Facebook says it’s open to advertising u-turn for the EU elections, enabling cross-border campaigns

Facebook | April 26, 2019

Facebook’s  VP of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, today said the social network — likely in response to pressure from European officials — is “open” to changing its rules on election advertising for European Union elections that will take place on May 23, by allowing cross-border campaigning rather than requiring those running ads in a specific market to be registered as businesses in those markets. But Clegg added that it will require getting approval from individual national election administrators before changing the rules. Clegg said that he has been in talks with Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament. “We built our system around national elections,” he said, but now the company is considering “a temporary exemption for a prescribed list of institutions. We are open to doing that but need consent from the national election administrations so that we can move forward.”

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Catalina and GSTV Form Strategic Partnership to Measure Impact of DOOH Ads

Catalina | December 02, 2021

Leading shopper intelligence and omni-channel media provider Catalina and GSTV, the national video network engaging and entertaining targeted audiences at scale across tens of thousands of fuel retailers, have formed a strategic partnership to make GSTV an integral part of more retailers' and CPG brands' retail media strategies. Catalina will provide the required measurement metrics that demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of advertising on GSTV to help retailers and brands close the measurement loop and optimize the impact of specific GSTV ads on in-store sales. GSTV's digital video platform drives engagement with active and mobile consumers each day at more than 26,000 fuel retailer sites across the U.S., connecting with more than 96 million unique viewers each month. Notably, GSTV reaches grocers' most valuable shoppers with those who fuel up before visiting a grocery store spending 2.4 times more on groceries than those who hadn't just fueled up. Data also shows that the average GSTV viewer spends up to 3.9 times more on products at stores that are a regular part of their consumer journey within three hours of visiting a gas station. For its part, Catalina has been beefing up its Digital Out of Home (DOOH) capabilities in recent months, adding it as part of their omnichannel media strategy and leveraging their data insights to support innovative new targeting and measurement solutions. GSTV is a unique waypoint in the shopper journey, making it a valuable component to an advertiser's retail media strategy. Working together, we will help retailers and brands close the measurement loop and accurately assess and optimize the impact of specific GSTV ads on actual in-store sales." Tiffany Southwell, VP of Out of Home Media at Catalina. In September, Catalina announced that it has been aggressively investing in a modular portfolio of products and services under the "Catalina Compass" umbrella to support Retail Media Networks of all sizes by providing both shopper insights and measurement capabilities. Both Catalina and GSTV see a promising opportunity to make the latter an integral part of more retailers' on- and off-site media strategies. "Reaching the c-store shopper via GSTV is valuable for brands not only because of the network's proven ability to drive sales at c-store, but also because c-store shoppers spend a lot more on promoted items in other retail channels," said Eric Z. Sherman, EVP of Insights & Analytics at GSTV. "Catalina's Shopper ID Graph spans more than 109 million households and 1.9 billion digital ad IDs. Thanks to the depth of their shopper intelligence, Catalina can provide unique audience-level insights and prove shoppers make purchases as a direct result of the ads they saw on GSTV." An early demonstration of the new partnership: A recent campaign for a major ice cream brand drove a +17.3% sales lift among the GSTV-exposed audience, with incremental sales yielding a return-on-ad-spend of $5.37. Of note, 46% of buyers responding were new to the brand. Added Southwell, "With Catalina's data insights and precise measurement capabilities, GSTV will be able to optimize the performance of their campaigns and persuade more retailers and brands to seamlessly and efficiently incorporate GSTV into their broader media strategies." About Catalina Catalina is a leader in shopper intelligence and highly targeted in-store, TV, radio 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 follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @Catalina. About GSTV GSTV is a data-driven, national video network entertaining targeted audiences at scale across tens of thousands of fuel retailers. Reaching one in three American adults monthly, GSTV engages viewers with full sight, sound and motion video at an essential waypoint of their consumer journey, and GSTV is the only consolidated and scaled digital media platform in the convenience and fuel channel. Analysis of billions of consumer purchases demonstrates that GSTV viewers spend significantly more across retailers, services, consumer goods and other sectors following a fuel transaction. While offering consumers entertaining and informative content, GSTV drives immediate action and creates lasting brand impressions, delivering measurable results for the world's largest advertisers.

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Roku & Walmart Sign an Exclusive Shoppable Ad Deal

Roku, Walmart | June 17, 2022

Walmart and Roku have entered an exclusive ad agreement. Roku viewers can use their Roku remotes and stored payment information to buy products directly from the retailer’s ads on the platform. They won’t be redirected to Walmart’s website or need to capture QR codes on their phones to complete orders while watching their favorite shows. Walmart U.S. Chief Marketing Officer William White said that the ads would initially come from Walmart, but he expects supplier brands also to participate. “As we launch, this will be Walmart advertising,” White said. “But it certainly creates opportunities to think about how we partner with our key suppliers to bring their products and brands to life.” “As we launch, this will be Walmart advertising,” White said. “But it certainly creates opportunities to think about how we partner with our key suppliers to bring their products and brands to life.” According to Roku Head of TV Commerce Peter Hamilton, this deal will bring together a streaming platform used by about half of U.S. households and a retailer shopped by about 90% of the U.S. households. Executives from both companies declined to provide details on payment terms or revenue sharing. “Walmart is the exclusive retail partner today,” Hamilton said, “and we plan to begin testing with other brands that sell through Walmart later in the year. So, as it stands, this is an exclusive partnership.” This is a first-of-its-kind partnership between a retailer and a streaming platform. Hamilton went on to say that the ease of making purchases using a Roku remote eases the process of scanning QR codes to get to a website to complete purchases on mobile devices. This deal gives an upper hand to Walmart to compete with Amazon Prime, a major online retail and streaming platform. William White said, “There’s a tremendous runway in terms of how this can continue to evolve. Walmart was the first to market with shoppablelivestreams on TikTok, Twitter andYoutube. We were the first to market with shoppable recipes on Pinterest and first to market withTwitter native checkout.And I think it’s a natural evolution for us to move into TV.”

