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Unity Ads Now Offers Access to Meta Audience Network Through Unity Mediation

Unity | December 20, 2021

Unity (NYSE: U), the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, today announced the availability of Meta Audience Network for in-app bidding access in Unity Mediation, available within Unity Ads. With this integration, publishers get self-serve and streamlined access to a premium demand source, making it quicker and easier to maximize their revenue. Meta Audience Network is the latest addition to Unity Mediation, solutions that give developers access to the most comprehensive demand, with over 60+ ad ecosystem partners as well as enhanced tools to set pricing strategies, bid competitively, and maximize overall ad fill.

This partnership with Meta Audience Network will unlock important access to one of the leading bidders in the industry for developers of all sizes using Unity Ads. Our priority is always to enable our developers’ success and with this partnership we are delivering a streamlined path to maximizing revenue potential. This is a significant step we are taking to ensure we are equipping publishers with what they need to achieve operational and monetary efficiencies.”

Felix Thé, SVP of Product Management, Operate Solutions, Unity.

“Meta Audience Network and Unity share a vision of generating incremental value and transparency for in-app developers on a global scale,” noted Julius Ramirez, Head of Adtech Partnerships at Meta Audience Network. “This integration streamlines access to high-quality demand, enabling developers to maximize their revenue with greater efficiency.”

As one of the industry’s top ad networks, Unity Ads aims to simplify the integration and maintenance of the ad stack, allowing for opportunities to fill ad spots quickly and competitively to earn more revenue, and further enabling developers to easily monetize their games. Delivering optimized monetization and growth solutions is paramount to Unity Gaming Services, Unity’s recently launched end-to-end gaming platform that equips all developers with everything they need to rapidly build multiplayer experiences, to handle all scenarios for running a live game and to monitor their performance in a single, connected interface.

About Unity
Unity (NYSE: U) is the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. The company’s 1,800+ person research and development team keeps Unity at the forefront of development by working alongside partners to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms. Apps developed by Unity creators were downloaded more than five billion times per month in 2020. 

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Baidu Global’s AI-Integrated Marketing Platform MediaGo to Include New Offerings Powered by Xandr

MediaGo, Baidu Global, Xandr | March 11, 2022

Baidu Global today announced that its AI-integrated marketing platform MediaGo has entered into a strategic collaboration with Xandr, a data-enabled technology ad platform. Through this integration, MediaGo’s global advertisers, marketers and brands now have access to premium, brand-safe display and native ad inventory from Xandr’s marketplace, with video formats on the roadmap. Initially available via Xandr’s Monetize SSP publishers in the U.S., the relationship will expand in the coming months to include premium publisher inventory across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. “At MediaGo, we continually focus on improving our advertisers’ ad performance by helping them reach high value, large scale and audience focused inventory across the open internet, further enhancing their ability to reach higher ROI and better marketing results,” said Elaine Hu, Head of U.S. Strategy and Partnership at Baidu’s Global Business Unit. “At MediaGo, we continually focus on improving our advertisers’ ad performance by helping them reach high value, large scale and audience focused inventory across the open internet, further enhancing their ability to reach higher ROI and better marketing results,” said Elaine Hu, Head of U.S. Strategy and Partnership at Baidu’s Global Business Unit. “To further this goal, we are excited to partner with Xandr across international markets, broadening the opportunities for our full funnel marketers to reach the right audiences, across different touch points.” “Further deepening our commitment to driving results for both advertisers and content creators, we are delighted to partner with Baidu and bring the best of Xandr’s technology to MediaGo,” said Sze How Chan, associate director, market development, Xandr. About MediaGo MediaGo is a global AI-integrated marketing platform under the Baidu Global brand that helps clients to rapidly expand into the global market and enhance international influence. Available to customers in East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America, MediaGo provides cross-media integrated marketing solutions, including programmatic advertising, advertising reselling and AI-backed recommendations to more than 10,000 companies. MediaGo is committed to building an AI advertising engine that leverages media context to achieve precision marketing in the modern era. About Baidu Global Baidu Global is the international AI business growth engine under the Baidu brand, providing global users with intelligent Internet services in multiple scenarios. Baidu Global covers more than 200 countries and regions around the world. With its strong localized operation capabilities, Baidu Global integrates global high-quality resources and offers a powerful engine that helps partners achieve rapid growth. About Xandr A business unit within AT&T, Xandr powers a global marketplace for premium advertising. Our data-enabled technology platform, encompassing Xandr Invest, Xandr Monetize and Xandr Curate, optimizes return on investment for both buyers and sellers. For more than 143 years, AT&T has used data and technology to inform and improve the consumer experience.

