MOBILE ADVERTISING

Adverty and InMobi Introduce In-Game Ads for Global Brands and Agencies

Adverty, InMobi | April 28, 2021

Adverty AB, the world's leading in-game platform for advertisers, agencies, and game developers, and InMobi, the world's leading independent marketing cloud, announced today the official launch of in-game ads on InMobi Exchange. Using Adverty's multi-patented in-game ad technology, brands and agencies around the world will be able to target premium mobile users with advertisements that blend into the game environment, such as electronic advertisement boards in an e-sports arena or the increasingly common casual and hypercasual gaming space.''

"This news shows that the most exciting, largely unexplored media frontier is still very much open for business. Furthermore, both branding and performance advertisement options are available, allowing advertisers to target previously unreachable audiences at scale and turbocharge their marketing campaigns in new ways.  With this collaboration, the path is clear for future innovation " says Tobias Knutsson, CEO of Adverty.

Kunal Nagpal, SVP and GM, Publisher Platforms and Exchange at InMobi, said: "One of these new frontiers is in-game ads, which allows advertisers to interact with their customers in a highly intuitive manner. InMobi's technology and unparalleled mobile in-app expertise allow global advertisers to reach a highly engaged and diverse mobile gaming audience in an increasingly relevant medium."

Indeed, in recent years, gaming has emerged as an incredibly appealing media channel for advertisers, with prospects for brands to deliver high-impact creatives to a highly engaged global audience of over 3 billion gamers. In terms of both users and time spent, mobile gaming experienced exponential growth in 2020.

Through its revolutionary technology designed specifically for gaming, Adverty provides unobtrusive advertisement that links brands and audiences, while buy-side clients can now access new formats in mobile games at scale more conveniently than ever before.

Adverty introduced a world-first In-MenuTM format earlier this year to complement its In-PlayTM offerings, in response to high demand for its seamless and non-interruptive in-game inventory. This enables contextually appropriate IAB display banner advertising to be displayed in-game and complements a highly advanced product suite that also allows brands to take over billboards and other virtual outdoor locations within games.

About Adverty
Adverty, the leading in-game platform, uses innovative display advertisement technology designed specifically for games to deliver seamless advertising that connects brands and people. The platform provides true in-game ad inventory at scale and enables content creators to commercialize the whole experience through unobtrusive, easy-to-integrate, interactive advertising. Adverty, which was established in 2016, has offices in Stockholm, London, New York, Madrid, Helsinki, St Petersburg, and Lviv collaborates with advertisers, agencies, and developers to unlock audiences and gaming revenue streams.

About InMobi
InMobi creates genuine connections between brands and consumers by leveraging its technology platforms and unparalleled access to mobile intelligence. Its Marketing Cloud opens up new avenues for brands to understand, identify, engage, and acquire connected consumers. InMobi, a leading technology firm, has been named to the 2018 and 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50 lists, as well as one of Fast Company's 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies.

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ironSource Launches Luna Search Ads in General Availability

ironSource | April 18, 2022

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Kargo Adds Attention Advertising With Acquisition of Parsec

