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Walmart Gives Brands More Control over Sponsored Product Ads

Walmart Gives Brands More Control over Sponsored Product Ads

Retail marketplaces are following Amazon’s example by seeking greater revenue from advertising. Today, the Walmart Advertising Partners program launched to help brands who advertise on its platform.

The company announced: “Today, we’re kicking off 2020 with the launch of our Walmart Advertising Partners program to expand advertisers’ direct access to their Sponsored Products campaigns, a bidded auction-based marketplace, giving them more transparency and control. Brands will now be able to increase visibility with Walmart’s diverse, sizable audience of shoppers.”

The first participants in the program are Flywheel Digital, Kenshoo, Pacvue and Teikametrics. Walmart called its new partners “leading advertising technology platforms with deep search experience, brand-friendly UIs and a proven history of empowering brands through excellent advisory service and account support.”

Lex Josephs, Vice President Sales and Media Partnerships, made the announcement on the Walmart newsroom. She cited Walmart’s acquisition of Polymorph as key to the company’s efforts to build a robust in-house ad offering, and said the company had also brought on new executives and engineers.

“With 90 percent of America shopping at Walmart every year and nearly 160 million visitors to our stores and website every week, Walmart Media Group enables brands to reach more customers at scale and measure advertising effectiveness across the entire shopping journey,” Josephs said.

AdExchanger delved into what the news meant for advertisers, explaining they are eager to diversify (alluding to Amazon’s dominance), but also citing the need for Walmart to provide more data to help advertisers target their ads.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.