Bing Ads rebrands to Microsoft Advertising

Microsoft | April 29, 2019

Bing Ads rebrands to Microsoft Advertising
Bing Ads has been rebranded to Microsoft Advertising, with the business saying the move intends "to signal offerings that extend beyond search inventory and search data." Microsoft announced the news in a blog post, detailing how the "simple shift" would be better for business, noting that clients were already tapping the new ad products it offered that "go above and beyond search" like as the Microsoft Audience Network. The computing giant also placed a big focus on personalization and AI in the announcement. “In the next year, we’re introducing more advertising products with built-in AI, more connected to your data and your business,” said Rik van der Kooi, corporate vice-president for Microsoft Advertising.

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Google Search Adds a Clinically-Validated Self Assessment to Fight Anxiety

Google | June 01, 2020

Google is now providing a clinically-validated self assessment questionnaire in search results to people who look up information about anxiety. When people use Google Search to look for information about anxiety, they will now see a clinically-validated questionnaire for self-assessment. According to new data released last week from the Census Bureau, a third of Americans are now showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression. Anxiety disorders affect 48 million adults in the U.S. Anxiety presents itself as a wide range of symptoms, and can be a result of biological factors or triggered by a change in environment or exposure to a stressful event. With COVID-19 introducing new points of stress, communities are seeing a rise in mental health issues and needs With COVID-19 introducing new points of stress, communities are seeing a rise in mental health issues and needs.” Google is doing its part to assist those who may be dealing with symptoms of anxiety by partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to provide access to mental health resources. When people in the US search for information about anxiety, Google will display the GAD-7 (Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7) in the knowledge panel section. The GAD-7 is used in clinical practice as a tool to screen for anxiety. According to Peer reviewed studies, the questionnaire is valid, efficient, and reliable. When you’re done, you add up the numbers to find out where you fit on the anxiety scale. Scores range from 0 (minimal anxiety) to 21 (severe anxiety). Of course, it will appear different when served in search results and scores are automatically calculated. Read more: Google’s monetization policies for publishers & advertisers The seven question survey covers the same things a mental health professional might ask. Google assures the answers are private and secure, and will not be collected or shared. The GAD-7 is not a medical diagnosis. It’s only designed to help people understand how their self-reported anxiety symptoms compare to others who have taken the same questionnaire. From there, people can view resources to learn more about their symptoms, or seek help from a professional if needed. Anxiety can show up as a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, and it can take decades for people who first experience symptoms to get treatment. By providing access to authoritative information, and the resources and tools to learn more about anxiety, we hope to empower more people to take action and seek help. This is now the third mental health screener available in Google search results. Previously, NAMI has partnered with Google to provide similar screeners to people who search for information on depression and PTSD. The self-assessments are currently available in the US only, but Google hopes to eventually make them available in other countries.

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Kargo Acquires StitcherAds for $64 Million, Increasing Kargo’s Media Spend to a Combined $550 Million

Kargo | October 19, 2021

Kargo, the leader in digital high impact advertising, today announced the acquisition of the commerce-driven paid social advertising powerhouse StitcherAds. StitcherAds’ paid social commerce platform expands Kargo’s robust integrated omnichannel product suite, providing a comprehensive set of solutions for advertisers looking to execute digital campaigns across multiple screens to drive Return on Ad Spend (ROAS). With the addition of StitcherAds, Kargo is able to bring performance-marketing to retailers across multiple platforms, effectively “collapsing the traditional customer journey” and reducing the complexity in a brand’s marketing strategy. StitcherAds is a commerce-centric marketing platform that drives online and offline sales for retailers and brands within the walled gardens. The technology uses real-time product feeds and consumer data to generate personalized, dynamic product ads, including a digital circular experience. Its product discovery ads are delivered across Facebook, Instagram, Snap, TikTok, and Pinterest. With the acquisition of StitcherAds, Kargo will have $550 million in total media spend under management, coming from major retail advertisers including Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bed Bath & Beyond, Finish Line, JOANN Fabrics & Crafts, and Calvin Klein. Kargo also expands its physical footprint substantially, growing from 220 to 350 employees across 13 offices worldwide while maintaining StitcherAds’ headquarters in Ireland. “I’m excited to welcome StitcherAds into the Kargo family at such an exciting time in our history. The StitcherAds platform offers powerful advertising capabilities for our retail and CPG clients. We can now provide a true multi-platform product portfolio that expands our footprint into paid social,” said Harry Kargman, Kargo Founder and CEO. “This acquisition is another step towards our strategy to offer a full suite of solutions for our clients.” StitcherAds and Kargo are a fantastic match, bringing together Kargo’s premium advertising marketplace with our commerce-driven approach to social media marketing. We’re thrilled with the new opportunities to offer full-funnel solutions that this acquisition affords us, and the depth of omnichannel capabilities we’ll bring to the market.” Declan Kennedy, Chief Executive at StitcherAds About Kargo Kargo is a mobile-first, editorial-led global marketplace of unique multi-channel advertising and commerce opportunities for brands. Our advertising partners fill the ranks of the Fortune 500 and our invitation-only editorial marketplace sets the standard for quality and reach, including 100% of all U.S. smartphone users. With a focus on innovation, our creative team designs exclusive new ad formats that drive breakthrough performance and win industry awards. Kargo is 250 diverse employees strong with offices in NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Auckland, Sydney, and Singapore. About StitcherAds Founded in 2009, StitcherAds helps advertisers and agencies scale full-funnel performance marketing campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat and TikTok. Since conception, StitcherAds has empowered some of the world’s largest eCommerce and retail businesses worldwide, using data-driven automation to increase the revenue impact of their ad spend. The company works on a hybrid service model, onboarding clients from fully managed service to self-serve to ensure long-term success with their software. StitcherAds is a leader in both speed and achievement in direct response innovation on social media publishers.

