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Perfect Audience Launches Self-Service Retargeting Solutions For Facebook Dynamic Ads & Twitter

perfect-audience-icon Perfect Audience launched in 2012 to offer self-serve solutions that allow mid-tier marketers to manage their own retargeting campaigns. Within the past month, the company has launched new services for managing dynamic ad retargeting on Facebook and now for Twitter's new tailored audiences retargeting solution. Advertisers can set up and manage Facebook dynamic ad retargeting campaigns through the Perfect Audience platform by connecting their Google Merchant Accounts and importing products feeds. The solution launched with roughly 300,000 products and is now being used to promote more than [...]


New: Smart Lists With Google Analytics Automate Remarketing List Management

google-analytics-600 To help simplify the decision making process of creating remarketing lists, Google has introduced "Smart Lists with Google Analytics" which automate the process. Smart Lists rely on the anonymized conversion data gleaned from the millions of websites using Google Analytics that opt-in to share data with Google. The lists are built with machine learning using signals like visit duration, page depth, location, device, referrer, and browser to predict which visitors are most likely to convert upon returning to the site. Then based on those visitors' on-site actions, Analytics can calibrate rem [...]


Disqus Expands Sponsored Comments Test After Initial Trial

DISQUS 2012 Online commenting platform Disqus announced it's been testing a native ad product in the form of Sponsored Comments and will be expanding the test "based on early, promising results." The Sponsored Comments appear at the top of discussion threads for publishers that opt-in to advertising on Disqus."A Sponsored Comment can use all types of media to get their point across, just like any other Disqus comment," wrote David Fleck, head of publisher development at Disqus wrote on the blog. Fleck added that the placement is designed to maintain the integrity of the user experience, "they’re n [...]


3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You

shutterstock_171989792-gears-work Times are tough for affiliates. In February 2014, the affiliate channel accounted for only 7% of e-commerce transactions -- down from 9% in February 2013, and a drop in the bucket compared to major e-commerce traffic sources like organic search (24%), paid search (19%), and email (18%). The above figures come from The Custora Pulse, a free US e-commerce industry benchmark, aggregating transaction and customer data from over 100 US e-commerce retailers, developed and updated by e-commerce marketing analytics company Custora (disclosure: my employer). But don't go feeling bad for affili [...]


Bizo Aims To Scale Anonymous Visitor Nurturing, Extends Marketing Automation To Display & Social Ads

bizo-logo Marketing automation continues to move beyond email drip campaigns. Today, B2B audience targeting firm Bizo launched a new version of its Multi-Channel Nurturing solution aimed at scaling outreach to anonymous website visitors who don't provide contact information or sign-in during their visit, which can be more than 95 percent of visitors according to a SiriusDecisions Benchmark study. The solution extends nurture campaign targeting to display and social advertising. The initial version of Multi-Channel Nurturing, introduced in October 2013, was only available to Bizo and Eloqua customers [...]


Display To Eclipse Paid Search Ad Spend In 2016, Mobile Set To Become 4th-Largest Ad Medium

display-ad-featured Spending on display advertising will soon overtake paid search. That's according to ZenithOptimedia's latest global advertising forecast. With display advertising growing at 21 percent a year, it's expected to hit $74.4 billion in 2016. While paid search, which is experiencing 13 percent annual growth, is estimated to come in at $71 billion at that time. Zenith expects search to keep dominating this year, however, with search spend projected at $55.7 billion versus $ 51.8 billion for display. Programmatic buying is boosting the pace of expansion of display advertising, now the fastest [...]


Is Native Advertising Legal? Does It Matter?

native 1 I start this article with three controversial statements: Native advertising likely violates Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on deceptive advertising Native advertisers and publishers will profit tremendously from these violations and receive little to no punishment or regulation from the FTC This concept, which I call “regulatory arbitrage,” has been proven to be highly profitable, having been proven by many other internet businesses First Things First: What Is Native Advertising? Go to virtually any article, social network or content distribution source online and you’ [...]


Media Ratings Council Ushers In “Viewable Impression” As Currency Metric For Display Ads

Viewable Impression Ad Metric In a major milestone, after a year-and-a-half-long review process, the Media Ratings Council has lifted its November 2012 Viewable Impression Advisory for Display Advertising, effectively raising the start flag for publishers to begin selling digital display advertising based on viewable impressions. The announcement "means that—as of today—for brand advertising, agencies can and will expect guarantees on viewable display impressions. This means that one of the major obstacles to being included in brand allocations has finally been removed," wrote Sherrill Mane, SVP, Research, Analytics [...]


“Real Time” in Display Advertising Doesn’t Really Mean Real Time

shutterstock_129641315-clock A lot of nonsense is spoken today regarding "real-time marketing" and "real-time bidding," yet most of what is actually being bought isn’t really "real time" at all, and marketers need to know why that’s a problem. With the rise of the media exchanges came the separation of the media (the "where" to target) from the data (the "who" to target). The marketer was able to stop simply shouting their message at crowds, and instead became able to pick and choose the individuals they wanted to talk to. The promise was efficiencies unseen in marketing before. There is however a problem. Whils [...]


Massive Web Traffic Fraud: Digital Advertising Confronts “Crisis”

scam-fraud-600 Digital media, and specifically display advertising, is facing a "crisis" even as brand marketers are increasingly serious about shifting budgets online and into mobile. That phrase, "crisis," comes directly from the chair of the IAB, Vivek Shah, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article cites IAB estimates that suggest more than a third of all online traffic is fake or fraudulent: About 36 percent of all Web traffic is considered fake, the product of computers hijacked by viruses and programmed to visit sites, according to estimates cited recently by the Interactive Advertisi [...]


