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The Smaato Blog

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Data Protection Officers Under the GDPR

Posted by Shaika Ahmed on March 20, 2018

Until now, the role of a data protection officer (DPO) had been largely undefined. Historically, data was considered primarily in the context of computing, and those given the role of a DPO were frequently professionals with an information and communications technology background. In fact, prior to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), very few countries had required the appointment of a DPO or other data privacy role within an organization. Given the ubiquitous nature of technology today, the role and expectations of a DPO have diversified and expanded, especially in light of the GDPR. 

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ePrivacy Regulation - FAQ

Posted by Shaika Ahmed on March 6, 2018

To keep up with the fast pace at which technology is developing, the EU has begun amending its regulations to reflect these technological advances.

In January 2017, less than nine months after the European Union (EU) adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission drafted a proposal, known as the ePrivacy Regulation (“Proposal”), as part of an initiative to replace the current ePrivacy Directive. Together with the GDPR, the Proposal will aim to provide the strongest protection to users’ data across the EU.

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Best Practices for In-App Advertising Success

Posted by Austin Leonard on March 1, 2018

Over 25% of consumers' total media time is spent in-app,1 and since mobile devices are typically owned and used by one person, these apps are closely connected to users' personal lives and daily habits. The in-app environment also offers advertisers sophisticated data tracking and user targeting that is superior to other digital advertising formats, which makes it the ideal medium for creating effective advertising touchpoints. 

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Mobile & In-App Advertising Trends That Shaped Q4 2017

Posted by Courtney Reich on February 22, 2018

Apps have transformed mankind’s relationship with technology. We not only spend more time in-app than ever before, but the diverse quantity of apps available has become much greater than Steve Jobs could have ever imagined when the App Store first opened ten years ago. As a result, advertisers have a growing interest in the mobile app landscape and are investing an increasing amount of their budgets towards reaching app users.

The Global Trends in Mobile Advertising report analyzes the billions of monthly mobile ad impressions from the Smaato platform in order to gain insight into the mobile and in-app advertising landscape. Download the report below to learn more about the key mobile advertising trends observed on the Smaato platform in Q4 2017, which include:

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - FAQ

Posted by Shaika Ahmed on February 15, 2018

What is the GDPR?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect on May 25, 2018, significantly changing how companies handle personal data of their EU consumers. The GDPR will replace the current EU Data Protection Directive as the overarching data privacy framework across the European Economic Area (EEA).

With ad tech companies striving to create the best user experience by delivering the most relevant advertisements, the GDPR’s effects will be substantial.

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The Ramadhan Rush: Advertising in the Month of Mobile

Posted by Li Lin Tan on February 5, 2018

With 62% of Muslims living in APAC, Ramadhan is one of the region’s busiest advertising seasons of the year.1 And APAC consumers’ move to mobile is opening up a huge opportunity for advertisers looking to engage with the Muslim community during Ramadhan.

Ramadhan is celebrated by 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, with the some of the largest Muslim populations located in Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Singapore.2 This religious holiday is not only a time of spiritual discipline, but also a time for social activities, shopping and travel — each of which is highly driven by mobile devices.

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Mobile & In-App Advertising Trends That Will Shape 2018

Posted by Austin Leonard on January 31, 2018

This is going to be a disruptive year for many of the major players in the advertising game.

As we close out January, I’m finally taking a breath to collect my thoughts on the trends and forecasts for 2018 that will impact the mobile advertising industry. Many of these predictions are not big stretches, but I do think they will be continuous themes throughout the year that will dominate the conversations.

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Lunar New Year’s Impact on In-App Advertising in APAC

Posted by Courtney Reich on January 15, 2018

Each year, Lunar New Year brings good fortune to advertisers with a spike in mobile usage as friends and family send messages, watch videos, play mobile games and exchange virtual red envelopes. This holiday season also brings about the world’s largest migration of people, as millions traverse the globe to spend time with their family and friends.

Savvy advertisers worldwide can utilize the advanced tracking capabilities of the in-app environment to target these mobile users during this high-spend season — because no matter where APAC consumers may spend the holidays, they are sure to always have their smartphone by their side.

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Take Advantage of Advertising’s Greatest Opportunity This Christmas — Mobile In-App

Posted by Courtney Reich on October 23, 2017

As we approach the biggest consumer spending season of the year, brands and agencies cannot ignore the power of mobile. Mobile usage has been on the rise for years, and time spent on mobile now surpasses time spent on a desktop/laptop computer by more than one hour per day in the US.1 As a result, consumers will be using their mobile devices this Christmas shopping season to browse, research and purchase more than ever before.

This shift to mobile presents the greatest opportunity in the advertising world. So, as companies around the world increase their ad spending this holiday season, savvy advertisers should utilize mobile to get seen at impressive scale.

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App-Obsessed Millennials: The Darlings of Cyber Monday

Posted by Courtney Reich on October 16, 2017

Cyber Monday shattered mobile sales records last year to become the first day with over $1 billion in US sales on mobile devices alone.1 However, Cyber Monday is no longer just a 24-hour event, nor is it exclusive to the US. With week-long skyrocketing online and mobile sales in countries around the world, Cyber Monday (or should we say Cyber Week) has truly become a global phenomenon.

Millennials are the most mobile-first Cyber Monday shoppers, using their smartphone to find holiday deals more often than any other generation. But not all smartphone time is created equal — the majority of Millennials’ mobile minutes are spent in-app. This is great news for advertisers, as the in-app ecosystems allows for precision targeting at a level no other advertising medium can match.

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