AD TECH AND MARTECH
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.
Flowfinity | January 21, 2022
Flowfinity Wireless Inc. today published a case study outlining how Catcher Digital Marketing has leveraged Flowfinity's no-code platform to deliver significant value to the consumer-packaged goods sector by digitizing and automating retail audit and market research reporting.
Catcher Digital Marketing constructs sophisticated online marketing strategies delivered using tactics that produce effective, measurable business growth for their clients in consumer packaged goods and food and beverage marketing.
Consumer packaged goods firms need to adapt strategy and tactics quickly to stay ahead in a highly competitive and fast-changing environment. The key is to have fresh, reliable market data on an ongoing basis and intuitive reporting to make informed decisions.
Catcher creates value by providing the right digital tools to provide timely research, with Flowfinity they have achieved lasting customer loyalty and profitable growth by being highly responsive to ad-hoc marketing program changes.
We survey retail staff about their brand awareness and product knowledge across our client's product lines and also perform observations of customer interactions in-store. Our clients need to see and understand trends from that market data quickly to adjust survey criteria and programs accordingly, sometimes on a daily basis."
Paul Allison, Director of Digital Marketing at Catcher
With hundreds of Brand ambassadors in the field performing thousands of in store visits every month apps built in Flowfinity help Catcher reduce labour costs by taking the guess work out of nuanced data collection, taking interpretation out of the hands of frontline personnel and into automated reporting applications.
Catcher has found that due to the flexibility of the Flowfinity toolset they have everything they need within one platform to build custom solutions for their clients and gain a significant advantage over competing firms with less advanced digital systems.
Now Catcher has integrated Flowfinity applications in the field to handle the three pillars of their retail audit programs: Brand Ambassador Management (Staffing), Field Dispatch (Work Orders) and Data Collection (Surveys and Reports).
"It's great for reporting but also so much more. We're managing users, dispatching work orders, collecting and manipulating rich data, creating dashboard visualizations, and doing all this on the fly," says Paul.
The time saved managing staff, assignments, and reporting plus the ability to respond to program change requests instantly has been a game-changer for Catcher. They now leverage their experience with Flowfinity's automation tools to drive repeatable high value business from their clients and seek new relationships based on their advantage.
Flowfinity is a no-code platform used to create, automate, and integrate custom business process applications. For over 20 years, Flowfinity has empowered business leaders and IT professionals to build flexible, scalable data collection apps and automate workflows without committing the extensive resources required to write and maintain custom code.
Backtracks | January 18, 2022
Backtracks, the world's most advanced platform for end-to-end podcast and audio management, advertising and data analytics, announces today the addition of dynamic client-side ad insertion (CSAI) for audio. This latest offering will provide publishers, advertisers and creators “over the top” ad insertion capabilities by using VAST (video ad serving template, the combined standard in the digital advertising industry for both audio and video advertising) to access ads from multiple servers and destinations, with accurate measurement and analytics provided by Backtracks’ robust and feature-rich platform. The advancement of CSAI in audio and podcasting content adds extra value for marketers, expanding contextual ad and episodic targeting capabilities, the ability to benefit from and extend the advertising ecosystem built around video advertising into audio. Additionally, it allows creators to take advantage of growing demand from advertisers, while having yet another way to increase creator earnings.
This announcement marks the first of multiple innovative product releases from Backtracks to come in early 2022, all aimed at further modernizing the podcasting industry through the development of technology and tools that gives advertisers and publishers greater access to the best fit of content, ads, and audience. Advertiser enthusiasm for podcasting rapidly increased in 2021 as consumer behavior towards spoken audio has evolved and audiences have steadily expanded. IAB projected that podcast advertising revenue would top $1 billion in 2021 and double to $2.2 billion, by 2023. Backtracks is dedicated to continuing to serve this rapidly growing media channel by providing the most advanced infrastructure platform for advertisers and publishers alike.
Our universal approach to audio advertising is the first-of-its-kind. Backtracks is applying the power and flexibility of all the versions of VAST from 2.0 to 4.2 to podcasts, pre-recorded audio, and live audio. By pushing the envelope we are directly solving long standing problems in podcast and audio advertising capabilities and optionality. Host read or spoken ad’s have long been the podcasting norm, and while they have their benefits, there are limitations to the reach and scale for both publishers and advertisers.”
