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Weekly News Roundup: Expect Fewer CPG Dollars, Ad Tech Tax Exposed, Marketers Mixed on Duopoly

A World Without CPG Spend? Okay, maybe we shouldn't be bracing for a world without CPGs dollars, but maybe we should be ready for a substantial reduction in their digital spending. Procter & Gamble famously slashed its digital ad spend by $100 million earlier this year and cut off the…

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The Native Chronicles: Creative Revival

The first banner ad is both a thing of legend and of infamy. The latter because it launched a revolution of skyscrapers, page takeovers, interstitials, animated Flash units and other interruptive contrivances that users have learned to loathe. But the first banner ad—a spot for AT&T on Wired.com in 1994—is…

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Chrome Gets Into the Ad Blocking Business for Real

A few months back, Google announced it would be equipping an ad blocker—or something like an ad blocker, maybe more like an ad filter—into newer versions of Chrome. The new Chrome feature would filter out ads deemed overly intrusive to the user experience. At the time, Google suggested it would…

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Yumblr? Tumblhoo? Thoughts on Monetization

The headline that likely best sums up Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr comes from an unlikely source: “Yahoo Back On Top After Purchasing Millions Of 13-Year-Old Girls’ Blogs,” blasted The Onion.Snicker all you want (I did!), but basically Yahoo just spent $1.1 billion on a younger audience to bolster the aging…

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