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The Makeup Breakup
Amazon is the largest online cosmetics seller, but many top brands see the platform – “a scroll of endless products on white background” – as incompatible with luxury appeal, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The EU’s top court ruled last month that luxury goods manufacturers could restrict products from Amazon for that reason. But Amazon is “uniquely positioned” for success in cosmetics, according to a company statement. If manufacturers boycott, Amazon doesn’t lose and the luxe brands that do sell on Amazon (like Revlon) win. There’s also a swarm of “young independent labels,” ecommerce-native makeup companies built off the back of Facebook, Instagram and Amazon, nibbling away at the bottom of the market like pretty piranhas. More.
Snapchat is struggling to sync engineering, sales and content due to the company’s culture of secrecy, even among internal groups, according to a report by the Daily Beast. One whole floor of Snapchat’s New York City office is entirely off-limits, and “workers are left to speculate what goes on there.” But it’s hard to blame Snapchat for keeping a tight lid. The once-coolest kid on the block is forced to use insiders to beta test new products as it contends with Facebook copycat versions of seemingly everything the company develops. And there might be something else Snapchat wants to keep secret: Daily active user metrics obtained by the Daily Beast for new products Snapchat is counting on for growth, like Snap Maps, Discover and Geofilters, are stagnant. More.
The IAB updated its spec for automated guaranteed. The new tech standard, OpenDirect 2.0, allows buyers and publishers to negotiate prices and adds support for digital out-of-home. The standard also brings automated guaranteed and private marketplaces together, with the aim of improving access to deals where inventory and pricing are guaranteed and the campaigns run like direct deals in the ad server. Check out the post. “We expect that new OpenDirect 2.0 functions – deal discovery, negotiation support and publisher aggregation – will compel companies to adopt and implement OpenDirect,” Dennis Buchheim, GM of the IAB Tech Lab, tells AdExchanger.
But Wait, There’s More!
- Adobe, Mediaocean Deal Integrates Digital Video And TV Buys – Axios
- WPP Goes After Consultancies – AdAge
- Facebook Enters Home Device Market With “Portal” Video Chat Product – Cheddar
- Facebook Big Could Have Given Advertisers User Phone Numbers – Wired
- Ad Trackers Are On 75% Of Sites, Lifeblood Of Data-Driven Campaigns – eMarketer
- Google To Address AMP Issue Displacing Publishers On URLs – Search Engine Land
- Spencer Technologies Acquires Certified Retail Solutions – release
- Kaltura’s Shya David On TV’s Marketing Persistence– VentureBeat
- Endeavor to Acquire Branding Agency 160over90 For $200M – WSJ