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Rocket Fuel has raised $2.85 million more in cash from "existing investor Mohr Davidow Ventures, with participation from other backers and company executives" according to Joseph Tartakoff of PaidContent. Read more. To view the SEC filing, click here.
Display Catching Search
Josh Dreller trumpets the display ad "horn" on Search Engine Land declaring, "With the advances in display advertising, it’s very possible that the ROI differential gap (between search and display) may shrink as these new tactics and technology become more widely used." Read it.
Picard On Privacy Debate
Microsoft exec Eric Picard dissects the privacy debate on iMedia Connection with his article, "Why consumers don't trust us." Picard makes a wise suggestion regarding a recent privacy survey that showed consumers don't like being tracked - ask them if they like advertising, too. Undoubtedly the answer will be "no." Picard champions a pro-active approach to inform consumers by the ad industry. Read more.
Nielsen has released its latest A2/M2™ Three Screen Report which reveals that consumers are watching more video online (+35%) and through time-shifted vehicles, i.e. DVR (+21%). And TV use? Down just .4%. People have more time to spend with media overall, evidently. Download the report from Nielsen. Or, see a snapshot at Marketing Profs.
WPP's MIG Unstealths
Have you seen this? I didn't until last week. WPP's Media Innovation Group (MIG) has created a new website which sheds a little light on what's going on with the holding company's DSP strategy, B3, and the Zeus Advertising platform (ZAP) which is "the next generation of media optimization and analytics." See the site.
Ad Stats From YouTube
MediaPost's Laurie Sullivan looks at metrics from recent YouTube advertising campaigns and says the combination of display/serving capabilities of DoubleClick and Google know-how is paying off. Read more.
On Scaling Media Companies
Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners shifts his view to the factors involved in scalability of online media companies. Liew suggests that for a company to reach $50 million in annual revenues someday, he likes to see a base being built from direct sales clients who are spending $100,000 per quarter - showing growth beyond test buys. Read more.
MySpace Feeding Data
The MySpace Developer Blog announced that its unleashing APIs and, thus, tons of data about MySpace interactions. From the blog: "We previously allowed developers to draw from our activity stream in a traditional polling fashion. Now, developers can get the same stream pushed to their sites, with additional controls and metadata." Next step - turn it into ad targeting data! Read more.
Fun Data Stuff
OK, it's not exactly display, but it's data and your "persona" on the web courtesy of a tweet from the UK's Infectious Media and a third-year MIT student named Aaron Zinman. Imagine a display ad creative and targeting that comes together when you see this. Visit now.
Acquiring Analytics, Grouping Services
MDC Partners announced that it has acquired Communifx, "a data analytics and database marketing firm" that will fall under MDC Partners' Performance Marketing Services Group. MDC also announced that it's splitting partner firms into two categories - Performance and the Strategic Marketing Services Group. Read the release.
AdRoll announced that it's launched it's new website and "bringing in the New Year with a new look, making online display advertising just a bit hotter." The new site also includes an easy, visual explanation on how retargeting works here.