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Classic Jack: Keeping You Ahead of the (NY) Times
By: Jack Myers   (08/22/2014)

Out of the primordial ooze that is SxSW, a new rising technology star has emerged. SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com), a YouTube-like site for audio, recently raised over $60 million primarily from Peter Chernin's Chernin Group and Institutional Venture Partners. With a $700 million valuation (which its founder considers too low) and significant marketing and advertising applications, SoundCloud should be on the radar screen of media companies, marketers and agencies. The Berlin-based company was founded in 2009 and originally funded with. $ 3.3 million by London-based Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.

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Redux: Are Marketing Zombies Leading Our Industry?
By: Jack Myers   (08/18/2014)

It's time once again for my annual end-of-summer rant to the industry, a tradition in which I hope to shake up the status quo. For years, the word "change" was my mantra in these commentaries, as I pushed for a more aggressive embrace of corporate change. This tradition dates back to my days at CBS in the late 1970s, and my presentations to both my colleagues and to the community focusing on the importance of embracing the then-new technology of cable-TV. Months ago, I took the word "change" out of my vocabulary, writing

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As Twitter Prepares its Public Offering…
By: Jack Myers   (09/16/2013)

As Twitter prepares to go public, here's a reminder that Jack Myers Media Business Report members learned about tweeting well before it became the phenomenon it has – when we first wrote about it In May 2007, soon after it launched, featuring an exclusive interview with Twitter founder Biz Stone

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When Will Media Buying Be 50% Programmatic? What’s Your Opinion?
By: Jack Myers   (02/27/2013)

Do you believe that digital media buying and selling trends are likely to eventually be adopted by agencies and media companies for TV, newspaper, magazine, radio and out-of-home media buying and selling? If you do not believe, what will prevent it? And if you do believe, how quickly will this transformation occur and how ubiquitous will it be?

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Classic Jack: Must Read Research Advances
By: Jack Myers   (05/31/2011)

Classic Jack: Must Read Research Advances

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Classic Jack Myers: Bullish on This Upfront Last September. Here's Why.
By: Jack Myers   (05/27/2010)

Broadcast and cable networks are FINALLY wrapping up their Upfront deals, although a surprisingly low percentage of fourth quarter Upfront commitments have been firmed up even as the fourth quarter network scatter market begins to generate some heat. A consistent pattern is emerging: advertisers will avoid making budget commitments until absolutely necessary; they will extend options periods as long as possible to avoid locking in their spending; and they will hold off on scatter buys until as close to air dates as they possibly can.

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Job and Career Realities Echo from 1993 With Even Greater Relevance. Classic Jack
By: Jack Myers   (04/28/2009)

Relationships between employees and their companies and between companies and their clients are increasingly short-lived. Positions are jobs, rather than careers.

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Is It Too Late for Brand Loyalty and Advertising to Matter? Classic Jack from 1993
By: Jack Myers   (04/21/2009)

Jack Myers Note: Although I believed in 1993 that the dynamics and realities confronting the advertising and media industry today would have materialized by the end of the last decade, the fundamental truths from my 1993 book Adbashing: Surviving the Attacks on Advertising are even more relevant and pertinent now. The downsizing of America is finally underway, with a vengeance. Unfortunately, it may be too late for many advertising-dependent companies to learn and apply these lessons.

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It's No Joke: Ad Industry Suffers from Lessons Unlearned. Classic Jack from 1993
By: Jack Myers   (04/01/2009)

It's called value. Marketers have lost their sense of advertising and media value. The drive toward increased media commoditization, which has reduced the cost basis of most major media in the past few years

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Managing Risk By Building Stronger Relationships: Classic Jack from 1998
By: Jack Myers   (03/25/2009)

Originally published in 1998: The changes that businesspeople are facing between today and 2005 are not simple paradigm shifts. They are isoquantic. A paradigm shift is a restructuring of the patterns we rely on for decision-making. For example, the transition of audiences from broadcast to cable TV has been a paradigm shift -- a slow change in patterned behavior.

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What Might Replace the Set-Top Box?
As Cisco punts legacy SA boxes to Technicolor, I thought I'd look around my home at the existing set-top boxes and the like. We've got a whole-home DirecTV set up so that's two boxes and two remotes (though a DirecTV app can replace the remotes). At the set in the living room are two more boxes with remotes: Apple TV and Amazon's Fire make it four so far. In my office is a Comcast box; that's five. And a router makes six. We've also got three TVs, a couple of laptops, a couple of iPads and a couple of iPhones … not to mention an iPod somewhere. And, oh yeah, an Amazon Echo ("Alexa, did I miss anything?" "You missed Chromecast.")

