Ad Technology

What Publishers Need to Know about Google AMP
February 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), an open source initiative with the goal of speeding up the mobile web, officially launched today. The open-source program promises to reduce load times and optimize news articles for mobile reading. “An AMP page is four times faster and 10 times less data,” said Richard Gingras, senior director of news…

The New York Times Might Ban Visitors Who Use Ad Blockers
February 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson did not mince words Tuesday when talking about ad blocking, which has been causing more than a few headaches for publishers. During a keynote discussion at Social Media Week in New York, Thompson compared using ad blockers to stealing a print issue from a newsstand. "Trying to use and…

Bots, Fraud, and Non-Human Traffic Continue to Plague Top Publishers
February 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Programmatic buying of digital ads has seen a sharp, seemingly inexorable rise over the past three years. Marketers have seen it as a great way to simplify the buying process, squeeze out excess costs, reduce waste, and target their customers more effectively. Publishers have been a bit more ambivalent since programmatic buying tends to commodify…

The CEO of Myspace Tells Business Insider Why He Just Sold the Company to Time Inc.
February 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

Myspace surprisingly popped back into the tech headlines again on Thursday when Time Inc. announced it is acquiring the social network's parent company Viant. Viant is a big ad tech player, founded by brothers Chris and Tim Vanderhook. Viant also owns the Specific Media ad network and an "Advertising Cloud" that connects with a database of more than…

Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network
February 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again. Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business, but also owns other properties, including once-hot social networking site Myspace. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. As part…

Wired Is Launching an Ad-Free Website to Appease Ad Blockers
February 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

More than 1 in 5 people who visit Wired Magazine’s website use ad-blocking software. Starting in the next few weeks, the magazine will give those readers a choice: stop blocking ads, pay to look at a version of the site that is unsullied by advertisements, or go away. It’s the kind of move that was widely…

IAB Chief Blasts Adblock Plus as an 'Immoral, Mendacious Coven of Techie Wannabes'
January 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

When Adblock Plus said it had been "disinvited" from this week's Interactive Advertising Bureau's Leadership Summit, it raised virtual eyebrows across the Web. Wasting little time and mincing no words, the IAB's leader kicked off the event by firing back. "Now, you may be aware of a kerfuffle that began about 10 days ago when…

BoSacks: Ad Blocking is Our Reward for Abusing Reader Trust
January 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Full disclosure: I’m likely not be the normal reading consumer on the internet, and for the record, I do use ad blocking software. Without it my day on the web was increasingly a painful, slow, and a terribly intrusive experience. Also for the record, and most importantly, I am willing to pay for the reading…

The BBC is Using Facial Recognition to Measure if Native Ads Work
January 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Like many publishers, the BBC wants to prove native advertising works. But instead of just relying on awareness and brand lift surveys, the BBC is turning to facial-recognition technology. In the fall, the BBC used software from CrowdEmotion to measure 5,000 people’s conscious and subconscious emotional responses to content marketing campaigns on BBC.com from clients like…