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2016.03.18 Last Week in Digital Media

SXSW wrapped up last week. Outside of the VR and content conversations, the highlight was President Obama's keynote conversation which touched on the topic of encryption. Given a few days later the Guardian reported that Facebook, Google and Snapchat were working to extend encryption within apps/services, it seems the speech didn't drive the desired outcome. It's going to be challenging for citizens, industry and government to align on a unified position around this topic. Just over a month ago there was a meltdown by twitter users about the rumored introduction of an algorithmic timeline. Last week, Instagram made the switch to show "moments you ...
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2016.03.11 Last Week in Digital Media

SXSW is underway. Early SXSW reports coming back  are that VR is EVERYWHERE. With the Oculus release date inching ever close (March 28th), Samsung giving out Gear VR's to people who order a Samsung S7, and excitement growing around companies like Magic Leap the VR hype machine is going to be continue for a while. The only confirmed VR news this week was that (no surprises) social experiences will be integrated into Oculus. Is Google+ set for a revival? That's the current theory after they hired 4Chan founder Chris Poole. This was seen as a smart but surprise move given 4Chan's ...
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2016.03.04 Last Week in Digital Media

ComScore's January Smartphone report is out and the Top 10 apps continues to be dominated by Google and Facebook. There are however some break out entrants. At #8 is Pandora and at #10 is Amazon. Facebook still holds #1 with 78% reach, with the first Google entry (YouTube) at 61%. Spotify may not make the Top 10 mobile apps, but it did make the news this week by announcing a partnership with Facebook Messenger. You can now share spotify tracks directly within Messenger. A wise move that could help them in the streaming wars against Pandora, Apple, Google, and Amazon. While ...
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2016.02.26 Last Week in Digital Media

Like so many of you, I was overcome with emotions this week, or what one day medical professionals will call the 6 emotional stages of social media ?❤️???? (Like, Love, HaHa, Wow, Sad and Angry). Yes, after over a year of pilot testing, Facebook has launched "Reactions". What reactions means for advertisers is not as immediately subtle as you would expect. Right now, the Facebook algorithm treats any reaction the same, which means a person will see more of that content (even if it makes them angry or sad). The most immediate way for our clients to use reactions is to engage ...
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2016.02.19 Last Week in Digital Media

This year is shaping up as the year of battles between Facebook and Google. Facebook announced any publisher can publish Facebook Instant Articles from April 12. In the midst of this news, there were internet users reporting Google was experimenting with recommending articles directly in Chrome. As most publishers will tell you, Facebook is often surpassing Google in terms of traffic referrals - so no surprise Google is trying to re-assert itself. Rumors also surfaced during the week about Facebook Messenger will soon supporting advertising. I am going to repeat this sentiment later on, but messaging is going to be the next ...
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2016.02.12 Last Week in Digital Media

Like many of you, I was watching the Super Bowl when the email from Daryl Lee hit our inbox announcing that we were AdWeek's Global Media Agency of the Year. While some of us were reading the news, the rest of the country was watching the Super Bowl on OTT capable devices. Just how many? According to innovid, 60% of viewers! The full details are in a graphic here. If you don't click the link, the teaser is Roku counted for the lions share of OTT devices. In the midst of UM and Denver Bronco celebrations, media partner had news of their own this week. twitter ...
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2016.02.05 Last Week in Digital Media

There's always speculation someone will buy twitter and this week was no different. There was, however, anew rumor about twitter  - that it is about to launch an algorithmic based timeline (similar to Facebook). This was rumor was shutdown as false over the weekend by their CEO (via a tweet). But not before the #RIPtwitter hashtag started trending. Meanwhile. Yahoo! finally confirmed after several months of rumors that they are looking for strategic alternatives (i.e. sale). While everyone was reacting to the twitter and Yahoo! news, Google and Facebook had one of the more interesting market announcements the week. Both Google and Facebook ...
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2016.01.29 Last Week in Digital Media

What an exciting week it has been, with UM declared AdAge's 2016 Agency of the Year and the team also winning the Sony Pictures US pitch. On the media partner front, twitter lost senior execs and there's rumors Google is going to get into consumer VR based on some recent job postings. The FCC also moved another step closer to unbundling cable boxes - great news for OTT offerings like Netflix.HBO Go. and Amazon Video (and even device makers like Roku) ...
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