IDGraph Players Expand to Merkle’s Merkury

Merkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing company, today announced the launch of Merkury, Merkle’s identity resolution and data platform designed to power the creation of first-party, “private identity graphs” for both brands and publishers.

“Consumer privacy and the death of the third-party cookie are changing the rules for digital and cross-channel marketing,” said John Lee, president of Merkury. “Going forward, both marketers and publishers will begin with their first-party relationships to create owned, private identity graphs that generate addressability while maintaining their own intellectual property. These brands will be able to network their private graphs with partners and publishers in a way that increases addressability for all in a privacy safe way. Merkury’s mission is to serve as a neutral technology enabler of the private graph, supporting seamless interoperability between brands, publishers, and technology platforms.”

Through this integration of existing and acquired capabilities, Merkury provides clients with a complete identity and data platform, including identity resolution, third-party data, marketing technology integrations, and data privacy clean rooms. These components will be highly customizable to each client’s needs and can be managed and hosted internally by clients.

Merkury will be operated as an independent, neutral entity open to serving the entirety of the marketer, media owner, and technology ecosystem, irrespective of agency relationships.

To enhance Merkle’s pre-existing identity and data assets, Merkle recently announced the acquisition of 4Cite Marketing, whose best-in-class, first-party identity resolution capabilities will play a central role in Merkury’s private graph solution for world-class brands, including Cadillac.

“At Cadillac, we seek to become the category and market leader in data-driven, performance marketing,” said Melissa Grady, CMO, Cadillac. “In an ever-evolving and challenging environment, our partnership with Merkle has been invaluable in providing us with the additive expertise, data, and identity management technology needed to help us do this in a privacy safe way, as we move into a cookie-less world. The release of Merkury represents the next evolution of that.”

Merkury’s launch will coincide with the integration of its private identity graph capability with key technology partners, including MediaMath, Index Exchange, and SourcePoint, who will automate the industry’s first-ever programmatic trading of marketer and publisher cookie-less, private graph IDs.

“Merkury is a reference application for MediaMath’s SOURCE, a fully addressable, accountable, aligned supply chain that can activate against private identity graphs,” said Joe Zawadzki, CEO, MediaMath. “By treating Merkury identity as the first-class signal across our global supply chain, we are driving a collective effort toward enterprise-grade marketing.”

In addition, Merkury will be launching in partnership with key publishers including Meredith, Pandora, and iHeartMedia’s SmartAudio. “The market is accelerating toward a world where cookies are no longer a solution. We are aligned with Merkury’s perspective and direction on the future of private graphs powered by great partners,” said Alysia Borsa, EVP/chief business & data officer, Meredith.

Merkury will also be partnering with Xandr to power cross-screen insights in advanced TV and digital. “Merkle’s launch of Merkury speaks to a major industry challenge and opportunity to build direct connections to consumers through unique, first-party insights, in a privacy-safe way,” said Jason Brown, chief revenue officer for Xandr. “Xandr today delivers results for clients by working with Merkury to power smarter TV and digital campaigns. As demand increases for integrated cross-screen experiences across linear, addressable TV, and digital, we find ourselves in a unique position to meet buyer demand with Merkury.”

The Merkury leadership team, with John Lee at the helm as president, includes Peter Randazzo, chief technology officer, Gerry Bavaro, chief strategy officer, Eugene Becker, chief data officer, and Kelly Leger, SVP sales.

Tru Optik & Skydeo Partner on Connected TV (CTV) Household Graph

Tru Optik & Skydeo Partner on Connected TV (CTV) Household Graph

Tru Optik, the identity resolution leader across OTT and Connected TV (CTV), today announced an exclusive partnership agreement with mobile data platform leader Skydeo Inc., to enhance mobile device identity resolution and audience-based targeting capabilities across Tru Optik’s Household Graph™.

As part of the agreement, Skydeo’s mobile data marketing platform, which consists of over 300 million unique mobile devices in the U.S. (2.7B globally), will be anonymously mapped to Tru Optik’s patented Household Graph™ of more than 80 million U.S homes.

Media companies and advertisers will be able to leverage Skydeo’s mobile behavioral data and geo-location people-based insights for audience building across OTT, gaming and streaming audio inventory.

“Media consumption is rapidly increasing across OTT, streaming audio and online gaming – content that is often accessed on mobile devices,” said David Wiesenfeld, Chief Strategist, Tru Optik. “Our clients and partners come to us for best-in-class cross-device targeting and measurement across streaming media. Skydeo’s scale of deterministic mobile data and privacy compliant sourcing directly from consumers enhances our capabilities by offering unparalleled mobile scale mapped back to consumers of ad-supported OTT, streaming audio and online gaming.”

“Tru Optik has been focused on OTT and Connected TV since before it was fashionable,” said Skydeo founder and CEO Mike Ford. “We’re excited to partner with the leader in the space and enable brands and agencies to leverage Skydeo AppGraph & PlacesGraph audiences via Tru Optik’s identity resolution solutions.”

