Trends in Online Advertising

Over the last 5 years we’ve seen galvanizing trends that have both propelled and wounded the ad industry. The things that helped or hurt us (the publishing and ad industry) aren’t always so obvious. Ad Blockers Ad blockers is all that anyone talked in Q3 of 2015. Some ad blockers made it to the top 10 most downloaded apps on iTunes and Google Play. We all ran around proclaiming Armageddon, yet ad blockers saved the industry. We started to pay attention to IAB standards a little more, and we started to balance user experience against our programmatic strategy. Ad blockers forced …

Three Pillars

Pillars for Publisher-Platforms

Publisher’s cannot just rely on producing great content anymore–they need a delivery platform that keeps readers engaged and active. Even if a publisher solves the difficult problem of sourcing traffic, their long-term success will largely depend on factors beyond what the editorial chair can offer. In short, content is a necessary condition, but no longer a sufficient one. LA Times or Wired or fill-in-the-blank can fail, despite producing quality content in high demand. The reason for this shift is three fold and self reinforcing: (1) increased production of similar competing content with a (2) constantly evolving traffic source pipeline on top of …