How Voice Search and Commands are Going to Change Advertising

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When Google started its experimental voice search service in 2001, everyone was skeptical about its future. But, as of today, it has become a way of life. From finding a restaurant nearby to ordering a toy online, people have started realizing the power of their voice. And, sooner rather than later, voice search will overtake the traditional way of searching for things online as comScore predicts that 50% searches will be voice searches by 2020.

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Microsoft Named Netflix’s Global Ad Technology and Sales Partner

Article | July 14, 2022

On July 13, Netflix’s COO, Greg Peters, officially named Microsoft as Netflix’s “global advertising technology and sales partner”. This partnership will help Netflix kick-start its advertising business. Industry watchers were waiting to see who Netflix would choose as its advertising platform to build its ad-supported tier of service after the streaming giant’s April announcement to bring ads to the platform. In April, we announced that we would introduce a new lower priced ad-supported subscription plan for consumers, in addition to our existing ad-free basic, standard, and premium plans. Today we are pleased to announce that we have selected Microsoft as our global advertising technology and sales partner. “Microsoft has the proven ability to support all our advertising needs as we together build a new ad-supported offering, More importantly, Microsoft offered the flexibility to innovate over time on both the technology and sales side, as well as strong privacy protections for our members.” -Greg Peters,COONetflix. It’s very early days and we have much to work through. But our long-term goal is clear: More choice for consumers and a premium, better-than-linear TV brand experience for advertisers. We’re excited to work with Microsoft as we bring this new service to life. Microsoft recently acquired Xandr, an ad marketplace that ties into connected TV. It has been developing its ad platform while endorsing its approach to protecting customers’ information. Marketers looking to Microsoft for their advertising needs will have access to the Netflix audience and premium connected TV inventory, said Mikhail Parakhin, Microsoft’s president of web experiences. While assisting Netflix in delivering more choices to its customers, Microsoft will offer new premium value to its ecosystem of marketers and partners.

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AI Ad Campaigns for Improved Ad Targeting

Article | July 19, 2022

Artificial intelligence in advertising is disrupting marketing. It is a new way to reach customers that is more personalized, engaging, and targeted than traditional ads. AI-based marketing can improve customer experience, sales and marketing, and lead generation strategies. As a result, B2B companies are adapting AI ads to target key accounts. Let us understand what ideal AI ad campaigns look like: AI Ad Campaigns: Things to Consider The most important factors that impact the success of an AI ad are its message, tone, and length. Message: The message needs to be clear and concise so your target audience can immediately grasp what you are saying. Tone: The tone needs to be friendly and conversational, and it should get a response so that your brand is approachable and not invasive. Length: The ad should be between 50-150 words. The length should depend on the message you are trying to convey. Optimizing Your AI Ad Campaign Here are some tips to optimize your AI ad campaign: Identify and understand the goals of your campaign. Select relevant and appropriate channels to influence your target segments effectively. Use conversion rates, click-through rates, and other metrics to decide where to allocate your ad budget and how best to enhance the content for different target segments. Design your campaign while keeping in mind consumer interaction and your campaign objectives. Regularly map the outcomes and make adjustments to address any issues. Consider using an AI ad creator, a type of digital software that creates ads without human input. It automatically modifies text and images to create targeted ads. Impact on the Future of Advertising Through automation and optimization, AI will impact the future of advertising and marketing. It will help marketers get insights, develop strategies and create targeted content and companies to increase customer engagement, customer experience and ad efficiency.

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6-second Video Ads: Delivering Key Messages & Driving Results