Consumers will be able to opt-out of audience-based targeting through Tru Optik’s Privacy.TV, a free privacy compliance solution for CTV and Advanced Media that offers consumer opt-out for publishers, adtech platforms, data providers and device manufacturers.

About Tru Optik
Tru Optik identity resolution powers the streaming media ecosystem. Tru Optik’s patented Household Graph™ of more than 80 million U.S. homes enables the world’s leading brands, agencies, media companies, and platforms to engage consumers across OTT, streaming audio, and gaming with unmatched scale, accuracy and privacy compliance. To learn more about Tru Optik visit: http://www.truoptik.com.

About Skydeo Inc.
Skydeo provides customer acquisition solutions to brands and their partners through Skydeo’s mobile-first data marketing platform of over two billion unique devices globally. Skydeo’s unique combination of privacy-compliant data solutions features the Skydeo AppGraph, PlacesGraph, ShoppingGraph & ConsumerGraph for custom audience creation and programmatic activation. Check out https://skydeo.com.

How to Target Mobile App Users in Google Adwords

How to Target Mobile App Users in Google Adwords

Google Adwords Remarketing enables advertisers to target app users (Apple IDFA or Android Ad ID lists) and CRM data (email lists) directly via the Adwords interface.  Skydeo AppGraph enables advertisers to use custom audience lists (IDFA/AAID) for targeting users directly through Adwords.   While technologically the same implementation- using Skydeo custom audiences lets advertisers target prospects not just existing app users or website visitors.   For marketers looking to conquest competitors or  tailor creatives to specific audience attributes  this feature can drive huge performance returns.

How do I target mobile ad ids in Google?

  1.  Sign in to AdWords
  2. Click Shared Library.
  3. Click Audiences.

4. Click Mobile App Users

5. Click upload advertising IDs/IDFAs

6. Select the CSV file containing your custom audience list

Requirements
File uses the .csv format and is no more than 100MB
Android advertising IDs or iOS IDFAs are listed one per line

7. Name your file.

8. You may need to select an app (choose your own or another).

9. Include a description of the custom audience.

10. Upload the list.

11. Add your “Mobile app users” list to your campaign or start a new campaign.

12. To show ads on the Display Network, add your list to a “Display Network only” campaign.

13. Open the campaign, click the Display Network tab and click + Targeting
14. Choose your campaign and ad group.
15. Click “Add targeting” and select “Interests and remarketing,” then click “Remarketing lists” and select a list.
16. Click Save

Contact Skydeo today to for a custom mobile audience for your data-driven marketing.

 

People-Based Measurement Study

People-Based Measurement Study

Our partners at LiveRamp released a new study on People-Based Measurement and the impact it would have on marketing.

Key insights from the study include the following:

  • Identity Resolution is Key to Accurate Measurement: 94 percent of marketing professionals report that a lack of “people-based” measurement capabilities makes it more difficult to create a complete view of cross-media exposure and link that view to performance metrics – such as sales and brand lift – to accurately assess marketing ROI.
  • There are Common Challenges Organizations Face in Implementing People-Based Measurement: These challenges include not having the ability to link disparate data sets together for analysis (49 percent), not having identity resolution technology (48 percent), not knowing where to get started (42 percent) and not having access to enough offline sales data (42 percent).
  • People-Based Measurement is the Starting Point for Creating Better Customer Experiences and Unlocking the Value of Data: Marketers and advertisers indicate the benefits of implementing people-based measurement extend beyond calculating campaign ROI:
    • 75 percent of respondents indicate it will help them improve targeting and/or real-time campaign optimization
    • 72 percent of respondents indicate it will help them optimize customer and prospect insights and improve product strategy, and/or improve the consumer experience
    • 96 percent of respondents indicate identity resolution will be key to unlocking the value of their company’s data assets in the coming years
  • While People Based-Measurement is not Yet Widely Implemented, There is Increased Investment on the Horizon:Nearly 70 percent of marketing and advertising professionals share that they have not yet implemented people-based measurement but plan to in the next three years. Additionally, over the next three years, 56 percent of respondents report that they plan to increase their in-house analytics capabilities, while 52 percent plan to invest more in marketing analytics technology.
Brian Anderson - Luma Partners

Brian Andersen – Luma Partners

“It’s clear that identity resolution is key to solving challenges with cross-media measurement,” said Brian Andersen of LUMA Partners, “as well as helping marketers improve the consumer experience.”

LiveRamp CMO Jeff Smith

LiveRamp CMO Jeff Smith

“We all know that marketers, media companies, and measurement vendors struggle to stitch together an understanding of the total
audience reached across traditional and digital channels,” said Jeff Smith, chief marketing officer at LiveRamp, “and even more importantly, tie omni-channel marketing exposure to key performance metrics like sales and brand lift. This study, however, for the first time highlights the true underlying challenge and a potential solution to this conundrum.”