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Fabric Notable Stories, July 6, 2016: Snapchat Remembers, Mobile Olympics, Don’t Forget Africa

Curated by David Bloom

So, Snapchat is ephemeral, huh? After years of telling us it zapped everything, Snapchat has rolled out Memories, to let you keep and share at least some of those Snaps. Seems against brand, but the company has been iterating from its strong points lately on seemingly every front. Maybe this is another one.  -DB


Social Media, Mobile,  #NeverForget

Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps

By Casey Newton

http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/6/12102294/snapchat-memories-private-snap-archive

Memories, which begins rolling out today on Snapchat for Android and iOS, is a new section of the app that you access by swiping up from the camera screen. In the past, you’ve been able to save your photos, videos, and stories from Snapchat to your phone’s camera roll. (“Stories,” of course, are what Snapchat calls the rolling 24-hour collection of photos and videos that you take throughout the day.) Now you can save them to Snapchat’s servers as well, and revisit them later in the Memories section of the app.

Memories also includes a section called “My Eyes Only” where you can put embarrassing or explicit snaps that might accidentally kill your grandma, if she ever saw them. You have to type in a PIN code to access those memories, and if you forget your PIN, Snapchat won’t recover the images. The company says Memories started from the observation that people often tell stories in person by physically sharing their phones with one another, letting them swipe through photos of a vacation, or prom, or some other event. My Eyes Only is meant to allow people to share their phones with one another more comfortably.


Social Media, Mobile

Inside the Newest Snapchat Megatrend

Geofilters are the new hashtags

By Molly McHugh of The Ringer

https://theringer.com/geofilters-are-the-newest-snapchat-megatrend-38cc2035cfef

…now an entire cottage industry is cropping up around geofilters: freelance designers and small companies exist entirely to create geofilters, and to help you do it, too. A custom geofilter is the new custom hashtag: Your event, office, party, or fraternity better have one. And given that they aren’t free to submit, the geofilter community is happily lining Snapchat’s pockets.


International, Mobile, Video, Social Media

An 11-Month-Old Snapchat Copycat App Called ‘Snow’ Is Exploding Across Asia

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/07/05/snapchat-copycat-app-snow-exploding-in-asia/

Snow, which enables users to send disappearing messages, compose sequential video stories, and even transform their appearance via live selfie filters, has been downloaded a total of 30 million times.

Snow, which launched internationally last September, is the creation of South Korean app maker Naver, which is most famous for Line, a dominant messaging app in Japan.


Digital Media, Investment, Creators

Four L.A. start-ups hunting for online video stars raise a combined $56 million

By Paresh Dave

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-la-tech-0705-20160703-snap-htmlstory.html

All Def Digital, Thoughtful Media Group, Kin Community and Woven Digital are exploiting consumers’ transition to digital video subscriptions from traditional pay-TV. They say their shows resonate better with their target group, whether it be millennial men, young women interested in arts and crafts, or “urban youth.”

Financiers include the world’s largest ad agency conglomerate, one of the top officials at media giant Viacom and many other major players in entertainment worldwide. The investors predict bright horizons for the video-centric companies because they’re suppliers in what stands to be a seller’s market for a while.


Creators, VidCon

7 Years of VidCon

By Laura Chernikoff, Guest Manager for @VidCon, transitioning to Executive Director of the Internet Creators Guild.

https://medium.com/@laurachernikoff/7-years-of-vidcon-b83945387328#.8ihf1c37u

Making VidCon a safe space was more important than ever this year.World events brought fear to the forefront and an already-robust security plan was evaluated all over again. Much has been written about the extra divide between creators and attendees, but I think it all came together and the opportunity to connect was still there.

Having VidCon feel true and genuine has also become more difficult as we’ve grown. With money and manpower pouring into digital careers, the number of people clamoring to say “what matters” has multiplied. YouTubers are now celebrities, or talent, or influencers.


Advertising

Does advertising even work any more?

By Mark Duffy

http://digiday.com/brands/advertising-even-work-anymore/

What should a brand do, then? Whelp, it definitely should stop spending money on advertising its products. Immediately. And give up on your marketing MBA bullshit: no hard sells, no soft sells, no devious sells … no selling!

Your only options left are to non-sell or un-sell. Here are some examples.

Un-ad ads are becoming more and more popular. Although they are still obviously ads, young folk seem to like their attitude. One of the most famous un-ads was E-Trade’s 1999 Super Bowl spot “we just wasted two million dollars,” though that ad still had too much “selling” copy at the end.


