Facebook Removes Connected TV Inventory; Snap Under The Glass

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Disconnected TV Facebook is removing connected TV inventory from Audience Network, after a brief test. Facebook made the change without alerting publishers, who wondered why the platform was no longer filling inventory for OTT apps. Facebook had trouble gathering OTT inventory in an environmentContinue reading »

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The Big Story: DTC Disrupts The Competition

Another holding company top dog is leaving the park. The first was Publicis Groupe’s Maurice Lévy in 2017. Then it was WPP’s Martin Sorrell in April, followed by MDC Partners’ Scott Kauffman in September. And on Wednesday, Dentsu Aegis Networks CEO Jerry Buhlmann also announced his exit. This week on “The Big Story,” the gangContinue reading »

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S4 Capital Reports First-Ever Earnings

Martin Sorrell’s self-proclaimed “peanut” of a holding company has officially graduated to a coconut. S4 Capital reported its first-ever earnings as a public company Wednesday, following its reverse takeover of Derriston Capital in April. Q3 revenue grew 45% to $33 million and rose 48% to $94 million for the first nine months of the year.Continue reading »

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Jerry Buhlmann To Leave Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis CEO Jerry Buhlmann will step down at the end of the year, after eight years on the job. He will be succeeded by Dentsu Aegis chairman Tim Andree, a former professional basketball player, who has been with the company since 2006 and will combine the chairman and CEO roles. Buhlmann – who willContinue reading »

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What’s The Future Of Holding Companies? Tech And A POV

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Pierre-Marc Diennet, director of product innovation at Lotame. The current value of agency holding companies is their buying power. They achieve volume pricing by buying huge swaths of inventory in advance andContinue reading »

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Podcast: All About Dotdash

AdExchanger Talks is a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. Dotdash is among the oldest continuously operating digital publishers. In its previous incarnation as About.com, the company employed legions of “experts” on topics as varied as saving for retirement, diabetes and the Middle East. Later, under the ownership of IAC, it rebranded as Dotdash and structuredContinue reading »

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To Discuss Disease, The Mighty Built A 2.5 Million-Member Community

As anyone who’s ever consulted “Dr. Google” for a medical condition knows, the Internet can be an incredibly helpful place to find health information. But once people find their answer on WebMD, where can they go next? People with long-term medical issues want support from others dealing with their conditions, not just definitions. The MightyContinue reading »

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Comcast-NBCU Could Face Antitrust Probe; Netlfix May Offer Cheaper Plans

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Who To Antitrust? There’s mounting pressure on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged antitrust violations by Comcast-NBCU. The American Cable Association (ACA) published a letter to Makan Delrahim, the DOJ antitrust chief, that said Comcast poses “a much greater threat to competition” thanContinue reading »

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Can Snap’s Executive Shakeup Bring The Company Back To Growth?

It’s been a tough year for Snap, as its stock tanks and its executive team flees the ship. Despite growing revenue 43% in Q3 to a record $298 million, Snap’s stock hit an all-time low in September of $10 per share. Snapchat is also bleeding daily active users after rolling out an unpopular redesign and facing increasing competition from Instagram. “Snap is struggling toContinue reading »

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Pandora Launches Podcast Genome Project To Fix Discovery And Monetization

Pandora is making the podcast listening experience better for people and more monetizable for advertisers. The streaming platform revealed the beta version of its Podcast Genome Project, a discovery algorithm that recommends podcast episodes to listeners, based on their habits and searches. The beta will roll out to 1% of Pandora’s user base Tuesday andContinue reading »

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