Ad Tech and Martech
ExchangeWire | August 01, 2023
For the past ten years, DanAds has been at the forefront of self-serve ad automation technology, revolutionising the programmatic advertising space with cutting-edge solutions for an ever-changing marketplace.
Through a customer-centric approach and a shared vision, DanAds has continuously pushed boundaries and remained a global leader in innovation. In a rapidly evolving advertising industry, brands, and publishers have consistently sought the most efficient and cost-effective ways to reach their target audiences. Online advertising provided broader reach, but it also brought challenges such as longer timelines, higher costs, and reduced transparency.
DanAds founders, Istvan Beres and Peo Persson, recognised the need for a better solution and founded DanAds in 2013, aiming to reshape how publishers and brands sell their inventory to advertisers. The early days were met with scepticism as Beres and Persson urged prospective clients to embrace a future-forward approach. Despite the initial resistance, DanAds secured financing in 2016 and signed clients such as Bloomberg, Philips, and Truecaller, setting the stage for their self-serve revolution.
In subsequent years, DanAds continued to thrive, acquiring Backbone in 2018 and expanding its client base with companies like TripAdvisor. In 2019, DanAds established subsidiaries in the UK and the US, signalling their global aspirations. Then, in 2020, amidst the challenges of the pandemic, DanAds managed to achieve a net revenue of 24m SEK, (£1.8m) showcasing their resilience and adaptability. The momentum continued in 2021, with DanAds completing an equity financing round of 121m SEK (£8.9m) and securing an additional 100m SEK (£7.4m) in debt financing from the EIB and Nordea. The company launched its core self-serve platform, experienced significant growth to 45m SEK (£3.3m), and appointed a new board of directors led by chairman Anders Borg.
However, 2022 presented unforeseen challenges, including inflation, a halting global economy, and geopolitical conflicts. DanAds prioritised its team's well-being by relocating developers from Ukraine to western parts of the country and other European locations. Despite these obstacles, DanAds achieved remarkable growth, generating 131m SEK (£9.7m) in net revenue with a net retention rate of 136% going into 2022. They also hosted the world's first self-serve and Advertising Automation Summit.
In 2023, DanAds celebrated its 10th anniversary with a focus on expanding its US team to 10 people and securing 13 contracts in Q1 alone, a significant increase compared to the previous year. The company now operates in two divisions, automation services, and self-serve, and has expanded into new marketplaces, solidifying its position as a true ad tech industry leader. DanAds' success has not gone unnoticed, with several prestigious awards and recognitions in 2023, including the "Product of the Year" award at the NAB show and a spot on the AdExchanger Power Player List. G2 also recognised them as a high performer during the spring and summer.
So why do publishers believe in self-serve so much? The answer lies in the power and control it gives them. DanAds' self-serve technology and ad automation are adaptable and used by international portfolios of clients across various industries. Publishers gain control over their advertising lifecycle, increasing transparency and trust in their processes. As DanAds looks to the future, its founders' belief in self-serve's potential has been validated. With a robust account management team, a strong US presence, and a growing pipeline of high-quality clients, DanAds is poised for a bright and successful future in the ad tech industry.
DanAds is the leading provider of self-serve advertising technology, connecting ad sellers (publishers) directly with advertisers of any size through a fully automated ad sales platform. DanAds provides publishers with their own branded platform, allowing them to dramatically reduce manual administration and monetize their valuable user data. With the help of DanAds, all ad buyers can get access to premium advertising space independent of brand and budget, without expensive middlemen. Clients include Bloomberg Media, Tripadvisor, The Washington Post, Hearst Magazines, Roku and SoundCloud. Learn more on www.DanAds.com.
Business Wire | September 26, 2023
Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop Media") (NYSE American: LPTV), the free streaming television media company for business which provides over 2 billion video views every month via restaurants, retail businesses, office buildings, doctors’ offices, airports, bars, and college campuses, announced today that it has rolled out in beta testing a self-service video advertising platform (“Loops Ads Manager”) for local businesses and venues to advertise on the Loop Media platform. Loop Media believes this anticipated new line of advertising revenue could be a significant additional contributor to Loop Media’s revenue, as Loop Media seeks to capture local advertising dollars that do not generally flow through the larger ad demand partners working with regional and national advertisers.
Local and regional venues, services, brands, businesses, and agencies will be able to place ads on any of Loop TV networks’ 71,000+ screens, including partner screens, via the Loop Media Ads Manager, built in partnership with OrkaTV. This partnership is designed to empower local and regional marketers’ access to Loop Media’s powerful network at am.loop.tv.
“The Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) estimates that national advertising makes up 35% of the yearly out of home advertising revenue and this is the area where Loop Media has primarily participated in since its inception,” said Jon Niermann, Chief Executive Officer of Loop Media. “With Loop Ads Manager, which we’ve built for the growing local demand for our platform, we are now able to more aggressively participate in the local advertising revenue stream which makes up 65% of the annual out of home advertising revenue. In addition, we’re providing our customers--and essentially any local business--the opportunity to advertise directly on the Loop TV platform in their local markets or beyond. Advertisers will be able to select their choice of markets anywhere in the nation with a quick, efficient, easy to use tool, and at an advertising entry price point that a local business owner can justify and manage,” Niermann continued.
