Conferences & Events

Take Us Back to Cannes Lions 2016

The week we spent in Cannes came and went but the memories we made and the people we met will be something we will always treasure. It was our first trip to the Cannes Lions Festival and we decided to do it the only way that felt right. By renting a yacht overlooking the Mediterranean Sea! Excursion was her name and she quickly became host to the series of incredible meetings and parties we hosted with eMarketer, The Drum, Brand Innovators and Masterclassing.  Besides the festival itself, the Port de Cannes is the place to be with a glass of French rose in hand mingling with industry peers. Just steps away from the Palais des Festivals where the event took place, we eventually found ourselves with a line of people ready to board Excursion. Cannes 2016 was an unbelievable experience that gave us the opportunity to network with people from all around the world. Even more so, it put GumGum on the international map and we made some outstanding friends along the way. We can’t wait for next year!











Tech All Hands

On Friday morning, April 1st, all fortysomething members of GumGum’s engineering teams met in the cheerfully lit–albeit narrow–hallway of Santa Monica’s Promenade Playhouse. The theater, a cozy creative hub for Los Angeles’s performing arts community, was our temporary stage for the next three hours, a whimsical, if not cheeky, collision of Silicon Beach’s technology scene and the rinky-dink charms of old-school theater.

A semi-annual event, the Tech All Hands is not so much a tradition steeped into our company culture as it is a necessary checkup among the teams that fall under the “technology” umbrella at GumGum. It’s a showcase of our hard-earned accomplishments and a nod toward what is to come. Even though GumGum operates with minimal walls and maximum transparency between all employees, it is still easy to work with buried heads in the sand when we are so passionate about and focused on our individual projects. The Tech All Hands is when we share the why’s of where we’ve invested our time into and collaborate on ways in which we can recalibrate moving forward.

Fueled by the smoky bite of morning’s first coffee, team leads from Product to Big Data gave their peers an insightful look into what they’ve been brewing behind the curtain. Some highlights include a unified design/UI framework for our products and a brand new avails system that gives us much more accurate inventory forecasting for projected ad impressions. Perhaps most exciting has been our aggressive innovations in image technology. Through machine learning and extensive algorithm work, we are now able to recognize faces in images. Our Image Scientists have also designed a system from which we will house all of our recognition technology (such as our ability to accurately distinguish brand logos…and cats!).

Under the beam of red and green lights, the slideshow presentations were a performance in reassurance that we’ve done a lot, but also a motivating nudge to remind us that we can never stop fighting the good fight for more.

See you again in six months!

Tech All Hands

GumGum & Cassandra: A Match Made in Data Heaven

GumGum loves Cassandra and we want everyone to know. Since adopting the database along with other big names like Netflix and Apple, Cassandra has made life at GumGum much easier. That’s why we are sending Big Data Engineer, Mario Lazaro to share what some may call a data love story at the 2015 Cassandra Summit on September 24th.

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For those who are unfamiliar, Apache Cassandra otherwise known as Cassandra, is the project child of Facebook originally intended for their own use before releasing to the public in 2010. It has since become the top data management system and for GumGum, as Mario puts it, “easier to play with.” Simply put, Cassandra’s operational simplicity fits our data universe of images, pages, visitors and ad performance data.

Mario has been in the front seat at GumGum as we implemented Cassandra worldwide. It’s currently in four of our datacenters so far: San Francisco, Ireland and two in Virginia. Global domination here we come! This is also Mario’s third time speaking at a Cassandra event. His goal this time is to explain how we went about using the database globally. With over 3,500 people expected to attend, this will be their largest gathering to date. Here at GumGum, it’s all about spreading the good word.

The 2015 Cassandra Summit is held on September 22nd – 24th in Santa Clara, CA. For more information on the summit and how to attend visit,

A Sneak Peak of Upcoming Engineering MeetUp with the LA Tech Community


At GumGum, we encourage one another to share with the advertising and technology communities the knowledge gained from our everyday experiences on the job. Our engineers often write whitepapers and present to the local tech community at events and MeetUps in Santa Monica.

This week, DevOps Engineer Florian Dambrine will present Ansible with GumGum where he will share tips, tricks and best practices about the powerful IT automation tool. We encourage you to swing by, listen and talk about your experiences using Ansible.

