Google appeals EU fine for 'illegal' advertising technology

Google | June 04, 2019

Google has appealed a €1.5 billion (£1.3bn) fine from the European Commission over its alleged “illegal” advertising practices, the Telegraph has learned. The search giant, which rejects Europe’s charge that its AdSense product was anti-competitive, filed an appeal on Tuesday. The tool offered businesses a search box that visitors to the company website could browse its content with ease. In exchange, Google’s advertisements would appear in the results. Up until 2016, when Europe opened its investigation, Google blocked hosts from running adverts from rivals.  It has removed the clause and now offers a cut of advertising revenues, but it was still charged by European competition.

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Adverty and InMobi Introduce In-Game Ads for Global Brands and Agencies

Adverty, InMobi | April 28, 2021

Adverty AB, the world's leading in-game platform for advertisers, agencies, and game developers, and InMobi, the world's leading independent marketing cloud, announced today the official launch of in-game ads on InMobi Exchange. Using Adverty's multi-patented in-game ad technology, brands and agencies around the world will be able to target premium mobile users with advertisements that blend into the game environment, such as electronic advertisement boards in an e-sports arena or the increasingly common casual and hypercasual gaming space.'' "This news shows that the most exciting, largely unexplored media frontier is still very much open for business. Furthermore, both branding and performance advertisement options are available, allowing advertisers to target previously unreachable audiences at scale and turbocharge their marketing campaigns in new ways. With this collaboration, the path is clear for future innovation " says Tobias Knutsson, CEO of Adverty. Kunal Nagpal, SVP and GM, Publisher Platforms and Exchange at InMobi, said: "One of these new frontiers is in-game ads, which allows advertisers to interact with their customers in a highly intuitive manner. InMobi's technology and unparalleled mobile in-app expertise allow global advertisers to reach a highly engaged and diverse mobile gaming audience in an increasingly relevant medium." Indeed, in recent years, gaming has emerged as an incredibly appealing media channel for advertisers, with prospects for brands to deliver high-impact creatives to a highly engaged global audience of over 3 billion gamers. In terms of both users and time spent, mobile gaming experienced exponential growth in 2020. Through its revolutionary technology designed specifically for gaming, Adverty provides unobtrusive advertisement that links brands and audiences, while buy-side clients can now access new formats in mobile games at scale more conveniently than ever before. Adverty introduced a world-first In-MenuTM format earlier this year to complement its In-PlayTM offerings, in response to high demand for its seamless and non-interruptive in-game inventory. This enables contextually appropriate IAB display banner advertising to be displayed in-game and complements a highly advanced product suite that also allows brands to take over billboards and other virtual outdoor locations within games. About Adverty Adverty, the leading in-game platform, uses innovative display advertisement technology designed specifically for games to deliver seamless advertising that connects brands and people. The platform provides true in-game ad inventory at scale and enables content creators to commercialize the whole experience through unobtrusive, easy-to-integrate, interactive advertising. Adverty, which was established in 2016, has offices in Stockholm, London, New York, Madrid, Helsinki, St Petersburg, and Lviv collaborates with advertisers, agencies, and developers to unlock audiences and gaming revenue streams. About InMobi InMobi creates genuine connections between brands and consumers by leveraging its technology platforms and unparalleled access to mobile intelligence. Its Marketing Cloud opens up new avenues for brands to understand, identify, engage, and acquire connected consumers. InMobi, a leading technology firm, has been named to the 2018 and 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50 lists, as well as one of Fast Company's 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies.

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Anzu Awarded TAG Seals and IAB UK Gold Standard 2.0 Certification

