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How Ads.txt and Ads.cert Can Help Create Greater Transparency in Programmatic Buying

In May 2017, the IAB Tech Lab introduced Ads.txt, a small piece of code that lives on publisher websites, for the purpose of creating more transparency in the programmatic buying ecosystem. Ads.txt stands for Authorized Digital Sellers and declares which suppliers can sell their inventory on that website. Prior to this effort, counterfeit inventory and […]

What Marketers Can Learn From Amazon’s Black Friday Performance

Coming into Black Friday this year, expectations were somewhat grim. Retailers have been rapidly extending discounting season to include much of November and December, and there were concerns that consumers would be either overwhelmed with deals, or simply lose the urgency. These concerns didn’t prove accurate, as sales across Thanksgiving and Black Friday were up […]

Amazon Spark: What Marketers Need to Know

Last week, Amazon launched Spark, a new product discovery feature, that aims to tap into consumer purchasing behaviors on social. Given recent improvements to conversion-focused features in the social space and Amazon’s role as an e-commerce giant, the announcement was met mostly with enthusiasm and some healthy skepticism by the industry media. But what does […]

Six Important Considerations for Building Your DSP Tech Stack

Forrester Wave recently published their quarterly report on Omni-channel DSPs. DSP scoring was based on categories and sub-categories like current offering, strategy and market presence. Nearly all technology providers we work with were scored highly in the ‘market leader’ category, with the exception of DBM, who chose not to participate in this study. DSPs and […]

Brand Safety: How Marketers Can Navigate Digital Placements

Over the past month, some advertisers have been pulling their ads from popular platforms, such as Google, YouTube and Facebook, amid the growing concern that their advertisements are appearing alongside offensive content, negatively affecting perception of brands. AT&T, for example, recently paused all media on Google-owned YouTube due to their ads being placed adjacent to […]