Google exiles 600 apps from Play Store for 'disruptive advertising' amid push to clean up Android souk's image

Google | February 21, 2020

Google exiles 600 apps from Play Store for 'disruptive advertising' amid push to clean up Android souk's image
On Thursday Google confirmed it has removed nearly 600 Android apps from the Google Play Store and banned them from its ad services for violating its policies on disruptive advertising and interstitials. "We define disruptive ads as ads that are displayed to users in unexpected ways, including impairing or interfering with the usability of device functions," said Per Bjorke, senior product manager for ad traffic quality in a blog post. "While they can occur in-app, one form of disruptive ads we’ve seen on the rise is something we call out-of-context ads, which is when malicious developers serve ads on a mobile device when the user is not actually active in their app."

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Talon Outdoor and Stagwell (STGW) Expand Capabilities and Global Presence in data-driven Out-of-Home Advertising

Stagwell | December 18, 2021

Stagwell Inc. (NASDAQ: STGW) and Stagwell Media Network today announced a strategic partnership with leading out-of-home (OOH) media specialist Talon to accelerate global growth in OOH advertising. Talon joins Stagwell's network to expand their collective global presence in offering smarter, data-driven, and creative-led OOH planning, buying, and proprietary technologies to advertisers. With the outdoor movement returning to pre-pandemic levels, the global OOH market is rebounding quickly, achieving a 21.8 percent uptick this year and an expected 13.3 percent increase in 2022, according to WARC. The combination of Talon's deep investments in market-leading adtech platforms, including Ada, Atlas and Plato and strategy-led OOH leadership, and Stagwell's global scale offers brands and agencies around the world a powerful path for accessing innovative capabilities to power outcomes-based OOH campaigns. The global digital OOH market is highly fragmented and represents an untapped growth opportunity and Talon has built an impressive portfolio of technology and service capabilities with a deep bench strength of OOH specialists. Our collaboration with Talon will help educate more brands and agencies across the global marketplace on the growing OOH opportunities for tapping into richer behavioral and location insights for quantifying the channel's true impact across the customer journey." Jon Schaaf, Global Chief Investment Officer of Stagwell. Barry Cupples, Talon's Global CEO said, "The digital transformation of OOH is bringing game-changing opportunities for advertisers to apply modern, data-driven advertising techniques to target audiences and measure outcomes more precisely than ever. Stagwell is one of the fastest-growing and transformative creative services networks and we look forward to our collaboration in fueling our next stage of growth in making it easier for advertisers in more markets to access and execute captivating and performance-driven OOH campaigns that surround people's everyday journeys." With its complementary media capability of global digital out of home, Talon joins Stagwell's diverse network of Affiliate Partners providing unique solutions around the world. Designed to provide brands with capabilities to engage audiences during pivotal moments across cultures, Stagwell's Affiliate Network spans a host of capabilities including e-commerce, scaled content and media. This partnership comes on the heels of Talon's rapid expansion in the U.S. market. Talon formed a strategic partnership with The Buntin Group to create a new entity named Talon-Buntin America that delivers scale, agility, and expanded capabilities for local and regional brands. In addition, Talon unveiled a new connected video offering, which unifies OTT and digital OOH (DOOH) advertising through a new partnership with MadHive. Earlier this year, Talon formed a North American partnership with Hivestack that makes OOH buying as frictionless as possible with self-serve access for advertisers. About Talon: Talon Outdoor is the leading global independent Out of Home (OOH) media specialist and technology services company focused on delivering smarter, creative, data-driven integrated OOH communications. Combining independence with a collaborative approach, Talon promotes open and transparent working relationships between many of the world's leading agencies, clients, and media partners. Headquartered in London with additional offices in Manchester and its affiliate Talon America LLC headquartered in New York City, Talon delivers expertise at the global, national, regional, and local levels. Plexus is Talon's global OOH planning and buying network that connects over 20 Talon and partner offices around the world enabling expert campaign planning in over 100 markets worldwide. About Stagwell Inc.: Stagwell is the challenger network built to transform marketing. We deliver scaled creative performance for the world's most ambitious brands, connecting culture-moving creativity with leading-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our 10,000+ specialists in 20+ countries are unified under a single purpose: to drive effectiveness and improve business results for their clients. Join us at www.stagwellglobal.com. About Stagwell Media Network Stagwell's Media Network is a group of leading multichannel agencies home to more than 3,000 experts with an expansive global footprint across 40+ offices in 20 countries, managing close to $5 billion in media. Agencies include Assembly, MMI Agency, Media Kitchen, and Grason, creative consultancy GALE, B2B specialist Multiview, multilingual content agency Locaria, and travel and media experts Ink. The network offers marketers a more dynamic partner for global B2B and B2C solutions spanning data, technology, media, and creativity aimed at accelerating business growth for brands worldwide.

