Amazon reportedly plans to buy advertising tech company Sizmek

Amazon | May 17, 2019

Amazon.com Inc. is close to an agreement to buy the ad-serving technology of bankrupt company Sizmek Inc. in a deal that would give the ecommerce giant another weapon against Google’s dominant online ad business. The purchase could be announced as soon as this week, according to two people briefed on the matter. The deal hasn’t been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named because discussions are still in progress. Representatives of Amazon and Sizmek declined to comment. Sizmek has been selling off businesses as part of bankruptcy proceedings it initiated in March. At the time, Sizmek estimated its assets were worth $100 million to $500 million, and it has already sold some pieces to Zeta Global Holdings Corp. for around $36 million.

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Cadent | December 15, 2022

Cadent Aperture Platform, the largest independent platform for advanced TV advertising, today announced a partnership with 605, a leading television measurement and analytics company, to understand the full impact of campaigns and measure business outcomes. This partnership enables Cadent's portfolio of clients to gain insight into metrics that matter for their campaigns, while measuring the true ROI of their ad spend. With over 15 reports delivered to-date and more to come in 2023 – across national quick serve restaurants, home goods retailers and some of America's favorite snack brands, Aperture Measurement Marketplace enables clients to transact with confidence on data-driven decisions backed by 605's sophisticated measurement and attribution methodology. "Advertisers are leveraging our platform to optimize the impact of data-driven indexed linear campaigns building on prior campaign performance insights. With our unique insights and cross-screen capabilities, we are excited to work with partners like 605 to support marketers in identifying and reaching their target audience effectively, and ultimately increase sales in a competitive environment." Tony Yi, EVP, Business Development and GM, Platform Sales. Through the combination of Cadent's targeting capabilities underpinned by its patented Aperture Viewer Graph and 605's in-depth measurement and attribution solutions, clients are able to run campaigns with a focus on fueling incremental consumer behavior, successfully driving existing customer households to take action more often, purchase or visit at a higher rate and even spend more on each purchase. Cadent delivers cross-screen TV advertising to 120 million US households across 200+ MVPDs and 92 cable networks, 1,100 broadcast stations, and 100+ OTT networks. "Our superior measurement and attribution capabilities have enabled us to develop a successful reporting cadence with Cadent for a large variety of brand campaigns across their inventory," said 605 VP of Account Management, Alex Freed, and GVP of Client Data Science, Lindsey Woodland. "With the combination of cross-screen insights, third-party sales, location and web pixel data, we've expanded beyond traditional reporting to offer a stronger understanding of what is working, provide teams with data-driven recommendations and quantify the impact of Cadent's unique inventory for their clients." About Cadent Cadent powers the evolution of TV brand advertising. We provide marketers, agencies, operators, and media owners with data-driven solutions for buying and selling TV advertising. By connecting brands with opportunities across national inventory sources—cable, broadcast, and OTT—our technology improves efficiency and boosts the results of linear, addressable, and cross-screen campaigns. About 605 605 is a next generation measurement and attribution company focused on driving innovation in the utilization of data to create, execute and measure advanced advertising campaigns. 605 delivers fast, unbiased and actionable insights to the marketplace at scale, allowing clients to maximize media spend and transact with confidence. The company's multi-source deterministic viewership dataset measures up to 34 million households across over 200 U.S. markets and offers whole-home TV viewing visibility by combining the best attributes of set-top box and ACR data. 605 is unique in that its dataset supports 100 percent deterministic audience measurement at the household level while being reportable at the second-by-second level with proprietary projection methodologies, all in a privacy compliant manner.

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Upsolver Announces Support for AWS for Advertising and Marketing Initiative

