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In the GDPR Era, Contextual Targeting is Making a Comeback
June 8, 2018 at 9:04 am

The ad-buying pendulum is swinging slowly but surely back to contextual targeting, thanks to the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation. With so much market uncertainty surrounding the impact of GDPR, many ad buyers are reluctant to take risks with data-heavy audience targeting techniques. But contextual targeting, where…

Apple Can Succeed In Ads Without Sharing Data
June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Apple is reportedly headed once more into the fray with the launch of a contextual ad network that could include inventory from Pinterest, Snap and a collective of other apps in the App Store. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, may seem strange in light of macro events like Facebook’s data scandal and…

Apple Says it is ‘Shutting Down’ Tracking From Like & Share Buttons and Conversation Platforms
June 6, 2018 at 11:11 am

Apple further entrenched its strategic positioning as privacy protector against the ad tech ecosystem at WWDC, its annual developer conference, on Monday. Apple is taking aim at Facebook’s Like buttons, Disqus comments widgets and other third-party APIs that can be used for data collection, tracking and ad targeting. Last year, Apple shrugged at industry pushback that…

Facebook and Google Dominate Online Ads. Can Alliances Between News Publishers Compete?
May 25, 2018 at 10:32 am

Digital advertising revenue, dominated by giants like Google and Facebook, is on course to track above $335 billion by 2020, or about the same as the GDP of Ireland. One researcher has estimated that Facebook and Google draw around 85 percent of total digital ad revenue worldwide. Google alone will continue to channel…

Amazon Retargeting to Challenge Google
May 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

Amazon retargeting may happen soon, taking on Google for market share. Amazon is testing the product with “select merchants” this month

Publishers Try to Use Ad Annoyance as a Lure to Subscribers
May 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

Publishers hunting for subscribers like to say they’re delivering an experience worth paying for. Increasingly, that’s starting to mean “one that has no mobile ads.” Over the past few months,  Salon Media Group and Gannett have all begun offering ad-free versions of their mobile apps to subscribers. For Gannett’s USA Today app users, an ads-free experience is…

Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns
May 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has agreed to meet with a group of publishers next week at four of its global offices to discuss their concerns about its preparations for Europe’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. Some publishers have been critical of Google’s stance on the sweeping new data-protection law…

In the Age of AI, Publishers Need Authenticated Audiences
May 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

Though Facebook has only recently come under fire for fake user profiles on its platform, the problem of fake profile data has long plagued programmatic media trading. Lotame, for example, recently purged more than 400 million user profiles after identifying them as bots. The problem is so profound in programmatic that some…

Quartz, Concert Partner To Better Target Business Execs
May 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news website, has partnered with Vox Media and NBC Universal’s digital ad marketplace, Concert. According to Axios, the new venture, which will appear as a vertical on Concert called “C-Suite,” combines the companies’ collective ad inventory, allowing marketers to better target business executives. Of the 86 million unique visitors expected at C-Suite that…

With New Online Marketplace, Print Ads May Have Finally Entered the Programmatic Age
May 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

A leading publishing association, BPA Worldwide, announced a partnership today that could be a catalyst for boosting magazine advertising sales across the industry, even for BPA non-members. Four months ago, I asked this question in a Publishing Executive article: “Why is placing a national ad in multiple magazines still such an arduous, manual process? When…