Amazon Tries Product Samples; Google’s Jonathan Bellack Departs

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Thinking Inside The Box Amazon is testing a program to deliver free product samples on behalf of brands like Maybelline and Folgers, Axios reports. With its ecommerce data, Amazon says the old-school free sample tactic can lead to “a higher likelihood of conversion thanContinue reading »

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YouTube Expands Stories; Facebook Considered Selling User Data

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Sell Me A Story YouTube is expanding its Stories feature to all creators with over 10,000 followers. YouTube Stories launched last year as “Reels” and was only available to select creators. Now, in an effort to capture some of the traffic that its creatorsContinue reading »

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Google’s Adam Stewart On Finding The Right YouTube Influencer For Your Brand

Contrary to popular belief, video did not kill the radio star. It made them a YouTube influencer. Advertisers use influencer marketing to reach consumers at a time of increased ad aversion. But the sheer volume of influencers and content on YouTube alone can be overwhelming for advertisers searching for the best fit for their brand.Continue reading »

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Brand Safety Back In The Headlines; Congress Eyes Collection Of Kids Data

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Brand Safety, Cont. More than a year after the YouTube scandal that catapulted brand safety to public attention, the issue remains a stubborn thorn in the side of online advertising. Hundreds of websites with objectionable content or political propaganda attract mainstream brands via Google,Continue reading »

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Ad Tech Is Consolidating; YouTube Pays Creators To Promote Products

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Ad Tech Is Consolidating Ad tech shows the hallmarks of a maturing market. Financing for ad tech companies this year is on pace for $1.5 billion, about half what it reached in 2015, The New York Times reports, citing data from CB Insights. Meanwhile,Continue reading »

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Will IGTV And Digital Long-Form Finally Bring Big TV Ad Budgets Online?  

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Edward Kim, founder and executive chairman at SimpleReach. Facebook recently announced the launch of IGTV, a hub for long-form, vertical videos that’s accessible from both a new app and the existing Instagram app. Facebook’sContinue reading »

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European Advertisers Have Limited Ability To Verify YouTube Ads

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Bjarte Humborstad, digital director at RED Media Consulting. Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Google has allowed advertisers to serve their YouTube ads only from Google-ownedContinue reading »

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Will Instagram’s IGTV Help Calm Brand Safety Anxieties?

Instagram dropped its answer to YouTube on Wednesday, and the timing couldn’t be riper. Ad spending across the top 70 YouTube channels is essentially flat, with only a 0.2% increase this year, according to ad sales intelligence business MediaRadar. Why? Marketers are increasingly worried about their brand reps on YouTube, said MediaRadar CEO and co-founderContinue reading »

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Unilever Pulls Back On Influencers; Amazon Kills It With Twitch

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Weed Whacks Influencers Influencer marketing has a fraud problem, and Unilever CMO Keith Weed has had enough of it. At the Cannes Lions festival, Weed said Unilever will no longer work with influencers who buy followers to inflate audience and engagement metrics. Unilever willContinue reading »

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YouTube Vs. The Fringe; Will Contextual Ads Boom?

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The House Always Wins As YouTube keeps dialing up brand safety protections, creators in marginal or disreputable categories are feeling the brunt. A relatively small but active group of creators who stream from inside casinos (because people like to watch others gambling) have foundContinue reading »

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