Digital Ad Industry's Two Leading Anti-fraud and Brand Safety Organizations to Merge

TAG | July 30, 2020

The digital advertising industry's two leading anti-fraud and brand safety organizations, the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS), today announced an agreement to merge. Mike Zaneis will serve as CEO for the combined organization – which will carry the TAG name – while JICWEBS's Jules Kendrick will take the new role of Managing Director of UK and Europe. The merger will be completed in early September 2020. JICWEBS and TAG announced a formal partnership in March 2017. Since then, the two organizations have aligned their programs to strengthen standards, avoid duplicative effort, and extend their reach. As part of that initial alignment, JICWEBS merged its anti-fraud efforts into the TAG Certified Against Fraud Program and encouraged its members to adopt the TAG Certified Against Malware and Certified Against Piracy Programs.

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OneScreen.ai Adds $3M in Funding to Build First-of-its-kind Media Marketplace for Billboards, Buses, Blimps, and More

OneScreen.ai | November 10, 2021

OneScreen.ai, a SaaS-enabled B2B marketplace provider for out-of-home (OOH) advertising, has raised an additional $3 million in seed funding to create the first-of-its-kind media platform that brings together the fragmented OOH advertising landscape. The funding, $2.6 million from Asymmetric Capital Partners and $400k from Impellent Ventures, will be used to develop the first streamlined, connected OOH market network, via an all-in-one platform. The startup has raised $4.5 million to date. “The fragmentation of the ad market, including static, digital, and programmatic is making it difficult for marketers to make good choices,” said Sam Mallikarjunan, co-founder and CEO of OneScreen.ai. “Add to that, the process for finding and acquiring OOH advertising inventory in the growing $30 billion industry is ridiculously archaic. There has never been a directory of all OOH advertising inventory, never mind a centralized place for even available local billboards, who owns them, and where to buy. OneScreen.ai has seen great momentum, booking $1 million in revenue in Q3 and $1 million in October. This funding will support us in building the first all-in-one real-world open directory to connect brands and their ideal targeted audiences.” The OOH industry is overly labor-intensive with more than 50% of inventory unintentionally going unsold every month. The all-in-one media platform aims to improve efficiency by providing access to all available billboards, transit signage, sports and event advertising, and connected TV. For the first time, marketers can locate, buy, deploy, and measure OOH advertising campaigns in one centralized location. A powerhouse team of alums from Google, HubSpot, and Wayfair are creating this platform. OOH advertising is the only traditional ad medium that continues to grow, despite its fragmented and outdated systems. A recent Harris poll reported a 45% increase in people noticing billboards, outdoor video screens, and other OOH media since pandemic shutdowns ended. "As a former first-hand buyer of OOH inventory, I knew instantly when meeting Sam that OneScreen.ai was going to drive massive change in an industry badly needing a technology-based upgrade,” said Rob Biederman, Managing Partner at Asymmetric Capital Partners. “With the increasing complexity of any targeted marketing and the perpetually rigged casino which is online paid customer acquisition, we believe the most data-driven marketers are focusing their attention on OOH. OneScreen.ai is creating the best buying experience." In July, the company announced it closed $1 million in pre-seed funding led by TechFarms Capital. About OneScreen.ai Founded by former executives and alumni from Google, HubSpot, and Wayfair, OneScreen.ai is modernizing the fragmented out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry. From billboards, blimps, and buses to wrapped cars and connected TV in bars and restaurants, OOH advertising is a $30 billion industry and growing, but 50% of inventory goes unnoticed. OneScreen.ai’s first streamlined, connected, and AI-powered all-in-one media platform is a centralized space where marketers can locate, buy, deploy, and measure OOH advertising campaigns, connecting brands with their ideal customers

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IAS Verifies Admix In-Play Advertising for the First Time

