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News Corp Launches New Ad Network to Take on Facebook/Google
January 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm

News Corp is taking aim at the digital-ad dominance of Google and Facebook with a new platform to let advertisers reach audiences across all of its online properties. The new platform, called News IQ, will pull audience data from sites like The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Barron's and give advertisers a way…

We’re Already Seeing the Fallout From Apple’s War on Cookies
January 2, 2018 at 12:58 pm

The predictions are now a stark reality. With its Q3 earnings release in early November, Criteo confirmed what until then had been only speculation: Apple’s new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, rolled out with the latest version of its Safari browser in September, is taking a heavy toll on retargeters and industry players that rely on…

A Bunch Of Digital Publishers Bought Cheap Traffic And Later Found Out It Was Fraudulent
January 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

This summer, Ozy.com, a news site that’s raised more than $35 million in funding from high-profile investors, published a group of articles in an ongoing series about how companies and entrepreneurs are trying to be a positive force in their communities. The content was created as part of a partnership with JPMorgan Chase, whose logo…

Why Marketers Can’t Count Out Print in 2018
December 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Media pundits like to claim that the magazine industry is failing and that print is an antiquated medium. True or not, the “print is dead” drumbeat inevitably taints the perception media buyers have of print as a viable marketing mechanism. Linda Thomas Brooks, president and CEO of the Association of Magazine Media (MPA), argues that…

Consulting Firms Will ‘Decimate’ Ad Agencies: Confessions of a Marketing Consultant
December 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

As management consultancies move further into the digital advertising arena, they will make a play for media buying budgets even if they won’t openly admit it. That is the view of a marketing consultant, who spoke as part of Digiday’s Confessions series, in which we exchange anonymity for candor. This person believes consulting firms are quietly…

What Publishers Need to Do About GDPR
November 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect May 25, 2018. That’s only six months away, but I’m surprised by how many publishers don’t know about GDPR, don’t think it affects them, or they think they’re compliant, but they’re not. We’d much rather focus on the fun part of publishing: creating great content,…

The Audience Engineers: How Programmatic Is Changing the Way Salespeople Work with Ad Operations
November 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Digital ad spending through programmatic channels continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to eMarketer, digital spending through programmatic channels will account for 78% of all digital revenue in 2017 from just 9% in 2011. Programmatic direct or private marketplace (PMP) transactions will account for 56% of that revenue this year. While programmatic advertising…

There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It
November 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

Yesterday I appeared on a panel about digital publishers who are ‘pivoting to video’. I’ve written about this before. But in case you’re new to it, there have been numerous cases over the last six months to a year in which digital publishers have announced either major job cuts or in some cases literally fired…

Facing Programmatic Ad Challenges, ThinkProgress Pursues Membership Revenue
November 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

Add ThinkProgress to the list of publishers hunting for reader revenue. On Oct. 30, the left-leaning publisher launched a campaign to sign up 1,000 people for a new membership program by year’s end. The program aims to offset losses from programmatic advertising that the publisher says come from being classified as a site that focuses on…