College Admissions Officers Are Paying More Attention to Applicants’ Social Profiles

Adweek | January 13, 2020

The trend of college admissions officers visiting the social media profiles of applicants is back on the upswing, according to the latest survey from Kaplan Test Prep. The educational and career-services provider polled nearly 300 college admissions officers and found that 36% of them turn to applicants' profiles on social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Kaplan’s 2015 survey.

Kaplan Test Prep said the trend had been downward the past three years

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Hivestack partners with China’s leading offline advertising solution provider, Focus Media

Hivestack, Focus Media | November 24, 2022

Hivestack, the world’s leading, independent programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) ad tech company today announced a partnership with Focus Media, China’s leading offline advertising solution provider. Focus Media’s DOOH inventory across office building elevators will gradually be integrated into the Hivestack Supply Side Platform (SSP) allowing advertisers to activate large scale programmatic DOOH campaigns via Private Marketplace (PMP) deals across China. Focus Media covers 2.6 million elevator terminals across China with a wide selection of interactive digital screens, including elevator screens and movie theater media networks through which advertisers can reach and engage with 300 million urban residents in China in over 230 cities on a daily basis. Integrating Focus Media’s inventory into Hivestack’s global SSP will provide unparalleled access to prime OOH media locations across China and will allow for advertisers from within China and from global markets outside to seamlessly plan, activate and measure programmatic DOOH campaigns and drive business outcomes. Aileen Ku, General Manager China, Hivestack said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Focus Media, one of the world’s leading out of home (OOH) advertising companies. It is such an important addition on our supply side platform, which offers many boundless opportunities to expand and elevate our current inventory, enabling Chinese and global brands more accessible in the market to reach their target audiences with more precision.” Andreas Soupliotis, Founder & CEO of Hivestack commented: “Our partnership with Focus Media represents a significant milestone for our business in China. We began this journey two years ago by replicating our tech stack behind the Chinese firewall to be able to power inside out opportunities for Chinese brands and also outside-in transactions, bringing overseas revenue to Chinese DOOH media owners. We are now ready for the next phase of Hivestack China - to power domestic transactions. With our Focus Media partnership, we now have incredible scale in China - enough to convince Chinese marketers to augment omnichannel budgets to include programmatic DOOH. China has been a big investment and commitment for us - we are so excited to see our vision bear fruit.” Cindy Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, Focus Media added: “We are excited to announce this strategic partnership with Hivestack as we continue to develop our programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) offering across China. The way in which Hivestack has built their technology in China is extremely valuable to our business as Focus Media has been offering "targeted" premium ads to reach a subdivision of specific audiences. This can now be further empowered with advanced technology and data from Hivestack.” Jason Jiang, Chairman & CEO, Focus Media said: “With the advantages of Focus Media’s centralized media resources and our strong brand exposure in the market, this partnership with Hivestack will help advertisers in China and globally to achieve rapid business growth.” Jason Jiang, Chairman & CEO, Focus Media said: “With the advantages of Focus Media’s centralized media resources and our strong brand exposure in the market, this partnership with Hivestack will help advertisers in China and globally to achieve rapid business growth.” Leveraging technology and data, programmatic DOOH is empowering brands to connect and engage with audiences outside of their homes in a more concise and measurable way than ever before. Media owners are increasingly leaning towards generating DOOH revenue via programmatic. Through this new partnership, Focus Media and Hivestack have created an incredible opportunity for advertisers to engage with 300 million mainstream consumer groups in China, bringing the OOH industry to new heights with new innovation and new business breakthroughs in China.

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ADVERTISER PLATFORMS

Triton Digital Reveals New Triton Advertising Platform (TAP)

