsible for creating new data-driven revenue streams and expanding ad-supported products. Its acquisition of data solutions company Lighthouse Datalab in late JanuaryContinue reading »

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Penske Media To Acquire Female-Focused Digital Publisher SheKnows

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Penske Media, the publisher of WWD, Variety and new majority owner in Wenner Media, acquired multiplatform women’s lifestyle publisher and events company SheKnows Media, the company revealed Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SheKnows, which claims to reach 79 million uniques per month across its flagship property, StyleCaster, HelloFlo and BlogHer sites, alsoContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Continues Growth Run And Sets Out TV Ambitions

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Advertisers spent $1.55 billion on The Trade Desk’s platform in 2017, helping the DSP grow its annual revenue 52% to $308 million, the company disclosed in its Q4 2017 earnings report Thursday. Shares increased more than 10% during after-hours trading. The Trade Desk also cleared another milestone, with mobile surpassing desktop display last year forContinue reading »

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WFA Advertiser Survey Signals Major Focus On GDPR

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If 2017 was the year of brand safety and transparency, 2018 is set to be the year GDPR reshapes programmatic marketing. That’s the sentiment of 28 brand marketers and media directors surveyed by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) trade group for its “Future of Programmatic Media” report published Friday. The brands represented collectively spendContinue reading »

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Concerned With Transparency, More Marketers Take Programmatic Strategy In-House

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More marketers are moving programmatic strategy in-house, pushing agencies into an executional role, according to a study released by the Association of National Advertisers on Monday. Most marketers approach in-housing in a hybrid fashion, splitting responsibilities between their internal team and an external agency partner. Marketers increasingly are taking responsibility for strategy while agencies serveContinue reading »

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L’Oréal Plan To Take Over Data Before Data Takes Over Marketing

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Big consumer product brands like L’Oreal have soaked up as much data as possible in recent years as they try to assemble consumer profiles without the direct data enjoyed by ecommerce merchants and retailers. Doing so requires a multifaceted strategy. L’Oreal’s head of data acquisitions and partnerships, Aruna Paramasivam, described her company’s efforts along theseContinue reading »

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Nestle Canada’s Programmatic In-House Strategy Thinks Global, Acts Local

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Nestle Canada is exercising more control over its programmatic and first-party data practices, said Melissa Savage, the food and drink company’s programmatic activation manager in the country. But unlike within an ad agency holding company, which tries to centralize programmatic knowledge, brand transformation must occur regionally. Take the company’s plan to ramp up native videoContinue reading »

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When It Comes To Ad Quality, Programmatic Isn’t The Problem

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Brands, agencies, publishers and vendors agree that while the industry is rife with ad quality issues, programmatic isn’t the culprit. “Programmatic is not the problem,” said Shaune Kolber, programmatic creative and ad fraud manager at Dell, at AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O conference in New York City on Thursday. “It’s a way of buying. It’s not supposedContinue reading »

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Regulatory Challenges Stall Programmatic Pot

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It’s high time programmatic became available to the budding cannabis industry, which is projected to hit $8 billion by 2020, but regulatory hurdles have kept it from lighting up. Instead of examining the legal ramifications around cannabis marketing, many advertising platforms simply fall back on a blanket ban, said Paris Holley, chief technology officer ofContinue reading »

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Mashable Opens Its Arms To Programmatic

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In 2016, Mashable got its programmatic house in order. When Chief Revenue Officer Ed Wise joined Mashable last spring, he immediately noticed that the tech publisher was missing out on a lot of programmatic revenue. Its viewability scores topped out below industry averages. Mashable sold inventory on the open exchanges blindly, hampering CPMs. And salesContinue reading »

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