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Media M&A Deals Remain Steady In Q2 2017

Trend Summary: Second-quarter media merger and acquisition deals in the USA continue at a strong pace.


London-based professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that there were 232 media deals in Q2 2017, with circa $18.8bn in announced deals overall, higher than all quarterly ... 

 

... professional services network periods over the last two years bar one.

In Q1 2017 there were 255 deals totaling $10.4bn, whereas in Q2 2016 there were 192 deals with a total value of $48.9bn, compared with Q2 2015 with 225 deals totaling $75.9bn.

In the the second quarter of 2017, there were five deals of more than $1bn. The largest - Sinclair Broadcast Group - announced the purchase of Tribune Media for $3.8bn. Sinclair's stated aim is to create an even bigger leader when it comes to the number of TV stations owned by one company.

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[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2017]

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Source: Mediapost.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7241

Ad Tech Embraces Blockchain For Data Security

Trend Summary: US advertising and publishing executives have met to discuss blockchain technology and if it can bring increased transparency and data security to the ad tech supply chain.


The first meeting of the AdLedger Consortium – whose members include IBM, MadHive, Integral Ad Science and TEGNA – was held in New York yesterday. According to IBM's iX Executive Partner of Global Marketing Babs Rangaiah: "We at IBM believe that blockchain will do for transactions what the internet did for ...

... communications.

Added Mr Rangaiah: "We are particularly interested in blockchain's potential to solve many of the issues facing programmatic buying today."

By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network. Functionally, a blockchain can serve as "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. The ledger itself can also be programmed to trigger transactions automatically."

A blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network collectively adhering to a protocol for validating new blocks. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network

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[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

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Source: Warc.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7210

US Data & Marketing Association Create First-Ever US Cross-Industry Coalition

Trend Summary:  US Data & Marketing Association to create first-ever cross-industry coalition.


America's Data & Marketing Association [DMA] has announced the formation of the Structured Innovation Identity Council with a remit to ...

... address the growing challenge of cross-channel identity and attribution in marketing.

The program brings together top level marketers, agents and data professionals across the full spectrum of the advertising ecosystem in a bid to address common issues related to measuring and tracking consumer behavior and interaction.

Addressing the Identity Council’s kick-off workshop Jacob Ciesielski, Vice President of Data Technology Solutions at FCB/SIX said: “We are now at a point where technology has surpassed our expectations as marketers.”

According to Mr Ciesielski, “Marketers are trying to leverage everything that is available to connect identities across platforms, create seamless user experiences, and personalize experiences.”

As mobile device usage continues to increase and consumer attention fragments from screen to screen, tracking the customer journey, online and off, is considered to be one of the biggest challenges of our time.

The DMA’s Identity Council bridges the gap by bringing diverse companies together to produce solutions that they may not have been able to develop themselves.

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[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

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Source: DMA.org
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7209

Marketing Mammoths Unite to Block Annoying Ads

Trend Summary:  Google's Chrome browser will soon come with preinstalled technology that will block the most annoying ads.


IT titan Google annouced yesterday [June 1] the launch of a tool dubbed The Ad Experience Report. The tool will basically score a publisher's site and inform them which of their ads are deemed to be ... 

... "annoying experiences."

Google's move, anticipated since word got out in April, will impact the entire advertising ecosystem because Larry and Sergey's Chrome is the world's most popular web browser for desktop and mobile users alike.

According to Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior VP of ads and commerce at Google: "We've all known for a while that the ad experience is a real problem, that has confused and angered users".

"We realised that solutions such as ad blockers punish everybody, including publishers who develop great content and are thoughtful about the ad experience they put on their site."

However, Google isn't calling its technology an ad blocker, instead classifying it as a "filter" that removes the ads that consumers hate most.

The hate list include pop-ups, ads that flash quickly, change colors or force people to wait ten seconds before accessing content on a publisher's page.

The plan to install such software on Chrome is a result of work by the Coalition for Better Ads, whose members include Google, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, WPP's GroupM, Facebook, Thomson Reuters and The Washington Post along with the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Association of National Advertisers.

Read the original unabridged Adage.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

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Source: AdAge.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7191

Oracle Plans 'Aggressive' Move Into TV Advertising

Trend Summary: Multinational computer technology corporation Oracle plans an aggressive move into TV advertising.


According to an article in today's Advertising Age, tech titan Oracle is girding its loins for an "aggressive" move into TV advertising. In a move that will likely lead to similar partnerships, the company's Data Cloud division has joined with linear TV data firm Simulmedia. Oracle hopes the partnership will ...

... coax advertisers still spending big bucks in TV to look to its platform and audience-linked transactional data offerings, the latter being typically employed for digital advertising, prior to planning TV media buys.

Says Joe Kyriakoza, VP and GM of automotive at Oracle Data Cloud, "This is our first big move into the TV space".

Explains Mr Kyriakoza: "To put the partnership to use, an auto advertiser might work with Simulmedia to target luxury SUV buyers. The TV data firm would connect its viewer data to Oracle's data on in-market SUV buyers, which it obtains through several purchase transaction data relationships with credit card firms, research firm IHS Automotive and others.

Oracle can also layer-in a brand's own CRM data and push it through Simulmedia's system. All of which helps marketers to determine where on TV to best allocate their budgets.

Read the original unabridged AdAge.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

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Source: AdAge.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7170

Asian Tech Giants Team Up to Exploit Advanced Programmatic Technology

Trend Summary: Singapore and China based technology giants partner to develop AI-powered advertising products.


