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    For ad tech vendors, chances for exit are still slim and getting slimmer, according to a panel of investors at ad:tech New York at the Javits Center on Thursday. Warren Lee, a partner at venture capital firm Canaan Investors, an early investor in DoubleClick and Tremor Video, put it bluntly: Those who want to succeed […]

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    “The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is written by Will Doherty, vice president of business development at Index Exchange. Header bidding is the rare ad tech phenomenon where the noise is equal to the fury. Its staggering growth and adoption has propelled it […]

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  • Criteo Eyes Direct Hooks Into Publishers’ Header Bidding Containers

    Criteo says it is beta testing a product that would allow it to directly integrate – and give it priority access – within publishers’ header bidding wrappers. Wrappers help publishers organize tags from multiple header bidding partners and are commonly billed as a way to manage latency and other complexities, like ensuring bid requests are properly […]

  • AOL Adds Header Bidding Wrapper

    AOL, which has signed more than 100 publishers to its header-bidding solution over the past year, is adding a wrapper so publishers can easily integrate multiple header-bidding partners. The company, which works with tens of thousands of publishers, will do the integration work for its wrapper clients. (AOL claims it won’t give an advantage to […]

  • LiveRamp Expands Omnichannel Solution, Caesars Entertainment Takes It For A Spin

    Casino gaming and hotel giant Caesars Entertainment is ramping up its people-based marketing efforts, and it’s tapping Acxiom-owned data onboarder LiveRamp for identity resolution. “There are a lot of data partners out there for first-party data, for second-party data, for third-party data,” said Dwight Pirtle, internet marketing manager at Caesars. “But we’re looking to identify […]

  • Spongecell Raises $10.5M To Bring Creative And Media Closer Together

    Tailoring individual messages to someone based on past behavior is easier said than done, since media and creative usually operate independently. Spongecell wants to fix some of the issues stymying dynamic creative optimization (DCO) at scale in the programmatic space, and has raised a $10.5 million growth round in combined debt and equity financing from […]

  • PII: Unpacking Programmatic At Essence

    This is the fourth installment in “PII,” a series featuring the talent that makes the wheels turn in our data-driven advertising world. Read previous interviews with Nazanin Jazayeri, Andrew Klein and Ella Chinitz. When Freddie Liversidge joined Essence in 2013, the agency’s programmatic practice he was tasked with building out had just three people. Now it has […]

  • PROG I/O: Google Expands Exchange Bidding As Q3 Ad Revenue Surges

    Google is seeing strong growth in its dynamic allocation exchange bidding, countering the advantages gained by other exchanges via header bidding. Six months ago, Google reversed its DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) policy when it opened the server up to third-party exchanges. Since then, it’s more than doubled the number of outside exchange partners, adding Smaato, […]

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