29 January 2013 in ExchangeWire EMEA 1 Comment
Italy is the biggest Southern European display market, now totalling 500 million euro – and growing – per year. We speak to Marco Guglielmin, Director A-Plus platform at Zodiak Media. Zodiak Media is a leading Publisher Trading Desk in the market, working with a number of Italy’s top publishers. Here he discusses the growth of programmatic buying in Italy, and how Zodiak works with Italian publishers to trade in the space.
Let’s get some overview on the market in Italy. How big is the display market and what are the dynamics?
The display market in Italy was worth around half a billion Euro in 2012 and it is mainly brand-led with agencies controlling marketing spend. When Zodiak first launched its publisher trading desk over 18 months ago, the scenario around display advertising was pretty consolidated: premium sales houses were able to sell directly just a portion of the available inventory, with a large amount of indirect sales served through external ad-networks/exchanges in a blind way.
We thought it made sense to cover the lack of transparency and premium liquidity within the display exchanges, positioning Zodiak as the leading premium publisher trading desk that supports high-quality sites for their automated selling process.
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2 August 2012 in ExchangeWire EMEA
It’s the biggest data-driven advertising event in Europe. It’s the event that even has its own acronym. ATS London is now in its third year, and the line-up of speakers and content is the best yet. Often copied – A LOT! – but never equalled, ATS London brings together the best in the global online ad industry to discuss the latest trends and developments in the space. And this year is no exception.
It is clear that our industry is moving beyond the mess of the LumaScape to a platform-centric world, and this certainly is one of the key areas being explored by ATS London this year. The full-day programme will be organised into three core themes: brand, application and big data. All of these are effectively shaping the data-driven ad space, and speakers and participants on the day will explore these issues in more depth.
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30 May 2012 in ExchangeWire EMEA
Weborama announced yesterday that it was acquiring Datvantage, a data management solution, for an undisclosed figure. The acquisition might well signal the start of a wider consolidation in the European ad tech space. Here Weborama CEO, Alain Levy, and Datvantage’s Co-Founder, Arnaud Caplier, discuss the deal and how it will augment the current pan-Euro data solution offered by Weborama.
For those not accustomed with Datvantage, please explain what the value proposition; what category do they operate in (exchange, DMP, etc)?
Arnaud: Datvantage is a data exchange: it aggregates audience segments from publishers and offers them to audience buyers (advertisers, agencies and networks) to help them target and optimise their campaigns. The Datvantage platform offers DMP capabilities which enable all stakeholders (publishers, agencies and advertisers) to understand and manage monetisation and usage of their data assets.
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29 May 2012 in ExchangeWire EMEA 8 Comments
Well we finally passed the date of the ICO amnesty. And no arrests so far. In fact the new “implied consent” interpretation makes the cookie apocalypse soothsayers look a little foolish. The UK looks good for now – but the greater European market cannot be ignored by any company based here. The recent decision for instance by Dutch legislators suggests things are going to get very hairy in the European digital advertising space.
The Dutch Are Going Hardcore On The Explicit Opt-In
We can thank the ICO for taking the sensible decision of implementing implied consent but spare a thought for our Dutch friends. ExchangeWire attended a recent IAB event in the Netherlands on automated ad trading, and spoke to some senior industry leaders about the implications of hard opt-in for all cookies set on websites in the Netherlands. Again the government there has given the industry an amnesty – this time until the end of 2012 – to get its act together. The new law sees no distinction between first and third party cookies. This means that even websites using Google analytics will need permission from users to set the cookie. It means re-targeting is completely out of question – as is the use of social tools. And you can forget about third party ad serving. It would seem contextual advertising is back. Let’s target like it’s 1999. Wooooh.
Am I Breaking The Law If I Serve A Cookie To A Dutch User From A Site Outside The Netherlands?
The first question most people asked in private conversations around the fringes of the IAB event was whether sites outside the Netherlands that drop cookies on users with Dutch IPs are exempt from the law. The answer is: Yes. As long as your content isn’t in Dutch you can drop as many first and third party cookies as you want – just as long as you comply to the laws of the country you are based in. This is a potential disaster for the Dutch digital media industry: it has effectively put in place a huge commercial disadvantage on the companies based there. There is already speculation over whether or not some of the native and international ad tech vendors will keep their data centres there given that the new Dutch law would cover their activity across Europe.
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22 May 2012 in ExchangeWire EMEA
Adform Continues International Expansion With Opening of Portuguese Office
Display advertising specialist Adform announced last week their opening a new regional office in Lisbon, Portugal. The move comes as a result of an increase in media agencies and online advertisers looking for local support in running display marketing campaigns in the Portuguese market, which previously had been largely run out of Spain.
Adform will enable Portuguese clients to more readily run campaigns through its single platform that hosts a complete gamut of services for display advertising, from traditional ad serving to real time bidding, to dynamic creative optimisation, to rich media and attribution.
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18 May 2012 in ExchangeWire EMEA 5 Comments
Improve Digital released its updated eco-system map last week, and it is messy. Very messy. More new categories, and even more companies. You need to ask yourself if the display market (4.5 billion euro at the last count) in Europe is big enough to support all these companies. In an interesting caveat at last week’s Automated Ad Summit (encroaching on trademark there, perhaps) in Amsterdam, AppNexus CTO, Mike Nolet, presented his own version of the eco-system – the Nolet-scape if you will.
Many of the categories on the Nolet “no nonesense” map were replaced with just two: namely, tech enablers and buyers/sellers. He pointed out to the audience that Google was slowly assembling the complete stack, and that many feature companies would get crushed by this formidable end-to-end stack. In fairness to Nolet he did intimate that AppNexus was taking a similar approach albeit with a more open strategy.
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