Display advertising is a type of online advertising that comes in several forms, including banner ads, rich media and more. Unlike text-based ads, display advertising relies on elements such as images, audio and video to communicate an advertising message.

Federated Media Sells Content Marketing Business To Focus On Programmatic

sovrn_black Media-seller Federated Media Publishing, which began in 2005 with big native advertising ambitions for independent bloggers, has given up that mission to focus on programmatic media. The company is selling its content marketing business to LIN Media, and is re-branding what remains, founded on FM’s acquisition of Lijit in 2011, as sovrn holdings. Federated Media will become a business within Austin-based LIN Media’s Digital unit, and will be headed by general manager Chris Eberle, who comes to Lin Media with the FM acquisition. LIN was formed in the 60s in the radio space as L [...]


Creating & Iterating Today: The Marriage Of Tech & Imagination

internet-online-marketing-featured In our industry, we acknowledge the longstanding rub between the quant and the qual. We know that the math and the creative imagination have had their struggles to co-exist. But it's become a bit of a false or dated construct. It's a fun debate, sure, but the either/or conclusion cannot be supported any longer.  Most of us believe that math has changed marketing for good. Further, we see that automated, applied math or data analytics has radically, specifically changed digital marketing. Yet, the focus for some time has been on what analytics has changed as far as the media execution: whe [...]


Facebook Advertisers Doubled Ad Spend in Q4 [Kenshoo]

facebook-sign-featured By nearly all accounts, e-commerce had a banner 2013 holiday season, including a record-setting Cyber Monday. Advertisers also committed larger budgets to digital in Q4, and according to new data from Kenshoo Social, they doubled-down on Facebook ads. Ad spend on Facebook rose 101 percent among compared to Q3. Holiday competition drove up costs with cost-per-click (CPC) rising 21 percent, and CPM rates increasing by 33 percent from Q3. Ad efficiencies increased despite the heavier competition, however. Facebook ad click-through rates rose 10 percent in the Q4 shopping season from the thi [...]


Google Rolls Out “AdSense Direct” For Publishers To Manage Direct Ad Sales

Google AdSense Logo Google announced the roll out of AdSense Direct today to allow publishers to implement campaigns for ads they sell direct to advertisers through the AdSense system, with no code changes. Google has also published step-by-step set-up instructions. After securing a direct ad deal with an advertiser, the publisher sets up the campaign in AdSense and sends the advertiser the custom link to upload the ad. One potential drawback, is that payments go through Google Wallet, and are paid out through regular AdSense installments. Advertisers won't be able to set up separate payment plans for direc [...]


Google To Roll-Out In-Ad Surveys After Users Mute Display Ads

google-survey-featured Following up on the release of its 2013 Bad Ads report, Google announced today that it will soon be rolling out in-ad surveys that will appear after users opt to "mute" a Google display ad. The company says it will use the data to learn more about why people mute ads (users have used the button to mute millions of ads so far), improve ad targeting, and identify bad publishers and advertisers. Users can mute an ad by clicking the small [X] icon that appears next to the AdChoices arrow in the top right corner of display ads served by Google.  The "mute this ad" button started appearing in J [...]


Are Prospective Car Buyers Your Digital Goldmine? New IAB Study Points To Broader Appeal Beyond Dealers

rasperreh_flickr_bullseye Young, ethnically diverse, high earners who are more digitally savvy and responsive to online advertising than the general population? Sounds like a digital marketer's dream audience target. New research from the IAB and Prosper Insight on Auto Intenders -- adults ages 18+ who are planning to buy or lease a car or truck within the next 6 months -- is clearly aimed at auto manufacturers and dealers, yet this consumer segment could have broader appeal to a range of consumer marketers. For example, nearly all auto intenders (96 percent) research products online before purchasing, and they a [...]


