News Corp. Takes On Facebook, Google

News Corp is taking aim at the digital-ad dominance of Google and Facebook with a new platform to let advertisers reach audiences across all of its online properties. The new platform, called News IQ, will pull audience data from sites like The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Barron’s and give advertisers a way to reach specific audiences around safe content.

2017: The Year Digital Beat TV In Ad Spending

We’ve been headed here for a while. But this was the year it actually happened: Advertisers spent more on digital than traditional TV. To be specific: Digital ad spending reached $209 billion worldwide — 41% of the market — in 2017, while TV brought in $178 billion — 35% of the market. That’s according to Magna, the research arm of media buying firm IPG Mediabrands.

Ads Up 7% in October With Digital’s Help

Continued gains from digital media — and virtually unchanged results from national TV —helped lift the U.S. ad market to a robust 7% hike in October. Digital media grew 11%, while national TV inched up 1% and radio rose a surprising 16%, Standard Media Index says. On the losing end, out-of-home was down 3%, magazines slid 19%, and newspapers gave up 3%.

Hulu Readies New Ad Formats

Hulu, the offspring of traditional TV companies, hopes to catch Madison Avenue’s eye with offers of new commercial formats that can be distributed to select cuts of audience based on program choices and other behaviors. Advertisers who sense a couch-potato migration from living-room TV to mobile screen might have interest.

Linda Yaccarino Wants To Fix Digital Ads

The ad sales head of NBCUniversal is “leading the business in a lot more ways than just talking about measurement,” says one fan.

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Digital Advertising Facing Its Moment Of Truth

Every agency, platform and digital media player has been on high alert since Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard, who holds the strings to the conglomerate’s $2.4 billion annual U.S. advertising purse, threatened to yank his company’s spend if they fail to address the growing mess of issues in digital advertising like fraud, brand safety and transparency.

BuzzFeed Ditching Its Anti-Banner-Ad Stance

After eschewing banner ads for years, BuzzFeed is finally embracing them. BuzzFeed will introduce display ads that will be bought and sold using third-party ad technology on a global basis. The move is a bid to tap into its scale and monetize its owned-and-operated platforms more effectively.

Ad Market Sees Uptick, Digital Rises 11%

The U.S. advertising market grew 3.8% in the second quarter of this year — largely due to an 11% gain in digital media. Standard Media Index says this followed a 2.8% increase in the first quarter. National TV brought down the overall results. In the second quarter, national TV advertising revenue was virtually flat — down 0.8%. This followed a weak 0.8% gain in the first quarter.

IAB Releases New Ad Format Specs

The Interactive Advertising Bureau today released the final version of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio. The specs include advertising units that allow for the creative to adjust to a variety of screen sizes and resolution capabilities. Based on HTML5 technology, a move Google pushed in 2016, the specs also offer guidelines for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), social media, mobile video, emoji ad messaging and 360-degree video ads.

Comcast: Blockchain Can Be Used In Ad Buys

Comcast Advanced Advertising Group announced a new platform that will let marketers make ad buys in broadcast and streaming TV using blockchain technology. The platform will allow marketers to anonymously match their data sets with programmers and others in the industry to target consumers on any device without giving up proprietary customer info. Participants in the technology, dubbed the Blockchain Insights Platform, include Disney, NBCU, Altice USA, Channel 4 U.K., Cox Communications, Mediaset Italia and France’s TF1 Group, according to Comcast.

iHeartmedia, Fox Nets Debut New Ad Services

The new suite of data-driven products is designed to serve both the audio and video marketplaces in the digital ad marketplace.

Snapchat Struggles To Get Marketers’ Interest

Snap has more than its share of skeptics and critics. And if its stock price is any indication — Snap shares are now trading near their IPO price — it’s not come close to quieting them. One group Snap has yet to win over is the marketing industry. A mere 7% of marketers said they used Snapchat in the first quarter of 2017, according to a recent Social Media Examiner survey.

