Ad Technology

To Grow Print Revenue, Give Advertisers What They Want: Data-Driven Targeting
July 16, 2018 at 10:47 am

There’s an old saying that, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I goofed. I’ve been advocating the use of a “hammer” to help magazines reverse a decade-long advertising slump. I should have been talking about what we need to build. What the magazine industry needs to focus…

Dire Predictions Aside, GDPR Didn’t Kill Ad Retargeting (It’s Growing)
July 9, 2018 at 11:02 am

Europe’s far-reaching data privacy law was meant to be the end of ad retargeting, but the early signs suggest it’s still going strong. Six weeks after the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation, spending on retargeting is rising, according to several advertising executives. In the case of three of those executives, who all spoke…

Publishers Can Grab More Programmatic Brand Spend by Focusing on Quality Inventory
June 8, 2018 at 9:06 am

After a decade of lagging behind the rise of digital content consumption, the floodgates on digital ad spend opened wide around 2012. Much of this has been due to a tide of brand dollars flowing through automated pipes, with eMarketer estimating that over four in five US digital display dollars will be spent on programmatic…

Apple Can Succeed In Ads Without Sharing Data
June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Apple is reportedly headed once more into the fray with the launch of a contextual ad network that could include inventory from Pinterest, Snap and a collective of other apps in the App Store. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, may seem strange in light of macro events like Facebook’s data scandal and…

Apple Says it is ‘Shutting Down’ Tracking From Like & Share Buttons and Conversation Platforms
June 6, 2018 at 11:11 am

Apple further entrenched its strategic positioning as privacy protector against the ad tech ecosystem at WWDC, its annual developer conference, on Monday. Apple is taking aim at Facebook’s Like buttons, Disqus comments widgets and other third-party APIs that can be used for data collection, tracking and ad targeting. Last year, Apple shrugged at industry pushback that…

The Top Technologies Publishers Will Buy in 2018
May 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Media executives reveal which technologies they plan to buy this year and why, exhibiting a more audience-centric approach than recent years and an overall desire to take back control of their own destinies.

Facebook and Google Dominate Online Ads. Can Alliances Between News Publishers Compete?
May 25, 2018 at 10:32 am

Digital advertising revenue, dominated by giants like Google and Facebook, is on course to track above $335 billion by 2020, or about the same as the GDP of Ireland. One researcher has estimated that Facebook and Google draw around 85 percent of total digital ad revenue worldwide. Google alone will continue to channel…

Amazon Retargeting to Challenge Google
May 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

Amazon retargeting may happen soon, taking on Google for market share. Amazon is testing the product with “select merchants” this month

Publishers Try to Use Ad Annoyance as a Lure to Subscribers
May 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

Publishers hunting for subscribers like to say they’re delivering an experience worth paying for. Increasingly, that’s starting to mean “one that has no mobile ads.” Over the past few months,  Salon Media Group and Gannett have all begun offering ad-free versions of their mobile apps to subscribers. For Gannett’s USA Today app users, an ads-free experience is…

Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns
May 21, 2018 at 11:11 am

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has agreed to meet with a group of publishers next week at four of its global offices to discuss their concerns about its preparations for Europe’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. Some publishers have been critical of Google’s stance on the sweeping new data-protection law…