Old Guard Industries Now Driving Growth In B2B Online Advertising

For the first time, established industries such as financial services and manufacturing are fueling the growth in real-time bidding in the B2B sector. While software and technology companies have been on the leading edge of adopting new marketing and advertising technologies, the financial services and manufacturing industries caught up last year. That's according to new research from DemandBase, an automation and targeting platform for B2B companies, that looked at activity from B2B marketers in over 20 verticals using the platform in 2013. [caption id="attachment_70039" align="alignrig [...]


Unlocking The Tremendous Possibilities Of Audience Data

Maximize Return on Your Investment Arrow Matrix I don't think it's news to anyone that there is more readily-available audience data than ever before. "From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated five exabytes of data. Now we produce five exabytes every two days… and the pace is accelerating." - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google In fact, according to Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt in the book, The Human Face of Big Data, the average person today processes more data in a single day than a person in the 1500s did in an entire lifetime. In the world of advertising, this data comes from many sources, including onli [...]


Merging Massive Data Sets

data-analytics-200px You have a hot date lined up and your eyes are set on the perfect little black dress (LBD) to buy from a local store. Just one small caveat -- it's a bit pricey and not really in your budget. Now, you have a few options: beg your mom to chip in, bite the bullet and live off of bread until your next paycheck, try finding the dress discounted online, or hope that the dress goes on sale before your date. For these options, there are a number of relevant pieces of data: the store's current price for the dress, the availability and current price of the dress online, the expected date of an upcom [...]


Today’s Methods Help Us More Aggressively Compete

shutterstock_114257098 It used to be that one of your primary means of competing as a brand was raising the spend and buying more impressions than your competitors -- and doing it creatively, in order to stir up more laughter and tears than the other guy. Your budget and creative wherewithal were your arsenal. We carried that approach over from traditional marketing. Even fairly recently, a marketer or agency might tell you that the top focus of the media lead was to build and optimize the right plan for achieving desired reach. "Reach" was the mandate. The audience piece was somewhat left to happy accident, as w [...]


Programmatic Dominates Our Top 10 Display Advertising Columns For 2013

ml_disp_adv What was on the minds of Display Advertisers in 2013? RTB? DSPs? DMPs? Indeed, it was all of these acronyms, which you can clearly see from looking at our list of top 10 columns for the year. (By the way, those stand for real-time bidding, demand-side platforms and data management platforms -- all aspects of the increasingly popular programmatic media buying landscape.) Our generous contributor Ratko Vidakovic hit it out of the park with a guide to moving beyond AdWords to Demand-Side Platforms, and with so many other columns covering this emerging area of the display ad landscape. Thanks [...]


Rosy Outlook For Digital Publishers: Q3 Ad Revenues Climb 18 Percent In The UK

association of online publishers UK Spurred in part by the rise of digital video advertising, online publishers are seeing the highest rates of growth since early 2010 in the UK. Digital advertising revenues rose 18 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013. That's according to a new report from consulting firm Deloitte and the UK's Association of Online Publishers (AOP). The large majority -- 85 percent -- of publishers surveyed in the AOP Digital Publishers Revenue Index Report said they had positive digital advertising growth in Q3 of this year. Half of newspaper publishers reported digital ad growth exceeding 3 [...]


Yahoo Expands Programmatic Capabilities With New DSP Partnerships

yahoo-purple-y-logo Today, Yahoo announced it is expanding access to new programmatic buying capabilities for its display inventory. MediaMath, DoubleClick Bid Manager and The Trade Desk, Inc. are joining as launch partners to give advertisers self serve access to guaranteed ad inventory on Yahoo sites such as Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News and Yahoo Sports. Advertisers will also have access to non-guaranteed inventory through the DSP partners. Several agency partners are already integrate with Yahoo Programmatic Guaranteed, including Accuen, Amnet, Magna Global, Merkle and Neo@Ogilvy. Greg Williams, Co-Found [...]


