Finalists revealed for The Drum Digital Advertising Awards APAC 2019

thedrum | August 28, 2019

In the modern world, every business needs to be able to navigate their way through the digital minefield and produce work that gets cut through and results, which is why The Drum Digital Advertising Awards were created  to unearth the talented individuals, teams, products and services that are making the biggest difference in this sector. The judging day for 2019 has come and gone and we can now reveal the hopeful finalists for this year’s awards. From the submissions, judges saw how brands and agencies are using technology to drive innovation and create a differentiator in their advertising approach.

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There are many ways to talk about the simplest thing in online advertising – the ads themselves. Depending who you are talking to and what their role is in creating/running the ads they’ll probably say something different. As we’re always talking about here at The Online Advertising Guide – advertising is filled with jargon. Knowing which bits are useful, and which bits aren’t takes a special kind of madness. Luckily for you, my chickens flew the coop long ago, so I am here to help.

Spotlight

There are many ways to talk about the simplest thing in online advertising – the ads themselves. Depending who you are talking to and what their role is in creating/running the ads they’ll probably say something different. As we’re always talking about here at The Online Advertising Guide – advertising is filled with jargon. Knowing which bits are useful, and which bits aren’t takes a special kind of madness. Luckily for you, my chickens flew the coop long ago, so I am here to help.

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Versium | October 19, 2022

Versium, a leading data technology company, today announced it has achieved record subscription revenue growth for its suite of marketing solutions built on its best-in-class identity resolution and insights engine. As marketers and advertisers rush to find cookieless solutions to reach their target audiences, Versium is uniquely positioned to accelerate growth across B2C and B2B marketing teams alike who are emphasizing first-party data. In Q3 2022, Versium achieved record total subscription revenue and a 40% YoY increase in its subscription customer base. “As Google, Facebook and other tech companies are creating walled gardens for their data, marketers are having to decide between a higher advertising cost or centralizing and strengthening their own first-party data,” said Chris Matty, co-founder and chief revenue officer, Versium. “We have found most marketers are choosing to clean up their own data and enrich it so they aren’t dependent upon the Googles of the world to own their relationships with their customers. Hundreds of B2C and B2B brands are now using Versium to maximize their own data, so they can reach their customers anytime, anywhere.” Channel has become a particular source of new relationships in 2022. Versium signed six new channel partner deals, including Datarade, Introhive and Convertiv, and completed integrations with TreasureData and Zapier, to drive new relationships and make its platform more accessible and convenient for its customers. So far this year, Versium has expanded its API capabilities and launched new open source modeling tools. In the months ahead, Versium will complement its B2B audience tools with B2B contact data and launch a new no-code toolset for analysts to manage common first-party data wrangling and enrichment tasks. All Versium tools are now available through a single subscription model, simplifying the sign-up process for new users and creating more value for current customers. As a result of these product and business milestones, Versium has also been recognized by numerous industry organizations for its innovations in technology and insights. Versium was named a winner in the 2022 Sales and Marketing Technology Awards in the Insights and Analytics category, was named the Best Account Based Marketing Company in the 2022 Martech Breakthrough Awards and has been featured as a thought leader in Computerworld, Forbes and more. “These recent achievements continue to solidify Versium as not only a leading data technology company, but as a thought leader in the identity resolution and data analytics industry,” said Dillana Lim, CEO, Versium. “These recent achievements continue to solidify Versium as not only a leading data technology company, but as a thought leader in the identity resolution and data analytics industry,” said Dillana Lim, CEO, Versium. “This has been an incredible year for Versium, and we look forward to developing more solutions and innovations that continue to empower and serve our customers throughout the remainder of 2022 and beyond.” Versium empowers businesses with the data tools and insights they need to win customers. Its proprietary identity graph and data technology platform help marketers better identify, understand and reach their ideal customer, every time. About Versium Versium is a data technology company that enables B2B and B2C marketers to better identify, understand and reach their ideal prospects across multiple digital touch points and marketing channels. Versium’s industry-leading identity resolution and insights engine powers a suite of solutions that help marketers greatly improve their reach by as much as 5X. Versium’s proprietary data assets include over 2 billion contact points and over 2 trillion insights attributes, creating the industry’s richest B2B2C identity graph and data technology platform that empowers marketers to win customers. For more information, please visit https://versium.com.

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Targetspot and Gadsme Join Forces to Launch In-Game Audio Ads to the World

