ad agencies

Three things that show the scale of the ad fraud challenge

Ad fraud is a topic that cannot be ignored.

At Econsultancy conferences, any discussion of programmatic media comes with the obligatory debate about building transparency into an ecosystem where the advertiser so often lacks control.

I thought I’d write a short post simply stating the scale of the problem with three facts.

Publishers, ad networks blame agencies for their mobile, video monetization woes

It’s well-established that despite digital’s rise over the past decade, spend on online ads is still disproportionately lower than where it should be in theory.

While there’s reason to believe that spend will catch up, the shift of budgets to digital isn’t coming fast enough for many publishers and ad networks — something that is becoming particularly noticeable when it comes to mobile and video.

Salesforce buddies up with Buddy Media for $745m

Over the past several years, many of the world’s largest brands have increasingly looked to establish better relationships with consumers by investing heavily in social media.

Now, some of the biggest names in software are investing heavily in startups built to help brands manage their social media initiatives.

Are Apple’s iAds really worth seven or eight figures?

For those who admire Apple, it’s always interesting to watch the loyalty Apple commands from its most loyal customers and how that loyalty manifests itself. It has been said that Apple CEO Steve Jobs accomplishes his magic through the use of a ‘Reality Distortion Field.’

The Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field isn’t, however, simply limited to consumers (or the media). Apparently it is making its way to Madison Avenue.

Magazines are going into ad production — whether agencies like it or not

Magazine and newspaper publishers hate it when websites undercut their prices online, but it looks like they have a different opinon when it comes to ad creation. Last week Conde Nast announced it would start creating ads for brands — on its properties and elsewhere. The move is sure to step on the toes of agencies who pride themselves on doing just that. Now it looks like other publishers might follow suit.