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National Advertising Division Refers Advertising for PLx Pharma's Vazalore to FTC After Compliance Review

National Advertising Division | December 23, 2021

The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs has referred advertising claims made by PLx Pharma, Inc. to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for review and possible enforcement action after the company declined to accept NAD's recommendations to modify certain claims for its Vazalore immediate-release aspirin product. In Case #6912, NAD recommended, among other things, that PLx Pharma: Modify the claim "Vazalore has up to 5X greater absorption than enteric coated aspirin" to avoid conveying the message that the claimed difference in absorption related to superior clinical efficacy and disclose that the reported results were limited to diabetic, obese subjects. Discontinue the claim "The Miracles of Aspirin Fully Realized." Discontinue the claim "Better gastrointestinal safety" (or modify it to convey the limited message that Vazalore causes fewer erosions and ulcers in the first week of treatment than traditional immediate release aspirin). In PLx Pharma's advertiser's statement it agreed to comply with NAD's recommendations and incorporate them in updates to its company website and development of Vazalore's marketing campaign. Thereafter, the challenger, Bayer Healthcare LLC, asked NAD to open a compliance inquiry based on concerns about advertising on PLx Pharma's website directed to healthcare professionals (HCP) and a television commercial. In a compliance matter, NAD must determine whether the advertiser has made a bona fide, good-faith effort to comply with NAD's recommendations. Although NAD determined that some new advertising claims were not appropriate for review in a compliance matter because they were not previously reviewed by NAD or were monadic performance claims, a few others were substantially similar to claims challenged in the underlying proceeding. Therefore, NAD considered whether these new claims fully comply with NAD's recommendations. Television Commercial Regarding PLx Pharma's television commercial, NAD determined that, in context, the claim "Aspirin Made Amazing" was substantially similar to the claim NAD recommended be discontinued in the underlying challenge, "The Miracles of Aspirin Fully Realized." NAD noted that both phrases reasonably convey the unsupported message that Vazalore provides superior cardiovascular benefits or gastrointestinal safety. Therefore, NAD recommended that Vazalore modify its commercial to avoid conveying this message. Consistent with the underlying decision, NAD noted that nothing precludes PLx Pharma from: Making a properly limited claim based on the clinical study results that the Vazalore 325 mg aspirin causes fewer erosions and ulcers in the first week of treatment than traditional immediate release aspirin or from touting that it provides a new delivery system; or Using the "Aspirin Made Amazing" tagline to highlight truthful attributes that make Vazalore different from other products provided, however, the context does not overstate its performance benefits. Advertising Directed to Healthcare Professionals NAD noted that it appreciates PLx Pharma's efforts to create a gated site for HCPs separate from its consumer-facing website. In the underlying decision, NAD recommended that the advertiser modify the claim "Vazalore has up to 5x greater absorption than enteric coated aspirin" to avoid conveying the message that the claimed difference in absorption related to superior clinical efficacy and disclose that the reported results were from a limited study population, diabetic, obese subjects. In the compliance inquiry, NAD considered whether the advertiser's disclosure of the limitations of its clinical study, as referenced on its HCP-facing website, namely the title of the study, its characteristics including the study's population, and finally the results, complied with this recommendation. NAD determined that it did not and, therefore, recommended that the disclosure concerning the 5x absorption claim clearly and conspicuously reference the limited population of the clinical study. Further, NAD determined that claims on PLx Pharma's "Features and Benefits" page convey a comparative safety message as to competing traditional release aspirin. Consequently, NAD recommended that the advertiser modify this advertising to make clear the limitations of its study (i.e., that Vazalore causes fewer erosions and ulcers in the first week of treatment than traditional immediate release aspirin). While the advertiser made modifications following the original challenge, they have declined to make additional modifications as NAD requested. As a result, NAD is referring this matter to the appropriate government agencies for review and possible law enforcement action. All BBB National Programs case decision summaries can be found in the case decision library. For the full text of NAD, NARB, and CARU decisions, subscribe to the online archive. About BBB National Programs: BBB National Programs is where businesses turn to enhance consumer trust and consumers are heard. The non-profit organization creates a fairer playing field for businesses and a better experience for consumers through the development and delivery of effective third-party accountability and dispute resolution programs. Embracing its role as an independent organization since the restructuring of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in June 2019, BBB National Programs today oversees more than a dozen leading national industry self-regulation programs, and continues to evolve its work and grow its impact by providing business guidance and fostering best practices in arenas such as advertising, child-directed marketing, and privacy. To learn more, visit bbbprograms.org. About the National Advertising Division: The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs provides independent self-regulation and dispute resolution services, guiding the truthfulness of advertising across the U.S. NAD reviews national advertising in all media and its decisions set consistent standards for advertising truth and accuracy, delivering meaningful protection to consumers and leveling the playing field for business.

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