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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

Wishpond Technologies Ltd. (TSXV: WISH) (OTCQX: WPNDF) ("Wishpond" or the "Company"), a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions, is pleased to announce that its Brax subsidiary has entered into a partnership with ROI Marketplace LLC. ("ROI Marketplace"), a leading native advertising agency. The partnership aims to promote Brax's platform and migrate ROI Marketplace's existing customer base onto Brax's platform. In addition, Joe Burton, CEO of ROI Marketplace and a frequent speaker at industry events, such as Affiliate World and TES Conference, will join Brax's Advisory Panel, bringing years of experience managing native advertising campaigns to Brax's product development team. Brax's General Manager, Kevin Ho commented on the significance of the partnership, "We're incredibly excited for our partnership with Joe and the team from ROI Marketplace. They are true leaders and innovators in the native advertising space, and their agency complements Brax's technology offering perfectly. We are looking forward to our future together, in which we will provide innovative native advertising solutions to our customers." ROI Marketplace, listed on Inc. magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, is considered a market leader in the native advertising space. ROI Marketplace was recently awarded the Native Media Innovator of the Year (Media Innovator Awards). "I am excited to be joining the team over at Brax," said Joe Burton, CEO, ROI Marketplace. "I am excited to be joining the team over at Brax," said Joe Burton, CEO, ROI Marketplace. "I have worked with Brax in various capacities over the past eight years and always thought they had an amazing team. The native advertising landscape is changing daily and any company doing native advertising at scale should be using a system like Brax's. ROI Marketplace has long been considered one of the top native marketing agencies in the world and to have the honor to work with a top native advertising optimization platform such as Brax, is something we are enthusiastic about. Together we will refine and continue to build on their amazing technology to deliver all the tools and resources any media buyer needs to be successful." Wishpond is also pleased to announce the release of Brax's integration with MGID Inc. ("MGID"), the provider of a native advertising network with access to over 32,000 publishers worldwide reaching over 850 million unique visitors a month. This new integration opens up the door for Brax to onboard a wider audience of advertisers while simultaneously giving Brax's current customer base more ad network options to choose from. Features of this integration include the ability to manage MGID ad spend directly inside of Brax, and to create MGID ads directly within Brax with the option to publish them across other ad networks simultaneously. Wishpond also offers built-in optimization tools such as A/B split testing for ads and the ability to create rules to optimize ad campaigns across multiple ad platforms. About Wishpond Technologies Ltd. Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Wishpond is a provider of marketing-focused online business solutions. Wishpond's vision is to become the leading provider of digital marketing solutions that empower entrepreneurs to achieve success online. The Company offers an "all-in-one" marketing suite that provides companies with marketing, promotion, lead generation, and sales conversion capabilities on one integrated platform. Wishpond replaces disparate marketing solutions with an easy-to-use product, for a fraction of the cost. Wishpond serves over 3,000 customers who are primarily small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in a wide variety of industries. The Company has developed cutting-edge marketing technology solutions and continues to add new features and applications with great velocity. The Company employs a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model where substantially all the Company's revenue is subscription-based recurring revenue which provides excellent revenue predictability and cash flow visibility. Wishpond is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker "WISH", and on the OTCQX Best Market under the ticker "WPNDF". For further information, visit: www.wishpond.com. About ROI Marketplace Ltd. ROI Marketplace is a premier digital advertising agency based out of Buffalo, New York. With a highly experienced team of media buyers driving a client-focused mentality, ROI Marketplace has grown to new heights over the last few years and were awarded the prestigious Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies award in 2020. Providing a holistic approach to your digital marketing from copywriting and content creation, to page design, and finishing off with managing your marketing campaigns and promoting your offers on the native advertising platforms, ROI Marketplace are helping their clients to consistently get exposure to millions of people each month.

