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Brandnew’s Back-Door Approach To Native Advertising

bn_edited-1Everyone wants to get into native advertising, yet everyone has a different definition as to what exactly that entails. Social media sites have it easy because any sponsored post, automatically blending into the site design, can hitch a ride on the native bandwagon.

But while Facebook and Twitter are the current hotbeds of social advertising, Instagram and Pinterest are coming up fast. But unlike Facebook and Twitter, advertising around the two image-based interfaces revolves heavily around influencers, instead of traditional paid placements.

Berlin-based Brandnew IO, which began in early 2013, provides a platform and service designed to help brands reach influencers on Instagram and Pinterest.

“At that time we saw that more and more brands and agencies wanted to reach new consumers,” ssaid Brandnew CEO Francis Trapp. “They wanted to target groups on platforms like Instagram and at the time there was no central way of doing it.”

At first, Brandnew identified influencers manually but it soon developed a platform designed to automate the process and handles campaign tracking. That being said, Brandnew’s staff still needs to vet the influencers for quality.

“We check to ensure these influential people are worth taking onboard,” Trapp said. “We determine if they have big enough accounts and real followers as opposed to fake followers. We ensure that the quality of their content is suitable for our brands.”

Trapp spoke with AdExchanger.

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Twitter Snaps Up SnappyTV In Bid For (More) Social TV

SnappyTVTwitter has seemingly renewed its commitment to the second screen, revealing plans Thursday to acquire live video clipping and distribution platform SnappyTV.

"Our goal is to help publishers quickly share great moments from events so people can experience those moments as they happen," wrote Baljeet Singh, a director of product management at Twitter, in a blog post. "As Twitter has grown as the companion to live events and broadcast media, SnappyTV will help partners and brands bring the best videos into the conversation, when it matters most."

Twitter is positioning its platform as the place to be to watch broadcast events as they unfold, in real-time, through video. To that end, "as we continue to invest in video, it's important for us to provide tools that make it easy for TV broadcasters, businesses and event producers to share high-quality videos."

SnappyTV was already used by Twitter agency and brand partners for Twitter Amplify campaigns, the company claimed, which made owning the platform in-house a natural next step. Twitter earlier this week, in cahoots with Cannes Lions media-network-of-the-year winner Starcom MediaVest Group, released figures that stirred up some buzz on how Twitter-amplified ads perform in concert with broadcast spots.

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Can LinkedIn Link Content With Business Results?

penry pricePenry Price has a long legacy as an advertising exec. He went from Google to Dstillery and, as of eight months ago, assumed the role of VP of marketing solutions at LinkedIn.

Compared to his previous roles, Price has a slightly different imperative at LinkedIn. Because of the social network’s audience of 300 million business-minded registrants, he is building out the company’s native advertising and content marketing products. There's plenty of work to be done, and a lot of opportunity – from streamlining the buying process for LinkedIn’s native ads to connecting messaging with business impact within content marketing.

Certainly LinkedIn isn’t the only company trying to quantifiably link creative messaging with business results. This is why so many like-minded tech folk have swarmed the Cannes Lion advertising festival, traditionally the sacred ground of the creative class.

“The ad tech companies all have a much bigger presence,” Price told AdExchanger. “Two years ago, none of them were here. They might have had a few people here last year. Now it’s like they’ve jumped the shark in that everybody is here.”

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Civolution, Brand Networks Team Up On Twitter TV Ads Pilot

CivolutionAs advertisers seek ways to extend their broadcast media buys through cross-platform campaigns, cross-screen ad-delivery companies are bridging the technical gap.

Such is the case with cross-screen tool Civolution, which has teamed up with Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Brand Networks to help brands buy social ads in conjunction with live television events. Omnicom’s Resolution Media is the first agency on board to test drive a campaign beta.

Twitter rolled out Amplify last September to straddle the gap between social ads and broadcast spots; the program largely began with the network side as a means for audience extension. It was not until recently that agencies and the vendors that promise to help them predict real-time trends synced up on accounts.

