IBM Brings AI Solutions for Brand and Publishers

IBM | October 06, 2020

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced three new products to add to its growing suite of AI solutions for brand and publishers. The new capabilities are privacy-forward and designed to allow brands to reach consumers while considering user privacy. IBM intends to work with industry leaders, including Xandr/AT&T, Magnite, Nielsen, MediaMath, LiveRamp and Beeswax to help scale the use of AI across the industry. The announcement was made this morning at Advertising Week's digital-first virtual event #AW2020. "While the advertising industry strives to re-emerge strong from the global economic and societal issues we faced this year, it's also deep in the throes of a major transformation with changes to mobile identity, certain elimination of third-party cookies, compliance and regulatory shifts and increased demand for trust and transparency," said Bob Lord, SVP, Cognitive Applications and Blockchain, IBM.

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Outbrain Partners with Tyroo for Delivering Value & Elevating Growth in India

Outbrain, Tyroo | September 24, 2021

Mumbai/New Delhi, September 24 2021- Outbrain, a leading recommendation platform for the open web, has partnered with Tyroo, a market leader in ad monetization, to help provide Outbrain with premium advertiser inventory, expand market reach, and open new advertising categories. With the goal of delivering greater customer value and achieving valuable marketing outcomes with genuine results, the partnership will help Outbrain to continue to expand within the region. “We are excited to announce Tyroo as our preferred reseller partner, which will allow us to deliver greater value and drive more business impact for our clients,” said Allen Sharma, Director of Sales for India at Outbrain. “Tyroo’s understanding of Outbrain’s products, its profound technical expertise and its collaborative approach is uniquely complementary to how we work.” Building on the momentum of recent media owner wins for the region, including Network 18, Hindustan Times and Bollywood Hungama, this distribution helps advertisers build audiences and reach new customers using advanced targeting options via the Outbrain network. “High-quality content is paramount to consumers. In the last 24 months, the flow of genuine, authentic content has been immense and that makes the discoverability of meaningful recommendations for users incredibly more important,” said Akshay Mathur, Chief Revenue Officer, Tyroo. “We are very excited to work with Outbrain as their partner in the region, bringing new ad offerings around native advertising to brands. Through Outbrain brands can scale their reach not only within the Tier I cities but also into Tier II cites using vernacular communication channels, delivering their intended messaging effectively”. “We are excited to announce Tyroo as our preferred reseller partner, which will allow us to deliver greater value and drive more business impact for our clients,” Allen Sharma, Director of Sales for India at Outbrain. Outbrain offers a quality and safe platform for brands to advertise on the open web. Content-led communication, campaign dashboard and advanced targeting capabilities set the platform apart from other native platforms. The platform also offers brands access to leading publishers and multiple advertising formats, which can be selected based on the brand industry and campaign purpose. Outbrain started its India operations in 2014 and this partnership is another Proofpoint of the recognition by the company of the potential within the market for its business operations. About Outbrain Outbrain (Nasdaq: OB) is a leading recommendation platform for the open web. Our technology enables 10 billion daily recommendations to consumers across more than 7,000 online properties and connects advertisers to these audiences to grow their business. Founded in 2006, Outbrain is headquartered in New York with offices in 18 cities worldwide. About Tyroo We are Tyroo, a leading Marketing Technology Company working with enterprises to help them deliver business outcomes at scale. We are the preferred growth partners for Internet companies looking to grow across emerging Markets in APAC. Tyroo has offices across APAC including India, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information, contact: Vishal Saini, National Sales Manager, Outbrain sales at vishal.s@tyroo.com or write to us at support@tyroo.com for any other query.

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Kargo Adds Attention Advertising With Acquisition of Parsec

