Is Uber’s New Ad Fraud Lawsuit Futile Or Game Changing?

Uber is suing five ad networks for squandering tens of millions of dollars on low-quality or fraudulent ads – and it’s naming names. The suit, filed in early June in a San Francisco court, calls out Hydrane SAS, BidMotion, Taptica, YouAppi and AdAction Interactive for purchasing “nonexistent, nonviewable or fraudulent advertising.” Users who did see theContinue reading »

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Prog IO: Brands Are In-Housing And Agencies Are Adapting

The in-housing trend is real, but agencies aren’t getting kicked to the curb. Their role is simply evolving. “Agencies have been around for years, and they’re not going away,” said Freddie Liversidge, HP’s director of digital activation, speaking at AdExchanger’s Programmatic IO show in San Francisco on Tuesday. HP recently completed a multiyear process toContinue reading »

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Growth Gurus From The Gaming World Are In High Demand At Brands

Uber, Postmates, Yelp, SmartNews and other nongaming apps are scooping up growth marketing talent from the mobile gaming world – and the reasons make perfect sense. App publishers are spending more on performance marketing, and those running user acquisition at gaming companies are some of the most data-driven mobile marketers in the biz. “Gaming professionals haveContinue reading »

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Data Driven And Daring: The 10 Boldest Marketers

by Allison Schiff, Alison Weissbrot, Sarah Sluis, James Hercher and Ryan Joe Getting a big brand to shift its marketing approach is about as easy as moving a planet out of orbit. Yet, many see the writing on the wall: If they don’t change, consumers will leave them behind. As such, big marketers have toContinue reading »

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Uber, Ubisoft And Bayer Fine-Tune Their Approach To In-Housing

Brands like Uber, Ubisoft and Bayer have evolved their programmatic in-housing tactics in recent years – and all three outlined those changes at AdExchanger’s Programmatic I/O conference in San Francisco Wednesday. In the early days of in-housing, brands often bit off more than they could chew – or lacked the proper resources to implement and maintainContinue reading »

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Fetch’s New US CEO Deals With Ongoing Uber Lawsuit

Since Guillaume Lelait was promoted March 20 from Fetch’s US managing director to its first-ever US CEO, he’s inherited a wealth of operations and clients. He’s also inherited an ongoing lawsuit with former client Uber. Last September, Uber sued Fetch for $40 million after accusing the agency of buying click fraud to take credit forContinue reading »

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Uber Relies On Automation To Keep Its Paid Social Strategy Humming

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Uber has the pedal to the metal when it comes to paid social automation. The ride-sharing app embeds performance marketing and paid social teams in every region where it does business. Four channel managers on each team make sure campaigns meet their objectives. On Facebook and Instagram, where Uber spends a significant portion of itsContinue reading »

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Forget Viewability: Your Ads Aren’t Serving

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“Brand Aware” explores the data-driven digital ad ecosystem from the marketer’s point of view. Today’s column is written by Bennett Rosenblatt, rider display marketing lead at Uber. At Uber, our programmatic strategy prioritizes transparency and trust above all. We run campaigns in an enterprise self-service demand-side platform (DSP) and leverage a transparent ad server toContinue reading »

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Uber Is Upping Its Ad Spend And Doubling Down On Data

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Uber’s rider-focused ad spend has increased twentyfold in the last year and a half. “The onus that puts on us to be really clever in our targeting and thoughtful is incredibly high,” said Kellyn Kenny, Uber’s VP of marketing, speaking at Tune’s Postback conference in Seattle on Thursday. Although user acquisition is still a topContinue reading »

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