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Best Buy Launches New Ad Business

It’s not just publishers who see gold in their first party data.  Retail media platforms were arguably the biggest advertising news in 2021.  This year promises more of the same, with Best Buy kicking off its own ad business.  And since a little virtue signaling never hurts, they’ve also announced they’d devote 10% of their own media spend to BIPOC media by 2025.  If you don’t know what BIPOC stands for, you’re not in the target audience.

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70% of Publishers See Gain from End of Third-Party Cookies: Adweek Study

January 5, 2022

Publishers mourning the loss of third party cookies have moved past acceptance to the previously undocumented stage of glee.  An amazing 70% in this Adweek survey said they saw the end of third party cookies as beneficial.  Surely related: 36% said relationships with Big Tech have gotten worse in the past two years.  First-party data and contextual ads are tied as the priorities for making it happen; data issues are the biggest challenges.  Download for details.

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Three-Quarters of Companies See AI/ML As Important Revenue Drivers: SambaNova Report

January 24, 2022

Do you miss those innocent days when every product announcement breathlessly reported the new system or feature was “AI-based”? If so, here’s a whiff of remembrance from AI infrastructure provider SambaNova Systems, who found that 78% of large companies rate AI and Machine Learning as important revenue drivers. Yet even they have a curiously mixed attitude, citing (in their press release) a NewVantage Partners study that found only a quarter of top companies have scaled AI/ML across their organization.

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