Targetspot, Gadsme | September 16, 2022

Targetplay, a new division of Targetspot (Paris:ALTGS) (Brussels:ALTGS) dedicated to gaming, today announces a new representation partnership with Gadsme, a global premium in-game monetisation platform adopted by major studios including Voodoo, Ubisoft, Tilting Point, TapNation and Lion Studios. Global demand partners from the Targetplay network across the USA, Europe, LATAM and APAC will be able to access Gadsme’s supply side network of mobile games studios at scale. Guillaume Monteaux, CEO of Gadsme, declared: “We are focused on delivering best in class non-intrusive monetization solutions to our gaming community and our elegant and unique audio format - jointly developed with Targetplay - is designed to maximise audio KPI’s and minimise user disruption.” Guillaume Monteaux, CEO of Gadsme, declared: “We are focused on delivering best in class non-intrusive monetization solutions to our gaming community and our elegant and unique audio format - jointly developed with Targetplay - is designed to maximise audio KPI’s and minimise user disruption.” The most premium inventory in the market Adam Pattison, Global Head of Targetplay, said : “Our advertising partners have been experimenting with in-game audio, and our partnership with Gadsme gives them access to some of the most premium inventory in the market today.” “Targetspot was always a pioneer in the audio industry and with this division we maintain our vision of opening new possibilities in the audio advertising industry. Mobile gaming advertising spending is forecasted to reach 130 billion dollars worldwide in 2025*, a great opportunity for audio ads who are preferred by 75% of mobile users over video ads** because they allow the gamer to keep playing”, stated Mario Cabanas, General Manager at Targetspot. *Source: Source: Juniper Research; ID 1240471 I Survey period: 2020, worldwide ** Source: Audiomob study About Gadsme Gadsme is a premium In-Game Ad monetisation solution, specialising in non-intrusive Ad formats. Recently backed by UbiSoft and Galazy Interactive and working with some of the largest gaming and advertisers worldwide. Their unique product offers stability and premium inventory, with a suite of options, including clickable performance based In-Game ads, to serve the entire advertising world with measurable KPIs and maximise revenue for game studios. About Targetspot Targetspot, an AdTech group company listed on the Brussels and Paris stock exchanges, has been a leader and pioneer in digital audio since 2007. Targetspot connects brands to their target audiences via an inventory of leading publishers across all areas of digital audio. Through its proprietary technologies, Targetspot provides end-to-end integration between advertisers and publishers, for contextually targeted, cookie-free campaigns involving both direct and programmatic buying. Targetspot is also a leader in audio streaming, its Shoutcast brand enabling over 85,000 radio stations to be streamed online. Targetspot is operational in 9 countries and employs around 100 people worldwide.

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MonetizeMore Wins Google Innovation Award for 2022

MonetizeMore | November 14, 2022

Google has just announced the winner of its 2022 Innovation Awards in the Google Certified Publisher Partner Summit. MonetizeMore has done it again by hitting another significant milestone in ad tech innovation by winning the 2022 Google Innovation Award for Ad Setup Policy Violations. This prestigious award is given to ad tech companies with the most innovative solutions for publishers, and we’re happy to be recognized alongside other top companies in the field. We are thrilled to announce that MonetizeMore was chosen from multiple ad tech companies for Traffic Cop, our industry-standard IVT detection and blocking solution that helps publishers prevent and fix ad setup policy violations (ASPV). ASPV is the total number of policy violations found on your website. This is not an easy market to break into, but with our vision of the future of the adtech industry and our dedication to providing real solutions that are easy to implement and deliver promised results, we made it happen. We are proud to be the first adtech company to win the Google Innovation award not once but twice, a very impressive feat in such a competitive year. MonetizeMore initially won Google’s Most Innovative Technology Award back in 2020 for the #1 ad fraud solution. Traffic Cop is the industry’s leading Invalid Traffic Detection & Blocking solution that leverages advanced AI with fingerprinting algorithms to identify and block invalid traffic, preventing both your site’s revenue loss and your users’ frustration with slow load times and frequent ad interruptions. Traffic Cop also provides granular insights to help publishers fix their ad setup policy violations, dig deeper into their site’s incoming traffic, detect IVT by device, UTM source, sessions, and much more. Our reports have helped hundreds of publishers fix and block invalid traffic on their ad inventory keeping them safe from getting blacklisted by advertisers. As a result, your ad inventory steers clear from revenue clawbacks, policy violations, and potential AdSense bans. Thanks to Google for really showing how important it is to keep on track for policy violations. This is specifically under the realm of invalid traffic. What a lot of publishers and Google Certified Publisher Partners don’t understand is that invalid traffic isn’t just traffic quality, it’s an ad setup policy violation. This comes under ad stacking, hidden ad units, aggressive refreshes, and click spam. These come all under the portion of invalid traffic and we have created tools under Traffic Cop that creates notifications and provides granular reports so that publishers can actually detect these ad setup policy violations and go through them step by step to fix them so that their policy violations can be prevented, fixed and ultimately their businesses are safer from revenue clawbacks. We’ve been able to decrease publishers’ revenue clawbacks by over 10X. We’re now able to offer Traffic Cop not only to publishers but also GCPPs via API and our reporting setup. To ultimately help the ecosystem and get rid of invalid traffic and ad setup policy violations!- Kean Graham, CEO of MonetizeMore. It is crucial to us since Google is such an influential player in the adtech industry, which makes them a good litmus test for how we’re doing overall. It’s gratifying to know that our hard work is being recognized and we hope it will continue in the years to come. This year, we have helped over 373 publishers with their ad setup policy violations and saved them hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue clawbacks through Traffic Cop to optimize their overall ad setup and eliminate IVT. We are honored to use this annual award to motivate us to continue providing cutting-edge technology solutions that help publishers save time and money.

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