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T-Mobile Acquires Rideshare Advertising Network, Octopus Interactive

T-Mobile | January 13, 2022

T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced the acquisition of Octopus Interactive, the largest national network of interactive video screens inside Uber and Lyft vehicles. This move marks the next step for Marketing Solutions, T-Mobile’s fast-growing advertising technology business, in expanding its advertising offerings for marketers. Octopus Interactive helps brands reach audiences through video ads presented on screens inside rideshare vehicles, providing marketers a new way to reach consumers, and its impact is growing rapidly. Octopus’s rideshare network enables brands to execute comprehensive geotargeted campaigns across a range of highly engaged consumers. And beyond the rideshare network, this acquisition will connect T-Mobile’s Marketing Solutions group with big brands, like current Octopus clients Audible, Fox Entertainment, Philo and many more. “Octopus allows us to highlight our library of rich media content and drive awareness amongst a younger and tech savvy demographic. We’ve seen engagement rates over 3.5% and QR codes convert extremely well given the captive rideshare environment” said Matt Stein, Head of Brand & Creative Strategy at Philo. Moving forward, devices used by drivers in the rideshare network will be powered by T-Mobile’s network, connecting thousands of drivers across the country to the Un-carrier experience. “With this move, we’re expanding our toolkit for marketers, meeting the needs of advertisers and empowering brands to better connect with consumers, beyond linear and traditional digital channels” said Mike Peralta, VP and GM of Marketing Solutions, a division of T-Mobile. “As the Un-carrier, we’re committed to disrupting the ad tech space. We’re making good on that commitment through innovative solutions, like Octopus.” We’re thrilled to join the T-Mobile team on their mission to provide better results for marketers and better experiences for consumers. Our rideshare technology will unlock massive opportunities for brands working with Marketing Solutions.” Cherian Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO of Octopus Interactive. In the U.S., out-of-home advertising spend increased by nearly forty percent in the second quarter of 2021, and digital-out-of-home ad spend in particular increased by nearly eighty percent over the same time. In just the last quarter, the Octopus network of drivers grew by thirty five percent. Now brands can reach over 5 million unique riders per month on the Octopus platform. But it’s not only great for marketers. It enhances the riders’ experience too – delivering interactive games, prizes, premium video and infotainment curated specifically for Uber and Lyft audiences. About T-Mobile US, Inc. T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint.

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Disney and ad-tech firms agree to privacy changes for children’s apps

Disney, Viacom | April 15, 2021

In legal settlements that could reshape the children’s app market, Disney, Viacom and 10 advertising technology firms have agreed to remove certain advertising software from children’s apps to address accusations that they violated the privacy of millions of youngsters. The agreements resolve three related class-action cases involving some of the largest ad-tech companies — including Twitter’s MoPub — and some of the most popular children’s apps — including “Subway Surfers,” an animated game from Denmark that users worldwide have installed more than 1.5 billion times, according to Sensor Tower, an app research firm. The lawsuits accused the companies of placing tracking software in popular children’s gaming apps without parents’ knowledge or consent, in violation of state privacy and fair business practice laws. Such trackers can be used to profile children across apps and devices, target them with ads and push them to make in-app purchases, according to legal filings in the case. Now, under the settlements approved on Monday by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the companies have agreed to remove or disable tracking software that could be used to target children with ads. Developers will still be able to show contextual ads based on an app’s content.

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Anzu partners with InMobi for programmatic brands advertising

Anzu | February 24, 2021

In-game advertising platform Anzu has partnered with InMobi for programmatic advertising. Through the partnership, InMobi's brand advertisers will have access to Anzu's mobile gaming inventory and will be able to buy in-game display and video ads programmatically. Furthermore, the ads specialist's inventory includes exclusive titles across a range of genres, including sport and action. "We are living in a mobile-first world, and media consumption in it continues to evolve rapidly," said InMobi GM of publisher platforms and exchange Kunal Nagpal. "In-game advertising is one of these new frontiers that allow advertisers to interact with their consumers in a highly intuitive way. "InMobi's technology and unmatched mobile in-app expertise along with Anzu's advanced in-game advertising platform will allow them to access the highly engaged and diverse mobile gaming audience in a medium that is becoming increasingly relevant." Better reach As part of the new partnership, brand advertisers will be able to reach a broad mobile games audience with specially targeted ads. Moreover, the ads are non-intrusive, meaning that the player experience will not be hindered. "The importance of mobile to the gaming industry cannot be overstated," said Anzu CEO and co-founder Itamar Benedy. "It is leading the way for industry growth, accounting for over 50% of the market, which is why it's an important part of Anzu's strategy. Anzu's partnership with InMobi will greatly enhance the value of in-game advertising inventory. "We are excited to provide InMobi's global brand advertisers with the opportunity to embrace the up-and-coming in-game advertising media channel to reach premium mobile gaming audiences across the world." InMobi has become the latest in a line of partnerships to be formed by Anzu. Earlier this year, the in-game ads specialist teamed up with addressable media firm aMVG. In 2020, the company partnered with various organisations, including Virtuverse, Veritas Entertainment and Axis Games.

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