Ad Lib: Skift Founder Rafat Ali on the State of Travel -- and the Media -- in 2018

Subscribe to us on iTunes, check us out on Spotify and hear us on Stitcher, Google Play and iHeartRadio too. This is our RSS feed. Tell a friend!Rafat Ali is co-founder and CEO of the travel site Skift, which covers the business side of the travel industry. In publishing circles, he's also known as an astute and pointed observer of digital media. On this week's Ad Lib podcast, he dons both hats as he takes us on a mini tour of his time at internet 1.0 startups like Inside.com and, his own first company, PaidContent. He explains why he's a believer in the scaled-down pivot to qualityand the power of the email newsletter.We also touch on his time growing up in India, where he first learned about media and advertising by reading Ad Age, or so he says. Continue reading at AdAge.com Continue reading at 'Advertising Age'

[ Advertising Age | 2017-12-29 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Wednesday Wake-Up Call: The Future of Ads on Amazon's Alexa. Plus, Diageo Suspends Snapchat Ads

Vice: Vice Media suspended President Andrew Creighton and Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano as it probes harassment complaints about them, Bloomberg News reports.Out: Patrick Scissons is out as KBS' global chief creative officer, after a year marked by high-profile departures from the agency,... Continue reading at Advertising Age

[ Advertising Age | 2018-01-03 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Fairfax Media bidder TPG says it would resell media company within five years

TPG Capital tells Senate inquiry it would expand the business but concedes it has no experience running newspapersOne of the bidders for Fairfax Media, TPG Capital, has told a Senate inquiry that if the $2.7bn bid were successful the consortium would grow the media business and sell it off again... Continue reading at The Guardian

[ The Guardian | 2017-05-19 00:00:00 UTC ]
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IBT Media Rebrands as Newsweek Media Group | Industry Notes

B2B's shifting ad spend, a big promotion at Teen Vogue, and more news from around the magazine space. The post IBT Media Rebrands as Newsweek Media Group | Industry Notes appeared first on Folio:. Continue reading at Folio Magazine

[ Folio Magazine | 2017-04-27 00:00:00 UTC ]
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IBT Media Is Rebranding as Newsweek Media Group

Whether as a print magazine or a digital brand, Newsweek is a name consumers worldwide can recognize--and, more importantly, trust. That was the driving force behind IBT Media's decision to buy Newsweek when it was a digital-only publication, and to revive the print edition in 2014. And it's why... Continue reading at AdWeek

[ AdWeek | 2017-04-27 00:00:00 UTC ]
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‘Tons of unnecessary ad calls going out’: Confessions of a beleaguered ad tech exec

A programmatic exec said publishers make too many ad calls and they don’t have a handle on their reputation with buyers or an understanding of which exchanges bring unique demand. The post ‘Tons of unnecessary ad calls going out’: Confessions of a beleaguered ad tech exec appeared first on Digiday. Continue reading at Digiday

[ Digiday | 2017-03-29 00:00:00 UTC ]
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This Mobile Ad Blocker Wants to Charge Brands to Show Their Ads

For the past year, ad blockers have made waves in the media world and threatened to wipe out digital advertising. Now one of those companies, Shine, has hired a chief revenue officer it's tasked with working closely with brands, agencies, publishers and trade organizations. Today, the company... Continue reading at AdWeek

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After Muhammad Ali's Death, Publishers Rushing Their Ali Books

In the wake of the boxer's death on June 3, publishers with upcoming titles about "the Greatest" are scrambling to get copies onto shelves as quickly as possible. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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In Another Swipe at Google, Facebook's Mobile Ad Network Gets Into Desktop, Offers More Video Ads

Video has become the content and advertising format of the year, with publishers, advertisers and social platforms all publicly pronouncing its importance.Facebook, of course, has become one of video's most vocal cheerleaders. It's rolled out a number of video products, for both advertisers and... Continue reading at Advertising Age

[ Advertising Age | 2016-05-16 00:00:00 UTC ]
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IAB Releases HTML5 Ad Validator, Aimed at Creatives and Ad Operations Teams

