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.
Conferences & Events
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.
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.
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.
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!
by Tony Winders, SVP of Marketing
The GumGum team was out in full force during Advertising Week in New York, participating in digital related events (and yes, the parties!), taking client meetings and spending valuable time with our out of town colleagues.
As the newest member of the IAB, we were proud to introduce GumGum to the publishers, brands and agencies in attendance. In addition to our pole position in the exhibit hall, GumGum founder and CEO Ophir Tanz presented a workshop on in-image advertising. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our clients, Melissa Davis of Entertainment One Films and Dave Armenia of Starpulse. Having them at our side was great validation of our in-image advertising platform from both the advertiser and publisher perspective. l related events (and yes, the parties!), taking client meetings and spending valuable time with our out of town colleagues.
Stay tuned for more events and coverage of GumGum’s splash on the advertising scene in the coming weeks!
In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the action from this year’s IAB Mixx Expo:
With the distinguished honor of co-sponsoring the inaugural Digiday Brand Conference on Wednesday afternoon, GumGum’s New York team, led by CEO Ophir Tanz, made an immediate splash on the scene amongst several hundred attendees from numerous emerging
The conference, held at the prestigious and chic W Hotel New York, featured guest speakers presenting the most innovative services and products to hit the technology scene along with showcasing industry progressing topics of discussion through one-on-one interviews with top executives from several brands sponsoring the event.
GumGum was one of the several sponsors this year and Ophir had the distinct privilege to step up to the podium and demonstrate GumGum’s services, abilities and advantages to all those in attendance and those watching the conference live via LiveStream.com, one of the leading DBC sponsors of the afternoon.
After his brief introduction of GumGum and subsequent demonstration, Ophir was invited to a Q&A session alongside Goldspot, another sponsored company at the conference.
Adding to the glory was an article published by the Wall Street Journal that publicized GumGum and explained its pioneering role of in-image advertising and its evolving need in the advertising industry.
Overall, the event brought excellent exposure to GumGum and other top notch technologically advancing brands of the world and we couldn’t be any happier for the immense help and dedication both our team in NY and our SVP of Marketing, Tony Winders had achieved through their efforts to make this event one of the greatest moments in GumGum history.
Check out Ophir’s speech by following this link:
Make sure to see Ophir’s Q&A session here:
Don’t forget to read the WSJ article, featuring GumGum and in-image advertising, by clicking here:
To see a visual recap of the conference, follow this link:
We always love to hear from you. Sound off in the comments!
By Vaibhav Puranik, Prinicpal Engineer
Usually our CTO Ken Weiner never refuses to go to the usual GumGum afternoon coffee walk at 3:30. But on that day, something was fishy. He refused. When I came back I saw him salivating at the screen. I walked to his desk and he quickly pointed me to a website on his screen. Then he uttered the following words – ‘Realtime Data’!
Being an engineer at heart, I got overjoyed with the prospects of doing challenging work. The next task was to find the frameworks that would help us materialize the dream of Realtime data. We decided on Kafka, the distributed publish-subscribe messaging system, pretty quickly.
Developed by engineers at LinkedIn, the makers of Kafka believed that sequential disk access can be sometimes faster than RAM! And they designed this robust and distributed high performance publish-subscribe messaging system.
Kafka uses ZooKeeper for coordination. On the production side, one can avoid going through ZooKeeper by simply putting a load balancer in between the producer and the brokers.
That’s what we decided to do at GumGum.
At consumer side the coordination is important and hence the zookeeper consumer base is a better choice unless you have a single consumer or your own coordination system.
Kafka created multipe streams of events. Now we needed some framework to process this stream. Initially we contemplated using simple Groovy scripts to consume Kafka events. We already have a system that consumes events from Amazon SQS. A server starts 10 of these scripts (and sometimes more). But there were many issues with the system. We didn’t have a mechanism to divide code into logical blocks. Additionally, there was no container for the scripts and there was no coordination system.
Meanwhile, we had started hearing about Storm from friends and the big data community. The very first presentation I attended at 2012 Hadoop Summit was Nathan Marz’s presentation on Storm. By then, I had started playing with Storm. The presentation was jam packed. People were already talking about storm being the next big thing in the big data world at the conference. I was sold. We decided to go for Storm.
Storm is especially designed for processing unending streams. It offers parallalized processing framework and has concept of Spouts and Bolts. Spout connects with Kafka, SQS and JMS-like systems to emit ‘Tuples’. These tuples can then be processed in one or more bolts. Each bolt is a processing unit. Bolts can be chained. You can process the tuple in a bolt and then choose to forward it in a different or the same form for the next bolt. You can chain as many bolts as you want. Since the bolt is a generic construct, you are not required to break your problem in constructs such as Map and Reduce. The best part is that Bolts offer flexible constructs for processing data. You can also do some fancy routing of the tuples with grouping and so much more.
Recently, Nathan Marz has introduced Trident – a higher level of abstraction built on top of Storm. Instead of thinking about bolts an spouts, Trident offers a higher level of abstraction that any competitor. You can have all sorts of operations such as Suming, Counting, Reducers and Aggregations, all by using Trident. GumGum has tried one Trident Topology so far, but I would consider it as a work in progress.
GumGum is currenlty routing approximately 100 million events per day through Kafka and Storm. Our internal customers have started using real time data and the topologies, along with the Kafka cluster are pretty stable. We have a three node (m1.small) Kafka cluster and a three node (c1.xlarge) Storm cluster. Both clusters are underutilized and we have plans to use Kafka + Storm in the future.
It has become very easy to add a new topic or new consumers for the same topic. And compared to MapReduce, development with Storm is much easier than ever before. You can debug your topology by running it locally! With Map Reduce, you cannot easily debug your jobs in eclipse unless you are using Karmaspehere or a similar tool.
I gave a talk recently at Los Angeles Hadoop Users Group describing all of the above in much more detail. The audience was enthusiastic and asked lots of really interesting questions.
You can read much more about our big data experience at my blog.
Let’s us know what you think about this big data experiment…will you give it a go? Sound off in the comments below!
The hotbed of new-aged technology startups were on display this past Thursday in their current homeland of sunny Silicon Beach, Calif., amidst some of the stiffest competition of newcomers to hit the tech startup industry at this summer’s Tech Crawl event, hosted by TechZulu.
Stylized in the traditional staging of historic pub crawls, TechZulu’s own historic event featured nearly 400 attendees from the various participating startups spread throughout Silicon Beach. One of which was, yours truly, GumGum.
The whole GumGum team participated in this mega event and even represented the company with specially designed t-shirts displaying the company logo. Not to mention, they displayed something entirely of their own: proud and loud smiles all around.
From the crowd’s reaction, this summer’s TZ Tech Crawl event became a smash hit with all in attendance, as well as placing itself as one of the top gathering events for tech startups for years to come.
For a quick recap of Tech Zulu’s Tech Crawl summer event, read more here: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/179792/tz-tech-crawl-takes-participants-on-a-tour-of-sili.html
To see pics of GumGum at the event be sure to check out our Facebook page’s Tech Crawl album:
And don’t forget to check out the host company for further information and news on upcoming events: http://www.techzulu.com/
Sound off in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you!
Tomorrow marks a year to the day of the Mayan 2012 prophecies. A New Age interpretation of this transition is that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era.
Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth’s collision with a black hole, passing asteroid or a planet called “Nibiru”.
Everyone around the web will be posting images and discussing their thoughts on this phenomenon, so make sure that your 2012 images are alt text labeled correctly for better in-image ad targeting.