Article | July 8, 2022

Mobile media usage in the US will reach 4 hours 29 minutes per day in 2022, according to Statista. In a mobile-first world, advertisers are understanding and adapting to the changing habits of your target demographic. They are switching to using 6-second video ads to address the decreasing individual ad session times. Let us look at how 6-second ads are changing the game: 6-second ads increased ad recall by 11%, ROI by 12%, and video completion rate by 271% (Adaptly Campaign) There was an incremental lift across several key metrics, such as conversion rate, average purchase value, and click-through rate (Adaptly Campaign) 6-second ads quickly communicate the message and grab people’s attention They allow break-through with meaningful placements and influence buying decisions Netmarble’s Lineage2 Revolution Video Ad Campaign Broke Records Netmarble enlisted the assistance of Wisebirds, a Facebook Marketing Partner, to promote and drive downloads for its new mobile game. Wisebirds ran a test with 6-second, 15-second, and 30-second ads for a mobile ad campaign. The 6-second ad performed the best. Netmarble’s video ad campaign for the Lineage2 Revolution game broke records as the massively multiplayer online role-playing game with the most downloads in the App Store and Google Play in five Southeast Asian countries. The campaign highlighted the importance of delivering short, impactful messages to drive results efficiently and at a lower cost. “In terms of branding, 6 second videos showed the best performance in all branding effectiveness measurements. We found that exposing short videos repeatedly and leaving a strong impression on the audience produced an unforgettable branding message.” – Dong Gyeong Kim, Senior Campaign Manager, Wisebirds “In terms of branding, 6 second videos showed the best performance in all branding effectiveness measurements. We found that exposing short videos repeatedly and leaving a strong impression on the audience produced an unforgettable branding message.” – Dong Gyeong Kim, Senior Campaign Manager, Wisebirds Tips to Create an Impressive 6-second Video Ad Keep your ad narrative short. Create a solid punch line and figure out how to express it with the tools at hand. Don’t treat the time constraint as a hindrance but as a creative challenge to deliver a great customer experience. Ensure that your ad transformations are effective. Keep your ad simple, relatable, and visually appealing and make all the elements work together. Put 6-second Video Ads to the Test and Learn Advertisers like you must experiment and learn how to capture viewers' attention quickly and deliver memorable key messages using 6-second video ads. Shorter video ads could be a great solution to address the dip in individual ad view session times and the viewers’ lowered attention spans.

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Creating Great Ads: CX Should Surpass Technology in Priority

Article | July 6, 2022

Everyone can be a creator, critic, performer and an audience member— all at the same time — thanks to the internet. However, when it comes to advertising and the internet, the biggest opportunity that you have is customer experience (CX). And yet, new technologies and the desire to decrease ad spend put customer experience on the back-burner. Why CX Should be a Priority While Making Ads? Customer experience takes a nosedive when you automate marketing decisions, drive down advertising costs, extract data, and increase intrusiveness to reach more customers. These factors negatively impact your brand’s reputation and cause customers to leave your side. As a result, your revenue might take a hit by implementing modern technology. Customer experience should always be at the top of your priority list if you want to retain your customers and give them exactly what they want. Here are some things you should remember while creating ads: Context is Key Your messaging and creatives should align with the context of your ad placement. Native ads and contextual targeting can help you safely place your ads without disrupting your UX. Value Addition Works Your consumers want to see something that is unique and adds value to their lives. Use creative, relatable, and authentic messaging to appeal to your audience. Use Technology Wisely If you don’t leverage ad tech as a part of a sound strategy and intelligent design, you might lose out on effectively representing your brand in front of your target audience. Rules to Remember While Making Ad Creatives Do not treat your audience as a set of data points Platforms are dynamic so you need to adapt to the changes in time Use technology to meet the expectations of your audience but don’t abuse it

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AdPlayer.Pro Outstream Video Ads Solutions Provider Upgrades Video Ad Player Tech

AdPlayer.Pro | August 23, 2022

AdPlayer.Pro, a global provider of outstream video advertising solutions has released a series of upgrades to the company’s flagship video ad player technology. According to the official announcement, some of the recently implemented enhancements touched upon: oRTB Demand integration & setup; outstream player API; implementation of third-party brand safety solutions, and more. As Anton Liaskovskyi, CEO of AdPlayer.Pro claimed, the recent upgrades are primarily aimed at enabling the company’s supply partners to streamline their video ad integration operations. “Most of our partners on the supply side are expecting an acceleration of business activities getting closer to Q4 2022"Anton Liaskovskyi, CEO of AdPlayer.Proexplained. “Most of our partners on the supply side are expecting an acceleration of business activities getting closer to Q4 2022, and they need to be fully equipped in terms of their video ad tech, in order to fully embrace newly-emerging monetisation opportunities. This is where AdPlayer.Pro is stepping up,” he explained. In addition to the latest video ad player enhancements, the company is also planning to release a significant update to its flagship video ad server & ad management platform later in 2022. According to Mr. Liaskovskyi, these will primarily encompass a series of programmatic ad buying features, as well as the platform user management capabilities. About AdPlayer.Pro AdPlayer.Pro provides publishers, brand advertisers & agencies, and enterprise clients with an ecosystem of innovative outstream video ads solutions, powered by a robust ad-enabled video player technology, including: Outstream solution for publishers Outstream video ad marketplace Video ad server and ad management platform Whitelabel solution Video hosting solution, and much more. Founded in 2016, AdPlayer.Pro is a global provider of advanced video advertising solutions, specifically developed to address a series of industry challenges and dramatically improve the current video advertising landscape.

