• Do-Not-Track Will Benefit Our Whole Industry
    I recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal suggesting that current efforts to protect consumer privacy in digital media were falling short. In any industry, it's always better to be self-critical, perhaps overly so, rather than to assume one's efforts are perfect. I suggested that a more vigorous "Do-Not-Track" (DNT) system might be part of the answer. Some in the industry took strong exception to my thoughts. Fair enough. But let me take just a few minutes to further clarify the points made in my original article.
  • Can You Smell That?
    What bothers me the most about the online advertising industry is the amount of bullshit we shovel into it. Maybe you can make a case this stink permeates all of advertising, but it sure does smell in our little corner of the ad world.
  • Who Gets First Look?
    Advertisers, DSPs and agency trading desks are asking publishers for the first look at publishers' inventory. These clients, in return for bigger buys, are looking for integrations into the ad server rather than private deals through an SSP. The dilemma for publishers is deciding who, among multiple buyers, will get access to the first look.
  • Problems And Predictions
    Even companies that make billions of ad dollars have problems. The question is how much these problems will impede future growth. Here are the problems the biggest names in online publishing not named Google face, and what their futures could look like.
  • Three Steps To Cross-Device Success For Publishers
    The benefits that come with leveraging cross-device identity for advertising are well known. Cross-device campaigns lead to better targeting, stronger campaign metrics, and higher return on ad spend for advertisers, plus better user experiences, higher engagement, and more value from users as they move across screens. But even with the knowledge of these benefits, many publishers haven't fully embraced cross-device data. When publishers don't have insights about their users, they struggle to maximize the value of their mobile and desktop inventory.
  • An Open Letter To The Online Publishers Association
    Recently, Jason Kint of the Online Publishers Association wrote an op-ed on Do Not Track. In an attempt to paint the OPA as a leader in privacy and Do Not Track initiatives, Mr. Kint accused members of the third-party advertising technology community of "stonewalling the development of a 'Do Not Track' standard which would, in theory, give users greater control over online tracking." It would otherwise be commendable that Mr. Kint is taking a stand on privacy, except for the fact that Do Not Track doesn't stop OPA members from tracking. There's not a single thing that members won't be ...
  • The Earth Isn't Flat
    When a premium publisher with professional journalists and writers sell ads on an exchange (open or private), what they are really doing is disconnecting the value of their professionally produced content from their ad sales proposition. The value buyers place on these programmatic ads is tied to data and performance. Content is eliminated -- or at best, severely diminished -- from the equation.
  • What Publishers Can Do To Spark The Move To HTML5
    Remember back in February of this year, when the Interactive Advertising Bureau vented its frustration at brands for dawdling in making the fundamental shift away from the limitations of flash advertising to the superiority of HTML5? Timed with the IAB's Annual Leadership Conference, the trade group pulled no punches in an open letter to advertisers imploring them to move to HTML5.
  • How Trends In Long-Form Content Discovery Affect Future Ad Spend
    Attention spans are shrinking, content has become bite-size, and brands must market for the snacking consumer. But there is still a home for long-form content, and it's growing. In fact, the short-form culture of snippet-driven platforms, coupled with the skyrocketing boost of mobile devices, is actually helping to funnel consumers more effectively to the longer-form content they can immerse themselves in. A resurgence of magazines has begun, digitally. With that boom comes a new advertising opportunity. Here's why.
  • Print Publishers Should Pivot Back To Print
    Numbers don't lie -- unless you're talking about the listed height of pro athletes, or click-through rates on mobile ads. Those aside, here's the math behind this radical proposal for premium print publishers to start selling their online ad impressions to print buyers:
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