Instagram Wants More Commerce On Its Platform, Adds Three Shopping-Related Features

Instagram is shopping for its share of holiday dollars. On Thursday, Facebook’s much-cooler sibling added three new features designed to help people browse, discover and save items more easily. A lot must happen before someone buys, and while shopping can be a by-product of spending time on Instagram, people aren’t there to fill their cartContinue reading »

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Discovery Rediscovers Itself With New Ad Sales Structure

Discovery has reorganized its ad sales teams into three new selling bundles, the company said Thursday. In March, the 35-year-old company acquired longtime competitor Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6 billion. With HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery and 14 other channels under its umbrella, Discovery Inc. wanted to create larger teams with fewer salespeople, according toContinue reading »

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Tension Between Facebook And WhatsApp Over Ads; Inside The Fox Sports ‘Pivot To Video’

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Justifying $22B The Wall Street Journal does a post-mortem on strife at Facebook that led to the resignation of WhatsApp’s founders. Facebook paid $22 billion to acquire WhatsApp in 2014, and as the years ticked by, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl SandbergContinue reading »

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OTT Audiences Are There – So Why Aren’t Advertisers Buying?

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OTT audiences are prevalent and engaged. But while advertisers are buying, they’re not exactly beating down the doors. Watch any premium long-form show on an internet connection and you’ll see the same irrelevant message played so frequently it’ll haunt your dreams. What gives? The main issue is buyer confusion about how to transact on OTTContinue reading »

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How Streaming Video Service Crunchyroll Strikes A Balance Between Subscriptions and Ads

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For video service Crunchyroll, finding the right mix of ads and subscriptions is critical for ensuring long-term success in the OTT space. That strategy also includes a range of alternative revenue streams, such as offline events and ecommerce. But before it could effectively monetize, Crunchyroll built a scaled audience by catering exclusively to Japanese animeContinue reading »

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Discovery Communications To Buy Scripps For $14.6 Billion

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After bidding against Viacom for Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery Communications has emerged victorious in acquiring the lifestyle cable network for $14.6 billion in stock and cash, the company revealed Monday. [Read the release.] Viacom backed out of a bidding war late last week with the rival network after making an all-cash offer that reportedly fellContinue reading »

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