AT&T eyes programmatic giant AppNexus for $1.6bn

US telco AT&T is reportedly in talks to snap up ad tech firm AppNexus for a possible $1.6bn (£1.2bn), according to Wall Street Journal, in a move that would equip it with firepower enough to take on the likes of Facebook and Google in the advertising space.

The news emerges just a week after AT&T’s $85bn (£64bn) acquisition of Time Warner, while a bid for the New York programmatic specialist would likely be backed by the complete buyout of Otter Media, a video streaming company...

Oath brings virtual reality ads to the programmatic marketplace

Verizon’s media powerhouse Oath, the umbrella for companies including AOL and Yahoo!, has brought VR (virtual reality) to programmatic ad buying.

While not quite transporting audiences to virtual new worlds, and perhaps better described as ‘extended reality’ (XR), Oath’s new ad experiences allow brands to layer on rich and immersive content to product ads, adding an extra layer of detail and dimension. 

Companies already experimenting with the format include LG, Three, Chevrolet...

By Mark Jones, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.

IBM & MediaOcean’s blockchain pilot to combat ‘ad-tech tax’ for major brands

IBM’s digital agency network IBM iX has coupled up with ad-world software provider MediaOcean to pilot a blockchain network, in efforts to clear up the murky media supply chain and hack away at “ad tech tax”.

The network, which is set to trial with media deals for top-flite brands including Unilever, Kimberly-Clark Corp, Pfizer, Kellogg and IBM Watson, is aimed at improving transparency, combating...

By Mark Jones, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.

Buzzfeed sheds further 20 staff in continued move towards programmatic

Buzzfeed is reportedly laying off a further 20 of its staff in part of a reorganisation of its business, as it looks to recover from a loss-making 2017.

The announcement follows the publisher severing 100 employees last year - or 6% of its workforce - when it reported a £3.3m loss, owed in large part to its move away from native advertising.

The company will in turn be hiring a further 45 employees to its business team equipped...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic, Publishing.

Breaking the mould: Viewability and creativity in the digital economy

If you visited HotWired.com on October 27 1994, your eye would have probably been caught by an unusual flashing banner emblazoned across the top of your screen. Standing at 60 pixels tall and 468 pixels wide, the internet’s first advertisement was garish, tacky and the nemesis of exasperated dial-up connections worldwide - but it was a massive success.

The advert itself was a part of...

By Eric Visser, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic.

Brand safety doesn’t mean restricting your reach – it increases the return on your spend

'Brand safety' is one of those unrelenting industry phrases that seems to be spouted ad nauseam, with brands and agencies alike contributing their two cents in every possible publication. The irony of that statement is not lost on me doing it again!

We all claim to care about brand safety, but many brands have yet to address their own accountability. We jump blindly into programmatic black holes and user generated content minefields, running across lengthy site lists with little concern as to where...

By Nathan Warner, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.

Are programmatic budgets being held back by poor measurement?

The majority of advertisers think that being able to more effectively measure the success of campaigns would allow them to justify additional investment in programmatic.

Infectious Media surveyed 214 decision-making marketers who are engaged in programmatic and have budgets of over $100,000. The respondents had programmatic remits in EMEA, APAC or North America, and 90% agreed that better measurement would make justifying increased investment easier.

66% reported that accurately measuring their campaigns was...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

Why bringing programmatic in-house isn’t a quick fix solution

Programmatic has caused a seismic shift in the digital advertising industry and it is predicted up to 90% of digital display advertising will be traded programmatically in the UK by 2019.

This is no surprise given the benefits programmatic advertising can bring in scale and efficiency, yet the technology also comes with potential complications; issues with transparency, brand safety, viewability and fraud have been discussed at...

By Chris Dobson, 27 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

Evolving programmatic for a world of video convergence

The lines between TV and digital video are blurring.

Big-screen viewing through IP delivery – via STB, VOD and OTT devices – is growing fast. Video consumption via these channels is rapidly catching up with desktop viewing and is already an integral part of the living room experience alongside traditional linear TV. At the same time experimentation with automated trading models is increasing, with programmatic...

By Thomas Bremond, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Establishing a progammatic mobile media buying solution: Perils, pitfalls and partnerships

Many advertisers are now looking to internalise their mobile media buying processes, and numerous companies are being set up to offer advertisers a media buying service in the programmatic space.

