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Joe Wikert is Publishing President at Our Sunday Visitor (www.osv.com). Before joining OSV Joe was Director of Strategy and Business Development at Olive Software. Prior to Olive Software he was General Manager, Publisher, & Chair of the Tools of Change (TOC) conference at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he managed each of the editorial groups at O’Reilly as well as the Microsoft Press team and the retail sales organization. Before joining O’Reilly Joe was Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in their P/T division.

Back in May, MediaMath, Acxiom/LiveRamp, Index Exchange, Live Intent, and a few other prominent, non-Google/non-Facebook, ad technology players made an eye-opening statement by announcing their intention to create a “Coalition for Open IDs.” Their goal is to create a single universal ID that connects someone’s identity across all devices and participating providers. Not much has…

Innovation often yields our toughest publishing challenges. Ad fraud, fake news, and ad blocking are three examples that stem from one such disruption: The prevalence of programmatic advertising. Ad fraud is probably the most pernicious culprit. It stems from sites, stuffed with programmatic ads, that attract bot traffic to yield false impressions, generating income that…

Jeff Bezos has been getting some pretty decent PR recently and not just around his transformation from mild-mannered bookseller to muscled-bound Master of the Universe. If you see the no-longer-nerdy CEO’s style shift as a corporate metaphor, Amazon has gone from selling books online to selling whatever the hell it wants. The world’s retailers and…

Several years ago, I had a transformative experience surrounding lead generation. At the time, I worked for Edgell Communications and a good portion of our online business was driven by lead-gen programs. We were proud of our programs. We had a new platform. We delivered quality results. Our business was growing. But, as I sat…

Programmatic fraud steals money from publishers’ pockets every minute and if we’re being honest, no one’s really sure what to do about it. Spoofed inventory is one of fraud’s most pervasive formats. With this, impressions on exchanges look like they’re from legitimate publishers but actually represent fake, low-quality inventory. Google recently ran experiments to measure…

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