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Author: Tameka Kee

Tameka Kee

Tameka Kee has been covering the digital media industry with a focus on advertising, social media and video games for nearly four years.

Before launching Kee Consulting (clients include Econsultancy and SocialTimes Pro), she served as editorial director of DM2 Media, where she oversaw content development for DIGIDAY:DAILY, as well as the company’s roster of digital media and marketing conferences, including DPAC and DIGIDAY:APPS.

Before joining DM2, she served as a full time reporter for paidContent, covering the business of digital entertainment and gaming, and breaking news on companies like Electronic Arts, Playfish, Netflix and Facebook. Before paidContent, she covered search marketing for Mediapost.

Will publishers crack the iPad code in 2011?

iPad

Remember the fanfare when Wired launched its first iPad app, and the frenzy that ensued once Conde Nast announced it had been downloaded over 100,000 times? 

Publishers need to swallow the fact that Wired's success was an anomaly, and it isn't likely to be repeated unless the current app development and pricing strategies change dramatically.

The proof? According to stats from the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), iPad app sales for the top publishers, including Wired, declined over the course of 2010. 

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Starcom MediaVest bets $20 million on addressable ads in 2011

Child watching TVWill 2011 be the year addressable television advertising – commercials targeted to specific homes – finally takes off? The answer is yes if you ask DirecTV and Starcom MediaVest. Starcom has committed to spend up to $20 million of its clients' budgets on addressable ads sold through DirecTV next year. 

Forget the fact that Canoe Ventures, the much-hyped addressable ad platform launched by the big cable companies, is … well, dead in the water. A satellite provider may wind up delivering the most precisely-targeted TV ads for brands like P&G and Coke next year. 

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Three content-based ad units to watch in 2011

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: time for the lists and discussions about the best of 2010 and what’s ahead in 2011. I’m keeping my first list simple by trying to answer just one question: What are the ad units/ad platforms to watch out for in 2011?

Hint: None of them involve users accessing the web via desktop or laptop. 

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Report: Retail advertisers at most risk for ad waste in Q4

Money burningWith just 10 shopping days left before Christmas, there are millions (if not billions) of display ad impressions waiting to be served to online shoppers. A new report shows retailers behind these campaigns may be losing money because their ads aren’t properly geo-targeted.

Retailers are also more at risk of their ads running against brand-unfriendly content than other market segments in Q4. With performance like this, it’s no wonder the ad trafficking and targeting intermediaries are working together to develop better performance standards.

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Prominent ad bidders, buyers unite to create less marketplace confusion. But will it really help?

confused at computerHere’s a quick quiz. What’s the difference between a demand-side platform (DSP) and a real-time bidding (RTB) platform? Can media buyers get the same results from both? Which is more beneficial for publishers? What about yield optimization vs. data optimization?

Dozens of startups claim to answer those questions, but there’s really no way for publishers or media buyers to differentiate. Some of the most prominent ad bidding, buying and optimization firms have banded together to help clear up some of the confusion.

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Specialty chains rank in fast-food online top 10 thanks to social media

ChipotleSpecialty fast-food chains like Chipotle and Chick-fil-a are extremely good at engaging consumers online. These smaller brands have become so adept, they’re emerging as real competitors to mega-brands like McDonald’s and Starbucks in terms of digital exposure.

Stats from media measurement firm General Sentiment show just how valuable that digital exposure actually is.

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Four ways 4G will impact mobile marketing in 2011

Sprint 4G phoneThere's lots of buzz around consumer adoption of 4G wireless service, but what about how the shift to 4G will impact mobile content and advertising? Connectivity research firm Yankee Group has a list of predictions for the most significant developments around 4G in 2011. Some are relevant to marketers.

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Yahoo targets TV budgets with new mobile ads

Yahoo logoYahoo wants a bigger chunk of the mobile ad market, and the company's trying to grab it by rolling out a trio of new ad units. 

But Yahoo isn’t trying to steal marketshare from rivals like Google (with AdMob), or Apple (with Quattro). The target is an even greater behemoth: TV.

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Surge in mobile in-app payments could benefit publishers in 2011

iPhone app moneyWill 2011 be the year “in-app payments” – or transactions that actually take place within a mobile app – take off? Bango, a mobile billing and analytics firm,  is forecasting revenue from in-app payments will surge by 600% next year, buoyed partly by the increased usage of tablets.

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Disney, TRON, and Nightclub City: How to brand with social games

Tron avatarsSocial games are ridiculously popular with Facebook users, which is making them just as popular with marketers. If you’re thinking of adding a social game to your marketing mix in 2011, take some tips from big brand expert Disney in terms of how to get it right.

Disney has teamed with Booyah, developer of the game Nightclub City, to promote its upcoming film TRON: Legacy.

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Why people are friending your brand on Facebook

social networksStartups like Klout may have a hard time convincing brands they can prove how influential social media followers are. But  dozens of studies aim to figure out why consumers are mentioning, following, or friending brands via social media.

The latest is from Empathica, which surveyed over 15,000 Americans and Canadians, to deliver its take on who's following brands and why.

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Ad agency acquisitions on the horizon for Time, Inc?

For content publishers to be successful, it's clear they must learn to monetize their content - not just create it. Nowhere is that more evident than with traditional magazine brands like Time, Inc. For them, the key to success seems to be thinking and acting more like ad agencies than publishers.

And if they can't think like an agency on their own, they'll acquire one instead.

Time iPad magazine

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