2019 to 2022: The Evolution of Consumer Consent & How Publishers Must Adapt
June 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laid the foundation for privacy legislation in 2018. One of its key aims was to give consumers more control over their personal information and make users understand they have a choice when it comes to providing consent to data collection and processing. In the US, initial responses to…

Moving On From Publishing Executive: The Song Remains the Same
May 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

It’s been nearly six years since I took on the very meta role of directing a publication about publishing. It’s been a period of great uncertainty, innovation, and disruption, all of which create a lot of noise, so I always took the job of editor-in-chief of Publishing Executive and Book Business to be one of…

What Google’s Switch to First-Price Auctions Means for Publishers
May 30, 2019 at 11:55 am

The second-price auction played a starring role in making programmatic a $48 billion industry, but Google’s first-price switch means the model could be facing its final curtain call. After years of issues caused by header bidding and sequential auctions, Google has moved away from second-price auctions to increase transparency. Here is what publishers need to…

B2B Media Is Leading with First-Party Data – and Unlocking New Revenue
May 28, 2019 at 2:58 pm

For the longest time I resisted calling website visitors anything but readers. After decades as an editor and publisher, I pushed back on calling them “users.” I still don’t like the sound of it, but resistance is futile. Individuals you have a relationship with – be they core customers, newsletter subscribers, or occasional visitors –…

Why Your Ad Campaigns Aren’t Working & How to Fix Them (Part 2): Effective Ad Design
May 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Is your website underperforming for your advertisers? Are they pulling dollars from you to run more with your competitors or to spend on inbound marketing and programmatic ads? In my previous article, we talked about how your biggest ad challenges aren’t necessarily because of you. They’re often due to a misalignment in the advertiser’s campaign…

5 Ways Publisher Technology Lags & Hurts Monetization
April 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm

The publishing space is one of the most rapidly evolving markets across the digital landscape. Unlike the majority of the platforms hosted online, publishers rank on top alongside ecommerce and SaaS when it comes to traffic spikes, fine-tuning ROI opportunities, and constant innovation in a red ocean of ad networks, browser updates, malicious iframes, and…

Why Your Advertiser Campaigns Aren’t Working & How to Fix Them (Part 1)
April 11, 2019 at 12:54 pm

In my 25 years in digital media, I’ve worked with hundreds of publishers and thousands of advertisers in B2B, consumer, and regional markets. I’ve had access to analytics from innumerable ad campaigns and discussions with advertisers in a wide variety of industries. If an ad campaign doesn’t meet their expectations, they (or their agency) will…

Lessons from the 2019 Digital Innovators Summit: Diversify & Invest in Quality Content
April 3, 2019 at 11:25 am

William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. It was Gibson who coined the term "cyberspace" in his short story Burning Chrome. He is also responsible for one of my favorite quotes, which I often used to open my lectures in the…

How Push Notifications Are Exposing Readers to a New Breed of Cyber Attack
April 1, 2019 at 11:10 am

It should come as no surprise to anyone involved in the digital advertising ecosystem that fraudsters are always looking for new methods to target users with sophisticated digital attacks. As soon as innovative new ways of engaging with users are developed, cyber criminals aren’t far behind with a method for exploiting these innovations, particularly when…