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Yahoo Improves Web Targeting of Anonymous Visitors

AI plays a big role in this Yahoo announcement, which describes how they’ll use it to put anonymous website visitors into audiences based on how closely they resemble identified users.  As they describe it, Next-Gen Audiences “considers a mix of real-time signals received on the bid request, including content, location, weather, device type, and more” to build anonymous audiences that are more effective than content-based targeting alone.  No cookies or persistent user profiles are involved.  Today’s news is they’ve extended this from in-app inventory to web advertising.

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Persado Tailors AI-Generated Copy to Personal Preferences

February 18, 2022

Automated copy generation vendor Persado has launched new tools to tailor content to personal preferences, at the segment or individual level.  They call their customer-level “Language Profiles” a “new form of first party data” but it’s not clear whether they’re asking customers about the copy they receive or simply observing what they respond to.  If they were really good at this, they’d have known to show me the answer.

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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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