Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which a top Verizon executive has said is mostly about AOL's advertising technology, is raising new concerns that customers' privacy will be exploited in Verizon's push to create more targeted ads.
To say that Twitter's addition of video to its social media platform has been a success in the mobile realm is an understatement. According to the company, 90 percent of video views by users have been on mobile devices. But more important to the company's bottom line, its buildout of a native video player and advertising capability means it is finding new ways to pull in revenue.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion purchase of AOL will mean the telecommunications giant is no longer just competing directly against the likes of AT&T. The deal is all about advertising technology, or ad-tech, and with it Verizon will now be competing against Google, Facebook and others in the digital ad market, especially in video. If Verizon can develop content for its OTT venture, it now has the tools to make money off of that using AOL.
In the battle for marketshare, T-Mobile US is now putting its focus on competitor Verizon Wireless. With its new "Never Settle Trial" T-Mobile is offering Verizon customers the opportunity to try T-Mobile's network and service for up to two weeks at no cost.
LAS VEGAS--It's happening: Online video companies are beginning to think about the day when revenue from digital video ads surpasses that of traditional television advertising. And while the sheer amount of money being spent on traditional TV--more than $68.5 billion in 2014 compared to about $6 billion for online video--makes that seem a long way off, some believe it's closer than many think.
The YouTube Kids streaming app, which was launched in February, has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups, which say that its video programming disregards Federal Trade Commission rules that limit the amount and type of advertising around children's programming.
Ooyala-owned video advertising provider Videoplaza is teaming up with TubeMogul, which creates enterprise software for video ads, on what it calls a "premium programmatic marketplace" designed to attract large brands and content providers.
February 14 wasn't just a day for couples to frantically scramble for restaurant reservations--this year it marked the tenth anniversary of YouTube's domain registration. Its first video, "Me At the Zoo"--which featured a pithy description of elephants', er--well anyway, that was uploaded on April 23, 2005.
Web and online video portal AOL laid off 150 employees, mostly from its advertising sales unit, saying its increased reliance on programmatic buying (an automated way to sell and place online ads) has made their jobs superfluous.
There were a wide variety of new and surprising advertisements during Sunday's Super Bowl--including a few spots from rivals T-Mobile and Sprint. But one of the most interesting elements in Sunday's big game was the appearance of two ads for mobile games: Clash of Clans and Game of War.