The Interactive Advertising Bureau planned to release a new tool Monday that allows ad designers, developers and ad operations teams to verify that their HTML5 ad units meet the current bureau's guidelines.The tool, which works for mobile and desktop, analyzes elements such as file weights,... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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The Canadian approach to fighting ad blockers: trade ads for user data

U.S. publishers could learn a thing or two about fighting ad blockers from their counterparts up north. Narcity Media, which runs a pair of city-focused sites aimed at Canadian millennials, last week started asking ad blockers to log in with their Facebook accounts if they wanted to read its... Continue reading at Digiday

[ Digiday | 2016-01-22 00:00:00 UTC ]
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This Ad-Tech Company Thinks Interactive Video Ads Can Bypass Blockers

With the rise of ad blocking and fraud concerns, publishers continue to get ads in front of consumers. One startup called Free All Media thinks it may have found a business model that works around those blockers by plugging content directly into publishers' sites. The Hopatcong, N.J.-based... Continue reading at AdWeek

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How Ad Design Affects Ad Blocking

For the longest time, marketers believed that bigger was better. Bigger ad formats, bigger ad sizes and bigger animations drove ever-larger and more intrusive ad design. That is, until ad blockers arrived on the scene. Now consumers are protesting and showing their dissatisfaction by using... Continue reading at Advertising Age

[ Advertising Age | 2015-10-22 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Publishers Worry That Native Ads Are Vulnerable to Ad Blocking

As the digital publishing industry wrestles with the rise of ad blocking, one popular notion is that native ads will be the answer to the industry’s ills.   Even Yahoo Chief ExecutiveMarissa Mayer has championed native ads as havi ... Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

[ Editor & Publisher | 2015-10-06 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Apple's New Ad Blockers Threaten to Remove Publishers' Mobile Ads

When Apple unveils its new iPhone and iOS 9 operating system this week, it could also drop a bomb on publishers, introducing ad-blocking technology that threatens to impact the revenue they make from smartphones. Ad blockers have been available on desktop browsers for years, but analysts say... Continue reading at AdWeek

[ AdWeek | 2015-09-08 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Ad blocking could spell the end of the intrusive ad

Revenue-hungry publishers have been cramming more high-impact ads onto their sites, but the growing spectre of ad blocking could be the nail in the coffin for some of those obnoxious units. Early data from Moat Ad Blocking Analytics suggests 10 to 15 percent of all premium publishers’ desktop ad... Continue reading at Digiday

[ Digiday | 2015-09-03 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Mode Media raises $30 million for lifestyle media publishing platform

Lifestyle media company Mode Media raised $30 million in Series G funding on Thursday to invest in its technology platform. Hubert Burda Media led the round, according to TechCrunch. The company has raised $186 million in equity funding to date. CEO Samir Arora co-founded the Brisbane-based... Continue reading at Silicon Valley Business Journal

[ Silicon Valley Business Journal | 2015-05-23 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Pre-Roll Video Ads a Leading Catalyst to Ad-Blocking Growth

A new Wells Fargo Securities report put ad blocking right alongside viewability as a top challenge facing the digital publishing ecosystem.The report asked whether ad blocking is an existential threat or "just a 'Europe thing'" and netted out somewhere in the middle: "We believe the rapid rise... Continue reading at Advertising Age

[ Advertising Age | 2015-03-13 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Thrillist Media Group Is the Latest Media Company to Launch an In-House Agency

Want to get through to the hard-to-reach millennial male? Thrillist Media Group thinks it knows the formula. The digital publisher announced the creation of The CoLab, its own in-house agency that will work with brands to create native activations and content. "We wanted to have one cohesive... Continue reading at AdWeek

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Why Vox Media makes content just for social media

Facebook isn't sharing native-video revenue with publishers yet. But when it does, Vox Media plans to be ready, with content that’s designed to live only on social platforms. The post Why Vox Media makes content just for social media appeared first on Digiday. Continue reading at Digiday

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Native-Ad Slayer John Oliver Visits Native-Ad Seller Hearst and Explains His Hit Piece

Why did John Oliver devote 11 minutes of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" to skewering the practice of native advertising?It was inspired by an interview he saw with Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, Mr. Oliver told an audience at Hearst Tower in New York on Tuesday. Mr. Oliver was struck by how easily... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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