IAB: 1Q U.S. Digital Advertising Hits $19.6B

The $3.7 billion jump represents the second-highest quarter of all time and follows on the heels of the industry’s strongest quarter on record, which was $21.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Snap Launches Ad Manager, Touts Auction

Snap officially launched its self-service Ad Manager on Monday. The new platform boasts several features tailored for smaller brands, including auction buying and the ability to pay for ads with a credit card rather than a credit line. In Ad Manager, there is also no minimum dollar amount that businesses must spend. As part of a broader ad push, Snap also unveiled a Certified Partners program — offering advertisers help in planning, executing and improving their Snapchat ad buys.

Verizon Seeks Digital Ad Dollars With Yahoo

Verizon wants to become a strong third choice for advertisers by adding Yahoo’s popular sites and billion users worldwide to its own media business, which includes AOL and Verizon’s home-grown go90 video service. It can place ads on those sites, and can also combine data from visitors to those sites with AOL’s ad technologies and sales teams, and possibly also personal data from Verizon mobile customers such as location and other information, in order to better target ads at individuals.

Snap Buys Placed For More Than $125M

Snap Inc. acquired Placed, a startup that measures the offline success of digital advertising campaigns, for about $125 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Including stock payouts, the full value of the deal could exceed $200 million, said two other people with knowledge of the deal, who asked not to be named because the terms aren’t being disclosed. The acquisition will help Snap expand its efforts to show that ads on its photo and video-sharing app Snapchat are driving users to stores.

UPFRONTS 2017

TV Bashes Digital Rivals, Not Digital Promise

In presentations this week to promote programming for the 2017-18 season, sales executives from major cable and broadcast networks had to pull off a carefully orchestrated balancing act. Bigwigs from Fox, NBC and CBS took aim at Facebook, YouTube and other digital platforms in the hopes of wooing commercial dollars back to traditional media. At the same time, they talked up their own digital chops, as well as partnerships with and investments in digital companies.

Benchmarking Local Media’s Digital Revenues

Borrell Associates’ 15th annual Benchmarking Local Media’s Digital Revenues tracks the changes in local digital advertising versus that held by pureplay internet companies. This year marks a milestone for local advertising, the report says. “For the first time, local businesses will invest more of their marketing dollars in digital media than they will in community-based print and broadcast media.”

Offensive Content Spurs YouTube Ad Loses

2016 Digital Ad Spend Jumps 22% To $72.5B

Marketers spent $72.5 billion on digital advertising last year, an increase of 22% from 2015, as Google and Facebook once again booked the lion’s share of new revenue, a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau said on Wednesday. The report underscored a migration by consumers away from traditional forms of media like television to online and mobile platforms, which has left digital companies competing for a larger share of advertising dollars.

COMMENTARY BY PHILIPPE GUAY

Video Content At Scale Is Game Changer

Philippe Guay, EVP, SendtoNews: “Finding ways to scale your offering through partnering is an easy way to get advertisers and agencies to appreciate and buy your offering. We need to make sure audience is so easy to buy at scale that you are impossible to ignore when it comes time to allocate media budget.”

If Writers Strike, Ads May Flow To OTT

The WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed contract discussions this week following a two-week hiatus that was initiated after WGA rejected an AMPTP offer. One main point of contention is over funding of health care plans. Barclays analysts wrote in a research note on Wednesday that if the strike moves forward, advertisers, viewers and ancillary revenues will likely reallocate toward digital platforms.

Oracle Plans Aggressive Move Into TV Adv.

To kick off what should lead to more partnerships like it, the company’s Data Cloud division has joined with linear TV data firm Simulmedia. Oracle hopes the pair-up will coax advertisers still spending big bucks in TV to look to its platform and audience-linked transactional data offerings, typically employed for digital advertising, before planning TV media buys.

P&G’s Fustration With Digital Ads

Marc S. Pritchard, chief brand officer for Procter & Gamble, is leading demands for more data on where ads appear and how views are measured.

Jesse Angelo Named News Corp. Digital Ad Chief

Inside NBCU’s Big Bet On Data-Based Ads

While almost all of the TV media companies have been rolling out their own data platforms to transact more advertising based on metrics outside of the traditional age and gender demos, NBCUniversal is making the biggest push yet to transition brands into making targeted audience buys. Last month, the company announced it was committing $1 billion in 2017 advertising inventory to data-based, non-Nielsen transactions in this year’s upfront and scatter markets. That’s 10% of the $10 billion in ad revenue the company brought in last year.

