Programmatic Fuels Integral Ad Science’s Q2 Growth

Ad verification and measurement provider Integral Ad Science held its first earnings call after going public just over a month ago. Revenue increased 55% to $75.1 million year-over-year. That growth was largely fueled by programmatic revenue, which jumped 94% to $31.8 million compared to the same period last year. Programmatic accounts for 42% of total Q2 revenue, as Integral Ad Science handles a higher volume of impressions and average CPMs rise. The New York-based company – whose clients include Verizon, Disney and Coca-Cola – held its earnings call two days after it acquired…

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YouTube Gaining More National Brand Advertising; A Missed Opportunity For Machine Learning

<!– –> Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Video Killed The TV Star Comcast’s and Google’s earnings calls last week mark two converging trends in brand advertising and the decline of linear TV. NBC is haggling with advertisers of the Olympics because ratings are down – 42% down – at the halfway point, Bloomberg reports. On the one hand, NBC was dealt a crappy hand with an off-year, plague-ridden event. But the Olympics’ ratings decline track with cable TV overall since 2016, writes Ben Thompson…

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Facebook Warns Of Q3 Slowdown Due To Apple Tracking Restrictions

Facebook’s Q2 advertising revenue soared 56% to $28.5 billion year-over-year, though the company warned investors it expects a revenue slowdown beginning in Q3 – the same time it will feel the full impact of Apple’s recent AppTrackingTransparency changes. The total number of ad impressions served across Facebook increased 6%, while the average price per ad jumped 47%. The social media giant also saw the number of daily active users increase 7% YoY to 1.91 billion. Monthly active users also climbed 7% to reach 2.9 billion. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg cited…

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Gartner’s Ad Spend Survey At Odds With Agency Consensus; Captify Finds A Buyer

<!– –> Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Boom Or Bust?  New forecasts from Dentsu, WARC and others indicate the ad business is in for a boom year in 2021. GroupM projects the US ad market to grow by 15%, and global growth forecasts range from 6.4% (Magna) up to 10.4% (Dentsu). So what to make of Gartner’s latest CMO Spend Survey, covered by The Wall Street Journal, which suggests marketers are dramatically reducing their investments? The survey of 400 companies found budgets fell from…

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UID2 ‘Smart’ For CTV; Instagram To Look More Like TikTok

<!– –> Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. What’s Your Flavor? FuboTV was the first connected TV company to integrate with The Trade Desk-led Unified ID 2.0 initiative in February. Last month, Tubi announced its support for UID2 – the open-source alternative to third-party cookies that uses hashed or encrypted email addresses – followed that week by AMC Networks, the first linear network to join. CTV is inherently cookieless, but Tubi sees it as a way to help advertisers target the right audiences and attribute…

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Group Nine Leaning Into First-Party Data With New Insights Tool

Group Nine Media, which publishes Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and PopSugar, launched a first-party data solution called “In-GeNuity” earlier this month in response to the coming disappearance of third-party cookies. The product matches brands with users based on content preferences – such as  bringing together pizza lovers and a pizza delivery service. “We can say, here’s a segment of Papa John’s, here’s everybody that watched 30 seconds of a Thrillist pizza video over the last six months and we think that they’re a better audience to download your app,”…

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Facebook Homes In On Messaging At Its F8 Developers Conference

If there’s one word to remember from Facebook’s virtual developers conference on Wednesday, it’s “messaging.” Facebook made a flurry of announcements about new business messaging tools for developers, which Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s VP of platform partnerships, called “a key focus area.” Mark Zuckerberg said much the same during Facebook’s most recent earnings call in April, when he highlighted business messaging, commerce, creators and AR and VR as top investment priorities with the potential to “change the trajectory of the company over the long term.” If you couldn’t tune in, here…

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Shopify’s Shop Pay Checkout Tool Is Coming To Google

The friction between when someone sees a product and clicks the “buy” button is decreasing. Shop Pay – Shopify’s accelerated checkout tool – is coming to Google. The news comes a week after Google announced that it’s partnering with Shopify to make it easier for the ecommerce platform’s 1.7 million merchants to get discovered through Google search and other services. The purpose of Shop Pay is to make online checkout faster and more secure. It includes a payment button that merchants can add to the checkout process after customers click…

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Facebook CPMs Are Back At Pre-Pandemic Levels – And They’re Still Growing

This time last year, Facebook CPMs were a bargain. Well, they’re back to where they were and then some. The cost of Facebook advertising is up overall by 30% compared with mid-March 2020, according to data from digital agency Aisle Rocket. Rain the Growth Agency, a DTC-focused performance shop, is seeing Facebook CPMs of between 5% and 10% higher compared to early 2020, with the largest increases coming from campaigns that have a traffic-driving objective. Facebook ad pricing has been trending up since May after dipping by as much as…

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House Dems Inquire About Facebook Weapons Ads; Networks Push Linear Ad Dollars To Streaming

<!– –> Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Guns And Misinformation Facebook is in the line of fire, with House Democrats demanding answers over how the company targeted gun accessory ads next to misinformation about the election as well as news about the Jan. 6 US Capitol riot. CNBC reports that 23 lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Monday asking how Facebook makes sure weapons-related ads are not targeted in ways that could harm public safety.…

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