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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,…

8 Ways Media Sales Reps Can Increase Print’s Value in an RFP
March 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Remember back in the good old days, say, about 2015, when ad agencies had separate media-buying teams for print and digital? That made it easy for the sales team to specialize. The old codgers sold print, while the “kids” sold digital. But the world is no longer so simple. From what I see, based especially…

New Privacy Regulations Coming Your Way: California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
March 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Have you recovered from last spring’s GDPR adrenaline rush yet? Everybody in publishing was nervous about finding the right way to comply with new European privacy regulations. It did not seem like there was one clear path to compliance. As much anxiety as GDPR regulations provoked, that may soon look like the good old days.…

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…

YouTube’s Brand-Safety Woes Give Publishers a Boost in Selling Video Ads Directly
February 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

To avoid future brand-safety embarrassments, agencies are increasingly looking to buy directly from premium-quality content owners on YouTube. “We are seeing a huge increase in demand from agencies in our own YouTube inventory bought directly at meaningful CPMs,” said a publishing executive at a major media owner. Although YouTube…

‘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…

Digital Advertising in the US is Finally Bigger than Print and Television
February 22, 2019 at 9:19 am

It was inevitable, but it’s finally here: Digital advertising businesses like Facebook and Google will be bigger in the US this year than traditional advertising businesses like TV, radio, and newspapers. New estimates from eMarketer show that US advertisers will spend more than $129 billion on digital advertising in 2019 — more than the $109…

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…

Meredith CEO Says Revenue Now Only Half Ad-Based
February 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

It’s been a year since Meredith Corp. acquired Time Inc. and while the latter no longer exists, the former is pleased with how things have turned out. In a memo to staff, Tom Harty, who has also been chief executive officer for about a year, boasted that Meredith’s much expanded portfolio now counts roughly 45 million subscriptions and drives around…

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…

Bloomberg Media's CRO Thinks It's a Great Time to be a Publisher
January 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm

It is, to hear Bloomberg Media's Keith Grossman tell it, both the best of times and the worst of times to be a publisher, depending on who you ask. On January 1, the global chief revenue officer broke down his view of the digital media landscape on LinkedIn in an inelegantly titled manifesto called "Topline…

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…