Author Archives: markpilip

Automation and Digital Marketing

Why are digital marketing vendors so obsessed with automating the processes involved in advertising? Continue reading

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Why Are We Eliminating The Human?

David Byrne wrote an eloquent piece yesterday, in which he said: “Our random accidents and odd behaviors are fun—they make life enjoyable. I’m wondering what we’re left with when there are fewer and fewer human interactions. Remove humans from the … Continue reading

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Ad Exchange Rules of Thumb

Working with ad exchanges? Do these things. Continue reading

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Fake News Root Cause: Digital Advertisers

Somewhere in our rush to use digital media, we got obsessed with reach and the size of audiences (the magic word again) and impressions. We got taken for a ride by the ad tech industry hucksters, who built an almost-perfect money-making machine on top of fake inventory created on phony websites. Continue reading

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Now, Nobody Will Read About It

You still have to build something worth talking about for people to talk about it. Continue reading

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Assume Fraud Is Worse

When you’re looking to reduce your ad fraud rates, always: Pick the vendor that detects the most fraud Check every impression (not a sample) for fraud Look for brokered traffic (it’s garbage) Assume fraud is worse than you think Don’t be … Continue reading

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Autonomy: Kitchen Cabinet Installers vs. Office Workers

I’m listening to the kitchen cabinet installers upstairs working on my new kitchen and it dawned on me that they have more autonomy than a typical cube- or open-plan dweller in an office. As Dan Pink points out, it’s mastery, … Continue reading

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Mayan Marketing

“All you have to know is what it is.” Said Richard Feynman, in his introduction to his famous Sir Douglas Robb Lectures on quantum electrodynamics at Auckland University in 1979. Feynman’s brilliance in those lectures and his book on the … Continue reading

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Competitors? Meh.

I saw a post on LinkedIn today about the importance of doing combat with your competitors. That’s misguided and wrong. When you devote resources to something, you are by definition taking them away from something else. Every bit of time … Continue reading

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AdTech Beware: The Rise of the Sophisticated Buyer

The sophisticated advertising buyer will be the death of ad tech. Using ad tech by itself doesn’t make you a sophisticated buyer. Continue reading

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