Media planning and buying

The week in martech: Oracle’s tech stack, image tracking & overhyped blockchain

Welcome to The Week in Martech, a new column in which we round up some of the most interesting developments from the world of marketing technology over the past week.

This week, cloud-based software platform Oracle wants its clients to know that its tech stack is not a 7-Eleven (but it’s happy to help them make a chocolate cake), and the blockchain hype in advertising is starting to lose momentum.

Amazon is courting advertisers with video ads, external links

After years of speculation and predictions about Amazon’s ability to become a digital advertising powerhouse, it’s happening.

The online retail giant now has annual ad sales exceeding $2bn, and advertising is its fastest-growing segment. With over half of consumers starting their product searches on Amazon, there’s every reason to believe that Amazon’s ad revenue will continue to grow.

The division between strategy & execution is meaningless in a biddable world

The differences between the digital and pre-digital era of advertising aren’t as big as many like to think.

Underlying any marketing campaign, there is still (as there was in the past) a big idea that unifies communication across every channel, a distribution plan, an audience strategy, a measurement strategy, and a set of objectives.

What brand marketers and agencies need from each other

Long before WPP’s current woes, it has felt like the relationship between brands and agencies is in a state of terminal decline.

Brands have been complaining that agencies are not delivering on their promises and agencies are always saying that brands lack the strategic thinking to provide useful direction.

Google’s response to header bidding is now available to all DFP publishers

Last week, Google announced that Exchange Bidding, a real-time bidding solution that allows third-party exchanges to compete with DoubleClick Ad Exchange, is now available to all DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) customers. 

Exchange Bidding is Google’s response to header bidding, which some have suggested poses one of the greatest threats to the world’s most powerful digital advertising business.

Unilever fires a shot across the bow of Google and Facebook, but is it all bark and no bite?

Recent history hasn’t been so nice to Google and Facebook.

In the wake of a growing number of scandals involving fake news and high-profile content creators that publish through their platforms, the two digital behemoths have found themselves facing scrutiny and scorn from the public, politicians and advertisers at a level they haven’t experienced previously.