Google is Partnering With WordPress to Develop a News Publishing Platform

Google | January 14, 2019

Google is partnering with Automattic/WordPress to develop a low-cost system specifically designed for publishing local news. In an announcement, Google says it has invested 1.2 million into creating the Newspeak platform. Development on Newspeak begins in the coming weeks and will be available to publishers worldwide later this year. Newspeak is being developed in an effort to help journalists do more of what they do best-covering news. Publishers on Newspeak will have access to all plugins created by the WordPress developer community. However, Newspeak is not being designed to satisfy the needs of all publishers.

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Each day, your marketing team is hard at work checking off social media tasks, building workflows, writing landing pages, creating reports-but it feels like progress toward reaching campaign goals is slow, with some projects stalling out completely. Not only do marketing teams struggle to get a handle on their day-to-day tasks,

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Each day, your marketing team is hard at work checking off social media tasks, building workflows, writing landing pages, creating reports-but it feels like progress toward reaching campaign goals is slow, with some projects stalling out completely. Not only do marketing teams struggle to get a handle on their day-to-day tasks,

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Uber Launches Dedicated Advertising Division To Serve The World’s Biggest Brands

Uber | October 20, 2022

Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) has formally launched its advertising division and unveiled Uber Journey Ads, an engaging way for brands to connect with consumers throughout the entire ride process. Journey Ads are the latest initiative from a dedicated team formed at Uber this year under advertising veteran Dr. Mark Grether, previously with Amazon Advertising, CEO of Sizmek, and Co-Founder of Xaxis. Leveraging Uber’s first-party data and insights across its mobility and delivery businesses presents the world’s biggest companies with compelling new surfaces and closed-loop attribution to reach Uber’s audience of 122 million monthly active users. With the addition of Journey Ads, Uber has created an engaging model that enables brands to share strategic campaigns across Uber’s mobility and delivery businesses, while connecting with consumers in brand-safe and captivating ways. Journey Ads place relevant brand content and offers in front of purchase-minded audiences as they transact throughout their journey – while waiting for their driver and during their trip. Over 40 marquee brands have already partnered with Uber to run Journey Ads including NBCUniversal, Heineken, and United Artists Releasing. With one-hundred percent share of voice during the entire trip, early results show that consumers were exposed to the ad content for approximately two minutes, resulting in two to six times the brand-performance lift compared to other benchmarks. Brands and advertisers can now partner with Uber on a variety of advertising options on the Uber and Uber Eats apps, and beyond: Journey Ads that capture consumers’ attention during their trip with ad units that drive purchases and brand awareness as they move with purpose. Prominently placed Sponsored Listings across Uber Eats to get brands ahead of the competition and capture the attention of ready-to-purchase consumers, with clients such as Shake Shack already seeing increased engagement, ROI and customer acquisition. Sponsored Emails that enable brands to promote exclusive offers to Uber and Uber Eats consumers through email delivery directly into their inboxes. Homepage Billboards that give brands the ability to prominently display messaging on the homepage of Uber Eats, the world’s most-downloaded food delivery app. Post-checkout Ads which allow brands to promote to purchase-minded consumers as they await updates on their order. Storefront Ads where CPG brands can enjoy prominent placement of their products at the top of a digital storefront. PepsiCo has been a pilot partner of storefront ad offerings. In Menu Ads that enable restaurants to feature their seasonal or specially priced menu item to entice consumers to take advantage of the promotional offer. Chipotle has been a pilot partner on this effort. Highly visible digital out-of-home Car Top Ads which enable brands to reach consumers based on location and time of day across top U.S. cities. Tablet Advertising pilot which will see strategic partners pilot in-car tablets in LA and SF. ”We have a global audience of valuable, purchase-minded consumers who, as part of our core business, tell us where they want to go and what they want to get,” said Dr. Grether, General Manager, for Uber’s advertising division. “While these consumers are making purchase decisions and waiting for their destination or delivery we can engage them with messages from brands that are relevant to their purchase journeys. And with 1.87 billion trips last quarter, that means we can connect advertisers to consumers on average five times per month across rides and delivery. ”We have a global audience of valuable, purchase-minded consumers who, as part of our core business, tell us where they want to go and what they want to get,” said Dr. Grether, General Manager, for Uber’s advertising division. “Through our advertising division, we can help leading brands grow their relationships with consumers by connecting them at a moment when a customer is uniquely attentive. By tapping into our mobility media network, our pilot campaigns have surpassed expectations in terms of brand lift, engagement, and other campaign goals. We’re eager to continue working with our partners to identify best-in-class offerings – such as in-car tablet advertising – that will ensure they’re engaging with captive and engaged audiences.” In addition to Uber’s unique ability to help brands connect with consumers at relevant points throughout their journeys or transactions, the company provides comprehensive reporting and analysis. By offering this unique view into consumer behavior, brands are able to fine-tune their understanding of their consumers and create more impactful campaigns. About Uber Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 34 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.