Advertising, Traditiional Media

Could TV Upfronts Strength Hamper Programmatic Progress?

By Kelly Liyakasa

http://adexchanger.com/digital-tv/tv-upfronts-strength-hamper-programmatic-progress/

…a strong upfront could hamper programmatic TV progress, say some industry insiders, since networks might be more reluctant to expose their data or offer buyers the same concessions they would when prices are weak.

Last year, as a result of the soft scatter market, programmers talked up proprietary audience indexing tools and data platforms to differentiate their upfront pitches. Some positioned their programmatic tools as a value-add – or even a must-have, in some cases, to access the deepest of audience insights – for buying that network’s media.

“I think programmatic automation and advanced data targeting helps to make TV more accountable,” she added. “The networks should keep moving the industry moving forward and not let one stronger marketplace allow them to become complacent and accept that we can go back to the way things were always done.”


Programmatic, Social Media, Advertising

Five Minutes With: Most LinkedIn Advertisers now use Programmatic, says Russell Glass

By DMNews

http://www.dmnews.com/social-media/five-minutes-with-most-linkedin-advertisers-now-use-programmatic-says-russell-glass/article/507574/

In the past programmatic real-time bidding has been a bit of the wild-west with very little control over how data is used. Programmatic technologies have since then advanced sufficiently so that we can now have control over how our data is targeted and ensure members aren’t being harmed. LinkedIn is a member-first platform so protecting our members and their experience on our site is imperative to us.

Mobile continues to be an incredible force for change.  It already represents more than half of LinkedIn traffic and engagement and more than 50% of our advertising revenues. It will only continue to become more critical to our ad business and LinkedIn as a whole.  


Advertising, Mobile, Video

New Data Says Mobile Video Ads Lead The Pack of Best Performing Formats

By Michael Wiser

http://mobileadvertisingwatch.com/new-data-says-mobile-video-ads-lead-the-pack-of-best-performing-formats-23682

According to the research presented by the ad company, mobile video ads remain the most effective and best forming ad formats in the mobile space today.

The report summary notes that mobile video ads drive higher revenue when shown in-app versus in the mobile web, with iOS apps delivering almost 3x higher eCPMs over the mobile web.

In terms of app categories that deliver highest eCPMs: music saw a +54% eCPM uplift, followed by Video & Computer Games (+38%), Society (+29%) and then Real Estate (+15%). This makes intuitive sense, as people using apps in the Arts and Entertainment category are already being exposed to rich media (including sound), and mobile video ads may seem less invasive.


Video, Digital Media, Marketing, Advertising

Brands, creators wrestle with sound’s role in social videos

By Tim Peterson

http://marketingland.com/brands-creators-wrestle-sounds-role-social-videos-183137

A year ago, brands and publishers were wrestling with whether and how to make vertical and square versions of the horizontal videos they had traditionally produced and posted to YouTube and, more recently, Facebook. And that was just visual formatting. Now they have to consider not only how people may view a video, but also whether they’ll listen to it.

Until about a month ago, the dilemma seemed to be getting easier. Facebook had been telling brands and publishers to create videos that could be watched with or without sound, and some publishers were putting out stats backing up Facebook’s point.

But it turns out that mobile doesn’t always equate to silent cinema. In early June, Snapchat announced that two-thirds of the videos posted to its mobile app are viewed with the sound on. That stat “totally took me aback,” said Gloria DeCoste, Head of Digital Strategy at Nestlé USA.


Mobile, Advertising, Olympics

What Mobile’s Massive Growth Means for Advertisers at This Year’s Summer Games

By James Patterson

http://www.adweek.com/brandshare/what-mobile-s-massive-growth-means-advertisers-years-summer-games-172120

This is all part of the same trend. Last year, mobile video accounted for 55 percent of all mobile data traffic. By 2019, U.S. smartphone video viewers are estimated to reach 174.8 million, according to eMarketer. Global viewing habits are rapidly shifting to mobile, and advertisers are finding ways to answer the call.

Programmatic buying, in particular, is one avenue that advertisers will turn to. Because of how narrowly you can target through programmatic, mobile video is one of the most personal one-to-one marketing channels advertisers can find for reaching their audience. Simply put, when viewers see more varied and relevant video ads, viewability and completion metrics improve for the advertiser. Programmatic helps to ensure this by satisfying viewers with content that resonates and, in turn, improves key metrics for advertisers.

