Google Ads Releases Details Around the $340m Credit for SMBs

Google | April 20, 2020

Today Google updated the information on the COVID-19 small and medium-sized business ad credit that was originally announced at the end of March. Who is an Eligible SMB? Google states that a small or medium-sized business is pre-identified business type by them, and already have a global team that helps these customers daily. The main eligibility requirement within that subset of advertisers is they must have spent on Google Ads: 10 out of the last 12 months in 2019 AND In January and/or February of this year So, if you hadn’t spent anything in 2020, you will be ineligible. Brand-new accounts as of 2020 will not be eligible. If the Account is in an Agency-Managed MCC. If there is one MCC (manager-level) account that has accounts rolling up to it, the credits are distributed per eligible account. They are not distributed at the MCC level. If the MCC-owner (ie, the Google Partner) advertises their business using Google Ads also, they are eligible for their own, separate credit. They must meet the same eligibility requirements as other SMBs.

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Roku’s Clean Room Debuts for Advertisers Ahead of TV Upfronts

Roku, Inc. | April 23, 2022

Roku, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) today announced Roku’s clean room, a privacy-first data collaboration environment that allows advertisers and agencies to use their encrypted first-party data to make planning and measuring advertising campaigns with Roku easier, all without relying on cookies or consortiums. Roku’s clean room is purpose-built for TV streaming. The planning and measurement capabilities make it the only clean room to use audience data and linear TV data from direct consumer relationships on Roku, America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform*. To get started, an advertiser loads their data into a secure environment. Roku’s clean room creates a secure connection between Roku data and the advertiser’s data. This allows brands to match their own data to Roku’s without sharing or exposing any identifiable data, all while protecting Roku consumers from direct identification. Within Roku’s clean room, advertisers then have the freedom to query matched data and run their own analyses to understand potential campaign reach, current audience delivery, and advertising impact on product sales and sign-ups. Roku’s clean room is built on top of Snowflake and its industry-leading Media Data Cloud technologies. “The future of TV advertising won’t rely on fragile cookies or consortiums, but on direct connection with actual consumers,” said Louqman Parampath, VP of Product Management, Roku. “We are thrilled to help marketers accelerate their shift to TV streaming by putting privacy and transparency first.” Omnicom Media Group, dentsu, Horizon Media, Icon Media Direct, and Camelot are all using Roku’s clean room today on live campaigns. Roku’s clean room is also directly integrated with OneView, Roku’s ad platform built for TV streaming, to make it easy for marketers to go from planning to buying without additional steps, third-party fees, or missed audiences. “Roku’s clean room allows us to provide Omnicom clients holistic, cross-screen measurement, planning and activation leveraging the Omni ID, which further expands our multi-party clean room capabilities,” says Adam Gitlin, president of Annalect. “Roku’s clean room allows us to provide Omnicom clients holistic, cross-screen measurement, planning and activation leveraging the Omni ID, which further expands our multi-party clean room capabilities,” says Adam Gitlin, president of Annalect, the data and analytics division that develops and manages Omnicom’s Omni orchestration platform. “We are very excited to integrate dentsu’s M1 identity platform with Roku’s clean room in Snowflake. This will allow us to seamlessly activate campaigns against our strategic audiences at the highest level of fidelity to maximize effectiveness,” Brad Stockton, SVP US Video Innovation, dentsu. Roku’s clean room will also be available to measurement providers in the Roku Measurement Partner Program, which includes more than 20 certified partners that help marketers understand the impact of ads on the Roku platform. Foursquare, a leading location technology platform, is using Roku’s clean room so that brands can better personalize and attribute their ad campaigns in OneView across devices and platforms. To learn more, visit https://go.roku.com/clean-room. 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 OEM brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.

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Maryland approves the first state tax on digital ads from Facebook, Google

Facebook | February 16, 2021

Maryland has approved the country's first tax on the revenue brought in from digital advertisements placed by companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. On Friday, the State Senate voted to override the governor's veto of the measure following a similar vote from the House of Delegates, The New York Times reports. The measure is expected to generate as much as $250 million in its first year. There do appear to be legal risks to the measure, which will likely face stiff challenges in court over how much governments can tax social media and technology giants. Both opponents and analysts cautioned that the bill could run afoul of both the First Amendment and federal regulations preventing discriminatory taxes on internet companies, The Washington Post reported in January. The Maryland tax specifically applies to digital ads that are displayed within the state. It's also levied based on the ad sales that a company generates. Companies that make at least $100 million to $1 billion a year will be taxed at a 2.5% rate. Companies that make more than $15 billion — which includes Facebook and google — will face a 10% tax on digital ad revenue. In addition to Silicon Valley lobbyists, other opponents of the bill include Maryland Republicans, local media outlets, and telecom companies. Those opponents say that the cost of the bill could be passed along to small businesses that buy advertising. But state governments, which have been hurting during the pandemic, see similar bills as a way to refill the coffers. Legislators in Connecticut and Indiana have already introduced similar measures to tax social media giants. The tax legislation is just part of a growing debate about the dominance and power of technology giants. In the U.S., companies like Facebook and Google are facing multiple antitrust lawsuits. Antitrust legislation introduced at the federal level could target those companies, as well as Apple. The measures in the U.S. also follow in the footsteps of governments in Europe, which have introduced both new restrictions and new taxes on American and other technology giants. Although antitrust laws and regulations could spillover and affect Apple, the Cupertino tech giant doesn't rely on advertising revenue. Instead, the bulk of the money it makes comes from sales of hardware and services.

