Maryland looks to pioneer taxes on digital advertising

borneobulletin | January 13, 2020

Two powerful Maryland politicians want that ad chasing you around the Internet to pay the state for the privilege of collecting your data. Maryland’s current and former Senate presidents have proposed a novel way to pioneer taxes on targetted digital advertising, a plan they estimate could deliver more than USD100 million per year to help pay for a sweeping education overhaul. In what appears to be first-in-the-nation legislation, social media companies such as Facebook and Google would face as much as a 10 per cent tax on the revenue from digital ads that target Maryland IP addresses. It’s part of new Senate President Bill Ferguson’s effort to tap untaxed corners of the modern economy, and he deployed one of the state’s most savvy political minds to get it passed: his predecessor, Senate President Emeritus Thomas Mike Miller Jr.

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Delivering personalization to consumers at scale requires a combination of the right data and the right technology. Authors from Perficient Digital, Dept, Microsoft, Deepend and others speak to the rise in demand for these experiences, the successes (and candid challenges) that agencies are facing to remain ahead of the curve, the way in which they’re working with clients to deliver timely and innovative results, and the tools required in order to do so.

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New Research Explores How DTC Ecommerce Brands Measure Performance and Optimize Ad Spend

Measured | July 27, 2022

Measured, the leading spend optimization platform for DTC advertisers, today released The State Of DTC Marketing Measurement, a new research report that explores how direct to consumer (DTC) marketers are navigating budget optimization and measurement challenges associated with ongoing upheaval in the advertising industry. Based on a recent survey of DTC marketers, conducted by media metrics consultancy Sequent Partners, the report reveals where marketers are allocating their ad spend, how they collect and manage data for performance reporting, and what tools and technology they are using to connect media investments to business results. “New privacy rules restricting user-level tracking and shortening attribution lookback windows have had a significant impact on measurement systems and capabilities for media platforms and attribution vendors,” said Alice Sylvester, Partner at Sequent Partners. “These challenges, added to rapid shifts in consumer behavior caused by unpredictable global events, have kept marketers in reactive mode for the past few years. This research captures the current mindset of DTC marketers and evaluates how they are preparing for an unpredictable future.” Survey responses were collected from 300+ DTC marketers, director level and above. Some of key findings include: The greatest challenge for DTC marketers is accessing and synthesizing accurate data from disparate sources. 64% of DTC marketers spend over nine hours per week on reporting activities, with some roles spending upwards of 25 hours per week compiling performance reports. Despite reported inaccuracies, more than 80% of DTC marketers still rely on click-based data as their primary source of media measurement. Marketers overwhelmingly agree experiments and testing significantly improve their decision-making confidence. Last touch is hard to quit Despite the well-documented inaccuracies of last-click attribution, most DTC marketers are still using data from platform reporting as their primary form of measurement. 69% of marketers indicate data accuracy as a main concern, yet 81% are confident in their ability to tie media spend to business results. Findings indicate brands are either performing additional analytics, like incrementality experiments, to get a clearer picture, or they’re hazardously taking platform data at face value. Experiments lead to confident decision-making The methods least used currently by marketers as their primary form of measurement are incrementality experiments (4.7%) and multi-touch attribution (MTA), at 2.5%. As privacy-related challenges continue to erode the validity and popularity of MTA, marketers are increasing investments in tools and technology for in-market testing and experimentation, which can be executed without tracking users. 80.2% of respondents say testing and experiments make them more confident about media decisions. Data is more abundant, but still unmanageable With data management issues topping the list of challenges faced by DTC marketers, it is unsurprising that reporting efforts take up so much of their time. In contrast, the vast majority of marketers (82.4%) state that they have a single source of truth for marketing data. The contradiction suggests these systems are still inadequate for normalizing data from disparate sources and providing fast and reliable access to cross-channel insights. “While the landscape has changed a lot and the past few years have been turbulent for so many reasons, what marketers want has remained consistent. They need to know where to put the next dollar for the best possible results - and they need to trust where they’re getting the answers,” said Trevor Testwuide, CEO and co-founder of Measured. “For brands, this research confirms that they are not alone in the seemingly endless pursuit of reliable insights. For Measured, it confirms where we need to focus our energy to provide the most value for our clients and guide them to a successful future.” About Measured Measured is an advertising spend optimization platform built to help DTC brands make smart media investment decisions. With the only proven approach that can demonstrate the true incremental business contribution of each ad dollar spent, Measured provides reliable ongoing insights, regardless of industry changes in ID tracking and data privacy policies. Measured incrementality experiments are expertly designed for every marketing channel and are powered by a marketing data warehouse (MDW) that is custom built for each individual brand. Since 2017, brands like Crocs, Parachute, Rothys, Ruggable, and Vuori have relied on incrementality insights from Measured to maximize media performance and drive business growth. For more information, visit measured.com.

