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The Straight Story: Native, Content Marketing and the Publisher’s Place

Advertisers and publishers across the board understand that while advertising keeps the digital publishing world's lights on, content is what brings the audience to the goods. Marketers persistently beat the drum for content marketing, and publishers recognize how content marketing initiatives can potentially take users' willing engagement with sponsored content…

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The Publisher Side of Supply-Path Optimization: A Q&A With Rachel Parkin of CafeMedia

The idea of "supply-path optimization" has entered the ad tech dialogue fairly recently--and it can be a confusing concept, because it refers to a slew of strategies to help DSPs win bids. It's also confusing because on its surface, it can sound like simply a "DSP thing:" Supply-path optimization is…

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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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Doing More With Small Teams: A Q&A With The Economist’s Sergei Bachtin

Sometimes, when you look behind the scenes at a big-name premium publisher, you find vitally important and complex tasks handled by a shockingly small group of people. Small ops teams aren't only the domain of fledgling young media companies--although they are certainly a hallmark of those businesses, too. Being part…

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Invasion of the First-Price Auctions

With all the hubbub about first-price auctions taking over the real-time bidding ecosystem, I don’t think there’s been enough talk about why the second-price auction is currently the standard bearer. That’s why I was exhilarated when Univision’s Eyal Ebel brought the point up at our recent Meetup on the current…

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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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Marketing Tech Comes Home for Publishers

Marketing Tech Comes Home for Publishers: Managing the Ad Tech/Mar Tech Convergence

Digital media types have been buzzing for a while about a shift in the marketing tech world: Marketing tech is being drawn closer to advertising tech, and this is going to change the way advertisers and publishers do business. The messaging in advertising will become more personal, and in order…

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