Dentsu Aegis Network acquires majority stake in Indian data firm Ugam

Dentsu Aegis Network acquires majority stake in Indian data firm Ugam

Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has strengthened its data and analytics capabilities with the acquisition of a majority stake in Indian data firm Ugam. Ugam will now sit alongside Merkle, DAN’s in-house performance marketing agency, providing the latter with the requisite scale as well as establishing a platform for shared analytics services. To cement the transition […]

Google is launching Shoelace, its new experimental social network app

Google is launching Shoelace, its new experimental social network app

Just months after Google retired its unsuccessful social network, Google +, the company is launching Shoelace, a hyperlocal network for finding activities and friends in the user’s location. Currently, Shoelace is invite-only, and solely available in New York City. In order to activate their account, New Yorkers will need an invite code.  Shoelace users are able […]

Facebook updates ad tools to give users more detail on how they are targeted by brands

Facebook updates ad tools to give users more detail on how they are targeted by brands

Facebook has implemented a series of updates to its suite of ad tools designed to improve the transparency behind targeted of content. The changes include providing people with the reasoning behind why they are being shown specific ads beyond a simple demographic match or internet history. Now more detailed targeting information will be supplied including the specific interests […]

Cheetah Digital buys Wayin to boost personalised marketing

Cheetah Digital buys Wayin to boost personalised marketing

Cross channel marketing firm Cheetah Digital has acquired Wayin, a company that provides zero-party data collection and activation. The acquisition strengthens Cheetah Digital’s ability to help marketers collect zero- and first-party data and preference insights to drive hyper-personalized, real-time experiences and meaningful customer engagement across all channels and stages of the customer lifecycle. Formed in […]

Pinterest introduces new video tools for brands and creators

Pinterest introduces new video tools for brands and creators

There’s more to Pinterest than pictures and hashtags. According to the San Francisco tech giant, there’s been a 31% uptick in searches for “inspirational videos” since last year, and the network’s nearly 300 million monthly active users (MAU) are 54% more likely to say videos on Pinterest inspire them compared with content on other media […]

Snapchat is launching Creator Shows, starring influencers and celebrities

Snapchat is launching Creator Shows, starring influencers and celebrities

Starting July 10, Snap is launching a new form of content on its platform, titled Creator Shows, which will star a range of digital-native creators, social media influencers, and established celebrities. Creator Shows will be continually added to the Discover page of the Snapchat app, and will focus on a “first-person, personality driven” content experience. So […]

Precise TV launches HIPAA compliant healthcare advertising solution for YouTube

Precise TV launches HIPAA compliant healthcare advertising solution for YouTube

Precise TV, the leading social video advertising platform for hyper-granular contextual targeting and brand safety, launched its healthcare marketing solution, Precise+Health, and announced certification to become fully HIPAA compliant. Healthcare marketers are increasingly discovering the challenges in safely and compliantly targeting relevant audiences across video platforms. Keyword and affinity targeting often is falling short and […]

Magnum Launches Unilever’s First Snapchat AR Game ‘Magnum Pleasure Fair’

Magnum Launches Unilever’s First Snapchat AR Game ‘Magnum Pleasure Fair’

MullenLowe Profero, the experience-led digital transformation partner within MullenLowe Group, has launched Unilever’s first-ever Snapchat game in partnership with MediaMonks. The game, Magnum Pleasure Fair, will be available at their Pleasure Store on Regents Street, London from July 10th. Magnum Pleasure Fair is an AR game that builds upon the success of Magnum Pleasure Store […]

Amazon pushes further into healthcare with NHS Alexa deal

Amazon pushes further into healthcare with NHS Alexa deal

Amazon has inked a deal with the NHS that will see it’s AI-powered voice assistant Alexa be used to offer health advice for patients who can’t easily access information online. The move, which follows on from a push into the healthcare space in the US from the business, has sparked concern among privacy campaigners. Starting in July, devices […]