• Facebook video ad viewability rates are as low as 20 percent, agencies say

      Facebook’s metrics woes may be far from over. After fessing up to a string of measurement errors over the past six months, the social media company has bowed to pressure from ad buyers and started letting third-party auditors check its numbers. Some agencies started using the new auditing capabilities a few months ago and have been stunned to see viewability rates on Facebook ...

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    • Consulting firms are crashing the party in Cannes

      Management consultancies are taking their tussle with agencies for marketing budgets to the Croisette in Cannes. Accenture Interactive, Deloitte, PwC, Ernst & Young and McKinsey will all be out in force at the festival. Purists might argue their presence is indicative of how industrialized advertising has become, but few can deny the influence these companies could wield i ...

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  • Publishers continue to see monetization problems with Apple News

    Apple’s Safari update that limits ad trackers isn’t the only sign of the company’s disdain toward advertising. In January, after all but giving up on selling ads itself, the tech giant started having NBCUniversal sell ads in Apple News, Apple’s news aggregation app. Nine months later, the deal has borne little fruit, according to publishers and sources close to them.

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  • Shell is rather pleased with the duopoly

    Not every advertiser sees YouTube’s brand-safety woes and Facebook’s metric mishaps as chances to openly berate the duopoly. Oil giant Shell is doing the opposite, taking a pragmatic — and sometimes sympathetic — view of both companies’ quandaries. Between developing a clear strategy for YouTube and running more ads on Facebook, Shell has pinned its colors to the duopoly flag ...

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  • The Times of London takes its fashion videos from behind the pay wall

    The Times of London has a loyal subscriber base, but for luxury advertisers hungry for video, paywalls are limiting. Since Sept. 17, Style, the Times’ weekly print fashion supplement, has published daily videos in front of its paywall to build its audience and give advertisers a way to reach the audience every day, rather than weekly in print.

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  • Beyond YouTube and Facebook, Defy Media’s Clevver eyes direct connections

    After building sizable audiences on YouTube and Facebook, Defy Media wants to create more direct connections for its entertainment and women’s lifestyle brand Clevver Media. In July, Defy, which owns digital media brands such as ScreenJunkies and Smosh in addition to Clevver, launched Clevver’s first website. An editorial staff of five people oversees Clevver.

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  • ‘Survival of the fittest’: How ageism issues affect the finance industry

    When a former marketing executive at a top Canadian bank was laid off last year, she looked around the room at those also departing and found something interesting. “I noticed that we were all in the same age cohort,” said the 54-year-old. “It was quite interesting when they were doing cuts to see who was getting cut.

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  • ThredUp Luxe to bring expected $10 million by end of year, but struggles to scale

    Since launching the beta mode of its new luxury platform in July, resale company ThredUp’s Luxe program is already on track to rake in $10 million dollars in sales by the end of the year. As it prepares to open to the public on Thursday, the challenge now is finding a way to scale. While fellow luxury retailers The RealReal and Vestiaire Collection were founded with the infra ...

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  • UK publishers also lag in adopting ads.txt

    Publisher adoption of ads.txt — the tool designed to clean up ad fraud — has been slow in the U.K. The Interactive Advertising Bureau Tech Lab launched ads.txt in May as a tool to help crack down on unauthorized reselling of inventory and domain spoofing. Reports have shown adoption everywhere has been slow, but the U.K. has lagged behind other countries like the U.S.

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  • ‘Facebook is the engine’: Overheard at Digiday Moguls

    Even when they’re at the beach, publishers obsess over Facebook. Digiday gathered C-level executives in Miami Beach, Florida, at our second Moguls event to discuss the issues on their minds. As with our other events, Moguls operates under the Chatham House Rule, which means comments are on the record but not attributed.

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  • The Rundown: Reality check for publishing

    We have closed the new issue of Digiday magazine. Expect to receive it in a few weeks. You’ll get a PDF copy next week. Here’s what we’re tracking this week. Reality check for publishing For the past two days, we have hosted 25 top publishing executives as part of our Moguls event in Miami. The event focused on giving executives space to think through problems related to plat ...

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  • Pinterest launches self-serve platform for Promoted Pin advertisers

    Social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Snap have all developed self-serve platforms in some capacity for advertisers. Now, Pinterest has joined the crowd. On September 19, Pinterest introduced a self-serve tool for brands that use Promoted Pins. Now, brands can develop campaigns with around 100 members in Pinterest’s creator network, Pin Collective, in as little as 10 to 14 days.

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  • Combating fraud and poor quality must be on the front burner at Advertising Week

    by John Murphy, Head of Marketplace Quality, OpenX When advertising leaders gather in New York City for Advertising Week later this month, the one issue topping every publisher and brand priority list must be the need for a transparent conversation about the technology challenges threatening the long-term health of their advertising businesses.

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  • Advertisers aren’t convinced consulting firms are the answer to their problems

    For all the buzz around big brands preferring management consultancies over agencies, it’s not what senior marketers are actually planning — not yet, at least. In fact, marketers at Pernod Ricard, Nissan and Visa aren’t sure how or why they would work with the likes of Accenture or Deloitte so early into their own searches for a new marketing model.

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  • Avoiding the ‘sugar rush’: Inside the BBC’s ‘slow news’ operation

    In the last eight months, BBC News has undergone a major “reprioritizing exercise” focused on creating what the organization now calls “slow news” journalism. That’s meant moving away from pursuing every incremental breaking news update toward publishing fewer but more thoroughly contextualized in-depth stories, as well as more short data visualization pieces.

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