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BuzzGuru Debuts All-In-One Analytics Suite For Influencer Marketers On YouTube, Twitch And TikTok

BuzzGuru | September 22, 2021

BuzzGuru, the global influencer marketing leader, announced the launch of the discovery and competitive intelligence platform for influencer marketers to scale their customer acquisition efforts via YouTube, TikTok and Twitch.

The platform empowers marketers with the tools to search for perfectly aligned content creators within a database of more than 20 million influencers, analyze their performance and statistics, and plan advertising campaigns accordingly. Competitive intelligence tools help brands to gain visibility into competitor's influencer marketing strategy, including their advertising budgets, number of paid and organic mentions, and the list of influencers they work with.

"Influencer marketing is a fascinating place to be in 2021: the industry value more than doubled since 2019, growing from 6.5 billion to 13.8 billion U.S. dollars," - said Pavel Beinia, CEO and Founder at BuzzGuru. "However, the creativity of influencer marketing approach goes hand in hand with intransparency, fraud and tons of manual tasks. BuzzGuru is uniquely positioned to streamline and automate influencer marketing efforts, gather analytical data on specific ad campaigns and turn it into tangible results".

BuzzGuru discovery features allow marketers to research relevant influencers faster, add them to the lists and provide up-to-date analytics and contact information within one page. The influencer page contains data on influencer engagement rate, channel quality, audience statistics, and gives recommendations on the best dates and time of publication, price for ad placement etc.

The platform's competitive intelligence tools are tailored for brands and advertisers seeking to outpace the competition by benchmarking their influencer marketing performance against market leaders. BuzzGuru allows to research competitors' influencer marketing strategy by app, game, or brand's website domain names. The comprehensive insights include a list of influencers the brand works on a sponsored or free basis, advertising budgets on influencer marketing, best performing social media campaigns and other metrics to gain competitive advantage.

"Influencer marketing is becoming an essential component of the user acquisition strategy. People are the new media, and the customers tend to trust the recommendations of people they relate with," - added Pavel Beinia. "BuzzGuru is committed to help advertisers communicate their values to the right people at the right time, and ensure that their brand message is shared between people who know and trust each other".

Following the mission of driving innovations and transparency across influencer marketing, BuzzGuru offers the most advanced technology to meet marketers' needs in three major pillars: data trust, granularity, and measurement. Its discovery and competitive intelligence platform empowers marketers to eliminate the uncertainty brought by limited data availability, allowing them to maintain and strengthen their competitive edge.

About BuzzGuru
BuzzGuru was founded in 2017 as a global influencer marketing agency, that brings together data-led performance, trusted relationships, creative approach and accurate targeting. In 2021, BuzzGuru released the analytics and intelligence platform for brands and agencies. The company's clients include Opera, Yager, YoudaGames, goGame, NetEase, Atlas VPN among others.

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Companies are having a hard time keeping up with rapidly changing marketing roles. According to a recent report by Gartner (available to clients), some of the most sought-after marketing skills are also the most difficult to fill. Data analytics, product management, and interpreting customer insights are among the biggest skill gaps that marketers face today.

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Kinetic Launches “Locally Sourced Soul” Partnership with Local Photographers to Create Content for Advertising Campaigns

Windstream | November 17, 2022

Kinetic launched its “Locally Sourced Soul” initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to “High Speed for Here” in the communities where it provides broadband. Locally Sourced Soul is a partnership between Kinetic and local photographers within its 18-state footprint to create beautiful, authentic images that capture the heart and soul of their region. The images will be used in ongoing local communications and advertising campaigns, including mailers, social media, in retail stores and more. “Through this partnership, we can share what truly makes the towns we work and live in special, through the lens of photographers who also find the beauty in their own hometowns,” said Christy Drummond, director of local marketing at Kinetic. “Through this partnership, we can share what truly makes the towns we work and live in special, through the lens of photographers who also find the beauty in their own hometowns,” said Christy Drummond, director of local marketing at Kinetic. While the photographers for Locally Sourced Soul range from amateur to professional, each captures the heart and soul of their town in their own unique way. Kinetic is proud to partner with 10 photographers from across the country, including: Esther Ellyn in Lexington, Ky. Gabe Mcmullen in Ephrata, Penn. Graeme Cuizon in Hastings, Neb. James Wayne in Broken Arrow, Okla. Jois Joubert in Sugarland, Texas Joshua Redwine in Lincoln, Neb. Kyle Long in Granville, Ohio Maddy Green in Texarkana, Texas Paul Cotter in Concord, N.C. Blake Guffin in North Georgia The Locally Sourced Soul initiative is yet another example of how Kinetic is investing in the local communities it serves beyond a commitment to deliver reliable, high-speed broadband. Most recently, Kinetic partnered with local artists in several communities, including Texarkana, Texas; Concord, N.C., and Moultrie, Ga., to produce large-scale exterior murals that depict what makes those towns and regions unique. Many of the custom murals feature the phrase, “Proud to be From Here” to make a powerful statement about their community. About Kinetic Kinetic by Windstream is a business unit of Windstream Holdings, a privately held communications and software company. Kinetic provides premium broadband, entertainment and security services through an enhanced fiber network to consumers and businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. The company also offers managed communications services, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, and high-capacity bandwidth and transport services to businesses across the U.S. Additional information is available at GoKinetic.com. Follow us on Twitter at @GoKineticHome.