 

Social Media, Marketing

Pinterest Updates Strategy, Looks to Scale Search and Audience Based Buying

By George Slefo

http://adage.com/article/digital/pinterest-intros-keyword-search-audience-based-buying/304795/

Seeking to scale its ad business ahead of a much anticipated IPO, Pinterest said it’s updated its advertising strategy and will place more focus on expanding its keyword search and audience based buying offerings.

The company is now offering its search inventory separately to advertisers, something it previously had not done before. More importantly, Pinterest’s head of global sales Jon Kaplan says the platform will feature the same kind of keyword based buying search marketers are familiar with — such as those found on Google — to be applied on Pinterest.


Social Media, Marketing

The State of Social Media for B2B Brands

By Alex Chaidaroglou

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/state-social-media-b2b-brands

Mainly because everyone is like “You have to get on Snapchat now” and that’s no necessarily true for every brand. The important social media channels in B2B are different than those in B2C, but few seem to clarify this.

Snapchat is an interesting app that will probably dominate to a length similar to Instagram or more. But. As happened with Instagram, I don’t see many businesses regretting not betting on Instagram in the early days (remember the hype back then?).

The thing is, Snapchat’s applications in B2B seem to be very limited.


Content Marketing, Digital Media

How You Can Conquer These Three Negative Content Trends

By Jacob Harwick

http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2016/30234/how-you-can-conquer-these-three-negative-content-trends

To conquer these advertising shifts…

  • Own intent-based and relevant industry searches (through SEM and SEO efforts).
  • Create high-quality, empathetic, and valuable content; it converts better and keeps costs down.
  • Experiment with campaigns across many channels to better determine your best tactics.
  • Maintain an accurate reporting structure and relationship with your analytics efforts.
  • Track KPIs closely and reassess strategy often (at least quarterly).

Digital Media

The latest Yahoo offers are due tomorrow, with the final round expected in two weeks

By Kara Swisher

http://www.recode.net/2016/7/5/12096084/latest-yahoo-bids-due-tomorrow-final-selection-july-18

Remaining bidders — including Verizon and a group headed by Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert — have been told that the final selection process will take place around July 18.

It will be interesting to see how activist shareholder Starboard Value — whose leader Jeffrey Smith now has several Yahoo board seats — will react to what are essentially subpar offers for the company. He had pushed for the sale and now is presiding over what could be a very tepid one.


International, Technology, Investment, Innovation

Emerging markets’ challenge to Silicon Valley

By Keith Jones

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/04/the-emerging-markets-challenge-to-silicon-valley/

Africa and the emerging markets have a leading role to play in the future direction of the planet. If we are brought along for the ride, we all have a chance of a good future. However, if we are left behind, we all suffer the consequences. The evidence that this is already happening is becoming more apparent.

Technology innovation is everything to our future. The challenge we have for Silicon Valley is: “How are you going to be relevant to us?”

The West says “mobile first;” Africa is mobile only, so the way we use mobile is very different. The West thinks “cloud/PC/tablet/mobile;” emerging markets think “mobile/bricks and mortar.” Our payment models are different: We need to service larger, more complex, multi-cultural user communities at a cost to serve that is a fraction of the West, off weaker infrastructure.


International, Traditional Media, Film

China Box Office Shrinks For First Time in Half a Decade

By Patrick Brzeski

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-box-office-shrinks-first-908701

Coming after a historic run of relentless growth, fueled by a nationwide cinema construction boom, the fall marks the Chinese theatrical market’s first year-on-year quarterly decline in over a half a decade.

In the first quarter of 2015, China’s box office expanded an astonishing 50 percent, hitting 14.49 billion yuan (roughly $2.2 billion) compared to 9.66 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) the year prior. In February, the China market totaled more than $1 billion, topping North America for the second month ever.


Mogulfest, Traditional Media, Digital Media

Sun Valley: Shari Redstone Takes Center Stage as Media Moguls Gather

By Paul Bond and George Szalai

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sun-valley-shari-redstone-takes-908495

“It is likely that consolidation will be discussed,” says Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible. “The industry will also need to focus on ways to monetize viewing as cord cutting continues to grow.”

Also attending is Leslie Moonves, CBS’ chairman and chief executive, who was seen by the gathered media driving Shari Redstone to dinner on Tuesday. There has been heavy speculation on Wall Street that Shari Redstone might like to see a merger between CBS and Viacom – with Moonves leading the combined media giant.

