Programmatic

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.

Confusion, chaos in the GDPR’s first week

The GDPR hasn’t even been the law of the land in Europe for a full week and it is already causing confusion and chaos in parts of the digital economy.

Here are the headlines you need to know about as the impact of the GDPR starts being felt.

Why native video will transform advertising & reduce adblocker usage

25 years ago, we signed up to one of the greatest deals in history. We accepted that, in order to receive unlimited access to the weird and wonderful world of the internet, we would see ads alongside our content.

This exchange is how all of that well-loved cat content is paid for – and underpins the entire web.

What lastminute.com group learned bringing programmatic media in-house

As programmatic becomes more mainstream and better understood, brands are getting more involved in the digital media buying process and seeking greater control and transparency when it comes to their digital ads.

Over the next five years, I think every brand that has the desire to cut costs has the potential to take programmatic in-house.