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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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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.

Mindshare: The New Emoji World Order
This week on Mindshare’s Culture Vulture Live, Alexis Fragale looks at the increasing popularity of emojis and what brands are doing with them.

SMI: June Ad Market Suffers with Absence of World Cup Dollars
Pundits hoping for a strong June to help deliver a strong end to the quarter will be disappointed with SMI’s latest numbers.

Emmy Nominees 2015: Comedy Snags and Snubs
As I said last week, when it comes to nominating top talent, it is increasingly clear that Emmy and I don’t think alike.

Stuart Elliott: July Madness -- Shop ‘til Who Drops?
Among my favorite movies about advertising is the 1940 screwball comedy "Christmas in July," which mocks one of Madison Avenue's most popular consumer come-ons, the slogan-writing contest. The plot is centered on an ambitious young clerk whose co-workers trick him into believing he's won a $25,000 prize, back in the day when that was real money.

Are the CPGs Flying Blind with Their Advertising?
No one would willingly fly in a plane with faulty gauges. No pilot would chance a takeoff without a complete set of working instruments. And yet, the CPGs (Consumer Packaged Goods companies) seem to be flying with faulty gauges to measure their advertising.

The Middleman: Friend or Foe?
What was once two or three content distribution channels (print, TV, display) is now many more (video, programmatic, addressable TV, mobile, social, etc). Channels continue to increase as consumers fragment media use across devices. For brands and publishers to keep up they have to rely on technology partners to connect the dots. From new ad servers, data providers, programmatic vendors, viewability and measurement solutions media buying is so complicated that most advertisers and publishers don't even know who they are working with. In fact, last year Ghostery found that most publisher websites have more than 70 technology vendors on them!

Talk the Talk: Sound Like a TV and Digital Native
A major theme that defines our clients’ strategic agenda is media convergence, particularly the convergence of digital media and TV. As companies struggle to bring two massive businesses together, one issue I find is that digital and TV folks are often talking past each other. In other words, they’re using totally different words to describe their businesses.

Shani Higgins on Programmatic Selling in the Era of Fragmentation
Shani Higgins is the CEO of Technorati

Retrans Redux!
The National Association of Broadcasters says … and says … and says that the current retransmission consent process is just peachy. (Try Googling “NAB statement on retrans” and you’ll get 16,700+ results.) Don’t listen to the MVPDs whining about fees, the public-airwave squatters say. Heck, MVPDs are just going to manufacture crises to sway the FCC and Congress.

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