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Archives » May 2011

PayPal Sues over Google Wallet | FTC Opens Comments about Online Ad Rules

Published 2 years, 10 months ago
  • PayPal sued Google and two Google executives on May 26 over the company's freshly released mobile payment product, Google Wallet, reports Direct Marketing News. According to the filing, Google, and two former PayPal executives now working at Google, misappropriated trade secrets and breached their contracts to develop the Google Wallet mobile application, unveiled the same day as the filing. PayPal currently is also testing its own mobile payment service in a trail initiative with retailers.

  • The Federal Trade Commission announced its plans to conduct an overhaul of its May 2000 online advertising rules, known as the "Dot Com Disclosures." The FTC is requesting public comments on how to adapt its online advertising rules to the technological and legal advances of the past decade, Reuters reports.

  • Multiple applications available in the official Android Market were found to contain malware that can compromise a significant amount of personal data, reports mobile security providers, Lookout. Twenty-six applications were found to be infected with malware that Lookout is calling “Droid Dream Light” (DDLight), and they estimate that between 30,000 and 120,000 users have been affected.

Fox: “Low Double Digit Growth” in CPM | “Two and a Half Men” Not Running for Emmy

Published 2 years, 10 months ago
  • Fox has reached agreements with a handful of major agencies, reports Media Life, with the network reaching deals ahead of what analysts predicted. In those early deals ahead of the holiday weekend, Fox secured CPM increases in the low double digits, according to reports, a bit above what had been expected. Most analysts had predicted Fox would earn a bump of 9 or 10 percent over what it got in last year's upfront market.
  • With 16 produced and aired episodes, the CBS comedyTwo and a Half Men would be eligible to run for a best comedy series Emmy Award, but Two and a Half Men was not submitted for best comedy, reports Deadline Hollywood. 

  • Paget Brewster will continue on CBS' crime dramaCriminal Minds next season, while new series regular Rachel Nichols won't return. Meanwhile, co-star Thomas Gibson still doesn't have a deal for next season, with negotiations ongoing, according to Deadline Hollywood. 

  • News Corp. would like to run a greater number of ads in some the Fox programs available on Hulu, reports AdAge. For Hulu, which since its launch in 2007 has boasted that it runs a lighter ad loads than what viewers get on television, this would be a significant change. And a growing number of ads in Hulu could signal a shift for the wider online video world as well. The discussion entail that Fox to be able to sell its advertisers positions across multiple platforms -- including Hulu. 

Social Media, Cause Engagement Linked For African-Americans and Hispanics

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

social media role in cause engagement

Nearly one in three African-American adults (30%) and four in ten Hispanics (39%) say they are more likely to support a cause or social issue online than offline today—both significantly higher percentages than Caucasians (24%), according to the new Dynamics of Cause Engagement study conducted in late 2010 by Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

Other findings including African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to believe that they can help get the word out about a social issue or cause through online social networks (58% and 51%, respectively, vs. 34% of Caucasians). They also subscribe more readily to the belief that social networking sites like Facebook make it easier to support causes today, and that these sites help increase visibility for causes. And while half of Caucasians and Hispanics (48% and 51%, respectively) agree that they get too many emails about causes now, a significantly lower number of African Americans (33%) feel this way.

Chart: B2B Publishers, Reported Profitability 2010

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

B2B Publishers Reported Profitability 2010About this chart: Source: Folio Magazine. "2011 Folio: B-to-B CEO Survey," May 2011. About their data: The survey sample of 1,000 was selected by Folio and Readex Research from domestic subscribers with executive management titles in b-to-b and con-sumer publishing. Data was collected via mail survey from January 14, 2011 to February 28, 2011. Results were filtered to include only those who say they are involved in b-to-b publishing. The margin of error based on those 217 respondents is plus or minus 6.2 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. 




Chart: B2B Publishers, Anticipated Revenue Sources, 2011

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Anticipated Revenue Sources for B2B PublishersAbout this chart: Source: Folio Magazine. "2011 Folio: B-to-B CEO Survey," May 2011. About their data: The survey sample of 1,000 was selected by Folio and Readex Research from domestic subscribers with executive management titles in b-to-b and con-sumer publishing. Data was collected via mail survey from January 14, 2011 to February 28, 2011. Results were filtered to include only those who say they are involved in b-to-b publishing. The margin of error based on those 217 respondents is plus or minus 6.2 percent at the 95 percent 




Chart: Top 10 at Domestic Film Box Office, Weekend of May 27-29, 2011

Published 2 years, 10 months ago

Top 10 at domestic film box office

About this chart: Content in Rentrak Theatrical box office updates is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its Box Office Essentials theatrical box office data collection and analytical service.





TV Broadcasters Report Modest Growth in Q1

Published 2 years, 11 months ago

TV Broadcasters revenue Q1 2011

Publicly traded television companies reported average revenue growth of 1.2% in Q1. The calculation comes from the media investment bank M.C. Alcamo & Co. “After four consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, the US broadcast industry coasted positively into a soft landing in Q1,” said Michael Alcamo, the firm’s President. “The industry reported a respectable revenue growth rate of 1.2% over the first quarter in 2010 – which had shown revenue growth of 15.3% from Q1 2009. The seven pure-play TV companies tracked by the quarterly survey did better than the TV divisions of larger media companies, with revenues up an average 2.2%, versus a slight decline of 0.1%. However, the best performer came from the latter group, with the TV unit of McGraw-Hill up 10.2%, reports Radio Business Report.




