College Admissions Officers Are Paying More Attention to Applicants’ Social Profiles

Adweek | January 13, 2020

The trend of college admissions officers visiting the social media profiles of applicants is back on the upswing, according to the latest survey from Kaplan Test Prep. The educational and career-services provider polled nearly 300 college admissions officers and found that 36% of them turn to applicants' profiles on social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Kaplan’s 2015 survey.

Kaplan Test Prep said the trend had been downward the past three years

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Social networks provide individuals and companies who want to develop their company’s vision and improve their brand awareness etc, with many different opportunities. Nevertheless, social networks reveal obstacles which may not have been anticipated from the outset.

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Social networks provide individuals and companies who want to develop their company’s vision and improve their brand awareness etc, with many different opportunities. Nevertheless, social networks reveal obstacles which may not have been anticipated from the outset.

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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). For agencies, hiring and training staff is a key barrier to programmatic investment. Advertisers Shift from In-Housing to a More Dynamic Approach In 2021 50% of advertisers said they had an in-house model. This seems to have dropped significantly to 16% in 2022. There seems to be a more hybrid or dynamic approach with advertisers tapping into a range of methods such as outsourcing to a DSP, independent trading desk etc. This is perhaps being driven by the struggle to source the correct talent, paving the way for consultancies to play a more vital role in the process. Interaction and Quality Metrics Are Key to Measurement When asked which metrics are important to evaluate display campaigns that are traded programmatically, the majority of advertisers cited social interactions as the most important, as opposed to sales which was the top metric in 2021 (59% vs 37%). For agencies and publishers, it is in delivering quality metrics (60% and 53% respectively) that is most important. Shift in the Type of Data Used for Audience Targeting The study shows a decrease in the use of first-party data alongside an increase in second-party data. Whilst 2021 showed first-party data was the priority for advertisers, agencies, and publishers in 2021, this is now ranked third behind second-party data (the most popular priority averaging 57% with agencies leading at 60%) and third-party at 49%. The report, written by industry experts from IAB Europe’s membership, and forms part of a comprehensive programme of pan-European educational and guidance outputs published by the IAB Europe Programmatic Trading Committee. The full report with accompanying graphs can be downloaded from IAB Europe’s website HERE. About IAB Europe IAB Europe is the European-level association for the digital marketing and advertising ecosystem. Through its membership of media, technology and marketing companies and national IABs, its mission is to lead political representation and promote industry collaboration to deliver frameworks, standards and industry programmes that enable business to thrive in the European market.

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MGID Launches Interactive Rich Media Ads, Helping Advertisers Increase Ad Attention and Engagement

MGID | November 15, 2022

MGID, the global advertising platform, has announced the launch of interactive rich media ads across its portfolio of premium publishers, driving effectiveness for advertisers through increased audience engagement and attention. MGID’s interactive rich media format will allow consumers to engage with ads by dragging and tapping the screen, revealing additional perspectives of an image and extra content. Enriched with all the benefits of MGID’s existing ad formats, including high-quality native placement, intelligent contextual targeting and brand safety, this new format will further facilitate publishers, advertisers and consumers to engage with creative in a more meaningful and positive way. According to eMarketer projections, US spend on rich media ads is set to increase by 21.8% in 2023, rising from over $88 billion this year to over $107 billion next year. By 2026, it’s estimated this figure will nearly double to $160 billion, highlighting its huge benefits for both the buy and sell sides. Madi Bachar, VP of Sales at MGID, says: “As digital marketers continue their transition from viewability to attention as the metric of choice, we’re thrilled to offer a progressive ad format that helps advertisers stand out among competitors." Madi Bachar, VP of Sales at MGID, says: “As digital marketers continue their transition from viewability to attention as the metric of choice, we’re thrilled to offer a progressive ad format that helps advertisers stand out among competitors. With budgets under more scrutiny than ever, our interactive rich media ads will ensure creative leaves a lasting impression on target audiences, reducing wasted spend and boosting ROI. Offering engagement rates up to six times higher than static display ads, they’re more effective at grabbing the attention of audiences and ultimately increasing the impact of advertising." About MGID MGID is a global advertising platform helping brands reach unique local audiences at scale. It uses privacy-first, AI-based technology to serve high-quality, relevant ads in brand-safe environments. The company offers a variety of ad formats, including native, display and video to deliver a positive user experience. This enables advertisers to drive performance and awareness, and publishers to retain and monetize their audiences. Every month, MGID reaches 900 million unique readers, with 200 billion ad impressions, across 25 thousand trusted publishers. For more information, please visit: www.mgid.com.

