Welcome to the April edition of the Digital Innovations Awesome List (DIAL) by Centro.
Keeping up with the trade pubs and the latest trends can be both tough and time consuming, so we at Centro want to make it easier to find the articles, reports, and other bits of awesomeness you probably missed, but really should have read. Check out this month’s specially curated list below, and if you missed a past DIAL they are available on the Centro blog. Note that this edition will be added in the coming days! https://www.centro.net/blog/category/digital-innovations/
With less than 60 days until the new European internet law, General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR as most refer it), goes into effect and it has already spurred changes in how data is collected and handled. GDPR attempts to standardize data rights across all 28 European Union countries, ensuring that users know, understand, and consent to the data collected about them.
Averaging over a million players per game, HQ Trivia continues to hit new milestones with sizeable sponsorship deals, the most recent with the movie release of Ready Player One. In an age of hyper-targeting — large, attentive audiences are still highly valued. (h/t Brian W)
As digital advertising has matured, most of the promises made early on have come to fruition, but at what cost to the overall advertising industry? Some good perspective on what’s taken place over the last several years, with a nod of hope towards improved digital advertising and how TV will benefit, as well.
Looking at data across platforms, eMarketer found that prices for programmatic ads, are going up. Prices are seeing an increase across channels such as desktop, mobile web, mobile app, and video. This increase is best attributed to a growing importance on both audience and data in the programmatic space.
With more buyers moving into the programmatic space, agencies are using RFPs less and less. Claiming it to be old school process where vendors do not receive feedback from agencies, more partners and agencies are pushing back on them, with a desire for a more efficient process particularly with the more custom and complex offerings available.
There’s been a notable rise in the adoption of ads.txt by publishers in recent months – with upwards of 51% of sites that sell their ads programmatically having implemented the verification file. For those out of the loop, ads.txt is a way programmatic platforms can check whether a vendor’s claim to inventory is legitimate or not, offering a greater level of transparency of who is allowed to sell their inventory. Read related Centro articles from last year here andhere.
Are you confused by blockchain? Blockchain technology is a newish network that decentralizes trade, and allows for more peer-to peer transactions. Still a little confusing? Political scientist and blockchain researcher, Bettina Warburg breaks down blockchain technology in this video to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert.
Knowing that over 2 billion people in the world are not online can be tough to fathom in our non-stop connected lives. This article explores how many of these people are getting connected, though somewhat indirectly, while still benefiting from new services that offer micro-loans, crop insurance, and even more efficient energy sources.