Ad Technology

Google's Proposed Changes to Chrome Could Weaken Ad Blockers
January 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

THE WEB CAN be an annoying and creepy place. Big animated ads try to distract you from what you’re reading, while ads for products you’ve already bought stalk you. That’s led many people to install ad blockers or other tools to inhibit websites from tracking them. According to a survey by…

The Metric Every Publisher Should Use in 2019: “Revenue at Risk”
January 24, 2019 at 10:28 am

I was recently speaking with the head of operations at a large news publisher about their 2019 advertising strategy. His company is focused on a mix of initiatives, from private marketplace deals to video to better viewability metrics. What immediately became clear was that in order for these goals to be met, everyone across the…

MediaPitch: Indigo Trigger Aims to Streamline Operations for Media Companies
January 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

Workflow inefficiency has emerged as a clear hurdle for media companies as product portfolios have become more diversified and content platforms have multiplied, complicating sales, ad, and production operations. These operations inefficiencies become a tax on publishers’ resources and revenue, and strip bandwidth from other value-creating efforts. Indigo Trigger aims to tackle the problems caused…

The Top 12 Media Tech Stories We Published in 2018
January 3, 2019 at 10:04 am

From examining the tools needed to capitalize on the subscription boon to exploring how publishers might adapt to voice-driven web experiences, we covered digital media technology from a lot of angles in 2018. Below is a rundown of the top technology posts we published in 2018 from the standpoint of what saw the most audience…

Newsonomics: 18 Lessons for the News Business from 2018
January 2, 2019 at 11:19 am

We live in transgressive, new-Orwellian times. Fact has been subverted by forces beyond our imagination, both newly minted and old school. Truth, elusive truth, is now in the mind of the subscriber. Yes, it is subscribers, along with their digital payments, who are transforming what’s working best…

Challenges, Missteps and Hope Abound for Digital Media
December 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Legacy media players may be having their first moment of schadenfreude in a long time as the youths of digital content get their own turns at struggle and uncertainty. About 20 years into the Internet and print publications, the relatively few that survived the shift to digital life anyway, have already been put through the revenue ringer — forced to rut out new sources of cash,…

3 Smart Ways Publishers Can Better Capitalize on Data
December 20, 2018 at 10:23 am

Most publishers are putting a greater emphasis on gathering and analyzing audience data so they can serve well-qualified leads to advertisers. For example, Conde Nast is enabling advertisers to market against audience content engagement analytics, incorporate their own first-party data, and build lookalike audiences through Conde Nast’s Spire data management platform. Conde Nast can tell…

B2B Programmatic Ad Sales & the BPA Media Exchange
December 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Programmatic advertising accounts for more than 80% of digital advertising sales today, and rising, according to all reports. Yet only a virtual handful of B2B publishers have been making or accepting programmatic sales. Is this a giant missed opportunity hiding in plain sight? Programmatic is an inevitability, whether or not an unqualified opportunity. The overwhelming…

First-Party Data Will Be Increasingly Valuable to Marketers. Publishers Must Step Up.
December 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

It’s been a busy fall. We held two FUSE summits in the past two months – FUSE Media and FUSE Digital Marketing, which focused on digital technology adoption strategies for publishers and brands respectively. Hosting these two executive summits provides a unique view of each side of the digital marketing ecosystem. There are some ground…

As Programmatic Ad Revenue Grows, Publishers Adapt Sales Team Structures
December 5, 2018 at 10:46 am

A publisher’s direct salesperson convinces an advertiser to include a programmatic buy as part of a larger package. After that campaign is completed, the advertiser agrees to a separate private marketplace deal that is managed by one of the publisher’s programmatic specialists. For the latter deal, should…