Google Launches New Certification Program For AdSense Consultants & Service Providers

Google AdSense Certified Partner Google announced today it is launching an AdSense Certified Partner Program to vet consultants and service providers managing AdSense accounts for publishers. Similar to Google's AdWords and Analytics Certified Partner programs, individuals and companies can qualify to become a Google AdSense Certified Partner by passing the certification exam and meeting program requirements. AdSense Certified Partners are qualified to manage dedicated services, everything from setting up AdSense ad code to running ongoing optimization tests. Once a company has passed the certification exam and meets al [...]


Google Signs Upfront Advertising Deal With MediaVest Worth Millions

google-money-featured In its largest advertising deal, Google has signed an agreement with Publicis division, MediaVest, worth tens of millions over the next year.  The deal guarantees MediaVest clients, which include Honda, Coca-Cola and Walmart, premium placements on YouTube, the Google Display Network and mobile networks including mobile app network, AdMob. The deal signals the success of Google's agency outreach and moves to allow agencies to approach digital ad buys in much the same way they manage TV advertising -- upfront with guaranteed rates. “For years, the digital world has been asking for the dol [...]


When Pigs Fly: Why Facebook And Google Are Becoming Ad Partners

google-facebook-pigs-fly-featured You may have raised your eyebrows at last week's announcement from Google that it is partnering with Facebook to offer its clients access to Facebook Exchange (FBX) inventory through DoubleClick Bid Manager. Two competing online ad giants entering into a partnership? Why would Facebook finally want to open up to Google, and why would Google want to sell Facebook inventory? After all, Google took over the top spot in digital display revenue from Facebook last year, according to eMarketer. That same study estimates Google's display ad revenue share will continue to grow at a solid clip from 1 [...]


Google’s DoubleClick To Offer FBX Ad Inventory In Coming Months

DoubleClick Campaign Manager DoubleClick, Google's online advertising solutions company, announced today it will be extending its advertising services to include ads on FBX, Facebook's real-time bidding exchange. According to the announcement, DoubleClick clients will be able to buy ad inventory on FBX via the DoubleClick Bid Manager, "in a few months." DoubleClick claims access to dozens of private and public exchanges in more than 75 countries, and says it continues to experience double-digit quarter-over-quarter growth in spend, with Q3 2013 representing its biggest quarter ever. [...]


Google Launching “Sponsored Endorsements” — User Ratings, Comments, Likes Integrated Into Ads

google-privacy-200 Google is going to use the images, likenesses, comments and other user-created data of its users in ads on its display network. The forthcoming Google display ads will be called "Shared Endorsements." They're not yet live, and they won't apply to users under 18. There will be an opt-out. NOTE: See our follow-up story, FAQ: All About Google’s New “Shared Endorsement” Ads According to a report in the New York Times: On Friday, Google announced an update to its terms of service that allows the company to include adult users’ names, photos and comments in ads shown across the Web, [...]


ActiveCast Media Sues Google For Withholding AdX Traffic Acquisition Payments

google-legal-law ­­­A lawsuit filed in US court last week by ActiveCast Media against Google provides an inside glimpse at just how opaque and complex the world of online traffic acquisition ecosystem can be. ActiveCast, a subsidiary of Web Integrated Net Solutions and headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, is suing Google for breach of contract, claiming the Internet giant is unlawfully withholding payment for traffic ActiveCast sent to Google advertisers as part of its contract agreement with Google DoubleClick AdExchange (AdX). In June, Google flagged the account for invalid activity and retr [...]


Google Rolls Out New DoubleClick Campaign Manager Globally For DFA

DoubleClick Campaign Manager After announcing a big change was coming in June, Google launched the DoubleClick Campaign Manager, the new version of DoubleClick for Advertisers (DFA), globally today. As DFA turns 15 this year, the new platform changes aim to adapt the platform for the most recent changes in digital advertising, namely social, mobile and programmatic. Native is not included in this list, yet. In June, Google said it is working with select publishers to track the impact of their native advertising and testing support for native ad serving, but any mention of native campaign management is notably missing f [...]


Google Shakes Up Display Advertising Development With AdWords’ Ready Image Ads Tool

google-adwords-square-logo Google is well aware of the challenges both advertisers and SEM agencies face in getting well-designed display ads built. Ads need to be created in multiple sizes and look good on all devices. Today's roll-out of Ready Image Ads in AdWords is Google's best attempt yet to solve this problem and get more AdWords advertisers running display campaigns. By just entering a URL from your website, the Ready Image Ads tool automatically scans and pulls images from the site to create ads in various IAB standard sizes that are HTML5 compatible for viewing on mobile and desktop devices. Ready Im [...]


Google Reportedly Looking To Replace Third-Party Cookies With New AdID

Google Logo - basic featured USA Today is reporting that Google is looking to upend the way the industry tracks online activity for advertising purposes. According to the newspaper, a source at Google says the company is developing an AdID, an anonymous identifier that would replace the third-party cookie as the industry's primary tool for tracking browsing activity and gathering information about user interests for ad targeting. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Google has not made the plans public, told USA Today: The AdID would be transmitted to advertisers and ad networks that have agreed to [...]


Forecast: Mobile To Be 48 Percent Of Display Revenue By 2017

money-growth-chart-featured Data aggregator eMarketer has published a revised set of ad-revenue forecasts with an emphasis on mobile. The firm projects that mobile advertising will account for an increasing share of display revenue and represent nearly 50 percent ($14.5 billion) of all display advertising by 2017. Google will capture more than 50 percent of global mobile ad revenue this year; Facebook is gaining, however. According to eMarketer, Facebook's share of mobile ad revenue will grow from just over 5 percent last year to almost 16 percent this year. In terms of the broader category of global digital ad [...]