Parsec Media, Kargo | April 01, 2022

Kargo today announced that it has acquired the attention-based mobile advertising business, Parsec. With Parsec, Kargo expands the ability of advertisers to buy digital media using the time an ad is exposed on screen across a variety of unique creative formats, creating the only platform to deliver attention-based, optimized, digital advertising for marketers. “Our mission is to create memorable experiences for consumers, in turn, creating more value for brands by building new ways for them to buy success. With Parsec, Kargo is the leader in attention, a key metric in experience-based advertising. Attention empowers brands to optimize their campaigns to what is engaging and where time is spent, not just what is seen,” said Harry Kargman, CEO and Founder of Kargo. “Our mission is to create memorable experiences for consumers, in turn, creating more value for brands by building new ways for them to buy success. With Parsec, Kargo is the leader in attention, a key metric in experience-based advertising. Attention empowers brands to optimize their campaigns to what is engaging and where time is spent, not just what is seen,” said Harry Kargman, CEO and Founder of Kargo. Kargo’s platform provides brands with a best-in-class environment to activate attention buys. With differentiated creative solutions for quality audiences, the platform performs well above industry benchmarks across key attention indicators. In a recent study conducted with MediaScience, Kargo’s ad formats delivered: 73% total audience attention (gaze) compared to 51% which gazed at standard banners 2x average gaze time for Kargo ads compared to standard banners 2x stronger brand memory than standard banners 2x purchase completion on product deal searches compared to standard banners Kargo clients are now able to buy media based on “seconds exposed,” which guarantees that no impression is wasted. Kargo’s attention-based solution moves the digital advertising market beyond viewability, providing a better understanding of the engagement that a particular creative and placement generates. At a time in the industry when brands are looking for more transparency and control over their media buying and looking for new ways to prove success beyond the crumbling cookie, attention provides the next level in measurement and understanding around media quality and creative efficacy. Later in 2022, Kargo plans to expand from time-on-screen measurements to include a variety of machine-learning-based intelligence that will further optimize campaign performance. With quality measurement from partners including Human, Clean.io and Adelaide, as well as the release of new attention formats, Kargo continues to raise the bar for quality, success and efficacy. “At Parsec, we’ve always believed that attention is the single most important metric in advertising. We are confident that Kargo will continue to deliver the extraordinary brand impact that our clients have come to expect,” said Diane deCordova, co-founder and COO of Parsec Media. About Parsec Media Parsec Media, a pioneer in attention optimization, quantifies the success of creatives and tactics. Parsec works with leading publishers across every vertical to provide a 100 percent transparent, brand-safe, and contextually relevant environment for brands. With a focus on attention metrics, Parsec aligns all stakeholders around a common goal: creating ads that people enjoy and find relevant. The company developed Adelaide, a SaaS solution leading in the rapidly growing field of evidence-based media quality measurement. Adelaide’s metric, AU, helps advertisers make better media investment decisions. AU is an omnichannel metric that evaluates thousands of signals to predict attention and drive more efficient outcomes. For more information, visit parsec.media. About Kargo Kargo creates memorable digital advertising and content experiences. With a suite of impactful, exclusive advertising solutions, brands choose Kargo to make customer connections that count. Kargo is the leader for unique ad placements, with creative options that make the most of mobile, video and social media. For publishers, Kargo delivers technology that dramatically improves viewer experience, as well as inventory and page performance. Headquartered in NYC, Kargo is 350 employees strong with offices across the globe.

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Google’s AI advertising revolution: More privacy, but problems remain

Google | March 16, 2021

In March 2021, Google announced that it was ending support for third-party cookies, and moving to “a more privacy first web.” Even though the move was expected within the industry and by academics, there is still confusion about the new model, and cynicism about whether it truly constitutes the kind of revolution in online privacy that Google claims. To assess this, we need to understand this new model and what is changing. The current advertising technology (adtech) approach is one in which platform corporations give us a “free” service in exchange for our data. The data is collected via third-party cookies downloaded to our devices, that allow a browser to record our internet activity. This is used to create profiles and predict our susceptibility to specific ad campaigns. Recent advances have allowed digital advertisers to use deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence (AI) wherein humans do not set the parameters. Although more powerful, this is still consistent with the old model, relying on collecting and storing our data to train models and make predictions. Google’s plans go further still.

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SeeHer Brings Together Marketing and Advertising Communities at Fourth Annual SeeHer SheFront

