Auto-Update: Google publishers get premium treatment; MediaMath is flush

Google creates new premium exchange for video ad inventory; Twitter pushes deeper into native mobile. Everything you need to know about what happened this week in digital ad commerce

The week in programmatic buying and ad tech at a glance

Google announces premium video exchange, adds direct buying to DoubleClick
Google announced a new premium exchange called Google Partner Select, which will auction inventory from a “select set” of top video publishers in the tech giant’s network. The names of participating publishers haven’t been released, but Time Inc. is quoted in Google’s blog post announcement. Google also said it’s adding programmatic direct sales capabilities to DoubleClick so advertisers can buy reserved inventory at negotiated fixed rates. Competing sell-side tech players like AppNexus, Rubicon and Pubmatic have all made similar plays for programmatic direct dollars in recent months.
Read more at Forbes

MediaMath now has $175MM to play with
Demand-side technology company MediaMath has raised an impressive $73.5 million series C funding — more than five times the amount it raised in the previous round ($14M). On top of the new funding, it borrowed more than $100 million through Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its total cash assets to $175 million. Expect to see a lot of expansion in the near future.
Read more at Advertising Age

AppNexus acquires Alenty for MRC-accredited viewability measurement
Since the Media Ratings Council approved viewability measurement for widespread use in March, the market has seen a frenzy of measurement partnerships in display and video. Exchange provider AppNexus is the latest to get in the viewability game, by acquiring measurement provider Alenty for its MRC-accredited viewability measure. The announcement came shortly before AppNexus’ London Summit, where the company played up its 500% year-over-year mobile revenue growth, and rumours swirled about a potential $100 million funding round.
Read about AppNexus at Ad Exchanger

GroupM wants out of open ad exchanges
In an interview with, GroupM Chief Digital Investment Officer, North America, Ari Bluman said that WPP’s media agencies plan to make a collective exit from open exchange buying by the end of this year. From now on, “100% of programmatic will be private deals,” he says, meaning GroupM will stick to premium channels like programmatic direct and private exchanges.
Watch the interview at

Trade Desk adds Nielsen OCR
The Trade Desk, a top-five demand-side platform in Canada by trade volume, has added Nielsen’s Online Campaign Ratings performance measurement to its display and video buying platform. OCR measures reach, frequency, viewability and other core metrics across digital ad campaigns. The addition makes the Trade Desk the latest in a slew of DSPs to integrate the product, including BrightRoll and Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager.
Read the release

Twitter buys Namo Media for native
Twitter’s push into native mobile ads is no secret, and its latest acquisition, Namo Media, will help publishers integrate the ads into their mobile apps. The company offers adaptive templates that developers can use to create custom ad placements.
Read more at The Next Web

Around the Web

The week’s best features and opinion

Pay attention: Net neutrality rules could shake up online advertising (Advertising Age)
Expect longer ad load times and increased publisher rates to subsidize better service

Seven transparency questions advertisers need to ask their agency (Media Post)
According to the ANA, 43% of U.S. marketers feel transparency concerns have increased in the last year

Procter & Gamble aims to buy 70% of digital ads programmatically (Advertising Age)
Inside the strategy of the biggest CPG brand in programmatic

Tech Articles

Canadians warm up to social commerce

PayPal and Ipsos research shows "Shop Now" buttons are gaining traction

Online ad exchange AppNexus cuts off Breitbart

Popular online ad exchange bans site for violating hate speech policy

Videology brings Bryan Segal on board

Former Engagement Labs CEO to lead Canadian operations

A CEO’s tips for using DIY video in consumer marketing (Column)

Vidyard's Michael Litt argues against outdated 'text tunnel vision'

Facebook buys facial analysis software firm

FacioMetrics acquisition could lead to a new kind of online emoting

4 ways to reimagine marketing with martech

Data is the new language in a hyper-connected world

Lyft taps retail tech to connect drivers to smartphones

U.S. brand shaves the 'stache and moves to beacons

Facebook tweaks race-based online ad targeting

Social giant says discriminatory ads have "no place" on its platform