Today I saw a list of DIY home remedies that includes such ideas as Listerine helps cure dandruff and wearing socks soaked in egg whites reduces fevers. I want to meet the first person who tried either of these (well, maybe I don’t). For now, here are today’s links:
Imitation is always said to be the highest form of flattery, and now we’re seeing this proven out in the success of new startups. The Samwer brothers, perhaps like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg before them, have taken on the notion that imitation, not innovation, is the key to success. But you clearly still have to know what you’re doing. (via ReadWriteWeb)
Want to know how to build a brand without using traditional advertising vehicles? Ask Ashley Madison’s founder. I’m not condoning the site or those who use it, but the business model and marketing are definitely interesting. He’s also got some good tips on how small-business owners can market without a lot of resources. (via Inc.)
It’s great if your brand has thousands of Twitter followers, but now word has it that some of them might be fake. Does your brand or individual account have fake followers? (via The Huffington Post)
What a cute little invention: a printer with a face. But it’s a lot more than that. Now you can print out little reminders or your own social newspaper without having to go through the whole rigamarole of clicking through multiple dialog boxes. (via Fast Company)
We all know that print is dying a slow (or not so slow, depending on how you look at it) death. But now it’s time to take charge and figure out how to bundle the content properly. The good news is that people still want to read what we writers are working on. (via PandoDaily)
Podcast ad buyers have yet to see a slowdown
Ad buyers have yet to see clients cut their podcast budgets – though the time of podcasts as the shiny new medium may be coming to an end.
The programmatic open marketplace is faltering, but publishers see a bright spot in private programmatic deals
Publishers are coming to terms with their open programmatic marketplace RPMs being 20-55% lower than they were this time last year, but the hope is that programmatic guaranteed deals will make up the deficit.
Marketers weigh the cons of working with Google Ad Manager amid Justice Department’s new lawsuit
When is it time to back away?
SponsoredHow Jounce Media and Teads are framing SPO’s role in driving business outcomes for brands
As supply chain concerns abound, marketers are increasingly focusing on the main motivators that drive efficiency in their operations, including financial considerations, supply chain transparency and, most recently, environmental concerns. Sustainability has not always been at the forefront of the digital video buying process for the ad industry, but brands like Teads are taking steps […]
Atlas Obscura wants to be profitable before raising funds in a tricky media market
Atlas Obscura wants to turn a profit this year before it raises another funding round, at a time when publishers are facing lower valuations and pickier investors as deal activity slows.
WTF is cookie stuffing?
Fraud is a well-documented pox on digital advertising, but it’s also an issue for publishers and marketers working together on affiliate marketing deals, too. One of the more tried-and-true techniques is cookie stuffing.