Not attending, though, is Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who is shopping the core assets of the company (which don’t include stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, apparently) for roughly $4 billion. And while former superagents Mike Ovitz and Jeff Berg are in attendance, current WME-IMG co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell are sitting the event out. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is expected to be there, though, and his company is allegedly a front-runner in the bidding for Mayer’s Yahoo, a process that should end in mid July


Pay TV, Streaming Video, Pigs Fly

Comcast Strikes Deal With Netflix

By Paul Bond

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comcast-strikes-deal-netflix-908452

Comcast agreed to integrate the Netflix service into some of its upgraded cable boxes that are due out by year’s end, the two former rivals said on Tuesday.

The partnership is seen as a win for Netflix, which is available on Apple TV, Roku and video game devices but has been trying to work its way into as many traditional cable boxes as possible so that consumers won’t need to juggle multiple devices.


Social Media, Live Streaming, Sports

Twitter Debuts Livestreaming With High Definition Broadcast of Wimbledon

By Christopher Heine

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/twitter-debuts-livestreaming-high-definition-broadcast-wimbledon-172398

Twitter today is providing a glimpse into what kind of TV-like platform it could be for sports fans, one of its most-loyal user bases. The social media network’s livestreaming of Wimbledon is Twitter’s first broadcast in high definition.

Video ads are not running during breaks in the action. Additionally, Twitter doesn’t appear to be selling Promoted Tweets specifically for the Wimbledon stream while focusing on the user experience, but it seems likely that targeted ads will appear alongside sports video content on the social network in the near future.

Also, Twitter’s Wimbledon coverage provides a preview for how the social platform may treat Thursday Night Football games later this fall. Twitter signed a $10 million livestreaming rights deal with the NFL a few months ago.


Traditional Media, Pay TV, International

Global television subscriber numbers rise

By Broadband TV News

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/07/06/global-television-subscriber-numbers-rise/

The worldwide number of pay television subscribers reported by the Informitv Multiscreen Index rose by 6.90 million or 1.68% in the first quarter of 2016.

60 of the 100 leading pay-television services in the latest Multiscreen Index report showed net subscriber gains in the quarter.

The greatest quarterly subscriber gains were in the Asia Pacific region.

The top 10 services from the United States in the Multiscreen Index closed the first quarter with just 18,000 subscribers more than at the start of the year, but they were down by over 880,000 year on year.


Mobile, Gaming, Franchises, M&A

Chris DeWolfe’s SGN Buys ‘Marvel Avengers’ Maker TinyCo

By Reid Nakamura

http://www.thewrap.com/chris-dewolfes-mobile-gaming-company-sgn-acquires-marvel-avengers-academy-maker-tinyco/

TinyCo, the Andreessen Horowitz­-backed San Francisco studio is led by CEO Suli Ali, and is the company behind mobile games such as “Marvel Avengers Academy” and “Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.” Ali will remain the leader of TinyCo’s 125-person staff, growing SGN to a size of 400 employees.

Founded in 2010 by DeWolfe with President & COO Josh Yguado and CTO Aber Whitcomb, SGN received a $130 million investment from South Korea’s Netmarble Games last July. The TinyCo’s aquisition marks the company’s third since December.


Links of Note

Product Hunt Does Product Marketing

Product Marketing: An essential part of any startup (even Snapchat). TV commercials, ads on the side of a bus, billboards, you know… the usual stuff. But it’s the little things that count:

Read more about Full Stack Marketing for Startups on Medium, and check out the full collection on Product Hunt.


Conferences of Note

Variety Sports & Entertainment Summit, July 14, Los Angeles

http://events.variety.com/sportsentertainmentsummit/

 

Fabric Notable Stories, June 29, 2016: Twitch Tips, HRC Tech, CEO Gone Rogue

Curated by David Bloom

Many bits of news coming out of big social-media platforms these days, as they jockey to offer new ways to monetize and connect, especially through video. Twitch, the king of tipping, creates a virtual currency, while Live.ly,  the live-streaming spinoff from smash-hit karaoke app Musical.Ly, sings something of the same tune.

Today’s list also includes some engrossing long reads, such as the one by Antonio Garcia Martinez about his dance between potential acquirers Facebook and Twitter, and what he did to his co-founders. -DB


OTT, Streaming Video

4 signs of the splintering OTT video economy

By Colin Dixon

http://www.nscreenmedia.com/4-signs-splintering-ott-video-economy/

We are entering a new phase in the evolution of OTT video. The market is splintering on many levels, and it threatens to slow or even derail the explosive growth we have seen in recent years.

Here are 4 signs that the OTT video economy is splintering into many different proprietary pools of influence.


