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RhythmOne Buys YuMe to Add Richer Audience Data for Ad Targeting

Back to simple acquisitions. Digital video programmatic advertising marketplace RhythmOne is acquiring YuMe, which collects audience data to improve targeting of programmatic ads. Price is $185 million. The lesson here is the importance of giving media buyers more extensive audience data, the better to compete with Facebook, Google, and others who already have detailed profiles.

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Jivox Launches Platform to Integrate Ad Campaign Processes

September 8, 2017

Jivox, which dynamically assembles personalized advertising messages, announced set of APIs that lets creative, workflow, and media execution tools exchange information about ad campaigns, including personalization strategies, creative assets, and targeting models. This will streamline interactions among separate firms and could ultimately make it easier for artificial intelligence systems to coordinate the process. In fact, Mindshare, a WPP-owned global media agency, is already using it to automate programmatic campaign setup through AppNexus.

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GPSdome Starts Product Delivery to Autonomous Cars

September 6, 2017

Has it already happened: autonomous cars ordering things for themselves, presumably to be delivered by self-guided drones? Not yet: the headline refers to anti-hacking technology to protect autonomous car guidance systems. Of course, the need to protect cars from hacking is itself a sign of the times. The headline makes more sense in Israel, where GPSdome is based, as a reference to the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

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Retail Rocket Raises $24 Million and Buys Sailplay to Enter U.S. Market

July 6, 2022

Netherlands-based retention management platform Retail Rocket just raised a $24 Million Series A, and immediately spent some of it to buy Sailplay, a New York-based marketing automation vendor that will grow its U.S. presence.  Retail Rocket builds unified customer profiles in a module it charmingly calls Data Warehouse, and has other modules for AI-driven personalization, segmentation, and campaign management.  The company has more than 1,000 global clients across Europe and South America.

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