IAS Holiday Shopping Data Shows Contextually Relevant Ads Will Be Key for Advertisers This Holiday Season

Integral Ad Science (IAS), the global leader in digital ad verification, today released results from its 2020 consumer study on holiday shopping habits. Key findings from the study show that this year consumers are relying on online shopping and digital ads to find the perfect gifts for their friends and families this holiday season. Given the effects of the global pandemic and accompanying social distancing measures, consumer habits are shifting to account for these new realities. Almost eight in ten US consumers report that they have concerns about shopping in physical stores during the upcoming holidays due to COVID-19. Notably, 85% of US consumers now expect to do most or all of their holiday shopping online, with 48% intending to do so via their mobile device. With many holiday shoppers avoiding physical stores to some degree, advertisers can look to meet consumer needs by focusing their marketing efforts on placing contextually relevant digital ads in safe and suitable environments. 89% of consumers reported that they find online advertising important in discovering new products and promotions, while 31% said they believe that they are more receptive to ads during the holiday season.

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Connexa’s Partnership With AdVenture Media Delivers Unprecedented Return on Digital Advertising Spend

GlobeNewswire | December 14, 2023

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXA) today advised that its long-term partnership with the AdVenture Media Group continues to deliver unprecedented digital advertising results. Measured through its Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS), Connexa’s operating company, Slinger Bag, generated close to $2 million in revenue with an average ROAS of 18.9X during the 3 months to the end of November 2023. This included a an incredible 35X ROAS during Black Friday week alone. AdVenture Media is a New York based digital marketing agency and has been working with Slinger Bag since Slinger Bag came to the market in July 2020. AdVenture Media credentials are impressive. It is one of a handful of pay-per-click agencies accredited with Google’s Premier Partner Status, sitting alongside its Clutch 1000 and Top 32 Agencies in New York awards. in addition to Slinger Bag, AdVenture Media manages the digital advertising for an impressive array of leading brands such as Forbes, Nasdaq, Hanes, AMC Networks. “Our agency exists to deliver digital advertising performance by solving complex problems with grit and creativity. We are a small team of passionate advertising experts with highly intelligent business analysts. Since partnering with Slinger Bag from the inception of their groundbreaking tennis ball launcher, our journey has been nothing short of remarkable. As someone who's inherently optimistic, even I was astounded by the meteoric rise and success Slinger Bag has achieved in such a brief span. Among our numerous ecommerce clients, Slinger Bag stands out, not only meeting but consistently surpassing benchmarks and records, highlighted by our November ROAS achievement.” commented Isaac Rudansky Founder and CEO of AdVenture Media Group. “However, the triumph of Slinger Bag isn't solely attributed to our high-impact advertising strategies. It's the synergy of an extraordinary product that offers tennis pickleball and padel enthusiasts worldwide unparalleled value, and a leadership team deeply dedicated to delivering a premium customer experience from beginning to end. Being a part of this dynamic team has been a privilege, and I eagerly look forward to what lies ahead in our ongoing collaboration,” concluded Rudansky. Mike Ballardie, CEO Connexa Sports Technologies added, “As a new brand to the market back in 2020, the need to identify a strategic digital advertising partner, to invest our available advertising dollars with, was very challenging as we needed to succeed from the outset. From our first meeting with Isaac and his team, I was impressed with their highly analytical approach and desire to deeply understand not only the product but, importantly, the core target tennis players we wanted to reach. Through testing a variety of advertising concepts and tennis specific terminologies and messages and through employing their vast experience of the Google and Facebook platforms, we have seen consistent succeess in delivering revenue growth as well as a powerful recognition of our Slinger Bag brand across the global tennis community. It certainly helped us that some of the AdVenture Media team were social tennis players and recognized themselves the opportunity that owning a Slinger Bag Launcher presented.” AdVenture Media now also works with a number of our global Slinger Bag distribution partners on their local digital advertising campaigns, replicating the success seen in the USA. About Connexa Sports Technologies: Connexa Sports a leading connected sports company delivering products, technologies, and Sport-as-a-Service across a range of sport verticals. Connexa’s mission is to reinvent sports through technological innovation driven by an unwavering focus on today’s sports consumer.