Triton Digital | October 06, 2022

Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio, podcast, and broadcast radio industries, today announced a new version of its advertising platform, Tap. The enhanced version, now available to all clients, provides a more fluid experience throughout the entire lifecycle of audio ad campaigns – from planning to billing – simplifying publisher workflows and enabling increased revenue opportunities and a better listener experience. Managing and monetizing advertising inventory can be a complicated and time-consuming task. With the latest version of Tap, audio publishers can streamline audio campaign management and focus on what matters most – growing their digital audio business. As an API-driven platform, publishers can choose to control everything via an API or the Tap UI, leveraging Tap’s enhanced capabilities in their preferred environment. The enhanced version of Tap provides: Flexible Campaign Set-Up: A simplified user interface and quick search filters limit the number of clicks required to create a campaign, delivering a more streamlined user experience. New Creative Management Capabilities: Advanced creative management features, including the ability to use multiple creatives in a single flight, support for weighted or sequential rotations, and the option to apply targeting rules to specific creatives, build upon the data-driven ad personalization capabilities from partner Frequency, audio’s premiere Creative Management Platform. Advanced Ad Separation: Enhanced ad break support provides more granular control of pacing and frequency capping and new ad separation rules, in accordance with IAB guidelines, allows for better enforcement between publisher direct sold and programmatic ads. Publishers can define their desired industry separation and override default settings to make more inventory available, as needed. Expanded Ad & Campaign Targeting: In addition to advanced geotargeting across all countries, publisher content (podcast, streaming and on-demand) can now be effortlessly grouped into a single campaign, leveraging all available ad placements (pre-roll, mid-roll, and post-roll) improving inventory management and monetization. “As Australia’s leading independent audio entertainment destination, we pride ourselves on creating unforgettable experiences loved and shared by our listeners,” said Tim Armstrong, Director of Digital Capability and Data, Nova Entertainment. “With Tap we are able to streamline our audio campaign management to drive operational efficiencies, enabling us to deliver the audio entertainment experiences our customers have come to love and expect.” “Our unparalleled portfolio of audio advertising technology helps publishers manage and monetize content more efficiently,” said Benjamin Masse, Chief Product Officer, Triton Digital. “Our unparalleled portfolio of audio advertising technology helps publishers manage and monetize content more efficiently,” said Benjamin Masse, Chief Product Officer, Triton Digital. “Tap provides a fluid experience throughout the audio ad campaign lifecycle to better deliver personalized ad creative that improves not only the listening experience, but an organization’s bottom line.” Triton Digital provides the industry’s most comprehensive stack of advertising solutions to help audio publishers increase the value of their inventory. Tap makes targeting easier, provides sophisticated inventory forecasting tools, and enables streamlined production, management, and delivery of ad creative. With the enhanced capabilities in Tap, audio publishers benefit from streamlined workflow creation and simplified audio advertising flight management, improving inventory monetization. About Triton Digital Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio, podcast, and broadcast radio industries. Operating in more than 80 countries, Triton provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, podcasters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton powers the global online audio industry with Webcast Metrics®, the leading streaming audio measurement service and Podcast Metrics, one of the first IAB certified podcast measurement services in the industry. With unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global audio industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.

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My Code Acquires Veranda Entertainment to Bolster Connected TV Advertising Solutions for Hispanic Audiences

My Code, Veranda Entertainment | November 02, 2022

My Code, the largest multicultural digital media company in the United States which enables publishers, storytellers, brands and agencies to connect with diverse audiences, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Veranda Entertainment, a leading technology and entertainment company that distributes multicultural and Spanish-language film and television content across multiple Connected TV (CTV) platforms. Over the last few years, multicultural audiences, especially Hispanic consumers, have adopted CTV streaming apps at a higher rate compared to the general population, presenting a significant opportunity to marketers. With this acquisition, My Code can now offer its marketing partners direct access to advertising inventory in Veranda’s catalog, whose well-established connections with content producers are positioned to showcase quality content to underserved U.S. Hispanic audiences. To grow its influence in the CTV space, My Code will work closely with Veranda’s channels and programming, including Butaca TV, Oro TV, Saborear TV and Judge Faith, which provide hundreds of original film and television series worldwide. These channels along with Veranda’s leading AVOD platform, Butaca TV, will help brands and advertisers select media inventory that reaches connected audiences at scale. “As we continue to expand My Code’s portfolio to bring all multicultural digital services under one brand, the CTV market has been a huge priority for us, which is why the Veranda Entertainment acquisition is the natural next step,” said Parker Morse, CEO and founder of My Code. “As we continue to expand My Code’s portfolio to bring all multicultural digital services under one brand, the CTV market has been a huge priority for us, which is why the Veranda Entertainment acquisition is the natural next step,” said Parker Morse, CEO and founder of My Code. “Veranda’s award-winning team have built a platform that amplifies the voice of today’s Hispanic audience and we look forward to integrating our robust advertising, custom creative and branded content solutions to help advertisers grow ad revenue, viewership and distribution possibilities to global CTV audiences.” Since launching in 2004, Veranda has built an extensive network of global publishers, content producers, media companies, smart television manufacturers and digital platforms to distribute content and branded channels. Their distribution channels include general market television, as well as contemporary and classic Spanish-language cinema. To share content with an increasingly globalized audience, Veranda works with premier distribution platforms including Amazon, YouTube, Pluto, Tubi, The Roku Channel, Plex, Samsung TV Plus and Vizio. With a library of over 175 titles and 1500 hours of content, Veranda logs in over 100M hours of content consumed annually. “My Code’s dedication to establishing meaningful connections with Hispanic and multicultural audiences has never been more important and we’re aligned with their vision to optimize the CTV experience for both advertisers and consumers,” said Randall Green, CEO at Veranda. “My Code brings a wealth of demand from advertisers and marketing partners that are a perfect fit for Veranda’s on-demand channels as audiences continue to take advantage of the accessibility of digital content.” My Code’s acquisition of Veranda follows a series of publisher deals with premier multicultural media platforms. Prior to acquiring Veranda, My Code closed an acquisition with Impremedia, the leading Hispanic news and information company that includes La Opinión, the nation’s #1 Spanish-language daily newspaper. My Code will continue finalizing strategic partnerships with key media stakeholders to make it easier for marketers to have a comprehensive plan that addresses the lack of quality content for multicultural audiences who are often exposed to messaging that does not meet their consumer sentiments. To learn more about My Code, please visit www.mycodemedia.com. About My Code My Code is a digital media company that enables brands, agencies, publishers, and storytellers to decode and connect with multifaceted and diverse audiences. My Code was formed following the expansion of H Code, a 2x Inc. 5000-ranked company founded in 2015, into additional demographics beyond Hispanic consumers. With a diverse team of marketers, sellers, researchers, and storytellers specializing in an ever-growing selection of Cultural and Affinity Codes, My Code helps companies of all sizes reach millions of Hispanic, Black, AAPI, multicultural female and LGBTQ+ consumers with unmatched authenticity. My Code combines proprietary insights from its Intelligence Center, first-party targetable datasets, and custom creative to deliver unparalleled multimedia content that effectively reaches diverse audiences across the digital landscape. Having evolved from its Hispanic-centric origins, My Code is now a robust, minority-dominant organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of the diverse communities and audiences it represents. Its purpose-driven media marketplace allows advertisers to easily invest in minority-owned and led publishers, creators, and producers. My Code recently acquired the leading Hispanic news company Impremedia, making it the owner of the most widely read and respected Spanish-language daily newspapers and digital media outlets in the U.S. Today, My Code’s employee base is 88% multicultural, 77% Hispanic/Latinx, and 60% female across its offices in the U.S. and Latin America. About Veranda Entertainment Founded in 2004, Veranda Entertainment is a technology and entertainment company that has been distributing film and television content across multiple platforms for 18 years. Veranda Entertainment spans the globe as they work with independent producers, large distributors and production companies to distribute their content. Veranda’s partnership with media companies, smart television manufacturers, and digital platforms to distribute its content and branded channels allows viewers worldwide to enjoy curated films and TV.