There are two possible routes here, as in any decision that involves using technology: buy or build your DSP. But firstly, let’s define what a DSP actually is.

Because DSP stands for “Demand Side Platform” it should be intrinsically associated with technology-based companies that allow media buyers...

By Noelia Amoedo, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

Consent and security: GDPR in the adtech ecosystem

GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018, representing the biggest change to data protection across the EU in a decade.

Talking to a lot of advertisers, you could be forgiven for thinking that the sky is falling. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and the change does represent significant opportunities for companies smart enough to take them.

Tiffany Morris is General Counsel & Vice President of Global...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Publishing.

What will programmatic look like in 2027?

2017 saw the tenth anniversary of programmatic advertising. From its humble beginnings, over half of all non-search digital ad spend is now made using the technology. The days of slow deals, subject to human errors and inefficiencies, are increasingly behind us.

But adtech’s story is far from over.

The next ten years will see new technologies that will fundamentally change the way advertising is experienced in our day-to-day lives, whether as media buyers or as consumers. It is our responsibility as...

By Emma Williams, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

GDPR and blockchain: the next stages in programmatic advertising’s evolution?

This year has been one of vast technological development across the ad tech industry. Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning have continued to establish themselves as key drivers of intelligent advertising and personalisation across the programmatic ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Blockchain technology has rapidly increased its presence across the sector and is now presenting advertisers with a host of new ways to both diversify and secure their platforms as they look ahead...

By Zheng Zhang, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

UK spend on programmatic up 23% in 2017

According to the latest forecast by eMarketer, spending on programmatic ads have showed strong growth in the UK, despite a stream of negative press.

According to the date, by the end of the year advertisers will have spent an estimated £3.39 billion on programmatic trading. This is a 23.5% rise from the year before. Programmatic spend now equates to 79% of all UK digital ad spend.

eMarketer predicts that this proportion will continue rising to 84% by 2019.

Mobile is still the main force driving the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Programmatic.

How advertisers can maximise true value from agency partners and adtech vendors

With a growing desire for a more open advertising ecosystem, the programmatic supply chain is coming under intense scrutiny to clarify where media budgets go, what is being bought, for how much and why.

Nearly half of all brands don’t trust a fifth or more of the data upon which they base media buying decisions, according to a recent Metamarkets report. So, how can buyers ensure that they are minimising risk of fraud, whilst maximising the...

By Paul Wright, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic.

The changing role of media agencies in the advertising food chain

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) kicked up a storm in ad land last month, with new research suggesting that brands are clawing back control over their digital ad campaigns by bringing programmatic in-house.

According to a survey of marketers working at 35 multinationals, 65% of brands have improved their in-house marketing capabilities over the last year.

A fifth have employed an in-house programmatic specialist, while...

By Ilona Lubojemska, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic.

The seasonal revolution has arrived

Its official – the retail Christmas trading period has arrived, with under 100 days until the big day. In the UK, the trading period generally runs from October to January, and this won’t change any time soon.

But with such a limited key shopping timeframe, many brands are looking to challenge the way the fashion industry works throughout the rest of the year – why focus only on selling cold, wintery clothes when the weather may change imminently?

Ultimately, the elements and weather...

By Hannah Kimuyu, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Paid Search, Programmatic, Search Marketing.

How blockchain can be used to solve the flaws in programmatic advertising

Fridges that restock themselves, banks that tell you when your account is running low; even cars that are now driving themselves. Throughout society, we are becoming increasingly used to the rise of the machines and the usefulness of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to undertake the more mundane areas of our lives.

Programmatic ad buying has also been going on for some time now, and refers to the use of an algorithm-heavy piece of software to purchase advertising online, as opposed to the traditional...

By Zheng Zhang, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Using curated marketplaces to ensure brand safety in digital ad buys

When Forrest Gump’s mother famously told him that “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get,” she just as easily could have been talking about digital ad placements purchased programmatically.

Unfortunately, real-time bidding (RTB) is a real problem for advertisers, as the recent boycott of the Google Display Network and YouTube by a slew of frustrated big brands has proven.

By Jeff Finn, 08 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Paid Search, Programmatic.