New Getty Images research shows that 8 in 10 people expect companies to be consistently committed to inclusivity and diversity in their advertising

Getty Images | August 17, 2020

Nearly 80% of people globally have said it isn't enough to have people of various ethnicities, backgrounds, and appearances in advertising but that they expect companies to do a better job at capturing people's true lifestyles and cultures, according to new research by Getty Images. The findings have been revealed in a second wave of research for Visual GPS, completed in conjunction with global market research firm YouGov. The Visual GPS Summer Update also reveals that 63% of people prefer to buy brands that are founded by or represent people like themselves. These results hold steady across generations and gender, with only modest differences across global regions. "Visual GPS shows that amid the COVID-19 pandemic and despite massive changes in people's lives, the demand for more diversity in visual communications has only increased," said Dr Rebecca Swift, Global Head of Creative Insights at Getty Images.

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Have you integrated Facebook marketing as part of your marketing strategy? If no, then you are missing out on quite a lot. According to GoGlobe, 49% of marketers say they are planning to increase their Facebook Ad spend in 2019. This means that Facebook ads are still very relevant and worthwhile. As a matter of fact, user trends as well as advertiser attitudes are favorable towards Facebook ads, according to an eMarketer report. Facebook’s massive penetration rate and scale have proven to be effective when it comes to Facebook advertising.


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Postclick Raises $20 Million Funding Round, Launches the Future of Digital Advertising Conversion

Postclick | April 12, 2022

Postclick will use the funding to support the company’s evolution from an agency model to a full technology-led SaaS solution that will continually develop new innovations as an advanced partner to the marketing industry. The funds will also advance Postclick’s machine learning and artificial intelligence offerings, as well as deepen the company’s penetration into vertical markets. Until now, Postclick was available to limited customers and by invitation only. With this additional funding and pilot customer feedback, the Advertising Conversion Cloud™ is now openly available. By implementing the platform, marketers across industries can now drastically cut down on wasted ad spending and increase conversion moments. “In the past decade, marketers wasted $870 billion on digital ad clicks that didn’t convert,” said Mark Mckenna, CEO, Postclick. “In the past decade, marketers wasted $870 billion on digital ad clicks that didn’t convert,” said Mark Mckenna, CEO, Postclick. “So far, marketers have only scratched the surface of optimizing digital journeys to create better conversion experiences. Our evolution from an agency model to a tech-enabled solution enables us to increase conversion rates and return on advertising spend for our clients at a much greater scale.” Capabilities being introduced on the Postclick Advertising Conversion Cloud™ include: Strategic Expertise: CRO experts complete a deep dive into the client’s brand and current campaigns. They build out an initial “core experience” based on the brand guidelines, audience segments and conversion storytelling, which kicks-off the cycle of automated experimentation and optimization. Scalable Creation: Based on a vast data set of over 20 billion data points from landing pages and conversion events over the last decade, the Postclick Advertising Conversion Cloud™ applies machine learning to make layout and content recommendations for landing pages based on clients’ industry and use case. Postclick’s machine learning capabilities dramatically speeds up landing page production and accuracy for conversion moments, enabling the expert conversion team to achieve strong ad-to-page relevance quickly. Experimentation: The AI-driven platform generates different landing page variations based on clients’ core experiences, then uses a Multi-Armed-Bandit testing methodology to dynamically scale traffic to the winning variations. The page with the lowest conversion rates is replaced by a new variation and a new testing cluster is formed. The winning variation continues to be updated based on real-time data and ongoing experimentation. Continual Optimization: The Postclick Advertising Conversion Cloud™ is constantly running experiments on clients’ core experiences, using machine learning to continually optimize pages and ad spend for the strongest possible conversion rate. Each testing phase builds on the last, using network-wide insights to inform future experiments. Network-Wide Learnings: Machine learning tracks every test 
and result across the entire platform, spanning multiple industries, consumer bases and conversion goals. Clients benefit from machine learning tests and experiments across the platform. This enables an entire community of marketers to improve their results based on a continuous stream of real-time conversion data. Postclick’s proprietary platform, the Advertising Conversion Cloud™, was built from a Series A fund raise and now contains data from millions of custom landing page experiences and billions of ad clicks. Postclick’s Advertising Conversion Cloud™ technology delivers the future of digital advertising success by using data-driven UX, modular component libraries and insight from conversion rate experts to drive infinite optimization. As a result, marketers can now leverage the science of conversion data and the power of AI to effortlessly create high-performing post-click experiences at scale. “The Postclick team is partnering with marketers to take back their share of the billions wasted on non-converting digital ad clicks,” said Hunter Sunrise, SVP, Marketing, Postclick. “Our clients are among the most innovative brands in the industry, and are enjoying increased conversions and a boost in customer acquisitions, all while lowering their cost-per-conversion.” Demand for post-click solutions continues to grow as forward-thinking companies turn to Postclick’s platform, including BetterHelp, HUM Nutrition, theSkimm, and Liquid Death. About Postclick Postclick is the world’s leading solution for digital advertising conversions, creating optimized, scalable digital experiences that increase Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS). Combining personalization, optimization, machine learning, and human insight, Postclick guarantees higher conversions for marketers. Check out postclick.com for more information.

