TechBytes with Amit Shetty, Sr. Director, Product at IAB Tech Lab

Please tell us about your current role and the team/ technology you handle at IAB. I lead the programmatic, anti-fraud, and brand safety initiatives at IAB Tech Lab. What is ads.txt and app adds.txt solution that you recently announced? Could you elaborate on how these work in the CTV / OTT ecosystem? ads.txt (and app-ads.txt) is a transparency mechanism that enables publishers to state the “authorized digital sellers” of their inventory. The recent update IAB Tech Lab released is to better support the additional…

HireInfluence Continues Growth Into 2021 With a New Look and Updated Services

HireInfluence, an award-winning influencer marketing agency, recently introduced its aggressive growth plans for 2021. The announcement coincided with an updated menu of services and a new look designed to grow their portfolio of enterprise clients. With offerings that now revolve around longer-term brand partnerships, refined campaign optimization methods, and enhanced analytics, HireInfluence is helping clients reach new heights in order to stand out from a saturated landscape. Seeking to shift brands to extended…

Coming of Age: 2020, a Generation-Defining Year for Gen X and Boomers

By the end of this decade, most global consumers are expected to be older than 60. Though the global population is aging and people are having fewer babies, the power and influence of older groups in the marketplace seems to have been largely lost on some marketers. As Generation Z have taken the pedestal from under millennials as the newest enigma for the modern marketer, Generation X or Gen X and baby boomers have often been left at the margin. “Old” and “young” stereotypes becoming old-fashioned Younger…

Zefr Joins the IRIS.TV Contextual Video Marketplace

Zefr, the leading contextual data platform for brands and agencies, announced its integration with IRIS.TV's Contextual Video Marketplace. With the integration of Zefr's Human-in-the-loop powered contextual data, marketers, for the first time on the open web, can now use Zefr data to target relevant, brand-safe, and suitable video inventory across thousands of IRIS-enabled publishers and billions of monthly video impressions worldwide. Zefr enables precise, transparent, and effective brand safety and suitability solutions…

Perion and Microsoft Renew Their Strategic Partnership for Four Years

Perion Network announced the renewal of a multi-year strategic partnership with Microsoft to drive search advertising business growth through Perion’s search technology division, CodeFuel, and provide a more immersive experience across desktop and mobile. The continuing collaboration between the companies will enable CodeFuel to further grow its publisher relationships offering, lucrative search technology solutions, and sophisticated expertise for monetizing their digital properties. These include shopping, product…

Study Shows 90% Less Fraud in TAG Certified Channels in U.S.

New Data from The 614 Group Shows Record-Low IVT Rates in TAG Certified Channels; CTV Fraud Rate in TAG Channels at Just 0.6% The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), the world's leading program to fight criminal activity and protect brand safety in digital advertising, released its 2020 US fraud benchmark study, showed a dramatic 90% reduction of ad fraud in TAG Certified distribution channels. Conducted by The 614 Group, the study found an IVT rate of just 1.05% across TAG Certified channels, compared to the industry…

DoubleVerify Brings Increased Transparency to Connected Television

DoubleVerify (“DV”), a leading software platform for digital media measurement, data, and analytics, announced the industry’s first Connected TV (CTV) brand safety solution – advancing the company’s complete video solution for advertisers, across all environments. This solution brings new transparency to CTV and offers advertisers three important controls over their CTV buys. With inclusion and exclusion lists, advertisers and brands can align inventory and brand suitability requirements by targeting or avoiding specific…

Media Environments Continue to Improve Despite Global Pandemic, IAS Report Finds

Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global leader in digital ad verification, released its Media Quality Report (MQR), which found there has been an improvement in most major digital media quality indicators like brand safety, viewability, and fraud. In the first half of 2020, consumers worldwide spent notably more time with various media as they observed the stay-at-home guidance of their respective geographies. According to eMarketer, consumers are now spending an extra hour per day on digital media alone compared to 2019.…

Tapad Supports IAB Tech Lab’s Project Rearc Principles

Groundbreaking IAB initiative is developing open technical standards for addressability and accountability in digital media Tapad Inc., a marketing technology company and global leader in digital identity resolution, announced their commitment to IAB Tech Lab's Project Rearc, a collaboration of global stakeholders across the digital supply chain established to ensure industry accountability and privacy preservation. As an advocate for clear communication of the value exchange required to maintain the free and open…

Navigating a Sea of Martech? 4 Tips For Charting Your Course in 2020

Facebook and Google have dominated the advertising ecosystem for many reasons in recent years, one of which has been beneficial to marketers: they make it extremely easy to run campaigns. From ad buying to targeting and campaign measurement, they give marketers everything they need all in one place. But this simplicity comes at a price. Facebook and Google only account for 34% of time spent online, meaning campaigns on these platforms only reach a fraction of your audience. What makes this realization hard to grapple with…

Revcontent Sees 1,100% Increase in Profitability, Bolsters Client Roster and Product Offerings Under New Leadership

