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OTT Explosion Provides Safe Platform For Marketers

The topic of OTT Explosion was a dominant force at CES this year. Maybe not as the unequivocal future of video programming, but at least as an offering on par with cable and satellite offerings. We know OTT’s been growing quickly in recent years (users doubled in 2017), so its prominence is no surprise. Pulling even with “traditional TV” is the surprising development, however, as the stage is now set for streaming to change the conversation around advertising as well. OTT now migrates from a side bucket of digital spend…

Forget Click-Through Rates, Focus on Emotional Engagement 

In early 2017, a report circulated that Facebook was targeting users based on their emotional state. The report claimed that advertisers could identify users who were feeling stressed or anxious and use that moment to make their pitch. Facebook denied the report, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Microsoft has applied for a patent for a technology for an advertising engine that would discern consumers’ emotional states from their searches, emails, facial expressions, movements and speech patterns. Also…

‘IAB 250 Powered by Dun & Bradstreet’ List Unveiled to Identify ‘Direct Brands’

First Annual ‘IAB 250 Powered by Dun & Bradstreet’ List Leveraged Economic Data from Dun & Bradstreet and Cultural Indicators from Other Sources Power List Of ‘Direct Brands’ Disrupting Incumbents in 15 Categories The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has released the “IAB 250 Powered by Dun & Bradstreet". The IAB 250 Powered by Dun & Bradstreet" is a first-of-its-kind analysis that pinpoints the most important “Direct Brands” to watch in the US economy. The trade association for the digital media and…

Interview with Mark Bembridge, CEO, Smartology

"If advertisers don’t know how much has been spent on each element of a campaign, they can’t measure ROI – and that’s a problem for the industry as a whole if it is to prove its credentials and continue to grow."Tell us about your role at Smartology and how you got here. What inspired you to join an AdTech company? Working on semantic recognition platforms, as far back as 2004, was a formative period. The technology was new, but for those of us closely associated with it, the opportunities that opened up were really…

Elytics Launches ‘Audience-2-Consumer’ Attribution Software to Maximize Marketers’ Ad Spend

1,800%+ Increase of Direct Facebook Traffic; 130%+ On-Site Product Specific Transactions; 23%+ New Users; All Resulting from a Single Radio Broadcast Advertiser (Over a 30-Day Span) Using Elytics' Advertising Attribution Analytics Proprietary "A-2-C" Saas Platform Elytics announced the commercial launch of its revolutionary and proprietary "Audience-2-Consumer" Advertising Attribution Analytics SaaS Platform. Elytics is enabling a new paradigm for advertising attribution. In 2017 Elytics completed large customer beta…

Digital Content Next Report Finds Facebook, Google Experiences Together Account for Less Than 5% of Total Digital Revenue for Publishers

Video Revenue Drives Growth for Publishers; Snapchat's Ad Product Portfolio Is Failing Publishers A research report released recently by trade association Digital Content Next (DCN) – the "DCN Distributed Content Revenue Benchmark Report" – offers in-depth insights into how Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and other platforms are partnering with premium digital publishers to attract users and grow advertising revenue. As the only trade association exclusively dedicated to trusted, high-quality digital content…

Mobile CDN: What Is It and Why Is It Essential for Mobile Apps?

Mobile apps are turning out to be more popular among users than websites. In 2016, usage of mobile apps exceeded the usage of desktop and mobile web combined. Technically speaking, mobile apps are completely different than websites, but unfortunately, many mobile apps are still using the same content delivery infrastructure that was designed for websites over 30 years ago, thereby diminishing the user experience. Traditional Web CDNs mostly focus on the first mile (the distance between the origin server and closest CDN…

Context Is King: The Rise of Contextual Advertising in 2018

One of the biggest challenges for both publishers and brands today is capturing the attention of users without disrupting their online experience. And while most consumers ignore ads, there’s actually an effective method that can help capture their attention: contextual advertising. At its core, contextual advertising is an efficient way to deliver advertisements that are directly correlated with the content the consumer is enjoying. Contextual advertising is more personalized than traditional display, since the…

comScore Launches New Audience Segments to Maximize OTT Reach

New Offering from comScore Enables Improved Targeting of Select OTT, SVOD and Gaming Consumers Today, leading media measurement and analytics company, comScore, announced that it has expanded its Activation solution to incorporate console gaming and over-the-top (OTT) audience segments, including subscription video on demand (SVOD). The 21 new advanced segments, which are powered by comScore's proprietary Total Home Panel, help marketers and media companies more effectively target these traditionally elusive consumers…

Nielsen Branded Integration Intel Unveiled to Measure Performance of Product Placements

Standardized Metrics for Branded Integrations Will Help Media Owners, Marketers and Brands Capitalize on Additional Advertising Opportunities Leading analytics and performance management company, Nielsen, has announced the launch of Nielsen Branded Integration Intel. Nielsen Branded Integration Intel is an innovative solution that seeks to standardize the way product and brand exposures are valued across screens and devices. While media owners, brand, and advertisers recognize that branded integrations are a valuable way…

