Human Judgment, Automation, and the Future of Ad Tech

For now, I propose two major concerns—two challenges, even, for further thought—surrounding AI for the ad tech industry. The first is that the datafication of human experience that has allowed for precise ad targeting needs to be radically reconsidered, not just in terms of what can be done to obtain the consent of consumers for data collection, as the rising privacy movement has called tech companies to consider, but also in terms of what is lost and what is truly gained when the attributes of real people are transformed into consumer data. The second is that the human-machine hybrid decision-making model, while surely the best available in a hypothetical set that also includes human-only and machine-only models, will have to grapple with the bias and poor decisions of the humans who program the machines that will take on the task of regulating large platforms at scale. 

LiveRamp Advances Data Identity Resolution in a Safe Place

The company’s data store is only two years old, but it hosts more than 100,000 segments with content from 120 data providers. The term “identity resolution” refers to how LiveRamp matches user data points such as ages, genders, locations, incomes, marital statuses, and other information to get a detailed consumer picture.

At Liftoff, a Classic Formula for Company Culture

It’s never too early to be intentional about establishing and promoting the key values you want your team to emulate, says Liftoff’s CEO Mark Ellis. It provides a set of criteria against which to assess candidates from a cultural fit perspective, as well as a rationale for promoting certain employee behaviors and discouraging others.

Survey of Mobile Marketers Highlights Growing Focus on Location Data, Social Media

A new industry-sponsored study of mobile advertisers and agencies offers guidance for hyperlocal marketing providers. Big brands and their agencies are increasing their mobile marketing efforts, with a keen focus on location data and social media integration. The Mobile Marketing Association recently released a report sketching out the key findings from a survey it conducted this […]

Street Culture: Birdzi Finds ‘Liberation’ in Lack of Corporate Hierarchy

“What happens a lot of times in corporations is you find that decisions are made that can’t be questioned,” says CEO Shekar Ramen. “We don’t have any of that and we want to maintain the flat nature of our company as much as possible.”

6 Tools for Targeting Brand Influencer Look-Alikes

The type of word-of-mouth marketing that once took place inside coffee shops and around water coolers has moved online, as “brand influencers” — social media users with a significant reach — play an increasingly important role for companies of all sizes. Here are six tools that companies can use to identify and target “look-alike” consumers…

Court Drops Facebook Ad Targeting Suit — What It Means for Hyperlocals

Hyperlocal news publishers that depend on a targeted advertising may find some comfort this week after a Federal Court in San Jose, Calif., threw out a series of class action claims against Facebook relating to its advertising practices.