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Targetspot Doubles Down on Podcasts

Targetspot | September 23, 2022

Targetspot (formerly AudioValley) (Paris:ALTGS) (Brussels:ALTGS), a global player in AdTech and digital audio monetisation, is strengthening its position in podcast monetisation by adding new resources to its US marketplace and entering into a series of partnerships in the UK and France. A particularly dynamic segment of the digital audio industry, podcasts are now a major growth area for the Group. In North America, the Targetspot podcast marketplace has been refined to fully meet the expectations of advertisers who are attracted to this immersive and engaging medium and are looking to buy space from multiple podcast publishers. It now offers them a transparent environment to deliver massive, targeted campaigns at competitive prices. Dominick Milano, SVP, Sales, and Business ​Development North America : “As we have continued to expand our podcast supply, we have simultaneously been improving both show level transparency and category accuracy. This means buyers can have further confidence in buying what they are targeting, and having greater visibility in the actual shows where ads are running.” Dominick Milano, SVP, Sales, and Business ​Development North America : “As we have continued to expand our podcast supply, we have simultaneously been improving both show level transparency and category accuracy. This means buyers can have further confidence in buying what they are targeting, and having greater visibility in the actual shows where ads are running.” The Targetspot podcast marketplace now reaches over one billion monthly impressions in North America from renowned publishers such as Spreaker, Empire, Salem, Bonneville or CBC, with a catalog of over 56,000 different podcasts. Two new partnerships in the UK In the UK, partnerships with two new publishers, Sport Social Podcast Network and WIZARD Radio Media, will expand advertising inventory with topics that are popular with advertisers and agencies. Targetspot now offers them the opportunity to reach a wide-ranging audience of sports fans through its alliance with dedicated podcast specialist Sport Social Podcast Network. With WIZARD Radio Media, which broadcasts the most popular teenage web radio station in the UK, Targetspot is strengthening its focus on the "Generation Z" target group through high-quality podcasts. A stronger position in native podcasting in France Already a key player in the monetisation of radio replay podcasts through its exclusive partnership with Radio France, Targetspot is strengthening its catalogue of digital native podcasts in France and Belgium. The Group is marketing three new programmes produced by Paradiso Media and Brut (100% digital media designed for social networks), which had an excellent summer performance on listening platforms. Targetspot has also partnered with the French platform Audiomeans, the leading independent podcast hosting and distribution company in terms of listening volume. Group Chairman and founder Alexandre Saboundjian comments : “Revenues from podcasts made up 28% of Targetspot's turnover in the first half of 2022, compared to 19% for the whole of 2021. The many partnerships forged in recent weeks will further accelerate our increasing influence in this high-potential channel. Podcasts bring together an audience that is both highly engaged and highly qualified, offering agencies and advertisers unprecedented targeting capabilities. With its turnkey Targetspot Podcast Marketplace solution, our Group has become a key player in podcast monetisation.” About Targetspot Targetspot, an AdTech group company listed on the Brussels and Paris stock exchanges, has been a leader and pioneer in digital audio since 2007. Targetspot connects brands to their target audiences via an inventory of leading publishers across all areas of digital audio. Through its proprietary technologies, Targetspot provides end-to-end integration between advertisers and publishers, for contextually targeted, cookie-free campaigns involving both direct and programmatic buying. Targetspot is also a leader in audio streaming, its Shoutcast brand enabling over 85,000 radio stations to be streamed online. Targetspot is operational in 9 countries and employs around 100 people worldwide.

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