Smartly.io | October 12, 2020
Smartly.io, the leading social advertising automation platform for designers and performance marketers, today announced they are an official Creative Partner for Pinterest, showcasing the value of Smartly.io Creative Studio team and the company’s creative automation offerings. Already a Pinterest Advertising Partner, Smartly.io is now able to help Pinterest marketers develop and scale highly visual and engaging creative. The Smartly.io Creative Studio partners directly with brands to produce original mobile-first creatives, transform existing assets into short-form content built for social, conduct robust testing to find and scale winning creatives, and drive business results. As consumer behavior evolves and social channels continue to become more intertwined with our daily lives, it's vital that marketers connect with customers in new ways. Pinterest, which surpassed 400 million monthly active users this year, has become a go-to for consumers leading into the holiday season. This has created a clear opportunity for brands to diversify their marketing mix and adopt a multi-platform approach to advertising. To produce on-brand and engaging creative that is platform-specific requires the right framework, expertise, and experience — a combination of resources that many brands are looking for today. With Smartly.io Creative Studio’s set of on-demand services, brands can successfully capitalize on the high buyer intent found on Pinterest.
Roku Inc, Matterkind | September 24, 2021
Roku, Inc. announced the expansion of its Canadian TV advertising offering with the introduction of the OneView advertising platform. OneView provides advertisers with a self-serve platform, leveraging TV identity data from the Roku streaming platform, to manage advertising across TV streaming, desktop, and mobile campaigns. Roku signed Matterkind, an IPG affiliate company, as the first Canadian OneView campaign partner.
“With half of Canadian TV streamers regularly using ad supported streaming channels like The Roku Channel, and millions having left behind traditional TV for TV streaming, there’s a big opportunity available for marketers looking to tap into this rich audience”
As Canadian households move more of their entertainment time to TV streaming and away from traditional TV programming, advertisers are seeking a toolset to scale TV streaming advertising. The large-scale movement into TV streaming has created new opportunities for marketers to reach and engage consumers with the same level of data and insights available to digital advertisers.
Marketers and their media buying partners are seeking self-serve capabilities to optimize return on advertiser spending by measuring effectiveness across screens with detail, penetration, and data richness not available through traditional TV advertising. OneView, which was built for TV streaming, integrates the reach, inventory, and capabilities of Roku advertising with the identity and attribution tools of Roku’s demand-side platform.
“With half of Canadian TV streamers regularly using ad supported streaming channels like The Roku Channel, and millions having left behind traditional TV for TV streaming, there’s a big opportunity available for marketers looking to tap into this rich audience,” says Christina Summers, Regional Sales Manager at Roku.
The Matterkind partnership with OneView allows Roku to work with the agency locally in Canada as an extension to its global agreement in the U.S. The first campaign ran nationally from May 25 - June 30, 2021, in English and French for a major Canadian travel client, promoting domestic tourism in the country, and has enabled IPG and Matterkind the ability to better reach key domestic travelers like younger families, mature travelers, singles and couples.
“Matterkind takes pride in driving our clients’ businesses forward through data and tech innovation and first-to-market test opportunities, making the OneView launch partnership a natural fit,” says Erin Rahn, General Manager, Matterkind. “The OneView DSP allows Matterkind to focus on our cross-channel addressable approach using Roku viewership data that is ethically sourced and privacy compliant, and all with 100 per cent transparency and control. The Platform’s robust offering, such as instant OTT forecasting and more precise targeting across devices and inventory, aligns strongly with Matterkind’s key areas of focus and ultimately allows us to deliver better business outcomes for our clients.”
In addition to supporting the needs of marketers and advertisers, OneView’s capabilities also enable Roku’s content producers the ability to tap into new audience segments, and better monetize their existing and often dormant catalogues to extend reach even further.
“The reality is the industry is at a critical crossroads. Many marketers are still deploying large majorities of their budgets towards traditional TV, where data is generic at best, and the capacity to target specific audience segments is lost. Roku is uniquely positioned to help marketers reach their target consumers at scale with the kind of data rich capabilities and reporting metrics they have come to expect from their digital campaigns. OneView’s first-party capabilities give marketers access to measure and optimize effectiveness across screens to improve ROAS and take advantage of the shift in audience preferences to TV streaming. This is a game changer for marketers looking to reach consumers on the biggest screen in the home,” said Summers.
Better identity solutions – access more accurate TV audience data powered by Roku’s direct consumer relationships
Further campaign reach – Roku’s data can help identify who are heavy Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) viewers for advertisers to target, both on and off of Roku across all devices and inventory
Proprietary audiences – activate numerous unique segments based on direct customer relationships resulting in deeper insights
Instant OTT forecasting – calculate TV streaming ad inventory availability in seconds to plan campaigns that can be activated across Roku and other TV streaming publishers
In-flight attribution tools – optimize reach, frequency and performance across TV streaming, desktop, and mobile campaigns
Measured outcomes – measurable demographic delivery or business outcomes such as website visits or mobile app downloads allowing a greater capability to track performance with Connected TV
About Roku, Inc.
Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and in select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and in select countries through licensing arrangements with TV brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.
Matterkind connects people to what matters — connecting brands to the right audiences, and people to the right content. We offer brands a strategic partner in creating lifetime customer value across addressable activation. In a fragmented media landscape, Matterkind leverages best-in-class technology to deliver comprehensive and optimal addressable solutions. Our proprietary data and tradecraft, combined with an audience-first approach, enables us to drive better business outcomes on behalf of agency partners and clients. Matterkind operates in over 70 markets worldwide.
Poshmark Inc | August 13, 2021
Second-hand retailer Poshmark Inc on Tuesday forecast third-quarter revenue largely below estimates and warned that its marketing efforts were taking a hit from Apple Inc's new privacy controls over digital advertising tracking.
Poshmark's shares slipped 7% in after hours trading, poised to settle more than 25% below its initial public offering price in January.
Apple in April enforced a rule requiring developers to seek permission for gathering data that can be used to track users across other sites and apps. Facebook Inc had criticized the policy, saying it could harm customers.
Poshmark, which relies on social media marketing to draw in shoppers, felt the impact of Apple's new policy late in the second quarter and expects it to continue into the current quarter as well, Chief Executive Officer Manish Chandra told Reuters in a call.
The company forecast third-quarter revenue of $81 million to $83 million, with the mid-point slightly below estimates of $82.4 million.
But Chandra was confident the effects of Apple's policy were only temporary, as Poshmark has been spending heavily on alternatives such as TV ads and tie-ups with celebrities like Marie Kondo.
"It will work itself out as we go through the quarter and the second half, largely because our channels are quite diversified and super adaptable," Chandra said.
Poshmark said revenue rose 22% to $81.8 million in the second quarter, beating Refinitiv IBES estimates of $80.3 million, as it pulled in thrifty young buyers looking for more environmentally sustainable ways to shop for everything from pre-owned T-shirts to high-end boutique dresses.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus was not a major concern for Poshmark in its revenue outlook, Chandra said.
Smaller rival ThredUp Inc's shares rose over 7% on Tuesday after its second-quarter revenue surpassed estimates. It also forecast third-quarter revenue above expectations.