Survey: 3 Out Of 4 Consumers Now Notice Retargeted Ads

retargeting-spying-binoculars-featured The curtain has been lifted. Consumers are overwhelmingly aware they are being tracked and advertised to by retailers whose sites they've visited. A new survey from Marketing Land and SurveyMonkey finds this and other interesting insights on how consumers view site retargeting. As behavioral targeting comes of age with ever more ways to target consumers based on actions they've taken online, it's not surprising more consumers are becoming savvy about being retargeted on Facebook and the web at large. The level of awareness may surprise you, though. The survey, which focused on site r [...]


Google AdSense Now Enables Publishers To Set Custom Ad Sizes

google-adsense-logo Google has announced a new feature that makes it possible for publishers using AdSense to create their own custom ad sizes. The custom sizes are applicable to both text and display ads. Google will determine the number of text ads that appear in an ad unit, and may change the results for a given impression. According to the announcement, the Google "system predicts the value of each competing ad for every impression, based on historic performance and comparison across a variety of scenarios." With display ads, the Google system determines the appropriate ad size to fit in the space selec [...]


Auto-Generated Vs. Pro-Designed Display Ads: How Much Does Creative Matter?

display-ad-here-featured Can auto-generated, template-based display ads perform as well as professionally designed ads? That's the basis of  a new test by Dispop, a self-serve display platform that enables advertisers to crowdsource display ad creative from graphic designers. The company wanted to see how an ad created by a designer in its network would do compared to a Google Ready Image ad. Google rolled out Google Ready Image Ads in AdWords at the end of September this year. Advertisers enter a URL to get auto-generated display ads built based on images from their websites. It's an easy to use feature for small [...]


Google Tests Social Ads, Turns Google+ Posts Into Display Ads To Show Across The Web

google +post ads Today, Google introduced a type of promoted post in Google+ that allows brands to turn their social content into ads that are distributed on the Google Display Network. Toyota USA, Cadbury UK and RITZ crackers are among the test partners participating in the closed beta. Brands can take content posted on Google+ and turn photos, videos and even Hangouts into display ads. Rather than have the ads served only within the Google+ context -- as with social ads on other networks such as Facebook and Twitter -- advertisers can distribute their social content across the web through Google's Display [...]


5 Ways To Evaluate The Quality Of Audience Data

target-audience-featured The fundamental evolution in display advertising, ushered in by real-time bidding (RTB) technology, is the concept of buying audiences as opposed to just inventory. We used to buy "audiences" by guessing about the characteristics of the visitors to a particular site or type of site. Now, one can pick and choose individuals by their characteristics regardless of where they happen to be on the web. Buying audiences requires that your ad platform have access to targeting data while making split-second decisions about which impressions to buy. Armed with audience data, you can target ad viewers [...]


Not Who, But What, Is Driving Google?

google-building-featured With the depth of attention given to Google's broken promises lately, the natural-language-processing, sometimes-sponsored-content-identifying engine clearly has some 'splaining to do. For those of you who haven't read Danny Sullivan's excellent piece from a few weeks ago, let me elaborate on those broken promises. Google at one time decried paid inclusion -- but then, in 2012, it turned its once-organic shopping search engine into a pay-to-play ad product. More recently, in 2013, it went back on a promise to never display banner ads on search results pages, delivering giant images on b [...]


Cyber Monday On FBX: YoY Conversion Rates Up 34 Percent, CTR Nearly Doubles

facebook-exchange-featured Cyber Monday's performance on Facebook Exchange (FBX) sure looked a lot different from a year ago when Facebook's retargeting platform ushered in its first holiday season. FBX partner Triggit released year-over-year data showing performance increases across the board for its advertiser set. In 2012, most advertisers were still testing the FBX retargeting platform with relatively small budgets. This year, Triggit saw advertisers increase spend on FBX by 51 percent on Cyber Monday compared with the same day last year. Conversion rates rose 34 percent year-over-year on Cyber Monday. Click-t [...]


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