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Digital Advertising Company Radically Increases Productivity, Migrates Kubernetes Application Between Clouds in One Week with Mirantis

Mirantis | September 28, 2022

Mirantis, freeing developers to create their most valuable code, today announced that Choozle, which provides a digital advertising software platform, chose Lens Autopilot to migrate its application on an urgent, one-week migration deadline. After quickly expanding its customer base, Choozle found itself in need of a more scalable infrastructure to support hundreds of daily active users. The company’s engineering operations team started adopting Kubernetes, using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Choozle chose to use the Mirantis DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines Lens, the world’s most popular Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE), with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers. Choozle has been successful by choosing really great partners, and I would definitely put Mirantis on that list of great partners that we've had in our company’s history.” Mirantis provided a dedicated team to manage and execute the transition. Lens eliminates the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. Lens enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real-time – supporting any certified Kubernetes distribution, on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop application has an intuitive graphical user interface and works with Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10 times increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2-4 times reduction in operational costs. “When you are growing exponentially, you don’t want to slow your developers from providing optimal customer value,” said Anoop Kumar, director of professional services for Americas, Mirantis. “We were able to not just quickly migrate Choozle from a legacy AWS deployment to Google, but we did it without any extra burden on the developers.” A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those just getting started with Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for people with more experience. With more than 5 million downloads, more than 600,000 users, and 18,500 stars on GitHub, Lens is the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Kubernetes. Lens DevopsCare extends the capabilities of Lens to provide a complete managed CI/CD toolchain that is managed and supported by Mirantis and configured to meet the unique needs of the development process. In addition to the CI/CD capabilities, Lens DevopsCare also provides developers with policy-based proactive security and best practices, metrics on their development process and environment, as well as extensive support to enhance the developer experience and reduce the cognitive load for everyday development tasks. To learn more about why Choozle chose Lens, read the case study. About Mirantis Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines Intelligent Automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. Mirantis delivers a public cloud experience on any infrastructure, from the data center to the edge, with one cohesive cloud experience for complete app and DevOps portability, a single pane of glass, and automated full-stack lifecycle management, all based on open source. Mirantis serves many of the world’s leading enterprises, including Adobe, DocuSign, Inmarsat, Nationwide Insurance, PayPal, Reliance Jio, Societe Generale, Splunk, and S&P Global. Learn more at www.mirantis.com. About Choozle Choozle – Digital Advertising Made Easy® – provides a digital advertising software platform that leverages detailed consumer data to power programmatic advertising campaigns across display, video, mobile, audio, connected tv, digital out-of-home, and other mediums – all from a single, intuitive interface. Choozle combines the sophistication of multiple digital advertising tools, a demand-side platform, data management platform, and smart tag management into a single platform. Designed for advertising agencies and marketing departments, Choozle has democratized the ad tech ecosystem with its intuitive, elegant, and affordable solution. www.choozle.com

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MGID Partners with PubMatic to Enable Brands to Reach Exclusive New Audiences via a Single Platform

MGID, PubMatic | August 23, 2022

MGID, the global advertising platform, and PubMatic (Nasdaq: PUBM), an independent technology company delivering digital advertising’s supply chain of the future, have today announced a new advertising partnership. PubMatic’s clients benefit from direct access to quality, brand-safe native video and display placements across MGID’s exclusive roster of premium global publishers, with an addressable audience of over 900 million unique monthly users. To provide audiences with the best possible experiences, MGID’s advertising platform integrates directly with publishers’ websites to deliver non-intrusive, highly engaging native ads that blend seamlessly into editorial content and help drive incremental revenue. Sergii Denysenko, MGID’s CEO, said: “As the industry consolidates its focus on user privacy, an increasing number of marketers are tapping into the opportunities that native advertising brings as they look to engage with consumers in a more meaningful way. Delivering highly targeted yet non-intrusive ad experiences has always been of huge importance to us, so we’re delighted to be partnering with PubMatic and bringing our solutions to even more advertisers around the world.” Sergii Denysenko, MGID’s CEO, said: “As the industry consolidates its focus on user privacy, an increasing number of marketers are tapping into the opportunities that native advertising brings as they look to engage with consumers in a more meaningful way. Delivering highly targeted yet non-intrusive ad experiences has always been of huge importance to us, so we’re delighted to be partnering with PubMatic and bringing our solutions to even more advertisers around the world.” PubMatic’s Jacqueline Boakye, Vice President, Customer Success, EMEA said: “Programmatic supply and identity solutions continue to fragment, and brands need technology solutions that enable them to reach addressable audiences, at scale, in premium environments. MGID’s direct integrations with publishers combined with PubMatic’s Media Buyer Console solution help agencies and advertisers gain direct access to highly engaged audiences at scale, enabling them to maximise return on their media investments.” About MGID MGID is a global advertising platform helping brands reach unique local audiences at scale. It uses privacy-first, AI-based technology to serve high-quality, relevant ads in brand-safe environments. The company offers a variety of ad formats, including native, display and video to deliver a positive user experience. This enables advertisers to drive performance and awareness, and publishers to retain and monetize their audiences. Every month, MGID reaches 900 million unique readers, with 200 billion ad impressions, across 25 thousand trusted publishers. For more information, please visit: www.mgid.com. About PubMatic PubMatic (Nasdaq: PUBM) is an independent technology company maximizing customer value by delivering digital advertising’s supply chain of the future. PubMatic’s sell-side platform empowers the world’s leading digital content creators across the open internet to control access to their inventory and increase monetization by enabling marketers to drive return on investment and reach addressable audiences across ad formats and devices. Since 2006, our infrastructure-driven approach has allowed for the efficient processing and utilization of data in real time. By delivering scalable and flexible programmatic innovation, we improve outcomes for our customers while championing a vibrant and transparent digital advertising supply chain.

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