Facebook says there's an easy way to break up the advertising walled gardens - but it needs brands to speak up first

Facebook | January 21, 2019

Facebook hinted last year that a data-sharing program was possible but only if other digital advertising companies joined in. But there hasn't been much movement since then, nor has it been clear how a joint-platform program would work. To coordinate the program, a neutral third party would have to process and anonymize streams of data, and it's been unclear what company would be up to such a task. But according to Brad Smallwood, Facebook's VP of marketing science, the answer to some of those concerns specifically when it comes to measuring comparable audience and reach stats already exists. "I don't think the answer is that we're going to have to build something from scratch in order to make this work," he told Business Insider.

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Commissioned by the IAB and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on an ongoing basis, with results released quarterly, the “IAB internet advertising revenue report” was initiated by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in 1996. This report utilizes data and information reported directly to PwC from companies selling advertising on the internet as well as publicly available corporate data.

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Commissioned by the IAB and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on an ongoing basis, with results released quarterly, the “IAB internet advertising revenue report” was initiated by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in 1996. This report utilizes data and information reported directly to PwC from companies selling advertising on the internet as well as publicly available corporate data.

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Comcast Advertising Appoints Pooja Midha to Lead Effectv

Comcast Advertising | September 15, 2022

Comcast Advertising today announced that it has appointed Pooja Midha as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. She replaces James Rooke, who recently took on the role of president, Comcast Advertising. In this position, Midha will oversee a national team spanning sales and sales development, operations, technology, product, data innovation and insights, and customer experience. She will continue to foster the company’s efforts to bring more widespread use of data to TV strategies, including the focus on multi-screen, audience-based advertising, as well as driving the growth of addressable advertising and programmatic capabilities across the company. Midha will report to Comcast Advertising President James Rooke. She will be based in New York. “Pooja is the right leader for Effectv at this time, especially as the company continues its transformation within the rapidly changing television landscape,” said Rooke. “Pooja is the right leader for Effectv at this time, especially as the company continues its transformation within the rapidly changing television landscape,” said Rooke. “Through her recent work at Comcast Advertising, as well as her work within the industry as a pioneer and catalyst in driving innovation across both sales and software for premium premium video advertising, I am confident that she will lead the Effectv team to the next level of success.” Midha has over 20 years of experience in the media and advertising sector, with a track record of transforming businesses, creating new models, developing brands and partnerships, and exceeding revenue goals. She has extensive knowledge of digital, video and television advertising, from pioneering digital and cross-screen strategies for major media companies and cable networks, to shepherding new technologies focused on consumer engagement and measurement for premium video. In her role as Comcast Advertising’s first-ever chief growth officer, Midha oversaw global marketing across Comcast Advertising, FreeWheel and Effectv, including the launch of Effectv’s sales development organization. In addition to strengthening each unit’s brand and differentiated value, she worked with the leadership team to enhance the company’s products and solutions within a shifting, multi-screen landscape, emphasizing data and customer value. “I’m excited, humbled and very much looking forward to leading Effectv in my new role,” Midha said. “In the last two years, Effectv has made significant progress in its mission to become the world’s smartest audience delivery company. I can’t wait to start working with the leadership team and network of talented employees to accelerate industry innovation and drive business results for our clients by combining the power of TV with the best of digital to connect their brands with multi-screen audiences.” Prior to joining Comcast Advertising, Midha served as president of the advertising technology company true[X]. Before true[X], Midha was senior vice president, digital ad sales and operations for the ABC Television Network. Earlier in her career, Midha held a variety of senior sales and marketing roles at Viacom (now Paramount), including positions at MTV Networks, MTV Networks International and Nickelodeon. She started her career in advertising sales at Dow Jones & Company. Midha is a frequent industry spokesperson and thought leader and has won numerous industry awards, including being named a 2016 Adweek Young Influential and a 2021 Multichannel News Wonder Woman. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Midha lives with her husband and two young daughters in New York City. About Comcast Advertising Comcast Advertising is the advertising division of Comcast Cable. As a global leader in media, technology and advertising, Comcast Advertising fosters powerful connections between brands and their audiences as well as among publishers, distributors, MVPDs, agencies and other industry players. Effectv, its advertising sales division, helps local, regional and national advertisers connect with their audiences on every screen by using advanced data to drive targeting and measurement of their campaigns. FreeWheel, its media and technology arm, provides the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goal – results for marketers. Comcast Cable, along with NBCUniversal and Sky, is part of the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA). Visit http://comcastadvertising.com/ to learn more.