Anzu Virtual Reality Ltd. | August 16, 2021

Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising platform, announced today that it earned three major industry certifications: the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) Brand Safety Certified Seal, the TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal, and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK Gold Standard Certification 2.0. Together, these certifications demonstrate Anzu’s ongoing commitment to promoting a safe, secure, and fraud-free ecosystem that benefits the entire advertising chain. Anzu was awarded the TAG Brand Safety Certified Seal after an independent validation by third-party auditor ABC, demonstrating that the company had achieved the program requirements, including industry best practices to improve brand safety and reduce the risk of ad misplacement. The TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal is awarded to companies that maintain rigorous standards to combat fraudulent and invalid traffic in the advertising supply chain. As part of those requirements, Anzu uses MRC-accredited anti-fraud solutions and measures and verifies that traffic is compliant with industry safety standards. Anzu is known to take a proactive approach to meeting and exceeding industry demands for greater transparency. These certifications will give media buyers, and advertisers increased confidence in the steps taken to protect brand safety and reduce fraud through Anzu’s in-game platform. “As digital gaming continues to grow rapidly, we are pleased that forward-looking companies like Anzu are adopting best practices to combat fraudulent, invalid traffic and protect the brand safety of their ad partners,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO of TAG. “These supply chain challenges extend across all parts of the digital advertising ecosystem, so TAG is committed to ensuring its program covers gaming and other emerging digital advertising channels, and we look forward to continuing to work with Anzu on these important efforts.” To receive the IAB Gold Standard Certification 2.0 in the Full-Service Support category, Anzu took the necessary steps. These included implementing IAB Tech Lab’s ads.txt to tackle ad fraud and its Transparency & Consent Framework v2.0 to ensure GDPR and e-privacy laws are adhered to, undergoing a TAG Brand Safety audit, and endorsing the guiding principles from Coalition for Better Ads. “As the industry evolves, with areas such as gaming seeing rapid growth, it’s essential that businesses are upholding standards and best practices across the board. The Gold Standard is key to this, helping to create a digital ecosystem that is both responsible and sustainable. We’re delighted to have Anzu’s support in this mission, and many congratulations to them on becoming Gold Standard 2.0 certified,” said Tina Lakhani, head of ad tech, IAB UK. In addition to these achievements, Anzu is the first and only platform of its kind to earn an ISO 27001 certification. The in-game advertising company also partners with many top-tier AdTech industry leaders to enable advertisers to make smarter, more effective media buys. Anzu and Moat work together to track impression delivery and IVT measurement in 3D mobile and PC game environments. The company’s partnership with Comscore brings advertising measurement and attribution solutions to advertisers to better understand audience behaviour and campaign impact. “The public’s interest in gaming and esports has exploded over the past few years, and advertisers have taken note, realising that they can connect with a diverse audience of 3.1 billion gamers. We have taken the concepts of brand safety, transparency, measurement, and data privacy to the next level, ensuring advertisers and publishers operate within an environment that delivers value for them while protecting the player experience,” said Tegan Hull, Anzu’s head of operations. “We are proud to have earned these certifications, and we will continue to lead the industry in promoting them and establishing new ones that uphold our values.”

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Marketing and Media Events to Watch in the Next Seven Days

Advertising Research Foundation | March 07, 2022

Here are the marketing and media events you need to watch out for this week: March 7 The 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards telecast. Stream it on Amazon Prime Video at 8 p.m. ET. March 8 The Advertising Research Foundation will start its two-day Shopper 2022 virtual conference (noon to 1:30 p.m. ET each day). It will feature presentations and panels by Melanie Babcock, VP of Integrated Media for The Home Depot; Aaron Sobol, Head of U.S. Investments and Partnerships for Unilever; and Vita Molis, Head of Research and Insights for Global Business Marketing at TikTok, among others. Petco, a retailer which recently transitioned into a health and wellness destination, will report its fourth-quarter earnings. During the pandemic, it saw a sales jump as more Americans adopted furry companions. Petco has been working to replicate such success into new efforts such as a shop-in-shop pilot program with Lowe’s. It’s International Women’s Day. Brands that are showcasing their support this year include LinkedIn, HCL, and John Deere. March 9 The Collage Group, a consumer research organization, will host a webinar on health and wellness across races and ethnicity. This event shall provide research around how brands can capture consumer attention in the healthcare domain. Campbell Soup Co. will share its financial results for its fiscal second quarter. Brands like Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm are powering the company, while it is undertaking another round of pricing increase. March 10 Ad Age will host In Depth: Unlocking the Metaverse, a virtual conference for marketers looking to explore branding in virtual worlds. Avery Akkineni, President of VaynerNFT; Tressie Lieberman, VP of Digital Marketing and off-premise at Chipotle Mexican Grill; and Caty Tedman, Head of Partnerships at Dapper Labs will be the speakers. March 11 SXSW will begin in Austin, Texas and run through March 20. Hot topics like metaverse and NFTs will be discussed. March 12-13 The 27th Critics' Choice Awards telecast will air on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on TBS and The CW.

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