Facebook Makes Search Ads Available to All Advertisers

brandinginasia | October 21, 2019

Following nearly a year of testing ads in News Feed and Marketplace search results, Facebook is rolling out search ad placement to all advertisers it announced in a blog post. The ads will appear in results for product or services related search terms such as those for products connected to the e-commerce. Search ad placement is currently available on mobile only. “The ads are designed to fit the experience on the given search results surface (Marketplace search or general search).” said Facebook, adding that “They look similar to News Feed ads and have the same transparency and controls, including a “Sponsored” label so it’s clearly marked as paid placement.” Facebook said that advertisers can manually select the placement when setting up a campaign and that ads will be eligible to appear on search result pages which include general search and Marketplace search.

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Lamar Advertising Company's digital out-of-home network makes it possible for brands to display contextually relevant creative based on data. This video provides an overview of Lamar's digital capabilities which include triggering relevant creative based on current weather and traffic conditions, streaming live data, (countdowns, sports scores, news feeds, trending items), featuring user-generated content from your website/social media, and more.

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Neeva Launches in Europe to Rival Google Search With Tracking Free, Ad Free Search

Neeva | October 07, 2022

Search engine Neeva has today launched in Europe to rival Google, by giving web users honest search results, no tracking, and with absolutely no advertisements or affiliate links. Neeva puts users first and gives consumers control to customise their web search experiences. By eschewing ads and advertisers, Neeva eliminates corporate bias that has plagued the traditional search experience. Instead, Neeva's sole goal is to create a search engine that delivers the best results as quickly as possible. Neeva delivers honest results and empowers users to select their information sources such as news outlets, shopping, software engineering sites, travel and others based on personal preference and relevance, rather than what advertisers suggest, all while respecting users’ privacy by blocking third party tracking and never profiting off of user data. Neeva’s European expansion follows a successful 2021 $40mm Series B funding round. Founded by Sridhar Ramaswamy (ex-SVP of Ads at Google) and Vivek Raghunathan (ex-VP of Monetization at YouTube), Neeva is reinventing web search for good, challenging Google’s web-search dominance. Commenting on Neeva’s launch, CEO, Sridhar Ramaswamy said: “Neeva is a user-first platform focused on private, transparent searches versus a search engine serving advertisers." Commenting on Neeva’s launch, CEO, Sridhar Ramaswamy said: “Neeva is a user-first platform focused on private, transparent searches versus a search engine serving advertisers. The internet should be your private corner of the web instead of a barrage of ads, SEO spam and irrelevant information. We’re reinventing search by giving users control over sources; providing accurate and transparent results as well as private and customised experiences without the influence of corporate bias, tracked around the web.” Neeva offers a freemium model and will first launch its private, ad-free free basic service in Europe, later introducing its premium subscription model with additional features such as a VPN and password manager. Neeva operates its own independent search stack, returning lightning fast results with high levels of accuracy, drawing from an index of billions of web pages. In addition, Neeva enables users to connect personal applications like email, Dropbox, Slack, Figma and others making it easy to search across the most important personal documents while maintaining strict privacy controls. “Google has dominated the search engine market, maintaining over 90 percent market share. Neeva will challenge this supremacy by creating a better search and browse experience that delights users,” says Mr Ramaswamy. He added: “Users should be in control of their search and web experience rather than accepting one company deciding the information they see. The ad-supported internet, has created vastly misaligned incentives that have made Big Technology monopolies and advertisers richer while exploiting the privacy and personal data of users. It’s time for a new approach to search that puts people first.” To date, search alternatives to Big Tech have mostly offered stronger privacy but at the expense of diminished search quality. Neeva is unique in building its own independent search stack (crawling, indexing and serving at scale) and without ads, freeing it to design user-first features with the sole focus of providing the best results in the most efficient way possible all with the strong privacy one should expect and demand from today’s internet experience. Neeva is growing fast, gaining more than 600,000 monthly users since launching in the USA in 2021. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Greylock Ventures, Inovia Capital, and Neythri Futures Fund. The company has raised over $80m from its investors. About Neeva Neeva is the world’s first user-first private search engine. Neeva takes search back to its roots by focusing entirely on the user, delivering high quality results without any ads, giving users control over their sources, and protecting user privacy by blocking trackers. Neeva’s independent search stack offers rich visual experiences, integrates community forum content, and search over personal applications. Learn more and start searching today at neeva.com.

