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Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

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With today’s customer journey being more complicated than ever, it’s rare for the first touchpoint to result in a sale. Retargeting makes sense as a solution to that, designed to convert online window shoppers. The problem is, there’s so much bad retargeting out there. The repetitive ads that follow you all around the Internet have […]

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If you’re not updating ROAS and CPA targets frequently, you’re missing out

If you’re not updating ROAS and CPA targets frequently, you’re missing out

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Our founding CEO, Fred Vallaeys, has written extensively about how the role of PPC experts will change as more of the day-to-day ad management will be done by automated systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). One task that’s particularly apt to become automated is bid management because it requires lots of […]

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How Deloitte Digital helped Chipotle revamp its reputation with a superior mobile customer experience

How Deloitte Digital helped Chipotle revamp its reputation with a superior mobile customer experience

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For a while, Chipotle was the darling of the quick service restaurant (QSR) category, frequently cited as a catalyst in millennials “killing” fast food and casual dining chains. Chipotle was perceived as just as fast but far healthier, in addition to boasting more natural and ethically-sourced ingredients. But after a series of food safety issues, […]

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Digital advertising's opportunities & threats from Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report

Digital advertising’s opportunities & threats from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report

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Advertising wasn’t a major focus of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report this year, but the well-known internet analyst pointed out several interesting developments that affect the sector. Here we lay out some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the digital advertising ecosystem. Opportunities The time we spend on our connected devices keeps […]

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Is Google taking over the attribution landscape after GDPR?

Is Google taking over the attribution landscape after GDPR?

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Marketing attribution can help marketers discover the blind spots of their strategy by focusing on all the touchpoints of their funnel. It has turned into a rising trend among marketers as it offers a great opportunity of being more efficient with the budget. Google wanted to explore the trend of a data-driven attribution model by […]

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DoubleClick Bid Manager opens up digital audio ad buying globally

DoubleClick Bid Manager opens up digital audio ad buying globally

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As investment in digital audio advertising continues to grow, Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager is rolling out support globally for buying audio ads programmatically across a handful of streaming services. The company announced Wednesday that advertisers can now buy ad inventory programmatically from Google Play Music, Spotify, SoundCloud and TuneIn, and soon Pandora. In the US […]

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3 examples of technology disrupting marketing, according to Chiefmartec Scott Brinker

3 examples of technology disrupting marketing, according to Chiefmartec Scott Brinker

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Digital transformation is one of those marketing terms that’s so overused (we’re guilty of it, too) that, what does it even mean anymore? To Scott Brinker, HubSpot’s VP of Platform Ecosystem who is also known as Chiefmartec, the term refers to the way organizations evolve to take better advantage of marketing technology. When he created the now-famous MarTech Landscape […]

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Unauthorized Alexa conversation recording unnerved owner, called a mistake by Amazon

Unauthorized Alexa conversation recording unnerved owner, called a mistake by Amazon

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Amazon Echo, housing the Alexa intelligent agent When it comes to next-generation technologies, like AI, the discussion is binary. The boosters, industry insiders and developers, see the social benefits, while detractors only half-jokingly predict Terminator-style dystopian futures. Could both be right? Can social and consumer benefits exist even as these new technologies lead to civil […]

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Google is testing ads in its app Feed

Google is testing ads in its app Feed

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Ad-free footprints don’t last long online. Especially if that footprint is controlled by Google. The online ad giant is now testing native ads in the Google Feed. Users began noticing them this week, Android Police first reported. Previously branded Google Now, the Google Feed displays personalized content feed on the home tab in the Google […]

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Introducing Search Engine Land's 'Guide to PPC'

Introducing Search Engine Land’s ‘Guide to PPC’

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Millions of advertisers spend millions of dollars every day to get their ads to appear in the search results. With so many features and capabilities available in Google AdWords, Bing Ads and Yahoo Gemini, getting (and staying) up to speed with paid search can be a challenge. That can mean a lot of frustration and […]

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Google to join IAB Europe's Transparency and Consent Framework

Google to join IAB Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework

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Google will soon join the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe’s Transparency and Consent Framework, the company confirmed Tuesday — just three days before the May 25 deadline for enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The news was first reported by AdExchanger. The framework is designed in part to allow advertisers and publishers to […]

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Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

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According to a new quarterly tracking estimate from Canalys, Google shipped more smart speakers in Q1 2018 than Amazon. Globally, the firm said that there were roughly 9 million units shipped overall. The three largest markets are the US, China and the UK. According to the report, Google Home grew 483 percent (from a much smaller […]

