NYT, Axios: Filter Out ‘The Crap’ – People Do Still Care About Content

The digital advertising business ain’t easy – just ask any traditional publisher. But there are bright spots. The New York Times had its best year last year for ad revenue – $709 million – in the roughly 15 years since print writ large really started to suffer, said NYT COO and EVP Meredith Kopit Levien, speaking Tuesday atContinue reading »

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LUMA: Black Eyes Aside, Ad Tech Actually Had A Decent Q1

Q1 2019 in a nutshell: Ad tech isn’t doing as poorly as you’d think (all things considered), TV and data are colliding, DTC is sizzling, private equity is still gung-ho on M&A, and so are the marketing clouds. It’s not a bad report card, despite a general sense of caution and trepidation about macro factorsContinue reading »

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Three Investment Trends To Watch In 2019

Investors are well over their brief love affair with independent ad tech, but other categories –namely mar tech, customer data platforms (CDPs) and advanced TV technology – are now catching their eye. Why? In a word: growth. “Growth is still what commands exit premiums – growth is what people pay for,” said Deborah Farrington, founder andContinue reading »

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LUMA: Mar Tech Is Booming, PE Is Hungry And ‘There’s Blood In The Water’ For Ad Tech

If you’re a mature marketing technology platform: Congrats. 2018 was your year and the future looks bright. But if you’re an ad tech company without a unique value prop that’s jonesing for an exit, apologies, the outlook remains fairly bleak. Although digital advertising is still growing – it’s a $100 billion market today – Google and FacebookContinue reading »

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TV: The Biggest Opportunity For DTC Brands’ Continued Growth

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video.  Today’s column is written by Terence Kawaja, founder and CEO at LUMA Partners. Allbirds. Warby Parker. Brandless. Peloton. Dollar Shave Club. Over the past several years, an explosion of relatively young startups has garnered significant market share from majorContinue reading »

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The 2018 Summer Of Data

“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 Terence Kawaja, founder and CEO at LUMA Partners. There was great uncertainty in the two years leading up to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). During this time, onlyContinue reading »

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Overheard At Luma: Relevant Pubs Will Win, Everyone Else Will Fail

Publishers like to pretend that consumers can’t live without content – but if 95% of media brands disappeared tomorrow, no one would care, said Rafat Ali, CEO and founder of travel publisher Skift, at Luma’s Digital Media Summit in New York City on Tuesday. Despite the value media people ascribe to the importance of what theyContinue reading »

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M&A Deal Values Are Up In 2018 As Cash-On-Hand And Ecommerce Values Soar

Despite broad concerns about the viability of online media and advertising, M&A in the sector is heating up thanks to the growth of ecommerce and commerce-based media solutions, like Apple’s purchase of digital subscription service Next Issue Media for an undisclosed amount. The total number of deals in media, marketing and technology dropped by 7%Continue reading »

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PwC: Media And Telco ‘Megadeals’ Dominated M&A Deal Value Last Year

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Media and telco M&A volume in the US increased 29% year over year in 2017 to nearly $140 billion, driven mostly by megadeals like Disney’s $68.4 billion bid for 21st Century Fox, according to new data from PwC. More specifically, there were 18 megadeals in 2017, including Discovery’s $11.8 billion merger with Scripps. Although largeContinue reading »

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JEGI And Luma: Mar Tech Spends Big While Ad Tech Cleans Up

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2017 was a busy year of M&A for the digital media and marketing sector, according to reports released by investment banks JEGI and Luma Partners this week. Last year included 2,000 transactions in the sector hitting $272 billion in deal value, according to JEGI. It was the fourth consecutive year of increasing transaction value inContinue reading »

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