“TV is still a huge medium to get your brand message across – it’s very significant and will be for a long time,” Civolution’s CEO Alex Terpstra told AdExchanger in a recent interview. “But at the same time, TV has its limitations. It’s often hard to create any sort of direct response to TV, (where your call to action is often limited to) dial in this 1-800 number or copy and paste this URL.”

Advertisers are seeking ways to extend live TV events to mobile experiences where users can easily interact with ads “by tapping them or driving them to a microsite or converting them to purchase immediately,” he added. “I think combining those … together is more what advertisers want than moving dollars away from one to the other.”

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Is Yahoo Tumbling In The Dark With Tumblr-Centric Ad Units?

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Yahoo will try a new way to monetize Tumblr, via the introduction of posts that can be promoted as ad units across Yahoo’s network of owned and operated sites.

While neither Yahoo nor its Tumblr subsidiary confirmed to AdExchanger that this is in the works or when the product is scheduled to debut, the existence of ads designed to promote Tumblr posts is an open secret in the agency community.

"We do know that they are going to be offering the ability to push Tumblr content across Yahoo," said Cindy Stockwell, EVP and chief media officer at Hill Holliday.

Since Yahoo’s $990 million (not $1.1 billion, as many outlets originally reported) acquisition of the social media/blogging platform, many industry watchers have speculated why Yahoo would hook up with Tumblr in the first place. It could be a play for the millennial audience that frequents the platform, or even a way to manage identities in a cookieless environment.

Agencies have responded with cautious optimism. Vik Kathuria, Razorfish’s global chief media officer, said that Yahoo’s ability to leverage its owned and operated network was one of its reasons for purchasing Tumblr in the first place.

“There is an interesting opportunity for marketers to use Tumblr as a creative platform and the immense power of Yahoo’s distribution and scale to target the right users at the right time,” he said. But he was also wary: “(Yahoo) needs to be incredibly sensitive to the user experience, which could be severely impacted with the high-impact ad units.”

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Salesforce.com’s Social Marketing Evolves

MikeLazerowSalesforce.com released Tuesday the Radian6 + Buddy Media Social Studio, indicating new life for a string of social acquisitions the company has made in recent years.

“For the first time, you can listen, publish content, and track it through to results all as part of a stack that also includes email, Web, and mobile,” said Salesforce.com ExactTarget Marketing Cloud CMO Mike Lazerow.

Radian6, Buddy Media and marketing automation company ExactTarget constitute the Salesforce.com ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. While Salesforce.com went to market with this solution as a consolidated stack, industry insiders suggested silos still existed between the products.

It seems Social Studio is attempting to address this issue – at least when it comes to content marketing. With the announcement, Salesforce.com said existing users of both Radian6 and Buddy Media point solutions have access to a single, unified product that combines a social listening and publishing platform with third-party partner APIs.

Social Studio has four parts that include: collaborative listening tools for teams built on Radian6; a module to plan, source and publish brand-safe content; tools designed to scale content and maximize consumer engagement; and reporting and analytics.

The company also ushered seven vendors into the Radian6 Buddy Media Social Studio Partner Program, which includes such content discovery and marketing tools as Kontera, Nexgate, Pressly, Rallyverse, Shutterstock, Getty Images, ShopIgniter and Trendspottr.

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Facebook Unveils Cross-Platform Tools, Plans To Stop Breaking Things

f8Over the last decade, Facebook has evolved from a forum for college students to poke each other to a company trying to position itself as a maturing, cross-device communication platform for marketers and consumers.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg certainly hopes this maturation is reflected in the company’s evolving slogan, from “move fast and break things” to the more staid “move fast with stable infra.”

While buzz around Facebook’s f8 Developer Conference largely focused on its mobile ad network, the Facebook Audience Network, the company also revealed an assortment of cross-platform tools.

App Links, for instance, is an open-source SDK for app-to-app deep linking intended to work across different platforms like Apple, Google and Windows operating systems. A number of vendors have already signed on to use the standard, including Spotify, Dropbox, Pinterest, Hulu, Flixter, Vimeo and Flickr.

