Data

Legitimate Interest vs. Publisher Consent: Two Routes to GDPR Compliance
September 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

Publishers’ initial response to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was extreme, with some removing programmatic ads from their European audience and others blocking all traffic from Europe to remove the risk of non-compliance. But for sites with meaningful EU traffic, halting programmatic advertising or cutting off access for European users simply isn’t an…

How Media Companies Should Get Started with Business Intelligence
September 6, 2018 at 10:31 am

There has been much discussion in the media space about business intelligence (BI) and how it can help drive a host of key objectives. BI encompasses the tools (usually dashboards) that use a company’s data to improve business decisions and performance. For a publisher, that could mean helping, in real-time, journalists focus on content categories…

Letting the Machines Do the Work: What I’m Eager to Learn at About at the FUSE Media Summit
August 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

One of my favorite interviews during my time at Publishing Executive was with the then VP of Data for Hearst Corporation Rick McFarland. McFarland likened the work he was doing at Hearst to integrate systems and data throughout the organization to the construction of the US Interstate Highway System, which accelerated speed of communication, connectivity,…

Economist Group to Sell CQ Roll Call to FiscalNote
July 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm

The Economist Group plans to sell CQ Roll Call to technology and data startup FiscalNote, with the acquisition expected to close later this year, the companies announced Wednesday. Following the deal, the Economist Group — publisher of The Economist magazine — would take on an 18 percent equity stake in the combined company, and its…

Why Launch of Google Podcasts is a Huge Deal for the Industry
July 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Right now, I've got 76 podcast subscriptions on my Google Pixel. Before switching from iPhone to Android in 2012, I spent hours online reading forums in search for a suitable Android podcast alternative. At the time -- and still now -- iTunes podcasts (now Apple podcasts) were the gold standard in podcast listening. Since I've…

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…

Publishers Balk at Publicis Media’s New GDPR Requirements
July 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Several publishers are pushing back on demands by agency giant Publicis that are meant to get the agency in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The concerns center around Publicis’ shifting liability for the new European privacy law to publishers. The GDPR requires companies to justify collecting people’s data…

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…