Facebook enables disinformation with advertising policy

effinghamdailynews | January 13, 2020

The tech giant recently announced it would not ban false political advertising, or disallow ad targeting that could fuel discrimination or racism and generally create even bigger divides in the American electorate. Facebook is shirking it social responsibility as a company with great power to influence the next election and American democracy. Google has agreed to prohibit ads making false claims and so called “deep-fake” videos that mislead through doctoring images or using a real image attached to a completely different story. The company will also prohibit “demonstrably false” political claims that could influence voter trust in an election. The company will also limit targeting of ads to broad categories like state, gender or zip code. It won’t allow advertisers to target, for example, people who voted a certain way. Twitter has completely banned all political advertising. Hurrah for them. We continue to believe 90 percent of political advertising on social media is either false, grossly misleading or, at a minimum, ignores significant facts.

Spotlight

Everyone's got data on the brain lately. While consumers worry about privacy, many still prefer personalized ad experiences. Thus, for marketers, it becomes a delicate dance how do you reach your audience effectively using widely available data without going too far and losing trust?


Other News
DISPLAY ADVERTISING

New Report by Kinesso Helps Brands Navigate Digital Advertising Disruption

Kinesso | June 01, 2022

Kinesso, IPG’s connected intelligence company, today debuted proprietary research designed to help brands maintain their connections with people in a rapidly changing advertising ecosystem. The report, titled “A Connected Approach to the Disconnected Identity Ecosystem,” explores how marketers can respond to disruptions to digital advertising, including technology innovations, the deprecation of the third-party cookie, and evolving privacy regulations. The study explores the challenges marketers are facing, where they are in their journey to find solutions, and the five best investments they can make right now – including identity solutions – to ensure their marketing is both effective for the brand and responsible to people. Third-party cookies and identifiers have played a key role in most brands’ identity solutions, allowing them to reach audiences at scale and personalize communications across an increasingly complex ecosystem of publishers, content platforms, and different ways to buy ads. With the loss of these cookies and identifiers, advertisers expect diminished marketing effectiveness. According to the report’s findings: 75% agree it will make it harder to reach and scale audiences 71% agree measurement and attribution will suffer 66% agree Apple’s privacy-related changes will affect the profitability of direct response advertising. Brands must find alternatives that will allow them to continue to reach their audiences, use the best media for their objectives, measure effectiveness, and have the flexibility to adapt as new publishers and platforms emerge. “Brands must find a way to continue delivering meaningful, relevant marketing at a time when the advertising landscape is going through tremendous change,” said Arun Kumar, CEO, Kinesso and Global Chief Data and Marketing Technology Officer, IPG. “Brands must find a way to continue delivering meaningful, relevant marketing at a time when the advertising landscape is going through tremendous change,” said Arun Kumar, CEO, Kinesso and Global Chief Data and Marketing Technology Officer, IPG. “For marketers, the question becomes, what’s the best solution for my brand? However, this report highlights there is not a single solution, supporting our view that the right solution is a multi-layered approach. This research outlines the best bets – the investments marketers should be making now to ensure they achieve their business outcomes and continue to market responsibly.” This research identifies five options that could be considered effective responses to the loss of third-party cookies and other changes, and outlines the effectiveness, feasibility, challenges and key partners needed to deploy each. Solutions include first-party data, alternative identifiers and identity solutions, working with so-called ‘walled gardens,’ adopting cohort-based solutions, and contextual targeting. Most of the advertisers Kinesso spoke to – 85% of them – agree that the industry needs to do more than the bare minimum to embrace a privacy-first age, but 63% are still at an early stage in figuring out the right investments for their brand. The report highlights the fact that there is no one solution to rule them all and finds advertisers exploring multiple options – and working with more than one partner – to find the right solution for their business: 68% of advertisers agree that using one or more of the alternatives to third-party cookies will result in better digital advertising outcomes than at present. Less than 15% of advertisers are developing solutions by themselves, citing lack of knowledge, budget, and time as primary drivers for working with partners. Advertisers work with ~2 partners on average — and seek bespoke solutions. “With the death of the third-party cookie, it’s imperative that marketers innovate within the digital advertising space and prioritize a future that’s good for both marketers and individuals. Most brands are in the early stages of responding to these new challenges, and the strategies and projections that we’ve outlined in this report will be a catalyst for important planning discussions as marketers gear up to embrace our future,” said Tracy YoungLincoln, Chief Client Officer at Kinesso. Kinesso’s “A Connected Approach to the Disconnected Identity Ecosystem” report is part of a series on responsible marketing created in conjunction with its sister IPG companies, Acxiom and Matterkind. The research is based on consumer and business surveys in the U.S. and UK as well as interviews with industry experts. About Kinesso Kinesso is a connected intelligence company that builds applications and software solutions, working with agencies and partners to deliver consistent and relevant customer experiences for people across all channels. Kinesso’s technology solutions and services span audience, planning, and activation, delivering insights that drive growth for leading global brands. Kinesso is part of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG). For more information, visit kinesso.com.