Sirius XM: Auto Recovery Gives Boost | Pandora: Revenue Doubled | Pioneer AppRadio

Published 2 years, 11 months ago
  • Sirius XM reaped benefits from last year’s recovery of the auto industry. Boosted by the Sirius XM player installed in new cars, the company was able to reach 20.2 million subscribers in 2010. In its annual report, Sirius says it expects that for 2011, the number of subscribers will increase by 1.4 million. So far, for Q2 got started, the satellite service had 20.6 million subscribers subs, writes PaidContent.

  • Ahead of its upcoming IPO, Pandora said that revenue more than doubled last quarter, while its  and its user base increased to more than  90 million. Q1 sales reached  $51 million, up from $21.6 million a year earlier. The company reported that it expects to complete the share sale by the end of June, according to All Access. 

  • Pioneer has unveiled a new device, AppRadio, coming in June. Radio World describes it as an in-vehicle product designed to work with the iPhone and iPod, complementing their processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps.

IAB: Highest Q1 Ever for Online Ads | Google Wallet a “Killer App” | Gannett Video Views up 700%

Published 2 years, 11 months ago
  • Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. hit $7.3 billion for the first quarter of 2011, a 23% increase over the same period in 2010, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). This is the highest-ever Q1 revenue level ever for the industry and a significant increase over last year’s first-quarter revenue level, which had been the highest on record to date.

  • AdAge is calling the new mobile-payment platform Google Wallet, a “killer app.” By launching with financial and retail partners that billions of consumers already know, Google should be easing the transition from credit cards to pay by smartphone. Google has partnered with MasterCard and Citi in its Wallet application, which is designed to be a combination credit card, rewards program and coupon case when customers tap their smartphones at the register. 

  • Gannett is increasing video consumption with a new, large and prominent video player. Many of the chain's websites for its 82 newspapers and 20 local stations feature the new video player on the home page. Gannett uses Brightcove as its video platform and Livestream for extensive live streaming. (Gannett is an investor in Livestream.) To further drive discoverability, Gannett is integrating Taboola. Since the redesign was implemented recently, the company has seen increases of video views of 700% when the prominent player appears on the home page, reports Beet TV.

  • The May 2011 Distimo Report has a review of paid and free mobile apps across platforms. Counting by the percentage of apps, paid and free, that have been downloaded less than 100 times, the report found that with paid applications in the Google Android Market, downloads are significantly lower than they are for free applications. The percentage of all free applications that have been downloaded less than 100 times is 24.8%, and the percentage of paid applications that have been downloaded less than 100 times worldwide is 79.3%. 

  • Beyond, Next Fifteen's digital agency has launched a new Influencer Identification Service, the Topical Impact Estimation (TIE) Score, which aims to measure who are the key influencers on social media platforms. The TIE Score estimates the reach and impact of a content producer (Twitter handle or blogger) for a particular topic. It factors in a content producer's immediate audience, as well as its topic-related viral audience, the company reports.

Brands Back for Multichannel Packages | TV Finale Prelim Ratings | NBC Sports Exec Retiring

Published 2 years, 11 months ago
  • NBC Universal launched its second annual "Healthy Week," wherein it sells packages of ads to clients with health messages across an array of more than a dozen NBCU and Comcast properties. The properties involved, including NBC, Bravo, Telemundo, Daily Candy and Exercise TV, among others, all develop special health-related content to create highly relevant environments for the ads. General Mills was happy to be among the returning clients to the program and it's easy to understand why. The cereal maker's participation last year resulted in a 40% boost in brand recall and a 58% lift in product "likability" for its Cheerios ads that appeared during the initiative, compared to the same spots that aired in earlier programs, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

  • Wednesday's American Idol Season 10 finale beat ABC's Dancing With the Stars season closer on Tuesday by 32 percent in total viewers; however, the DWTS finale beat the penultimate American Idol episode. While Fox clearly dominated a quiet night on broadcast -- CBS and CW again aired mostly repeats -- ABC placed a distant second in the demo and No. 3 in viewers, says the Hollywood Reporter, in a look at preliminary numbers on TV season finales.

  • The finale of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” evidently brought back some fans who had not watched for years: it was the highest-rated episode of the show in almost 18 years. The show recorded a 13.3 household rating in major cities on Wednesday. That’s more than twice as high as the normal household rating for her show this season. That 13.3 household rating was the show’s highest since 1994, when its ratings were generally higher and there were fewer competing shows on the air, reports The New York Times.

  • NBC Sports executive Ken Schanzer will be leaving the division at summer's end. Schanzer, 66, told colleagues today that he retiring after three decades with the network, including the last 13 as president of the sports division. His announcement comes just a week after his boss Dick Ebersol resigned his position as NBC Sports Group chairman, says Broadcasting & Cable.