JotForm Introduces JotForm Cards to Increase Form Conversions and Ease Data Collection

JotForm Cards Mimic Face-to-Face Interaction, Humanizes the Mobile-Focused Form Completion Process JotForm, the fastest and easiest way to build online forms that deliver business value, announced JotForm Cards, which replaces lengthy forms with a singular card format designed to mimic face-to-face interaction. Using mobile-focused, individual questions, JotForm Cards make the form completion process easier, faster and more successful than previously possible. JotForm Cards help form builders increase conversions,…

SpotX Reveals the Impact of Third-Party Data on Audience-Based Ad Buying and Selling

In A Recent Report, SpotX Has Released Detailed Insights Into The Current State of Video Advertising on OTT It's finally approved that third-party data is the strongest driver for the adoption of audience-based buying and selling of ads on OTT. According to the leading video ad serving platform, SpotX, more than ninety percent of the advertisers acknowledged that leveraging third-party data is the primary business driver for moving to audience-based buying and selling of ads. Recommended Read: Video is The Future of…

5 Mistakes That Can Be Disastrous to Your B2B Sales and Leads

B2B trading is a well-known model, especially for people working in the field of business and marketing. However, as time passes by, effective methods for business-to-business trading and marketing will also need to progress accordingly. Also, adapting well to what is trending in the current industry, that you belong to, is one primary key to creating a new deal. The deals are about ongoing B2B partners that a company may have. Also Read: How Marketers Can Optimize $682 Billion in Expected Spend in 2018 Five Mistakes…

DemandBridge Announces Acquisition of Kramer-Smilko, Inc.

DemandBridge, an integrated business platform delivering seamless marketing solutions in the cloud, today announced the acquisition of Kramer-Smilko, Inc. The acquisition furthers DemandBridge's commitment to empowering distributors/agencies with total quality control over their business, and the ability to maximize efficiency utilizing market-leading software and products. It also demonstrates the value of strategic partnerships and the commitment to providing the tools and expertise to enable their customers to grow. The…

SmartAction to Fuel Accelerated Growth with Management Recapitalization by Staley Capital and TVC Capital

As Consumer Adoption of Artificial Intelligence-Powered Devices Reaches an Inflection Point, Smartaction Is Poised to Expand Its Market Leadership in Enterprise AI with Customer Service Solutions SmartAction, the provider of the first omnichannel customer self-service platform powered by AI, announced that it secured investments from two growth equity firms: Boston-based Staley Capital and San-Diego-based TVC Capital. SmartAction's cloud-based platform automates customer service communications in every channel, including…

Fishbowl, Inc. Proves That Timing Is Everything For Effective Email Campaigns

Leverage Holidays to Make the Most Impact with Audiences Pick any day of the year and you're sure to land on a holiday, whether it's traditional or quirky. A recent analysis from Fishbowl, Inc., the leading data, marketing and analytics solution provider uniquely serving restaurants, shows that tying into people's desire to celebrate special events is a keen marketing strategy. They examined the successes of their customer's 2017 Valentine's Day promotions to gauge the impact of timing and messaging on email open rates…

How to Boost Push Notification Engagement with Mobile App Deep Linking

Deep links are becoming an essential part of the mobile marketer’s toolkit. Users have come to expect a personalized app experience, so sending push notifications that offer real value is essential for keeping them engaged with your app. Deep linking from push notifications sends users to specific pages within an app, making it easy for users to reconsider an abandoned cart, view new content, shop a sale, or fall in love with new features. In this article, we’ll cover the essentials of mobile app deep linking and…

When it Comes to Ad Blocking, Personalization is the New Scale 

While the debate over ad blocking has long centered on the struggle between publishers and ad blockers about the ability to display ads, less attention has been paid to whether or not these ads should be displayed at all. If marketing is about meeting consumers’ needs, then more than 75 million US consumers have already said, simply by installing a blocker, that they don’t like the ads being pushed at them. That is a lot of people and doesn’t even include the vast majority of consumers that browse the web without blockers,…

If A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Then Visual, Interactive Content Is Priceless

In recent years, traditional display ads have become less popular in favor of newer formats like native and digital video. According to an IAB study, advertisers in 2017 spent 67 percent more on digital video than they did two years prior. It has become clear that the more visually stimulating an advertisement, the more likely someone will click on it. But what’s after video? This year, as machine learning, artificial intelligence, HTML5 and other tools evolve and are more widely adopted, expect interactive, highly visual…

Elytics Launches “Audience-2-Consumer” Attribution Software to Maximize Marketers’ Ad Spend

1,800%+ increase of direct Facebook traffic; 130%+ on-site product specific transactions; 23%+ new users; all resulting from a single radio broadcast advertiser (over a 30-day span) using Elytics' Advertising Attribution Analytics proprietary "A-2-C" SaaS platform Elytics announced the commercial launch of its revolutionary and proprietary "Audience-2-Consumer"™ Advertising Attribution Analytics SaaS Platform.  Elytics is enabling a new paradigm for advertising attribution.  In 2017 Elytics completed large customer beta…