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Digital Advertising Company Radically Increases Productivity, Migrates Kubernetes Application Between Clouds in One Week with Mirantis

Mirantis | September 28, 2022

Mirantis, freeing developers to create their most valuable code, today announced that Choozle, which provides a digital advertising software platform, chose Lens Autopilot to migrate its application on an urgent, one-week migration deadline. After quickly expanding its customer base, Choozle found itself in need of a more scalable infrastructure to support hundreds of daily active users. The company’s engineering operations team started adopting Kubernetes, using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Choozle chose to use the Mirantis DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines Lens, the world’s most popular Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE), with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers. Choozle has been successful by choosing really great partners, and I would definitely put Mirantis on that list of great partners that we've had in our company’s history.” Mirantis provided a dedicated team to manage and execute the transition. Lens eliminates the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. Lens enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real-time – supporting any certified Kubernetes distribution, on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop application has an intuitive graphical user interface and works with Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10 times increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2-4 times reduction in operational costs. “When you are growing exponentially, you don’t want to slow your developers from providing optimal customer value,” said Anoop Kumar, director of professional services for Americas, Mirantis. “We were able to not just quickly migrate Choozle from a legacy AWS deployment to Google, but we did it without any extra burden on the developers.” A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those just getting started with Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for people with more experience. With more than 5 million downloads, more than 600,000 users, and 18,500 stars on GitHub, Lens is the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Kubernetes. 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IAB Europe Announces Results of its Annual Attitudes to Programmatic Research

IAB Europe | October 03, 2022

IAB Europe, the leading European-level industry association for the digital marketing and advertising ecosystem, today announced the results of its annual ‘Attitudes to Programmatic Advertising Study’. Now in its eighth year, this study has become an industry benchmark and helpful insight to show how programmatic advertising attitudes, adoption and strategies are evolving. This year the study tripled in responses with over 1000 industry professionals taking part across 29 markets in Europe. The respondents represent four stakeholder groups – advertisers, agencies, publishers, and ad tech vendors – to ascertain the views and directions from the entire ecosystem. More than half of the respondents across advertisers, agencies and publishers manage annual advertising budgets of €1m or above. Nick Welch, Head of EMEA Programmatic Sales at IAS and Programmatic Trading Committee Chair at IAB Europe said: The “Attitudes to Programmatic Advertising 2022 Study’ serves as an important annual benchmark towards programmatic strategies in digital advertising. The widening of the research shows its focus across various players in the industry from multiple markets. We’re grateful for all the respondents to the study and helping set the agenda for the coming 12 months. Even amongst the backdrop of tightening budgets and further media scrutiny, it’s encouraging to see that investment in programmatic is likely to increase. Alongside this, we’re witnessing tremendous appetite across growing environments such as CTV and audio. However, marketers must play a crucial role in these areas, ensuring that balance is found between optimising media spend, data transparency and delivering a targeted and enjoyable consumer experience.” Positive Outlook Driven by Connected TV All stakeholders (74% of advertisers, 80% of agencies and 68% of publishers) are expecting their programmatic investment to increase over the next 12 months. There seems to be consensus around connected TV as a key growth area; more than 50% of all stakeholder groups cite this as a key to programmatic growth over the next 12 months. Voice, almost non-existent as key to growth in previous years – makes a strong appearance this year with 32% of advertisers and 28% of agencies citing this as a key growth area. Commenting further on the investment trends, James Collins, SVP, Media Network, Rakuten Advertising said “The annual Attitudes to Programmatic Report from IAB Europe is an important indicator for the industry on the opportunities and challenges for programmatic advertising. It’s positive to see that CTV remains the largest growth area for programmatic, with key learnings in this report hopefully the industry can take a step closer to capitalising on this opportunity.” Media Cost Efficiencies Are Key to Investment More than a quarter of advertisers and agencies ranked cost efficiencies as the most important driver for programmatic investment. This is closely followed by granularity of controls and transparency of reporting. Advertisers also cite costs as a barrier to investment; 22% ranked it as the number 1 barrier. Quality of media is also a concern (38% ranked this as the first or second barrier to investment). 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