BEWARE OF ROBOTS
Not only are they stealing our jobs, they are “liking” us! There ought to be a tax.
“Facebook advertising has a little-discussed problem: When you run an ad, people operating fake profiles will click on the ad and like your page simply to make their own fake profile look more genuine, as if it is being operated by a real person.”
Read the Bloomberg article
IN FAVOR OF SELECTIVITY
Only 5,000 sites? Is this the Dark Ages?
“JP Morgan Chase slashes the number of sites where it advertises to 5,000 from some 400,000.”
Find out what happened
FILTER ME THIS
“YouTube races to provide more filters to restore confidence: new filters they can apply to campaigns that will help them avoid more types of objectionable content”
What are the new filters?
THIS MAGIC MICRO-MOMENT
Google is touting the trackability of “micro-moments”
“90% of consumers say that they go from one device to another every single day, and 91% of them turn to their phone for ideas in the middle of a task. This is an overwhelming percentage to ignore. For marketing efforts to be successful, businesses must pay attention to these statistics.”
Read Forbes on this momentous turn
HALF MOON OR LONGBOAT
A nifty design article on the history of publishing colophons.
Undercover Branding The Stories Behind 20 Publishing House Logos
AND “S-TOWN” RELEASES!
The new podcast from the “Serial” people.
THE POWER OF ELLIPSES
A few words — or even a few dots — can make a big difference. Compliments of a PAMA Facebook post, BookBub’s 8 Book Description A/B Tests You Need to See …
GETTING BOOKS TO THE PEOPLE
Emma Watson and the Station of Secrets.
CASTING THE PODS MORE FAIRLY
Find out how the podcast boom can favor and disfavor diversity in this Columbia Journalism Review article.
Why are #PodcastsSoWhite?
Also check out:
10 great podcasts to diversify your listening lineup
UNDER THE SURFACE ON WHICH WE DWELL
Programmatic is like a planet. We live on the thin surface layer but most of the hot stuff is under the surface.
“Facebook just executed what might best be described as a digital advertising coup against rival Google and its DoubleClick empire” by letting publishers use header bidding technology. This could raise ad costs but increase yield, says AdAge.
Drill a hole and peek into the Magma
Or simply find out:
WTF is Header Bidding?
TRUTHERS EMERGE TO DRAIN DIGITAL SWAMP
Following Procter & Gamble’s call for digital advertising that is more reliable (and less “crappy”) Stein says, “it’s interesting that we’re at a point now where we question what even is real.”*
* In a meta twist, who is “Stein?” He is not otherwise cited or named in the article! It may be a typo for “Scott.”
CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION?
“The Refresh Project accomplished everything a social media campaign is supposed to accomplish: millions of Facebook likes and thousands of new Twitter followers. But it didn’t sell Pepsi. Pepsi Cola and Diet Pepsi both lost about 5 percent of their market shares over the course of the year — a calamitous decline. The brand returned to TV.”
Turn on, tune in, pop out.
CHOICE OF A MATURE GENERATION
“American users aged 24 and younger may decrease time spent on Snapchat as more people check out Instagram Stories” but those book-buying 45- to 54-year olds are helping Snapchat to grow its total audience anyway.