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UK Authority Opens Anti-Trust Investigation into Google Ad Tech

The United Kingdom’s Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA) has noticed that Google owns the largest demand side platform, ad exchange, and ad server, and wonders whether Google exploits that for competitive advantage.  So far, they’ve discovered the related technology is “known as the ‘ad tech stack’” and “is important because millions of people across the UK use websites that rely on advertising revenue to offer high-quality, free content.”  Impressive.

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TikTok Overtakes YouTube in U.S. Time Spent

May 31, 2022

You know TikTok is hot, but did you know it’s expected to attract more time than YouTube among adult U.S. consumers this year?   If you’re a marketer itching for a piece of that action, you may also want to know you can now publish TikTok content using Hootsuite, Sprinkler, Emplify, Sprout Social, Khoros, Brandwatch, and other systems.   Also, they’ve added a WooCommerce integration that can synch entire store catalogs to TikTok, and use the TikTok Pixel to track ad results.

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Salesforce Offers Free Data Cloud to Sales and Service Cloud Customers

February 21, 2024

Salesforce is offering a free version of its CDP-esq Data Cloud to Sales and Service Cloud customers, with the apparent goal of increasing use of Marketing Cloud.  The Data Cloud offers Marketing Cloud users a unified view of data in Salesforce clouds and other systems via no-copy access to cloud databases and Mulesoft connectors.  The company also unveiled a small business edition of Marketing Cloud.

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