The importance of building brand awareness through Amazon advertising

searchengineland | February 06, 2020

In the early goings of Amazon’s advertising platform, most advertisers looked to it as another source of ad inventory that should be focused on direct response. This is in large part due to Sponsored Products typically being the first format brands wade into, and that format produced a whopping 13% conversion rate for the median advertiser under Tinuiti (my employer) management in Q4 2019. As such, it’s safe to say that Amazon ads are certainly a strong avenue for driving orders and sales. However, it’s no longer the case that Amazon advertisers are focused entirely on direct response goals, and marketers should be looking at the brand-building potential across both display and search ads in order to get the most out of the platform.

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Anzu partners with InMobi for programmatic brands advertising

Anzu | February 24, 2021

In-game advertising platform Anzu has partnered with InMobi for programmatic advertising. Through the partnership, InMobi's brand advertisers will have access to Anzu's mobile gaming inventory and will be able to buy in-game display and video ads programmatically. Furthermore, the ads specialist's inventory includes exclusive titles across a range of genres, including sport and action. "We are living in a mobile-first world, and media consumption in it continues to evolve rapidly," said InMobi GM of publisher platforms and exchange Kunal Nagpal. "In-game advertising is one of these new frontiers that allow advertisers to interact with their consumers in a highly intuitive way. "InMobi's technology and unmatched mobile in-app expertise along with Anzu's advanced in-game advertising platform will allow them to access the highly engaged and diverse mobile gaming audience in a medium that is becoming increasingly relevant." Better reach As part of the new partnership, brand advertisers will be able to reach a broad mobile games audience with specially targeted ads. Moreover, the ads are non-intrusive, meaning that the player experience will not be hindered. "The importance of mobile to the gaming industry cannot be overstated," said Anzu CEO and co-founder Itamar Benedy. "It is leading the way for industry growth, accounting for over 50% of the market, which is why it's an important part of Anzu's strategy. Anzu's partnership with InMobi will greatly enhance the value of in-game advertising inventory. "We are excited to provide InMobi's global brand advertisers with the opportunity to embrace the up-and-coming in-game advertising media channel to reach premium mobile gaming audiences across the world." InMobi has become the latest in a line of partnerships to be formed by Anzu. Earlier this year, the in-game ads specialist teamed up with addressable media firm aMVG. In 2020, the company partnered with various organisations, including Virtuverse, Veritas Entertainment and Axis Games.

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ICE Launches Multi-Faceted Global Brand and Advertising Campaign

Intercontinental Exchange | March 24, 2022

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology and market infrastructure, today unveiled its global brand campaign, called “Make the Connection,” which further unifies ICE’s businesses under one broad theme. Elements of the campaign include contributions from a cast of influencers from varied walks of life, united around the powerful idea of making connections, something ICE has done in global markets since its founding in 2000. Buttressing the spot is behind-the-scenes storytelling and social media content bringing to life each part of ICE’s businesses, helping new audiences learn about the company and its global impact. As part of this effort, ICE has updated its branding across the organization, including the New York Stock Exchange, to highlight the cohesion and interconnectedness of the company’s network of technology driven solutions. “We founded our company two decades ago around the simple idea of making opaque processes transparent and analog workflows digital,” said Jeff Sprecher, Founder, Chair and CEO of ICE. “We founded our company two decades ago around the simple idea of making opaque processes transparent and analog workflows digital,” said Jeff Sprecher, Founder, Chair and CEO of ICE. “Those goals manifested themselves in many ways, with the end result of using data, technology and our expertise to connect people to opportunity. Our new campaign celebrates those connections.” The new campaign, part of ICE’s two-year “One Company, One Brand” initiative, is led by Stephanie Dobbs Brown, ICE’s Chief Marketing Officer, and created by Prosek Partners’ new strategic branding group, Prophecy by Prosek. “Over time, ICE’s imprint on global markets has become much broader than its formal name, Intercontinental Exchange, and the brand campaign positions ICE as continually evolving to support the complex needs of the customers we serve,” said Dobbs Brown. “We’re thrilled to tell the ICE story as one cohesive organization while reflecting the company’s longstanding commitment to evolving and uniting its businesses around technology and connectivity.” The cast of “Make the Connection” includes: Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, who aligns with ICE as a strategic consumer and user of data to create a competitive advantage for his teams -- something ICE’s customers do every day. Peter Tuchman and Rose Han, who harness data and technology to help customers create value in the equity markets, make connections that raise capital to change the world and help followers grow nest eggs at the same time. Thomas Healy, CEO of a NYSE-listed company, who deploys capital from his SPAC to usher in the global energy transition to tractor trailers. Egypt Sherrod, a change maker in the real estate space, who exemplifies the dream of homeownership, which ICE makes more efficient through automation and technology. Erin Ashley Simon, a pioneer in gaming, who succeeds by redefining the rules of the game, which ICE has done since its inception. Eduardo Cassol and Roberta Montibeller, the creators and crew of YouTube’s “Odd Life Crafting,” who achieve their ambition of living and working transparently, like ICE’s customers, by setting audacious -- some say “unattainable” -- goals and charting a course to get there. Nur Robertson, an up-and-coming musician and student of Long Island University’s Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment. With special guest cameo appearances by YouTubers Mark Wiens and the Expedition Evans team (Brett and Jade Evans). The multi-faceted campaign, which includes a commercial shot on location around the world by cutting-edge director Ahn Vu, begins airing today on linear and digital platforms. Beyond the 60-second spot, ICE’s campaign allows people to learn more about its featured influencers through behind-the-scenes content, audio, out-of-home advertising and social media. About Intercontinental Exchange Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) is a Fortune 500 company that designs, builds and operates digital networks to connect people to opportunity. We provide financial technology and data services across major asset classes that offer our customers access to mission-critical workflow tools that increase transparency and operational efficiencies. We operate exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, and clearing houses that help people invest, raise capital and manage risk across multiple asset classes. Our comprehensive fixed income data services and execution capabilities provide information, analytics and platforms that help our customers capitalize on opportunities and operate more efficiently. At ICE Mortgage Technology, we are transforming and digitizing the U.S. residential mortgage process, from consumer engagement through loan registration. Together, we transform, streamline and automate industries to connect our customers to opportunity.

