Google transformed the political advertising world with its reversal on targeting

vox | November 20, 2019

Google is sharply restricting how political candidates can use its advertising tools in a set of policy changes it announced on Wednesday that may transform how elections unfold in the digital arena going forward. In the most important, even if not the most aggressive, move yet by the tech giants to curtail misinformation shared by political campaigns on their platforms, Google said on Wednesday that it would no longer permit campaigns to micro-target voters with certain ads based on political attributes. That move is likely to make political advertising on Google far less effective than it has proven in previous cycles. Campaigns will still be able to target voters by age, gender, and geography across Google products ranging from Search to YouTube. But valuable advertiser options like Customer Match, where campaigns can upload a list of prospective voters’ emails or phone numbers and then have that “matched” with their online profiles, will no longer be available to political candidates. Google informed 2020 campaigns of the change directly on Wednesday.

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Advertising to children is the act of marketing or advertising products or services to children, as defined by national legislation and advertising standards. It is often the subject of debate, relating to the alleged influence on children's consumption. Laws concerning such advertisements have largely evolved in recent years. In most countries, advertising for children is framed by a mix of legislation and advertising self-regulation.

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Advertising to children is the act of marketing or advertising products or services to children, as defined by national legislation and advertising standards. It is often the subject of debate, relating to the alleged influence on children's consumption. Laws concerning such advertisements have largely evolved in recent years. In most countries, advertising for children is framed by a mix of legislation and advertising self-regulation.

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AcuityAds to Launch Company's New Highly Anticipated Advertising Automation Platform

AcuityAds | September 16, 2020

AcuityAds Holdings Inc. (TSX: AT) (OTCQX: ACUIF) ("AcuityAds" or "Company"), a technology leader that provides targeted digital media solutions enabling advertisers to connect intelligently with audiences across digital advertising campaigns, today provided an update on the launch date for the Company's new highly anticipated advertising automation platform. The invite-only digital event will be held at 11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT on October 1, 2020. "We are proud to be presenting our new advertising automation platform, a disruptive development within the industry that will democratize programmatic advertising, making it accessible to all marketers," said Tal Hayek, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AcuityAds. "With this new technology, we will bring the consumer journey to life by closing the gap between the way advertising is planned and the way it is executed." The new advertising automation platform has been in beta with six highly established brands including a Fortune 50 home renovation retailer, one of the largest U.S. insurance groups, and a large direct-to-consumer mattress company. The beta program enabled participants to test the new technology and its ability to dramatically simplify the campaign creation process while delivering unique journey-based insights and improved ROI on marketing investment.

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Businesses in the space can use this new era as an opportunity to solve some of the underlying issues linked to cookies, such as slow-loading and a lack of control over Publisher data for Editorial Groups, or cookie matching between different platforms for Advertisers. Furthermore, the reliance on cookies has made many marketers focus excessively on their targeting strategies, seeing them rely on questionable attribution models and embrace standard ad units pushing for a commoditisation of advertising. More often than not, some companies in the sector forget that the very reason why advertising exists is to create positive emotions in anyone that interacts with the brand. Contextual is the best answer and the only one available at scale While walled gardens will remain an option for advertisers to interact with their potential customers using first-party data, the big question is what will happen in the open web without cookies. Companies in the ad tech sector have two options: substitute cookies for an alternative technology that allows them to keep addressability on the web; or switch to privacy-first targeting options like contextual advertising. The ad tech industry is still in the early days of identifying an optimal solution for a post third-party cookie world. The problem with the cookie is not its technology, but its lack of privacy. With privacy concerns well and truly entrenched, no technology that fails to respect users will prevail. Contextual targeting using NLP (Natural Language Processing) and AI algorithms is not only available and workable at scale, but is also proving to be as effective as audience targeting was. The ability for brands to understand the content that the user is consuming at the time of the ad delivery will become a new and as-effective identifier for the target audience and their preferences. 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