Read More

AD NETWORKS

Ezoic Awarded Technology Innovation Award for Ad Tester Product

Business Intelligence Group, Ezoic | August 01, 2022

The Business Intelligence Group awarded Ezoic, the AI-driven platform for digital publishers, its Sales and Marketing Technology Award (Sammy) for Ezoic’s Ad Tester product in the 2022 Sales and Marketing Technology Awards program, also known as The Sammys. The Sammys honor organizations and products helping to solve the challenges organizations have connecting and collaborating with prospects and customers. Ezoic’s Ad Tester enables digital publishers to handpick over a thousand potential ad placements for their website and then finds the best combinations for each website page to increase overall ad visibility and revenue while preserving user experience. Ad Tester also automatically creates ad variations for mobile devices and tablets, and systematically uses the publisher’s website analytics to choose which layouts maximize user experience to improve website ad position on each site page and increase website ad revenue. “Ezoic’s Ad Tester is a game changer for digital publishers as it’s the only online ad management tool to effectively use machine learning to pick the best ad positions on website pages and optimize them for increased clicks and ad revenue,” says Ezoic Chief Marketing Officer Tyler Bishop. “Ezoic’s Ad Tester is a game changer for digital publishers as it’s the only online ad management tool to effectively use machine learning to pick the best ad positions on website pages and optimize them for increased clicks and ad revenue,” says Ezoic Chief Marketing Officer Tyler Bishop. “We are honored by this Sammy award and grateful to the Business Intelligence Group for this program that recognizes innovation and excellence in marketing technology.” “We are proud to reward and recognize Ezoic for their innovation and dedication to helping both the organizations using their technology and the ultimate consumer,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “It was clear to our judges that their efforts will improve how we all connect with the brands we love for years to come.” About Business Intelligence Group The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. About Ezoic Ezoic is the leading AI technology for online publishers and websites to monetize content with display ads. Ezoic is a Google Certified Publishing Partner that hosts about 35,000+ domains, enabling them to streamline implementation, optimization, and testing of ads and ad partners alongside intelligent tools and features for site speed, SEO, and more. Visit www.ezoic.com.