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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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Viamedia Promotes Jim Loughran to SVP of Convergent Video Partnerships, Heading Its Patented QTT™ Division

Viamedia | June 03, 2022

Viamedia, the leading fully-integrated independent cross-media local advertising company, today announced Jim Loughran has been promoted to senior vice president of convergent video partnerships, overseeing the company’s cloud-based advertising solution that brings the digital and linear television worlds together. He will be responsible for QTT™’s overall business, product, communications and marketing strategy. “Since joining Viamedia, Jim has been a trusted leader and has proved to execute and drive digital sales. No one is better suited to continue leading Viamedia’s cross-media advertising solutions as SVP of Convergent Video Partnerships, than Jim,” said David Solomon, CEO of Viamedia. “Since joining Viamedia, Jim has been a trusted leader and has proved to execute and drive digital sales. No one is better suited to continue leading Viamedia’s cross-media advertising solutions as SVP of Convergent Video Partnerships, than Jim,” said David Solomon, CEO of Viamedia. “There is no doubt he will create even more value and bring more innovation to our advertising business customers.” Loughran joined Viamedia in 2020 as senior vice president of digital, and in his time with the company has played an integral role in executing and driving digital sales. In his new role, Loughran will continue to oversee the patent-pending QTT™ technology that requests and receives ads programmatically from digital ad exchanges to enable real-time linear cable television ad insertion utilizing existing cable TV infrastructure. Viamedia’s QTT™ solution significantly increases cable ad dollars and advertisers’ marketing options by tapping into the surging programmatic digital advertising marketplace. Loughran will be based in New York City and will continue to report to Viamedia’s CEO, David Solomon. Loughran previously served as senior vice president, national addressable, OTT and digital sales for Ampersand (formerly NCC Media), where he grew ad revenue from approximately $10 million to more than $100 million. About Viamedia Viamedia places over 1MM ads a day in more than 130 zones in 28 states across 60+ markets nationwide, aggregating all forms of TV audiences and providing a single point of sale to more than 6,000 local, regional, and national advertisers. It provides a comprehensive portfolio of audience and impression-based local video cross-media advertising solutions that bridge the gap between linear TV and digital programmatic advertising. Viamedia’s patented, cloud based QTT™ platform utilizes a proprietary technology stack designed to enable ad campaigns to be more efficient and easier to execute, by utilizing rich data to deliver targeted, dynamic ads to consumers via linear television. Viamedia also offers a complimentary suite of impression-based digital products for streaming, mobile, display, email, search, social and more. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, the company’s success is built on its people, processes and proprietary software.

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