media buyers

Yahoo’s Tumblr acquisition sends clear message to advertisers

It’s official: Yahoo has purchased popular blogging platform Tumblr for more than a billion dollars – $1.1bn to be exact.

The internet’s latest nine-figure acquisition is probably one most industry observers wouldn’t have predicted.

After all, despite that an ex-Googler, Marissa Mayer, is at Yahoo’s helm, there were few prior indicators that she was looking to make a billion dollar purchase.

And if there had been, Tumblr, while incredibly popular, doesn’t seem like the company that would have made it to the top of the list as Yahoo’s track record with acquisitions of user generated content startups is not all that impressive.

From Geocities to Flickr, Yahoo has proven to be a master of reverse alchemy in the space, repeatedly finding ways to turn gold to lead.

Real-time bidding soars, expected to be $7bn market by 2016

Real-time bidding (RTB) may be a source of concern and confusion for both media buyers and sellers, but that isn’t stopping adoption of RTBs.

According to a report published this week by sell-side platform Index Platform, the number of RTB impressions sold via its platform jumped nearly 30% in the first and second quarters of the year. What’s more: growth was driven by both major advertisers, which accounted for 57% of all spend in Q2, and local advertisers, which increased their spend by nearly 50% quarter-over-quarter.

RTB expected to grow significantly, but concerns linger: report

The benefits of real-time bidding (RTB) seem obvious, but as a percentage of the display advertising market, RTB’s growth has lagged many observers’ expectations.

So what gives?

According to a study (PDF) conducted by Advertiser Perceptions and released this week by Casale Media, approximately half of media buyers and sellers are already participating in the RTB ecosystem, and significant growth is expected over the next year, but both sides still have a number of concerns that are holding RTBs back.

Hulu to advertisers: pay only for completed video ad views

The internet has arguably been the most exciting new development for advertisers in the past 50 years, but that doesn’t mean that online advertising is without its problems.

Arguably, one of the biggest problems is a misalignment of the interests of media buyers and media sellers, with the latter often not appearing to care much about the value the former receives.

Advertisers seeking flexibility and protection for 2012

With questions about the global economy weighing heavily on the minds of advertising executives, companies are increasingly taking a cautious approach to the ad deals they’re making for 2012.

According to Reuters’ Yinka Adegoke, executives who attended the Reuters Global Media summit last week are citing the crisis in the Eurozone and the political situation in the United States as reasons for shortening up advertising agreements and other partnerships.