While I try to wrap my mind around director Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook,” “Alpha Dog”) publicly saying that incest is no biggie, here are some must-read articles.
Big data is all the rage nowadays. You’re not worth your salt as an ad tech provider if you’re not bleating about your use of big data. The selling point is that all this data we’re creating will benefit both marketers and consumers, who will see fewer, more relevant ads. Maybe. The tradeoff is consumers might get freaked out if big data turns into marketer stalking. Retargeted ads, which are fairly simple executions on big data, are creepy enough, so it’s enough to wonder what’s going to happen when marketers go even deeper. (AdAge)
VMA TV viewership was down 50 percent and they’re saying it’s because of the “wired generation” of consumers (18 and younger) turning to other screens to view the show. This is not necessarily a bad thing since these consumers were tweeting, using Facebook and MTV’s own app to create buzz around the show. This means that engagement for TV events is more than just viewership. Tune-in numbers are no longer an accurate measure of a program’s success. (MediaPost)
This article on GoDaddy’s outages as a result of a hack shows the importance of having competition in digital. GoDaddy owns and operates 53 million domains. So with the hack, all these companies were affected. It makes me think about Google and Facebook, both of which may have too much control in their particular markets; search and social media, respectively. It’s probably not smart to put all of your eggs in one basket. (CNN)
With content becoming central to almost all brands’ social media strategies, blogging is becoming a big trend for both B2B and consumer goods brands. It’s becoming more and more difficult to stand out, but the companies that are able to align themselves with issues that their target audience is most passionate about — in a creative way — will win in the end. (Smallbiztrends.com)
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.
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.
SponsoredQ&A: How Jounce Media and Teads are framing SPO’s role in driving sustainability
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 […]
Marketers weigh the cons of working with Google Ad Manager amid Justice Department’s new lawsuit
When is it time to back away?
Publishers report Q1 ad revenue is pacing 10-25% behind forecasts
Publishers are facing a slow start to Q1 and sales teams have a lot of work to do to regain lost time.