YouTube’s Ad Bid Imperiled By Brand’s Revolt

The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday.

Pricetag On Digital Ad Fraud: $16.4 Billion

That’s how much advertisers stand to lose in 2017, says a new report, which notes programmatic sees a disproportionate share of fraud.

Q&A WITH GORDON BORRELL

Facebook Now Cannibalizing Digital Budgets

It’s no longer just traditional budgets that are under siege by the social media site. It’s pulled ahead of Google in local markets by offering simple products. Gordon Borrell talks about what makes the site so appealing to local advertisers, how much it stands to grow and why Facebook could stay relevant for years to come.

NEWS ANALYSIS

It’s Time to Rethink TV Selling

TV sales execs can make a strong case that TV offers greater reach, superior quality content, more accurate data, and greater audience engagement than digital video, along with longer-term and more embedded historical relationships with advertiser and agency executives. Yet, perceptions of digital video media among advertiser and agency executives are equal to or greater than both broadcast and cable TV networks across eight performance attributes, according to a new industry survey.

Digital Ad Market Soars 20% In 3Q

U.S. advertisers invested $17.6 billion in digital advertising during the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released Wednesday.

COMMENTARY BY TOM GOODWIN

TV Advertising Is Poised To Change Forever

TV and the advertising it carries will, over the next 5 years, be completely digital. Our entire industry’s odd complex about digital and our strange organization and separation around it will be blown up because virtually all media will be digital. The gap between video and TV will be entirely destroyed as we realize it’s a divide of no merit or distinction.

Q&A WITH JONATHAN ADAMS

What’s In Store For Digital Advertising In 2017

A few things to watch for: A boom in voice services, such as Siri and Alexa, which will integrate advertising. Wariness of fake news. Emphasis on behavioral signals. Jonathan Adams, chief digital officer at Maxus, says advertisers will need to “prioritize authenticity” when it comes to news.

TVN'S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

It’s Time To Take The Digital Media Plunge

Consumers are increasingly accessing content digitally. Savvy advertisers continue to follow them and industry trades and consumer publications are full of stories on how digital ad revenues are outpacing those of traditional TV. The question becomes: What’s the risk of a wait-and-see approach?

NEWSTECHFORUM

Borrell: ’16 Political Spend Down $1B From ’12

Gordon Borrell says that in addition to that decrease, digital was up $1.3 billion. In 2017, he says, core TV spending will be flat, with digital outselling traditional media. What stations need to do, he advises, is show advertisers how broadcast spend can help drive traffic to their website or Facebook page. “When they begin to put the two together — that broadcast advertising drives digital traffic better than anything else, and it does — than you’re going to see more … advertising.”

Borrell: Local TV Advertisers To Up Digital Buy

A new report from Borrell Associates says that 68% of all businesses that buy local TV commercials plan to increase their spending on digital and mobile media in 2017. “Broadcasters need to realize that it’s their game to lose.”

TVN'S FRONT OFFICE BY MARY COLLINS

Keys To Unlocking Digital Media Revenues

While many publicly traded station groups have taken a very distinct path toward their digital media investments, one common denominator is forging relationships with third-party aggregators as well as search engine marketing and search engine optimization partners. Here’s how six station groups are taking advantage of their unique strengths to scale their offerings and maintain their leadership positions in digital.

U.S. Digital Ad Rev Up 19% In First Half Of ’16

Digital ad revenues were $32.7 billion for the first half of 2016, up 19% from the year-earlier period according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Mobile ad revenues grew 89% to $15.5 billion, representing 49% of all digital ad spend in the period. Video and search advertising were up 178% and 105%, respectively, while desktop display fell 10%.

Digital Adv. To Keep Soaring, Despite Flaws

There’s been pushback on that narrative of late, as advertisers move money back to TV. But a new report suggests the trend is temporary. Expects digital’s ad share to hit 51% by decade’s end.

Digital Marketing Glossary 101

DMP? DSP? SSP? What does it all mean? Here’s a look at the terms and practices that are essential to know as a digital marketer on the way to 2020.