Digiday highlighted mPlatform which it says is “fading into the background” at WPP. mPlatform is and still could be a viable platform for WPP providing they invest more in sourcing mobile data directly in a GDPR compliant manner vs.data soup from a bunch of vendors.
GroupM launched its data and tech division mPlatform with great fanfare in 2016, billing it as an alternative to Google and Facebook that would allow advertisers to link different data assets in order to track and target people online. Three years later, the promise of the division has petered out, with talk centering more on missed opportunities than growth potential…But three years on, mPlatform has faded into the background at GroupM. It’s telling that during WPP’s latest earnings call, CEO Mark Read hailed the growth of Xaxis in the quarter but didn’t mention mPlatform. Changes behind the scenes also suggest GroupM’s priorities have shifted away from mPlatform.
Brian Gleason – GroupM
Its CEO, Brian Gleason, was promoted last year to GroupM’s Performance Media Group, which encompasses many of the same businesses mPlatform did. Now, mPlatform is headed by GroupM’s global chief product officer, Amit Seth. WPP insiders say the division is no longer a key part of the holding company’s programmatic strategy.
“Consumer identity has always been a core focus of mPlatform, as knowing something about a consumer and their proclivities inevitably assists in deciding target audiences and how to message those audiences. The advertising industry’s demand for data to build brands and sell more product is one of the reasons GroupM continues to vigorously educate the market about our data practices. We have put in place a strong consumer rights practice where we give consumers full access and ownership rights to revoke the data we capture about them. Our expertise in evaluating data sources is increasingly important to clients with the increasing focus on consumer privacy and regulation.”
Data from WPP businesses like Kantar and Millward Brown would be linked to third-party data and data owned by advertisers via the MiD it hoped would one day rival consumer identifiers from Google and Facebook. The problem for mPlatform was sourcing data after the arrival of the GDPR. For it to work to its potential, mPlatform had to tap into third-party data from vendors and app owners, which under the GDPR would require those businesses to explicitly inform all their users that their data is being shared when they opt in to a service. That’s a hard model to scale when not every business that’s trading data can get the consent to do so.
Given Dentsu Aegis’ $1.5 billion acquisition of Merkle in 2016, IPG’s $2.3 billion purchase of Acxiom two years later and Publicis’ $.4.4 billion buy of Epsilon earlier this year, GroupM arguably had the right idea when it decided to buy into data and ad tech stacks with mPlatform. But the arrival of GDPR alongside a spike in advertisers who thought they could do what mPlatform pitched in-house or with other ad tech vendors made it hard for that idea to become anything more.
According to a report by WSJ, “Twitter plans to remove 3rd party data sources from its ad-buying system, becoming the latest tech company to put more distance between itself and third-party consumer data providers. The company currently offers data from outside firms to help advertisers target users on its platform, but early next year the company will end that integration and require advertisers to buy data on their own.”
Skydeo CEO Mike Ford said, “This is great news for data companies that have relationships with advertisers, agencies and who have sourced data with consumer consent. We have been a proponent of “Bring Your Own Data” since we started the company.” Skydeo works directly with advertisers and agencies to provide privacy-compliant, custom audience segments that can be activated directly in Twitter, Facebook and other ad platforms.
John Lee, Dentsu Merkle
It would appear that Twitter, like Facebook, is seeking to distance themselves from the perceived risks associated with third-party data,” John Lee, chief product and data officer at Dentsu Aegis agency Merkle, said. “By requiring advertisers to upload the data from their first-party seat, these platforms are ensuring that advertisers, not the platform or agency, is taking the accountability for the provenance and permissibility of the data they are injecting.”
Megan Pagliuca, Chief Data Officer
Megan Pagliuca, chief data officer at the ad-buying agency Hearts & Science, said Facebook’s move was good because clients should take responsibility for their own data strategy and build their own custom segments. “While it was a little inconvenient process-wise, we think it was the right thing strategically for our clients and business,” she said.
Closer relationships with data providers could push advertisers to create more granular audience targets instead of relying on “off-the-shelf” segments offered through Twitter, Ms. Pagliuca said. That could lessen the direct competition for certain audiences and potentially reduce costs.
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Skydeo COO Eric Simon presented Skydeo’s AppGraph & PlacesGraph solutions for a packed house at Mercedes Arena in Stuttgart today. Skydeo’s unique mobile insights helps auto makers better understand their car buyers mobile interests and behaviors in different regions around the globe.
Skydeo’s Eric Simon presenting in German at Startup Autobahn.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the ultimate innovation platform that unites global young tech companies with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering. We are a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between our partners from the industry and young tech companies. Our network of investment firms and mentors further helps the growth of tech companies. Our home is Stuttgart – the birthplace of the automobile, one of the leading IP regions of the world, and a hub of business, engineering, and groundbreaking inventions.
Our namesake is the high-speed German highway – the only one in the world without a speed limit. And just like the Autobahn, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is about accelerating joint projects between young tech companies and our corporate partners.
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STARTUP AUTOBAHN partners and attendees included: Plug & Play, Daimler, Porsche, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology, BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, HELLA, BENTELER, The Linde Group, AGC Glass, Wieland, PostNL, Jardines Matheson, CEPSA, and Covea.
The NFL Playoffs were in full swing this weekend so we fired up the Skydeo Insights machine while we watched.
Which NFL team is the most popular with fans? Who is really “America’s Team”? What impact does fan popularity have on team success?
Skydeo used our panel of 850 million unique mobile devices to survey NFL fans from the 2017 season. For the purposes of this analysis, fan market share or popularity is based on the mobile app downloads of each NFL team. How did your team do?