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Here's the news you may have missed during upfront/new front week: Snapchat's self-service ad manager is currently in beta and is expected to be broadly available in June. The ad manager is squarely aimed at smaller businesses. Right now you can't buy sponsored Geofilters or Lenses through the Ad Manager (it's really only for video). If you thought the current version of Snapchat Spectacles were cool (don't forget you can now buy them online) the next version will get you even more excited. A patent leak (here) suggests Augmented Reality (including an awesome dinosaur example) is a big part of the future for version ...Read More
Onto the news you may have missed: Linked In hit 500million global members, up over 100million on a little over a year ago. Don't forget Microsoft is looking to grow the ad products side of Linked In and as of January, you can also use DataSift to mine Linked In data. While Linked In's growth is great, Instagram's growth was more impressive, growing 100million in just a quarter. Instagram now has 700million global users. That's more than double the user's it had a year ago. Business Insider has a nice chart showing Instagram's growth trajectory. If you know anyone who doubts the next generation are cord cutters, YouTube Kids has 8million weekly viewers across ...Read More
Given every week for the past month has started with brand safety, this week I'll end on the topic instead. Facebook's Global Developer Conference "F8" was held during the week in San Jose. In one sense, you got a real feel for the fact that Facebook is squaring off against Snapchat with constant references to "cameras" and "augmented reality". That said, Facebook is clearly making huge inroads in the AR, VR and AI worlds which put it significantly ahead of what Snapchat publicly talks about. Wired has a good write up of everything announced by FB. For UM and our clients, the most immediately relevant ...Read More
Google/YouTube Brand Safety updates: Google is going to allow MRC accredited 3rd party verification. This is currently planned as being available post-campaign only i.e. not to prevent ads running on inappropriate content but after a campaign, reporting if ads ran on inappropriate content. The timeline for when this is available is yet to be confirmed. YouTube channels with under 10,000 views will not longer be eligible for monetization. Full details are on the YouTube creator blog here, non-YouTube brand safety reminder: Don't forget to ensure consistency in how you apply brand safety policies (including site blocks) across other partners, especially in programmatic. Other industry ...Read More
In the news: Spotify continues to expand their programmatic offering, acquiring MightyTV. MightyTV is an interesting acquisition it was also a platform for TV show recommendations. So it might also signal a more aggressive move into video by Spotify. not media, but Ikea announced a series of low priced IoT smart lights. Priced at $80 for the basic kit, this is 3-4x cheaper than comparable offerings. This feels like an Echo-effect, as more people have a smart device in their home there is increased demand for other IoT devices. Playing this all the way through, it means IoT based eCommerce strategies are going to become more important. Facebook copied Snapchat (again). This time extending ...Read More
It's impossible to start the wrap of the week that was without touching on the growing noise around Brand Safety on YouTube and Google Display Network (GDN) and the advertisers who have pulled their spend. It's a good reminder that everyone should be using 3rd party verification and we should be proactively monitoring reports and all partners. How is Google responding? Google is actively working to address all brand safety. The Google US blog has published promises to expand on Brand Safety with "new tools" and "increased resources". We'll see what this means. Now on the other news: Adobe had their annual digital summit last week ...Read More
Here's what you may have missed: Facebook, who has relentlessly been copying Snapchat features has had to reverse that trend on WhatsApp. If you recall, a few weeks ago, WhatsApp status messages were replaced with a Snapchat-like story. This is being reversed in beta versions of the next release of WhatsApp (Forbes also has a write up about this). xAd (a Magna partner) announced this week that you can now buy mobile targeted ads that drive foot traffic on a performance basis. At the risk of being called a shill, I do think this is a big step forward for location targeting and mobile. xAd will use Placed (an ...Read More
I've been sending this newsletter since 2015, but this week is the 52nd edition! So it's officially a year's worth of emails keeping you all informed of various industry and partner news. Here are some stats from the past year: average open rate 37.68%, average clicks per email 8.48%, and the most popular item was this HBR survey on "are you in danger of becoming obsolete?" Onto the news of the week: Instagram continues to copy Snapchat features. This time geostickers, which are being piloted in New York and Jakarta. To get the feature you need to be both in these markets and have ...Read More