Admix, Integral Ad Science | May 10, 2021

Admix, the first In-Play advertisement platform that connects smartphone gamers and brands, has announced a new alliance with Integral Ad Science (IAS), a world leader in digital ad verification. Admix is the first In-Play advertisement firm that offers ad inventory that is calculated and tested by a trusted, unbiased partner as a result of this integration with IAS. Admix's In-Play advertising is also independently checked and verified with the same rigor as the rest of the digital inventory. This measurement is made possible by IAS's powerful technologies, which help to unlock enormous potential in the In-Play segment across the entire mobile advertisement ecosystem, from brands to mobile game developers. Admix provides a sophisticated, scalable In-Play platform that enables advertisers to programmatically target and meet highly engaged viewers through billions of hours of gameplay. However, until now, Admix had developed its measurement tools, which meant that the industry was unable to invest at scale with the same conviction as this integration with IAS. Publishers have also benefited from Admix's self-serve platform and no-code SDK, but the alliance with IAS would further improve media quality and customer confidence. Admix also provides marketers with superior inventory, allowing them to slowly reduce their dependence on interruptive ads, such as interstitials and rewarded content, thus improving player experience and retention. This launch marks the transformation of gaming from the most mainstream activity to dominant media, attempting to bring in a defining moment for the advertisement industry as it approaches mobile gaming and its 2.5 billion audiences with virtually unknown confidence. In-Play, driven by Admix's technologies, is set to become a leading media outlet for the next decade and beyond. About Admix Admix's pioneering technology bridges the gap between gaming and advertisement, propelling the 'In-Play' trend by incorporating data-driven marketing and product promotion into engaging gameplay experiences. The Admix platform provides 100% viewability and in-depth measurement by combining the largest In-Play ad inventory with rich user-level data. Advertisers can target new markets quickly and at scale with Admix by using some of the world's most popular titles. Admix, founded in 2018 by Samuel Huber and Joe Bachle-Morris, currently partners with over 500 brands to monetize more than 300 games of various sizes and has raised more than $12 million in venture capital investment. About Integral Ad Science Integral Ad Science (IAS) is a global leader in digital ad verification, meaning that advertising can be used by real users in secure and appropriate environments. The goal of IAS is to serve as the universal standard for trust and transparency in digital media quality for the world's leading brands, advertisers, and platforms. This is accomplished by data-driven applications that have actionable real-time signals and insight. IAS, which was established in 2009 and is based in New York, partners with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers around the world. IAS is a company in the Vista Equity Partners portfolio.

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The American Advertising Federation Honors Multicultural Advertising Excellence at the 19th Annual Mosaic Awards

American Advertising Federation, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings | April 22, 2021

Mosaic Award champs will be perceived for their faithful obligation to incorporation and for giving a voice to multicultural networks. From a staggering number of entries, all champs have accepted progressed advertising methods, strategic approaches and have created various programs that help improve the main concern, yet in addition secure a pertinent part in a persistently advancing professional workplace. "Our multicultural networks are harming during an extreme year, confronted with fighting a worldwide pandemic and demonstrations of prejudice. Innovativeness can impact and improve society. I'm pleased that AAF proceeds with its long-standing practice of commending these different and comprehensive stories by highlighting them every year at the Mosaic Awards," said Melanie Mitchem, AAF Mosaic Council Chair and SVP, Executive Director of Global Communications and PR at FCB. "The Mosaic Awards are a brilliant illustration of incredible work with a high effect made by a different gathering of Advertising experts and experts that help us all show others how it is done," said Steve Pacheco, CEO, at the American Advertising Federation. "I'm aroused by this work and the entirety of the people who buckled down on these extraordinary ideas. It's a higher priority than at any other time to praise the triumphs and champion the causes that the AAF's Mosaic Center represents." Making a comprehensive industry has been a need of the AAF via its Mosaic Center for over twenty years. The Mosaic Center fills in as an asset and backer for variety and incorporation. The Center is focused on aiding promoting and media mirror the nation's advancing social cosmetics. The AAF utilizes a generous segment of its assets to execute a bunch of programs that advance and advance multiculturalism inside the business including the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program, HBCUs for Advertising, and AdCamp. About the American Advertising Federation Set up in 1905, the American Advertising Federation (AAF), goes about as the "Bringing together Voice for Advertising." Its enrollment is included more than 75 corporate individuals comprised of the country's driving promoters, organizations, and media organizations; a public organization of almost 164 neighborhood clubs addressing 30,000 publicizing experts, and more than 170+ school parts with 4,000 understudy individuals. The AAF works a large group of projects and activities, remembering Advertising Day for the Hill, the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Awards, the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program and AdCamp for secondary school understudies. About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) is one of the world's biggest outside promoting organizations with a different arrangement of around 500,000 print and computerized shows in 31 nations across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, arriving at a great many individuals month to month. A developing computerized stage remembers over 16,000 advanced presentations for global business sectors and over 2,000 computerized shows (barring air terminals), including more than 1,400 advanced boards, in the U.S.

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