Jonathan Gill, Founder and CEO of Backtracks
Client-side audio ad insertion allows for dynamic and targeted advertising that’s interchangeable by listening context location, time-of-day, episode, content, and more. Similar to experiencing a YouTube ad, but without breaking apart the listening experience in the middle of a sentence, dynamically inserted and contextually relevant ads that are not embedded or baked-in allow for a more satisfying user experience, and additional campaign scale revenue options for advertisers and publishers.
Backtracks’ integrated software platform allows advertisers to find, click and buy podcast ads with confidence and clarity - seamlessly integrating with brands and agencies’ advertising strategies, while harnessing the power of in-depth actionable analytics to know and grow podcast advertising campaign success without the capture and storage of personally identifiable information and cookies. Backtracks allows publishers and creators using the Backtracks Player to monetize their content and control ad placement across shows and episodes on any app, live-stream, over-the-top audio or digital radio with IAB verified metrics and analytics.
2021 was a year of innovation and milestones in the product landscape for the Backtracks platform to deliver unprecedented value to podcast publishers and advertisers. The company made advancements in technologies including; podcast analytics, podcast attribution and conversion tracking, AI insights, machine learning, Backtracks SDKs, Backtracks Player and accessibility tools, interactive audio and head-nod detection in Apple AirPods and supported earbuds, IAB podcast measurement certification for podcast analytics and advertising metrics, and a collaboration with Google Cloud to allow advertisers view their analytics data within Google Data Studio.
In 2022, Backtracks will continue to invest heavily in further development of existing and new product offerings across its infrastructure and data platform. Its continued innovation in audio technology is aimed at advancing the industry and continuing to help podcasters and audio partners around the world better measure, monetize, and advertise in audio and podcasting.
Backtracks is the leading technology infrastructure platform for end-to-end podcast management, advertising and data analytics. Through a product suite of turnkey tools and data analytics solutions, the company provides the technology for publishers, brands and advertisers to gain greater insights for engaging, reaching and understanding their target audiences while delivering a superior listening experience to their listeners. Founded in 2016 by engineers Jonathan Gill and Kevin Wright, Backtracks is on a mission to modernize the podcast medium by providing podcasters and advertisers with the tools to measure, discover and monetize their content and data. The company empowers thousands of podcasts and audio partners, including Wondery, This American Life, McKinsey & Company, RANE, Samsung, Mediahuis, OECD, The Memphis Grizzlies, and NASA.
ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT
Marin Software | January 07, 2022
Marin Software, a leading provider of digital marketing software for performance-driven advertisers and agencies, today announced an integration with Amazon Ads' demand-side platform (DSP). The integration will allow brands to easily manage, measure, and optimize their Amazon Advertising campaigns - from Sponsored Products, Sponsored Brands, and Sponsored Display to display, video, and audio ads - all within the MarinOne platform.
Amazon DSP enables advertisers to programmatically reach Amazon audiences at scale across Amazon sites and apps as well as leading publisher sites and third-party exchanges. This comprehensive inventory allows brands to connect and engage with new and existing customers with relevant, contextual messages across the consumer journey. Advertisers can choose from multiple formats including display, audio, and Streaming TV ads via Fire TV.
Amazon is great for the success of Retail brands. By integrating with Amazon DSP, we can now offer our customers access to a broad new set of formats, placements, and audiences to further their Amazon programs and deliver more return on investment within their eCommerce ad spend."
Chris Lien, CEO of Marin Software
Marin has helped advertisers manage and optimize over $40 billion in digital advertising spend since 2007. MarinOne provides customers a single platform for paid search and social advertising as well as retail media, marketplace, and shopping campaigns, delivering a cross-channel view of performance.
With the addition of Amazon DSP, MarinOne customers now have a comprehensive suite of reporting, automation, and bidding tools to activate and amplify their entire Amazon Advertising campaign portfolio, both on and off Amazon. Advertisers can also leverage Amazon Attribution to connect upper funnel ad spend across search and social channels with purchases in Amazon's store to capture every conversion.
About Marin Software
Marin Software Incorporated's (NASDAQ: MRIN) mission is to give advertisers the power to drive higher efficiency and transparency in their paid marketing programs that run on the world's largest publishers. Marin Software offers a unified SaaS advertising management platform for search, social, and eCommerce advertising. The Company helps digital marketers convert precise audiences, improve financial performance, and make better decisions. Headquartered in San Francisco with offices worldwide, Marin Software's technology powers marketing campaigns around the globe.