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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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The MediaVillage Articles Club: Friendsgiving
In celebration of the giving season, this month's Articles Club was billed as a Friendsgiving-style potluck. Were it not for some delicious chili and cornbread from our hostess, Chelsea, the evening may have fallen short of expectations. (I came armed with store-bought desserts and we also ditched a called-for side dish in favor of some Cabernet.) Our conversation covered a lot of ground this month even if our dinner table spread did not. As we look ahead to 2016 we have set a resolution for more diversity in our slate of suggested reading. With all due respect to The New York Times, we are going to make more of an effort to share articles from other publications in the coming months.

Stuart Elliott Revives "20 Questions" -- A Popular Holiday Tradition
One of the best friends of a columnist, apart from an elastic deadline, is the perennial feature, and I was known for one during my more than two decades writing for my previous employer. It was called "20 Questions," a column that would run before or after major holidays. Since we're about to celebrate Thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to revive it for my MediaVillage audience.

Pepsi on “Empire”: Coolest. Sponsor. Integration. Ever.
Call it the wave of the future, or a blast from the past. Pepsi’s sponsorship of Fox’s hit primetime serial “Empire” became virtually DVR-proof on this week’s episode while also evoking that long-ago era of television when advertisers were integral to the presentation and content of programming.

Office Smackdown! Baby Boomers vs. Millennials and Vice Versa
Have you noticed a difference (or ten) between Baby Boomers and Millennials in the workplace (and everyplace else, for that matter)? Especially the younger end of the former and the older segment of the latter? Of course you have -- and you aren't the only one.

SMI: Television Roars Back to Life; Digital Questionable?
Fresh off the back of soft results for many media owners in the third quarter of this year, the start of the new broadcast year has delivered some very heartening news for the television industry. Strong ad sales results for both the broadcast and cable sector helped the market to its best result of the year, with the total market up 15% compared to the same period last year.

DPAA: Audience Targeting -- Are You Missing the Mark?
With years of media fragmentation and increasing demands for better ROI, audience targeting has never been more valuable to marketers than it is today. The value for the marketers employing it, of course, includes better measurement and message delivery – and for those who fail to take advantage, smaller budgets or shorter careers.

Ten Expert Practices for Optimizing Team Performance
Visionary leaders are agents of change. Highly observant and great at reading situations, these managers know how to motivate teams to achieve new goals in the pursuit of excellence.

Net Neutrality Work-Arounds; Cutting Cords, Any Cords!
So you’ve got a MVPD subscription -- whether cable, satellite or telco -- plus broadband access and you’d like to watch video on some device or another … but you don’t know what exactly you’d like to watch and you don’t really feel like surfing 7,842 channels and web sites to find out what’s on and/or available. What do you do? Panic? Hope whatever MVPD or broadband provider you have gets smart enough to produce a guide that actually, uh, guides? Well, there are already a few gleams in the gloom out there.

NNN: When a Crisis Hits, Smart Marketers Like VW Know Where to Turn
Yesterday, Volkswagen began a print campaign in 13 newspapers across America. The purpose: To regain the trust of their customers following news of their emission issues. In the ad, CEO Michael Horn extends his apology and a special offer to those affected. Specifically, customers who qualify will be given a $500 prepaid Visa Card along with a $500 dealership card. This is the first official, public gesture that the company has made to address the consumer crisis and here at the Newspaper National Network we were honored to work with them in executing the initiative.

ABC Sales President Geri Wang on Media, Measurement and Mentoring
Geri Wang started as a physical therapy major in college but later changed to communications. Upon graduation she landed her first job working for Helen Johnston at Grey Advertising as a media research analyst. From there Geri was recruited by ABC, where she excelled. She is currently President of Sales, leading a team of nearly 300, and she is responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing across the entire ABC portfolio including ABC Primetime, Daytime, News, Late-Night and Digital; the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Syndication Group; Fusion, and ABC Sales Development.

Unlike Certain Ads, This Column is Viewable
It seems that most weeks bring yet another jaw-dropping story from the wacky world of digital advertising. We’ve had bots, fraud, trading desks buying inventory from themselves and a host of other wonders. Last week though brought an excellent example of the genre, for which I’m grateful to Linda Holliday, the CEO of CITIA.com who brought it to my attention.

Driverless Cars and the New Automobile Era
We are now about 130 years into the automobile era. Starting with Karl Benz’s patent in the 1880s the automobile quickly became widespread with Henry Ford’s model of mass production scaling up the market 100 years ago.

MediaBizBuzz: Fox, Univision, Turner Broadcasting, Spotify and More
A roundup of the week's key news from MediaVillage member companies and trends from the wider media industry. This week, networks hit by fantasy sports woes, Fox gets creative with branding, and both Edward Snowden and "South Park" join the ad blocking debate.

Gender News Weekly: Barbie is for Boys, Too
"Inspired by Jack Myers’ upcoming book “The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century,” this is a weekly blog series focused on gender equality, gender politics and the shift in gender norms in business and culture. Read on for this week’s news roundup."

Mindshare on Movember: Your Beard Has Good Intentions
This week on Mindshare’s Culture Vulture Live: Mike Yablonski talks about Movember -- that time of year when men let their facial hair grow out for a good cause.

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