News Corp. takes new tack on digital advertising

News Corp.—which now includes The Wall Street Journal but not 20th Century Fox—is adopting a new strategy for making money from digital advertising: It will no longer sell inventory through outside ad networks but will handle those automated sales itself.The news and information company, which split from its television and movie siblings in June, announced Wednesday that it was setting up its own global programmatic ad exchange with the support of Los Angeles-based ad-tech company the Rubicon Project."Programmatic" is the term used for computerized-ad buying that allows for so-called real time bidding, and which charges advertisers for sliced-and-diced audience segments rather than for a premium spot on a particular web page.Programmatic buying has long been used for remnant inventory—space that a publisher was unable to sell directly—and has been blamed for driving down pricing for newspaper sites by acting as a low-cost competitor to the property's premium space. But marketers have been looking to do more of their ad buying through the computerized system, since it gives them exactly the audience they're targeting.Newspapers, including The New York Times and the Financial Times, have responded by reserving some of that ad network inventory for their own exchanges.According to a spokeswoman, News Corp. has been winding down its relationships with ad networks over the past year. It will discontinue remaining arrangements with third-party networks as it rolls out the News... Continue reading at 'Crains New York'

[ Crains New York | 2013-08-22 00:00:00 UTC ]
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