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Best Buy Launches New Advertising Business, Best Buy Ads

Best Buy | January 04, 2022

For decades, Best Buy has been helping customers discover, try, and buy some of the most innovative products out there. No one knows consumer technology — and has the deep relationships with the people who buy it — like we do.

That’s why we’re excited to announce Best Buy Ads, our new in-house media company that will help shoppers discover products, services, and offers. With our deep customer insights, we will partner with relevant brands in a variety of new and holistic ways, to provide meaningful messages at the right time.

We interact with our customers three billion times a year — in our stores, in their homes, and online. These relationships last longer and run deeper than most. Knowing our customers on this level means we can help other brands cut through the clutter with advertising that won’t waste our customers’ time. With Best Buy Ads, we can show more of what interests our customers, when it interests them, and even help them save money. Whether a brand sells products at Best Buy or offers complementary products and solutions our customers need, we can help them reach their audience on our own channels (think BestBuy.com or in-store) and on external sites with a broad portfolio of offerings.

We have spent the past few years building a business that can analyze the data from our customer relationships and recommend relevant ways to connect with customers based on cutting-edge data science and analytics. It’s an innovative approach to advertising, in line with the innovative tech we sell. Just what you’d expect from Best Buy.

Diversifying an industry, creating equitable opportunities

There’s more to Best Buy Ads than connecting brands with shoppers, including an important focus on inclusion and diversity. In the advertising industry alone, according to labor market data, 73% of hires are white.

We’ve pledged to do better and, last year, Best Buy unveiled a five-year plan to address underrepresentation and technology inequities as well as create educational and career opportunities for those who need it most. As part of this pledge, we announced that Best Buy will dedicate nearly 10% of its annual media spend to BIPOC media by 2025.

With this in mind, and with the help of some of our partners and the Best Buy Foundation, Best Buy Ads is launching an advertising-focused Career Pathways program through our Best Buy Teen Tech Center locations across the country. The goal of this new program is to create opportunities and a pipeline of talented and diverse candidates for future advertising careers. Teens in this program will have access to internships, mentorships with professionals and paid work-based experiences all within the advertising industry.

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Irish Spring® Debuts First-Ever Big Game Ad, Unveiling the World of Irish Spring

Irish Spring | February 07, 2022

Irish Spring is debuting its first-ever Big Game commercial to help guys across America discover exactly where great smells come from. The new commercial, entitled, "Welcome to Irish Spring," follows our less than fresh smelling hero as he comes across the lush, clean land of Irish Spring. But what begins as a blissful adventure, quickly transforms into something unforeseen. Irish Spring is all about nice smells, and the magical, nice-smelling world it has dreamt up in this commercial, expresses that passion. Along with the new creative, Irish Spring is introducing a new logo, new packaging, modernized graphics, a new body wash fragrance (Mountain Chill), updates to current body wash fragrances (Aloe Mist, Active Scrub, and Moisture Blast), and a modernized Irish Spring Original Clean bar soap fragrance. Nice smells matter to Zillennial guys. In fact, according to a survey that Irish Spring conducted among guys ages 18 - 24, nearly 3 out of 4 (74.5%) said that the top reason that they shower is to get rid of body odor and other smells. That is not to say that being clean is unimportant to them, but wanting to smell good is a much bigger motivation. "As a brand that has been around for 50 years, it's important to modernize and stay fresh so younger generations understand what Irish Spring is all about. And that's good smells," says Emily Fong Mitchell, general manager of Personal Care for North America at Colgate-Palmolive. "Our Big Game commercial is the product of a lot of creative thinking about how we want to evolve and build on this classic brand, knowing that we're a staple among so many men today, but that we also have this new group–Zillennial guys–that want to make sure they don't smell bad." Directed by award-winning filmmakers Matias Rygh and Mathias Eriksen, otherwise known as Matias & Mathias, the :30 commercial will air during the fourth quarter of The Big Game. Strategically, Irish Spring has an unbeatable proposition: they make soap that smells good, so you can smell good. We noticed that no one in the category was owning the notion of smelling great, and it felt like very fertile territory. Testing showed that to be the case, and our clients trusted us enough to take this simple but powerful insight to the extreme." Spence Kramer, Founder & CEO of TEN6. About Colgate-Palmolive Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom's of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including its achievements decreasing plastic waste, saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability, conserving natural resources and improving children's oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than 1.4 billion children since 1991.