Google Debuts DoubleClick Studio Layouts For Code-Free Rich Media and HTML Ad Creation

Today, Google launched DoubleClick Studio Layouts, a production tool designed to make building and publishing rich media and HTML5 ads easier. Layouts provide a pre-built shell that allows non-programmers to turn existing image and video assets into rich media ads. Users can also plug their assets into an HTML5 layout that renders across devices, without having to code. DoubleClick users will find the new "Layouts" tab in the green navigation bar at the top of the web interface. According to Google, Samsung Turkey launched a rich media campaign in 90% less time than they could have [...]


Digital Ad Industry Groups To Online Publishers: Be Ready For “Viewability” Standard By Year-End

Media Ratings Council The leaders of the Making Measurement Make Sense (3MS) initiative are calling on online publishers to prepare for  "viewability" to become the new currency in display advertising by the end of the year. In a new post on the  Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) blog, Bob Liodice, CEO and president of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) writes, "The Media Rating Council (MRC) expects to lift its Viewable Impression Advisory by the end of this year, and at that time marketers will eagerly start buying digital media on viewable metrics. Publishers and agencies, we hope you’re [...]


Export Your Google AdPlanner Data Now: AdWords Display Planner To Take Over Next Month

Google has announced that it's rolling up AdPlanner and the Contextual Targeting Tool and Placement Tool into the new Google Display Planner. The consolidation is designed to unify the process of researching, planning and launching campaigns on the Google Display Network. The Contextual Targeting Tool and Placement Tool will be sunsetted in the next few days. Unlike AdPlanner, which users could access with any Google account, Display Planner requires an AdWords account. (Google made the same move with the recent switch from the Keyword Tool to Keyword Planner.) AdPlanner will be cut in e [...]


Google AdSense Text Ads Get Favicons

Google introduced favicons, the small branding graphics used by website owners, to AdSense text ads today. In the announcement, Google says, "Our experiments show that adding these favicons to the ads makes advertisers more recognizable to your users, which benefits both you and the advertisers whose ads appear on your sites." The favicons are added automatically to advertisers' text ads on the Google Display Network -- through both standard and remarketing campaigns. [...]


Google Adds Google Catalogs To Lightbox Display Format

Google announced it is adding Google Catalogs to the creative assets brands can include in Lightbox ads. Google introduced Lightbox ads, which appear as standard display ads and expand when the user hovers over them for two seconds, last October. The ads feature a "hover to expand" call-to-action button. With Google Catalogs in the Lightbox, users can flip through a catalog without leaving the original page they're viewing. The examples shown here are from the Brand USA's Discover America beta campaign which featured a digitized version of their print tourism guide. Like other L [...]


Google Launches Affinity Segments To Align AdWords And YouTube Targeting With TV Ad Buys

Brand advertisers have long complained about the challenges of making targeted ad buys at scale online in the way they are used to doing for TV. Google is attempting quiet those objections and lure more brand advertising to its display network with its new "Affinity Segments." Launching today, Affinity Segments  leverage the contextual audience targeting called Interest Categories that already exists in Google AdWords. There are more than 1,000 Interest Categories which take into account the types of pages a user visits, including how recently and how often they visited, and associates th [...]


New Google Analytics Feature Lets Advertisers Import AdWords Cost Data Into Attribution Model Comparison Tool

Google Analytics Google announced today that they will be rolling out a new Google Analytics feature that allows advertisers to import Adwords cost data into the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, offering more insight into Adwords expenditures. Now, advertisers can evaluate Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) within Google Analytics, along with their Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), a metric that, "...compares the value or revenue driven by conversions under different attribution models." By selecting Conversion Value & ROAS within the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, advertisers will be able to compare the perf [...]


Google Analytics Now Offering Unclicked Display Ad & Video Ad Impression Reports

Google Analytics Google Analytics has launched new display ad and video ad impression reports, giving advertisers a look at how unclicked ads impact the conversion path. Using data from the Google Display Network (GDN), advertisers will be able to see when a user has viewed ads on the GDN or video ads on YouTube before visiting their website and completing a conversion. Advertisers who enable the new GDN impression reports in their Google Analytics accounts will have access to two additional conversion metrics in their Multi-Channel Funnel reports: Impression Assisted Conversions and Rich Media Assisted Con [...]


Crowdsourced Display Ad Design And Testing Platform Dispop Launches

A new display ad design and testing platform that taps into the scalability of crowdsourcing launched today. Dispop allows advertisers to source Web banner ads, mobile ads and Facebook ads from thousands of designers and run automated A/B tests to find the top performers based on the marketer's KPIs. Dispop was started by co-founders Ayal Ebert and Guy Falkovitch -- the duo also behind DesignPax, a self-serve online design platform, and Dispop's parent company -- to streamline the process of ad design, delivery and optimization. Ebert says, "We  saw that the display advertising ecosyst [...]


DoubleClick Unveils New Initiatives To Support Social, Native Ads, Video Asset Management

doubleclick-icon Google will be rolling out a number of new features and tools for DoubleClick this year. DoubleClick's Vice President, Display Advertising, Neal Mohan announced several new DoubleClick initiatives and features in a blog post that coincided with the start of the company's annual thinkDoubleClick event. DoubleClick for Advertisers is getting a revamp and a new name. The newly dubbed DoubleClick Campaign Manager will be released globally in the next several months. This is the largest update to DoubleClick's core ad server since the service launched 15 years ago and "completely re-imagines th [...]


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