Social Media, Streaming Video

Instagram Looking to Boost Video Consumption with New ‘Picked for You’ Channels

By Andrew Hutchinson

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/instagram-looking-boost-video-consumption-new-picked-you-channels

“The total time people spent watching video on Instagram increased 150 percent over the past six months. As video continues to grow, we’re adding new channels to Explore to make it easier for you to discover videos you’ll enjoy.”  

That 150% increase stat kind of came out of nowhere – earlier this week in an interview with Bloomberg, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom noted the figure as part of the discussion. Yet three months ago in March, when Instagram announced the expansion of on platform video length from 15 to 60 seconds, they quoted this stat:

There are some obvious channel topics in there, for sure (Comedians, Singers) but the narrow focus of many of these areas (Special Effects Makeup, Pitbulls) highlight niche interests where, obviously, Instagram is seeing significant community activity – significant enough to build entire channels around them.


Social Media, Monetization

Twitch Unveils New Tipping Functionality Called ‘Cheering’ With Animated Jewel Emotes

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/28/twitch-tipping-functionality-cheering-animated-emotes/

Twitch has introduced a new chat functionality called ‘Cheering‘, whereby viewers can tip streamers with animated, jewel-shaped Emotes — which is the gaming platform’s parlance for emojis — called ‘Bits‘. The new feature is designed to celebrate the fact that “the moments we share on Twitch, and the streamers who create them, are the glue that binds us together,” writes programming manager Robin Fontaine in a company blog post.

Having launched yesterday in beta, Bits can be bestowed with five different Emotes. 100 Bits cost $1.40. Users can tip in increments of 1 Bit, which appears as a small, gray pyramid; 100 Bits, which appear as two dancing purple diamonds; 1,000 Bits cost $14 and appears as a large teal gem; 5,000 Bits are priced at $70, and appear as a rotating royal blue jewel; and 10,000 Bits cost a whopping $140, and manifest in chat as a six-sided red star.


Live Streaming, Apps

Musical.ly May Be the Spoiler in Livestream Race with Launch of Live.ly

By Andrew Wallenstein

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/lively-livestream-musically-1201803301/

Musical.ly, a Shanghai-based social network that has astonished the industry by amassing a global audience approaching 100 million mostly teenage users in less than one year, is spinning off a second app, Live.ly, that will also focus on livestreaming. After a soft launch in May, Live.ly went live in the iTunes app store Friday, and began trending instantly despite zero promotion because of the word of mouth from Musical.ly’s rabid user base.

Both apps will be integrated with each other; once Musical.ly starts to formally introduce Live.ly to its users, a livestreaming category that has plenty of big entrants but no clear winner yet will get a new player capable of scaling as quickly and massively as the others.


Branded Content, VR, Marketing

Is Branded Virtual Reality Content the Next Frontier in Marketing?

In Cannes, media companies like Gannett, AOL pitch marketers on their ability to help create and distribute sponsored VR content

By Jack Marshall

http://www.wsj.com/articles/is-branded-virtual-reality-content-the-next-frontier-in-marketing-1466701202

Publishers and media companies also were joining in, pitching marketers on the idea of branded virtual reality content, which they hope to produce and distribute on behalf of paying brands in the latest frontier for marketing.

Salespeople and VR experts from Gannett’s USA Today Network, for example, spent time this week demonstrating a sizzle reel for its upcoming weekly VR show called “VRtually There,” as well as branded VR content it’s already produced for companies such as Honda.

It also demonstrated a new VR ad unit it created, which it’s calling a “cubemercial,” that effectively places the viewer inside a virtual-reality room. Brands will be given the opportunity to showcase videos or products on each of the cube’s six sides, said Gannett’s chief revenue officer, Kevin Gentzel.


Ad Blockers, Digital Media, Advertising

Scaremongering in digital: Why ad blocking isn’t as dire as you think

By Rob Rasko

http://marketingland.com/scaremongering-in-digital-182044

What I discovered is that while ad blocking is a big concern that publishers need to take seriously, it may not be as big a business problem as some predict it to be. Here’s why.

To develop a realistic projection of how big the ad-blocking problem is, we cut up the revenue and projections into three categories — search, display and digital video — and in our opinion, the only ad formats that are truly at risk for being susceptible to ad blockers are traditional display banners and rich media units.


Social Media, Algorithms

Facebook’s News Feed: Why you see what you see

By Kurt Wagner

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/29/12057724/facebook-news-feed-explained-values-algorithm

Why we see what we see in News Feed, though, has always been a bit of a mystery. We know News Feed is powered by a computer algorithm, a set of signals created by Facebook to show you, the user, a personalized list of items the company thinks you’ll like. But what all of those signals are and how much one signal is weighted versus another has never been entirely clear.

