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Taboola and Outbrain Merge Their Content Recommendation Businesses

The fundamental challenge posed by loss of existing third party data is creating large-scale advertising audiences. Content recommendation companies like Taboola and Outbrain already offer themselves as an alternative way to achieve scale. The two firms just announced a merger with Taboola as the survivor. So more of an acquisition, really.

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80% of Companies Use Home-Built Martech: Mailjet Survey

October 7, 2019

Despite all the martech products available today, custom software is alive and well.  About 60% of US and UK marketers told Mailjet they have built their own marketing technology and another 20% have a project under way. Home-grown systems are harder to use but the cost of switching keeps many companies locked in. Click here for a summary and here for tons of interesting detail on pros and cons of each option.

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MediaMath Promises 100% Accountable and Addressable Media Supply Chain

October 3, 2019

Adtech vendor MediaMath has pledged to deliver a “100 percent accountable and addressable supply chain by the end of 2020”, via a cooperative project called SOURCE. It’s a bit unclear what’s involved (at least to me), but the commitment to “righting the wrongs of a digital advertising industry” that has “gotten lost in fraud, waste, and irrelevance” taps into a mad-as-hell-and-we-won’t-take-it spirit within the advertising world and beyond.

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Most Marketers Say They’re Using the Metaverse and It’s Great: Qualtrics Report

July 5, 2022

Will the metaverse rescue marketers from the loss of third-party cookies and device tracking?  Perhaps you scoff the metaverse doesn’t actually exist.  That didn’t prevent 74% of marketers telling Qualtrics they were already advertising in it and 59% of that group saying it’s their most successful channel.  Pioneering?  Optimistic? Delusional?  Take your pick.

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