Millennial Media has agreed to acquire mobile supply-side platform (SSP) Nexage in a deal worth $107.5m, in the latest round a period of unprecedented M&A activity in the programmatic advertising sector.
The deal announced today (23 September) will see the publicly-listed Millennial acquire Boston-based Nexage for $107.5m in cash and stock, with Michael Barrett, Millennial Media, CEO and president, claiming the purchase formed part of his ambition to offer a “full-stack solution” to advertisers, as well as [...]
Matt Harty, Experian, GM, Audience Solutions, APAC, looks at developments for the region’s third-party data market, and asks how well the programmatic advertising sector in APAC is addressing the audience disjunction problem, particularly in a market that is largely ‘mobile-first’ where cookies are becoming more-and-more redundant.
We buy, we don’t understand what we get. We store, but we can’t use a lot of what we buy, and also lose much of what we could have used. We remarket, but we have [...]
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ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. And in this week’s edition: Landmark Conversant purchase tops record period of M&A for ad tech; Mega stacks spur debate; Twitter and Microsoft step up their ad services, and European programatic market valued at over €2bn.
Alliance Data’s purchase of Conversant tops record period of M&A
The biggest story in the last few days in ad tech has been the announcement [...]
ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. And in this week’s edition: Publicis leverages Adobe’s marketing cloud; ATS London insights; Videology’s European survey and Microsoft in talks for buy Swedish gaming firm.
Publicis & Adobe Ink Global Deal
France-base Publicis Groupe used this week’s Dmexco conference in Germany to unveil a landmark deal with Adobe to unveil the Publicis Groupe Always-On Platform, an Adobe-powered marketing stack that improve marketing attribution, and [...]
This morning saw the opening of ATS London 2014 where increased transparency was universally identified as a key requirement if programmatic advertising is to become the dominant means for brands to underpin their marketing strategies by panelists and presenters. Brian O’Kelley, AppNexus, CEO, set the tone of the morning’s proceedings when he told attendees that he believed that many investors – Wall Street in particular – did not understand the functions of ad tech firms, and the valuation of ad tech firms that [...]
Gareth Davies, Adbrain, CEO, and ExchangeWire columnist, discusses the benefits of establishing an industry standard way of targeting audiences in a mobile-first world, as well as an alternative scenario where the industry is controlled by a few vested interests.
Programmatic players are enjoying their time in the industry spotlight as they continue to attract large investment rounds, or eye potentially lucrative public listings. But this quest for investment returns means that every tier of the market must attempt to alter the [...]
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ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. And in this week’s edition: Amazon’s videogame move; Facebook tweeks ad offering; IPONWEB buys in Europe; Rubicon Project partners with Future; Alibaba and WPP’s telling filings.
Amazon stomps into video ad group with $1bn buy
Amazon this week agreed to acquire videogame-streaming site Twitch Interactive in a deal purported to be worth $1bn, as the ecommerce giant further attempts to shore-up its premium advertising revenues.
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Bharad Ramesh, chief analyst at media advisory firm eMVC (and ex-VivaKi and GroupM Asia veteran), asks the question: ‘How many advertisers will choose transparency if it costs them 10% more?’
The intense conversation on price transparency in agency trading desks puts the cart before the horse.
Transparency (or the lack of) is not the key reason why clients don’t increase their digital spends. But the chorus of voices – primarily media auditors & trade press – will continue to gnaw at the [...]
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Vincent Potier, Captify, COO, explains how the trend towards programmatic buying is unlikely to replicate the ‘buyer-led’ Transatlantic model established in the UK and North America.
Within the next five years, programmatic buying will conquer the advertising world. The question is not whether it will, but how.
First and foremost, the US market dominance will subside, Western European markets will grow faster, and emerging markets will experience extraordinary growth rates. These market changes will allow the rest of the planet to [...]
Why Agencies & Intermederies Must Evolve With The Shift To Closed Ad Ecosystems And Marketing Automation
Walled gardens. Big media companies love walled gardens. Amazon, which was asked to speak at ATS London but predictably declined, has been aggressively pushing its data-driven bidder to most of the big trading desks globally.
The new self-serve solution will be enthusiastically used by the agencies, as they look to leverage all that Amazon first party data. The catch here though is that inventory and data within the Amazon domain can only be accessed through its own bidder – no outside integrations [...]