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Aniview Renews Partnership with HUMAN to Continue Safeguarding Its Video Ad Platform From Sophisticated Bot Attacks

Aniview, HUMAN | March 09, 2022

Aniview (https://www.aniview.com/), a global video technology company playing a central role in delivering digital advertising for publishers, and HUMAN (https://www.humansecurity.com/) Security Inc., a global leader in collective protection against sophisticated bot attacks and fraud, renew their partnership to help Aniview protect its customers’ inventory from sophisticated automated cybersecurity risks. This further strengthens the two companies’ partnership, empowering publishers and advertising networks on the Aniview platform continued access to HUMAN’s MediaGuard advertising fraud product. 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. It has also better prepared Aniview and its customers for further cybersecurity challenges for the road ahead, placing it on stronger footing for the next generation of ad fraud attacks from bad actors. “We’re incredibly pleased to continue our successful relationship with HUMAN,” says Alon Carmel, CEO of Aniview. “We’re incredibly pleased to continue our successful relationship with HUMAN,” says Alon Carmel, CEO of Aniview. “The unearthing of PARETO was a great indicator of the work we’ve achieved together in mitigating such attacks, and our partnership will no doubt mature even further in the coming years.” “Aniview has demonstrated how best to be successful in the wake of an ever-evolving digital ad fraud adversary,” says Alessandro Pireno, Vice President of Product for MediaGuard at HUMAN. “Their approach in light of the PARETO takedown is a blueprint for how the industry needs to collaborate in the fight against ad fraud. They were decisive and dedicated while leveraging the collective knowledge in adopting industry standards to defeat this sophisticated threat.“ Today, HUMAN verifies the humanity of more than 15 trillion digital interactions per week, offering enterprises a platform with unmatched visibility into fraudulent activity across the internet. HUMAN achieves this scale through its continued expansion in cybersecurity, now offering a suite of products to protect the complete digital customer journey: BotGuard for Applications, BotGuard for Growth Marketing, MediaGuard, Bot Insights Services. With new partners and enterprises now able to leverage the Human Verification Engine™, comes an even deeper understanding of the cybercrime landscape. This enables HUMAN to adapt continuously, staying ahead of adversaries and offering their clients collective protection against threat models they have yet to encounter. HUMAN and MediaGuard are registered trademarks of HUMAN Security, Inc. About Aniview Aniview is a global video technology company whose platform is playing an increasingly central role in delivering efficient and effective video advertising across the open web. The company’s end-to-end solutions are highly flexible and transparent, and they operate on desktop, mobile, inApp, connected TV and over-the-top formats. Aniview’s patented video player technology, high-performance ad server and video marketplace provide flawless video delivery to over 200,000 publishers worldwide and power many of the world’s largest web publishing groups. Founded in 2013, Aniview now delivers, on average, 25 billion ad impressions per month. For more information, visit https://www.Aniview.com. About HUMAN HUMAN is a cybersecurity company that safeguards enterprises and internet platforms from sophisticated bot attacks and fraud to keep digital experiences human. Our modern defense strategy enables internet-class scale and observability, superior detection techniques and hacker intelligence & takedowns empowering us to defeat your attackers, improving the digital experience for real humans. Today we verify the humanity of more than 15 trillion interactions per week for some of the largest companies and internet platforms. Protect your digital business with HUMAN. To Know Who’s Real, visit www.humansecurity.com.

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UK advertising regulator issues rebukes to crypto industry

UK advertising | December 15, 2021

The UK advertising watchdog has taken the crypto industry to task for “widespread” problems with misleading and irresponsible ads, issuing rulings against several of the sector’s biggest firms, including Coinbase and eToro. The Advertising Standards Authority on Wednesday released formal rebukes to seven firms for breaching UK ads industry standards with a wide range of promotions, from online campaigns to endorsements by social media influencers. Papa John’s, the pizza chain that claims to have accepted the first ever purchase made in Bitcoin, came under fire from the regulator for offering £10 cash back to customers in the form of crypto tokens. The ASA said the promotional deal “trivialised” investing in risky crypto assets.

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