Publishers Are Letting Adtech Kill Their Advantages

The web is the most dynamic and inventive medium to ever exist. So when it comes to digital advertising, creativity should be unbounded. A publisher should, in theory, be able to radically differentiate its media kit from other publishers in order to win direct sales and deliver unparalleled impact and performance to its partners. But they don’t — because they’ve been focused on what ad tech says publishers should do, and not the things they

Podcasting Continues to Grow in Popularity and Monetization

We’ve got about 4 million downloads of 200+ episodes of our marketing podcast to date, and it continues to grow. So much so that we invested in our podcast studio. I’m actually in the design phases of a new studio that I may be relocating to my home since I find myself either participating or running so many podcasts. From its humble beginnings in 2003, podcasting has become an unstoppable force in content marketing and

How Do Ads.txt and Ads.cert Prevent Advertising Fraud?

In a $25 billion industry, $6 billion in fraud isn’t negligable… it’s a direct threat to the industry.  Those stats come from a survey by the Association of National Advertisers, who partnered with digital security company WhiteOps. The automated selection utilizing programmatic advertising platforms hasn’t helped. If you can program targeting algorithms, you can also program systems to attract the advertising. Borrowing from other industries, like email, IAB Labs developed the Ads.txt specification. Ads.txt hopes

Podcast Advertising Is Coming of Age

With the unbelievable growth of podcasting over the years, I feel as though the industry has been slow to adapt advertising technologies to it. There’s little or no reason why the same advertising strategies developed for video couldn’t be applied to podcasting – even just pre-roll ads, for example. Dynamically inserted ads increased their proportion of ad spend by 51% from 2015 to 2016 according to an IAB Podcast Ad Revenue Study. I look forward

4 Strategies to Mitigate the Risk of Rampant Click Fraud

Digital Advertising will most likely be the top media advertising expenditure in 2016 according to comScore. That’s also making it an irresistible target for click fraud. In fact, according to a new report on fraud in the online advertising industry, one-third of all advertising expenditures will be wasted on fraud. Distil Networks and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) have released A Digital Publisher’s Guide to Measuring and Mitigating Bot Traffic, a report that examines today’s

Are Your Video Ads Being Seen?

A little more than half of all advertisements on video pages are seen across the web, a difficult situation for marketers hoping to take advantage of the growing video viewership across devices. It’s not all bad news… even a video ad that was partially listened to still had an impact. Google analyzed their DoubleClick, Google and Youtube advertising platforms to try to identify the factors that help determine the viewability of those video ads. What