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Ten Key Things That Happened in Q4

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Amid the blizzard of press releases and conference tidbits concerning media, advertising, and adblocking, only some really matter. Here are the ten key things that happened in Q4. OCTOBER 1. US Department of Justice examines possible agency shenanigans.  It transpired that the US Department of Justice had launched an investigation into rigged bids that unfairly favored advertising agencies’ in-house services over others, at clients’ expense. The Association of National Advertisers’ report into agency kickbacks, released in June, exposed agency practises that shortchanged clients, and several big brand CMOs launched audits of their agencies. But the DOJ investigation now raises the stakes for agency executives: previous investigations in 2002 resulted in prison sentences. 2. Media consolidation AT&T agreed a deal to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 Billion.…
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The Rules of Adblocking: How Block Lists Work

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This note is a layman’s guide to how the “block lists” that power adblocking work. A block list contains tens of thousands of rules that govern how a website should be displayed. There are two types of rules. “Filter” rules define what should be blocked. “Exception” rules define what content should be displayed. The most popular block list, “EasyList”, contains tens of thousands of these filters and exceptions.
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Publishers – your only weapon is trust

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Adblocking—and publisher responses to it—sit at the nexus of two trends: the increasing value of trust in the publisher-consumer relationship, and the emerging conditions of the new information market. The Internet turns many types of information that were once scarce and expensive into overabundant—and therefore cheap—commodities. By corollary, trust and attention have become increasingly valuable. In short: As information becomes cheap, trust becomes precious.
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Ad Dodgers through the Ages

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October 29 is International Internet Day, recalling the first network connection on the Internet’s predecessor, the ARPANET. In celebration, PageFair wants to put adblocking in perspective with a little reminder of the fact that the Internet isn’t solely to blame for consumer ad avoidance tendencies.…
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CPM, CPC, CPA: Ad pricing models explained

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While documenting the journey of first-time publishers, we uncovered that comparing pricing models can be a bit difficult. This post gives a brief overview of each pricing model and explains how to compare their revenue potential. CPM – payment when an ad is seen CPM (cost per mille or thousand impressions) is the granddaddy of them all- a pricing model that existed long before the advent of the internet. Under this pricing model the publisher is paid every time a website visitor sees an ad. It’s commonly used where an advertiser wants a branding campaign; the focus is on raising consumer awareness of a company or product rather than persuading them to buy right now.…
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Ad-News For Publishers

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This Week In Advertising: Yahoo launches a new banner ad product, while real time bidding aims to disrupt mobile advertising. Facebook’s increase in traffic is drawing more attention to the platform from publishers.  Here’s a look at this week’s Ad News. Yahoo Goes Big With New Banner Ad Product “Yahoo continued its long tradition of copycatting its competitors’ advertising strategies by announcing Wednesday the launch of Yahoo Image Ads, “native” photo ads that will appear within Yahoo slideshows. Although late to native image ads, Yahoo is making it harder for its users to skip those ads.” via Digiday Why Real-Time Bidding Is Changing Mobile Advertising “Real-time bidding is to digital advertising what high-frequency trading is to Wall Street. Computerized, algorithm-driven trading allows for the quick buying of ad impressions according to pre-set parameters.” via Business Insider Why Facebook Is Wooing Publishers: Traffic “Facebook is trying to woo news publishers with the currency they all understand: traffic.…
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Ad-News for Publishers

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Things we learned this week: Online Advertisers hope to close the mobile revenue gap, while AdParlor makes its way to Twitter. But are the advances in technology making the online advertising system far too complex? Here’s a look at this week’s digest. How Publishers Hope to Close the Mobile Revenue Gap “Mobile is rising fast as a traffic source, with publishers reporting anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent of their overall traffic coming from mobile. The problem is mobile ad rates are still a fraction of what they are for desktop.” via DigiDay AdParlor Makes Its Way To Twitter “Up to now, performance marketer Adknowledge’s AdParlor platform has served agencies and advertisers solely on Facebook, but it will now extend its work as the newest Twitter API partner.” via AdExchanger Is Online Advertising Getting Too Complex?
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Ad-news For Publishers

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Things we learned this week: Online advertising continues to hit double digit growth, as new challenges arise from controversy over third-party cookies. The value of ad impressions and clicks are called into question as middlemen are gaming the system. Here are some more of the things we learned this week. IAB Study: Online Ad Revenue Continues Double-Digit Growth Report shows explosive mobile growth “Here’s some good news for the digital media industry: revenue from online advertising saw double-digit growth in the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to the IAB’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.” via AdWeek Reaching Customers In An Increasingly Cookieless World “48% of marketers feel that they are proficient in digital marketing – are they really?…
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Ad-news For Publishers

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Things we learned this week: Google may tighten their hold on the ad industry with a new alternative to cookies. New research suggests this may be irrelevant as most online ad-targeting data is inaccurate, for example getting a person’s gender wrong 35% of the time. In the meantime publishers are continuing to move towards automation of ad sales, but hedging their bets by comparing performance to human sales teams. Here are some of the things we learned this week. A Google Cookie Replacement Could Upend Online Advertising “Publishers and others worried about the decline of cookies, the web’s foundational technology for targeting display advertising, may welcome an effort by Google to come up with a replacement. But such a move would also drastically grow the search giant’s grasp on the industry.” via Adage Online Data: Cheap, Plentiful, Inaccurate “Web data, we’re told, is the new oil.…