Ad Technology

How Google's Cookie Restrictions Could Benefit Advertisers and Publishers
May 13, 2019 at 11:18 am

Google is always working to ensure as many consumer eyeballs as possible remain on its platforms. This truism holds the first obvious benefit for advertisers — a captive audience. And that audience is the major thing to remember for marketers who are upset about losing third-party tracking capabilities on Chrome later this year. Pushing Google…

5 Ways Publisher Technology Lags & Hurts Monetization
April 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm

The publishing space is one of the most rapidly evolving markets across the digital landscape. Unlike the majority of the platforms hosted online, publishers rank on top alongside ecommerce and SaaS when it comes to traffic spikes, fine-tuning ROI opportunities, and constant innovation in a red ocean of ad networks, browser updates, malicious iframes, and…

Lessons from the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit: Diversify & Invest in Quality Content
April 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. It was Gibson who coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story Burning Chrome. He is also responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which I often used to open my lectures in the…

How Push Notifications Are Exposing Readers to a New Breed of Cyber Attack
April 1, 2019 at 11:10 am

It should come as no surprise to anyone involved in the digital advertising ecosystem that fraudsters are always looking for new methods to target users with sophisticated digital attacks. As soon as innovative new ways of engaging with users are developed, cyber criminals aren’t far behind with a method for exploiting these innovations, particularly when…

4 Steps to Reinvigorate Sales & Radically Transform the Publishing Business
March 27, 2019 at 11:53 am

Steady decline in readership and advertising revenue are the current operating environment for local and specialty publishing. According to News Media Alliance and Pew Research Center,  advertising revenue for publicly traded publishers declined roughly 30% from 2013 to 2017. That represents billions of dollars in lost revenue. Apple News launched during this same period, promising…

Media Pitch: How Blockthrough Helps Publishers Recover Millions in Ad Revenue
March 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Ad blockers have grown into a massive problem for online publishers. Some analysts estimate that by 2020, publishers will lose nearly $75 billion annually to ad blockers. This movement is fueled by users’ exasperation with intrusive ad experiences and growing privacy concerns. Despite user backlash, online advertising is not going the way of the dodo,…

New Privacy Regulations Coming Your Way: California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
March 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Have you recovered from last spring’s GDPR adrenaline rush yet? Everybody in publishing was nervous about finding the right way to comply with new European privacy regulations. It did not seem like there was one clear path to compliance. As much anxiety as GDPR regulations provoked, that may soon look like the good old days.…

Condé Nast Positions its Video Offering as a Respite from Brand Safety Crises
March 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

Advertisers flock to platforms like Facebook and YouTube for their extensive reach and mounds of data. Condé Nast is saying they have all that and more. In December 2017, the legacy publisher launched Condé Nast Prime, a suite of cross-platform video content. The company has since been trying to educate the…

YouTube’s Brand-Safety Woes Give Publishers a Boost in Selling Video Ads Directly
February 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

To avoid future brand-safety embarrassments, agencies are increasingly looking to buy directly from premium-quality content owners on YouTube. “We are seeing a huge increase in demand from agencies in our own YouTube inventory bought directly at meaningful CPMs,” said a publishing executive at a major media owner. Although YouTube…