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AdAdapted Launches New Shoppable Video Ads

AdAdapted | August 17, 2022

AdAdapted Shoppable Video Ads enable brands to build eCommerce campaigns on AdAdapted’s industry-leading Shopping List Marketing mobile ad platform. This goes beyond standard video ads by utilizing AdAdapted’s one-click functionality so consumers can add branded products directly to their eCommerce cart. The product leverages AdAdapted’s exclusive verified shopper audience to target consumers based on shopping list intent behavior, ensuring ads are served only to the consumers most likely to purchase the item, increasing the likelihood of conversion. “We have found significant positive results with AdAdapted campaigns over the years,” said Ali Fluke, senior advertising manager, Kodiak Cakes. “The launch of AdAdapted Shoppable Video Ads enables us to utilize AdAdapted’s 1-click Add-to-Cart user experience, while expanding the placement opportunities to mobile web.” The new offering enables video with two primary objectives: Shoppable Add-to-Cart Actions - Optimizes for click-through rate Brand Awareness - Optimizes for completed views AdAdapted Shoppable Video averages a 6.5x longer view time than video on social feeds. Brands can also overlay cross-device and segment targeting (including demographics or preferences) via AdAdapted’s existing partnership with LiveRamp, the leading data connectivity platform. Video campaigns come with end-of-campaign custom reporting. “In today’s digital age, brands must serve consumers compelling video content that encourages them to engage,” said Mike Pedersen, co-founder and CEO, AdAdapted. “In today’s digital age, brands must serve consumers compelling video content that encourages them to engage,” said Mike Pedersen, co-founder and CEO, AdAdapted. “AdAdapted Shoppable Video Ads are a natural extension of our Add-It™ product suite and allow brands to serve high impact, video content to the head of household shoppers at the right time, leading to an increase in both conversions and sales that exceed industry standards.” To learn more, visit AdAdapted.com About AdAdapted AdAdapted is the leading shopping list marketing and insights platform built for CPG brands, agencies, and retailers. AdAdapted’s powerful list data and unique ad products help the world’s top CPGs meet their most important goals. With 110MM+ US shoppers using a mobile grocery list app, AdAdapted has built a distinct audience and ad offering no other solution can provide. No one gets branded products on the list and in the cart like AdAdapted.

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Contextual Advertising Expert Seedtag Opens US Headquarters in New York

Seedtag | July 16, 2022

Seedtag, the leader in contextual advertising in EMEA and LATAM, has today announced the opening of its US headquarters in New York. By opening its headquarters in the United States, Seedtag continues in its mission to become the global contextual advertising partner for brands and agencies. The ad tech company, with employees already on the ground in major US cities, expects to triple head-count by the end of 2022. The US leadership team will be led by US managing director Brian Danzis, joined by co-founder and co-CEO, Albert Nieto, who will be relocating to New York. Albert will be on-site to oversee International Sales, Marketing, and Finance and support Seedtag’s rollout in the US. The New York office will act as Seedtag’s new commercial HQ while the company’s development and operations hub will remain in its founding city Madrid. Seedtag’s main US office will be located in New York, with satellite offices in Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Seedtag’s New York office will act as a base for a brand new team that will be led by Brian Danzis, US managing director. Brian brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in advertising, sales and marketing in North America. Brian has served in a number of leadership roles in digital media throughout his career, gaining a wealth of expertise in driving growth. He has gained a reputation as an outstanding leader, capable of rallying his teams around plans and effectively crafting and executing strategies. Prior to joining Seedtag, he served as EVP, agency solutions for VideoAmp where he was responsible for managing the national sales team. Previously, he served as global head of video & live event sales at Spotify, where he developed and executed the go-to-market strategy of the platform’s video ads business. With Seedtag's arrival in the US, American advertisers will be able to increase the effectiveness of their advertising while respecting users' privacy. Seedtag's solution is currently the leading contextual solution in Europe and Latin America, with its AI and programmes such as Seedtag LAB providing advertisers with a much deeper understanding of user interest.

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AdPlayer.Pro Outstream Video Ads Solutions Provider Upgrades Video Ad Player Tech

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AdAdapted Launches New Shoppable Video Ads

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