In honor of Florian’s upcoming presentation, we decided to ask him some questions about his experience at GumGum and working with Ansible.

What is your role at GumGum?

My job consists of automating any kind of Big Data technology we are using at GumGum. I am also responsible for the production systems we are running in the AWS cloud. My job allows me to work closely with the Software Engineering team to provide them with robust systems that fit their needs.

Why would you say GumGum is different than any other digital advertising company?

I joined GumGum as employee number 30. Just a year and a half later, we have over tripled our headcount and we’ve adapted very well to such incredible growth. A way in which GumGum is special is that we have leveraged the latest and greatest open source technologies in order to deal with the complex obstacles brought on by our spectacular growth.

How would you explain Ansible to a non-engineer?

In order to run an application or a website on a server, the operating system needs to be configured and installed properly. Decades ago, system administrators were doing this configuration manually by running commands on the server itself and going through all of them one by one… Nowadays, tools like Ansible allow you to write codes that define the state that a server needs to reach in order to be ready to host an application or even deploy the application itself. The main purpose of using a configuration management tool like Ansible is to convert your infrastructure as code. Thanks to this concept, you can run the same code against multiple servers simultaneously and you know by fact that they will be installed and configured in the same way. You do not even need to connect to remote servers you just run code against them.

Can you give us a sneak peak about what you will discuss at your Ansible MeetUp?

During this Ansible talk I will share tips, tricks, best practices, observations, and feedback from using Ansible at GumGum. I will first introduce general facts about Ansible and then go over 10 useful tips that we have discovered while using Ansible. I am really excited about sharing what I have learned with the Los Angeles tech community before I move back to France!

Why do you love working at GumGum?

At GumGum, anyone has the opportunity to submit and develop his or her own ideas. Everyone at some point will be able to lead a project from the beginning to the end.

Can you give an example of a project you led from start to finish?

I had a chance to lead multiple projects. Ansible is actually a great example because I introduced the technology one year ago and started this platform myself from scratch. Today we’re a team of 3 DevOps engineers working with Ansible everyday. We are capable of automating and managing 500 servers every day thanks to 60 Ansible automations.

Describe your perfect day.

A perfect day for me is a day where I work on upgrading GumGum’s production heart systems. I love challenging myself with production especially when these modifications need to be done without any downtime. I love having to act quickly and working closely with coworkers.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am French, I never go out without my longboard and I have walked across a 450-foot slackline.

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GumGum Talks Advertising Week on Fox

Our founder and CEO Ophir Tanz made an appearance on Fox Business Channel’s Risk & Reward with Dierdre Bolton this week to discuss Advertising Week, the growth of GumGum and the role of in-image ads in the rapidly changing digital advertising industry.

In addition to lending his perspective on the news and industry buzz happening across hundreds of events taking place in New York this week, the interview highlighted GumGum’s role in Advertising Week as a sponsor of the annual IAB MIXX conference, the Mobile Media Summit and the Brand Innovators dinner.

Click here to watch the entire segment, which originally aired on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

GumGum Image Scientists Present at IPCV

In a testament to our deep understanding of images, GumGum’s image science team has co-authored a paper delving into the technology behind our recent hair color detection campaign for L’Oreal Paris. This image recognition technology was used by L’Oreal to dynamically target product ads based on hair color and hair volume identified in photos of faces for its Ombre campaign. Our image scientists, Cambron Carter and Dan Rosen, presented their “Automated Hair Color Determination” paper in Las Vegas at the Image Processing, Computer Vision conference this past week. The paper presents their approach and results when using the newly developed image recognition technology. If you are interested and/or scientifically inclined, you can read the full text of the paper here.

GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award

  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award
  • GumGum Wins Prestigious Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award

For a company that prides itself on innovation, we could not be more proud of being awarded the Los Angeles Business Journal‘s 2013 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award. The prestigious honor celebrates organizations that stretch boundaries and advance the innovative and economic competitiveness of the Los Angeles region. GumGum was among five companies to receive the honor from among more than 200 nominees and 15 finalists. A complete overview of the awards and all of the winners is part of a spread in this week’s issue of the Journal.

For the press release of this announcement, click here.


