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The Washington Post Tries Blocking People Who Ad-Block
September 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm

If you want to read The Washington Post's coverage of the newly discovered human species Homo naledi this morning but you're using ad blocking software, you're out of luck: The paper is experimenting with blocking access to readers who give ads the stiff-arm. "We're doing a very short test as we often do on the…

Why Publishers Should Act Like Agencies
September 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

For today’s digital publishers, it’s not enough to simply publish—they need to be able to play the agency role, too. Think about it like this: Digital agencies offer a central channel where an ad can be purchased on any site or device, whereas standalone publishers can only place ads on the properties they own and operate.…

Adobe Flash Just Took Another Step Towards Death, Thanks to Google
September 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Adobe Flash, the world’s most hated software, is finally dying. Technically, it’s been on its way out for years, but today it received one of its final blows which will go down in history. Google officially killed Flash advertising in its browser. As of September 1, any advertising that uses the technology requires the user to…

The Perils and Promise of Programmatic Print
August 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Recent news that Time Inc. is expanding its “programmatic print” experiment set hearts aflutter among many magazine publishers. Does Time’s expansion of the program mean the magazine industry has finally found the magic potion that will stanch the steady outflow of print advertising? It ain’t that simple. Publishers face huge technological barriers in translating programmatic…

What The Ad Blocker Debate Reveals
August 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

OS 9 and OS X 10.11 (“El Capitan”) carry ad-blocking technology that delivers an experience that stands in stark contrast to current advertising and tracking practices. Users are beginning to notice…and advertisers aren’t happy about it. On the last day of the June 2015 Developers’ Conference, Apple held a session (video here) to announce its…

Is Programmatic Advertising the Future of Marketing?
June 23, 2015

It's been 21 years since the first banner ad appeared on the web. It ran on a site called, the original website of Wired Magazine, and it asked, "Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE?" An arrow pointed to an ominous-sounding prediction, which was spelled out in all caps, and read: "YOU WILL." It was part of a campaign that aimed to visualize the digital future brought to you by AT&T. The vignettes were prescient in just about every instance

A Blow for Mobile Advertising: Next Version of Safari Will Let Users Block Ads
June 12, 2015

It didn't get a mention in Apple'sbig keynote announcementsMonday - which already had plenty of interest to publishers - but deep within Apple's developer documentation lies perhaps the most important item of all to the news industry. Adblocking - running a piece of software in your web browser that prevents ads on most web pages from loading - has moved from a niche behavior for the nerdy few to something mainstream. A report from 2014 found that adblock usage was up 70 percent year-over-year, with over 140 million people blocking ads worldwide, including 41 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds.

Bing, Google, Publishers Lose Billions Of Dollars From Blocked Ads
June 10, 2015

Ad blocking remains a controversial topic. Based on a variety of data, one company attempts to estimate the financial loss to Google. Of the estimated $41 billion in revenue Google reported in 2014, PageFair estimates that $17.6 billion came from the U.S. Some $1.9 billion represents the estimated U.S. revenue available to Google on that the company did not generate as a result of the 10% of visitors having ad-blocking technology installed in their browser.

Google recovered about $942 million -- a portion of the $1.9 billion in the U.S -- by being white listed