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Q+A with TGI Fridays' Sherif Mityas

Q+A with TGI Fridays’ Sherif Mityas

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When you think of artificial intelligence, what are the first names to come to mind? We’re guessing you answered that question in your head with Microsoft, Google or Amazon, and not TGI Fridays. Still, over the last year and a half, AI has become a big enough part of the brand’s overall strategy that Chief […]

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All Apple News publishers can now use DoubleClick for Publishers to serve direct-sold ads

All Apple News publishers can now use DoubleClick for Publishers to serve direct-sold ads

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Apple has rolled out the ability for all publishers to use DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) for ad serving in their Apple News content, according to Digiday. Apple has been testing the use of Google-owned DFP with some publishers since last year. Publishers retain 100 percent of the revenue they generate from selling ads directly in […]

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Australian privacy regulators examining Google's Android location-data collection

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

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European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a market competition report to Australian regulators that asserts, “Alphabet receives detailed information about people’s internet […]

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How Oreo, 7-Eleven and The New York Times are thinking outside the box with AR

How Oreo, 7-Eleven and The New York Times are thinking outside the box with AR

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Sephora shoppers virtually try on makeup, while Macy’s and IKEA allow consumers to transpose furniture into their homes. Plenty of retailers are using augmented reality (AR) in innovative ways. But not every brand has such an obvious use case. From Oreo to 7-Eleven, we’ve identified six brands using AR in more out-of-the-box ways. 1. Oreo The […]

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IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

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The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) is out with its Q4 and 2017 year-end state of the digital advertising industry report. In a repeat of the past several years, digital advertising revenue is up. There was growth across formats and devices. And while the IAB doesn’t name names, Facebook and Google continue to suck up most […]

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Google releases Android Go edition for India's 400 million internet users

Android P: AI inside and simplification outside

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Yesterday at Google I/O, the company previewed its next Android operating system: Android P. I haven’t downloaded and used it, but the new OS promises to be simpler for users and more sophisticated on the inside, with a healthy dose of AI, of course. Beta access to P is available to owners Google’s Pixel phones, […]

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Q+A with IKEA's Kendra Ferguson

Q+A with IKEA’s Kendra Ferguson

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IKEA is a natural fit for Pinterest, where home decor is one of the most popular categories. Recognizing its potential early on, IKEA was actually the first brand to launch a search campaign through Pinterest’s self-serve platform. As Pinterest has evolved into more of a visual search engine, IKEA’s strategy evolved right along with it. Last […]

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Google announces ads updates for app developers at Google I/O

Google announces ads updates for app developers at Google I/O

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With the kickoff of the annual Google I/O developer conference today, Google announced updates for app developers buying and selling ads via AdWords and AdMob, respectively. Google added that Android users downloaded 94 billion apps from Google Play last year. That’s up from 82 billion apps downloaded in 2016. There are more than 2 billion […]

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Google AdWords new responsive search ads can show 3 headlines

Google AdWords new responsive search ads can show 3 headlines

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We’re finally here. Set up one ad with multiple headlines and a couple of descriptions, and Google will start testing combinations dynamically to serve the combination deemed most likely to achieve the advertiser’s stated goal. Oh, and get more real estate than a standard text ad for giving the new machine learning option a go. […]

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Smart speakers and their role in the customer journey

Smart speakers and their role in the customer journey

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As Amazon becomes a bigger player in the advertising space, it’s imperative that brands have an Amazon strategy. But do they also need an Alexa strategy? Well, yeah. Voice commerce is projected to explode over the next few years. The voice commerce market in the U.S. and the U.K. is worth $2 billion today. OC&C […]

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Google betting its Assistant can close the wearables gap with Apple

Google betting its Assistant can close the wearables gap with Apple

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Right now, Apple is winning the battle of the smartwatch vs. Google. Google is betting that the Assistant can close the gap. Android-based smartwatches historically have offered a weaker user experience than Apple Watch, though their third-party ecosystem of designs offers a wider variety of styles and prices. In 2015, Google made then Android Wear, […]

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YouTube ads found on extremist content channels, reigniting company's brand safety issues

YouTube announces more moves to chip away at TV ad budgets

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For years, digital platforms have courted TV advertising budgets, first via desktop campaigns, then with mobile-first efforts. Now, the pendulum is swinging back to the television screen. Consumers may be cutting their cable cords, but they’re still using their televisions or Smart TVs with OTT and streaming devices and gaming consoles. YouTube says TV is […]