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MetaGod Announces the Launch of Its Gamefi and Metaverse Platform

MetaGod | February 10, 2022

MetaGod, the London-based start-up, has announced the launch of its Gamefi and metaverse platform whereby it develops a complete ecosystem with a digitally rendered 3D virtual reality-based metaverse. It offers users the sole authority to create, build, and control their own metaverse focused on gamification, social interaction, entertainment, and play-to-earn. Since the last few years, the world has been witnessing an internet evolution greater than the innovations from the DotCom era or Social Media era, or perhaps even more significant than the internet itself. The internet is evolving to a stage that is more immersive, intuitive, and one-step closer to completely immersive virtual reality experiences. Online video games, console games, and mobile games have billions of downloads and continue to emerge as one of the most prevalent media forms in our society. This is leading towards a dedicated economy for play-to-earn blockchain games, which is growing at an exponential rate. In this new world of professional gaming and Esports, play-to-earn NFT games have been leading the charge in the fast-rising industry and new investments. MetaGod is poised to tap on this opportunity by creating a complete ecosystem around Metaverse and Gamefi. Deployed on Binance Smart Chain Network, this ecosystem will have a metaverse, with its first game based on the card game Monopoly that promises unlimited hours of gameplay fun while subsequently allowing players to earn in many ways. Emma Quinn, the CEO of MetaGod says, "MetaGod offers a metaverse and blockchain-based ecosystem, not just a single product or a game offering. The ecosystem consists of NFT based God Avatar Characters, Gamefi based play to earn offerings, a metaverse whereby users can play and immerse themselves like real world, game development and publication modules, Socializing Platform, Voting protocol for democratized governance and a dedicated marketplace for trading of NFT assets." METAGOD Gameplay As mentioned earlier, the MetaGod metaverse features a complete ecosystem, not just a game. In this regard, the ecosystem will feature an SDK whereby publishers can deploy all sorts of games whereby a player can participate, play and create lucrative income while enjoying the fun play.

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SeeHer Brings Together Marketing and Advertising Communities at Fourth Annual SeeHer SheFront

