Google has updated DoubleClick Bid Manager to address advertisers' transparency and fraud concerns by giving extra information about and automated refunds related to invalid traffic, and it is pushing for wider adoption of the Interactive Advertising Bureau's ads.txt tool. DoubleClick Bid Manager will only purchase inventory from sellers authorized by a publisher's ads.txt file.
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Nissan marketing chief Daniele Schillaci writes about the automaker's journey in pioneering zero-emission cars, and how the brand is promoting the launch of the second-generation electric-battery Leaf. Schillaci explains how to manage a perfect product-launch campaign, emphasizing the importance of being "targeted, creative, and engaging," and having post-launch messaging in place to continue supporting customers.
Urban Airship has created The Body Shop's first mobile wallet, which is designed to create awareness of the brand's UN petition against animal testing for cosmetics. After signing the petition, consumers can download the wallet to track its progress and share information about it with friends.
Coca-Cola's new brand spokesperson is a virtual character from Electronic Arts' "FIFA" soccer video game, player Alex Hunter. The brand is part of the plot for "FIFA 18," showing Hunter sign an endorsement deal with Coca-Cola, and videos are running across paid social media and on the brand's Times Square billboard.
Bud Light took advantage of London Fashion Week to introduce a line of branded leisurewear including blankets, graphic kimonos and scarves. Anheuser-Busch InBev says the virtual runway, which included the Instagram accounts of models Daisy Lowe and Christian Arno, is a teaser for an upcoming upscale line.
Publishers such as Mic, Vocativ and Fox Sports, which recently shifted their strategy to video and laid off editorial staff to do so, experienced a 60% decline in website traffic in August compared with the same time last year, per comScore. However, the numbers don't take into account the value added from videos being watched on other properties, such as Facebook and YouTube, Ross Benes writes.
Facebook is rolling out Custom Audiences for advertisers that enable them to automatically target users based on whether they have visited a brand's physical location, phoned their call center or made an in-store purchase in the previous month. The new targeting can be applied across Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network.