A strategic partnership between Singapore based Amnet and Chinese information technology company iIFlytek, was announced yesterday March 25th and will encompass advanced programmatic technology, involving ...

...  big data and artificial intelligence, aiming to drive better performance and deeper intelligence for advertisers and marketers.

Amnet will have access to iFlytek’s expertise in machine learning, voice recognition and big data analytics, while iFlytek aims to use the deal to expand its services beyond AI technology to incorporate data-driven advertising.

iFlytek, which was founded in 1999, is one of China’s leading tech companies specialising in intelligent speech and language technologies. It has 70% of China’s speech technology market, having created the application largely referred to as 'China’s Siri' and also created China’s first AI project, iFlytek Hyper Brain.

According to Lawrence Wan, managing director of Amnet China: “With our iFlytek strategic partnership, we are exclusively co-developing breakthrough products that will fundamentally evolve advertising to a new level. This includes tapping into their marketing leading connection into China’s intelligent TV’s smart homes and intelligent cars, amongst others.“

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[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2017]

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Source: TheDrum.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7135

Microsoft And Publicis Groupe Link In Big Data Project

Trend Summary: In a bid to rule the Big Data roost Microsoft is striking an increasing number of third party Big Data deals.


In the wake of Microsoft's cosy cuddle-up with Adobe earlier this week, the former's Ceo Satya Nadella has expanded a pilot initiative that combines Publicis’s cloud service SapientRazorfish with Microsoft’s ...

... Azure cloud service.

The partnership highlights Publicis’s push to generate more revenue from intellectual property and compete with consulting companies, as well as Microsoft’s ambitions to expand its cloud-based offerings.

Cosmos gleans people’s behavioral data for marketers and constantly updates individual customer identities that are stored in the Microsoft cloud. Marketers are therefore able to use that customer information to create and send targeted emails and digital ads to individuals.

According to Shannon Denton, chief strategy officer of Publicis digital agency group SapientRazorfish: “How customers behave in real time changes how we market to them”.  

“When we’re competing with other agencies and also with consultancies, this data is a huge advantage. That’s the big play and why we’re going to continue to invest in this area.”

Read the original unabridged WSJ.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2017]

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Source: WSJ.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7131

Adobe and Microsoft Join Forces to Outflank Big Data Rivals

Trend Summary: IT titans Microsoft and Adobe have joined forces to pool their respective sales and marketing expertise.


The IT twosome are bidding to outflank rivals Salesforce and Oracle when it comes to offering their big data services to marketers. The alliance will create a shared data format allowing integration of Adobe’s marketing software, henceforth to be branded as the Experience Cloud, with Microsoft’s own Dynamics sales software to create a ...

... seamless system spanning the two titans. 

The partners announced the deal yesterday (March 21) at the annual Adobe Summit, and emphasised the importance of using open source technology and software to de-silo the information they have at their joint disposal.

They went on to explain how this joint approach will help marketers more easily compile customer insights across various channels, creating a single view of the customer that can be used to personalize experiences across marketing touchpoints.

Extolling the sweetheart deal Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division said: “It’s going to enable to customers to go beyond the current (software) silos they have to navigate today”.

Data sharing between the twin titans  aims to provide businesses with better services by enabling crossover of users from one business to the other, expanding their pools of prospective customers.

Read the original unabridged The Drum.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2017]

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Source: TheDrum.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7128

IT Titans Join Forces to Offer Supercharged Marketing Cloud

Trend Summary: Tech titans team up to create a supercharged Marketing Cloud.


 IBM and US cloud computing giant Salesforce.com have joined forces to combine their respective data sources and predictive capabilities to offer the latter’s customers a ...

...super-charged marketing cloud.

Both companies already provide so-called "marketing clouds", although Salesforce’s offering leans more directly toward brands’ customer relationship management needs (ie email, lead-generation and ad targeting) while IBM has gained notable recognition for Watson, its cognitive artificial intelligence system. 

Salesforce has an AI program of its own, dubbed Einstein

According to Salesforce's chairman and Ceo Marc Benioff: "The combination of Einstein and Watson will make businesses smarter and our customers more successful."

Read the original unabridged AdWeek.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2017]

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7116

How the Ad Tech Minnow Is Shaping the TV Monster

Trend Summary: Commercial minutes per primetime hour have been edging up for years on US cable and broadcast TV.


It's rare that a small startup acquired by a media behemoth is ever heard of again, especially if it shapes the strategy of its new parent. However, just two years into TrueX's acquisition by 21st Century Fox, the ad tech company is more ...

... relevant than ever before as Fox and its rivals aggressively seek ways to reinvent TV advertising.

Fox bought TrueX for $200m in February 2015, a period when ad-skipping DVRs were already an institution, ad-free rivals like Netflix were growing fast, traditional TV ratings were falling and online video was beset by ad blocking and ad fraud.

TrueX's engagement ads - which allow streaming-video viewers to interact with a commercial in exchange for fewer or zero ads after that - weren't necessarily revolutionary on their own. But Truex brought to Fox a group of people and a culture that is currently jump-starting efforts to fix TV advertising.

Fox subsequently tapped several TrueX executives to help usher in ad innovation, including TrueX co-founder Joe Marchese, who was quickly named to the newly created role of president of advanced advertising products.

Read the original unabridged AdAge.com article.

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2017]

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Source: AdAge.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7110