Merkle launches digital advertising solution for retailers to monetize their customer data

marketingland | January 20, 2020

This month, performance marketing agency Merkle launched New Stream Media, a service aimed at helping retailers develop and support media programs to monetize their customer data and sell advertising on and off of their own websites. The need. The offering stemmed from the “consistent conversations around data” that Merkle found it was having with its retail clients, which account for roughly a quarter of the agency’s client roster. “We saw a need to help retailers understand the value of their data and have consideration of the consumer along the way,” Emily Kramer, VP of New Stream Media. “We don’t want retailers to be providing data without context or consideration for their own business.”

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Retailers are accelerating the move to “phygital”  the digitization of the in-store experience. By 2021, 90% of retailers will offer Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store (BOPIS), and 75% will be able to identify specific customers in the store and have the ability to customize their visits. By 2021 more store associates will be armed with the technology to help create more customized experiences: Mobile POS devices (87%);

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Retailers are accelerating the move to “phygital”  the digitization of the in-store experience. By 2021, 90% of retailers will offer Buy Online/Pick Up In-Store (BOPIS), and 75% will be able to identify specific customers in the store and have the ability to customize their visits. By 2021 more store associates will be armed with the technology to help create more customized experiences: Mobile POS devices (87%);

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Plymouth Rock Launches The Bostonians Ad Campaign

Plymouth Rock | July 20, 2022

Plymouth Rock Assurance today announced the official launch of its latest multi-channel ad campaign titled, “The Bostonians.” Assembling a cast of characters from across the Boston sports world, the new creative positions Plymouth Rock as the go-to insurance provider for Boston sports fans. “Plymouth Rock was founded with the idea to offer more than just insurance to our policyholders,” said Ethan Tarby, Chief Marketing Officer, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. “Plymouth Rock was founded with the idea to offer more than just insurance to our policyholders,” said Ethan Tarby, Chief Marketing Officer, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. “Today that includes a number of innovative product offerings, including our sports programs, which provide insurance benefits and unique access to our favorite sports teams. We think ‘The Bostonians’ campaign is a fun way to bring together the sports and insurance worlds – hopefully with a few laughs along the way.” “The Bostonians” campaign was created in partnership with Plymouth Rock’s lead creative agency, HeyLetsGo. Ads feature a fun cast of characters living together under one roof, all with two things in common — a relentless love for the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins and an appreciation for Plymouth Rock insurance and their unique fan perks. This big, happy Boston sports family includes mascots Wally, Pat Patriot and Blades, Bruins announcer Jack Edwards, the Red Sox groundskeeper, the Bruins ice cleaner, a Patriots end zone Militia Man, a Patriots cheerleader, the beloved sister from Lawrence and their nosy next-door neighbor. The new work features seven 30-second spots styled after 80s and 90s sitcoms and even includes its own theme song. Ads will air across cable, digital and social channels. Videos can be viewed on plymouthrock.com/TheBostonians and on Plymouth Rock’s YouTube channel. “Our goal for this campaign was to show how Plymouth Rock offers insurance solutions that are tailor-made for Boston sports fans,” said Tim Cawley, Chief Creative Officer at HeyLetsGo. “We want ‘The Bostonians’ to be more than just ads about Plymouth Rock’s great sports perks.” To learn more about Plymouth Rock auto and home insurance and its special perks for Boston sports fans, reach out to your local insurance agent or visit plymouthrock.com. About Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock was established to offer its customers a higher level of service and a more innovative set of products and features than they would expect from an insurance company. Plymouth Rock’s innovative approach puts customers’ convenience and satisfaction first, giving them the choice to do business the way they want – online, using a mobile device, by phone or with one of Plymouth Rock’s agents. Plymouth Rock Assurance® and Plymouth Rock® are brand names and service marks used by separate underwriting, managed insurance, and management companies that offer property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Taken together, the companies write and manage more than $1.6 billion in auto and home insurance premiums across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Each underwriting and managed insurance company is a separate legal entity that is financially responsible only for its own insurance products. You can learn more about us by visiting plymouthrock.com.

