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27 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 3 Comments

AOL Aims To Clear Up The ‘Chaos’ Of Ad Tech With One Platform

ONEbyAolBuoyed by its most positive financial figures in the last 10 years, AOL has made clearing up the “chaos” ad tech its mission with the unveiling of AOL Platforms – essentially a rebrand of AOL Networks – plus the launch of a consolidated programmatic media trading platform.

The proliferation of new and emerging technology platforms has led to the further fragmentation of the industry, making the ad tech sector an acronym-laden, labyrinth of confusion.

The trend is one that has been much debated on ExchangeWire in recent weeks, with IgnitionOne and Improve Digital weighing into the discourse in recent weeks. But now AOL hopes to make its ad tech stack one that adds value to the media plan, not one that ciphers value from it.

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4 March 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Is the future of data-driven advertising on smartphones a ‘native’ one?

MoPub-Native-AdsNative ad exchanges are a nascent sector in programmatic, with mobile specialists providing the next phase of growth in the specialism. ExchangeWire examines both the drivers of the trend, plus the (legitimate) reasons holding it back.

Yahoo is the latest Silicon Valley-based digital behemoth to nail its colours to the mobile and native advertising bandwagons with an Ad Age article this week revealing that it is attempting to emulate Facebook’s success with in-stream ad units encouraging audiences to install mobile apps. Few details were disclosed on how the placements are being sold, but surely an integration with the Yahoo Ad Exchange cannot be too much of a stretch of the imagination.
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18 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 3 Comments

Why The ‘Good Internet’ And Programmatic Premium Will Cut Out The Rotten Core Of Digital Advertising

original.rottenCiaran O’Kane, ExchangeWire global editor, reflects on how a ‘good’, or brand safe, internet can help advertisers and publishers reap the rewards of programmatic-buying, and tackles rampant inertia over click fraud, plus the lurking threats to the agency model status quo.

As I disappear into the ether for three weeks without phone, laptop, or internet. I thought I’d lay bare some of the observations I’ve had around some critical problems that continue to plague and indeed jeopardise the growth of digital advertising globally. Thanks to some brave reporting by Mike Shields and the insight from the ‘bot brain trust’ at spider_io we know that a good chunk of our industry is built on lies and indeed fraud.
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17 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Programmatic For The People

Lauren Wentzel Headshot 1 (1)Lauren Wentzel, Admedo, marketing director, argues the correct application of programmatic advertising could be key to the SME sector being at the vanguard of the UK recovery, however it is thus far the domain of the corporate behemoths, this must change.

Everyone has felt the pinch of the economic downturn in some way. We may not have suffered depression-like food or fuel shortages, but in the ad industry there has been a notable lull in canapés and ad budgets.

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17 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

‘Trust, Premium Supply And Efficiency,’ Nick Hugh, Yahoo’s head of advertising solutions, on how it will differentiate Yahoo Ad Exchange

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 18.36.48With the recent news of Yahoo UK MD James Wildman’s departure followed just ten days later with the news of his successor Stuart Flint’s imminent defection to Microsoft, it’s been a rocky start to the year for Yahoo.

A Yahoo spokesperson said: “We are already in the process of recruiting a new country commercial director and managing director for our UK business and Stuart will stay on until the new colleague arrives and will ensure a smooth handover”.

The recent developments were preceded by the dismissal of Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, who headed up its display ad business, with speculation indicating that his exit is largely the result of his failure to significantly raise the company’s advertising revenues.
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12 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

How AOL, Google And Yahoo Are Jockeying For Larger Brand Budgets

PremiumThe race to woo further lucrative brand advertising budgets to programmatic channels continues to heat up, with Google striking a deal with ComScore to improve real-time campaign measurement data, as the resurgent AOL commits to opening more premium ad inventory to third parties.

Google and ComScore yesterday (11 February) announced a deal to give advertisers improved real-time insight into how ad campaigns booked on its DoubleClick ad platform are performing across screens.

The deal will see Google integrating Comscore’s Validated Campaign Essentials (vCE) ad measurement product into its DoubleClick offering, which improves advertisers ability to optimise campaigns as they happen.
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11 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 2 Comments

How Will Marketers Buy And Sell Media in 2020?

vidWhat will it take to win in 2020? Looking six years into the future of digital media is no easy task, argues Scott Ferber, Videology, CEO.

Three years ago, who could have predicted that 40% of all US brands would use programmatic buying platforms as our recent online advertising survey showed? And today, many major agency holding companies are projecting that within the next three years, 30 to 50% of all media buying will be automated.
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3 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Xaxis Continues Expansion With Bannerconnect Acquisition

Xaxis.LogoWPP trading desk Xaxis has built on its ambitious European expansion strategy, announcing the acquisition of Bannerconnect for an undisclosed fee, just days after it formally unveiled its Brand Suite to the UK advertising market.

Xaxis announced the acquisition (the total purchase price has not been shared publicly) earlier today (3 February), claiming the pairing enables it to fully integrate Bannerconnect’s proprietary targeting technology into the Xaxis audience platform. Bannerconnect’s technology will also be used across trading desk initiatives within GroupM after the acquisition.

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30 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Consortium To Combat Click Fraud Mooted

Bot-2Informal talks to establish a consortium of ad tech companies that would help establish an ‘industry standard’ way of measuring legitimate web traffic are understood to be taking place, as ‘click fraud’ continues to dog some of the industry’s biggest names.

Issues surrounding web traffic not generated by human beings – or ‘bot traffic’ – are generally deemed to be endemic in the adtech sector, with a recent report published by web security firm Incapsula indicating that as much as 61.5% of all web traffic is not generated by humans.
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29 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 3 Comments

Weve Bids To Woo Brand Spend To Mobile With Verified First-Party Data

weve46_460Weve, the joint venture (JV) company between the three-largest UK mobile operators, has lifted the lid on a mobile display ad pilot with Tesco as the participating brand, as the industry’s move towards mobile devices gathers pace.

Weve – a joint venture between EE, Telefonica’s O2 and Vodafone – has announced a three-month trial that will see it serve display ads on mobile web pages and apps to its 22 million-strong subscriber base (80% of the addressable market).
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