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Smartly.io Appoints Oli Marlow Thomas as Chief Innovation Officer

Smartly.io | October 19, 2022

Smartly.io, the leading social advertising automation platform for creative and performance marketers, today announced the appointment of Oli Marlow Thomas as Chief Innovation Officer. Marlow Thomas was previously the Founder and CEO of Ad-Lib.io, a next-generation creative optimization platform and a leading Google Certified Creative partner that Smartly.io acquired in Q1 of this year. The acquisition advanced Smartly.io’s cross-channel reach from social to include dynamic creative optimization across programmatic, CTV, and the entire Google ecosystem. Now, ten months later, the two companies, along with Viralspace.ai, have formally integrated to offer Smartly.io customers an advancement in creative optimization capabilities with AI and machine learning for digital advertising. With this integration, Marlow Thomas will join Smartly.io’s executive team to further guide the company as the Leading Digital Advertising Platform. “Smartly.io and Ad-Lib.io were a natural partner from the beginning and I’m thrilled to be joining the executive team as we make this integration official,” said Oli Marlow Thomas, Chief Innovation Officer, Smartly.io. “Smartly.io and Ad-Lib.io were a natural partner from the beginning and I’m thrilled to be joining the executive team as we make this integration official,” said Oli Marlow Thomas, Chief Innovation Officer, Smartly.io. "Together, we can offer customers a one stop shop that will maximize creative effectiveness, media buying and creative intelligence." Previously the Creative Lead at DoubleClick/Google for five years, Marlow Thomas founded creative personalization service Ad-Lib.io in 2017. He is an industry expert and has received recognition as “One To Watch” in Campaign Tech Awards. As Co-Founder and CEO of Ad-Lib.io, Marlow Thomas oversaw the growth and eventually acquisition of the company. Now, as Chief Innovation Officer at Smartly.io, he will bring his forward-thinking industry vision and expertise to identify, harness, and bring to fruition new ideas that will continue to move Smartly.io forward to offer customers the best in multi-platform strategy with game-changing creative tools. “Smartly.io’s customers are at the forefront of everything we do. With this integration, and by bringing Oli onboard, we are able to offer our customers the best capabilities and technology in navigating the changed ecosystem of digital advertising and conquering walled gardens effectively,” said Laura Desmond, CEO, Smartly.io. “Oli’s industry expertise and vision will be extremely valuable as we continue to combine creative, media and intelligence to generate unparalleled results for our customers.”

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Braze Announces Support for AWS for Advertising & Marketing Initiative

Braze | November 30, 2022

Braze(Nasdaq: BRZE), the comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and the brands they love, today announced support for the AWS for Advertising & Marketing initiative from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help accelerate advertising and marketing transformation. AWS for Advertising & Marketing is an initiative featuring services and solutions purpose-built to meet the needs of advertising agencies, marketers, publishers, ad technology providers, and analytics service providers. The initiative helps customers deliver personalized ad experiences, optimize ad serving performance and cost, and innovate on audience segmentation and attribution. It simplifies the process for industry customers to select the right tools and partners helping accelerate their production launches and see faster time to value. Braze gives marketers the power to convert creative ideas into well-orchestrated, personalized conversations delivered at optimal times through relevant channels. Braze supports AWS products and services such as Amazon Simplified Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Personalize, and Amazon EventBridge to create a foundation for personalization. Through AWS, Braze collects and processes more than half a trillion pieces of consumer behavior data per month to build audience profiles and improve personalized messaging. This empowers brands to build strong relationships with their customers, which can support the brand’s sustainable long-term revenue growth. Braze also breaks down the silos between product and marketing teams, helping growth teams experiment and make data-driven decisions to optimize growth across the customer lifecycle. AWS empowers advertisers and marketers to reinvent workloads with solutions designed to improve audience and customer data management, privacy-enhanced data collaboration, advertising platforms, marketing measurement and ad intelligence, and personalized digital customer experiences. For customers looking for prescriptive, solution-specific support, AWS for Advertising & Marketing can identify leading industry partners in each area. One benefit of migrating or building advertising and marketing workloads on the most widely adopted cloud is the number of integrations and distribution channels connecting shared data with flexibility and interoperability. Whether you are seeking third party data or tools for better managing first party data, there are both AWS and third-party solutions offered in the AWS Data Exchange, AWS Marketplace, along with the largest community of AWS Partner Network (APN) members, including Braze. “The importance of speed at scale cannot be overestimated as consumers’ expectations for on-demand, hyper-personalized communications continue to increase,” said Matt McRoberts, SVP of Global Alliances at Braze. “The importance of speed at scale cannot be overestimated as consumers’ expectations for on-demand, hyper-personalized communications continue to increase,” said Matt McRoberts, SVP of Global Alliances at Braze. “Delivering real-time brand experiences to customers at scale is not easy. It requires a dedicated team, innovative approach, and most importantly technology and services made up of built for purpose tools that are designed to seamlessly work together. The AWS infrastructure allows Braze to offer brands incredible speed, scale, and agility to build stronger, meaningful relationships with customers. We’re proud of how our work has continued to grow over the years, to now support the AWS Advertising & Marketing initiative.” About Braze Braze is a leading comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers interactions between consumers and brands they love. With Braze, global brands can ingest and process customer data in real time, orchestrate and optimize contextually relevant, cross-channel marketing campaigns and continuously evolve their customer engagement strategies. Braze has been recognized as one of Fortune’s 2022 Best US and UK Workplaces in Technology, Fortune’s 2022 Best US Workplaces for Women, 2022 UK Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work, and Fortune's 2022 Best US Workplace for Millennials. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in Austin, Berlin, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Singapore, and Tokyo. Learn more at braze.com.

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