Rob Rasko

  • Which came first, the mobile app or the audience?

    Budgets continue to shift from print to digital and from desktop to mobile. One of the hallmarks of this movement is that now more than ever, anyone with an audience or the ability to create one is a publisher, holding the keys to targeted potential buyers. Culturally, we’ve seen a shift from broad-stroke messages with a one-size-fits-all appeal to more segmented targeting a ...

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  • Marketers mustn’t be afraid to click on ads

    There is a lot of chatter in our industry about the negative effects of ad blocking. And while ad blockers present a serious concern for our industry, would it hurt to consider, on a lighthearted note, that one shouldn’t be afraid to click on ads? I plan to click on more ads going forward, and in support of our industry, I’m encouraging my friends to do the same.

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  • The “BuzzFeeding” Of The Election And Why Marketers Should Be Watching

    During the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Annual Leadership Meeting last month, David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama, took to the stage to give his predictions on the presidential campaign and talked about the dynamics of both parties. When analyzing the GOP field, Axelrod pointed out that while the media has continued to focus on the Donald Trump Show, ...

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  • Now Is The Time For Digital Marketing To Embrace Scarcity

    What is scarcity, and why does it matter, anyway? It’s how Uber gets you to pay more for a car in a rainstorm when everyone else in the city is trying to stay dry. It’s the last slice of pizza in the box when you and your friends are still hungry. It’s the last cold beer on a hot, sunny day. And how much would you pay for those things? That’s right… You’d pay whatever it costs to get them.

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  • What Publishers Must Consider When Planning Their Mobile Strategies

    Mobile traffic on most publishers’ sites has been soaring in recent months, sparking them to consider fundamental and strategic issues about the future of their businesses. The underlying question: what’s the optimal way to respond to internet users who are increasingly doing their browsing on mobile devices? However, understanding the unique technology and opportunities and ...

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  • Why Ads In Apps Can’t (And Probably Won’t) Be Blocked

    Apple has a problem. I’m not saying the multibillion-dollar organization is in any serious danger. It is too big to fail. What I am saying, however, is that it has a pretty onerous and public strategic decision to make — one that it didn’t necessarily bargain for and one that is going to play out right in front of all of us.

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  • Ad Blocking: Simply A Symptom Of Advertising’s Lack Of Creativity

    This summer, my wife began binge-watching the show, “Parenthood.” Luckily for her (though not us advertising folks), the first four seasons were available to watch ad-free on Netflix. Season 5, however, is not available yet on Netflix, so she is now watching it on Hulu — commercials and all. (The horror!) She recently said to me, “I feel like I’m in purgatory from all the ye ...

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  • Succeeding In Mobile Advertising: The Journey Begins

    Our industry is on a journey. Digital media is growing up, and as mobile becomes the predominant way people consume content, marketers are learning the best ways to incorporate it into a broader offering. Mobile’s ascent to market dominance has been one of our industry’s fastest shifts to date. According to eMarketer’s research, published in Direct Response Tactics Take Majo ...

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  • Ad Blocking: A Binary Solution To A Complex Problem

    There is no free lunch. Everything has an inherent cost, whether it’s in time, money or resources. Consumers have the option to decide if the cost of a good or service is worth the exchange of their resources. The only question is: Who will pay those costs? Web publishing is not exempt from this basic economic law, although the rise in ad blocker use that is quickly gaining ...

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  • There Are No More Secrets Left In Programmatic, Only Work To Be Done

    “No. Try not. Do … or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda As more publishers adopt programmatic best practices and become aces in optimization, we’ve discovered that there are no longer hidden secrets towards achieving higher CPMs. The major unknowns of programmatic buying and selling have been worked out — all that is left to do is the work.

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  • Redesigning Your Ad-Supported Site For Viewability & Mobile

    Now, more than ever, publishers need to focus their attention toward optimal site design to own a piece of the advertising puzzle. At The 614 Group, an extensive amount of our work involves creating roadmaps to guide our publisher clients through the execution of their robust digital media strategies.

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  • Why I’m Bullish On Content Creators In 2015

    Since I began my career in digital media more than 13 years ago, the way publishers generate revenue has changed significantly. Not long ago, content was created by writers and paid for either by subscription, advertising sales or some combination of the two methods. Not everyone’s content could make it to a publisher, allowing only the best content to make it to print.

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  • Brand Safety’s Moment Has Arrived (At Last)

    When I started the 614 Group in 2011, digital brand safety was a key component of the original business plan. However, if I had tried to hold an actual summit on the topic, I probably wouldn’t have been able to fill a phone booth with high-level ad-tech veterans Fast forward to three years later: in November, our group hosted a summit and launched our Brand Safety Series, an ...

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  • Fixing Programmatic: Start At The Top

    “The only way out is through…” One of the greatest fears publishers face is an impending loss of revenue, based on the spread between what they earn selling their premium inventory and what they earn from programmatic. In some instances, the delta between publisher premium and programmatic can be as great as ten to one; in other words, some publishers’ programmatic ads are ...

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  • Don’t Be Spooked By The Fear Of Programmatic Ad Buying

    Change brings about fear. Whether it’s your first day at a new job or your first time watching your child ride their bike without training wheels, we experience this natural human reaction: a fear of the unknown. As our industry evolves and produces faster and smarter ways to work – such as programmatic ad buying – it’s only natural that some of us respond with fear.

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