Foursquare’s Crowley on a Changing SXSW
Digiday is at SXSW. We’ll profile startups that solve real problems for brands, agencies and publishers; report the scuttlebutt outside the convention hall; and shoot video interviews with digital media leaders. Our coverage is made possible through the sponsorship of Vitrue, the social media management platform.
Foursquare was a breakout success at SXSW back in 2009, but the company’s co-founder Dennis Crowley says the festival is changing. What was once a place for startups to come and hang out with friends and peers has morphed into one that’s all about interacting with brands and agencies. That’s not necessarily a good or a bad thing, he says, it’s just different.
Coalition for Better Ads experiences European growing pains
The Coalition for Better Ads is putting more people on the ground in Europe to combat communication and resource issues.
The state of UK mobile ad spend in 5 charts
People are spending more time on mobile, so advertisers are following. In the first half of 2016, the U.K. saw mobile ad spend rocket to £1.7 billion ($2.1 billion), more than double the same total for 2015. According to the stats, search and video formats are behind the boom. But while desktop is on the way out, TV has a firmer grip on advertiser purse strings.
China’s Cheetah Mobile eyes U.S. for growth
App developer Cheetah Mobile is a global company with Chinese roots. It is focused on the global market because Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu are winning the speed-scale battle in China and copycat startups pop up overnight. The company started shifting its focus to the global mobile market with a focus on utility apps four years ago, and this year, it’s transitioning from utility to content apps.
SponsoredVideo advertisers are turning to format innovation to push beyond interruptive experiences
In a new video, experts from GumGum, The Martin Agency and Pinterest discuss the future of video advertising — and outline their vision for how video ads can be less disruptive.
Opinion: Ad blocking + telecoms = a match made at the bank
The battle for free, high-quality Internet content just got heated. Mobile operator Three has declared itself the second wireless service provider to integrate ad blocking at a network level, courtesy of ad blocking company Shine. It's being waged under the banner of “a better consumer experience,” on mobile devices, but I believe the debate is less about the consumer and much more about the money. Specifically, who’s going to make more of it.
Why Telefónica is getting brands to pay for its customers’ data plans
Spanish telecom giant Telefónica is betting on sponsored-data ad models as a key future revenue stream. The company, which is in the process of selling U.K. operator O2 to Hutchison Whaompa for £10.2 billion, has been testing several variations of sponsored-data packages for the last year and is now poised for a more widespread rollout, and it wants more advertiser partners. Telefónica's global ad director Dan Rosen spoke to Digiday about the benefits.