Do Ad Agency Perks Make Up for Long Hours?

This was a fun and also eye-opening piece for me to report.  President Obama’s new regulation requires employers to pay overtime to staff making as much as $50,000 a year. The question my article was supposed to answer was, what are advertising agencies doing now to improve work/life balance for their staff?

It sounds like a lot of fun to work at these agencies, with classes, outings and trips. On the downside, junior staffers work days, evenings and weekends. What do you think? Would these perks drive you to work day and night?

Overtime Pay? Try Yoga Instead

 

Why CPG Brands Are Killing It on Instagram

califa-20160126035254387Instagram advertising saw 400 percent growth from August through December, according to Brand Networks. Consumer packaged goods, fashion and retail are among the top spenders. It feels a little bit like coming full-circle back to the days of glossy magazine ads. What’s different is that, instead of hoping people will buy the magazine, you can not only target who you want to reach on Instagram, you can also encourage them to distribute your luscious product shots to their friends.

Adding an adorable baby never hurts, either.

Forget fashion. CPG brands are leading the way on Instagram

In-App Advertising Is Moving from Install to Brand Ads

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The app frenzy of a few years ago led to a goldmine for app developers, who profited from other developers seeking attention for their own apps. Now, consumer brands have jumped in full-force. These brands don’t expect direct sales, they hope to get consumers to download their own branded apps. The end game is building up databases of mobile customers that they can match to their existing CRM databases.

The story has comments from inMobi and Taptica.

Second Wave of In-App Advertisers Seeks Customer Acquisition, Not ROI

 

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Security Is a Threat to E-Commerce

CIOs at retail organizations are struggling to balance security with innovation on limited budgets, according to a survey conducted in December 2014 by Forrester for the National Retail Federation. In the survey of 84 top retail CIOs, 97 percent identified cyber security as a top concern.

Meanwhile, the hacks and data thefts seem relentless. With mobile payments rising in importance, this article looks at security strategies retail CIOs are or should be using to secure transactions across channels.

Hackers: The Mobile Threat to Back-to-School Shopping

Are Media Companies Cannibalizing Ad Sales by Publishing to Social Media?

Twitter Moments recently went live for me, providing a curated selection of top tweets. And very soon, Twitter will test “promoted moments,” that is, brand content, according to Venture Beat. With Facebook providing APIs to let publishers including the New York Times publish directly via Instant Articles, it seems media companies are anxious to harness the power of social medial. But what about their business model of showing ads against content?

Read: Will Ad Money Follow News to Social Media?

First steps toward programmatic TV-buying

Broadcast and cable networks took a big step forward at the 2015 Upfronts by pitching various data platforms and services to help advertisers target audiences by buying habits as well as demographics, or to calculate the effectiveness of TV campaigns. Most of these are at the “initiative” stage; the big step is just the fact that they’re working on this problem.

Networks Take Baby Steps into Data, and Buyers Shrug