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How Tiffany & Co., Gucci and LVMH are embracing digital transformation

How Tiffany & Co., Gucci and LVMH are embracing digital transformation

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It’s no secret that some industries have embraced digital transformation faster than others. Luxury brands have typically been at the slower end of the scale. Ecommerce democratizes access to products and information. However, for brands like Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Gucci, exclusivity is a good thing. Luxury brands trade on their names. The name […]

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5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

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Every brand understands—or should understand—the importance of data. And no data is more valuable than first-party shopper behavior data, which is derived directly from your customers. Since first-party data comes straight from the source, this eliminates any games of telephone, enabling marketers to better understand—and build stronger relationships with—their customers. According to CPC Strategy’s “How […]

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Survey: Chasm exists between brands and consumers on data privacy

Senators introduce privacy “bill of rights” to protect consumer data

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Earlier this month, U.S. senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a privacy “bill of rights” to protect American consumers’ personal data. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish privacy protections for customers of online edge providers like Facebook […]

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YouTube rolls out new chat replay, automatic captions & more for live streaming videos

YouTube to stop supporting third-party ad serving in EU in May, citing GDPR

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YouTube is closing off access to third-party ad serving and pixel tracking globally, just ahead of the date when the European Union’s sweeping privacy regulation takes effect next month. “YouTube will no longer support third-party ad serving on reserved buys in Europe beginning May 21, and it will assess whether to extend that policy globally,” […]

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Metrics to support 'your' digital monetization strategy

Metrics to support ‘your’ digital monetization strategy

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Recently there was a New York Times piece discussing ‘influencers’ on social media channels and their challenges and frustrations making a living online. This followed a previous, similar piece in the New York Post about someone attempting to gain Instagram stardom by purchasing elaborate trips and fashion, which left them in financial ruin. For the […]

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Strategies for expanding your search marketing

Strategies for expanding your search marketing

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Every brand wants to be a global powerhouse, right? But of course, breaking into other markets is easier said than done. Marketers must keep the diverse needs and cultures of consumers in mind, optimizing their web presence and content strategies accordingly. From an SEO perspective, that requires specific action plans separate from those executed in […]

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Already doing SEO? Add these two things to optimize for voice search

Already doing SEO? Add these two things to optimize for voice search

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How do you optimize content for voice search in 2018? That’s a popular search engine optimization (SEO) question these days as everyone looks to take advantage of the surge in spoken queries. Take a look at recent trends: The answer to the popular question, “How do you optimize for voice search?” is this: Do what […]

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YouTube's new TrueView for reach format makes bumper ads skippable

YouTube’s new TrueView for reach format makes bumper ads skippable

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On Monday, Google’s YouTube introduced a new skippable format for short-form branding ads called TrueView for reach. The format is sold on a CPM basis, and just as with TrueView in-stream ads, users can skip them after five seconds. In-stream ads must be a minimum of 30 seconds long, but the new TrueView for reach […]

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Google, Amazon and the relationship between paid search and ecommerce

Google, Amazon and the relationship between paid search and ecommerce

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Last year, digital ad spend totaled $209 billion worldwide, finally surpassing TV. That’s great news for the industry, particularly Google and Facebook, who took home about 60% of that revenue. The duopoly’s dominance is projected to wane, mostly at the hands of—who else?—Amazon. The quintessential retail disruptor, Amazon now poses an increasing threat to Google, […]

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Senate Judiciary Committee asks CEOs of Facebook, Google, Twitter to testify on privacy

Senate Judiciary Committee asks CEOs of Facebook, Google, Twitter to testify on privacy

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And now the hearings. Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it’s seeking testimony from Facebook, Google and Twitter executives on data privacy issues, triggered by the Cambridge Analytica data-mining controversy, which, as far as we know, has nothing to do with Google or Twitter. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this past weekend that […]

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Why CMO Eric Reynolds doesn't believe it's enough to simply be "consumer-driven"

Why CMO Eric Reynolds doesn’t believe it’s enough to simply be “consumer-driven”

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When you think of Clorox, what comes to mind? You’re probably envisioning some blindingly white T-shirts fresh out of the dryer, an immaculate countertop or even a sparkling toilet. The brand’s ethos is simple and universal: Everyone loves a clean environment. Clorox CMO Eric Reynolds points out that while only 8% of people actually enjoy […]

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Google News Initiative kicks off with Subscribe With Google, other efforts

Google News Initiative kicks off with Subscribe With Google, other efforts

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Google News Initiative event held in New York City, March 20, 2018 Google’s plans to help support publishers’ subscription businesses came into clearer focus on Tuesday at an event in New York City. The company is launching a wider framework for working with publishers, called the Google News Initiative. It builds on several of the […]

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Can artificial intelligence create content as well as a human?

