Amazon sends out free samples as it beefs up advertising arm

Amazon | January 08, 2019

Amazon is sending out free samples, tailor-made to users’ tastes with the help of their purchasing history, Axios reported earlier today. It’s unclear how long the company has been piloting this program, but it could become a larger part of its overall advertising strategy. The samples are part of a partnership between Amazon and select brands that allows the brands to send users free samples, hoping they will spur further purchases. The product sampling website went up in December, and Axios pointed out a few social media posts from users who received samples in the mail dating as far back as August of last year. Information on the program is sparse, but the sampling page does explain that it’s free to participate and users can opt out if they would like. It appears that all users have automatically opted in.
“Amazon helps you discover products you might love by sending you FREE samples from new and established brands,” the website says. “It’s like Amazon’s product recommendations, but really, so you can try, smell, feel, and taste the latest products.”

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At I/O 2016, Google announced a brand new ad format called Native Ads Express. Available to all AdMob accounts, Native Ads Express allows publishers to create CSS templates that define how the ads shown in their apps should look. Starting with a base template, you can edit fonts, colors, sizes, positioning--all the details necessary to make sure the AdMob ads in your apps fit seamlessly and naturally, with less mobile code required than traditional native ads.

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At I/O 2016, Google announced a brand new ad format called Native Ads Express. Available to all AdMob accounts, Native Ads Express allows publishers to create CSS templates that define how the ads shown in their apps should look. Starting with a base template, you can edit fonts, colors, sizes, positioning--all the details necessary to make sure the AdMob ads in your apps fit seamlessly and naturally, with less mobile code required than traditional native ads.

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Horizon Media partners with Sourcepoint to help drive privacy-first advertising

Sourcepoint, Horizon Media | July 19, 2022

Sourcepoint, the privacy compliance platform of record for the digital marketing ecosystem, has partnered with Horizon Media to provide their clients with access to Sourcepoint’s privacy measurement technology, Privacy Lens. Sourcepoint’s proprietary platform allows advertisers to ensure media quality by analyzing how media inventory suppliers comply with consumer privacy regulations like CCPA and GDPR. Operating globally across a range of industries, Horizon Media needed to ensure that their clients’ budgets were being invested appropriately on websites that meet client standards for consumer privacy. By partnering with Sourcepoint to apply their Privacy Lens data to programmatic transactions, Horizon Media can continuously adapt to regional best practices dictated by legislation, and ensure the ongoing ethical use of consumer data. Platforms are embracing product solutions for privacy-safe targeting as well, as reflected in last month’s announcement of Sourcepoint’s integration with MediaMath. Horizon Media plans to roll out Privacy Lens across the entirety of their programmatic practice as a unique method for managing and optimizing media. By setting data privacy parameters and evaluating inventory sources, Horizon Media can ensure its clients’ messages only appear in environments that are deemed privacy compliant, brand safe, and suitable. Since Horizon Media began working with Sourcepoint, they have applied Privacy Lens insights to their procurement optimization process, finding that: 9% of websites did not have a link to a privacy policy present. This is a baseline requirement under all privacy regulations, including California’s current privacy law, CCPA. 30% of websites did not have an opt-out link present on the main page. This is one of the main requirements of CCPA, as well as for other impending US state privacy laws. Donald Williams, EVP and CDO of Horizon Media said: “While it’s vital that our own business practices protect consumer privacy, it’s of equal importance that we help restore credibility to the programmatic marketplace by reassuring our clients that their ad dollars are being invested in privacy-safe environments. As we look towards 2023, with the changes coming to Chrome, and a new host of regulatory requirements coming into force, technology solutions like Sourcepoint’s Privacy Lens remain the best means for businesses to future-proof their approach to privacy.” Ben Barokas, co-founder and CEO of Sourcepoint, adds: “The programmatic ecosystem is undergoing a rapid and much-needed transformation. Data practices that may have gone unnoticed a year ago are now scrutinized closely." Ben Barokas, co-founder and CEO of Sourcepoint, adds: “The programmatic ecosystem is undergoing a rapid and much-needed transformation. Data practices that may have gone unnoticed a year ago are now scrutinized closely. In such a dynamic industry, it’s challenging to have proper visibility into the privacy practices of other players. Privacy Lens seeks to bring greater transparency and align incentives for greater privacy compliance. Working with Horizon Media is another important step towards establishing data ethics infrastructure that will ultimately improve experiences for consumers.” About Sourcepoint Sourcepoint is the data privacy software company for the digital marketing ecosystem. It provides tools to protect consumer privacy, manage compliance and optimize revenue in a rapidly changing landscape. Founded by a team of digital advertising veterans, Sourcepoint has offices in New York, Berlin, London, and Paris. Learn more at www.sourcepoint.com About Horizon Media Horizon Media, Inc, the largest U.S. media agency according to AdAge Data Center 2022, delivers data-driven business outcomes for some of the most innovative and ambitious brands. Founded in 1989, headquartered in New York, and with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, the company employs 2,400 people and has media investments of more than $9 billion. Horizon Media’s fundamental belief is that business is personal, which drives its approach to connecting brands with their customers and engaging with its own employees resulting in industry-leading workplace satisfaction levels (Glassdoor). The company is consistently recognized by independent media outlets for its client excellence and has earned several “Best Workplaces” awards reflecting its commitment to DEI and the life and well-being of everyone at Horizon Media.

