A winning recipe for Google’s Shopping Showcase ads

digitalcommerce360 | September 19, 2019

A winning recipe for Google’s Shopping Showcase ads
It’s early on Monday morning as I wait in line at our neighborhood coffee shop. I’m still waking up and hopeful for this particular 12 oz drip, no-room, please.Out of bad habit, my phone is open and I am bouncing between Instagram and email. This is a subconscious ritual that is wonderfully interrupted by the convenient glass pastry display and the bready assortment within it. I can assume this particular point of sale pastry-strategy has at least a 25% conversion rate if not a little higher. This 3×3 window of organized sweet and savory isn’t overwhelming or picked over. But which pastry will win my heart?

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plista is a pioneer when it comes to innovative solutions for targeted digital advertising and content distribution in editorial environments. The Berlin-based company has been successfully bringing advertisers and media together since 2008 with its data-driven content and advertising platform. With its specially developed real-time Recommendation Technology, plista is able to deliver both content and advertising that matches the interests of the individual user – on all channels and across all devices. With the optimal presentation of content and advertising, publishers benefit from increased traffic, longer user visit duration and the additional monetisation of their digital products. plista also enables advertisers to address users seamlessly and efficiently throughout the entire customer journey. plista has 150 employees and is active in ten international markets

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plista is a pioneer when it comes to innovative solutions for targeted digital advertising and content distribution in editorial environments. The Berlin-based company has been successfully bringing advertisers and media together since 2008 with its data-driven content and advertising platform. With its specially developed real-time Recommendation Technology, plista is able to deliver both content and advertising that matches the interests of the individual user – on all channels and across all devices. With the optimal presentation of content and advertising, publishers benefit from increased traffic, longer user visit duration and the additional monetisation of their digital products. plista also enables advertisers to address users seamlessly and efficiently throughout the entire customer journey. plista has 150 employees and is active in ten international markets

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Mediavine Rolls Out Native Ad Offering Across ±7,800 Independent Publisher Websites

Mediavine | March 24, 2021

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The Trade Desk Launches New Advertising Partnership with Xiaomi

The Trade Desk | October 23, 2021

Global advertising technology leader, The Trade Desk today announced a first-of-its-kind global partnership with Xiaomi, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, that allows advertisers to access Xiaomi’s global audience through its mobile ad offerings directly via The Trade Desk platform. The Trade Desk’s direct integration with Xiaomi makes this an industry-leading development for brands that want to unleash the potential of the open internet. Through this global partnership, marketers can now reach 454 million monthly active users globally outside of China, and engage with these audiences programmatically across Xiaomi’s proprietary mobile ecosystem. The announcement comes at a time when marketers are increasingly looking to measure and compare the performance of advertising campaigns across digital channels such as connected TV (CTV), over-the-top (OTT), audio streaming, web and mobile apps. Marketers can now measure their campaigns’ performance within the family of MIUI apps and use that data to compare performance with other channels on the open internet for more holistic campaign management. There are so many untapped opportunities for us in digital advertising, which is why we have chosen to work with The Trade Desk to help us unleash the power of programmatic advertising across our products and the MI world. We are at the beginning of a very exciting partnership with The Trade Desk as we continue to work together to create opportunities for brands to connect with their consumers. We believe this partnership will help us build better experiences for everyone through innovative technology.” Chan Liu, General Manager of Global Internet Service at Xiaomi. “As advertisers look for ways to connect with the smartphone-first consumer, our partnership with Xiaomi makes reaching this audience easier,” said JoAnna Foyle, SVP, Inventory Partnerships, The Trade Desk. “With more marketers accelerating their spend in digital advertising, we are helping brands engage meaningfully with their target audience on the MIUI mobile ecosystem, and along the consumer’s entire digital journey, which includes fast-growing channels on the open internet such as CTV, OTT platforms and mobile apps.” The partnership marks a significant first for The Trade Desk in the burgeoning smartphone segment, reinforcing the company’s leadership as the world’s largest independent media-buying platform. Considered one of the world’s leading consumer electronics, Xiaomi smartphones have entered over 100 markets worldwide, including Indonesia, where it is the top-selling smartphone brand, according to a Canalys Q2 2021 report. As the largest internet economy in the Southeast Asian region, Indonesia represents an opportunity for global marketers who want to reach the mobile-first consumers within the country, where mobile ad spend is projected to grow to $858 million by 2025, according to eMarketer. About Xiaomi Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing our vision of “Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users’ hearts”, Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone companies. The company’s market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 2 globally in the second quarter of 2021. The company has also established the world’s leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, with 374.5 million smart devices connected to its platform (excluding smartphones and laptops) as of 31 March 31, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338nd, up 84 places compared to 2020. Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, Hang Seng TECH Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index. About The Trade Desk The Trade Desk™ is a technology company that empowers buyers of advertising. Through its self-service, cloud-based platform, ad buyers can create, manage, and optimize more expressive data-driven digital advertising campaigns across ad formats, including display, video, audio, native and, social, on a multitude of devices, such as computers, mobile devices, and connected TV. Integrations with major data, inventory, and publisher partners ensure maximum reach and decisioning capabilities, and enterprise APIs enable custom development on top of the platform. Headquartered in Ventura, CA, The Trade Desk has offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Google Ad Update: Account Pausing on Violation and Misrepresentation of Ad Policy

