Google Makes YouTube Masthead Ads Available to All Advertisers

searchenginejournal | July 24, 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 is now letting all advertisers buy YouTube masthead ads, following a successful beta test in select markets. Ads will be available to buy on a CPM basis.Until earlier this year, the only way to buy YouTube masthead ads was to do a full day takeover. That means everyone who visits YouTube on a particular day would see the ad.That option is still available, but the cost of running a masthead ad for an entire day puts that option out of reach for many advertisers.Not to mention there are no targeting options when buying the ad on a per-day basis. It’s shown to everyone, so advertisers are paying for people to see the ad who may not even be interested.

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Back in the day, the industry counted clicks and CTRs (click-through rates). But, the numbers were so low many marketing executives used that as a rationale to stop spending. Nobody could prove a return on investment. CPL (cost per lead) programs ruled. In recent years we have allocated significant additional value to performance data by including post impression engagement on our clients’ websites. But still we have doubters…what happens if someone is not ready to visit a client’s site, or does not hit our tagged pages, or they frequently delete their cookies? We know most IT pros would not do what we want them to even if threatened with imminent system shut down.

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Back in the day, the industry counted clicks and CTRs (click-through rates). But, the numbers were so low many marketing executives used that as a rationale to stop spending. Nobody could prove a return on investment. CPL (cost per lead) programs ruled. In recent years we have allocated significant additional value to performance data by including post impression engagement on our clients’ websites. But still we have doubters…what happens if someone is not ready to visit a client’s site, or does not hit our tagged pages, or they frequently delete their cookies? We know most IT pros would not do what we want them to even if threatened with imminent system shut down.

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Prosegur Security Introduces the World's First EAS System with an Integrated Ad Platform

Prosegur Security | December 15, 2021

Prosegur Security, a global leader in security technology, has launched EVO, the world's first EAS system with an integrated ad platform that can pay for itself through advertising revenue while also providing retailers with valuable data on in-store traffic. The EVO system features monitors that play retailer-approved ads at store entrances, managed remotely by Prosegur and its technology partner INEO. "Silicon Valley and even major online retailers have created major revenue generation platforms through advertising. EAS is strategically placed in one of the most important locations inside the physical store where consumers can be influenced to buy more," said Tony D'Onofrio, CEO of Prosegur's global retail business unit. "It is time for EAS to evolve into a powerful AI cloud-supported advertising platform with increased security and operational features. The EVO system's large monitors can play a welcome message, information on mask-wearing and social distancing, store's current specials and more. Best of all, brands are willing to pay to have their ads appear on the screens too, offsetting or completely paying for the cost of the system itself." The EVO system is built on a patented EAS media integration platform developed by Prosegur's partner INEO, which allows for automated and remote management of ads across the entire store chain. Ads can be regionally-targeted, or even made unique for one specific location. We are excited to partner with Prosegur, a global security leader, on the launch of the EVO system. EVO comes packed with the best-in-class loss prevention features, including a built-in camera which captures a 15-second video of any alarm event, and can send notifications by email or text. Most importantly, EVO comes with built-in store analytics supported by AI, which can provide store traffic count as well as certain demographics info, such as gender, age, and even customer satisfaction rating. All the data is easily accessible to the retailer through a cloud-based dashboard, which can be customized." Kyle Hall, CEO of Ineo The one-of-a-kind system can help transform loss prevention from a cost center to a revenue generator, and is available in AM, RF, or RFID technologies. With its built-in camera feature, EVO records 15 seconds of an alarm incident and sends an instant notification for review, making investigations quicker, more efficient and more accurate. Additionally, the platform employs cutting-edge neural net technology to deliver hyper-accurate store traffic counts as well as demographic data, thus helping level the playing field between brick and mortar and e-commerce businesses. About Prosegur Security USA Prosegur makes the world safer by taking care of people and businesses while remaining at the forefront of innovation. The company is a global security leader operating in 26 countries, with over 165,000 employees and 26 command centers spread around the globe. In the U.S., the company offers a range of security services, including surveillance video systems, EAS and RFID tags and systems, guarding services, remote monitoring and cybersecurity services. Prosegur prides itself on helping organizations large and small solve their security challenges through technology, teamwork, innovation and relentless customer focus.

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IAB Research Finds that Brands Benefit from News Ads

IAB | November 02, 2020

News has always played a critical role in the lives of consumers. In 2020, the importance of timely, trusted news was amplified as everyone sought updates related to the global pandemic, social injustice, economic uncertainty, and the impending Presidential Election. However, while news outlets experienced record viewership, readership, and listenership, advertising dollars had not increased in a commensurate way. In fact, some brands had backed away from advertising on these platforms, citing brand safety and brand suitability fears. To understand if these concerns were well-founded, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) along with Magid Research embarked on a landmark consumer research study, "The News Trust Halo: How Advertising in News Benefits Brands," to understand how consumers feel about brands that advertise adjacent to news.

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Mediaocean Acquires Flashtalking For A Reported $500 Million

Mediaocean, Flashtalking | July 19, 2021

Mediaocean will buy independent global ad server Flashtalking to establish a "neutral tech platform" with a combined annual media spend of $200 billion. According to The Wall Street Journal, it will pay $500 million for the New York-based company, which has annual revenue of between $100 and $150 million. Mediaocean provides advertising workflow software that drives $70 billion in television advertising in the United States, but it is also actively pursuing programmatic opportunities. The deal with Flashtalking comes exactly a year after it paid $200 million for programmatic buying platform 4C. 4C has integrations with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, and other platforms, placing Mediaocean squarely in the programmatic arena. The acquisition will combine Flashtalking's ad serving, creative, identity, and verification capabilities with Mediaocean's media planning and buying capabilities across desktop, mobile web, in-app, and CTV/OTT. It is expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Integrating Flashtalking's dynamic creative optimization with the 4C solution, in particular, will enable marketers to utilize dynamic creative in both open and walled gardens. In addition, the merged platform will have over a trillion monthly ad impressions. In 2018, Mediaocean and Flashtalking partnered to connect ad serving data with media buying. As CTV adopts some of the features of new media's walled gardens, the companies emphasized the independence of their integrated tech platform as an alternative to Big Tech providers such as Google's ad server.

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