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Emodo launches Adapt as a First-to-Market Innovation to Reimagine Native Advertising for Brands and Publishers

Emodo | October 13, 2022

Emodo, the intelligent exchange creating more memorable connections through personal, relevant and rewarding advertising experiences, today announced the launch of Adapt, a rich and dynamically-optimized native ad offering that drives increased engagement and higher impact for brands and advertisers. This ad offering is transforming the next era of programmatic advertising by enabling personalized storytelling and sustainable KPIs. “With its one size-fits-all approach, standard native advertising is no longer enough for advertisers and brands,” said Tom Anderson, Chief Marketplace Development Officer at Emodo. “Our innovative advanced native offering brings a richer and smarter approach to advertising, presenting brands with a dynamic, attention-grabbing ad format to drive engagement and performance, and publishers with a new revenue opportunity through an exclusive, differentiated ad format, as well as a better user experience that aligns with their website’s context and aesthetic.” Adapt native ads are built via Emodo’s creative rendering engine, which has the ability to layer on various effects including loading, image, text, call-to-actions, layouts and styling to create limitless permutations of an ad unit. Emodo then leverages its artificial intelligence-powered dynamic optimizer to understand the most optimal features and generate captivating designs for publishers and their audiences. This cutting edge technology unlocks new capabilities for creative testing and performance at scale that are not available in traditional native formats. In support of its Adapt launch, today, Emodo has also released brand-new survey data on consumer affinity for native advertisements. The survey included standard display, standard native and Adapt native ads across three different publishers’ pages, and used eye-tracking to understand engagement with the various different ad formats. Findings include: Across three campaigns tested, whenever viewable, the Adapt unit drove statistically significantly more Attention as compared to any other unit tested, at the 95% confidence interval, holding campaign, publisher, unit size, audience, and everything else constant. For an automotive campaign, Adapt drove 13% higher Message Association as compared to either a standard Display or a standard Native unit Adapt drove an 71% higher lift in Message Association as compared to Static Native for a Discount Clothing Retailer. For a CPG campaign, Emodo’s unit drove 17% higher attention (time spent via eye-tracking) as compared to standard Display, and 11% higher attention as compared to standard Native. “Social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snap have proven that highly optimized native executions are impactful but have, until now, only been available behind their walls,” continued Anderson. “By bringing our future-proof innovations to the market, we are elevating the opportunities for advertisers beyond the walled gardens and staying ahead of the curve.” In an effort to double down on more impactful advertising, Emodo has also refreshed its brand mission and focus: to build more memorable connections through its global exchange, making advertising more impactful for brands and profitable for publishers. Emodo leverages rich, dynamic creative experiences, such as Adapt, augmented reality, and shoppable ads, to help advertisers capture attention and build brand love. This, paired with ID-independent targeting and better science, fuels personalization and drives performance. “As we look toward the future, our intention in this next era of Emodo is to bring richer, more sophisticated approaches to personalized advertising experiences,” added Alistair Goodman, CEO of Emodo. “As we look toward the future, our intention in this next era of Emodo is to bring richer, more sophisticated approaches to personalized advertising experiences,” added Alistair Goodman, CEO of Emodo. “In this transformative time for the programmatic industry, we’re striving to facilitate memorable connections between consumers and the brands they love through everything we do.” About Emodo Emodo helps advertisers and publishers create memorable connections with consumers through more relevant, rewarding and impactful advertising. Its intelligent exchange puts creative first, enabling advertisers to build brand love through rich, dynamic advertising experiences informed by the latest AI and a deep understanding of consumer sentiment. Emodo Adapt, an exclusive advanced native ad format, outperforms alternative programmatic solutions through a better approach to contextual relevance, creative personalization and KPI optimization. As an Ericsson company, Emodo benefits from a wide range of research, innovation, and access to mobile operators that helps it deliver better outcomes to clients and make the unimaginable possible. Emodo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson, which enables communications service providers and enterprises to capture the full value of connectivity. It is designed to help customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s innovation investments have delivered the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people globally. To learn more, visit www.emodoinc.com

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Mirriad wins AdExchanger award for 'Most Innovative TV Advertising Technology'

Mirriad Advertising | October 21, 2022

Mirriad, the leading in-content advertising company, has won 'Most Innovative TV Advertising Technology' at the 2022 AdExchanger Awards. Announced at the Programmatic I/O awards gala on 17 October 2022, the award from this industry-leading title signals further recognition of in-content advertising as a revolutionary format and Mirriad as a leader of the category. Mirriad's technology and platform create virtual insertions within popular video content, enabling the biggest global brands, across all industry categories, to easily develop and deliver large-scale campaigns in content to connect more effectively with their target audiences. Recent Kantar research shows that audiences prefer in-content advertising 7x more than TV spots, and that combining the two types of advertising creates overall performance lift including ad awareness (+10 ppt), favourability (+5 ppt), and consideration (+5 ppt) when compared to Kantar norms. Stephan Beringer, CEO of Mirriad, said: "In-content advertising is establishing itself as game-changing segment that solves many of the fundamental challenges facing the advertising industry." Stephan Beringer, CEO of Mirriad, said: "In-content advertising is establishing itself as game-changing segment that solves many of the fundamental challenges facing the advertising industry. Mirriad's unique, AI-powered platform gives brands what they need to reach more people, in a more engaging way and with better results. The AdExchanger award is another vote of confidence in our patented technology and platform, which is bringing a new set of ground-breaking opportunities to advertisers, agencies and content owners alike.

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