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Horizon Media partners with Sourcepoint to help drive privacy-first advertising

Sourcepoint, Horizon Media | July 19, 2022

Sourcepoint, the privacy compliance platform of record for the digital marketing ecosystem, has partnered with Horizon Media to provide their clients with access to Sourcepoint’s privacy measurement technology, Privacy Lens. Sourcepoint’s proprietary platform allows advertisers to ensure media quality by analyzing how media inventory suppliers comply with consumer privacy regulations like CCPA and GDPR. Operating globally across a range of industries, Horizon Media needed to ensure that their clients’ budgets were being invested appropriately on websites that meet client standards for consumer privacy. By partnering with Sourcepoint to apply their Privacy Lens data to programmatic transactions, Horizon Media can continuously adapt to regional best practices dictated by legislation, and ensure the ongoing ethical use of consumer data. Platforms are embracing product solutions for privacy-safe targeting as well, as reflected in last month’s announcement of Sourcepoint’s integration with MediaMath. Horizon Media plans to roll out Privacy Lens across the entirety of their programmatic practice as a unique method for managing and optimizing media. By setting data privacy parameters and evaluating inventory sources, Horizon Media can ensure its clients’ messages only appear in environments that are deemed privacy compliant, brand safe, and suitable. Since Horizon Media began working with Sourcepoint, they have applied Privacy Lens insights to their procurement optimization process, finding that: 9% of websites did not have a link to a privacy policy present. This is a baseline requirement under all privacy regulations, including California’s current privacy law, CCPA. 30% of websites did not have an opt-out link present on the main page. This is one of the main requirements of CCPA, as well as for other impending US state privacy laws. Donald Williams, EVP and CDO of Horizon Media said: “While it’s vital that our own business practices protect consumer privacy, it’s of equal importance that we help restore credibility to the programmatic marketplace by reassuring our clients that their ad dollars are being invested in privacy-safe environments. As we look towards 2023, with the changes coming to Chrome, and a new host of regulatory requirements coming into force, technology solutions like Sourcepoint’s Privacy Lens remain the best means for businesses to future-proof their approach to privacy.” Ben Barokas, co-founder and CEO of Sourcepoint, adds: “The programmatic ecosystem is undergoing a rapid and much-needed transformation. Data practices that may have gone unnoticed a year ago are now scrutinized closely." Ben Barokas, co-founder and CEO of Sourcepoint, adds: “The programmatic ecosystem is undergoing a rapid and much-needed transformation. Data practices that may have gone unnoticed a year ago are now scrutinized closely. In such a dynamic industry, it’s challenging to have proper visibility into the privacy practices of other players. Privacy Lens seeks to bring greater transparency and align incentives for greater privacy compliance. Working with Horizon Media is another important step towards establishing data ethics infrastructure that will ultimately improve experiences for consumers.” About Sourcepoint Sourcepoint is the data privacy software company for the digital marketing ecosystem. It provides tools to protect consumer privacy, manage compliance and optimize revenue in a rapidly changing landscape. Founded by a team of digital advertising veterans, Sourcepoint has offices in New York, Berlin, London, and Paris. Learn more at www.sourcepoint.com About Horizon Media Horizon Media, Inc, the largest U.S. media agency according to AdAge Data Center 2022, delivers data-driven business outcomes for some of the most innovative and ambitious brands. Founded in 1989, headquartered in New York, and with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, the company employs 2,400 people and has media investments of more than $9 billion. Horizon Media’s fundamental belief is that business is personal, which drives its approach to connecting brands with their customers and engaging with its own employees resulting in industry-leading workplace satisfaction levels (Glassdoor). The company is consistently recognized by independent media outlets for its client excellence and has earned several “Best Workplaces” awards reflecting its commitment to DEI and the life and well-being of everyone at Horizon Media.

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Google’s ‘Real Tone’ Super Bowl Ad Wins Big at Cannes

Google | June 23, 2022

Google received top honors for correcting historical wrongs by fixing camera technology on mobiles in its ‘Real Tone’ commercial that featured in the Super Bowl this year. It took home the top prize in the Mobile Lions category. The jury perused through a number of contenders, and one of the main criteria was how the ad campaigns held up to the mobile category. “When we got to the Grand Prix, practically everyone raised their arms for this idea,” said Hugo Veiga, global chief creative officer at AKQA, who led the jury for the mobile category. “When we got to the Grand Prix, practically everyone raised their arms for this idea,” said Hugo Veiga, global chief creative officer at AKQA, who led the jury for the mobile category. “What is in this idea, specific idea,” he said. “What is the mobile part of it that really expands the experience.” “This was an idea that simply portrays reality,” Veiga added, “and what a huge step that is.” Other Gold Lion winners were: Supermax Online’s “The Eye Tracker” by De La Cruz Ogilvy, Guaynabo, and Burger King’s “Burger Glitch” by David Sao Paulo. The jury considered how mobile technology is transforming everything from photography to banking and also the most high-tech augmented reality applications in mobile. Google bagged the award for its simplicity and for correcting a historical wrong. “Real children could not see themselves in the picture,” Veiga said, about how mobile cameras had not been designed initially for inclusivity. Now it “allows people to see themselves as they truly are,” Veiga said.

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