Google Ads to Improve the Optimization of App Campaigns

searchenginejournal | October 25, 2019

Opteo continuously monitors Google Ads accounts for statistically significant patterns. When something comes up, Opteo suggests an improvement backed up by real data. Opteo also helps monitor performance trends, track spending & get alerts when you need them. Google Ads is improving the way it tracks the performance of app campaigns.App campaigns use text, image, video and HTML5 assets to deliver relevant ads. Soon, Google will update app campaigns by attribute traffic to each of those creative assets.By knowing exactly which combination of creative assets is driving app downloads, Google Ads can improve the way campaigns select and serve asset combinations as ads. The new data will also help advertisers make more informed design decisions.

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IAB Expands General Membership to Include Advertising and Media Agencies

IAB | December 17, 2021

IAB today announced that its board has approved Agency General Membership to all Advertising Agencies, with the same voting rights and privileges as every other industry participant. IAB has long served as the industry's only "big tent" where stakeholders across the entire digital ecosystem gather. It's the only place where publishers, platforms, technology, and data companies, marketers and advertisers can address the challenges and opportunities in an industry being rapidly and continuously reinvented. It is also the only trade association that can both set an industry agenda and deliver on that agenda with meaningful industry standards. This move effectively migrates agencies from associate members to full general members. Now, agencies will have equal access to join the inner workings of the IAB -- including voting board membership, Center of Excellence leadership, as well as legal and public policy resources. The mission of IAB from the beginning has been to enable our members to thrive in a digital economy. The transformative changes happening now, demand that agencies have an equal seat at the table. They need equal access to IAB and IAB Tech Lab resources, the ability to join boards and make the critical decisions that drive the industry forward. The key to success in today's environment is collaboration. It's vital to have an organization that brings everyone together and IAB is serving that need." David Cohen, CEO, IAB. Agencies that have already applied for general membership include: Canvas Worldwide dentsu GroupM Helen & Gertrude Horizon Media IPG Mediabrands Labelium Mediahub Omnicom Media Group PIVnet Publicis Media Quigley RPA "We're proud to partner with the organization that has led the charge to advance the digital medium since literally Day One." Greg Johns, EVP & Chief Digital Officer, Canvas Worldwide "Canvas believes in the power of partnership and openness for the good of our industry. The IAB's devotion to collaboration is one that fits beautifully with our agency ethos." Paul Woolmington, CEO, Canvas Worldwide "Helen & Gertrude's partnership with the IAB provides our team with the ongoing professional development and support needed to understand and thrive in today's digital economy. We also value the knowledge shared by their many committees and councils, as they offer insights into a variety of niche industry segments." Laura DiCaprio, Director of Media & Insights, Helen & Gertrude "IAB is really the only organization that brings all the stakeholders together. With new media and measurement standards being set, brands developing first party data strategies, and policy changes being drafted, this is not a time for partisan approaches to the challenges facing the industry and no agency should be less than a full General Member. We are all in the thick of it, and IAB is working to convene the important conversations." Kirk McDonald, CEO, GroupM, NA. "Horizon Media is excited to be among the first agencies to join IAB membership and be involved in IAB's efforts to help sculpt the future of the digital marketplace." David Campanelli, EVP, Chief Investment Officer, Horizon Media "IPG Mediabrands is thrilled to be joining as a General Member of IAB, which has long been a voice for our industry and an important source of new research and thought leadership, such as the recent report on AI and bias in marketing. We are all looking forward to supporting IAB's initiatives across promoting transparency, brand safety and DEI in our industry." Dani Benowitz, President, US at MAGNA "The IAB has long been a leading voice in digital industry innovation, and we look forward to partnering with the IAB and member companies to continue to drive media creativity and industry evolution in 2022." Sean Corcoran, U.S. CEO, Mediahub. "As an organization that shares IAB's commitment to assuring the safety, transparency and effectiveness of marketers' digital media investment, Omnicom Media Group is eager to expand our working relationship with IAB, and to collaborate on delivering solutions for the age of accelerated change." Megan Pagliuca, Chief Activation Officer, Omnicom Media Group "Publicis Media has never been more optimistic about collaborative efforts to address consumer and advertiser standards. Through our continued vigilance with media partners and industry orgs, we are driving conversations forward to address the industry's most challenging topics, like hate speech, privacy, misinformation, mental health, and proposed worldwide government regulations that threaten the 'Brand Integrity' of our industry. Agency leadership and determination are imperative now more than ever, and that's why Publicis Media is joining the IAB." Helen Lin, Chief Digital Officer, Publicis Groupe IAB membership benefits now available to agencies include: Eligibility to join the IAB Board with full voting privileges and access to four meetings/year, including Washington, D.C. fly- ins Participation in Agency Leadership Council Membership to IAB Tech Lab Access to IAB Public Policy and Legal Affairs Council, publications, convenings, and IAB staff Access to all IAB Primary Research Participation in all Center of Excellence Activities, including committees, working groups, and task forces. Exclusive rights to leverage IAB Learning & Development Program discounts, private research deep dives, and 1:1 access to IAB staff experts for both the agency and their brand clients, hosted in partnership with IAB About IAB The Interactive Advertising Bureau empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership comprises more than 700 leading media companies, brands, and the technology firms responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital ad marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, IAB develops technical standards and solutions. IAB is committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., the trade association advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, IAB is headquartered in New York City.

