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Network TV Upfront: Down 5%-8% is the New Up!
By: Jack Myers   (07/27/2015)

The network television Upfront marketplace should mostly wrap up this week as a handful of key broadcast network deals remain in a stalemate, as agencies and clients agree to deals that are "contingent" based on the outcomes of media agency reviews, and as the syndication and digital video market begins to pick up some tailwinds. My economic overview of this year's Upfront marketplace is below.

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Print Media Losing Money to Programmatic Ad Marketplace
By: Jack Myers   (07/20/2015)

Print-based digital media companies are underperforming both their digital-native and television counterparts in several performance categories, according to the new MyersBizNet Survey of Advertiser and Agency Executives on 36 Digital Media Companies.

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Gannett and TEGNA Confronted by Digital Headwinds
By: Jack Myers   (07/13/2015)

TEGNA, the media company originally known as Gannett, and the new Gannett that will be referred to in the ad community as USA Today Media Network, both have significant issues and challenges to overcome before they generate meaningful digital ad revenue growth, according to a new study conducted by MyersBizNet.

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Are Upfront Numbers Real and Relevant? Here's an Alternative.
By: Jack Myers   (07/06/2015)

If you're interested in understanding actual Upfront and scatter market dynamics, without the trade press hyperbole and positioning, read on. Here's a new way to interpret the Upfront and accurately forecast the scatter market. Scroll down for our broadcast and cable network TV 2014-15-16 spending data and forecasts.

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Why Is Microsoft Ceding Ad Sales to AOL?
By: Jack Myers   (06/30/2015)

Microsoft has ceded its display, mobile and video advertising sales to AOL and AppNexus, with AOL agreeing to absorb up to 1,200 Microsoft ad sales employees.

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Digital Outliers That Outperform; TubeMogul, Amazon, Yume, Hulu, BrightRoll, Defy
By: Jack Myers   (06/29/2015)

The annual MyersBizNet Survey of Advertiser and Agency Executives on Perceptions of 36 digital media sales organizations uncovers several surprisingly strong performances by companies not typically identified among the industry leaders.

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Google vs. Microsoft: Is There a Battle Brewing?
By: Jack Myers   (06/22/2015)

Google remains the digital media company advertiser and agency executives hate to love, but love them they do, as proven by the company's #1 overall ranking in the recent MyersBizNet TomorrowToday Survey of Advertising Executives on 36 Digital Media Companies.

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Twitter vs. Facebook: Advertisers Weigh In
By: Jack Myers   (06/15/2015)

The decision by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to resign last week after the company failed to meet Wall St. ad revenue forecasts (among other reasons) generated a wave of comparisons by Wall St. analysts between Facebook and Twitter. Facebook remains a Wall St. darling, and rightfully so as the company has successfully built a strong mobile and video ad business while Twitter has struggled to clearly define its ad offerings. MyersBizNet asked 60 advertiser executives* to compare the two companies on several measures of performance and value (along with 34 other digital companies). Here are the results.

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Media Agency Reviews: Billions in Play
By: Jack Myers   (06/15/2015)

To read more about the reviews, check out the following reports at MediaVillage.com

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Welcome to $30 Billion in Media Agency Reviews
By: Jack Myers   (06/08/2015)

Fewer than 100 marketers dominate network television advertising. Many of these marketers are now reviewing their media agency relationships, and many others will announce their reviews in the next several months. The advertising priorities and focus of these 100 companies, and the resources available to fulfill those needs, are undergoing a radical shift, empowered by technology.

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Using Social Insights to Drive Brand Preference
Winning brand preference over competitors is a challenge for all marketers looking to attract and retain customers. To be successful, it is essential to find channels where customers can be engaged and build a connection with the brand.

Video of the Week: Fuse Brings Transcendent to TCA
As ever, one never really knows what’s coming next during a typical day at a Television Critics Association tour – especially during the cable portion. Case in point: The grand finale to the many presentations on Friday was a party thrown by Fuse that proved once again that a smallish network largely off the radar of most critics can break right through and be noticed at this twice-annual event. The Fuse bash topped off a day of memorable panels for such well-received offerings as BBC America’s new adventure series “The Last Kingdom” (from “Downton Abbey” producer Gareth Neame); Starz’ upcoming horror action series “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (instantly one of the most talked about new series of the tour) and dramatic limited series “Flesh and Bone” (about a young woman who joins a prestigious ballet company in New York City); the IFC comedies “Gigi Does It” (starring David Krumholtz of “Numb3rs” as a 70-year-old widow and grandmother) and “Documentary Now!” (a series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers starring Armisen and Hader that will consist of parodies of well-known documentaries), and AMC’s breathlessly anticipated “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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 (Hallmark, Nat Geo) 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.

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