Media Predictions

9 media-tech trends to watch in 2015

It always struck me as odd to see so many predictions about how the technology industry will evolve over the next year without waiting to see what happens at CES — arguably one of the larger tech conventions where companies announced plans for the coming year. That said, I’ve written up a few predictions of my own now that the event is wrapping up.

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Why mobile advertising is much smaller than you think

Contrary to popular belief, mobile is an untested channel for most Fortune 500 brands. Forrester recently found that mobile represents only five percent of brands’ total advertising budget — and the majority are not making significant increases in their mobile investment year-over-year.

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Mobile ad tech to 2017: App-centric, private markets, native ads, and closed loops

2014 has been an exciting year for mobile advertising. As more and more brands and agencies are starting to figure out mobile, standards are being created, benchmarks formed and best practices refined. However, the best is still ahead for mobile and the next two to three years will shape the future of the medium that will eventually rule them all.

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Taking programmatic advertising from black box to glass house

You’re an advertiser. You pay your agency/vendor and get a result. Sometimes positive – great. Sometimes negative – not so much. Regardless, you receive no insight and have no idea where exactly the money goes. This is unacceptable.

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4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share.

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4 app monetization strategies for free apps

In many ways, monetization models for free apps are superior to paid apps, allowing more room for creativity and the possibility of improving the app experience (and making it easier for users to make purchases).

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What Snapchat's imminent ads might look like

Yesterday evening Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel sat onstage at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit and made headlines with his statement that ads will be coming “soon,” and that they’ll be in the app’s Our Story feature.