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It's time for another last week in digital media, here's what you may have missed: GENERAL Confirming the rumor from last week, Amazon will be making available a selection of Amazon Music stations to Alexa owners for free (with ads) even if the user doesn't have a Prime or Amazon music subscription. The ad-supported free Amazon music offering is currently US-only. Making it seem like music week, Google too is making available Google Music for free to owners of Google Home speakers. Unlike Amazon, Google simultaneously launched the free offering across several markets including the US, as well as parts ...Read More
Welcome to last week in digital media. GENERAL It has been over 3 years since Facebook introduced reactions, and now Linked In is following suit. Linked In is rolling out reactions (Like, Celebrate, Love, Insightful, Curious). Reactions are rolling out now and will be available globally. details are starting to firm on Pinterest's IPO, with an expected share price of US$15-US$17. Fortune reports that this means some late investors in Pinterest may actually lose money at the IPO. lots of interesting Snapchat news, with a new build of the Android app, a test of a new ribbon to help users discover ...Read More
Another week, another last week in digital media. Enjoy! SNAPCHAT Snapchat held the first ever partner day during the week. Announcing a wealth of new features, content, advertising opportunities, and services. Here's what you need to know: Snap is building the "Snap Audience Network" to monetize non-Snap owned apps. This will be iOS and US-only at launch. To broaden the availability of the Snap stories format, users will be able to share stories with 3rd party apps. tinder and houseparty confirmed as early integration partners. Bitmoji will be available more broadly, with integrations to Fitbit and Venmo enabling you to use your Bitmoji within their ...Read More
It's time once again for last week in digital media, here's all the news you may have missed: GENERAL Apple made a wealth of announcements during the week from news subscriptions, video products, to a credit card. The big takeaway for the ad industry is that the subscription-based all-you-can-eat Apple News+ service will not have ads. If News+ gets wide-spread adoption, it could see a decline in audiences on ad-supported content. As for Apple's TV+ service it won't be exclusive to Apple devices (Roku is one of the partners), it won't have ads, and pricing is unknown. The IPG Media Lab ...Read More
It's another issue of Last Week in Digital Media. Here's all the digital media news you may have missed: GENERAL WhatsApp business is now available on iOS is Mexico, Brazil, and France (it was released on Android last year). Still no word on when WhatsApp business for iOS will be available in the US. If you need a refresh on WhatsApp business features, there's a handy guide on the WhatsApp website. Disney now officially owns 21st Century Fox, with the US$71B deal closing during the week. It's also worth remembering that Disney will now own 60% of Hulu. Google announced Stadia, their cloud-based ...Read More
A Happy St Patrick's Day and welcome to another last week in digital media. GENERAL The internet turned 30 this week. It's OK if you forgot to get it an eCard, you could be like Stephen Colbert and give it all your data instead, If you're after a retrospective, the Verge published their favorite memories from A-Z. Facebook made changes to the way they report metrics. Facebook's metric changes are detailed in this blog post, One change is Facebook will provide more details around ad relevance, helping you understand factors that influence ad performance. This change will be rolling out over ...Read More
Here's your latest issue of Last Week in Digital Media and the news you may have missed: GENERAL Google Ad Manager will move to first priced auctions by the end of this year. This is relevant (and news) because first priced auction offers more fee transparency. If you want to learn more about the broader implications for first priced acitions, there's a great 2018 MAGNA report on programmatic that goes into specifics. In the lead up to SXSW, foursquare has released "hypertrending" which reveals real-time data on what's trending in Austin. The services takes data not only from foursquare's own ...Read More
Here's the last week in digital media. GENERAL Adobe has released a study on the state of Voice Assistants (slideshare). Of note, the study claims that 1/3 of consumers find voices ads to be more engaging and less intrusive than other forms of advertising. Pandora has launched Pandora Stories, a format designed for artists to create playlists with additional voice commentary. The format may also be of interest to brands who could work with artists to create a branded profile/interview experience (see this playlist for an inspiration). Sponsored Ads are coming to Amazon Fresh (Amazon's Prime-Only Grocery service). Available as Sponsored Product campaigns, ...Read More