Google Refutes Claims That Users Can’t Recognize Paid Search Results

A Google engineer has refuted claims that most people cannot tell the difference between paid and organic search results. A recent article on Medium references a study on how many people can recognize search ads. The article from Medium was shared on Twitter by a New York Times journalist. A Google engineer, named Paul Haahr, responded to the tweet saying what was reported is not true. In addition, he also defended Google’s advertising practices by saying that most searches contain no ads, and when ads are shown they’re clearly labeled.

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Habu Named a Leader in 2023-2024 IDC MarketScape for Data Clean Room Technology for Advertising and Marketing Use Cases

Business Wire | December 11, 2023

Habu, a leading data collaboration software company, today announced it has been recognized as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Clean Room Technology for Advertising and Marketing Use Cases 2023-2024 Vendor Assessment. "With a commitment to innovation, democratization, and anticipation of market changes, Habu showcased strength in several areas of our research, validating its evolution and ability to adapt and thrive in a privacy-first era,” said Lynne Schneider, Research Director, Data as a Service (DaaS) and Location and Geospatial Intelligence at IDC. “Habu is a leader in the market with a deliberate and thoughtful approach to data collaboration with a vast partner ecosystem and flexible solutions for both technical and business users enabling customers to easily scale and drive business growth.” Habu accelerates time-to-value while surpassing the most exacting standards for privacy and security and is built for both data scientists and business users. By utilizing no-code modules, a library of pre-built queries, and marketer-friendly visualizations, the solution expands the universe of users who can extract value and use cases that can be unlocked, including profile enrichment, journey analysis, measurement, activation, distributed machine learning, and more. The IDC MarketScape noted several key strengths that contributed to Habu’s positioning as a leader in the report: High customer satisfaction Broad partnerships and interoperability, including AWS, Azure, Databricks, Google Cloud Platform, and Snowflake Query flexibility while providing an interface geared toward a variety of personas and a library of prebuilt use case templates "We are honored to be recognized by the IDC MarketScape as a Leader in the data collaboration market,” stated Matt Kilmartin, CEO of Habu. "We have been fortunate to work with some of the most innovative brands in the world who value the versatile and user-friendly approach to our platform and our commitment to complete interoperability, enabling them to maximize collaboration opportunities regardless of which cloud environment any partner’s data resides.” For more information about Habu and its innovative data collaboration solutions, please visit www.habu.com. Download the IDC MarketScape Excerpt here. About Habu Habu is a global leader in data clean room software, enabling companies to benefit from the value of data without the risk. Habu connects data internally and externally with other departments, partners, customers, and providers in privacy-safe and compliant ways for better collaboration, decision-making, and results. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and Boston, MA. For more information on Habu data collaboration solutions, visit www.habu.com. About IDC MarketScape IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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Business Insider Names Tatari a 2023 Hottest Adtech Company

GlobeNewswire | December 18, 2023

Tatari, a leading platform for buying and measuring advertising across convergent TV (linear, streaming, and online video), was recognized by Business Insider as one of the top 16 Hottest Adtech Companies of 2023. This marks the second time BI has named Tatari a “hot adtech company,” recognizing the company’s achievements in building infrastructure to modernize TV advertising. Tatari is owned and operated by Infra, a holding company that also houses TheViewPoint, a supply-side streaming monetization platform, and Vault, which offers a data clean room solution for TV advertising Throughout 2023, hundreds of brands and agencies used the Tatari platform to buy, measure, and optimize TV ad campaigns that drove real business outcomes. This year, 140 new brands launched campaigns through Tatari’s platform, with one-third being first-time TV advertisers. Advertisers choose to work with Tatari for its advanced incremental measurement, ability to buy directly from publishers (as opposed to solely programmatic), and the flexibility to use the platform on a self-serve basis or with add-on support services from data scientists, media buyers, and strategists. Tatari also further strengthened its collaboration with Shopify, allowing merchants to access a closed-loop attribution system that shows how their ad spend on linear and streaming TV directly translates to purchases. Tatari’s Shopify app has helped more than 200 Shopify customers easily access TV advertising with a simple integration. “Our mission has not changed from seven years ago when we set out to democratize TV advertising for brands. However, it has evolved to building tech for agencies and publishers too, as we continuously uncover areas of opportunity to modernize the infrastructure that connects demand and supply” commented Tatari CEO, Philip Inghelbrecht. “We are honored to be recognized among such an esteemed list of adtech companies.” Business Insider highlighted Tatari for its June 2023 launch of Vault, a sister company focused on privacy-first technology solutions for TV advertising. Vault’s first product is a data clean room (DCR) solution for streaming TV advertising, which enables advertisers to buy across streaming platforms with guaranteed cross-platform measurement and a clear, clean look into performance while enhancing privacy for sensitive first-party data. The Vault DCR is the first and only compatible solution that allows CTV publishers and ad buyers to share data in a tokenized, privacy-compliant fashion, solving the fragmentation problem for both sides with current solutions available in the market. TheViewPoint (TVP), was also highlighted for launching TVP Direct, a tech solution that replaces traditional IOs by instead facilitating direct buys through ad server integration. TVP Direct automates the majority of a publisher’s direct sales business and creates more margin by eliminating the ad tech tax that often comes with middlemen in programmatic sales. About Tatari Tatari is building the infrastructure to modernize TV advertising for Brands, Agencies, and Publishers. Clients include Made In, Daily Harvest, Wpromote, and Fubo. Recognized by Business Insider as one of the Hottest Ad Tech Companies, Tatari is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Los Angeles, and New York. For additional information, please visit tatari.tv.