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Habu Named a Leader in 2023-2024 IDC MarketScape for Data Clean Room Technology for Advertising and Marketing Use Cases

Business Wire | December 11, 2023

Habu, a leading data collaboration software company, today announced it has been recognized as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Clean Room Technology for Advertising and Marketing Use Cases 2023-2024 Vendor Assessment. "With a commitment to innovation, democratization, and anticipation of market changes, Habu showcased strength in several areas of our research, validating its evolution and ability to adapt and thrive in a privacy-first era,” said Lynne Schneider, Research Director, Data as a Service (DaaS) and Location and Geospatial Intelligence at IDC. “Habu is a leader in the market with a deliberate and thoughtful approach to data collaboration with a vast partner ecosystem and flexible solutions for both technical and business users enabling customers to easily scale and drive business growth.” Habu accelerates time-to-value while surpassing the most exacting standards for privacy and security and is built for both data scientists and business users. By utilizing no-code modules, a library of pre-built queries, and marketer-friendly visualizations, the solution expands the universe of users who can extract value and use cases that can be unlocked, including profile enrichment, journey analysis, measurement, activation, distributed machine learning, and more. The IDC MarketScape noted several key strengths that contributed to Habu’s positioning as a leader in the report: High customer satisfaction Broad partnerships and interoperability, including AWS, Azure, Databricks, Google Cloud Platform, and Snowflake Query flexibility while providing an interface geared toward a variety of personas and a library of prebuilt use case templates "We are honored to be recognized by the IDC MarketScape as a Leader in the data collaboration market,” stated Matt Kilmartin, CEO of Habu. "We have been fortunate to work with some of the most innovative brands in the world who value the versatile and user-friendly approach to our platform and our commitment to complete interoperability, enabling them to maximize collaboration opportunities regardless of which cloud environment any partner’s data resides.” For more information about Habu and its innovative data collaboration solutions, please visit www.habu.com. Download the IDC MarketScape Excerpt here. About Habu Habu is a global leader in data clean room software, enabling companies to benefit from the value of data without the risk. Habu connects data internally and externally with other departments, partners, customers, and providers in privacy-safe and compliant ways for better collaboration, decision-making, and results. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and Boston, MA. For more information on Habu data collaboration solutions, visit www.habu.com. About IDC MarketScape IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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To Unlock AI Innovation for Enterprise Sales and Marketing, ON24 Hosts Platform Launch Event

Business Wire | January 04, 2024

ON24 (NYSE: ONTF) today announced that its launch event, ON24 Next, will take place on January 24, 2024 to unveil how AI is transforming engagement and powering the next generation of the ON24 platform. Spanning the regions of North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, ON24 Next will help enterprises understand the latest AI trends and explore new ON24 innovations. “AI is the most significant trend shaping business today – we believe there’s an opportunity to reimagine the customer experience while improving productivity and increasing revenue growth,” says Sharat Sharan, Co-founder, President and CEO, ON24. “We’re excited to make this AI transformation a reality for our customers by launching the next generation of ON24 and unleashing a new era of intelligent engagement at ON24 Next.” The launch event agenda will feature a line-up of keynote speakers discussing AI’s impact on the future of sales and marketing. Session highlights include: AI and the technology landscape:Understand how AI will change the way go-to-market teams use technology and data. Executive vision for intelligent engagement:Learn how intelligent engagement will power greater business outcomes. Unveiling of the new ON24 platform: See the next generation of the ON24 platform in action. Insights from industry leaders:Hear from ON24 customers that are innovating their engagement strategies. About ON24 ON24 is on a mission to re-imagine how companies engage, understand and build relationships with their audience in a digital world. Through our leading sales and marketing platform for digital engagement, powered by generative AI, businesses use our portfolio of webinar, virtual event and content experiences to drive engagement and generate first-party data, delivering revenue growth across the enterprise – from demand generation to customer success to partner enablement. ON24 powers digital engagement for industry-leading customers worldwide, including 3 of the 5 largest global technology companies, 3 of the 6 largest US banks, 3 of the 5 largest global healthcare companies, and 3 of the 5 largest global industrial manufacturers, enabling organizations to reach millions of professionals a month for billions of engagement minutes per year with all the first-party data being captured, generated and integrated from one place. ON24 is headquartered in San Francisco with global offices in North America, EMEA, and APAC. For more information, visit www.ON24.com.

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Sam’s Club MAP Launches Full Funnel Video Capabilities with Advanced Member Measurement

