Since we published our 2018 digital spend forecast, we've gotten some great feedback from our readers and have also seen surprising earnings announcements. Some of this new information confirmed our projections, but some made us rethink our assumptions. And so we're making three downward revisions to our 2018 forecast.
The growing power of walled gardens isn’t all bad for the rest of the media world. Facebook, YouTube and their walled-garden peers are paving a path toward a pixel-free internet. Their obsession with user experience has made them allergic to third-party tracking pixels, and they are pioneering new methods of server-side measurement.
Walled gardens have set themselves apart from thousands of publishers across the open internet by restricting their integrations with principal programmatic technologies. Learn about the unique solutions walled gardens have adopted to meet the needs of advertisers while maintaining their high walls.
Data half-life says a lot about the degree to which publishers can tolerate a culture of experimentation. Publishers with fast-burning data can test emerging programmatic sales channels, allow new third-party trackers on their pages and even explore direct data-licensing agreements without fear of long-term consequences.
In the tug-of-war between CMO and CFO, the CFO is winning. Advancements in measurement and attribution have made it possible for the CFO to demand proven returns from media investments. Like any other business investment, marketing is now being held accountable to achieving financial returns.
Clever applications of private marketplace technology allow publishers to move from reactively protecting data leakage to proactively monetizing their data assets.