Post-Merger Profitability: Upworthy and Good’s Happy Marriage

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The idea of accomplishing more together than apart sounds like a tagline for a social justice organization, but that’s what Upworthy and Good say happened after they merged 10 months ago to form Good Worldwide. The two publications cater to corporations and nonprofits that want to align their brands with social causes and change. GoodContinue reading »

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To Meet Video Demand, Time Inc. Turns To Google’s Mobile Outstream

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As Facebook grabs more mobile and video dollars from the ecosystem, premium publishers are looking for viable ways to compete. For storied publisher Time Inc., one solution is to bring its own mobile-optimized video solutions to market. Using Google’s native framework, Time created a mobile, in-feed video solution dubbed Adapt that is customized to itsContinue reading »

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How Food Network Seasons Its Facebook Messenger Bot

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Texting and messaging friends tends to bring out our inner foodies, and the Food Network has used a Facebook Messenger bot to join that conversation. Food Network has invested in its chatbot since it first launched in November 2016, even after the initial hype dropped off. While other brands and publishers had difficulties being conversationalContinue reading »

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The Open Marketplace Works For Advance Local

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With header bidding enabled, the open marketplace works just fine for Advance Local. While many publishers and buyers are moving to closed, curated programmatic environments due to brand safety, fraud and viewability concerns, Advance Local is focused on driving yield in the open marketplace. That strategy means improving viewability and giving buyers transparent URL informationContinue reading »

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The New York Times, Vice And The Local Media Consortium Get Organized Around Data

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Every publisher wants to harness its data – but you can’t climb a mountain without a lot of pain. At the Google Publisher Leadership Summit in Chicago, ad execs from The New York Times, Vice Media and the Local Media Consortium (LMC) discussed their often-arduous quests to reach the peak. The New York Times, forContinue reading »

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Google To Offer More Data Insights To Pubs, Release Its Answer To Header Bidding In 2018

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Google on Tuesday unveiled its Insights Engine Project – including six products for data visualization, integration and insights – and promised that exchange bidding will be generally available in early 2018. Read the release. For the first time, Google, via an Insights Engine product, will give publishers the types of user demographic and content consumptionContinue reading »

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Fighting For Publishers In A Platform World: How Axel Springer Is Taking On The Duopoly

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Axel Springer joined the Coalition for Better Ads on Wednesday partially because it didn’t want Google, a member of the coalition, to have an outsize say in what counted as a better ad experience. Despite being a dominant European publisher, Axel Springer is worried about US platforms like Google dictating industry standards or positioning toContinue reading »

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How Topix Stopped Nonviewable Ads From Killing Its Slideshow Strategy

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Slideshows have been hurt by growing demand for viewable inventory, as readers rarely scroll down and often click to the next slide before ads load. Topix, which buys traffic to slideshows that rack up tons of page views, was affected by this shift. Four months ago, the site’s viewability hovered around 40%, so programmatic buyersContinue reading »

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As TV Revenue Declines, Univision Expands Its Digital Domain

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Spanish-language broadcaster Univision hopes to offset declines in local TV ad revenue by doubling down on its digital ad business. It was an early adapter of Facebook Watch, Snapchat Discover and Snapchat Live Stories to reach its audience of millennial Hispanics, but Univision is emphasizing multiplatform campaigns to boost digital revenue. (Univision’s digital ad revenueContinue reading »

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Taste Of Home Turns Raw Social Engagement Into A Fully Cooked Audience Development Strategy

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Taste of Home amassed almost 6 million followers on its Facebook pages, where readers actively commented and shared posts – without ever hiring anyone to run audience development. That raw engagement attracted Kari Hodes to join in January as Trusted Media Brands’ (which owns Taste of Home) VP of digital content and audience development. HodesContinue reading »

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