Business Wire | December 12, 2023

Sam's Club, a division of Walmart Inc. and a leading membership warehouse club, announces Sam’s Club Member Access Platform (MAP) has launched full-funnel video advertising onsite, in-app and offsite. Research shows that 66% of consumers prefer watching a video to learn about an item, and MAP’s new innovative capabilities ensure that wherever a member is in their buying and inspiration journey, video creates a more engaging experience. “At Sam’s Club MAP, we are always looking for new ways to bring more value to our members, and building an additive ads experience across video ad formats enables us to do that in a brand-safe and high-engagement environment,” said Lex Josephs, vice president and general manager of Sam's Club MAP. “We know our members stay engaged longer and show stronger click-through rates when we serve them up videos, and our new capabilities will help advertisers engage our members with video advertising.” Advertisers can layer Connected TV (CTV) ads, Sponsored Videos and Interactive Videos with deep first-party member data to unlock sophisticated targeting to reach new-to-brand and lapsed members, drive awareness for new item launches and create a synergistic video experience: CTV ads:If members are watching content on a streaming device, they will see relevant MAP CTV advertisements through a partnership with The Trade Desk (TTD) that enables advertisers to engage members across brand-safe third-party premium inventory. Sponsored Videos:While members are searching for their favorite items in the Sam’s Club app, MAP serves them Sponsored Product Ads (SPA) that drive awareness and consideration by visually telling a brand and item’s story within the search grid on search results pages. Interactive Videos:eko’s interactive PDP videos let members engage with the item, offering a “hands-on” way to explore how it works, key features, dimensions and more. “Combining the power of video with Sam’s Club’s first-party data is a major milestone for PepsiCo,” said Mic Zavarella, Vice President, Marketing, PepsiCo. “MAP’s new video solutions will allow us to reach members at pivotal moments throughout their shopping journey, with highly engaging and relevant product information that will help drive purchase decisions – all with measurable results.” Advertisers gain access to the performance metrics they need to optimize campaigns while they are still in flight and drive stronger business outcomes. CTV ads and Sponsored Videos will be measurable through the Sam’s Club Media and Sales Performance Dashboard, an innovative, integrated dashboard that serves as a central source of truth for campaign performance with Sam's Club MAP. Additionally, Interactive Videos are compliant with Video Ad Serving Template (VAST) tagging standards to ensure they support effective video delivery, tracking and measurement and provide members a smooth, additive experience. Capitalizing on CTV’s Rapid Growth CTV ad spending is projected to exceed $30 billion in the U.S. next year, making it one of the fastest-growing ad formats. Its effectiveness in influencing user behavior makes it crucial for advertisers to leverage across their campaigns. Sam’s Club MAP CTV ads are a vital component of a full-funnel strategy, along with offsite display and retargeting, that enable advertisers to reach Sam’s Club members at every step of the shopping journey and build custom member audiences and campaigns. They leverage AI to optimize conversions and return on ad spend (ROAS) based on viewership, behavior and frequency. Advertisers can reach incremental cord-cutting audiences with precise targeting complemented by advanced campaign performance measurement and attributed omnichannel sales results. Place Sponsored Videos in search grids Sponsored Videos stands apart from competitive offerings in its ability to place video in search grids —critical to reaching an ever-growing segment of Sam’s Club members. With Sam’s Club MAP’s distinctive capabilities, advertisers can use Sponsored Videos to launch new items and promote basket building. Additionally, clicking on the video directs members to the related item page, and they can add an item to their carts directly from the ad. Advertisers will have access to Sponsored Product Ads campaign and omnichannel closed-loop sales performance in a single self-service dashboard. A view from all sides The partnership between Sam’s Club and eko offers an unrivaled digital shopping experience directly from Sam’s Club product detail pages. Advertisers can create an “in-club experience,” allowing members to dynamically explore every aspect of an item to help drive brand awareness and engagement in unique and captivating ways. For more information about Sam’s Club MAP’s new CTV ads, Sponsored Videos and Interactive Videos, contact Sam’s Club MAP here. About Sam’s Club Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in nearly 600 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Now in its 40th year, Sam’s Club continues to redefine warehouse shopping with its highly curated assortment of high-quality fresh food and Member’s Mark items, in addition to market leading technologies and services like Scan & Go™️, Curbside Pickup and home delivery service in select markets. To learn more about Sam's Club, visit the Sam's Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com and interact with Sam's Club on LinkedIn, X (formerly known as Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Pinterest. About Sam’s Club Member Access Platform At Sam’s Club, we are member obsessed. We lead with this obsession by offering a curated assortment of high-quality items at an incredible value. We lead with this obsession by providing our members with a multi-touchpoint experience, whether they are shopping our Clubs, on SamsClub.com, in-app or with Curbside Pickup and Delivery. We lead with this obsession every day. We know our members want a shopping experience that is easy, convenient and personalized. And we know that our agencies, ad tech platforms, suppliers and advertisers want to reach our members efficiently and effectively. With MAP [Member Access Platform], our journey starts with our members. Next, we create and give partners experiences, tools and opportunities that help members discover new products at the time they need and want them. MAP’s mission is to provide the most valuable and additive ads experience to our members. It's our member-first approach that differentiates us, along with the combination of our platform, our products, our people, our processes and our first-party data.

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