Can artificial intelligence create content as well as a human?

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Artificial intelligence is undeniably going shape the future in a huge way. It’s already playing a role in our everyday lives; have you watched Netflix or Googled anything lately? But of course, as companies invest more in AI, the question of “But will it take our jobs?” is always lurking in the background. A Gallup […]

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Automated, multichannel display advertising for small businesses finally coming to fruition

Facebook owns the top mobile app in 10 out of 13 countries measured

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Last week, comScore released its 2018 Global Digital Future in Focus report. The document looks at digital media usage patterns on desktop, smartphone and tablet in 13 international markets, including the US, the UK, Canada, India, Brazil, Western Europe and several other countries. Digital media growth is still being driven by mobile, and mobile-only consumption […]

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How AI and CLV help app marketers drive business growth

Facebook leads other platforms for app-install ROI in performance index

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According to the latest AppsFlyer Performance Index Report (registration required), Twitter offers the best user retention record (12 weeks) of any mobile app advertising platform. However Facebook remains the overall leading media platform for app marketers. Another finding is that Google’s introduction of Universal App Campaigns (UAC) have helped the company gain on Facebook. AppsFlyer says […]

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Are brands any safer? Is programmatic ad buying any more transparent?

Are brands any safer? Is programmatic ad buying any more transparent?

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A little more than a year ago, in January 2017, Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer of Procter & Gamble, threw down a gauntlet. Frustrated by increasing instances of frauds, breaches, sloppy executions and potentially shady markups, Pritchard posed a historic dare to digital advertisers to either “grow up” or P&G would pull their ads. In […]

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Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard on the future of marketing

Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard on the future of marketing

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Personalization is crucial for today’s marketers. Simply putting someone’s name in an email subject line increases open rate by 50%, and that’s not even scratching the surface of personalized experiences. But how can you pull that off when you’re the world’s largest advertiser and reach 5 million consumers per day? Procter & Gamble’s strategy is […]

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Google says 100+ ad networks support AMP, releases 3rd-party technology support

Google says 100+ ad networks support AMP, releases 3rd-party technology support

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Last spring, Google started automatically converting Google-delivered display ads to AMP when served on AMP-enabled pages on publisher sites last year. Now, Google is sharing some stats on how those conversions are working for publishers at AMP Conf and in a year-in-review post. The company also released Real-Time Config to enable publishers to integrate third-party technology […]

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A final call? Unilever threatens to pull ads from platforms swamped with 'toxic' content

A final call? Unilever threatens to pull ads from platforms swamped with ‘toxic’ content

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Consumer packaged goods maker Unilever, an advertising force with a $9.8 billion annual marketing budget, is ringing the alarm bells that all is still not well in the environments fostered by the likes of Google and Facebook. Unilever Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Keith Weed spoke about the need for platforms to regain consumer trust […]

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ClickZ's Super Bowl LII winners, with a technology twist

ClickZ’s Super Bowl LII winners, with a technology twist

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Are you even a marketing publication if you don’t write about the best Super Bowl ads? We’re doing something a little different this year, though. In the past, we’d look at things like USA Today’s Ad Meter and Amobee Brand Intelligence’s analysis, and declare winners (and losers) based on the public’s perception. But over the […]

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DoubleClick Bid Manager testing features to improve digital & TV campaign coordination

DoubleClick Bid Manager testing features to improve digital & TV campaign coordination

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Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, Google has announced two new features in DoubleClick Bid Manager to help advertisers activate campaigns across multiple screens and bridge digital and live TV efforts. Eighty percent of sports viewers say they use a computer or smartphone while watching live sports on TV to do things like searching for player […]

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Are you getting credit for all of your organic visits from GMB?

Are you getting credit for all of your organic visits from GMB?

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As search engine optimization specialists (SEOs), we all have one goal: to increase organic traffic for our clients. We optimize signals to increase the relevancy of our clients’ (or our own) sites so more people find them and check them out. But what if some of the traffic (or even a lot of it) isn’t […]

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