Google | June 16, 2020

Google continues a busy few months of ad policy updates and changes, this time dealing with ad creative and imagery, along with pausings for violations. It’s been a busy few weeks for Google Ads and their policy updates. Two more are added to the list: account pausing for violations and additions to their Misrepresentation policy. It’s been a busy few weeks for Google Ads and their policy updates. Today, two more are added to the list: account pausing for violations and additions to their Misrepresentation policy. Account Pausing Due to Violation The statement is somewhat vague, and oddly lumped in with an update about the identity verification program. This is curious, given the policy language, which is “we may temporarily pause accounts to conduct investigations if we identify potentially harmful advertiser behavior. Paused accounts cannot run any ads.” It notes the same action will be taken for accounts that do not complete the identify verification process. Google has announced the same day that identity verification is rolling out to 4 new countries: Canada, India, Russia and Ukraine. Read more: Google updates ad policies for employment, housing and credit ads Misrepresentation Policy Also announced today are interesting updates to their policies surrounding “misrepresentation.” Starting in July, there will be a “Clickbait Ads” policy. It will specifically address instances of sensationalized text and imagery that’s forces the viewer to click on the ad in order to understand its context. Ads participating in that type of behavior will not be allowed to run. What does this mean, exactly? Here is how Google defines these types of ads: Clickbait text and imagery: • Claims of secret or scandal revelations • Language that implies the click will give context (i.e. “click here to find out” or other similar phrases) • Imagery featuring altered body parts, mugshots and disaster photos • Before and after imagery of the human body Negative life events to evoke emotion that causes action: • Events can include things like accidents, illnesses, bankruptcy, arrests, etc • Ads using imagery to provoke fear or shock Google does not provide specifics on how these items will be identified, whether by AI or human. Who Will This Affect? Quite a few industries, especially those that sell to solve the types of problems outlined above. Law firms, bail bonds, diet pills, exercise equipment, and many others may be relying on messaging that will now violate these rules. Some of these are crossovers with Facebook ad violations, so in those instances advertisers may be ready with alternate creative messaging already. Read more: Google ads announces beta for explanations to speed up diagnose of conversions, impressions and click volume For those who are not, they have only a few weeks to figure out alternative creative treatments. What’s With All the Policy Updates? While there’s been no formal statement or lawsuit that would seem to point to all these policy updates, it’s hard to ignore how many there have been. Just last week, Google followed suit with Facebook’s previous mandate about targeting capabilities for housing, credit, and employment advertisers. Google also recently announced a business identify verification requirement, so all advertisers will need to submit identity proof. That verification time was shortened less than a month ago. The environment has been ripe for policy updates with the scramble to address restrictions made with Covid-19. Stories are still popping up of ads showing misinformation on platforms, along with recent discovery of Google Ads serving advertiser display creative on sites with untruths. Some of it also may have to do with Google’s push to try and start dominating more in the TV landscape, and its latest foray into grabbing some of the top of funnel paid social budget that gets eaten by Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has taken its lumps with its privacy and targeting concerns, and no doubt Google has been paying attention. The latest policy updates cited here are located on their policy updates page.

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