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Perion Acquires Hivestack, a Leading Global Full-Stack Digital Out-Of-Home (DOOH) Platfom

Business Wire | December 13, 2023

Perion Network Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: PERI), connecting advertisers with consumers through technology across all major digital channels, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Hivestack Inc., a global innovative full-stack programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) company. The terms of the transaction include US $100 million in cash paid upon closing and a 3-year employee retention and performance-based payment plan of up to US $25 million. DOOH advertising transforms ordinary public spaces into dynamic experiences, engaging audiences with eye-catching, personalized content in real-time. It harnesses cutting-edge technologies to target, deliver and measure unforgettable, immersive ads that connect brands with people on the go. With the acquisition of Hivestack, a programmatic DOOH technology innovator since 2017, Perion is entering an exciting market at its nascent stage, positioning the company to capitalize on its anticipated growth. Hivestack’s platform is used by many of the world's largest brands, agencies, media owners, and partners including Uber, Colgate, Lego, InterContinental Hotel Group, Doordash, GroupM, dentsu, The Trade Desk, Xandr, Clear Channel, Lamar, Stroër, and many more. "We are excited about the acquisition of Hivestack, which both complements and advances our long-term growth strategy. Hivestack’s DOOH technology platform stands out by offering brands and advertisers what they crave the most: high-visibility creative, precise targeting, immediate impact, wide reach and measurement," said Tal Jacobson, CEO of Perion. "In addition to advancing our diversification strategy, this transaction aligns with our objective to expand our technological capabilities and product offerings, and we will continue to pursue additional inorganic growth opportunities." More Regions. More Reach. More Technology Hivestack’s state-of-the-art platform is deployed in 32 countries, spanning North America, EMEA, LATAM and APAC. This global footprint will enable Perion to capitalize on economic trends impacting advertising budgets globally, and offer a variety of solutions in these additional markets. This transaction significantly contributes to Perion’s diversification strategy, enabling it to establish a considerable footprint in the fast-growing DOOH channel, which according to aPQ Media researchreport, is predicted to increase from US$21.5 billion in 2023 to US$30.7 billion in 2026, reflecting a 15.3% CAGR. Hivestack offers media owners an array of purpose-built software like the DOOH Ad Server, SSP, and Header Bidder, designed to manage, deliver, and optimize targeted advertising on digital screens, enhancing yield and sourcing demand efficiently. For media buyers, Hivestack's DOOH DSP, along with tools for audience planning and campaign measurement, provides robust capabilities for sourcing optimal inventory and maximizing the effectiveness and ROI of DOOH advertising campaigns. This acquisition is expected to create synergistic opportunities with Perion’s existing advertising offering and business and fits nicely with the company’s retail network strategy. Mr. Jacobson concluded, “We welcome Hivestack and its impressive team of professionals to Perion. We look forward to capitalizing on the synergies between Hivestack’s technology and Perion’s existing solutions, to provide clients an even more comprehensive, end-to-end offering.” Andreas Soupliotis, Founder and CEO of Hivestack, said, "Joining Perion marks a significant milestone in our journey. The strength of our technology, coupled with Perion’s market expertise and compelling advertiser solutions, will result in new synergetic solutions that resonate with customers on a worldwide scale. We are thrilled about the endless possibilities that this unlocks." Jefferies LLC acted as financial advisor to Perion. About Hivestack Hivestack is a leading global, full-stack, marketing technology company, powering the buy and sell side of programmatic digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising. Hivestack was founded in 2017 with headquarters in Montreal, Canada, and operates in 32 countries across the globe. About Perion Network Ltd. Perion is a global multi-channel advertising technology company that delivers synergistic solutions across all major channels of digital advertising – including search advertising, social media, display, video and CTV advertising. These channels converge at Perion’s intelligent HUB (iHUB), which connects the company’s demand and supply assets, providing significant benefits to brands and publishers.

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