Google and Facebook 'considering ban on micro-targeted political ads'

Google | November 07, 2019

Google and Facebook are both considering new rules banning the micro-targeting of political ads, according to reports. Critics of political advertising online have long worried that the ability to display specific messages to small sections of the electorate runs the risk of damaging democratic norms, by allowing candidates to present different platforms to different demographics.

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Shark Communications is based in Burlington Vermont. From the Shark Archives.

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Digital Advertising Company Radically Increases Productivity, Migrates Kubernetes Application Between Clouds in One Week with Mirantis

Mirantis | September 28, 2022

Mirantis, freeing developers to create their most valuable code, today announced that Choozle, which provides a digital advertising software platform, chose Lens Autopilot to migrate its application on an urgent, one-week migration deadline. After quickly expanding its customer base, Choozle found itself in need of a more scalable infrastructure to support hundreds of daily active users. The company’s engineering operations team started adopting Kubernetes, using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Choozle chose to use the Mirantis DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines Lens, the world’s most popular Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE), with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers. Choozle has been successful by choosing really great partners, and I would definitely put Mirantis on that list of great partners that we've had in our company’s history.” Mirantis provided a dedicated team to manage and execute the transition. Lens eliminates the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. Lens enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real-time – supporting any certified Kubernetes distribution, on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop application has an intuitive graphical user interface and works with Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10 times increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2-4 times reduction in operational costs. “When you are growing exponentially, you don’t want to slow your developers from providing optimal customer value,” said Anoop Kumar, director of professional services for Americas, Mirantis. “We were able to not just quickly migrate Choozle from a legacy AWS deployment to Google, but we did it without any extra burden on the developers.” A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those just getting started with Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for people with more experience. With more than 5 million downloads, more than 600,000 users, and 18,500 stars on GitHub, Lens is the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Kubernetes. Lens DevopsCare extends the capabilities of Lens to provide a complete managed CI/CD toolchain that is managed and supported by Mirantis and configured to meet the unique needs of the development process. In addition to the CI/CD capabilities, Lens DevopsCare also provides developers with policy-based proactive security and best practices, metrics on their development process and environment, as well as extensive support to enhance the developer experience and reduce the cognitive load for everyday development tasks. To learn more about why Choozle chose Lens, read the case study. About Mirantis Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines Intelligent Automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source. Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, Nationwide Insurance, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global. Learn more at www.mirantis.com. About Choozle Choozle – Digital Advertising Made Easy® – provides a digital advertising software platform that leverages detailed consumer data to power programmatic advertising campaigns across display, video, mobile, audio, connected tv, digital out-of-home, and other mediums – all from a single, intuitive interface. Choozle combines the sophistication of multiple digital advertising tools, a demand-side platform, data management platform, and smart tag management into a single platform. Designed for advertising agencies and marketing departments, Choozle has democratized the ad tech ecosystem with its intuitive, elegant, and affordable solution. www.choozle.com

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Lay's Achieves a 92.5% VCR with 6-Second Snackable In-Game Video Ads from Anzu & Eskimi

Lay's, Anzu, Eskimi | November 01, 2022

One of the world’s largest and best-known snack companies, Lay’s, partnered with Eskimi, a full-stack programmatic data platform, and Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising company, to launch an intrinsic in-game video ad campaign to promote its potato chips among the mobile gaming audience in Latvia. Lay’s wanted to leverage gaming to help it reach its target audience of 18-34s and worked with Anzu and Eskimi to get in front of Latvian gamers in the most engaging and non-disruptive way. Lay's in-game video ad campaign featured in titles such as Gravity Rider Zero. The 6-second videos, which were to the point and showcased Lay’s products in a quick and effective manner, worked extremely well in the fast-paced gaming environment and achieved a 92.5% video completion rate, a 98% viewability rate measured by Anzu’s patented 3D ad tracking engine, and cyber security platform HUMAN reported a 0% invalid traffic score for the campaign, reinforcing the low fraud rates associated with gaming environments. “We are very satisfied with the campaign. It allowed us to reach players who are fully focused on their game and won’t tolerate any intrusive advertising. With such high engagement, it’s no wonder we were able to achieve such high completion rates. Only a few ad platforms provide such high-quality placements.”- Kristaps Osis, Key Digital Transformation Specialist, Omnicom Media Group Latvia “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” - Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “The huge success Lay’s has seen from this programmatic campaign demonstrates the power that short-form video ads have in gaming environments if you get them right. By using the 6-second format, keeping the videos to the point, and effectively showcasing their products throughout, Lay’s were able to spread awareness and engage thousands of gamers in a way that was complimentary to the gameplay.” -Chaim Berko, Senior Programmatic Account Manager EMEA, Anzu “In-game is dominating the Baltics! There’s no better way to showcase the intrinsic in-game opportunity than with a globally established brand like Lay’s. We continuously encourage brands to think about the unique gaming environment. Lay’s video perfectly blends into the game as it is short, includes distinctive images and the brand’s logo. We hope to see more FMCG brands dipping into in-game advertising. Let’s not forget that 80% of gamers drink or eat while gaming. These results scream FMCG!” -Gabriele Vileikyte, Product Manager, Eskimi

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MGID Bolsters Global Leadership Team to Accelerate Growth Into New Territories

MGID | September 17, 2022

MGID, the global advertising platform, has today announced the appointment of Sara Buluggiu as VP of Publisher Business Development, and Sergio Vives as Global Head of Publisher Acquisition, to drive the company’s European expansion. Buluggiu brings a wealth of international digital media experience, with previous roles including Digital Director at Starcom, and VP, Regional Director Italy, Spain and MENA at Magnite, where she launched its Middle East offering and successfully grew operations in Dubai and Israel. At MGID, she will be responsible for developing the company’s publisher-focused global strategy in Europe, North America, LatAm and APAC regions. An accomplished sales and business development leader, Vives brings more than 15 years experience in revenue management, publisher acquisition and monetization strategies. Previously VP Sales at Marfeel, the global content intelligence platform, and Global Sales Director at Softonic, he will oversee MGID’s global publisher acquisition strategies. Sergii Denysenko, CEO at MGID, commented, “With increasing recessionary pressures and tighter privacy regulations, publishers are seeking alternative revenue streams that won’t compromise user experience." Sergii Denysenko, CEO at MGID, commented, “With increasing recessionary pressures and tighter privacy regulations, publishers are seeking alternative revenue streams that won’t compromise user experience. We want to ensure those creating great content on the open web and amassing valuable audiences don’t miss out on their fair share of ad spend. “As we extend our support of publishers in developing audiences and generating revenue into new global territories, bringing both Sara and Sergio on board is a significant step towards helping us to achieve this.” About MGID MGID is a global advertising platform helping brands reach unique local audiences at scale. It uses privacy-first, AI-based technology to serve high-quality, relevant ads in brand-safe environments. The company offers a variety of ad formats, including native, display and video to deliver a positive user experience. This enables advertisers to drive performance and awareness, and publishers to retain and monetize their audiences. Every month, MGID reaches 900 million unique readers, with 200 billion ad impressions, across 25 thousand trusted publishers. For more information, please visit: www.mgid.com.

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