Read More

ADVERTISER PLATFORMS

Advertising Industry Titan ‘Puzzled’ by Musk’s Plan for Twitter

Twitter, Tesla | May 31, 2022

Add another veteran CEO to the list that is rather unsure by what Tesla CEO Elon Musk has planned for Twitter, should the world’s richest man close the deal for the social media platform. “I am a little puzzled,” S4 Capital founder and chairman Sir Martin Sorrell “I am a little puzzled,” S4 Capital founder and chairman Sir Martin Sorrell told Yahoo Finance Live at the World Economic Forum on the outlook for Twitter should Musk make the platform less reliant on ad revenue as he has suggested (full interview above). Musk has a vision to quintuple Twitter’s sales to $26.4 billion by 2028 on a user base of 931 million (compared to 217 million to end last year) as he pushes more into a subscription model, according to a pitch-deck seen by the New York Times. Twitter would haul in $1.3 billion from a not-yet-released payments business by 2028, up from $15 million in 2023, according to Musk’s plan. Musk also aims to have 11,072 employees at Twitter by 2025 compared to about 7,500 today. Sorrell noted that there could actually be a risk to Twitter’s ad business — however much would be left as Musk moves away from it —amid the opening up of the platform do more controversial voices. “I didn’t quite follow the logic there,” Sorrell said. “But of course, if you have… a free speech network platform, clients are very worried about brand safety and having their advertising positioned against controversial content. So it will make advertisers more concerned about a platform that is more open and less controlled or less editorially controlled than it should be.” Some on Wall Street are also questioning Musk’s math. “We note that Twitter has never grown at a 27%+ revenue CAGR [compound annual growth rate] with a comparable [revenue] base,” Jefferies tech analyst Brent Thill stated in a recent note. “Musk’s reported ambitions to switch to an ad and subscription model would likely pose a significant rev headwind and make it difficult to achieve these targets.”

Read More

AD TECH AND MARTECH

The Digital Voice Ad Tech PR Agency Grows Team By Eight

The Digital Voice | August 08, 2022

Having recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary, B2B ad tech specialist PR agency The Digital Voice has now appointed eight new starters, including a leading marketing operations specialist from the fashion industry; bringing its team to 26 across the UK and Europe. Camealia Xavier-Chihota joins as marketing lead, having spent many years in marketing operations at leading brands such as River Island, working her way up as a fashion buyer before diversifying her skill set in various roles within e-commerce, sales, events, marketing, and management. Meanwhile, Akinyi Odhiambo joins the events team as senior events executive; expert writer, storyteller, and blog specialist, Jelena Zoric will join the 8-strong writing team as brand storyteller; Rosie Hutchinson has been appointed as events and content executive; Noor Sheikh as social media executive; Ren Bowman as tech social media copywriter; Faith Ilori as junior marketing executive; and Rowan Lee-Foyster, junior graphic designer; bringing illustration expertise and even more passion for graphic design to the team. More details on The Digital Voice’s growing team can be found here. A number of staff members have also been promoted in recent weeks, with Maryum Sheikh now press and SEO lead and Nicole Kotseva having been promoted to social media lead. Team members include leading journalists and content writers, social media specialists, press officers, event managers, podcast producers and graphic designers; with the agency’s offering spanning PR, marketing automation, SEO, social media management, event management, design, podcast and website production, and with consultants on the ground across the UK and Europe. Julia Linehan, founder and MD of The Digital Voice, says: “These new starters bring experience, creativity, passion, and our signature can-do attitude to our team as we continue to act as a mouthpiece for companies with a lot to say but who need a helping hand to get heard. Julia Linehan, founder and MD of The Digital Voice, says: “These new starters bring experience, creativity, passion, and our signature can-do attitude to our team as we continue to act as a mouthpiece for companies with a lot to say but who need a helping hand to get heard. “We are proud of the relationships we build, as an outputs-driven agency which overdelivers for clients. We're only just getting started and have huge plans to bring in more tech, more content, more partners, more experts, and above all, more heart and soul into all that we do for our loyal partners.” Indeed, the agency prides itself on becoming an extension of client teams on a long-term basis, with businesses such as impact.com now approaching its ninth year of partnership with the boutique agency. The Digital Voice also operates a virtual working model, which enables its team to support clients in a range of geographies and to embrace a huge pool of talent. For instance, the award winning boutique PR agency recently added podcast production and website management to its growing offering. In addition, it recently launched a new website and Instagram channel. The ad tech specialist agency’s client roster includes 15 innovative businesses, including long term clients Adnami, Adverty, Brand Metrics, Cavai, Exit Bee, GumGum, impact.com, Lumen Research, multilocal, Optable, Passendo, Playground XYZ, Tailify, Verasity, and WhiteBullet, with a number of others on its waiting list.

Read More

Spotlight

Everyone's got data on the brain lately. While consumers worry about privacy, many still prefer personalized ad experiences. Thus, for marketers, it becomes a delicate dance how do you reach your audience effectively using widely available data without going too far and losing trust?

Resources