Linear: An Overlooked Opportunity In The Evolving DSP Landscape

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Ramsey McGrory, chief revenue officer at Mediaocean. With The Trade Desk’s market cap at $5.25 billion (Stock: TTD) and MediaMath’s valuation topping $1 billion following its last funding round, leading traditional demand-side platforms (DSPs)Continue reading »

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Publishers Must Go Further To Capitalize On Engagement

“The Sell Sider” is a column written by the sell side of the digital media community. Today’s column is by Mark Cullinane, senior vice president and general manager of digital at Publishers Clearing House. Advertisers know that engagement metrics matter most when establishing ROI on digital ad spend. But engagement metrics themselves are still relatively nascent. Publishers have started toContinue reading »

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How Timehop Saved Itself By Building Its Own Ad Server

Two years ago, the Timehop app – which aggregates and resurfaces old social media photos – was running on the remaining fumes of its VC cash, enough to stay afloat for just three months. It needed revenue, and, although it had 20 million monthly active users, its inventory was severely undervalued. “We had no realContinue reading »

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Inside The Facebook-Sponsored Boot Camp To Help Local Pubs Drive Subscriptions

A dozen local news publishers participating in Facebook’s Local News Subscription Accelerator, including The Denver Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, flew to New York, Austin and San Francisco this spring for a 12-week program to learn the intricacies of running a digital subscription business. Facebook has had strained relationships with publishers, which hit aContinue reading »

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Al Jazeera Finds Its Voice On Smart Speakers

As more people use smart speakers, publishers are establishing their own voice. News organization Al Jazeera is exploring how to position its brand on voice, which it believes will be the gateway to an internet-of-things-driven world, said Michael Weaver, SVP of business development and growth at Al Jazeera Network. “Voice assistants are the first entryContinue reading »

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Cheddar Bought Rate My Professors Because It’s A Utility, Not Media

Cheddar bought Rate My Professors from Viacom on Thursday, and Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg isn’t just thinking about access to the college-aged audience. He liked that Rate My Professors helps students navigate college course selection. “We need to be in the direct-to-consumer business, where users are doing something other than consuming media. I wanted usContinue reading »

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One Year In, The BuzzFeed Exchange Deepens The Publisher’s Programmatic Offering

One year after first launching programmatic ads, BuzzFeed is doubling down with BuzzFeed Exchange, a formal expansion of its programmatic product offerings. BuzzFeed’s inventory has grown to 3 billion impressions a month, up from the  1 billion impressions a month it offered when it debuted programmatic ads a year ago. The BuzzFeed Exchange aims toContinue reading »

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How WordPress Ensures Brand Safety Across Its Longtail

Because WordPress hosts numerous blogs and websites – it claims to power 31% of the internet – it has a tough time scaling its ability to police brand safety. While brands can often find their audiences on WordPress domains, they can also find themselves next to unsavory content. So WordPress, which runs an exchange calledContinue reading »

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CMPs Bring Up CPMs: Mediavine Study Finds 52% Increase

Publishers who use a consent management platform (CMP) saw CPMs rise 9% and fill rates go up 5% post-GDPR, according to analysis of publishers using Mediavine, which manages ads for thousands of sites. Meanwhile, publishers who didn’t use a CMP for their European Union traffic saw CPMs dive precipitously. With no targeted ads, CPMs fellContinue reading »

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Meredith Will Sell Viant This Year

Meredith will offload its 60% equity interest in ad platform business Viant, the company confirmed on its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call on Friday. It expects the sale to be finalized early in its coming fiscal year. Time Inc. bought Viant in 2016 for $87 million, and the purchase gave an inorganic boost to the publisher’sContinue reading »

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