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Meta Calls Out Apple for Anti-Tracking Grievances

Meta, Apple | May 27, 2022

In a memo sent to U.S regulators, Meta called out Apple’s control of the mobile app ecosystem and its advertising restraints. Meta, among many other companies, submitted a response to a request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. This request asked for opinions on the competition in the mobile app ecosystem from tech companies and interested parties. Meta’s 19-page memo highlighted grievances with Apple and discussed how tech companies were at war over the future of regulations in Washington. “Despite having some of the most popular apps in the world,” Meta’s letter to the NTIA said, “Meta’s ability to innovate on its products and services and even reach its customers is determined, and in some cases, significantly limited, by the most popular mobile operating systems, such as Apple’s iOS.” Meta has openly opposed Apple ever since it implemented ant-tracking protocols into the mobile app ecosystem. In 2021, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency framework (ATT) created ripples across the mobile ad industry because app developers had to get direct permission from consumers to collect data about their online behavior. Apple implemented these changes to safeguard consumer privacy, but Meta claims that the move was meant to benefit Apple’s business through ad sales and more. Apple has never played a significant role in advertising, but ever since it instituted anti-tracking, it has begun developing its ad tools to serve brands and developers better. “Apple’s ads business has already witnessed ‘explosive growth’ as ATT has hobbled its competitors,” Meta mentioned in its note to the NTIA. “Apple’s ads business has already witnessed ‘explosive growth’ as ATT has hobbled its competitors,” Meta mentioned in its note to the NTIA. In response, an Apple spokesperson said, "Apple believes in vibrant and competitive markets and through the App Store, we’ve helped millions of developers around the world turn their brightest ideas into apps that change the world. Today, third-party apps, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, are among the most popular apps on the App Store. We have every interest in supporting a robust developer community.” “We believe that a user’s data belongs to them and they should get to decide whether to share their data and with whom,” the spokesperson added. “App Tracking Transparency gives users the choice whether or not they want to allow apps to track them by linking their information with data from third parties for the purpose of advertising, or sharing their information with data brokers. These rules apply equally to all developers, including Apple.” “SKAdNetwork, Apple’s tool for attributing app installations by users who decline to opt in to ‘tracking,’ drastically limits businesses’ access to data they need to measure and optimize the effectiveness of ad campaigns,” Meta wrote. “Among other things, SKAdNetwork does not support ad-creative metrics, provides data on a delayed and highly aggregated basis, and supports only a limited number of ad campaigns. Apple has also made sudden and unannounced changes to SKAdNetwork, rendering it an unreliable basis for ad measurement and optimization,” Meta added in its note. The NTIA is yet to comment on the actions it could take after carefully analyzing the mobile app ecosystem.

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How Popular Is Ad Tech? It's raining billion-dollar transactions, according to LUMA

LUMA Partners | April 08, 2021

Seven ad tech companies made transactions valued at over $1 billion in the first quarter of 2021 – double the amount that’s happened in the past few years combined. “We’ve got a perfect storm here of different forces lining up, which created such a strong quarter,” said Conor McKenna, LUMA Partners director. The ad tech investment banking firm LUMA tallied up recent deals in its Q1 2021 Market Report last week. Multiple paths to get to $1 billion exist IPOs, SPACs, and acquisitions – often by public companies flush with cash from spiking valuations. In Q1, those billion-dollar transactions included Magnite buying SpotX, Viant going public, Taboola and ironSource going the SPAC route, Vista taking a majority stake in TripleLift and AppLovin and DoubleVerify filing for an IPO. Macroeconomic, media, and marketing industry and market trends are currently all in sync, McKenna said. First, government stimulus funds accelerated recovery while cheap interest rates created economic buoyancy. Regarding the marketing industry, McKenna said “the overall media and marketing ecosystem has been on a growth tear for years, and the pandemic has led to an inflection point across streaming, gaming, and e-commerce.” Finally, investors are seeking new opportunities that are leading to a bumper crop of IPOs and SPACs. And the ad tech companies that go public might acquire more ad tech companies, McKenna said. “The market is rewarding action,” McKenna said. When Magnite bought SpotX and when Digital Turbine spent $1 billion acquiring Fyber, AdColony, and Appreciate, their respective stocks jumped by more than the value of the actual deal, he said. Right now, with markets so focused on growth, it’s better “to make errors of commission rather than omission,” he said. The rush to CTV “CTV has become a crucial narrative for any company that’s touching media, marketing or technology,” McKenna said.' The TV space is hot: Vizio went public, Magnite bought SpotX, LG acquired Alphonso for $125 million, Comcast’s Freewheel closed its purchase of Beeswax and Roku acquired Nielsen’s video ad tech assets. The Nielsen-Roku deal held particular interest to McKenna because it indicates how an OTT player could expand into data-driven linear ads. “In the traditional TV ecosystem, the supply side is the scarce side of the market,” he said. “Roku, one of the largest AVOD CTV players, is looking for more supply beyond what they’re touching, and moving into data-driven TV advertising.” This migration will be slow – over the next decade – but the trend toward convergent TV is in motion. Identity crisis? Not in ad tech When Google Chrome said it would remove third-party cookies last year, it injected plenty of uncertainty into the market. The ensuing pandemic didn’t help matters, halting deal-making for more than 90 days, McKenna said. But while few know exactly what marketing will look like come 2022, that uncertainty isn’t having a huge effect. Though Q1 2021 may go unmatched in terms of deal-making, there are still plenty of conversations happening at LUMA that indicate more companies will pair up or go public in 2021. The new, billion-dollar big fish can snap up smaller ad tech companies. For instance, Magnite was able to purchase SpotX after its stock hit record highs. “There are now very large, viable buyers that are deep in the ecosystem,” he said, along with an influx of consumers consuming media and shopping online – a perfect storm that’s continuing unabated.

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