AdRoll Publishes New Book On Retargeting With Tips & Case Studies On What Works

Retargeting Playbook by AdRoll founders In their new book, The Retargeting Playbook, executives from retargeting firm AdRoll -- Adam Berke, president, Greg Fulton, head of product, and Lauren Vaccarello, VP of marketing -- aim to help marketers get more out of their retargeting campaigns and provide numerous case studies on successful ads and campaigns. The book is dedicated to "marketers whose ideas are bigger than their budgets". Marketing Land reached Greg Fulton, AdRoll's head of product, by email on his flight back from Australia where the company recently opened new offices. Retargeting is easy to get wrong. What are ke [...]


In-Image Advertising Primer From IAB Highlights 5 Powerful Case Studies

In-Image Advertising Example [caption id="attachment_77458" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: IAB[/caption] As the web moves to a more visual landscape, it's not surprising that advertisers are becoming more attracted to in-image advertising, and publishers are recognizing the untapped source of revenue their editorial images now hold. As it recently did with native advertising, the IAB has issued a primer on in-image advertising to help establish common terminology, best practices and offer examples of how advertisers and publishers are successfully employing this relatively new form of digital advertising. [...]


Do Publishers Have A Clear View Of Viewability?

display-ad-featured We recently surveyed comScore's top 250 publishers to get a sense of their attitudes and readiness regarding viewability. The survey, which came on the heels of our "Viewable Vendor Report," documented (among other things) the high level of importance agencies, brands and many of you assign to the viewability metric. It was startling, to say the least, to learn that some 83 percent of publishers claim to be educated on the issue, yet only about 50 percent said they planned on preparing to sell viewable impressions. That is a jaw-dropping delta between viewability perception and reality. [...]


Yahoo Wants To “Tell Better Stories” With New Motion Ads

yahoo-motion-600 This morning, Yahoo debuted a new ad format that introduces "subtle animation for brand story telling." Called "Motion Ads," they'll display on the Yahoo homepage, vertical category homepages and the Yahoo login page. The example ad below for Kraft Singles depicts a warm grilled cheese sandwich with steam rising from the melted cheese. (It does look tasty, though you'll probably want to make the sandwich at home with real Cheddar.) The animation gives the display unit more creative horsepower -- or cheese power in this case. I noticed this ad over the weekend and did a double take on th [...]


The Sale After The Sale: The New Reality Of Selling Display Ads

shutterstock_124544959 In my current role leading the sales organization at Simpli.fi, I have the pleasure of interacting with all levels of media buyers representing local and national brands, advertising agencies, trading desks, publishers, ad networks and resellers. Predictably, the contacts making media-buying decisions within these companies span a broad range of age and experience levels. While no universal statement is true for every individual, I can confirm that those that buy online media today are genuinely confused. They are under a sales and marketing assault by vendor representatives that are often [...]


OpenX Pushes Programmatic Into Mobile Native Inventory With New Ad Exchange

OpenX_Logo_highres OpenX Technologies has launched a private real-time bidding exchange that caters specifically to native ad inventory on mobile devices. The exchange, called Native O|X, is meant to help app developers and mobile publishers buy and sell native ad inventory at scale -- and couples the two hot trends of programmatic and native for the first time. The ad units, injected in-stream among content, link to app stores available on users' devices. The inventory will be available to a pre-approved group of advertisers. “In speaking with OpenX buyers and sellers, it’s becoming clear that a funda [...]


Foursquare Opens Up About Using Check-In Data For Ad Retargeting, Revenue Generation

Foursquare logo Foursquare is now going public about its moves over the past year to sell its location data and deliver ads across the web and on mobile devices. As first reported and confirmed today in AdAge, the company's CRO Steven Rosenblatt says it has been working with DSP Turn for the better part of a year and added mobile inventory last fall. Foursquare is selling the ads directly via its 30-person national sales team, buying on the ad exchanges via Turn and then selling to brands and agencies on a CPM basis and pocketing the difference. Foursquare's location data -- captured by check-ins at rest [...]


WTF Is Tag Management? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?

data management In last month’s column (WTF Is A Cookie, Anyway? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?), I covered the basics of cookies and touched briefly on the idea of tag management. This month, I am going to dive deeper into those tools and explain why you should consider this as an option for your site... or not. Let's start with a definition. What exactly is a tag? A tag is a chunk of code -- often JavaScript -- that performs a given task on your site. Here's an example of a retargeting tag (click to enlarge): Tag code can be meant to gather analytics data, or to cookie a site visitor you [...]


Yandex And Google Partner To Open Up RTB Display Inventory

Yandex Google Display Inventory Partnership Yandex, Russia's largest search engine, has announced a new partnership with Google that will open up display inventory to their respective advertisers. Google's DoubleClick clients will gain access to the display ad inventory available on the Yandex Advertising Network. Likewise, Yandex advertisers will be able to enter real-time bidding auctions on the DoubleClick AdExhange. The companies say the inventory overlap is minimal. "Google and Yandex complement each other in terms of user data, audience-targeting and bid-optimisation, with Yandex’s machine learning technology MatrixNet prov [...]


Google Launches Private Ad Exchange With The Local Media Consortium

Google Logo - basic featured Google announced today a deal with the Local Media Consortium, an industry alliance comprised of more than 800 daily newspapers and 200 local broadcast stations. Google will offer the publisher group access to a suite of its ad products. The most significant aspect of the deal is the launch of a new private ad exchange, powered by DoubleClick Ad Exchange technology. The exchange will allow the local publishers to attract programmatic ad budgets and give advertisers a way to buy local at scale. Google says the exchange will offer 10 billion monthly impressions from video and display inventor [...]


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