Gen Z: 5 Public Companies Being Driven by Kids & Their Moms

If you're used to parents of toddlers asking their kids whether they want to go to the park or the pool, to drink apple juice or water, or to play baseball or soccer, you won't be surprised to hear that parents rely on their children's opinions. Kids, arguably the best salespeople in the world, have incredible influence on their parents' shopping decisions. In many cases a kid's ability to influence a parent outweighs that parent's desire to purchase something for themselves. A study by Millennial Marketing found that kids…

ScaleLab Named Fastest Growing Media Company in US by Inc. Magazine

After recently celebrating its fifth anniversary, ScaleLab has been distinguished as the fastest growing media company in the nation on the 2018 Inc. 5000 List, Inc. Magazine's annual list of the fastest growing companies in America. The Los Angeles-based company grew a whopping 5,686 percent during the last three years by focusing solely on social media influencers and the brands that work with them. ScaleLab specializes in optimizing and monetizing social media content for its network of more than 1,800 social media…

App Annie Selected for JMP’s Hot 100 Best Privately Held Software Companies of 2018

The Company Now Serves More Than 1000 Enterprise Customers App Annie, the most trusted mobile app market data and insights company, has been named in the 2018 Hot 100 Best Privately Held Software Companies by JMP Securities. Each year, the San Francisco-based investment bank selects software companies based on criteria including financial growth, products and services, quality of leadership, customers, and market potential. This year's selection criteria also has a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.…

5 Reasons Why Games Offer the Most Brand-Safe Environment for Digital Advertisers

The Internet is a scary place. With everything from divisive politics and hate speech to terrorism and pornography to worry about, it’s no wonder that digital advertising professionals ranked brand safety as the most important media quality metric to measure in 2018. Over two-thirds of US marketers say they’ve suffered from brand safety issues, and more than half of them say it has happened more than once. So marketers are fighting back the best way they know how: with their budgets. Companies such as Unilever and Procter…

comScore Announces Campaign Ratings to Solve Cross-Platform Video Ad Measurement Challenge

comscore's New Product Will Offer Unduplicated Campaign Measurement Across Linear TV, Network OTT and Hulu on Desktop, Mobile, and Living Room Devices comScore has announced a pilot program for its newest solution aimed to solve the industry’s need for sophisticated cross-platform video advertising measurement. The product, called Campaign Ratings, launches in beta this September with ABC, CBS, CNN, Disney, Fox, Freeform, GroupM, NBCUniversal, The CW Network, Turner, and Viacom, and will provide media buyers and sellers…

Captify Appoints Rob Berzinskas as VP of US Sales to Further Expand Operations

Formerly from Integral Ad Science, Rob Berzinskas Is a Seasoned Sales Leader Within the Programmatic Advertising Ecosystem and Will Be Tasked with Driving Continued Expansion Across the North American Market Captify, the global leader in search intelligence, today announced the appointment of Rob Berzinskas as Vice President of U.S. Sales. As VP of U.S. Sales, Berzinskas will channel his expertise leading facets of the programmatic advertising landscape to amplify Captify’s expansion into multiple new regional markets…

Walmart is Knock Knock Knocking on OTT’s Doors

Walmart Will Reportedly Offer Video-streaming Service at a Cheaper Rate than Competitors Netflix and Amazon Prime Video The next brand to reportedly enter the video-streaming war is Walmart. This will put Walmart in direct competition with subscription streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. According to a report by The Information, Walmart is reportedly planning to offer the service at a cheaper option than those of the competitors. The report also stated that Walmart might offer the service at a price…

NMPi and DQ&A Complete Acquisition of Creative Specialist, Joystick

The Merged Entity Offers Digital Media Strategy and Management Across Paid Search, Display and Paid Social Advertising Joystick officially joins the NMPi and DQ&A family, as we sign the contracts and complete the acquisition. After announcing our agreement to acquire Joystick at Cannes a few weeks ago, we are very excited to begin working with them to reinvent what it means to be a customer-centric digital marketing specialist – whether that’s as a creative, media, or technology specialist. Together, this means…

MapD Hires David Besemer As Vice President Of Engineering

Seasoned Software Executive Brings Diverse Background in Data Management, Virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence MapD Technologies, the Extreme Analytics platform provider, announced the hiring of Silicon Valley engineering executive David Besemer as Vice President of Engineering. Besemer is a veteran of prominent technology companies including Cisco, Composite Software, and NeXT, as well as founder of two successful firms. Besemer comes to MapD from Cisco Systems where he was Chief Technology Officer for Data…

Jim Norton, Premium Publishing and Tech Leader, to Serve As IAB Executive-in-Residence

Former IAB Board Chairman & Condé Nast Executive to Advance Trade Group’s ‘Direct Brand’ Economy Initiative The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has appointed media and marketing veteran Jim Norton as the trade group’s latest Executive-in-Residence. A publishing world thought leader and former Chairman of the IAB Board of Directors, Jim Norton will leverage his extensive experience with premium content brands to forward the trade association’s “Direct Brand” economy initiative. He will work with IAB leadership to…

Aaptiv Closes Series C with $52 Million Raised to Date; Amazon Alexa Fund and Warner Music Group among new investors