Parsec Media, Kargo | April 01, 2022

Kargo today announced that it has acquired the attention-based mobile advertising business, Parsec. With Parsec, Kargo expands the ability of advertisers to buy digital media using the time an ad is exposed on screen across a variety of unique creative formats, creating the only platform to deliver attention-based, optimized, digital advertising for marketers. “Our mission is to create memorable experiences for consumers, in turn, creating more value for brands by building new ways for them to buy success. With Parsec, Kargo is the leader in attention, a key metric in experience-based advertising. Attention empowers brands to optimize their campaigns to what is engaging and where time is spent, not just what is seen,” said Harry Kargman, CEO and Founder of Kargo. “Our mission is to create memorable experiences for consumers, in turn, creating more value for brands by building new ways for them to buy success. With Parsec, Kargo is the leader in attention, a key metric in experience-based advertising. Attention empowers brands to optimize their campaigns to what is engaging and where time is spent, not just what is seen,” said Harry Kargman, CEO and Founder of Kargo. Kargo’s platform provides brands with a best-in-class environment to activate attention buys. With differentiated creative solutions for quality audiences, the platform performs well above industry benchmarks across key attention indicators. In a recent study conducted with MediaScience, Kargo’s ad formats delivered: 73% total audience attention (gaze) compared to 51% which gazed at standard banners 2x average gaze time for Kargo ads compared to standard banners 2x stronger brand memory than standard banners 2x purchase completion on product deal searches compared to standard banners Kargo clients are now able to buy media based on “seconds exposed,” which guarantees that no impression is wasted. Kargo’s attention-based solution moves the digital advertising market beyond viewability, providing a better understanding of the engagement that a particular creative and placement generates. At a time in the industry when brands are looking for more transparency and control over their media buying and looking for new ways to prove success beyond the crumbling cookie, attention provides the next level in measurement and understanding around media quality and creative efficacy. Later in 2022, Kargo plans to expand from time-on-screen measurements to include a variety of machine-learning-based intelligence that will further optimize campaign performance. With quality measurement from partners including Human, Clean.io and Adelaide, as well as the release of new attention formats, Kargo continues to raise the bar for quality, success and efficacy. “At Parsec, we’ve always believed that attention is the single most important metric in advertising. We are confident that Kargo will continue to deliver the extraordinary brand impact that our clients have come to expect,” said Diane deCordova, co-founder and COO of Parsec Media. About Parsec Media Parsec Media, a pioneer in attention optimization, quantifies the success of creatives and tactics. Parsec works with leading publishers across every vertical to provide a 100 percent transparent, brand-safe, and contextually relevant environment for brands. With a focus on attention metrics, Parsec aligns all stakeholders around a common goal: creating ads that people enjoy and find relevant. The company developed Adelaide, a SaaS solution leading in the rapidly growing field of evidence-based media quality measurement. Adelaide’s metric, AU, helps advertisers make better media investment decisions. AU is an omnichannel metric that evaluates thousands of signals to predict attention and drive more efficient outcomes. For more information, visit parsec.media. About Kargo Kargo creates memorable digital advertising and content experiences. With a suite of impactful, exclusive advertising solutions, brands choose Kargo to make customer connections that count. Kargo is the leader for unique ad placements, with creative options that make the most of mobile, video and social media. For publishers, Kargo delivers technology that dramatically improves viewer experience, as well as inventory and page performance. Headquartered in NYC, Kargo is 350 employees strong with offices across the globe.

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Google’s AI advertising revolution: More privacy, but problems remain

Google | March 16, 2021

In March 2021, Google announced that it was ending support for third-party cookies, and moving to “a more privacy first web.” Even though the move was expected within the industry and by academics, there is still confusion about the new model, and cynicism about whether it truly constitutes the kind of revolution in online privacy that Google claims. To assess this, we need to understand this new model and what is changing. The current advertising technology (adtech) approach is one in which platform corporations give us a “free” service in exchange for our data. The data is collected via third-party cookies downloaded to our devices, that allow a browser to record our internet activity. This is used to create profiles and predict our susceptibility to specific ad campaigns. Recent advances have allowed digital advertisers to use deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence (AI) wherein humans do not set the parameters. Although more powerful, this is still consistent with the old model, relying on collecting and storing our data to train models and make predictions. Google’s plans go further still.

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Gannett Issues Statement in Response to Wall Street Journal Story Regarding Advertising Data

Gannett | March 10, 2022

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) today issued a response to a story published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on March 8 that implies Gannett intentionally shared inaccurate information to advertisers over a period of nine months. Gannett sincerely regrets inadvertently passing along the incorrect data parameter. This human error was immediately rectified when the Company independently discovered the issue. The data parameter issue was caused due to a caching error when the Company implemented changes to how data is passed from the publisher to the ad exchanges. It is important to note that the revenue associated with third-party programmatic advertising exchanges that potentially used the incorrect data parameter in question was less than $10 million in total over the impacted period. Also, none of Gannett’s direct sold digital advertising or direct sold programmatic advertising were affected. No user level data was impacted and there was no impact to geo-specific ad placement or user data targeting and in all cases ads remained within the USA TODAY NETWORK of sites. Only select exchanges have adopted this specification, which greatly reduced the potential impact. Likewise, Gannett believes the number of advertisers impacted from this error was nominal in relation to Gannett’s overall programmatic advertising universe. Gannett has fully evaluated the quality assurance program relating to product releases and is implementing procedures to ensure that an error such as this does not occur again in the future. ABOUT GANNETT Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally-focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer Prize-winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 45 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns digital marketing services companies branded LOCALiQ, and runs one of the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

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