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Advancements in Cross Platform Measurement - Charlene Weisler
By: Charlene Weisler   (05/12/2015)

CIMM, the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement recently held its annual Cross-Platform Media Measurement and Data Summit. This year's conference focused almost exclusively on cross platform which is the hot issue among both media buyers and sellers.

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Where Do We Go From Here? -- Mike Drexler
By: Mike Drexler   (05/11/2015)

What I worry most about, however, is the relationship between advertisers and agencies which has continued to decline, most recently lasting an average of less than four years.

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NewFront News and Views: Maker Studios, Mode Media, Conde Nast – Simon Applebaum
By: Simon Applebaum   (05/11/2015)

Maker Studios: Staying put as short-form content producer catering to Millennals with Disney relationship beginning to bear fruit (Marvel Comics and X Games programming ahead).

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“Mad Men”: A Fond Farewell to Betty Draper Francis – Ed Martin
By: Ed Martin   (05/08/2015)

My one big gripe with “Mad Men” has to do with the inexplicable downsizing or marginalizing or status reduction or whatever you want to call it of Betty.

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NewFront News and Views: Hulu's New Cable Party -- Simon Applebaum
By: Simon Applebaum   (05/08/2015)

Hulu chief executive Mike Hopkins teased one main theme early on, when suggesting 60 percent of Hulu subs watch "on the best screen available," an indirect reference to smart TVs and devices like Roku.

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Remembering David Goldberg -- Michael Kassan
By: Michael Kassan   (05/08/2015)

Seeing the outpouring of love, respect and admiration for David Goldberg reminded me of my own fond memories of him – and more specifically, an experience he, Sheryl Sandberg and I shared (and I blogged about) back in 2010.

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The First Programmatic Upfront Looking Like 2017 – Bill Harvey
By: Bill Harvey   (05/07/2015)

TV ad sellers are already hard at work building infrastructure to be able to automate their businesses before Google, Facebook or somebody else does it for them.

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With Transgender Storyline, “The Bold and the Beautiful” Explores an Especially Timely Issue -- Ed Martin
By: Ed Martin   (05/07/2015)

CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” find itself in a distinctive position these days, with a story about a transgender character that happens to be playing out on the venerable daytime drama at the same time that Bruce Jenner’s transition is playing out in the media.

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Cinema Solves for Fragmentation with Unrivaled Impact – John McCauley, Screenvision
By: John McCauley   (05/07/2015)

Today’s media marketplace is operating within unprecedented times and changing at a breakneck pace. Fueled by unbridled technological innovation, fragmentation has never been a greater concern for media buyers and brands. Finding scale with the right audience, within the right environment, at the right time is a tremendous challenge … for most. Cinema is thriving in this environment.

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To Make a Real Impression, Marketers Have to Forget About “the” Impression – Jon Eccles, Pandora
By: Jon Eccles   (05/06/2015)

The technology now exists to see, for instance, how much of an ad is visible, or whether the viewer scrolled to the bottom of the page, or simply left a window open in a tab and ignored it for hours.

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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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