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Zype to Preview New Capabilities for OTT Apps Publishing, Analytics and Monetization at NAB Show

Zype | April 19, 2022

Zype, the leading video API and infrastructure platform, today announced that the company will be revealing new product innovations and integrations for OTT video publishers during this year’s NAB Show. Zype representatives will be in Las Vegas to showcase the new capabilities of the Zype Platform at the NAB Show from April 23rd to April 27th. With Zype, video publishers can distribute content worldwide to a network that is poised to grow exponentially with every new smart TV sold. Zype powers more than 1400 video apps and playout channels from a platform that reaches 30M monthly users and serves over 20B video API requests per month. Those interested in meeting with the Zype team at the show may submit a meeting request here. Over the past year, Zype has made significant investments to cater to audiences looking for top-tier, end-to-end video distribution solutions for the OTT market. Leading with cloud-based solutions for video content management and distribution, monetization, playout and app publishing, Zype enables content publishers to succeed in OTT video distribution whether they’re interested in launching FAST channels on digital linear distributors, or building automated streaming apps across web, mobile, tablet, and connected TV destinations. At the NAB Show, Zype will be premiering new capabilities of the Zype Platform including: Zype Apps Creator - Build and launch beautiful no-code apps for OTT streaming with the latest generation of Zype Apps Creator and expand video reach to new device ecosystems quickly and reliably New Features in Playout 2.0 - From live video insert capabilities, to advanced advertising tools, to its intuitive horizontal programming timeline, Zype’s 2021 NAB Product of the Year-winning Playout 2.0 incorporates must-have functionality into an intuitive interface to make playout distribution a breeze Advanced Advertising Capabilities - Zype’s latest integrations with partners like IRIS.TV and TripleLift enable customers to better monetize their videos and generate more revenue through better ad experiences for end-users including native in-program advertising opportunities and advertising that is contextually relevant to adjacent content Advanced Analytics Tools - Decipher first-party streaming data with Zype’s suite of analytics tools and that present a consolidated view across all publishing platforms with the ability to leverage add-ons for geo-analytics, quality of experience analytics, and data alerting capabilities Last week, Zype announced its acquisition by Backlight, a global media technology company composed of five innovative and fast-growing media software businesses whose cloud-based solutions dramatically improve every step of the media content lifecycle. At the NAB Show, Zype will be joined by three other Backlight businesses — ftrack, the creator of award-winning production tracking, interactive media review, and team collaboration platforms; iconik (booth #N1743), a cloud-native, SaaS media management solution that allows users to share files from any storage, collaborate on video, and enrich media with AI for high searchability; and Wildmoka, a leading platform for the creation of digital content from Sports, News and Entertainment. About Zype Zype provides infrastructure for digital video, with a cloud-based platform to manage and distribute enterprise-grade video across web, mobile, TV, and social media. Offering both developer-friendly tools such as customizable APIs as well as turnkey solutions for automated app publishing and playout, Zype's SaaS enables video creators, publishers or distributors to quickly build, launch and manage superior video products at scale. With a wide ecosystem of video connectors and technology partners and an award-winning support team, Zype's customers confidently increase reach, engagement and monetization by delivering premium entertainment experiences. Founded in 2014 and acquired by Backlight in 2021, Zype is a privately held company with more than 300 customers worldwide. www.zype.com.

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Aniview, HUMAN | March 09, 2022

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Twenty-twenty-one was a tumultuous year (https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/96496-ddos-attacks-and-botnets-in-2021-mozi-takedowns-and-high-frequency-attacks-reshape-the-threat-landscape) for botnet attacks, with PARETO (https://www.humansecurity.com/newsroom/human-formerly-white-ops-together-with-newly-formed-human-collective-and-industry-leaders-google-roku-announces-discovery-and-disruption-of-pareto-ctv-botnet), a highly sophisticated fraud operation, amassing an army of nearly one million bots to target CTV ad-ecosystems via mobile apps. The botnet used dozens of mobile apps to impersonate or spoof more than 6,000 CTV apps, accounting for an average of 650 million ad requests every day. PARETO used sophisticated techniques to hide its identity across the ecosystem, but was ultimately discovered and disrupted by HUMAN and the Human Collective in April 2021. By renewing its partnership with HUMAN, Aniview is able to successfully identify and further eliminate threats of this nature from within its platform. The successful exposure of PARETO was enabled by Aniview’s dedicated approach to implementing HUMAN’s guidance, including adopting all industry anti-fraud standards across their platform and installing a dedicated quality leader. 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MGID | April 26, 2022

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