Tag Archives: adtech

“Guessing is a Dumb Man’s Job”

I was watching a Richard Feynman lecture from 1964, during which he described the scientific process. As usual, he did it in a way that even I could understand. Tell me if, in the next roughly 32 seconds of this … Continue reading

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Ads.txt: Cui bono?

Ads.txt is not the answer to solving the widespread problem of fraud in the digital marketing ecosystem, but it’s a small step in the right direction. I was glad to hear that MediaMath announced that it will begin rapidly rolling out … Continue reading

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Go “Out There” For Education

Does your company have an internal education system? You probably go there once a year or quarter for the compliance training, and not much else. It probably has some nice introductory music, cute little branded cartoons, and has scored quizzes at … Continue reading

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How Many Tracking Pixels to Screw in a Light Bulb?

I turned on WordPress’s WordAds on this blog a couple of days ago. It takes a couple of days for the ad tech ecosystem to smell the fresh blood, but as of this morning, there are 66 tracking pixels firing … 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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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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Fairy Tale: “Ads We Want to See”

One of the biggest fantasies shared by digital marketers and advertising technology providers is that people want to see ads. The problem isn’t them, it’s us. If only we installed more technology (and chipped away at privacy a little more), we’d … Continue reading

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Buying Audiences, Getting Worked

I thought the modern age of non-intrusive advertising was supposed to give me only the relevant ads I wanted to see, lovingly presented to me by some perfect algorithm hand-crafted in a loft in SoHO? Ta-da–you’ve just seen what happens when you get stuffed into an “audience.” Continue reading

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Gaming AdTech: Easier Than Go Fish

How easy is it to game the AdTech ecosystem and steal–yes, steal–money from advertisers? Incredibly easy. The sad thing is that very few players in the industry care enough to do anything about it. Continue reading

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Why Ads?

Why ads on my personal blog? I’m running a little experiment right now. More to come and the ads will come down. I don’t like them either. Continue reading

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