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DIRECTV Taps Yahoo Unified Ad Tech to Unlock Advanced TV Opportunities

Yahoo, DIRECTV Advertising | June 21, 2022

DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo today announced a strategic partnership to unlock new value for advertisers across linear TV and digital. Against the backdrop of an increasingly fragmented advanced TV landscape, DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo announced today that they are teaming up to provide buyers with a more seamless way to access addressable TV and streaming inventory. In working with Yahoo, DIRECTV Advertising is helping to further reduce complexity and fragmentation for advertisers across the advanced TV landscape, which has seen tremendous growth over the last year. Digital video ad spend, inclusive of digital TV, reached $39 billion in 2021, and is expected to increase 26% to $49.2 billion in 2022.1 Through the partnership, advertisers gain a number of exciting advancements, including: Access to 25 million addressable TV households: DIRECTV Advertising has named Yahoo as the exclusive omnichannel demand-side platform (DSP) for accessing its addressable TV inventory programmatically. Advertisers can continue to buy the inventory directly from DIRECTV Advertising as well. Through the partnership, DIRECTV Advertising joins DISH Media and Fios in enabling addressable TV through an omnichannel, programmatic platform. With DIRECTV Advertising, Yahoo is expanding its position as the first and only omnichannel DSP to offer live, addressable TV inventory programmatically, enabling advertisers to tap into a footprint of 25 million households. Streaming inventory through Yahoo SSP: DIRECTV Advertising is tapping into Yahoo’s supply-side platform (SSP), making its streaming inventory available to premium demand across the Yahoo Exchange. DIRECTV Advertising and Yahoo’s agreement enables interoperability between addressable TV and CTV, allowing Yahoo DSP buyers to maximize unique reach, harness spend efficiencies and deliver optimal ad experiences for viewers. Through partnerships with DIRECTV Advertising, DISH Media and Fios, Yahoo DSP advertisers are able to collectively reach up to 25 million addressable TV households, paired with Yahoo’s reach of over 80 million CTV households. With timely insights, Yahoo delivers immediately actionable data to marketers in a single platform across linear and CTV campaigns. “DIRECTV Advertising has been a leader in delivering convergent TV solutions for its customers,” said Amy Leifer, Chief Advertising Sales Officer of DIRECTV. “DIRECTV Advertising has been a leader in delivering convergent TV solutions for its customers,” said Amy Leifer, Chief Advertising Sales Officer of DIRECTV. “Working with Yahoo enables us to meet our customers where they are and deliver these solutions in a way that better aligns with advertisers’ omnichannel strategies while reducing friction in the process.” “As linear and digital converge, advertisers need to be able to seamlessly engage with consumers across channels without losing critical measurement, data and campaign visibility,” said Iván Markman, Chief Business Officer of Yahoo. “This partnership with DIRECTV Advertising builds on the momentum of our existing addressable TV partnerships, and gives advertisers more reach, transparency and control. We are grateful to these partners for helping to further the industry and create a strong point of access through Yahoo’s platform.” Yahoo’s omnichannel DSP gives advertisers access to powerful, qualified data sets and reaches consumers across all channels, including mobile, desktop, video, native, addressable TV, CTV, DOOH, and audio. DIRECTV Advertising inventory will be available in the Yahoo DSP for Q4 2022 campaigns. About Yahoo Yahoo is a global media and tech company that reaches nearly 900 million people around the world, bringing them closer to finance, sports, shopping, gaming and news—with the trusted products, content and tech that fuel their day. For partners, we provide a full-stack platform for businesses to amplify growth and drive more meaningful connections across advertising, search and media. To learn more, please visit yahooinc.com. About DIRECTV Advertising DIRECTV Advertising is a pioneer in the converged addressable space, delivering industry leading audience-based, digital, and innovative media solutions. Employing our decades of experience, we empower advertisers to address and engage their audience at scale while continuously measuring campaign impact against brand goals to unlock insights and optimize future campaigns.

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DMS Announces the Acquisition of Traverse Data, Inc. & Enhancements to Its Data Program & Technology Stack

