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We can’t live without digital media, but why would we want to?

“But dad, I can’t live without them!” My daughter Judy and I were once again locked in the battle over screen time by now familiar to many of today’s parents and significant others. We had turned a day of errands into some father-daughter time with a few fun diversions and I was hoping she would […]...
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IAB Tech Labs starts to replace VPAID with more interactive SIMID ad specs

IAB Tech Lab has begun the process of replacing VPAID (Video Player Ad Interface Definition) with SIMID (Secure Interactive Media Interface Definition) specifications to support interactive video ads and give publishers more control over their video ads offerings. Why we should care The new SIMID specifications will enable a “player-centric” model that gives playback control […]...
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Bing Ads rebrands as Microsoft Advertising

First there was Microsoft adCenter. Then there was Bing Ads. Now there is Microsoft Advertising. Why we should care. The rebrand emphasizes a focus on personalization and AI. “In the next year, we’re introducing more advertising products with built-in AI, more connected to your data and your business,” Rik van der Kooi, corporate VP for […]...
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Shopify adds new Facebook, Snapchat ad buying options from the e-commerce platform

Shopify is giving Facebook and Snapchat advertisers new ways to purchase ads through its e-commerce platform. On Monday the company announced its users will be able to create, manage and launch Facebook dynamic ad campaigns through its e-commerce solution. Shopify is also launching new integrations with Snapchat, making it possible for clients to create Story […]...
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Screening the screenless: Marketing’s next frontier

I’ve caught myself a few times in recent weeks – sitting at my desk and flipping between looking at my computer screen and my phone in hand. Across the office, television news runs on mute. It’s hard to avoid screens in today’s age, and even harder to avoid their constant, almost gravitational pull for our […]...
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Amazon advertising growth slowed again in Q1: Does it matter?

Data source: Amazon For a few quarters there, Amazon was posting triple digit growth rates. Then growth slowed to 97% in the fourth quarter of 2018 and Thursday, the company reported just 36% growth in its advertising business line for the first quarter of 2019. Amazon reports advertising business under an “Other” category. And while […]...
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Privacy could be hurting Facebook Portal sales

When Facebook’s smart display was released last year, it received mixed-to-positive reviews. However, a substantial number of them also digressed into the privacy and personal data controversies that have recently surrounded Facebook. A review from The Verge offers a representative example: It’s not often that a new gadget gets announced and I don’t immediately want […]...
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Here’s why you need to make sure your email design is mobile-first

It should come as no surprise by now that if you’re designing emails with a mobile-first ethos and aesthetic, then you’re already late to the game. Nearly 56% of emails are now opened via a mobile device, which means we’ve been living in a mobile-first world for quite some time. The overhead associated with managing […]...
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One-to-one-household marketing requires solving the ‘shareability’ problem

‘I’m going to open this column by repeating, verbatim, the opening line from another recent Marketing Land article: “At a time when technology is enabling marketers to inch ever closer to one-to-one marketing, one of the industry’s most highly respected institutions suggests that this ‘Holy Grail’ may not be all it’s cracked up to be.” […]...
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