Facebook is trying to fix that, at least in one small way. On Wednesday it published its “News Feed Values” for the first time, a set of guidelines it claims to adhere to whenever it tweaks or changes the almighty algorithm.

The timing of this is not random.

For starters, Facebook tweaked its algorithm Wednesday in a way that will hurt news publishers that rely on News Feed for distributing their content. The list of values are Facebook’s attempt to explain to those publishers why this is happening.


Social Media, Apps, Advertising

Snapchat is slashing its ad prices for brands, sources say

By Garrett Sloane

http://digiday.com/platforms/snapchat-slashing-ad-prices-brands-sources-say/

Snapchat’s ads API — application programming interface — could cost advertisers $100,000 at minimum, which is significantly lower than Instagram’s minimum of $500,000 when it first opened the platform to ads, according to sources familiar with Snapchat.

Snapchat started selling ads in late 2014, and early products — one that went to every user and disappeared within 24 hours — cost about $750,000. In 2015, Snapchat brought down the price for video ads to 2 cents a view, or $20 for 1,000 views. This year, prices were back up with premium animated lenses that could cost millions depending on how many an advertiser bought in a given day, and interactive ads, where users can swipe up for more content, cost about $55 for 1,000 views.


Social Media, Publishing

The Huffington Post hacks a Snapchat button to drive followers from its website

By Garrett Sloane

http://digiday.com/platforms/huffington-post-hacks-snapchat-button-drive-followers-website/

The Huffington Post had to build its own for Snapchat because the app is almost intentionally difficult to follow. “Snapchat is not the easiest platform to surface content on,” said Kiki Von Glinow, director of growth at Huffington Post. “We have to tell the user coming to us on desktop that they can experience HuffPo in a completely different way on Snapchat.”

Since adding the button, HuffPo has seen a 140 percent increase in daily average signups, Von Glinow said. The publisher would not say how many followers it gains daily or how many it has in total.


Social Media, Small Business

Introducing Twitter Dashboard

By Noah Pepper of Twitter

https://blog.twitter.com/2016/introducing-twitter-dashboard-0

Today we’re offering a free tool to give all businesses an advantage in the way they use Twitter. With an iOS app and desktop web experience, Dashboard offers a single destination to get things done. It gives business owners a clear picture of what’s being said about their businesses, lets them schedule Tweets, and offers insights about their Tweet performance.


SVOD, Traditional Media, Pay TV, Set-Top Boxes

Advice to Big Ops: Add Streamers to the Box

Set-top apps could help SVOD tap into older demo, says analyst

By Mike Farrell

http://www.multichannel.com/advice-big-ops-add-streamers-box/405963

Integrating apps from subscription video-on-demand services into cable set-top boxes could go a long way toward tapping into an underserved demographic for subscription video-on-demand — older viewers — while providing pay TV with another retention tool, according to some analysts.

That could be a key demographic for Netflix in particular. After a strong first quarter of domestic subscriber growth — it added 2.2 million customers in the period — Netflix said subscriber increases would slow in the second quarter to about 500,000. Netflix could make up the difference by targeting older pay TV customers, Swinburne said.


Traditional Media, Streaming Video, Social Media

Adult Swim Posts A Full Episode Of Brad Neely’s New Show On Vine

By Sam Gutelle

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/27/adult-swim-vine-brad-neely-harg-nallin-sclopio-peepio/

In order to promote Neely’s incredibly-titled work, Adult Swim went to Vine, where it took advantage of the Twitter-owned platform’s recent expansion past its signature six-second format by posting the entire first episode of Harg Nallin Sclopio Peepio.

Viewers who head over to Adult Swim’s Vine page will find a short clip from Harg Nallin. Should they click a “Watch More” button in the loop’s bottom-right corner, they will load up a wider video player that shows the animated sketch show’s full 10-minute premiere.


Social Media, Streaming Video

Vine Premieres Its First Long-Form Original Series, ‘Camp Unplug’, Starring Lauren Giraldo, Cody Ko

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/27/vine-premieres-first-long-form-original-series-lauren-giraldo-cody-ko/

Micro video platform Vine — which recently announced changes that will allow certain creators to post longer videos, thus opening the door to monetization opportunities — has quietly released its first long-form original series. Told in a series of 36 Vines ranging in length from 6 seconds to more than 2 minutes, the show is called Camp Unplug and is about a group of 13 Vine stars who grudgingly attend a digital detox summer camp.