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Google’s ‘Real Tone’ Super Bowl Ad Wins Big at Cannes

Google | June 23, 2022

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New Research Explores How DTC Ecommerce Brands Measure Performance and Optimize Ad Spend

Measured | July 27, 2022

Measured, the leading spend optimization platform for DTC advertisers, today released The State Of DTC Marketing Measurement, a new research report that explores how direct to consumer (DTC) marketers are navigating budget optimization and measurement challenges associated with ongoing upheaval in the advertising industry. Based on a recent survey of DTC marketers, conducted by media metrics consultancy Sequent Partners, the report reveals where marketers are allocating their ad spend, how they collect and manage data for performance reporting, and what tools and technology they are using to connect media investments to business results. “New privacy rules restricting user-level tracking and shortening attribution lookback windows have had a significant impact on measurement systems and capabilities for media platforms and attribution vendors,” said Alice Sylvester, Partner at Sequent Partners. “These challenges, added to rapid shifts in consumer behavior caused by unpredictable global events, have kept marketers in reactive mode for the past few years. This research captures the current mindset of DTC marketers and evaluates how they are preparing for an unpredictable future.” Survey responses were collected from 300+ DTC marketers, director level and above. Some of key findings include: The greatest challenge for DTC marketers is accessing and synthesizing accurate data from disparate sources. 64% of DTC marketers spend over nine hours per week on reporting activities, with some roles spending upwards of 25 hours per week compiling performance reports. Despite reported inaccuracies, more than 80% of DTC marketers still rely on click-based data as their primary source of media measurement. Marketers overwhelmingly agree experiments and testing significantly improve their decision-making confidence. Last touch is hard to quit Despite the well-documented inaccuracies of last-click attribution, most DTC marketers are still using data from platform reporting as their primary form of measurement. 69% of marketers indicate data accuracy as a main concern, yet 81% are confident in their ability to tie media spend to business results. Findings indicate brands are either performing additional analytics, like incrementality experiments, to get a clearer picture, or they’re hazardously taking platform data at face value. Experiments lead to confident decision-making The methods least used currently by marketers as their primary form of measurement are incrementality experiments (4.7%) and multi-touch attribution (MTA), at 2.5%. As privacy-related challenges continue to erode the validity and popularity of MTA, marketers are increasing investments in tools and technology for in-market testing and experimentation, which can be executed without tracking users. 80.2% of respondents say testing and experiments make them more confident about media decisions. Data is more abundant, but still unmanageable With data management issues topping the list of challenges faced by DTC marketers, it is unsurprising that reporting efforts take up so much of their time. In contrast, the vast majority of marketers (82.4%) state that they have a single source of truth for marketing data. The contradiction suggests these systems are still inadequate for normalizing data from disparate sources and providing fast and reliable access to cross-channel insights. “While the landscape has changed a lot and the past few years have been turbulent for so many reasons, what marketers want has remained consistent. They need to know where to put the next dollar for the best possible results - and they need to trust where they’re getting the answers,” said Trevor Testwuide, CEO and co-founder of Measured. “For brands, this research confirms that they are not alone in the seemingly endless pursuit of reliable insights. For Measured, it confirms where we need to focus our energy to provide the most value for our clients and guide them to a successful future.” About Measured Measured is an advertising spend optimization platform built to help DTC brands make smart media investment decisions. With the only proven approach that can demonstrate the true incremental business contribution of each ad dollar spent, Measured provides reliable ongoing insights, regardless of industry changes in ID tracking and data privacy policies. Measured incrementality experiments are expertly designed for every marketing channel and are powered by a marketing data warehouse (MDW) that is custom built for each individual brand. Since 2017, brands like Crocs, Parachute, Rothys, Ruggable, and Vuori have relied on incrementality insights from Measured to maximize media performance and drive business growth. For more information, visit measured.com.

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