Leading Operations Online

With only a couple days left till AdMonsters Publisher Forum descends on the Big Easy, we can already smell the gumbo and beignets. Our eager anticipation to consume copious amounts of heavenly food is only outweighed by our teeming excitement over all the engaging and top-notch content in store for our first Publisher Forum of the year. From unpacking a non-textual future for the Web to discussing mobile's continued impact on publishers and its move towards preeminence, our keynotes at New Orleans will untangle the wires of our fast-evolving industry, helping you break through the noise as you and your pub dive into 2014. 

Newly crowned Senior Vice President for Sales at Hulu and New Orleans keynote Peter Naylor will examine how platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest may be driving a shift towards a visually driven Web, and why revenue ops and ad ops players will be key to digital ad success as the way we communicate on the Web moves away from text. Jay Lauf, publisher at Atlantic...

February 18, 2014 native Gavin Dunaway

Some may see Hannah on “Girls” thriving in a native advertising job at GQ as a sign that the movement has jumped the shark. However, I’m of quite the opposite mindset, especially after viewing Hulu’s latest native ad product, “Farmed and Dangerous,” a four-part comdey series accurately labeled as a piece of Chipotle content marketing. The first episode is now playing on Hulu (FYI, new SVP of Sales Peter Naylor is the opening keynote at PubForum New Orleans next week), and although it’s flawed as a program, the product potential is quite intriguing.

While The New Yorker takes its time in explaining that scripted content brought to you by a sponsor is actually a blast from the past, “Farmed and Dangerous” shares qualities with more contemporary content marketing and...

Though it seems fraud and the scourge of bots were high of mind at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting this week, EmpiricalMedia’s Steve Goldberg launched a few missiles via AdExchanger that I’m sure exploded in debate over in Palm Springs. One of these missiles included predicting “the end of stand alone self-service platforms,” because programmatic direct providers are “point solution companies.”

In a Twitter exchange (for that is how gentlefolk communicate these days), Goldberg emphasized he was not arguing that programmatic direct as a transactional channel is a point solution, but the...

Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too much “Downton Abbey,” but I can’t shake the idea that if programmatic direct was a debutante, 2013 was the year it came out.

While the concept had been around for a while and people had long whispered about its prospects, last year was when it really hit the circuit – that is, providers integrated their APIs into just about every platform out there. Potential suitors on the buy and sell sides started lining up for appointments, and many even partook in a dance or two.

Still, the question that has many on both the demand and supply sides of the fence flummoxed is, “How do we make this work?” For agencies and advertisers, how does prog direct fit into their buying strategies? And for pubs, how do they get the channel to really drive revenue – and not cannibalize other streams? And overall, when does the tech move beyond display into the fertile ground of video?

But perhaps we need to take a step back and ask ourselves the more obvious (yet somehow...

Blizzards, polar vortexes (vortices?) – simply minor obstacles when it comes to bringing ad ops professionals together for deliberation and… Well, what’s deliberation without a little drinking? 

Even in a place like DC, where two inches of snow shuts down the federal government faster than a budget dispute. (As a friend noted, “The government’s closed, but the bars and Chipotles are definitely open.” Most likely Jumbo Slice as well.) I know about the District’s crippling fear of winter percipitation my 27 years of living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. (Kudos to any of you that thought I hadn't even reached 27 years of age.) During my schoolboy days, a few afternoon flurries seemed to guarantee there’d be no school the next day. 

In fact, during our AdMonsters DC Mashup, panelist Jeff Burkett, Senior Director of Sales Operations and Product Strategy at The Washington Post, received a text from his son stating that school had been canceled for...

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