Cat’s Pride Case Study Featured at ad:tech

We couldn’t be more proud to present our campaign for Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light® cat litter at ad:tech San Francisco this week. During the session, “Native Ads, Images and New Must-Haves in the Media Plan,” GumGum SVP of Marketing, Tony Winders and our client, Bob Tacy, SVP of Digital Media at Doner, will present how in-image advertising put Cat’s Pride® directly in front of cat enthusiasts.

Other panelists include Dave Martin, SVP of Media for Ignited; Julie Jensen, Sr. Group Manager of Media for The Clorox Co.; Gyro Executive Creative Director Steffan Postaer; and Sharethrough Co-Founder and CEO Dan Greenberg. We’re looking forward to hearing these other experts’ views, especially in light of our post on native advertising last week.

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The Cat’s Pride® campaign was one of GumGum’s most successful ever, boasting an overall click-through rate of 1.18
percent. Upon interacting with the creative, consumers were taken to a video light box overlay that
achieved a 50 percent completion rate and a 4.22 percent CTR to the official Cat’s Pride® website.

Fresh and Light Creative

To download the complete Cat’s Pride® case study, click here. For a look at other GumGum campaigns,
visit our creative gallery.

GumGum Speaks at Digiday Publishing Summit

Is it really almost November? Yes, it’s the time of year for pumpkins, trick or treating, and those crisp fall nights, but also the time of year when the world’s top digital publishers gather in Florida for Digiday’s Publishing Summit! For the second year in a row, GumGum’s publisher solutions team ventured east for the Summit, which was held from October 21-23 in West Palm Beach.

The theme for this year’s Summit was “The Publisher Transformed,” specifically how digital media has upended the traditional publishing model while simultaneously creating new opportunities for publishers nimble enough to seize upon them.

On Day 1, Jason Seiken, SVP of Interactive at PBS, discussed how his team created a “revolution” within their organization by embracing social media and online video to engage younger audiences with viral content such as the “Mr. Rogers Remixed” video. Featuring an auto-tuned Mr. Rogers rapping over electronic beats, the video immediately shot to #1 on YouTube following its release and currently has over seven million views.

Gustav von Sydow of Stockholm-based business intelligence platform Burt also discussed “native advertising,” making the point that advertising in fashion magazines such as Vogue can be considered native since it is indistinguishable from the magazine’s content, and that a similar experience can be created online by integrating ads into content. Not only does Burt have a cool product, but their presentation made a great case for why in-image advertising is such an effective solution for both advertisers and publishers.

On Day 2, I presented a short “tech talk” on GumGum’s in-image ad platform, and how premium publishers are using it to monetize their photo traffic. The audience at DPS was interested in learning more about the level of user engagement with in-image ads, and I was happy to take a deeper dive into some of the numbers we have been seeing, such as CTRs five to ten times higher than standard banner ads and 23 percent higher brand recall among users who are exposed to three in-image ads.

From a GumGum perspective, perhaps the most noteworthy take-away from this year’s DPS was that in-image advertising is now thoroughly entrenched among premium publishers, and widely deployed as a powerful tool for driving incremental revenue. The attendees at the event included representatives from numerous GumGum partners, such as Meredith, Alloy Digital, Tribune Company, New York Daily News, Cox Media Group and Internet Brands.

Altogether, the summit was a great opportunity to hear how the industry’s top publishers are innovating and growing in the digital space, connect with our premier partners for three days of networking and fun, and spread the word on how GumGum’s products are helping publishers “transform” their businesses online!

Deep in the Heart of Texas!

As part of our push to formally introduce GumGum to the digital advertising industry, we’re proud to have partnered closely with iMedia Communications to participate in its various Summit events throughout the second half of 2012.

GumGum had quite a presence at the recent iMedia Breakthrough Summit, held at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Austin. As the official Summit Coverage Sponsor, we kicked off our new “Ads that stick.” display campaign and worked closely with the iMedia team to create the first in-image trade campaign of its kind, where our own in-image ads appear on photos taken throughout the event.
Our Spotlight Presentation, which you can download here, was also well received, with lots of thoughtful questions and interest from the brands and agencies in attendance. iMedia wrote a great summary of the presentation and our CEO, Ophir Tanz was interviewed by Bethany Simpson about the rise of images and the increasing interest in image-based advertising among marketers.
While there are rumored to be images and video of certain GumGum executives riding a mechanical bull somewhere on 6th Street in Austin, we’ll save those for a Facebook post or blackmail leverage for another time.