This Investment is Largest Round to Date for Aaptiv  Aaptiv Inc., a leading provider of premium digital health and wellness content that has garnered nearly 200,000 paying members in two years, has raised $22 million in its Series C funding. Launched in 2016, Aaptiv's audio-guided fitness classes have been streamed more than 14 million times. Total funding for the company is now over $52 million. The round was led by Millennium Technology Value Partners, a growth equity firm that has previously invested in…

BrandZ Data Reveals Link Between Disruption, Creativity and Great Advertising

New Research by Kantar MillwardBrown Using BrandZ Data Shows How Creativity, Disruption and Great Advertising Combined Boost Brand Value by as much as 265% New research by Kantar Millward Brown reveals for the first time the true impact that disruption and creativity can have when combined with great advertising, helping companies grow brand value at an astonishing rate. The findings, unveiled recently on the Innovation Stage at the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival of International Creativity as part of the session…

Reason to be at Cannes Lions 2018: Creative Debates, Hot-Button Topics and Smart Points of View

The international 'Festival of Creativity' and 'Thermopylae' for global advertisers, Cannes Lions, is just a few days away. In keeping with our coverage of the Cannes Lions for the second year in a row, we interviewed Shachar Orren, Chief Storytelling Officer at Disney-backed storytelling platform, Playbuzz. The Playybuzz team is heading to the sixty-fifth edition of Cannes Lions. How long have you been following/visiting the Cannes Lions? I’ve been following Cannes since I joined Playbuzz 4 years ago, and this will be…

USU to Unveil ‘Knowledge Center’, a New Customer-First Solutions for Digital Customer Service

USU Showcases New Customer-First Solutions for Digital Customer Service at the ICMI Contact Center Expo “Customer first!” Unymira, a division of USU, is staying true to that motto at the 2018 ICMI Contact Center Expo to be held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando from 21-24 May. Unymira’s experts will give live, practical demonstrations of their innovations in the field of smart digital customer service at one of the most important events for the industry in the US Knowledge Center offers an innovation in…

TechBytes with Daniel Fisher, Managing Director (Europe) at Playbuzz

Daniel Fisher Managing Director (Europe) at Playbuzz Disney-backed storytelling platform, Playbuzz recently published a study showcasing the power of interactive content on branded content campaigns compared to traditional digital content. To better understand the impact of the study and how disruptive forces, including brand safety and fake news, affect branded story-telling, we spoke to Daniel Fisher, Managing Director (Europe) at Playbuzz.Tell us about your role at Playbuzz and the team/technology you handle. As…

TechBytes with Heidi Bullock, CMO, Engagio

Heidi Bullock CMO, Engagio A woman MarTech champion and CMO of Engagio, Heidi Bullock, attended the ABM Innovation Summit 2018.  We caught up with her to dive deeper into her role as CMO and insights on marketing and sales automation technology, and the key takeaways from the event. What’s the most exciting part of being an influential woman CMO in martech? How easy or hard is it for a woman CMO to manage a Tech company? Well, that is very nice of you to say. I feel a responsibility to help other women – and people…

Branded Content Powered by Playbuzz Performs in Top 10% of All Nielsen Global Digital Brand Effect Campaigns

The Latest Nielsen Study Asserts That the Platform Is “More Successful at Providing Increased Engagement, Shifting Brand Perceptions and Ultimately Driving Preference Than Other Global Digital Content" A study conducted by global information & measurement company, Nielsen, on behalf of Disney-backed storytelling platform, Playbuzz, showcases the power of interactive content and its positive impact on branded content campaigns compared to more traditional digital content. The results support previous studies which link…

The New Marketing: Don’t Be Afraid to Catch Feels

Imagine you could boost sales from your most satisfied customers by 52%. No need for pushy up-selling or elaborate cross-selling techniques either. By simply creating an emotional connection with your customers, sales skyrocket and loyalty deepens, according to recent studies. This is causing a radical shift in advertising where campaigns with purely emotional content perform nearly twice as well as those based on rational content. Emotions are reverberating throughout all areas of marketing and branding now too. From the…

Ahead of Digital NewFronts, YouTube and Hulu Reign Supreme, Finds Matrix Solutions

New Forecast from Matrix Solutions Reveals Americans Aren’t Excited About Video Content from the Majority of Companies Presenting at NewFronts Ahead of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Digital NewFronts, the premier event to showcase the latest in original digital video programming, research reveals that more than half (57%) of Americans who have watched original digital content in the last year are most excited for content from YouTube, trailed by Hulu, which garnered excitement around its original video content from…

More Creative Power To Interactive Content With Instant Magazine’s Drag & Drop Editor

Instant Magazine Introduces Interactive Drag & Drop Editor, Will This Change Adobe's Long Rule over PDF? Instant Magazine, an Amsterdam-based startup, has introduced an all-new Drag & Drop editor. The editor will provide communications and marketing professionals a choice to move out of legacy slide decks and PDFs and welcome measurable, interactive, and responsive communication assets. In the last three years, Instant Magazine has bagged some renowned brands as clients such as Volvo, Philips, KPMG, PwC, and…