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Here’s why the UK culture secretary is clueless on ad blocking

The ad blocking debate continues to rage on, showing no signs of slowing. A tsunami of mixed opinions and bad misunderstandings. 

The latest high-profile figure to publicly grab the wrong end of the stick entirely is culture secretary John Whittingdale, who last week referred to ad blocking as “a modern day protection racket” in which publishers have to pay to appear on a whitelist.

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Three is right to declare war on ‘irrelevant and excessive mobile ads’

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for the publishing industry, somebody goes and hammers another nail in its coffin. 

Well, it’s not quite as dramatic as that. But recent news from mobile network provider Three certainly got the ad industry talking over the weekend. 

The network has announced that it will roll out ad blocking technology on its network after initially trialling it in Italy. 

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Six trends the new Quartz app has joyfully piggybacked

The new Quartz app is fun, perhaps divisive, but bang on trend, showing us what content distribution might look like soon.

When Quartz was founded, it was pretty revolutionary for news on the web - mobile first, big bold text, single stream layout, changing topics, great data viz, free to use (!), a daily digest email, etc.

Since then, it has adapted somewhat to compete with click bait on social media, but hasn't really been 'bleeding edge' in rapidly-evolving mobile.

The Quartz app changes that. Here are six things to take note of, that all media companies should be investigating.

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Five ways The New York Times is innovating its publishing model

At the beginning of 2016 things are much rosier at The New York Times than they were two years ago.

Though print is still suffering, there seems to be a greater degree of parity between the incumbent's digital know-how and that of new online-only upstarts.

The paywall is bearing fruit, social media platforms court its content and Google is trying to shine a light on longer form journalism.

The paper has shown itself again to be a restless experimenter across digital platforms and with new digital technology.

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10 publishers that want you to disable your ad blocker

'Please turn off your ad blocker!' The plaintive cry echoes down the tubes of the internet.

Although the ad blocker dilemma is a complex and important one, I get perverse enjoyment from reading the different messages that publishers display, imploring users to disable their ad blockers.

Here are 10 of them.

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Five key marketing trends from Digital Shift Q1 2016

Our latest Digital Shift presentation is here, and it’s packed full of exciting predictions and marketing trends.

From new approaches to content, to wearable tattoos and the changing ways in which marketing functions integrate with the rest of a business, there is plenty for marketers to get stuck into in the coming year.

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Six advantages of real-time bidding for publishers

There's no doubt there are still issues with programmatic advertising; fraud, poor creative, and a lack of transparency from media agencies cause much debate.

Despite this, real-time bidding (the automated auction of ad impressions) has many obvious advantages for publishers.

So, I thought I'd help programmatic newbies with a list of the benefits of RTB.

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Five questions every content marketer needs to answer

The content marketing gold rush doesn’t seem to be slowing, and articles advising brands they need to jump on the bandwagon continue to plague the internet like timeshare salesmen in 1970s Spain. 

But does your brand really need content marketing? 

Maybe. Personally I’m pro-content, but I also don’t believe enough thought goes into why and how brands are doing it. 

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The Economist: finding new readers with creative programmatic display

For a while now, many have bemoaned the lack of creativity in display and programmatic advertising.

The Economist bucked the trend last year, creating one of the most eye-catching and witty campaigns of 2015, and winning a Masters of Marketing award in the process.

Proximity London was behind the work, marrying provocative content and contextual targeting to help The Economist target new users. 

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Is there a future for publishers and display ads?

The debate around display advertising is currently rather polarised.

As some eschew standard display and forge ahead selling super-expensive native advertising, others continue at scale through programmatic, hoping the slide in CPM will cease.

But can publishers realistically make it to a middle ground, one of powerful display advertising based on greater relevance and intent?

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15 reasons your brand should be on Snapchat

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

That is the saying that springs to mind when I see marketers dismissing Snapchat as a significant channel. Presumably they’re the same people who realised social media was a good idea five years later than their competitors. 

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How LittleThings gained 46m monthly unique visitors in just over a year

We are constantly being told that the publishing industry is suffering, yet sites such as BuzzFeed continue to flourish by finding new ways to create content that people want to share

But BuzzFeed is focused on the younger, cat-gif-loving generation, as are many of its competitors.

Now, new publishers are beginning to find gaps in the market: shareable content but for a different audience. 

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