SeeHer, ANA | April 20, 2022

Today, SeeHer (SeeHer.com), the leading global movement to eliminate gender bias in advertising and media, brought together thousands of marketers and media entities for the fourth annual SeeHer SheFront. The virtual, worldwide event supported SeeHer’s efforts to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and entertainment and showcased how female representation has become a key strategic focus of media entities. The SheFront was part of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) annual Global Day of Learning. Global media leader Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, kicked off the program with a brief welcome on the power of storytelling, saying, “We believe all individuals should see themselves reflected in media and entertainment with a sense of authenticity, accuracy and integrity, and understand why the work SeeHer is doing is crucial.” Global media leader Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, kicked off the program with a brief welcome on the power of storytelling, saying, “We believe all individuals should see themselves reflected in media and entertainment with a sense of authenticity, accuracy and integrity, and understand why the work SeeHer is doing is crucial.” The event was hosted by SeeHer President Jeannine Shao Collins, who noted in her opening remarks, “The SheFront is a time where we showcase the best of the best. Our esteemed media members… understand that gender equality is a force for growth and a force for good. And they are committed to the SeeHer movement.” SeeHer media members, including A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Disney, FOX, iHeartMedia, Meta, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery, presented during the event, highlighting their efforts to increase female-led content and empower women in front of and behind the camera. The audience heard from industry executives during the inspiring presentations, as well as on-air talent, including Joanna Gaines, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Magnolia Networks, and Lisa Leslie, former WNBA superstar and current Co-Host, We Need to Talk on CBS Sports, who showcased how SeeHer members are committed to the organization’s mission. Gaines thanked SeeHer during Warner Bros. Discovery presentation, stating, “I just wanted to say thank you to SeeHer for this event and this opportunity. With this group of courageous and amazing women, I am incredibly hopeful of all that we can achieve together for the future of media.” Leslie noted, “We [at Paramount] are committed in 2022 and beyond to continually SeeHer both on screen and behind the scenes.” OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network was presented with the SeeHer Programming Award in honor of the drama series All Rise. The award recognizes a primetime program that pushes boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognizes the importance of women and girls in media. Tina Perry, OWN TV Network & OTT Streaming President, accepted the award. Past recipients include This Is Us and Madam Secretary. SeeHer Co-Chairs Fiona Carter, Chief Marketing Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble, also participated in the virtual event. Pritchard highlighted why the industry must continue to push for more accurate female representation, saying, “Despite our collective efforts, gender equality has taken a step back… [however] the advertising we create and the content we support has the power to be a force for growth which, in turn, is a force for good.” Carter led a discussion highlighting SeeHer’s Gender Equality Measure® (GEM®), which the organization developed in 2016 and is the first research methodology that quantifies gender bias in ads and programming. She said, “[Goldman Sachs] and the industry are making strides in gender representation, but there is always more work to be done.” Carter was joined by Lorenzo Larini, CEO, IPSOS North America, Shelley Zalis, CEO The Female Quotient, Co-Founder SeeHer and Latha Sarathy, Chief Research Officer, ANA, for the session. During the discussion, Larini said, “Diversity, equity and inclusion is a team sport… it is about what we can do as an overall industry. Real change happens when people decide to change their behaviors… [GEM®) is simply a great thing for your business.” To close out the event, Collins and Bob Liodice, CEO, ANA, announced two exciting new initiatives spearheaded by SeeHer. Later this year, the organization will be establishing the first-ever interdisciplinary academic curriculum that combines marketing and gender studies, called SeeHer in Education. Additionally, the organization will be developing an AAPI #WriteHerRight guide, which will be a resource for marketers and entertainment executives to encourage authentic portrayals of AAPI women and girls in the content they produce. SeeHer has previously developed a #WriteHerRight guide for Latina-focused storytelling in partnership with NBCUniversal and Telemundo, as well as a storytelling guide focused on Black female characters in partnership with OWN. The SeeHer SheFront was attended by marketing and advertising professionals from around the globe. For the first time in its four-year history, the event was open to the entire media ecosystem as part of the ANA’s Annual Global Day of Learning. About SeeHer SeeHer is the leading global movement of media, marketing and entertainment leaders committed to the accurate depiction of women and girls in advertising and media. Launched in 2016 by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) in partnership with The Female Quotient (The FQ), SeeHer has expanded its verticals to include sports (SeeHer in Sports) and music (SeeHer Hear Her). To help marketers benchmark success, SeeHer spearheaded the development of the Gender Equality Measure® (GEM®), which shows that content accurately portraying females dramatically increases both purchase intent and brand reputation and has quickly become the industry standard. About The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) The mission of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is to drive growth for marketing professionals, brands and businesses, the industry, and humanity. The ANA serves the marketing needs of 20,000 brands by leveraging the 12-point ANA Growth Agenda, which has been endorsed by the Global CMO Growth Council. The ANA’s membership consists of U.S. and international companies, including client-side marketers, nonprofits, fundraisers, and marketing solutions providers (data science and technology companies, ad agencies, publishers, media companies, suppliers, and vendors). The ANA creates Marketing Growth Champions by serving, educating, and advocating for more than 50,000 industry members that collectively invest more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually.

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