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IAS Case Study Reveals In-View Ads Tripled the Return on Ad Spend Compared to Not-In-View Placements

Integral Ad Science | November 23, 2022

Integral Ad Science (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, today published a case study conducted in partnership with Catalina, a leader in shopper intelligence that personalizes the shopper journey. The study aimed to understand how media quality influences return on ad spend (ROAS) and sales lift in correlation to in-view advertisements and time-in-view. The measurement period was recorded from May to July 2022. To measure sales for a major CPG brand through the use of display advertisements in both mobile and desktop environments, Catalina used a test versus control methodology to calculate campaign sales lift. The test group consisted of 14.6M households that were exposed to the promoted brand campaign. Some of the key takeaways from this study include: 180% lift in incremental ROAS for the in-view group versus not-in-view. In-view ads have a massive impact on ROAS compared to those that do not meet viewability standards. 74% of incremental sales from the test campaign were driven by the in-view audience. IAS and Catalina broke the test group into an in-view and not-in-view decomposition. Incremental sales from the in-view ads drove higher sales lift and incremental sales compared to ads that are not in view. 3 to 10 seconds is the ideal time-in-view range for driving incremental sales. Advertisements that were in view for 3-10 seconds outperformed both shorter and longer time-in-view rates with an incremental index of 118. This insight further highlights the strong correlation between time-in-view as a proxy to attention that drives key outcomes. This drove sales and directly impacted ROAS. “As a leader in personalization and shopper intelligence, Catalina has been partnering with brands and retailers for a long time to understand the value of media as it relates to consumer responsiveness, purchase activity, incremental sales and ROAS, both in-flight and post-campaign,” said Brian Dunphy, SVP of Strategic Partnerships at Catalina. “Through our partnership with IAS, we are thrilled to jointly help CPG brands and agencies get the most out of their media investments by combining IAS’s industry leading media quality capabilities with Catalina’s ROAS and sales lift analyses to deliver deeper insights around overall media quality, viewability and time-in-view.” “While viewability is an important metric, metrics such as time in view can be even more precise indicators of attention and outcomes,” said Yannis Dosios, Chief Commercial Officer, IAS. “While viewability is an important metric, metrics such as time in view can be even more precise indicators of attention and outcomes. What is powerful with this study is we see a clear link between time in view and in-store sales: a direct impact on better outcomes. By partnering with measurement companies like Catalina, we can better understand the importance and impact of media quality on driving attention and outcomes for our clients,” said Yannis Dosios, Chief Commercial Officer, IAS. For more information and to download the full case study, click here. About Integral Ad Science Integral Ad Science (IAS) is a global leader in digital media quality. IAS makes every impression count, ensuring that ads are viewable by real people in safe and suitable environments, activating contextual targeting, and driving supply path optimization. Our mission is to be the global benchmark for trust and transparency in digital media quality for the world’s leading brands, publishers, and platforms. We do this through data-driven technologies with actionable real-time signals and insight. Founded in 2009, IAS works with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers worldwide. For more information, visit integralads.com. About Catalina Catalina is a leader in shopper intelligence and highly targeted in-store, TV, radio, podcast and digital media that personalizes the shopper journey. Powered by the world’s richest real-time shopper database, Catalina helps retailers, CPG brands and agencies optimize every stage of media planning, execution and measurement to deliver $6.1 billion in consumer value annually. Catalina has no higher priority than ensuring the privacy and security of the data entrusted to the company and maintaining consumer trust. Catalina has operations in the United States, Costa Rica, Europe and Japan. To learn more, visit www.catalina.com or @Catalina on Twitter.

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