OrkaTV built the Loop Ads Manager on top of its best-in-class Streaming TV ad tech infrastructure. This enables Loop TV to offer differentiated features such as the proprietary “Venue Type” forecasting tool for targeting desired audiences watching TV-Out-of-Home (TVOOH) FAST channels. The Loop Ads Manager can ingest existing creative, or its creative experts with decades of experience can assist a business owner in creating a new ad with minimal input.
“We built the Loop Ads Manager to democratize the entire process and cut through the prohibitive cost thresholds, clutter and usability issues that are inherent in most DSPs,” said Mike Woods, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of OrkaTV. “The result is the easiest way for small businesses or any business to get their ads on Loop TV’s premium streaming TV channels,” he added.
“We love having Loop TV in our venue! We are even more excited to be able to efficiently advertise The Pink Tub in other venues in order to reach new customers in our local market at a cost that is affordable for us!” said Victoria E. Thomas-Bodie, Founder & Executive Vice President of Operations at The Pink Tub, an opulent organic handmade body and bath brand based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Loop Ads Manager will begin service in beta-testing mode on September 21st.
About Loop Media, Inc.
Loop Media, Inc. ("Loop Media") (NYSE American: LPTV) is a leading digital out of home (DOOH)TV and digital signage platform optimized for businesses, providing free music video, news, sports, and entertainment channels through its Loop TV service. Loop Media is the leading company in the U.S. licensed to stream music videos to businesses through its proprietary Loop Player.
Loop Media’s digital video content reaches millions of viewers in DOOH locations including bars/restaurants, office buildings, retail businesses, college campuses, airports, and on free ad-supported TV platforms and at local gas stations on GSTV terminals in the United States.
Loop is fueled by one of the largest and most important short form entertainment libraries that includes music videos, movie trailers, branded content, and live performances. Loop Media’s non-music channels cover a multitude of genres and moods and include movie trailers, sports highlights, lifestyle and travel videos, viral videos, and more. Loop Media’s streaming services generate revenue from advertising, sponsorships, and from subscriptions.
To learn more about Loop Media products and applications, please visit us online at Loop.tv
prnewswire | August 09, 2023
Skai, an omnichannel platform for performance marketing, published its Q2 2023 Digital Marketing Quarterly Trends Report, an in-depth analysis of the digital marketing trends that defined the second quarter of this year, along with an interactive infographic detailing key analysis. While the pattern of more ads at lower prices mostly continued to affect year-over-year (YoY) trends, comparing Q2 2023 to the previous quarter suggests an improving economy on numerous fronts.
Retail media growth accelerates while other channels hold
Year-over-year (YoY) spending grew 35% for retail media, up from 30% last quarter, while paid search and paid social only varied slightly from last quarter's trend. Paid search spending increased 3% YoY while paid social spending declined by 4%, both down one percentage point from Q1 YoY levels.
Virtuous cycle drives retail media, paid search
Retail media and paid search cost-per-click (CPC) both grew 11% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) while conversion rate (CVR) was up 8% in retail media and 10% in search. Higher conversion rates translate to fewer clicks leading to a purchase, which then offset the higher click costs without negatively affecting return on ad spend (ROAS). Higher CPC then also allows for higher-quality placements on search results or product description pages.
Bright spots in paid social
While overall social spending was down, several segments saw YoY growth over Q2 2022. Video ads grew 12% and both Instagram ads and Awareness & Engagement campaign objectives were up 5% over last year.
Expansion of formats and placements for commerce ads
In each channel, commerce ads that are taking new forms and reaching new audiences showed robust QoQ growth. Amazon DSP spending increased 56% from Q1 to Q2, while Google Performance Max campaigns and Meta Advantage Shopping Campaigns+ grew 34% and 38%, respectively.
"Retail media is already showing signs of accelerating spending growth, while both paid search and paid social look like they are hitting the end of recent deceleration trends. This all bodes well for a strong H2 for digital marketing spend as economic conditions improve," said Chris Costello, Senior Director of Marketing Research at Skai. "Meanwhile, digital publishers are consolidating disparate elements of campaign management and then expanding those campaigns to new audiences and properties to reinforce their value to advertisers."
For more information and to view the infographic, visit skai.io/digital-marketing-trends/.
Analysis is drawn from a population of approximately $9 billion in advertising spend over five quarters, comprising more than 3,000 advertiser and agency accounts across 40 vertical industries and more than 150 countries running on the Skai™ platform on Google, Microsoft, Baidu, Yandex, Yahoo! Japan, Verizon Media, Amazon, Walmart, Instacart, Criteo, Kroger, Apple Search Ads, Pinterest, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. Except where noted, only advertisers with 15 consecutive months of performance data are included. Some additional outliers have been excluded. Ad spending and pricing have been translated to USD at the time the spending was incurred, where applicable.
Skai (formerly Kenshoo) is a leading omnichannel marketing platform that uniquely connects data and media for informed decisions, high efficiencies, and optimal returns. Its partners include Google, Meta, Amazon Ads, TikTok, Snap, Walmart Connect, Instacart, Roundel, Criteo, CitrusAd, Pinterest, Microsoft, Apple Search Ads, and more. For over 15 years Skai has been trusted by an impressive roster of brands including Pepsico, Michaels, Reckitt, Daimler, LG, and Vodafone. The company is headquartered out of Tel Aviv, with seven international locations, and is backed by Sequoia Capital, Arts Alliance, Tenaya Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Pitango, and Qumra Capital.