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AT&T Draws the Battle Lines

With AT&T ready to acquire AppNexus, are the duopoly's days numbered? It's too soon to tell. But with Congress broadening ISPs' capacity to handle user data, the big telecoms are in a position to create end-to-end ad buying solutions. And, says Gavin Dunaway, that's exactly what advertisers want.

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Assessing Amazon’s Alexa Advertising Advantage

The big news from Amazon’s direction this week is that the digital powerhouse (“e-tailer” doesn’t really suffice) has been having conversations with some major companies about how it might rev up its advertising efforts in Echo devices. Because Echo is driven by the voice-recognition tool Alexa, we’ve been seeing this…

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Lift Tests Rising, Cross-Platform Addressable

Lift Tests: The Next Programmatic Trend? Among advertisers, especially performance advertisers, lift tests are on the rise, AdExchanger reports. Performance advertiser are feeling some heat to justify ROI for all their activities, which is why they’re looking at measuring incremental lift in whatever channels they’re spending in. One reason for…

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Chrome Gets Into the Ad Blocking Business for Real

A few months back, Google announced it would be equipping an ad blocker—or something like an ad blocker, maybe more like an ad filter—into newer versions of Chrome. The new Chrome feature would filter out ads deemed overly intrusive to the user experience. At the time, Google suggested it would…

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Could Chatbots Kill the Search Advertising Star?

I can’t say I was surprised by findings from research firm L2 Marketing that Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa is more likely to push Amazon Prime products on users seeking a variety of wares. There’s nothing scandalous in that—if I had an Alexa, I’d probably want it to look for Prime…

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