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  • How to get big without sucking: Under Armour has grand ambitions

    An unfettered hunger for success goes some distance toward explaining Under Armour’s meteoric rise over the two decades. The brand has continuously disrupted the sports-apparel market, with 26 consecutive quarters of 20 percent-plus growth. It has offered surprising competition to global behemoths like Nike and Adidas by continuously investing in newer categories, consistently pushing the envelope in terms of its marketing and amassing the world’s largest connected fitness community with over 190 million users. But growth often comes at a cost, and with a degree of sacrifice. As Under Armour sets its sights on new international locations, new categories and connected fitness, the Baltimore-based brand is facing increasing headwinds.

  • Media deals that should happen in 2017

    OK, so maybe 2016 wasn’t the “bloodbath” that Vice pichman/CEO Shane Smith predicted. But it did have its share of big deals, chief among them Verizon’s gobbling up of AOL. We asked industry insiders for their takes on the deals that absolutely should happen in the next 12 months. These aren’t predictions that they will happen; in fact, they’re so logical that they probably won’t.

  • When personal brands go wrong: How Nasty Gal suffered while its founder soared

    Nasty Gal's future is up in the air. The online retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, following a series of layoffs and high-profile employee lawsuits. While Nasty Gal faced a series of setbacks, however, its founder, Sophia Amoruso, saw her own star -- and net worth -- climb, perhaps at the expense of her company.

  • Year in Preview: Brands will get insular in 2017

    People have marginalized hateful speech on social media for a long time but this recent election cycle is something of a validation of our uglier impulses. This has become challenging for brands especially as they find themselves being involuntarily dragged into hot-button ideological issues like immigration and politics. In that sense, 2017 could be the year when brands become insular and real-time riffing falls by the wayside.

  • Year in Preview: Hello, zero-margin agency

    Zero margin agencies are coming. After DDB and McDonald's signed a low-margin deal this year, more of these deals will follow. “It’s agency terminology to refer to these things as zero margin, from an advertiser perspective it’s a heavily incentivized performance-based contract,” says Tom Denford, chief strategy officer at consultancy ID Comms.

  • Year in Preview: 2017 will be the year that platforms pay up

    Facebook's paying for live video and Snapchat's evolving the terms of its publisher compensation in 2016 were signs that the platform giants will pony up for content. But it's not out of altruism. What platforms care most about is scale. And only a select few media companies that have the scale and point of difference will benefit -- which means others will continue reconsidering investing in platform initiatives that have no clear payoff.

  • Introducing Issue 4 of Digiday’s magazine

    Pulse is now part of a new Digiday membership model. Our offer: Pay about $1 a day ($395 a year) and we’ll give you a magazine with insightful, unique content; monthly data reports from our summits; member events in New York City and beyond; and an exclusive, monthly newsletter from our editors on what’s coming next in media and marketing. Last week, we held our first Digiday Pulse subscriber meetup at our offices, where we held a talk with NowThis president Athan Stephanopoulos and heard on top trends for 2017 from Digiday editors.

  • Inside the Turner Sports-Bleacher Report romance

    When Turner Sports bought Bleacher Report in 2012, it made the smart decision to leave the upstart sports site alone. Since then, Bleacher Report has grown to 500 million monthly video views and an engaged audience across platforms. Revenues have also tripled as the company continues to chase a diversified, platform-centric media business. None of that would have happened without Turner willing to invest in Bleacher Report while also giving it the freedom to experiment.