SeeHer, ANA | April 20, 2022

Today, SeeHer (SeeHer.com), the leading global movement to eliminate gender bias in advertising and media, brought together thousands of marketers and media entities for the fourth annual SeeHer SheFront. The virtual, worldwide event supported SeeHer’s efforts to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and entertainment and showcased how female representation has become a key strategic focus of media entities. The SheFront was part of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) annual Global Day of Learning. Global media leader Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, kicked off the program with a brief welcome on the power of storytelling, saying, “We believe all individuals should see themselves reflected in media and entertainment with a sense of authenticity, accuracy and integrity, and understand why the work SeeHer is doing is crucial.” Global media leader Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, kicked off the program with a brief welcome on the power of storytelling, saying, “We believe all individuals should see themselves reflected in media and entertainment with a sense of authenticity, accuracy and integrity, and understand why the work SeeHer is doing is crucial.” The event was hosted by SeeHer President Jeannine Shao Collins, who noted in her opening remarks, “The SheFront is a time where we showcase the best of the best. Our esteemed media members… understand that gender equality is a force for growth and a force for good. And they are committed to the SeeHer movement.” SeeHer media members, including A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Disney, FOX, iHeartMedia, Meta, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery, presented during the event, highlighting their efforts to increase female-led content and empower women in front of and behind the camera. The audience heard from industry executives during the inspiring presentations, as well as on-air talent, including Joanna Gaines, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Magnolia Networks, and Lisa Leslie, former WNBA superstar and current Co-Host, We Need to Talk on CBS Sports, who showcased how SeeHer members are committed to the organization’s mission. Gaines thanked SeeHer during Warner Bros. Discovery presentation, stating, “I just wanted to say thank you to SeeHer for this event and this opportunity. With this group of courageous and amazing women, I am incredibly hopeful of all that we can achieve together for the future of media.” Leslie noted, “We [at Paramount] are committed in 2022 and beyond to continually SeeHer both on screen and behind the scenes.” OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network was presented with the SeeHer Programming Award in honor of the drama series All Rise. The award recognizes a primetime program that pushes boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognizes the importance of women and girls in media. Tina Perry, OWN TV Network & OTT Streaming President, accepted the award. Past recipients include This Is Us and Madam Secretary. SeeHer Co-Chairs Fiona Carter, Chief Marketing Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble, also participated in the virtual event. Pritchard highlighted why the industry must continue to push for more accurate female representation, saying, “Despite our collective efforts, gender equality has taken a step back… [however] the advertising we create and the content we support has the power to be a force for growth which, in turn, is a force for good.” Carter led a discussion highlighting SeeHer’s Gender Equality Measure® (GEM®), which the organization developed in 2016 and is the first research methodology that quantifies gender bias in ads and programming. She said, “[Goldman Sachs] and the industry are making strides in gender representation, but there is always more work to be done.” Carter was joined by Lorenzo Larini, CEO, IPSOS North America, Shelley Zalis, CEO The Female Quotient, Co-Founder SeeHer and Latha Sarathy, Chief Research Officer, ANA, for the session. During the discussion, Larini said, “Diversity, equity and inclusion is a team sport… it is about what we can do as an overall industry. Real change happens when people decide to change their behaviors… [GEM®) is simply a great thing for your business.” To close out the event, Collins and Bob Liodice, CEO, ANA, announced two exciting new initiatives spearheaded by SeeHer. Later this year, the organization will be establishing the first-ever interdisciplinary academic curriculum that combines marketing and gender studies, called SeeHer in Education. Additionally, the organization will be developing an AAPI #WriteHerRight guide, which will be a resource for marketers and entertainment executives to encourage authentic portrayals of AAPI women and girls in the content they produce. SeeHer has previously developed a #WriteHerRight guide for Latina-focused storytelling in partnership with NBCUniversal and Telemundo, as well as a storytelling guide focused on Black female characters in partnership with OWN. The SeeHer SheFront was attended by marketing and advertising professionals from around the globe. For the first time in its four-year history, the event was open to the entire media ecosystem as part of the ANA’s Annual Global Day of Learning. About SeeHer SeeHer is the leading global movement of media, marketing and entertainment leaders committed to the accurate depiction of women and girls in advertising and media. Launched in 2016 by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) in partnership with The Female Quotient (The FQ), SeeHer has expanded its verticals to include sports (SeeHer in Sports) and music (SeeHer Hear Her). To help marketers benchmark success, SeeHer spearheaded the development of the Gender Equality Measure® (GEM®), which shows that content accurately portraying females dramatically increases both purchase intent and brand reputation and has quickly become the industry standard. About The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) The mission of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is to drive growth for marketing professionals, brands and businesses, the industry, and humanity. The ANA serves the marketing needs of 20,000 brands by leveraging the 12-point ANA Growth Agenda, which has been endorsed by the Global CMO Growth Council. The ANA’s membership consists of U.S. and international companies, including client-side marketers, nonprofits, fundraisers, and marketing solutions providers (data science and technology companies, ad agencies, publishers, media companies, suppliers, and vendors). The ANA creates Marketing Growth Champions by serving, educating, and advocating for more than 50,000 industry members that collectively invest more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually.

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