Marketing Technology


Xaxis CEO: Data Privacy Concerns Driving In-Housing Activity for Some Advertisers

With consumer privacy concerns at an all-time high and US regulation a certainty, advertisers must shift from a "bigger data is better data" mentality to a more mindful data-driven marketing focus. We spoke with Nicolas Bidon, CEO of WPP’s agency trading desk Xaxis, about how this transition inevitably leads to in-housing for some marketers—and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Why Advertisers Struggle To Get the Most Out of Their First-Party Data

Advertisers crave first-party data, but they often struggle to make the most of it. In a survey of US digital marketers by Advertiser Perceptions and programmatic agency MightyHive, respondents said they were, on average, tapping into just 47% of their company’s first-party data potential.

Awash in Data, Marketers Still Find Ad Targeting Capabilities Lacking

The push for more effective ad targeting remains one of marketers’ chief occupations. More than half of client-side marketers surveyed by Econsultancy and Adobe said leveraging data for more effective segmentation and targeting is among their top three organizational priorities this year.

Data Managers Feel Overwhelmed by Abundance of Tools

Having too many data management systems in use is a daily challenge for 40% of the decision-makers and data managers Vanson Bourne and Veritas surveyed. A similar number of respondents said there are too many data sources to make sense of.

Facial Recognition Brings Opportunity ... and Privacy Concerns

Half of US internet users have concerns about facial recognition, according to data from The Brookings Institution.

Do People Actually Want Personalized Ads?

The belief that consumers crave more targeted, personalized ads has become a digital advertising mantra. But it’s not entirely true.

Will Facebook’s Latest Scandal Affect Its Ad Business?

The New York Department of Financial Services has launched an investigation into Facebook’s reported collection of data from third-party apps. According to The Wall Street Journal, the social media platform has been using partnerships with third-party apps to collect personal information on both Facebook and non-Facebook users.

Why Is Mobile App Ad Viewability So Hard To Measure?

Because of in-app ad spend's recent surge, getting accurate in-app viewability measurements is a big deal for mobile marketers. We forecast that $77.03 billion will be spent on in-app advertising in the US this year, up 25.1% over 2018.

Training an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm requires data—lots of data. But staying GDPR-compliant while acquiring that data can be almost impossible.

How Organizational Structures Obstruct Digital Transformation

Technology is the means to transformation, not an end in itself. Rigid internal structures impede many organizations' digital transformation efforts.

Most Marketers Still Don’t Let Consumers Control Email Frequency or Content

According to a November 2018 study from AllianceData, a majority of the consumers surveyed said they want more control over email frequency and the content they receive from brands. Meanwhile, just a small number of marketers said they are meeting those needs.

In-House Analytics Platforms Help Data-Obsessed Agencies

One way marketers can get a more clear view of their customer’s journey is by creating a data warehouse that centralizes marketing data across various channels, said Chris Wexler, senior vice president of media and analytics at ad agency Cramer-Krasselt.

Government Regulation Is Chief Threat to Marketers’ Data-Driven Initiatives

Government regulation is the top obstacle threatening marketers’ data projects this year, according to a recent survey of US marketers by Winterberry Group and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Making Marketing Attribution Work Means Choosing the Right Metrics

Identifying the best channel metrics that align with companywide key performance indicators is a challenge at a time when marketers are overloaded with data and their companies are questioning those results.

Data Science Is in Demand at Ad Agencies

Data science and analytics will be the technical skills most needed at ad agencies in the next two years, according to a poll by Marketing Land.

Fewer than 10% of US Marketers Think Their Company's Attribution Knowledge Is Excellent

Companies may know that more advanced attribution practices are needed to prove marketing value in today’s complex media world, but that doesn’t mean they understand, or easily embrace, these practices.

How Aldo Approaches Martech Investments

We spoke with Grégoire Baret, general manager of omnichannel experience at shoe retailer Aldo, about how his team works in collaboration with IT to roll out a new marketing technology.

Agency Pros Say Fraud Is Biggest Threat to Their Budgets

In a poll conducted by ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science (IAS), 69.0% of agency executives say that fraud is the biggest hindrance to ad budget growth, compared with more than half (52.6%) of brand professionals who said the same.

How Data Science Is Changing Marketing Attribution 

Some marketers turn to data scientists as they look to improve their ad measurement and digital attribution capabilities.

How Are Marketers Adapting to Data Privacy Laws?

One of the biggest trends in advertising this year will be consumer privacy and security concerns, which has forced marketers to get their data houses in order.