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LG Ads Solutions Adds Key Executives As Connected TV Media Investments Surge

LG Ads Solutions | September 09, 2022

LG Ads Solutions, the connected TV and cross-screen advertising service, today announced three new executive appointments. Joining the team are Tony Marlow as Global Chief Marketing Officer, Barbie Brewer as Global Head of Human Resources, and Edward Wale, as Vice President, Europe. The new appointments will help fuel continued business momentum amidst strong growth in the connected TV (CTV) advertising industry globally. Advertisers have increased CTV media investments as viewership on streaming platforms becomes the majority of television viewing in the U.S., and as streaming services proliferate around the world. Media investment company GroupM reported that global CTV ad spend is expected to increase 36% from $21.1 billion in 2022 to $32.8 billion in 2025. Providers of exclusive CTV ad inventory and first-party TV audience data, such as LG Ads Solutions, help brands optimize spend across all platforms and services, and are increasingly important to CTV media planning and buying. “Since launching LG Ads Solutions last year, our team has doubled in size, reflecting the rapid growth in CTV advertising globally. These key hires help accelerate our existing momentum even further. With one of the world’s largest footprints in TV audience data and premium CTV media, our opportunity is massive. Scaling our services, partnerships, and team to better service customers everywhere is a top priority,” said Chief Executive Officer, Raghu Kodige. “Since launching LG Ads Solutions last year, our team has doubled in size, reflecting the rapid growth in CTV advertising globally. These key hires help accelerate our existing momentum even further. With one of the world’s largest footprints in TV audience data and premium CTV media, our opportunity is massive. Scaling our services, partnerships, and team to better service customers everywhere is a top priority,” said Chief Executive Officer, Raghu Kodige. Tony Marlow joins from Integral Ad Science (IAS), where he served as CMO, helping to transform the brand into a recognized and trusted partner globally. At IAS he was part of the executive team which took the company public through IPO in 2021. Prior to IAS he was CMO at big data company Data Axle, and Global Head of B2B Marketing at Yahoo. In his new role, he will lead all aspects of marketing, product marketing and communications worldwide. Barbie Brewer has over 20 years of experience in People and Culture leadership, with particular emphasis in growing large-scale engineering, product, DevOps, and data analytics workforces. Most recently she served as Chief People Officer for mParticle, the customer data platform (CDP) company. She has held senior HR and/or culture roles at global enterprise and consumer technology companies, including Gitlab, Netflix, and Cisco Systems. Barbie will play a critical role in the company’s hiring and culture as it expands across all major markets around the world. Ed Wale joins from Magnite, where he served as Managing Director, CTV, EMEA. He also previously served as Managing Director, EMEA, for SpotX. In this new role, based in London, he will lead expansion in EMEA for the LG Ads Solutions service, scaling the company’s media and measurement operations to meet increasing demand as streaming continues to gain more traction throughout the major European markets. About LG Ads Solutions LG Ads Solutions is a leader in convergent TV and cross-screen advertising, helping brands find hard-to-get unduplicated reach at optimal frequency across the fragmented TV landscape, and maximize return on ad spend. The company brings together LG’s years of experience in delivering premium, home entertainment products to consumers worldwide, with big TV audience data and Video AI designed to connect brands with audiences across all screens and understand resulting business outcomes. We are growing fast globally, and we are hiring! Contact us at info@lgads.tv.

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VideoAmp Releases Second-by-Second Advertising Measurement Enhancement Underpinned by Commingled Dataset

VideoAmp | October 06, 2022

VideoAmp, an advertising measurement and optimization platform, has released “Second-by-Second Ads Viewership” as a new measurement offering to strengthen their currency solutions. As an enhancement to their advertising measurement solution, the offering enables TV publishers and advertisers to harness the power of VideoAmp’s commingled dataset to better assess advertiser performance and benchmark against program averages. Leveraging actualized results with inputs from both Smart TV ACR and STB viewership data across more than 39M homes, advertisers and publishers gain access to second-by-second commercial performance data in a flexible user interface. By utilizing VideoAmp’s proprietary commingled dataset, VideoAmp is solving for the inconsistencies and limitations of using a single data source. 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BET engaged with VideoAmp to explore advanced metrics leveraging the Second-by-Second offering to understand key moments during the 2022 BET Awards. The engagement was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the BET Awards in reaching high-value audiences across BET. “Access to second-by-second level data gives BET a unique opportunity to hyper-target and pinpoint content that resonates with our audiences and drives success. 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