The company also unveiled a mobile "like" button that users can click to share pieces of content from an app on Facebook and allow apps to receive more earned exposure. Facebook will show app publishers the number of people who have liked their content, but it is unclear how many impressions each "like" will receive and how Facebook will determine who sees the shared content.

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Facebook, Twitter Ads Partner Unified Acquires Awe.sm

unifiedUnified, a company that helps brands with social ad buys, has acquired social analytics startup Awe.sm for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced Thursday.

Unified is a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and Twitter Ads API Partner. The core of its product is a “Social Operating Platform,” a cloud-based tool that combines social marketing capabilities ranging from audience and performance analytics to automated ad-buying on Facebook and Twitter.

Unified was one of five social ads platforms to be inducted into LinkedIn’s Certified Sponsored Updates Partners program last week.

Now with the acquisition of Awe.sm, Unified could potentially gain access to broader marketing datasets beyond the social sphere. Awe.sm’s CEO Fred McIntyre told AdExchanger in a recent interview that the company, yes, connects brands and agencies with users in a social context, but also tackles “multichannel attribution” challenges, such as tracking the trail of social shares and links that led to an in-dealer purchase in the case of customer BMW.

Awe.sm, which was founded in 2009, is backed by a number of investors like Foundry Group and kbs+ Ventures. The Awe.sm team is small (Startuply.com pins the number at around 10) and a Unified spokesperson says five members will join the acquiring company. Awe.sm CEO Fred McIntyre, a former AOL exec, will support the transition and remain on as an advisor to the company.

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A New Star At Facebook: David Jakubowski To Head Atlas Solutions

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UPDATE: Facebook has confirmed that David Jakubowski will be joining the company, and that he will have a role that extends beyond Atlas.

UPDATE 8:15PM ET: Jakubowski, through Neustar's public relations agency, released the following comment via email: "I have been presented with an opportunity that I simply couldn’t refuse. I can assure you that Neustar has a very talented team and the right technology and people in place to provide marketers with a complete workflow solution. I’m more confident than ever in the strengths of Neustar’s technology and assets."

Facebook’s Atlas Advertiser Suite has a new boss – one that solidifies the importance of the ad server in a tech stack (which includes an ad server, an exchange and, as of Wednesday, a mobile ad network) that pushes beyond the confines of the Facebook social network.

David Jakubowski will leave his position as SVP of marketing services at Neustar to oversee the ad tech solution, acquired from Microsoft in early 2013, AdExchanger sources said.

Atlas was originally Microsoft’s answer to Google’s DoubleClick acquisition, functioning as an ad server and as a measurement platform through which advertisers could evaluate their digital campaigns.

But the product never took off the way Microsoft envisioned; it sold the suite to Facebook, where it had seemingly been gathering dust until recently when, in a flurry of sudden activity, the social network launched a new logo as well as product updates including support for programmatic direct buys and a rich media API program. (more…)


LinkedIn Launches Ads API, Certified Content Partners Program

JonWilliamsLinkedIn has been ramping up its marketing offerings over the last year in the form of self-serve Sponsored Updates and brand Showcase Pages. The professional social platform moved forward Thursday with the roll-out of a Sponsored Updates API the company has alluded to in recent months. It has also formalized two new Certified Marketing Partner programs.

First, the ads API. What marketers can do that they couldn’t do before, according to LinkedIn, is enable targeting of native, in-stream ad units through a new Certified Sponsored Updates Partners program that includes AdStage, Brand Networks, SHIFT, Unified Social and the Salesforce.com ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. Marketers were looking for ways to scale their Sponsored Updates campaigns by using the social ads dashboards brands and agencies had previously invested in, the company said.

Although LinkedIn worked with companies such as AdStage prior to this deal, the extent of the ads platform partnership only covered LinkedIn Text Ads; the Sponsored Updates API echoes steps Twitter and Facebook have taken toward programmatically enabled native ad placements in-stream.

LinkedIn has also created a LinkedIn Certified Content Partners program to increase brand access to publisher content. On the flip side, publishers see value in LinkedIn's business-attuned audience.

What differentiates LinkedIn, according to publishers, is its audience specificity on 300 million professionally minded people.

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