Technology

Media Pitch: How Blockthrough Helps Publishers Recover Millions in Ad Revenue
March 18, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Ad blockers have grown into a massive problem for online publishers. Some analysts estimate that by 2020, publishers will lose nearly $75 billion annually to ad blockers. This movement is fueled by users’ exasperation with intrusive ad experiences and growing privacy concerns. Despite user backlash, online advertising is not going the way of the dodo,…

Condé Nast Positions its Video Offering as a Respite from Brand Safety Crises
March 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

Advertisers flock to platforms like Facebook and YouTube for their extensive reach and mounds of data. Condé Nast is saying they have all that and more. In December 2017, the legacy publisher launched Condé Nast Prime, a suite of cross-platform video content. The company has since been trying to educate the…

Google Says it’s Fighting Misinformation, but How Hard?
February 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Google recently presented a white paper at a digital-security conference in Germany, in which the search giant detailed all the steps it is taking across its various divisions—YouTube, Google News and Google Search—to fight misinformation and disinformation. The company said it is working hard in a number of areas including using…

‘Hard to Back Out’: Publishers Grow Frustrated by the Lack of Revenue From Apple News
February 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Last year, Apple News brimmed with promise for publishers, offering an engaged, high-quality audience that seemed to do nothing but grow. Ad revenue wasn’t great, but at the start of 2018, most publishers assumed that would come around. One year later, most publishers are still waiting. Monetization on Apple News remains a slog, according to seven…

Here are the Kinds of Content Platform Users Seek (or Avoid)
February 22, 2019 at 9:13 am

Maybe it’s because I spend a lot of time around audience engagement teams, but after publishing the first part of my analysis on platform growth, my favorite part was the feedback I got from readers. Before we dive into my next analysis, I wanted to clarify something…

4 Print-Centric Assumptions Publishers Should Avoid Online
February 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

In the early years of television, news broadcasts were virtually identical to their radio counterparts, except you could see the guy who was reading the headlines. It took a few years for the networks to rethink how to present news using the new capabilities that TV offered. In many ways, online publishing has been even…

The Logic Behind Apple’s Give-Us-Half-Your-Revenue Pitch to News Publishers
February 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

Apple says it wants to help save journalism. All it wants in return is half of all the revenue journalists make when they sell their stuff through a forthcoming new Apple subscription service. Cue internet outrage. The argument, made by everyone from my colleague Casey Newton to Apple blogger John Gruber: 50 percent is way, way too high…