TCA Stand-Outs Large (Nat Geo, Hallmark) and Small (WGN, Up, El Rey)
One of the most interesting things about covering the cable days of the twice-yearly Television Critics Association tours is observing which networks or network groups most successfully grab the attention of the hundreds of reporters and critics attending their press conferences and which ones don't make much of an impression at all. The results can be very surprising.

The CFO/CMO Union
Will the CFO and CMO ever form a more perfect union? I recently saw a study produced by Ernst & Young and reported in the Wall Street Journal that claims collaboration between CFOs and CMOs is increasing. The survey also acknowledges that there is still a long way to go to establish a real partnership between their responsibilities, particularly as it pertains to "common practices and cultural differences." In my opinion a perfect union is unlikely but a better working relationship is not only necessary but critical to the success of a business. Let's explore.

Multi-Sensory Experiences for Brands
This week on Mindshare's Culture Vulture Live, Mark Potts explores multi-sensory opportunities for brands.

TV is from Mars and Video is from Venus
In a spring 2015 trend report Business Insider stated that video ad revenue will double in just two years and reach nearly $5 billion in 2016, up from $2.8 billion in 2013. Consumers' engagement online, over multiple devices, increases daily. As the landscape for what exactly constitutes "TV" or "video" changes rapidly, advertisers are racing to keep up.

The Macro Forces Behind Slow GDP Growth
Ever since the end of the Great Recession a few years ago, there has been much written about the lack of both economic growth and inflation. Much of this coverage mentions that the post-recession recovery is much slower than the recovery of past recessions of the late 20th century.

Early AT&T/DirecTV Merger Questions
Now that the consummation of AT&T's merger with DirecTV is done, how will this $40 billion-plus deal impact consumers from both parties and the TV world at large? Chances are you haven't heard much over that question up to now, in part because of how this deal was completed last week -- Federal Communications Commission approval mid-Friday afternoon, and AT&T putting out a press release, and only a release, of the consummation less than two hours later. That's way late for much analysis on the part of the business news channels or journalism in general.

Trevor Noah Hits TCA; Nat Geo Honors Cecil
In performance on stage Tuesday night and again in a press conference Wednesday morning, members of the Television Critics Association got to know the man they will likely honor in the years ahead with multiple TCA Awards in the category of Outstanding News Program – controversial comedian Trevor Noah (pictured at top), who will take over Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on September 28. Noah, a smart and engaging guy who joined "The Daily Show" last year as a contributor, quickly and efficiently charmed the group, setting the stage for years of admiration and handily putting behind him lingering memories about a series of sexist and anti-Semitic jokes he tweeted a couple of years ago.

Is TV Currency Dead? Predictions from AOL Open Series
There is a lot of talk these days about the changing TV landscape, from the advancement of programmatic to the demise of dayparts, the Upfront and even our current currency. All of this made for a lively discussion at the recent AOL Open Series on Programmatic TV. The event featured a panel of media executives from across the spectrum including Dermot McCormack, President AOL Video and Studios; Jaime Power, Senior Partner at MODI Media; Dana Hayes Jr, Group Vice President of Global Partner Development for Acxiom, and Dan Aversano, Senior Vice President, Client & Consumer Insights at Turner Broadcasting. The panel was moderated by Dan Ackerman, Senior Vice President, Programmatic TV at Adap.tv.

Is the ESPN Bubble About to Burst?
It’s episode 24 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey.

At Summer TCA 2015, Netflix is Everything
Is Netflix everything? It certainly seemed that way yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during the historic opening day of the 2015 Summer Television Critics Tour. In a quantum leap of participation, and perhaps as a reflection of its current position in the home entertainment marketplace, Netflix impressively filled an entire day with panels for current and upcoming programs, along with a session with Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos (pictured at top). And just like that, the scrappy streamer joined the ranks of CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and FX – the only programmers who consistently present full days of panels during TCA tours, at least those in the summer.

Stuart Elliott: A 'Gawkward' Media Moment
It probably won't be long before the gatekeepers at the world's dictionaries are asked to approve a new word: "Gawkward," meaning an embarrassing or discomforting situation drenched in schadenfreude, as when a website known for anything-goes posts that upset and provoke others gets a turn in the barrel.

The Generation Gap(s) in Digital Media
One of the less appealing characteristics of the more strident members of the digital community is their habit of suggesting that the world of media planning, buying and selling was ill-informed, ill served by its measurements and entirely unaccountable until they came along.

Media Execs' Priorities for New Media Marketplace
The rapid proliferation of new digital, mobile and social (DMS) channels has completely changed the way that companies are connecting with their consumers. DMS channels are increasingly becoming a top priority for advertisers when developing strategies and campaigns to target and engage their consumers. The opportunities and challenges that this shifting landscape presents have been well documented.

Rob Norman @ VidCon: What Makes Selfies Stick?
VidCon is no longer cool. I know this because I was there and history tells me that the moment I show up, that's it for the whole “cool” thing.

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