Digital Transformation

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Hello Barbie!
Hello Barbie! is an IoT-enabled Barbie Doll with blonde hair, blue eyes and a built-in surveillance system. She's not the first of her kind (and she won't be the last), but here's what you should know about bringing it, or any connected device, into your home. Continue Reading →
Bot Traffic
Bots generate more than half the traffic on the public Internet. This is indisputable. In fact, the Association of National Advertisers believes that advertisers will lose $6.3 billion globally to bots in 2015. This will not stop until someone (the marketers, the government, the justice department) makes it stop because everyone – the ad networks, the traffic sellers, the bot creators, the publishers, the ad agencies, the trading desks, the DMPs, the SSPs, everyone – except the marketers – is making money. Continue Reading →
iPhone 6s
Apple's iOS 9 (the new iPhone operating system) contains a very special feature that enables third-party app developers to develop Ad Blocking tools. These tools, which have been around for PC-based web browsers for years, are probably better described as "content blocking" because they allow you to block all kinds of noncommercial stuff (also because there is a heated debate as to whether or not ads are "content"). Pundits and students of the commercial advertising business have identified this technological achievement as the beginning of the end of days. Others cite history and say the industry will get past the problem. After all, content blocking is not new; it's just newly relevant. Right? Continue Reading →
S&P Media Index Aug 15
Last week the S&P Media Index lost 8.3 percent (approximately $53.7 Billion of value) in just three days. During that time, shares of Viacom lost 20 percent, 21CF (Fox) and Discovery Networks lost 11 percent, Disney took a 9 percent hit and even CBS dropped 6 percent. It was a tough week. Is this the beginning of Mediamageddon? Continue Reading →
Spelling Bee Winners 2019
What better way to celebrate the next batch of competitors for the Scripps National Spelling Bee than with mobile applications and games designed to prepare Elementary to Middle School students for spelling quizzes and tests? These apps (most vetted by educational experts) can help students spell, expand their vocabularies and use words in the correct context. Continue Reading →
Google Search
It’s Advertising Week here in New York and I’ve been listening to presentation after presentation about the new, new thing … Local Advertising. So, here is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Digital Leadership: How to Succeed in a Connected World,” about the complete myth of local advertising. Harry emailed me the other day. He Continue Reading →

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