Streaming Video, Social Media

Samantha Bee’s Facebook Experiment: AT&T Works to Stream ‘Full Frontal’ Preview

By Brian Steinberg

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/samantha-bee-facebook-full-frontal-att-late-night-advertising-1201804231/

As part of a sponsorship deal with AT&T, Bee will offer users of the social-media outlet a look behind the scenes of her edgy comedy show as it gears up for a taping this evening in front of an audience. Facebook users will be able to see Allana Harkin, a member of the show’s staff, warm up the audience, and then catch Bee as she greets the audience and even takes questions from both the crowd in front of her as well as Facebook users. The hostess is expected to acknowledge AT&T as the sponsor of the new access granted to fans in her own words as part of the agreement.

AT&T is just one of several advertisers trying to make new connections with TV’s late-night audience. Last week,  McDonald’s and Coca-Cola arranged a joint deal that put products from both companies into the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on James Corden’s “Late Late Show” on CBS. NBCUniversal recently enlisted Seth Meyers to do a live ad for Chrysler’s Pacifica. Apple in October used a performance by Ryan Adams on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” to run an ad at the bottom of the screen during the program for its streaming Apple Music service. These deals are just two of many that have begun to crop up across late-night programming, as Madison Avenue craves a more obvious presence while Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and the rest deliver riffs on the headlines and interview celebrities.


Politics, Policy, Technology

Hillary Clinton’s tech agenda is really a huge economic plan in disguise

By Brian Fung

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/28/hillary-clintons-tech-agenda-is-really-a-huge-economic-plan-in-disguise/

The agenda released Tuesday reads like a Silicon Valley wish list. It calls for investing in computer science and engineering education, expansion of technologies like 5G mobile data and hooking up more public places such as airports and train stations with cheap, abundant WiFi. It would continue efforts to curb abusive patent lawsuits, which the tech industry says are stifling its ability to innovate. And it commits to defending the government’s net neutrality rules, which were recently upheld by a federal appeals court and aim to ban Internet providers from unfairly manipulating Internet content.

The proposal from the presumptive Democratic nominee also promises to give recent college grads a three-year reprieve from their student loan payments, as long as they spend that time creating new startups and small businesses. And it includes an extra incentive that allows young entrepreneurs to wipe out up to $17,500 in student debt if they launch their businesses in “distressed communities.”


Digital Media, Funding

Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital Closes $10 Million Funding Round Led By Third Wave Digital

By Geoff Weiss

http://www.tubefilter.com/2016/06/29/all-def-digital-10-million-funding-third-wave-digital/

All Def Digital (ADD) said today that it has closed a $10 million funding round led by venture capital firm Third Wave Digital. Other participants in the round included WPP Ventures (the investment arm of British advertising goliath WPP) and Andreessen Horowitz, as well as existing investors Nu Horizons, Greycroft Partners, eVentures, and Advancit Capital. This brings total funds raised by the Russell Simmons co-founded digital media company to $15 million.

ADD, which says it aims to capture urban-centric youth culture, boasts 100 million fans across YouTube and Facebook. It also recently launched a branded content studio called ADHD, which has partnered with consumer electronics brands, car and beverage makers, and movie studios.

New funds will be used to scale cross-platform growth, and will be allocated toward original programming in comedy, music, sports, news, and poetry, ADD said. It will also help to accelerate branded and sponsored content initiatives.


M&A, Traditional Media, Litigation

Jeffrey Katzenberg Sued Over “Side Deal” to DreamWorks-Comcast Merger

By Ashley Cullins

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/jeffrey-katzenberg-sued-side-deal-906922

Jeffrey Katzenberg is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit that claims he agreed to the $3.87 billion sale of DreamWorks Animation to Comcast because of a lucrative side deal,

DreamWorks shareholder Ann Arbor City Employees Retirement System is accusing Katzenberg of breaching his duty to minority shareholders. AACERS claims Katzenberg was offered a 7 percent share of profits from the company’s new media business in perpetuity, and if he hadn’t taken that deal Comcast would have had to pay more for the studio to secure his support.

As part of the acquisition, Katzenberg will serve as a consultant to NBCUniversal and become chairman of DreamWorks New Media, which controls the company’s interests in AwesomenessTV and NOVA.


