Tesla builds its one millionth vehicle

As a milestone of how far the company has come, Tesla this week announced the production of its one millionth electric vehicle. The EV in question is a red 2020 Model Y crossover, spec’d out in Performance trim with 21-inch wheels and a few other goodies. As ever, the announcement was greeted with the usual mix of skepticism and fanfare that accompanies any Tesla broadcast. On one hand, the team of workers that produced this latest machine are to be commended for hitting a major production landmark. On the other hand, Tesla’s financials are still convoluted enough to show that production figures are no indication of long-term viability. Still, the millionth Tesla milestone provides increased confidence that the Model Y crossover, slated to be the automaker’s first entry in the compact-luxury SUV segment, is on target to begin deliveries this year. The first vehicles out of the factory will be the higher-margin Performance and Long-Range variants. A similarly equipped Model Y to the one shown will cost $86,990 before delivery, or closer to a six-figure price tag if you order the optional $9,200 driver-assist upgrade to Tesla’s Autopilot system.

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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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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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JCDecaux and JOJ Media House sign an agreement to merge their OOH activities in Slovakia

GlobeNewswire | December 15, 2023

JCDecaux SE (Euronext Paris: DEC), the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, which began its OOH activities in Slovakia in 1990, announces that on December 14th it signed an agreement regarding the merger of its activity in Slovakia with Akzent Bigboard, the outdoor advertising subsidiary of JOJ Media House Group, the leading Media Group in Slovakia. The completion of the transaction is subject to standard regulatory conditions. Under this agreement, the newly formed joint-venture will be owned at 60% by ATSBG Holding GmbH, a JCDecaux subsidiary, and at 40% by JOJ Media House. This merger will be a real growth driver for outdoor advertising in Slovakia, which currently represents around 5.5% of the total advertising market, lower than the market share global average, but continually increasing. The combined expertise of JCDecaux and Akzent Bigboard will open up new opportunities for advertisers including in digital outdoor advertising within a highly fragmented advertising market. Key Figures for JCDecaux 2022 revenue: €3,317m(a)– 9M 2023 revenue: €2,440m(a) N°1 Out-of-Home Media company worldwide A daily audience of more than 850 million people in more than 80 countries 1,040,132 advertising panels worldwide Present in 3,573 cities with more than 10,000 inhabitants 11,200 employees JCDecaux is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris and is part of the Euronext 100 and Euronext Family Business indexes JCDecaux is recognised for its extra-financial performance in the FTSE4Good (3.4/5),CDP (A-), MSCI (AA) and has achieved Platinum Medal status from EcoVadis 1st Out-of-Home Media company to join the RE100 Leader in self-service bike rental scheme: pioneer in eco-friendly mobility N°1 worldwide in street furniture (604,536 advertising panels) N°1 worldwide in transport advertising with 153 airports and 205 contracts in metros, buses, trains and tramways (333,620 advertising panels) N°1 in Europe for billboards (101,976 advertising panels worldwide) N°1 in outdoor advertising in Europe (654,957 advertising panels) N°1 in outdoor advertising in Asia-Pacific (170,973 advertising panels) N°1 in outdoor advertising in Latin America (129,305 advertising panels) N°1 in outdoor advertising in Africa (24,198 advertising panels) N°1 in outdoor advertising in the Middle East (19,371 advertising panels)

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