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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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4 February 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

How Google’s Latest Financial Filings Presents Both Challenges And Opportunity For Ad Tech

Google gifGoogle’s recent financial results were nothing short of exceptional, despite reporting decreases in its average cost-per-click- (CPC) it was still able to post double-digit increases in revenues. It takes a special kind of company to do so.

There has been a stream of positive white papers and industry reports highlighting the growth of the programmatic ad market, and indeed the future outlook for the sector is largely positive, but are there signs in Google’s numbers that a big change is imminent in the market.

So with the Silicon Valley giant recently announcing a string of limits to its formerly ‘free’ online marketing tools, ExchangeWire examines how Google’s fortunes are indicative of the challenges facing the rest of the industry.
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27 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

Lifting The Lid On The Pandora’s Box Of Brand Safety

PandoraBoxEven with some unscrupulous publishers, negligent networks and careless agencies, brands can have as much safety as they are willing to pay for, writes Dan de Sybel, director of technology and operations, Infectious Media.

The drive towards more transparency in online advertising has revealed an ugly truth. There is a lot of bad quality inventory out there and many big name advertisers are appearing on it. How have we come to this, why is it so prevalent and why does it feel like so little is being done about it?

Getting an ad placement up on a new website is often as easy as signing up to an exchange or network, downloading a tag and placing it on your site. Some exchanges/networks will vet the site first and classify the content, but others do not. Even for those that do, there is nothing stopping an unscrupulous website owner from changing the content post vetting or simply putting the vetted ad placement tag on a completely different site.

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24 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

ExchangeWire European Weekly Round-Up

fb-mobile-icon2ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space.

Facebook tests mobile ad network

1. It’s been yet another eventful week in the ad tech industry with some of the industry’s largest names continuing to make waves, with Facebook revealing that it is testing an in-app mobile ad network with a select number of advertisers. This means that advertisers will be able to use Facebook targeting data to target mobile app users outside of the social network.
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23 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 1 Comment

Advertisers And Publishers Eye Greater Consistency In Ad Viewability Measurement

ad-viewability-300x161 (1)Discrepancies around ad viewabilty promises to be one of the key hurdles for the ad tech industry to clear, as trade bodies representing advertisers and premium publishers have identified it as one of the key issues to address in 2014.

ExchangeWire has learnt that unprecedented levels of cooperation between the Association of Online Publishers (AOP), the Institute of Practitioners in Advertisers (IPA) and Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) are taking place to implement standards around measuring ad viewabilty, with a longer term goal of establishing trading standards.

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21 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 1 Comment

‘Many Global Firms' Attempts To Crack APAC Fall Short’

Stuart Bartram, MD APAC, Rubicon ProjectAPAC digital publishers are undergoing a shift in attitude towards programmatic trading; from viewing it as an outlet for unsold inventory towards ‘holisitic yield management’.

As global regions go, APAC is perhaps the most diverse of them all, both in terms of cultures and economies – and by extension, in media and ad marketplaces, writes Stuart Bartram, Rubicon Project MD, APAC.

That said, European and Asian advertising moved noticeably closer together in 2013 with Dentsu’s Aegis acquisition, not to mention a range of smaller deals like Chinese firm BlueFocus buying the UK’s We Are Social in December. Meanwhile WPP’s ‘Asian domination’ plan, which began almost 30 years ago continued apace, with more companies snapped up, and big hopes pinned on continued significant digital growth in the region over the next five years.

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20 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 2 Comments

‘The Rise Of The Data Trading Desk,’ Gareth Davies, Adbrain CEO

GarethDaviesresizedWe’ve all heard the projections; global mobile ad spend is set to triple to $37bn by 2017, accounting for half of total US digital ad budgets. The driver; programmatic buying – set to reach more than 50% of US display spend by 2017 – and the surging adoption of mobile RTB is paving the way for a new array of mobile and multi-screen strategies, based on a unique, mobile specific array of data insights.

A year or so ago, the mobile ecosystem was still finding its way, affording buyers little ability to accurately target mobile audiences across scattered mobile web and in-app inventory, now things have changed. Gone are the days of blind, arbitraged mobile media buying from ad networks and the ever-growing array of non-transparent managed mobile DSPs.

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17 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

ExchangeWire European Weekly Round-Up

DeCastroExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space.

1. Yahoo Parts Ways with COO De Castro Ahead Of Ad Exchange Roll-Out

Earlier this week it emerged that Yahoo has axed its former Chief Operating Officer Henrique De Castro (pictured), 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.

In a note obtained by press outlets, which has been accredited to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, it looks unlikely that De Castro will be directly replaced. Yahoo is currently preparing to roll out its recently overhauled suite of advertising tools in Europe, including a new self-serve bidder that will look to offer Yahoo segments (built from a myriad of data sources, including search and email) exclusively through the solution. Quite how the exit of such a high profile figure will influence Yahoo’s sales pitches to advertisers remains unclear, but it will make for an interesting backdrop.

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17 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

French Regulator Gets Tough On Privacy, And Clients Demand Transparency

France.jpgSources indicate that data will be one of the hot topics of 2014, particularly as the French regulator begins to bear its teeth and advertisers begin to demand enhanced transparency. In short, the terms ‘privacy’ and ‘transparency’ could soon become as synonymous with France as its national rallying cry: ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’.

In the second instalment of a two-part examination of the French programmatic trading market, ExchangeWire consults sources who offer their opinions of what developments must take place if the sector is to fulfil its potential and defy an otherwise gloomy economic outlook there.

ExchangeWire’s earlier post in the series reported how sources within the programmatic media industry indicated the market was ripe for consolidation, especially in the wake of premium publisher alliances La Place Media and Audience Square significantly impacting the market in 2013.

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15 January 2014 in ExchangeWire EMEA 0 Comments

‘French Programmatic Market Tipped For Consolidation In 2014’

France.jpgIn the first of a two-part look at the French programmatic market in 2014, insiders have told ExchangeWire the programmatic trading sector provided one of the few ‘good news’ stories in the French advertising market last year, which was described as “stable at best” by one source.

These sources also forecast the programmatic trading market will grow further in 2014, with some adding that market consolidation is a likely outcome if the sector is to continue to meet the needs of advertisers.

Tough economic climate impacting advertising budgets

Full-year figures for 2013 have yet to come in, but sources tell ExchangeWire the French advertising market was largely flat in the previous 12 months – an offshoot of the prolonged economic recovery there. Although in keeping with markets elsewhere, digital marketing budgets continued to swell.

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