Microsoft hasn’t given up on its ads business even though Facebook and Google are dominating

Microsoft | May 29, 2019

Microsoft doesn’t talk much about online advertising. That’s understandable considering the scrutiny Google and Facebook are under for relying on consumer data to generate their billions in revenue. But Microsoft has not abandoned it. On Tuesday, the company’s LinkedIn unit announced the acquisition of Drawbridge, which specializes in a type of digital advertising called identity resolution that involves identifying people across different devices and data sets. Microsoft has a mixed track record in advertising. Its once promising Bing search engine is tiny relative to market leader Google. In the most recent quarter, Microsoft had $1.91 billion in search ad revenue, up 7% from a year earlier, representing 6.3% of Microsoft’s total sales.

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Comcast Advertising Reveals How Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (F.A.S.T.) is Changing the TV Advertising Landscape

Comcast Advertising | July 25, 2022

Today, Comcast Advertising released a new report entitled “Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV: Why More Advertisers (and Consumers) Are Going F.A.S.T.” The report highlights the rise of free ad-supported streaming TV (F.A.S.T.) and its value to advertisers today as a complement to traditional TV and streaming advertising plans. As one of the newest forms of over-the-top (OTT), F.A.S.T. provides consumers with streaming services that also feature linear-style channels, encouraging a lean-back experience and content discovery that mimics traditional TV viewing. According to the report, F.A.S.T. penetration among households has more than doubled year-over-year. Today, six out of 10 households who have connected TVs are using F.A.S.T. services exclusively or in addition to other services – getting a TV-like viewing experience without the costs or logins required for linear TV or paid streaming. “F.A.S.T. is a rapidly growing ad-supported medium for consumers to watch and discover premium streaming content in an environment that mimics linear TV,” said James Rooke, President, Comcast Advertising. “F.A.S.T. is a rapidly growing ad-supported medium for consumers to watch and discover premium streaming content in an environment that mimics linear TV,” said James Rooke, President, Comcast Advertising. “As advertisers look to efficiently maximize their reach in an increasingly fragmented viewing landscape, F.A.S.T services are a valuable complement to traditional TV and other AVOD streaming options as part of a holistic multi-screen media plan.” The report looks at new trends from F.A.S.T. provider XUMO and reveals that the average XUMO user spends about 104 minutes within the platform once they have entered. Many consumers may be landing on F.A.S.T. channels without even realizing it, as many are programmed directly into the channel guide by TV manufacturers. Not surprisingly, 70 percent of XUMO users are cord cutters, relying on XUMO as a complement to subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services. According to the report, advertisers and programmers alike are seeing the value of F.A.S.T services today. According to Horizon Media, “the F.A.S.T. industry has grown exponentially and overlaps quite a bit now with what traditional TV has to offer in terms of both content and audience. Advertising on F.A.S.T. allows us to reach our targeted audience and is a valuable complement to our TV budget.” Amanda Garcia, Senior Director of Partnerships at Paramount+, adds, “As customers find more ways to watch the content they love across a mix of services, F.A.S.T. channels have become a key part of our media mix for acquisition and awareness, as well as targeted campaigns to super-serve key audiences.” About Comcast Advertising Comcast Advertising is the advertising division of Comcast Cable. As a global leader in media, technology and advertising, Comcast Advertising fosters powerful connections between brands and their audiences as well as among publishers, distributors, MVPDs, agencies and other industry players. Effectv, its advertising sales division, helps local, regional and national advertisers connect with their audiences on every screen by using advanced data to drive targeting and measurement of their campaigns. FreeWheel, its media and technology arm, provides the technology, data enablement and convergent marketplaces required to ensure buyers and sellers can transact across all screens, across all data types and all sales channels, in order to ensure the ultimate goals – results for marketers. Comcast Cable, along with NBCUniversal and Sky, is part of the Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA). Visit http://comcastadvertising.com/ to learn more.

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Meta Calls Out Apple for Anti-Tracking Grievances

Meta, Apple | May 27, 2022

In a memo sent to U.S regulators, Meta called out Apple’s control of the mobile app ecosystem and its advertising restraints. Meta, among many other companies, submitted a response to a request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. This request asked for opinions on the competition in the mobile app ecosystem from tech companies and interested parties. Meta’s 19-page memo highlighted grievances with Apple and discussed how tech companies were at war over the future of regulations in Washington. “Despite having some of the most popular apps in the world,” Meta’s letter to the NTIA said, “Meta’s ability to innovate on its products and services and even reach its customers is determined, and in some cases, significantly limited, by the most popular mobile operating systems, such as Apple’s iOS.” Meta has openly opposed Apple ever since it implemented ant-tracking protocols into the mobile app ecosystem. In 2021, Apple’s App Tracking Transparency framework (ATT) created ripples across the mobile ad industry because app developers had to get direct permission from consumers to collect data about their online behavior. Apple implemented these changes to safeguard consumer privacy, but Meta claims that the move was meant to benefit Apple’s business through ad sales and more. Apple has never played a significant role in advertising, but ever since it instituted anti-tracking, it has begun developing its ad tools to serve brands and developers better. “Apple’s ads business has already witnessed ‘explosive growth’ as ATT has hobbled its competitors,” Meta mentioned in its note to the NTIA. “Apple’s ads business has already witnessed ‘explosive growth’ as ATT has hobbled its competitors,” Meta mentioned in its note to the NTIA. In response, an Apple spokesperson said, "Apple believes in vibrant and competitive markets and through the App Store, we’ve helped millions of developers around the world turn their brightest ideas into apps that change the world. Today, third-party apps, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, are among the most popular apps on the App Store. We have every interest in supporting a robust developer community.” “We believe that a user’s data belongs to them and they should get to decide whether to share their data and with whom,” the spokesperson added. “App Tracking Transparency gives users the choice whether or not they want to allow apps to track them by linking their information with data from third parties for the purpose of advertising, or sharing their information with data brokers. These rules apply equally to all developers, including Apple.” “SKAdNetwork, Apple’s tool for attributing app installations by users who decline to opt in to ‘tracking,’ drastically limits businesses’ access to data they need to measure and optimize the effectiveness of ad campaigns,” Meta wrote. “Among other things, SKAdNetwork does not support ad-creative metrics, provides data on a delayed and highly aggregated basis, and supports only a limited number of ad campaigns. Apple has also made sudden and unannounced changes to SKAdNetwork, rendering it an unreliable basis for ad measurement and optimization,” Meta added in its note. The NTIA is yet to comment on the actions it could take after carefully analyzing the mobile app ecosystem.

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