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ironSource Launches Luna Search Ads in General Availability

ironSource | April 18, 2022

ironSource Launches Luna Search Ads
ironSource (NYSE: IS), a leading business platform for the App Economy, today announced the general availability of Luna Search Ads, allowing app marketers to better create, manage and optimize campaigns on Apple Search Ads. Previously in closed beta, the product allows app marketers to automate and streamline campaign creation, keyword management and discovery, and data analysis, as well as providing automated optimization for Apple Search Ads - all from within the same platform where they manage campaigns on other channels.

“Luna allows app marketers to execute and control the app marketing cycle from one place for the first time,” explained Peli Beeri, ironSource Luna GM. “Now with the addition of Luna Search Ads, marketers can optimize their campaigns on Apple Search Ads, while utilizing the cross-channel app marketing capabilities of ironSource Luna. We believe that this will assist marketers to significantly reduce costs and overhead by enabling them to manage all of their media spend from one platform, connect post-install return-on-ad-spend (ROAS) metrics from their different marketing channels and drive incremental growth across channels.”

There’s been a significant increase in spend in Apple Search Ads, highlighting the critical need for sophisticated tools that support the effective management of this channel. By centralizing tools for optimizing Apple Search campaigns within the larger Luna offering, ironSource also allows app marketers to compare campaign performance on other app store search channels like Google’s Play Store, providing additional insights to drive scale and discoverability of their app.

“Luna’s Apple Search Ads tool has been a great asset for our global expansion,” said Andrew Bolich, User Acquisition Analyst at Playstudios. “The platform helped streamline our campaign launches, keyword management tasks and performance management activities, and we subsequently succeeded in scaling up to our highest Apple Search Ads spend to date.”

ironSource has invested heavily in supporting app developers within the Apple ecosystem, becoming the first platform to support Custom Product Pages, allowing developers to create multiple, targeted versions of an App Store product page. This unique product will now also be supported in Luna’s Search Ads, creating a powerful combination of keyword targeting and a custom product page user journey. This provides a huge potential for app growth and profitability.

“We believe our cross-channel marketing software provides a key differentiator in the market, allowing us to provide app-based businesses with sophisticated technology to manage their marketing across every major channel, in the same way we’ve been enabling them to maximize revenue with our cross-channel monetization solution,” added Omer Kaplan, CRO and co-founder of ironSource.

“We believe our cross-channel marketing software provides a key differentiator in the market, allowing us to provide app-based businesses with sophisticated technology to manage their marketing across every major channel, in the same way we’ve been enabling them to maximize revenue with our cross-channel monetization solution,” added Omer Kaplan, CRO and co-founder of ironSource.

About ironSource
ironSource is a leading business platform for the App Economy. App developers use ironSource's platform to turn their apps into successful, scalable businesses, leveraging a comprehensive set of software solutions which help them grow and engage users, monetize content, and analyze and optimize business performance to drive more overall growth. The ironSource platform also empowers telecom operators to create a richer device experience, incorporating relevant app and service recommendations to engage users throughout the lifecycle of the device. By providing a comprehensive business platform for the core constituents of the App Economy, ironSource allows customers to focus on what they do best, creating great apps and user experiences, while enabling their business expansion in the App Economy. For more information please visit www.is.com

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Perion’s Search Advertising Business Unit, CodeFuel, Wins Microsoft Advertising’s Supply Partner of the Year Award

Perion | February 11, 2022

Perion Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: PERI), a global advertising technology company, announced today that its search advertising business unit, CodeFuel, has been named Microsoft Advertising’s 2021 Supply Partner of the Year EMEA. This prestigious award goes to the business that has shown excellence in partnership with Microsoft Advertising across all areas of collaboration. This recognition is based on key partnership results that include engagement, revenue growth, feature adoption in Search and Native, and the scale of joint activities. “With a partnership with Microsoft that is more than a decade old, the recognition of being named Microsoft’s Advertising Partner of the Year is the culmination of our work together thus far, and we believe it is just the beginning,” said Doron Gerstel, Perion’s CEO. “The pandemic saw an unprecedented explosion in the eCommerce sector, the equivalent of years of growth,” Gerstel added. “As a result, advertisers allocated more of their budget to the search category, where consumers express their highest level of purchase intent, which makes our partnership with Microsoft Advertising even more strategic. Together, we remain committed to building our publisher network while maintaining the impeccable quality standards which matter so much to both of us.” “Microsoft Advertising is delighted to show our appreciation and acknowledge the well-deserved recognition for CodeFuel, a Perion Company, with the Supply Partner of the Year EMEA Award. Our partners are critical to our business and it's a privilege to recognize those who lead with a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and inclusive behavior.” “Our partners have displayed a strong commitment to their clients, and to their communities during a time of uncertainty and disruption,” said Sean O’Connor, International Marketing Director at Microsoft Advertising. “The award theme ‘Together we are limitless’ truly reflects the spirit of how we worked together with Microsoft Advertising to achieve fantastic growth results year over year. We accomplished this through ongoing technology investments and a relentless focus on quality,” said Tal Jacobson, General Manager, CodeFuel. “The close collaboration between the teams has enabled us to introduce new features in our search technology suite and expand our network of publishers globally. We look forward to expanding the category through continued collaboration and further driving success for publishers and advertisers,” added Jacobson. About Perion Network Ltd. Perion is a global technology company that delivers strategic business solutions that enable brands and advertisers to efficiently “Capture and Convince” users across multiple platforms and channels, including interactive connected television – or iCTV. Perion achieves this through its Synchronized Digital Branding capabilities, which are focused on high impact creative; content monetization; its branded search network, in partnership with Microsoft Bing; and social media management that orchestrates and optimizes paid advertising. This diversification positions Perion for growth as budgets shift across categories.

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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. 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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.

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Wishpond's Brax Enhances Native Advertising Platform through Partnership with ROI Marketplace and Integration with MGID

Wishpond Technologies, ROI Marketplace | April 04, 2022

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BidMind Partners with CatapultX to Enhance Contextual Advertising in a Cookie-Free Future

BidMind, CatapultX | March 14, 2022

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