Category archive for: Advertising

What We Can Learn from Google Contributor

November 21st, 2014 | No Comments

At first it might seem counterintuitive: a company that makes 90% of its revenue – about $54 billion a year – from advertising offering consumers a way to block its ads. On closer inspection though, the Google Contributor is genius, and likely to be full of insightful discoveries for marketers and publishers. First, it’s undoubtedly engineered… Read More

Publicis.Sapient Marks the End of an Era

November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Maurice Levy has never been shy about his plans to acquire the best, savviest digital talent in the industry to remain relevant to the modern CMO.  It started with his acquisition of Digitas in 2007, then Razorfish in 2009, Rosetta in 2011, then LBi in 2012 (which formed DigitasLBi).  Now he’s acquired what he referred… Read More

I Know What You’ll Do Next Summer: Why Marketers Must Embrace Predictive Analytics

October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

We’ve all met a few: the master sales person. Armed with the same product and the same audience, these people outsell their peers by orders of magnitude. Clearly, personality and looks are a factor: they appear more trustworthy, more credible and forthright. But there’s something else. They’re also experts at reading a prospect’s signals –… Read More

Facebook Goes Programmatic and Other Tales from Ad Week

September 30th, 2014 | No Comments

If you missed it, Facebook’s relaunch of Atlas, the ad server it bought from Microsoft last year, is big news. It will enable marketers to apply the targeting capabilities they use in their Facebook campaigns to advertising across devices and publishers. By applying Facebook’s ubiquitous identity system and its wealth of user data to the… Read More

Wow-Worthy Robots

August 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Any sci-fi buff will tell you that robot uprising is about the most popular trope in the genre: The Matrix, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica…clearly the theme has legs. As the Internet of Things blurs the lines between our physical and digital worlds, robots and intelligent agents are shaking off their legacy metallic sci-fi associations and assuming… Read More

As Social Media Matures, It Reveals Its Dominant Media Genes

July 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Have you noticed that the voices of social network utopianism are quieter lately?  Facebook’s secret mood experiment didn’t help the idealist view – nor did COO Sheryl Sandberg’s apologetic acknowledgement that Facebook’s actions were merely “poorly communicated.” But I think it would be a mistake to read this as simply another in a long line… Read More

The Empire Strikes Back

June 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Aereo’s defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court looks to me like part of a trend of legal setbacks for the latest wave of digital disruptors. The company got farther than any of its predecessors in taking on the status quo of broadcast television, but in the end the high court essentially rejected the premise that… Read More

60 Minutes Takes On Data Brokers

March 11th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Steve Kroft’s segment on CBS’s March 9 installment of 60 Minutes, “The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information,” was a noteworthy chapter in the escalating confrontation between the data-driven marketing industry and popular press initiatives to expose the alarming aspects of our emerging surveillance society.  (Also see the Direct Marketing Association’s response.) The introduction framed… Read More

The Campaign to End All Campaigns

February 28th, 2014 | No Comments

To campaign or not to campaign, that is the question on a lot of digital marketers’ minds these days. Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot, is among those who believe that “the notion of the marketing campaign is dead.” And he’s far from alone. But for those of us of a certain age – especially if… Read More

The Story of Ad Tech

February 26th, 2014 | No Comments

The announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of BlueKai brought me to the realization that the story of ad tech, and how it went from antagonist to ally of the software megavendors, is not so well known outside the insider’s clique. This has created some challenges in interpreting this event. So here it is – my take,… Read More