No debate about native advertising — great content still wins

The great debate among media, advertising and marketing professionals continues: Is native advertising a strong strategy? How you answer that question usually depends on where you ply your trade. The question has different meanings to different industries. Are native ads a threat? A trick? An opportunity? The future? Is it even fresh thinking or just an age-old tactic varnished with a […]

What you need to know about the state of online video display advertising

With online video display advertising poised for significant growth in the next five years, two factors are top of mind: quantity and quality. Online video, in some ways similar to television with its ability to “tell stories” that are particularly strong at creating brand awareness, is a medium unlike any other, especially for advertisers. According […]

What every advertiser needs to know about the threat of URL masking

Move over, bots. URL masking is climbing the ranks of common fraud in the digital advertising industry. URL masking is used to trick advertisers into running their ads on sites with illicit or stolen content. Though these sites typically generate a lot of traffic, thereby boosting chargeable impressions to the advertiser, they often don’t generate […]

Advertising giant Publicis to buy Sapient for $3.7 billion

In a move some critics call a major overpayment, French advertising powerhouse Publicis announced Monday it will acquire marketing and consulting company Sapient for $3.7 billion US. The all-cash transaction equals $25 per share. In a press release [PDF], Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of […]

AOL announces cross-device programmatic system, to debut in February

The veteran Web player announced a new cross-device ad targeting system aptly called One. AOL is combining its ad platforms such as Adap.TV and AdLearn Open Platform (AOP), by taking programmatic buying of video from Adap.TV and display and banners from AOP, as Ad Week reports. “This is really along that pathway of making life easier for marketers within […]