Revcontent, a leading content marketing, and discovery platform, announced strong revenue growth and new premium publisher clients including Barstool Sports, Patch.com, Heavy.com, McClatchy, Nexstar Digital, and Salon. Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, Revcontent has continued to gain traction as it delivers new revenue and growth opportunities to digital publishers around the world. The company recently appointed Richard Marques as chief executive officer. Marques has helped lead the…

Place Exchange Introduces “PX Clear” to Ensure Quality Around Digital Out of Home Media

Rigorous and comprehensive PX Clear certification program ensures trusted, transparent, high-quality DOOH media for programmatic marketers Place Exchange, the out-of-home (OOH) supply platform that enables marketers to unify execution, optimization, reporting, and attribution for OOH with other programmatic channels within their omnichannel DSPs, has launched the PX Clear certification program to ensure quality, consistency, transparency, and compliance across its digital out-of-home (DOOH) ecosystem. The increasing…

IAB Ushers in New Era: David Cohen Named IAB CEO; Randall Rothenberg Named Executive Chair

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the national trade association for the digital media and marketing industries, announced the appointment of David Cohen, its current President, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 15, succeeding Randall Rothenberg, who will remain at IAB as Executive Chair through 2022. "In less than a year as President of IAB, David Cohen has vastly increased the size of our media marketplaces, brought an unprecedented number of industry captains into our leadership councils,…

TAG Hires Former Citigroup Head of Threat Intelligence, Danielle Meah, as Director of Threat Intelligence

Meah Will Lead Expansion of TAG Threat Sharing Program; TAG Releases New White Paper Outlining Best Practices for Companies to Stop Malvertising The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), a self-regulatory advertising industry initiative to fight criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain, announced the hiring of Danielle Meah, former Global Head of Threat Intelligence for Citigroup, as TAG's first Director of Threat Intelligence. In her new role, Meah will lead the TAG Threat Exchange and work with the…

Commercialized Vehicle-to-Everything Solutions Arrive to Fast-Track Emergency Movement

The two companies are carrying out the world’s first Dual-Mode /Dual-Active V2X deployment, in which Autotalks’ chipsets are installed in roadside units such as traffic lights in Georgia, Texas and Hawaii Autotalks, which specializes in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, has teamed up with Applied Information, Inc., an Atlanta-based provider of intelligent transportation infrastructure solutions, to save lives on the roads of Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii. The two companies are carrying out the world’s…

In Post-Cookie World, Salon Sees 21% Revenue Uplift Through Content Recommendation Partnership

Publisher Improves User Experience and Drives Revenue While Delivering Fewer Ad Impressions Salon and Revcontent announced an exclusive partnership after Salon ran a head-to-head split test with other content recommendation partners. Driving the national conversation since 1995, Salon has supported fearless journalism with award-winning content, reaching an audience of approximately 10 million monthly unique visitors. Salon, a digital trailblazer that relies on programmatic ad revenue to offer free content, was seeking…

Hexaware Launches COCO – Unified Teams Bot for Improved Employee Experiences & Seamless Return

Hexaware, a Leading Global IT Consulting & Digital Solutions provider, announced the launch of COCO, the Unified Teams Bot built for Microsoft Teams, on Microsoft AppSource, an online cloud marketplace providing tailored line-of-business solutions. With the unprecedented times in the backdrop, Hexaware is now more focused on delivering touchless, immersive experiences, and automation-led cost savings for customers who have moved to remote working. Hexaware also recognizes the market need to build and foster cloud…

Pixalate Launches World’s First Connected TV Rankings

An analysis of OTT/CTV traffic quality including household reach, invalid traffic (IVT), and more: Telaria, FreeWheel, Verizon Media top Q1 2020 rankings Pixalate, a global ad fraud intelligence and marketing compliance platform, announced the first-ever Connected TV/OTT Seller Trust Index (CSTI), a breakthrough addition to Pixalate's suite of programmatic seller quality rankings. Pixalate's new CSTI ranks the overall quality of programmatic sellers across three major OTT/CTV platforms: Roku, Amazon, and Samsung. Among…

TechBytes with Hilary Ross, VP of Podcast Media at Veritone One

Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to take up the role at Veritone One? My college education and initial jobs after college were focused on politics and environmental law. I worked on a handful of political campaigns at the state level, and as a part of my work on those campaigns, I was exposed to radio, Facebook and local television advertising. That was my first introduction into the advertising world. From there, I have had a handful of opportunities in advertising and…

AdTech Roundup: Top Things in Advertising Technology

Today’s AdTech Roundup covers the latest in Native and Programmatic Advertising, Technology, TV Advertising, Audience Data announcements from Kenshoo, Media.net, PubMatic, Raydiant, and Scibids Technology. Kenshoo and Profitero Announce Data Partnership to Bridge Retail Intelligence and Ecommerce Advertising Kenshoo, a global leader in marketing technology, and Profitero, a leading global enterprise e-commerce SaaS analytics platform, announced a strategic partnership designed to pair industry-leading ecommerce performance…