Upsolver | December 01, 2022

Upsolver, the company dedicated to making data in motion accessible to every data practitioner, announced support for the AWS for Advertising and Marketing initiative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help accelerate advertising and marketing transformation. AWS for Advertising and Marketing is an initiative featuring services and solutions purpose-built to meet the needs of advertising agencies, marketers, publishers, ad technology providers, and analytics service providers. The initiative helps customers deliver personalized ad experiences, optimize ad serving performance and cost, and innovate on audience segmentation and attribution. It simplifies the process for industry customers to select the right tools and partners helping accelerate their production launches and see faster time to value. Upsolver SQLake is a platform for building data pipelines that ingest and combine real-time events with batch data sources for up-to-the-minute analytics. It provides ground-breaking time-to-value, since any SQL user can build a pipeline simply by writing a query. SQLake automates the pipeline engineering tasks that create severe development bottlenecks – chores such as orchestration, file system optimization and infrastructure scaling. AWS empowers advertisers and marketers to reinvent workloads with solutions to improve audience and customer data management, privacy-enhanced data collaboration, advertising platforms, marketing measurement and ad intelligence, and personalized digital customer experiences. For customers looking for prescriptive, solution-specific support, AWS for Advertising & Marketing identifies leading industry partners in each area. With SQLake, advertisers and marketers achieve a leap in time to delivery and data freshness for use cases such as machine learning (ML) model training, campaign performance management and optimization, dynamic audience segmentation, real-time bidding, ROI reporting, data science and ad hoc analytics. Beyond making data engineers 10X more productive it enables self-service for data users who know SQL – such as data scientists, analysts, ad/marketing ops personnel, product managers and account managers. One benefit of migrating or building advertising and marketing workloads on the most widely adopted cloud is the number of integrations and distribution channels connecting shared data with flexibility and interoperability. Whether you are seeking third party data or tools for better managing first party data, there are both AWS and third-party solutions offered in the AWS Data Exchange, AWS Marketplace, along with the largest community of AWS Partner Network (APN) members, including Upsolver. “As a global leader in smart ad serving, omnichannel personalization, and consumer intelligence, Clinch ingests and processes billions of events per day into our AWS data lake, a scenario that is largely supported by Upsolver” said Yaron Cohen, Vice President of Research and Development at Clinch. “As a global leader in smart ad serving, omnichannel personalization, and consumer intelligence, Clinch ingests and processes billions of events per day into our AWS data lake, a scenario that is largely supported by Upsolver” said Yaron Cohen, Vice President of Research and Development at Clinch. “The self-serve, intuitive operability offered by Upsolver has driven an immense amount of efficiency and speed to my team, and enables us to deliver new features quickly that improve ROI for our customers.” Together, Upsolver and AWS help serve the analytics needs of advertising and marketing firms such as AppsFlyer, SimilarWeb, Clinch, Peer39, Mantis, BigaBid and MediaSense. Support for AWS Redshift Serverless is Upsolver’s latest advancement in supporting AWS customers, who can use Upsolver with a broad range of services including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Athena, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK), Amazon Redshift, Amazon SageMaker and more. Sign up for a 30-day risk-free trial of SQLake today, after which usage is charged at 10 cents / GB of data ingested, with unlimited pipelines and no minimum commit. Upsolver is available for subscription on AWS Marketplace. About Upsolver Upsolver is a tight-knit group of data engineers and infrastructure developers obsessed with removing the friction from building data pipelines, in order to accelerate the real-time delivery of big data to the people who need it. Founded in 2015 by data engineers Ori Rafael and Yoni Eini, Upsolver has grown from an Israeli-based venture focused on adtech to a global business serving customers across many industries including software, manufacturing, oil and gas, health care, and financial services. Upsolver’s platform enables a variety of high-value analytics use cases such as user behavior, IoT monitoring, and log analytics. Upsolver is headquartered in San Francisco with R&D centered in Tel Aviv. Customers span regions and industries, such as Cox Automotive, IronSource, ProofPoint and Wix. Its top-tier investors include Scale Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures US, Wing Venture Capital, and JVP. For more information, please visit www.upsolver.com.

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Over 60 Brands Tap Picnic’s User-First Ad Marketplace for 50% Lower Carbon Emission Buys

Picnic | November 18, 2022

Picnic, the user-first ad marketplace, has proven that its ad solutions not only drive results but also generate substantially lower carbon emissions than the current digital advertising average. A leader in sustainable media, Picnic is also the first company to measure and compensate carbon emissions across 100% of measurable activity as standard, powered by Scope3. Picnic has today (November 16th, 2022) announced that a single ad impression delivered across their marketplace generates just 0.49g of CO2e on average as measured by Scope3, 50% lower than a current industry estimate. This is a result of Picnic’s unique inventory which must pass a user experience algorithm based on Google Core Web Vital data - ensuring page stability and fast load speeds due to reduced supply chain complexity. Further to this finding, Picnic is the first company to exclusively offer green media products, powered by Scope3. This means that all emissions generated from activity across Picnic’s marketplace are measured and fully compensated for via high-quality carbon removal projects as standard. Since partnering with Scope3 in June this year, Picnic has helped more than 60 advertisers on their paths to achieving net zero advertising. So far the activity has compensated the carbon equivalent of keeping 33.2 million smartphones charged for an entire year. This step by Picnic comes at a time when the impact of digital advertising is more apparent than ever. With the internet accounting for 2% of global carbon emissions — the equivalent of aviation’s impact — advertisers are increasingly eager to media plan with sustainability as a priority. Agencies such as Dentsu International are committed to reducing the emissions associated with media by 46% by 2030. Sadie Stuart, display manager at Dentsu says “Sustainability is now a key priority in media planning. Running campaigns with ad tech vendors such as Picnic takes us one step closer to achieving our net zero goals. What’s more - Picnic’s detailed post-campaign emission insights help us to keep brands informed on their impact.” Over the coming months, Picnic will be rolling out exciting new initiatives to help advertisers on their paths to net zero advertising; from product initiatives such as low emission targeting segments to supply path optimisations ensuring active investment in publisher partners that meet the required carbon thresholds. Alexander Taylor, head of partnerships at Picnic says “This is an exciting time for Picnic and the media industry in general as we move towards innovative sustainability solutions. We have an abundance of new initiatives we’ll be rolling out over the coming months to ensure that Picnic can support advertisers in their net zero missions.” Alexander Taylor, head of partnerships at Picnic says “This is an exciting time for Picnic and the media industry in general as we move towards innovative sustainability solutions. We have an abundance of new initiatives we’ll be rolling out over the coming months to ensure that Picnic can support advertisers in their net zero missions.” About Picnic Picnic Media is a leading premium mobile ad formats company, delivering high-impact, social-style ad formats on a unique marketplace of the highest quality mobile inventory. Their intuitively engaging advertising campaigns allow advertisers to increase brand awareness amongst their most valuable mobile customers. Working with leading global publishers, Picnic delivers increased revenue for their AMP pages, delivering impact and building brand equity by telling a brands’ story in an intuitive, mobile-first and user friendly format. For more information, go to https://www.picnic-media.com/

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