Google’s new Contributor: great for bloggers, bad for advertisers?

There’s a new offering from the Googleplex that appears small but could be seismic, released without a lot of fanfare. It’s a new way for sites to generate revenue called Google Contributor. What we know so far: What is it? It’s a type of distributed subscription model Google is calling crowdfunding (though it is not […]

How can you better measure the success of your mobile marketing?

To create more effective advertising campaigns, there is one key question marketers need to ask: what was it that persuaded a consumer to make a purchase? Determining attribution in digital advertising is one of the most difficult challenges in the industry today, and this is made even more challening with the rise in mobile devices. […]

Why programmatic is a trend you can’t afford to ignore

Programmatic buying is shaking up the digital marketing industry, even if those deep within the market don’t know it yet. As TechRadar reports, according to recent research by the IAB (International Advertising Bureau), 89 percent of European publishers, advertisers and agencies state that they believe “programmatic trading will indeed have a significant impact on digital […]

These six slides explain everything about Twitter’s ad business

This week, Twitter held its first “analyst day” where the company shared details of its plan for the service, its future and how it believes it will increase revenue from its users. “We want Twitter to be nothing less than the very best way to keep up with your world,” CEO Dick Costolo said at the beginning of the event. […]

Google to spend 60% of digital marketing budget on programmatic

Google is looking to shift more of its digital marketing budget into programmatically traded campaigns, according to its global chief marketing officer Lorraine Twohill. Twohill, speaking at the recent Web Summit in Dublin, set the expected figure at 60 percent, the Drum reports. “The biggest barrier to getting to that is that the team gets the value, so retraining […]

No debate about native advertising — great content still wins

The great debate among media, advertising and marketing professionals continues: Is native advertising a strong strategy? How you answer that question usually depends on where you ply your trade. The question has different meanings to different industries. Are native ads a threat? A trick? An opportunity? The future? Is it even fresh thinking or just an age-old tactic varnished with a […]

What you need to know about the state of online video display advertising

With online video display advertising poised for significant growth in the next five years, two factors are top of mind: quantity and quality. Online video, in some ways similar to television with its ability to “tell stories” that are particularly strong at creating brand awareness, is a medium unlike any other, especially for advertisers. According […]

AdTechNY 2014: the industry that programmatic ate?

If the adtechNY conference floor of this past week is any indication, adtech is stuck in the doldrums. The most interesting vendors at the show wouldn’t even be considered traditional adtech but display and data: interactive large scale visualizations and pure analytics/BI platforms (which are starting to show promise on the promise of one dashboard; […]

What every advertiser needs to know about the threat of URL masking

Move over, bots. URL masking is climbing the ranks of common fraud in the digital advertising industry. URL masking is used to trick advertisers into running their ads on sites with illicit or stolen content. Though these sites typically generate a lot of traffic, thereby boosting chargeable impressions to the advertiser, they often don’t generate […]

Advertising giant Publicis to buy Sapient for $3.7 billion

In a move some critics call a major overpayment, French advertising powerhouse Publicis announced Monday it will acquire marketing and consulting company Sapient for $3.7 billion US. The all-cash transaction equals $25 per share. In a press release [PDF], Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of […]

AOL announces cross-device programmatic system, to debut in February

The veteran Web player announced a new cross-device ad targeting system aptly called One. AOL is combining its ad platforms such as Adap.TV and AdLearn Open Platform (AOP), by taking programmatic buying of video from Adap.TV and display and banners from AOP, as Ad Week reports. “This is really along that pathway of making life easier for marketers within […]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Sayonara SEO firms, hello content relations

Guest post by Adam Dawson Oh search engines; you glorious portals to millions of tidbits of information that have made settling arguments over useless facts painless. Because of you, there is a scarcity of scenarios where questions go unanswered because someone can whip their smartphone out and “Google” it. Instead of wandering through libraries, spending […]