Social Media, E-Commerce

Pinterest tries to one-up Amazon with new shopping features like AI-enabled search

By Tim Peterson

http://marketingland.com/pinterest-tries-one-amazon-new-shopping-features-like-ai-enabled-search-182672

On Thursday — almost a year to the day since Pinterest rolled out buyable pins in the US, which it’s now bringing to the web — the company is adding a host of new e-commerce features. Some are standard. There’s nothing new to a cross-platform shopping cart and merchant profiles. But others attempt to make searching for products by typing in text and scrolling through results seem outdated.

People can now put items from different merchants in a shopping bag that they can access and check out from any device. And Pinterest is adding merchant profiles so that people can see what specific sellers have on offer, including what’s popular and what’s on sale. Again, standard.


Live Streaming, Digital Media

THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF LIVE & COMMUNAL ENTERTAINMENT

By Tal Shachar & Matthew Ball

https://redef.com/original/the-death-and-resurrection-of-live-communal-entertainment

These two changes have fundamentally transformed media consumption and in the process, disoriented the network business and left Hollywood confused about the value of television content and the future of the industry.  After all, live communal “appointment” viewing has always been considered the “core” product of the TV offering. On-demand is simply an add-on, as TV Everywhere access demonstrates (Time Warner Cable customers still can’t watch any of Disney’s non-ESPN channels or Time Warner’s non-HBO cable networks over-the-top). Moreover, weekly releases have long been viewed as critical to the consumer experience (by way of reviews, tweets and water cooler chitchat). And as Empire’s first season showed, the momentum that can accrue from weekly releases can be essential to audience growth. Networks also rely on distributed series viewing to drive the rest of their programming portfolio via lead-in/lead-out programming. And of course, 50% of network revenues come from selling live audiences to advertisers. This has made a pivot tough.


M&A, Social Media, Shameless Self-Accounting

How I Sold My Company to Twitter, Went to Facebook, and Screwed My Co-Founders

By Antonio Garcia Martinez

https://backchannel.com/tuesday-april-5-2011-6c783a5dce42

In this excerpt adapted from his new, take-no-prisoners Silicon Valley memoir Chaos Monkeys, Antonio García Martínez explains the harrowing exit of his one-year-old Y Combinator startup company. As we begin our narrative, García Martínez is CEO and unofficial strategist of AdGrok, which is in the midst of the “trough of despair” following launch and preceding significant revenues. His two co-founders, Matthew McEachen (MRM) and Argyris Zymnis, aka“the boys,” provide the engineering. (They are the book’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.)


Publishing, Monetization, Digital Media

Newsonomics: The Financial Times’ CEO on trial subscriptions, the platform age, and living in luxury

By Ken Doctor

http://www.niemanlab.org/2016/06/newsonomics-the-financial-times-ceo-on-trial-subscriptions-the-platform-age-and-living-in-luxury/

The company now can rightly claim to be more digital than print. I’ve often pointed to the FT as an exemplar of how high-quality journalism is making the transition into the new age, but I’ve been equally impressed by how hard the journey is, even for the exemplar.


Advertising, Ad Tracking

Uh Oh: Google Expands Its Ad Tracking. But, Yay: It’s Opt-In

By Brian Barrett

https://www.wired.com/2016/06/latest-ad-tracking-move-google-gets-opt-right/

The prompt includes an option to let Google use all of the information associated with your account—search, Chrome, YouTube, the works—to inform the ads you see across the web. Google already does this within its own services, but until now it has used cookies for anything beyond that.

This new setting would change that.

Opting in gives you more granular control over how ads work across devices signed into your Google account. If a search for boat shoes (you know, the grey ones with white laces) haunts you across the web, you’ll be able to kill it everywhere, all at once, rather than going device by device.


Live Streaming, Music, Crazy Icelandic Bands

Sigur Rós is livestreaming a 24-hour drive through Iceland with a soundtrack generated in real-time

By Abhimanu Ghoshal

http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2016/06/21/sigur-ros-livestreaming-drive-across-europe-soundtrack-generated-real-time/

On ‘Route One’, the group is driving through Iceland for 24 hours and livestreaming the journey. The accompanying soundtrack is a single continuous piece created using Bronze, which is described as ‘generative music software’. The app will take cues from Sigur Rós’ latest track ‘Óveður.’


Design, Infographics

Design, Illustrated in 3 Charts

Been typing a lot of words recently, so this one will be simple: a few doodles from the sketchbook pondering what, exactly, is design.

By Julie Zhuo

https://medium.com/the-year-of-the-looking-glass/design-illustrated-in-3-charts-128ae8ff22fe#.hdwyksoe9

Essentials of Design Venn Diagram