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This week’s non-Trump news in media was the concerted effort by major newspaper companies to pressure Google and Facebook. The idea: an antitrust exemption to allow competitors to form a united front in wringing concessions from the duopoly. Many have panned the idea, and rightfully so, seeing as it’s too little, too late.
Publishers declaring a “pivot to video” has become so cliche to be a joke. The reasoning is trotted out anytime a publisher refocuses its business — and cuts editorial staff. In the past 18 months, the following digital media companies have announced a variance on the pivot to video: April 2016: Mashable cuts staff to focus on video February 2017: Bleacher Report cuts 50, ...
Snap’s “after-dark” party on Monday night was at a private greenhouse around the corner from its large, yellow ferris wheel. It had beautiful flower decorations and homemade ice cream — and no outsiders, especially if you’re a journalist. Several attendees described a strict attendance policy, which made it nearly impossible for anyone not on Snap’s list to get into the party ...
The ad tech flotilla has become a fixture of Cannes — and the growing presence of ad tech. Whether it is a sign of health or dubious spending is up for some debate. One ad tech firm founder, when asked why he isn’t getting a yacht, told me it was a “dick-measuring contest.” Another CEO who did have a yacht perhaps summed it up best: “I’m not a fan of the concept, but sales wanted to do it.
Count The New York Times CEO Mark Thompson among those unhappy with the state of the digital ad market, beset by fraud, bots, bad ad placements and oodles of ad tech. “The world of digital advertising is a nightmarish joke,” he said during a panel discussion at Cannes. “Mark Zuckerberg’s first post about fake news, Facebook managed to serve an ad for fake news next to it. It’s a joke.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have all shelled out for beach spaces and have scheduled a series of panels and events throughout Cannes. Snap, once again, is forging a different path. The newly-public company has erected a yellow ferris wheel right outside Le Palais. It’s called “Le Grande Roul” and is open to both delegates and the public.
The Cannes Lions is kicking off again next week, with 30,000 flocking to the Mediterranean for a weeklong series of panels, schmoozing, rosé, more schmoozing, followed by more rosé. Here’s what will dominate conversations, both on stages and over drinks on yachts. The Cannes shakedown Cannes bills itself as a festival of creativity. It is really a carnival of capitalism.
This is the time of the woke CMO. Marketers have typically avoided controversy, but we live in strange times. Look no further than the situations in which JPMorgan Chase, Delta and Bank of America found themselves. JPMorgan Chase’s CMO, Kristin Lemkau, took to Twitter to denounce NBC for giving airtime to conspiracy theorist and Sandy Hook denier Alex Jones in an upcoming epis ...
Like many in media and marketing, Digiday is preparing to decamp to the French Riviera for a week, with Sahil Patel and I drawing the hardship assignment of covering the maelstrom that is the Cannes Lions. We are planning a few new wrinkles this year. We’ll send out a Digiday Daily Cannes Briefing each morning in Cannes.
Welcome to the Digiday Changemakers, 50 people who are making media and marketing more modern. This is our first list, published in the new issue of Digiday magazine, which is part of the Digiday+ membership program. The idea behind Changemakers is to recognize those in media and marketing who are making change happen on a daily basis.
Facebook has grand ambitions in video. Mark Zuckerberg himself has said the feed will be mostly video in a few years, and Facebook is clearly eyeing TV. But for many video creators, Facebook simply doesn’t measure up when it comes to turning views into dollars. That was a big takeaway from conversations last week at the Digiday Video Anywhere Summit in New Orleans.
We’re busy putting the finishing touches on the next issue of Digiday magazine, which will you’ll receive in mid-June. Earlier this week, I got a message from a publishing executive asking, “Is Digiday the only trade pub that doesn’t do lists?” It was fortuitous timing since this issue will feature our first-ever list: The Digiday Changemakers, 50 people in media and marketing ...
This week, we’re launching the Digiday+ Slack channel. We’ll kick it off on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET with a chat I’ll lead with Neil Vogel, CEO of Dotdash (formerly About.com). Neil will discuss the decision to mothball the Internet 1.0 brand, the shift to verticals in digital media and probably some Philadelphia sports.
This week, I’m writing from Berlin, where we are holding our first Digiday Brand Summit Europe starting tomorrow. Here’s some of what I’ve heard over the past week in Ireland, London and Berlin. Facebook skepticism in the U.K. Before coming to Berlin, I stopped in London, where Digiday has an office. There, I met with a publisher who relies on Facebook for a good three-quarters of its business.
Welcome to the newly rebranded Digiday+. We’ve changed our identity from Pulse to better reflect the value proposition of our membership program. What’s on offer is Digiday and more — exclusive content, original research and intimate events. Facebook Instant Articles in the spotlight I’m spending this week and next in Europe, starting with our Digiday Programmatic Summit in I ...
Publishers can be forgiven for having a Rocky IV moment recently as Facebook has been on the defensive over livestreaming a murder and what appears to be a dud of a product with Instant Articles. The Russian is cut. Facebook is kicking off its annual developer conference today at a time when it has never been stronger in media but is also showing clear signs of weakness.
Spring has arrived in New York City. We are plotting our next issue of Digiday magazine, and even contemplating Digiday’s first-ever list. United’s meltdown and media sameness In Digiday’s early days, we focused on white spaces. Ad Age and Adweek were the incumbents, striving for comprehensiveness. So with a tiny staff, we looked for areas we could own.
I spent last week in Vail, for our Moguls event that gathered together 25 C-level publishing executives, which was followed by the Digiday Publishing Summit, which drew another 200 publishing executives. One thing stood out: The hints of optimism. Justin Smith’s optimistic survival guide Yes, Digiday often forthrightly emphasized the challenges of making it today in digital media.
This edition of the Rundown is coming to you from the slopes in Vail, Colorado, where we are having our first-ever Moguls event for publishing CEOs, followed by the Digiday Publishing Summit. OK, I’m not actually skiing, but I can see the mountain from my hotel room, so there’s that. Outrage Theater Last week, I wrote how the ongoing tensions between advertisers, agencies, pu ...
The duopoly is on our minds — and on marketers’ minds, too. Tear down these walls There is an imbalance of power right now. Facebook and Google have never been more powerful. It’s why our new issue focused on this duopoly. Now, there are signs that marketers are fighting back. Publishers are mostly bystanders, other than cheering on marketers for starting to demand changes t ...