Brian Morrissey

  • Best of the week: Facebook’s publisher charm offensive

    Our regular ICYMI correspondent, executive editor Brian Braiker, drew the hardship assignment of hosting our Digiday Publishing Summit Europe in the seaside Portuguese town of Estoril. I’m filling in with the week’s best stories — on our newly designed site. Facebook’s publisher charm offensive Facebook is trying to serve many constituencies, including media.

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  • Welcome to the reimagined Digiday

    Welcome to the new Digiday. We think of this as a reimagination of what Digiday is and reflects how the industry and our own brand has changed. This is our first redesign since July 2013, when we adopted Digiday’s current branding. The next step for us is to rethink how we organize our coverage while also bringing to the forefront the many products and services Digiday offers.

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  • The Outline’s Josh Topolsky: There’s too much sameness in digital media

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS While watching the Super Bowl, The Outline founder and CEO Josh Topolsky saw a trailer for the new “Stranger Things.” He knew what would happen next: Dozens of sites would rush up posts as an excuse to embed the trailer and cadge some pageviews. “Everything about digital media is insanely boring,” Topolsky said on this week’s episode of the Digiday Podcast.

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  • Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini: ‘I don’t think you survive on an ad model’

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Barstool Sports, to put it mildly, is not for everyone. Its content veers decidedly in the frat-house direction, features a section called “Girls” devoted to scantily clad women, venerates all things Boston and holds that anything and everything can be a source of amusement. It is also a media brand with something more valuable than ever: loyalty.

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  • Time Inc.’s Jen Wong: We want to be (digital) extroverts

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Time Inc. is the poster child for a legacy publication in the throes of a tumultuous digital transition. And Jen Wong is at the center of it. Wong, a veteran of digital native publisher PopSugar, serves as president of digital and chief operating officer at the home of iconic magazine brands like Time, People and Sports Illustrated.

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  • Bleacher Report CEO: Sites with a casual audience are ‘dead’

    Already, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of devotion. Last year digital properties wowed with big numbers on social platforms, but the name of the game now is loyalty, according to Dave Finocchio, CEO of Bleacher Report, who was the guest of this week’s Digiday Podcast. “Sites that have honest-to-God fans and loyal readers will be fine. Sites that grew up with passers-by readers are dead.

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  • The Information’s Jessica Lessin: Facebook-media relations will worsen

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Facebook might consider changing its relationship status with the media to “It’s complicated.” Media is blaming Facebook for spreading propaganda and hoaxes during the election and beyond. And much of the publishing industry’s attention has been placed on the growing “duopoly” that Facebook and Google hold over the ad market.

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  • ‘Cookie chasers’: Confessions of a digital media veteran

    Today, we spent some time talking to a digital media veteran for their take on the state of the industry. For this executive, with over two decades of experience in digital media, the industry is still in its “awkward years,” with many challenges looming and publishers scrambling to find new ways to make money in an environment where programmatic ad buying has commoditized tra ...

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  • IJR’s Alex Skatell: Media is now about loyalists

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS In under five years, Independent Journal Review has risen to a new type of politics news site with a 40-person editorial team, a White House correspondent and the designation of the most-shared publisher on social channels on election night. “We were really early on the bet that social would be the future of media consumption, and that’s th ...

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  • Introducing Issue 4 of Digiday’s magazine

    What started as a magazine is becoming something more. Pulse is now part of a new Digiday membership model. Our offer: Pay about $1 a day ($395 a year) and we’ll give you a magazine with insightful, unique content; monthly data reports from our summits; member events in New York City and beyond; and an exclusive, monthly newsletter from our editors on what’s coming next in media and marketing.

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  • ‘It’s the birth of a new industry’: Confessions of a weed agency

    Marijuana legalization is now a foregone conclusion. Over half of U.S. states have enacted laws that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use. That means American capitalism has kicked into high gear, with estimates that the domestic legal cannabis market will reach $50 billion by 2026, according to Bloomberg.

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  • EA’s David Tinson: Marketers need to create less content, not more

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Brands nowadays have any number of places to push out content, possibly too many, according to David Tinson, who heads up communications at video game giant Electronic Arts. “The strategy can’t just be more content. It’s hard to not just follow the shiny object and just do more and more and more and not know what we’re getting at it,” said ...

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  • Nieman’s Joshua Benton: Facebook has ‘weaponized’ the filter bubble

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS The idea of the “filter bubble” is not new. Eli Pariser, a founder of Upworthy, wrote a book about it back in 2011, describing how personalization is changing how people think. But now, with Facebook as a dominant force in how people find news and information, we’re seeing that filter bubble “weaponize” with the use of fake news to confirm ...

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  • Bustle’s Bryan Goldberg: ‘There’s still so many dollars trapped in print’

    Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS For all the talk of digital transformation at magazine companies, Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg believes they haven’t gone nearly far enough, mostly because the market for magazine advertising hasn’t collapsed like newspaper ads. “The decline of print all these years hasn’t been for lack of talented writers,” Goldberg said on this week’s episod ...

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  • European publishers see ad-blocking rates stabilizing

    Ad blocking emerged over a year ago as a major threat to digital publishing, most acutely in Europe, which has long boasted the highest ad-blocking rates in the world. But now, European publishers are seeing ad blocking rates stabilize and even drop. It’s too soon for publishers to declare victory in the war on ad blocking.

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