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Full IAB taxonomy for content classification now available

The surge of content marketing, based on the creation and distribution of valuable content, is a reality. The objective is no longer solely to advertise but to engage and offer valuable experiences to the market as well. In this context, precision in content classification is becoming essential. And that’s why we implemented a new automatic content classifier according to the full IAB taxonomy.

Therefore, since including tier 3 of the content taxonomy to the categorization categories of our IAB model last year, we have chosen to complement it by providing the complete ontology. In line with the Content Taxonomy, published in 2017 and updated in 2020 by the IAB Tech Lab (Interactive Advertising Bureau), this classification includes the remaining 60 categories that make up tier 4.  A total categorization of over 698 categories, hierarchized into four tiers, is thus, offered. We have kept the unique identifier that IAB assigns to each one of its categories, as well as their name, through which its parent categories can be found.

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A Quick Introduction to Brand Monitoring and Brand Protection

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by David Bitton, Product Manager at Webhose.io]

Organizations should never underestimate the power of their brand. What starts out as a name, logo, vision, mission statement, website, and perhaps a few employees start to form an organization’s identity. As an organization grows, all of these key parts evolve over time to help customers identify the brand.

But a brand is more than its identity. A brand should evoke emotion from its customers – ideally a positive one – creating brand loyalty and repeat purchases of its goods or products. Loyal customers also refer the brand to friends, family, and acquaintances.

In today’s digital age, building and maintaining a strong brand is so important that brand monitoring plays a crucial role in organizations’ marketing strategy. However, with the rise of the dark web, brand monitoring has evolved to now include Digital Risk Protection. DRP protects the brand’s digital assets from various malicious actors intent on causing the brand and its reputation significant damage.

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IAB Taxonomy Level 3 now available in our Deep Categorization API

IAB - Interactive Advertising BureauDigital marketing is becoming a fundamental pillar, by leaps and bounds, in the business plans of practically every business model. Methods are being refined and the search for the connection between brand and user is expected to become increasingly more precise: a related advertisement is no longer sufficient, now the advertisement must appear at the right time and in the right place. This is where categorization proves to be an exceedingly useful tool.

That is why, at MeaningCloud, we have improved our IAB categorization model in English, that is integrated in our Deep Categorization API:

  • Adding a third level of content taxonomy to the hierarchy of categories (IAB Taxonomy Level 3).
  • Improving the precision of pre-existing categories.
  • Including the unique identifiers defined by IAB itself for each of the categories.

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Use of Text Analytics in Marketing Research

With this post, we start a series dedicated to the use of our Text Analytics technology in the field of R&D in different sectors. This post is dedicated to the use of Text Analytics in Marketing Research.  First of all, we would like to thank the researchers who have selected our services (within a wide range of competitors) as a basis for their research or innovation projects.

Marketing Research

The applications of Text Analytics in marketing are countless. That is why more and more companies are using these tools, starting with giants like Nielsen or TNS. Text analysis driven by natural language processing (NLP) is helping to transform digital marketing strategies. There are several uses for it in the company: evaluating marketing impact, optimizing customer service and SEO, making the most of influencer marketing, and significantly improving social listening. We will elaborate on this last topic in a future post.

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Communication during the Coronavirus (I): Thematic analysis in Spanish digital news media

While it is obvious that the priority during this pandemic is to cure the sick, to prevent new cases from surfacing and to ensure there are economic and social measures in place to help the people and businesses most afflicted overcome the current situation; without a doubt, in the near future, the analysis of content related to the coronavirus that has been generated by the media and social network users will be the object of research for numerous disciplines such as sociology, philology, linguistics, audio-visual communication, and politics, to name a few.

At MeaningCloud we want to do our bit in this area, by applying our experience and our Text Analytics solutions to analyze the enormous volume of information in natural language, in Spanish and in other languages, in Spain and in other countries, given that, unfortunately, this is a global crisis.

This first article in the series centers on the thematic analysis of content that has been generated in Spanish by digital media platforms in Spain over the last month, how it has evolved during this period of time and the informative positioning of the main media platforms in Spain.

These other articles (only available, at the moment, in Spanish) analyse conversation topics on Twitter in Spain (both from the hashtags and general topics perspective and also applying a specific thematic categorization) and the linguistic analysis of presidential speeches related to this crisis.

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Updated version of the IAB model in the Deep Categorization API

IAB - Interactive Advertising Bureau

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is perhaps the most influential organization in the online advertising business and, currently, brings together more than 650 leading companies in the industry that control 86% of the U.S. market. With a strong presence in the rest of the industrialized world as well, today IAB has become a standard for content classification, especially in fields with strong ties to the digital economy and new social media.

In fact, IAB promotes advertising techniques like behavioral targeting, which allows advertisers to direct marketing campaigns to specific users (according to their age, place of residence, political views, interests, etc.) and thus increase their effectiveness. What’s more, the organization is making consistent progress in the field of geotargeting, an area of digital marketing that is on the rise thanks to the unprecedented diffusion of mobile devices connected to the Internet and the latest advances in Internet-of-things technologies. Continue reading


Automatic IAB tagging enables semantic ad targeting

Our Text Classification API supports IAB’s standard contextual taxonomy, enabling content tagging in compliance with this model in large volumes and with great speed, and easing the participation in the new online advertising ecosystem. The result is the impression of ads in the most appropriate context, with higher performance and brand protection for advertisers.

What is IAB’s contextual classification and what is it good for

The IAB QAG contextual taxonomy was initially developed by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) as the center of its Quality Assurance Guidelines program, whose aim was to promote the advertised brands’ safety, assuring advertisers that their ads would not appear in a context of inappropriate content. The QAG program provided certification opportunities for all kinds of agents in the digital advertising value chain, from ad networks and exchanges to publishers, supply-side platforms (SSPs), demand-side platforms (DSPs), and agency trading desks (ATDs).

The Quality Assurance Guidelines serve as a self-regulation framework to guarantee advertisers that their brands are safe, enhance the advertisers’ control over the placement and context of their ads, and offers transparency to the marketplace by standardizing the information flowing among agents. All this, by providing a clear, common language that describes the characteristics of the advertising inventory and the transactions across the advertising value chain.

Essentially, the contextual taxonomy serves to tag content and is made of standard Tiers, 1 and 2 – specifying, respectively, the general category of the content and a set of subcategories nested under this main category – and a third Tier (or more) that can be defined by each organization. The following pictures represent those standard tiers.
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