Digital Media Solutions | May 16, 2022

Digital Media Solutions, Inc. a leading provider of data-driven, technology-enabled digital performance advertising solutions connecting consumers and advertisers, announced the acquisition of Traverse Data, Inc. Traverse Data leverages the power of data and technology to generate new customers for advertisers and incremental revenue for publishers, via a commercialized audience activation, re-engagement and retargeting platform. Traverse Data helps advertisers identify new audiences that look like their best customers and match emails to website shoppers for re-engagement. “Efficient and effective advertising requires an understanding of your audience and an awareness of when they’re actively in-market and ready to engage. DMS leverages real-time consumer intent signals to provide the intelligence that defines the path and the power of our advertising efforts. We’re creating real-time personalization at scale to achieve really big results,” commented Jason Rudolph, Chief Technology Officer at DMS. DMS has long benefited from its data flywheel, which accelerates as advertisers scale their spend with DMS. Increased advertising budgets enable DMS to broaden reach and increase its data asset to better engage and re-engage consumers and deliver stronger advertising ROI to its advertiser clients. In addition to improving advertising performance, the DMS data asset and technology capabilities work together to enhance consumer experiences by allowing advertisers to better deliver relevant messaging to consumers when they’re ready to buy and seeking options and offers. The addition of Traverse Data is expected to scale the DMS data asset and accelerate the DMS technology roadmap, implemented to enable DMS to better leverage the Company’s existing data asset. The DMS volume of consumer intent signals increased dramatically with the acquisition of Aimtell in February 2021 and with connections made across the end-to-end DMS technology stack. The DMS data asset, at the end of April 2022, included 240 million opted-in U.S. adults, with as many as 1,100 data points collected per individual. DMS receives in excess of one billion consumer intent signals per month. “Traverse Data was created to power the advertising industry of tomorrow, I’m excited that we’ve found a home for Traverse that we believe will leverage what we’ve built, and a team that will continue to innovate on our platform to create something that can be even bigger and more powerful than what Traverse is today.” Craig Swerdloff, Traverse Co-Founder and CEO About Digital Media Solutions Digital Media Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of technology-enabled digital performance advertising solutions connecting consumers and advertisers within auto, home, health and life insurance plus a long list of top consumer verticals. The DMS first-party data asset, proprietary advertising technology, significant proprietary media distribution and data-driven processes help digital advertising clients de-risk their advertising spend while scaling their customer bases.

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Mobile Campaigns in India Deliver Stronger Results in H1 2021, According to IAS Media Quality Report

Integral Ad Science | October 19, 2021

Brand risk and ad fraud rates in India ranked below the global average Viewability on mobile environments increased in India MUMBAI, 19 October 2021: Today, Integral Ad Science (Nasdaq: IAS), a global leader in digital media quality, released its Media Quality Report (MQR) for H1 2021, providing transparency into the performance and quality of Indian digital media, alongside global comparisons. The latest MQR highlights brand safety, ad fraud, and viewability trends across display, video, mobile web, and in-app advertising. Mobile campaigns in India post lower brand risks than display Brand risk worldwide was lower across all formats and environments in H1 2021, an indicator of brands’ increased efforts to optimise ad placements toward contextually relevant content. The overall brand risk dropped below 4% across all formats and environments. In India, display was one of the safest environments for advertisers, with desktop display brand risk at 0.8%, down by 1.4 percentage points (pp). Mobile web display brand risk fell from 2.6% to 1.8%, while the worldwide average was 2.6%. Programmatic desktop and mobile web display inventory showed higher brand risk in India than publisher direct at 1.8% and 3.5%, respectively. This data suggests the market is actively using solutions to protect brand reputation and place its ads in suitable environments. Viewability on mobile environments increased in India Mobile campaigns in India had more viewable impressions in H1 2021. Viewability on mobile web display increased by 1 percentage point to 58.9% in H1 2021, while viewability on mobile in-app display increased from 51.3% to 54.1%. Global display viewability was down 2.4 percentage points on desktop and 3.3pp on mobile web year-over-year, reaching 69.5% and 64.3%, respectively. The worldwide reductions were driven by drops across Asia-Pacific, with India registering a 7.2 percentage point drop to post 54.9% viewability in desktop environments. In India, desktop and mobile display environments showed significantly higher viewability rates in programmatically traded inventory than publisher direct. Connected TV (CTV) remained the most viewable format overall, averaging 93.2% worldwide in H1 2021. Ad fraud rates decrease in desktop and mobile web display in India Both desktop and mobile web display had a marginal decrease in optimised ad fraud rates to reach 0.9% and 0.2%, respectively, in H1 2021. The worldwide non-optimised fraud rate for desktop display was 9.4% and 5.5% on mobile web display, clearly indicating that fraud mitigation strategies can reduce risks and reduce ad wastage. Saurabh Khattar, Commercial Lead India, IAS, said, “Mobile advertising has gained strong traction among Indian advertisers as consumers continue to spend more time engaging with content on mobile. According to a report by App Annie, average smartphone usage is about 4.6 hours a day in India, which stands third in global rankings after Indonesia and Brazil. As spending increases on mobile, media quality challenges may arise such as ad fraud, unsafe brand environments, and unviewable inventory. With the upcoming festival buying period, advertisers are well-advised to work with third-party verification companies to help protect their campaigns from ad fraud, brand risks, and lower viewability to maximise engagement and ROI”. About Integral Ad Science Integral Ad Science (IAS) is a global leader in digital media quality. IAS makes every impression count, ensuring that ads are viewable by real people in safe and suitable environments, activating contextual targeting, and driving supply path optimization. Our mission is to be the global benchmark for trust and transparency in digital media quality for the world’s leading brands, publishers, and platforms. We do this through data-driven technologies with actionable real-time signals and insight. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in New York, IAS works with thousands of top advertisers and premium publishers worldwide. For more information, visit integralads.com.

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