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Gmail ads moving into the Discovery Ads umbrella

Gmail ads moving into the Discovery Ads umbrella

Eras come and eras go, and the era of advertising directly on Gmail via Display campaigns has now come to a close, with a new announcement from Google. Here’s the boildown, then some context. Boildown: you can no longer create standard display ads to appear on Gmail. Instead, going forward […]

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Google Web Story Ads are here, via the Display Network. But will anyone use them?

Google Web Story Ads are here, via the Display Network. But will anyone use them?

So, Search Engine Land has an interesting find: the Google Display network will now allow you to take out ads via Google Web Stories. Let’s step back: whoa, what are Google Web Stories? In short, it’s Google’s answer to Snapchat and Instagram Stories: short images, meant to be shared, that […]

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New Google Ads option to "View local competitive visits and search terms"

New Google Ads option to “View local competitive visits and search terms”

I was pleasantly surprised to discover, on the tip from a friend, that Google has silently created a new Google Ads / Adwords help page about an apparently-secretly-launched feature, to view local competitive and search terms. This is a new report that effectively tells you what search queries similar businesses […]

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Tik-Tok Bans Ads On Weight Loss Products

Tik-Tok Bans Ads On Weight Loss Products

TikTok recently announced that it is banning ads on–wait for it, or perhaps I should say, “weight for it”–weight loss products. Har, har. So, TikTok has a list of reasons why, and they all sound great: they’re doing their part in their fight against body shaming. That’s great. But any long-time […]

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Youtube Introducing Audio-Only Ads

Youtube Introducing Audio-Only Ads

Stop the presses–okay, maybe not quite–Google is introducing Audio-only ads for Youtube. The reason is that Youtube figured out that 85% of people watching Youtube videos aren’t watching; they’re just being listened to in the background for the audio. Playlists or podcast-like videos that you listen to while doing something […]

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Beta Test Now Live for ManagedPlacements.com

Beta Test Now Live for ManagedPlacements.com

Such exciting news from Zsolt Maslayni and Team Managed Placements, I will jump to the end: After six months of intense software development, the beta version of ManagedPlacements.com is live and ready for the world to test. What is this long-awaited project? Well, you can read all about it yourself on their […]

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Google Analytics 4 & Filters: Is GA4 Missing Filter Functionality?

Google Analytics 4 & Filters: Is GA4 Missing Filter Functionality?

I had an annoying problem this morning that made me almost want to jump off the balcony. (Luckily, I don’t have a balcony.) I was setting up Google Analytics for a new campaign, and it automatically forced me to use the new version of Google Analytics, GA4. Okay, such are […]

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Facebook Bans All Political Advertising... Indefinitely

Facebook Bans All Political Advertising… Indefinitely

Hot off the press: Facebook is banning all political-related advertising. Quelle Surprise! Let’s jump right into the meat, since the background is well-known and direct and no surprise to anyone who hasn’t been asleep in the digital marketing world for years now. Since the big platforms tend to move in tandem […]

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Facebook Phasing Out 28 Day Click Attribution

Facebook Phasing Out 28 Day Click Attribution

Facebook is making a non-trivial change and it seems like it is trying to keep it on the down-low. Gil David and others report that Facebook reps have been telling them that they’re removing the 28-day click attribution in October. A few people online and with whom I spoke are […]

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Facebook finally removes infamous 20% text limit

Facebook finally removes infamous 20% text limit

Big news from Facebook: Apparently, they’ve removed the famous (infamous) 20% text limit: While the above message was sent privately (apparently; not to me!), it is also mentioned on their official help pages. So, I have to admit: this 20% rule has pained me over the years. In many ways. First, […]

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Two Major Display Ad Companies Call Off Their Merger

Two Major Display Ad Companies Call Off Their Merger

One of the biggest pieces of news in the display and programmatic advertising industry in 2019 was the $2 billion merger of Taboola and Outbrain. But guess what? It’s been called off. Why has it been called off? Covid, market conditions, all the usual. That’s what they tell us. Of course. […]

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