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Alfa Romeo Introduces 'Near Life Experience' Global Advertising Campaign at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo | October 25, 2021

Alfa Romeo presents the first global advertising campaign, "Near Life Experience," at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, October 24 Campaign launches across Alfa Romeo social media channels on Friday, October 22 Alfa Romeo is introducing its first global advertising campaign, "Near Life Experience," at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, October 24. "Near Life Experience" will premiere in the United States with a multichannel campaign that will start on Alfa Romeo brand's social media channels beginning this Friday, October 22 and will launch worldwide later this year. "Near Life Experience" can be viewed here. The significance of launching our 'Near Life Experience' campaign for Alfa Romeo during this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix is by design. It pays tribute to the brand's rich racing heritage that goes back as early as 1910 and to the start of Formula 1 in 1950, when Alfa Romeo was not only present, we were champions the first year, taking first place with Giuseppe Farina and the Alfetta 158. 'Near Life Experience" honors a rich automotive pedigree that continues to evolve and delivers on its exceptional promise to Alfa Romeo drivers on the road every day." Olivier Francois, global chief marketing officer, Stellantis. The "Near Life Experience" campaign interprets new values and the ambition of Alfa Romeo, yet reminds "Alfistas" that Alfa Romeo vehicles are designed with a premium placed on both driving and emotion. Driving an Alfa Romeo is a uniquely emotional experience that makes the driver feel something extraordinary, delivering a profound experience for the senses. It's the culmination of all the feelings, emotions and sights, coming together to form a moment as close to perfect as humanly possible. "For Alfa Romeo, the 'Near Life Experience' campaign is a very big step toward its future as a premium global brand," said Jean-Phillippe Imparato, chief executive officer, Alfa Romeo. "While remaining true to the brand's DNA, the epitome of Italian noble sportiness since 1910, this video speaks of its daring attitude and its unique ability to provide its customers with a visceral experience. This is the first time we're using a single language all over the world, a direct message to everyone who shares Alfa Romeo's values." As part of the campaign, Alfa Romeo is also introducing the #AlfaRomeoExperience hashtag, giving Alfistas the opportunity to share their own near-life experiences across the brand's social media channels. This campaign was developed by TRG (The Richards Group), an independent agency in Dallas, and directed by Salomon Ligthelm. The director of photography, Daniel Bouquet, previously worked on "Sound of Metal," which was nominated for a 2021 Academy® Award. The soundtrack consists of Flavio Ibba's arrangement of Vltava (The Moldau) from Smetana's Má vlast (My Country). Alfa Romeo at Formula 1 United States Grand Prix 2021 In support of the global launch of the "Near Life Experience" advertising campaign, Alfa Romeo in partnership with MotorTrend invites owners, fans and guests to experience the 111-year-old, race-inspired Italian brand at the fabled Circuit of the Americas to watch Alfa Romeo racing drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi, do battle on the only American Grand Prix of the 2021 season. Alfa Romeo's premium hospitality is located near the Grand Plaza outside turn 19 and will feature a VIP lounge with entertainment, live track television feed to stay up-to-speed on all the action, a virtual race simulator, iconic Alfa Romeo display car, special giveaways for Alfa Romeo owners who show their car key and a silent auction benefiting the local United Way charity. Race fans and guests are encouraged to also follow along on the Alfa Romeo USA Instagram and Twitter social media channels throughout the Grand Prix weekend for unique content leading up to the race and an exclusive Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team playlist on Spotify inspired by the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 racing team. 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia The 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint, Giulia Ti and Giulia Veloce deliver race-inspired performance with class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and available all-wheel-drive system, while providing an exhilarating driving experience in the premium midsize sedan segment. For 2022, enhancements to the Giulia lineup include new standard advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) technology, as well as safety and convenience features across all trim levels. The Giulia Quadrifoglio represents the halo of the lineup and highlights Alfa Romeo's exclusive motorsports and performance expertise with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, earning the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car and the quickest with an unsurpassed 3.8-second 0-60 miles per hour (mph) time. Plus, Giulia Quadrifoglio set a Nürburgring record lap time of 7 minutes, 32 seconds, the fastest ever by a five-passenger production sedan. 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio The Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets the benchmark for performance SUVs with updates for 2022 that include new standard advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) technology, as well as safety and convenience features across all trim levels. Born from the world's greatest driving road, the Stelvio Pass, the 2022 Alfa Romeo Stelvio delivers performance, design and technology in an SUV that could only come from Italy. Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the Stelvio lineup is infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation and is a testament to Alfa Romeo's unparalleled balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium midsize SUV for driving enthusiasts. Alfa Romeo Born in 1910 in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and sporty cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV. The award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulia delivers race-inspired performance, advanced technologies and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium midsize sedan segment. The Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio feature Alfa Romeo's most powerful production engine ever with unsurpassed 0-60 mph times of 3.8 and 3.6 seconds respectively, and embody Alfa Romeo's "la meccanica delle emozioni" (the mechanics of emotion) spirit. Alfa Romeo is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis.

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