Good morning. It's Tuesday, July 17, 2012, and this is your first early morning digital briefing. If you would like to read this or any other Cynopsis editions online, click here.
Marissa Mayer has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo, and will assume the new role today. In a statement, Mayer said, "I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the internet's premiere destinations for more than 700 million users. I look forward to working with the Company's dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world. Mayer was employee #20 at Google and was most recently VP/Local, Maps, and Location Services at the company. She replaces interim CEO Ross Levinsohn. The New York Times was the first to report the appointment.
Jerry Seinfeld's new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which has been developed in partnership with Sony Pictures Television's Crackle service, debuts this week on July 19 at 9pm. As the title suggests, the show is an interview series where the comedian drives around and sits down for a chat with fellow comedians and other famous friends. There aren't too many other details on the web show as to how many episodes will be released or even the length of each episode, just that each one will feature a conversation between Seinfeld and his guest. The list of guests scheduled to appear include Larry David (naturally), Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin, and more.
Deepak Chopra and his family have launched The Chopra Well, a new original lifestyle channel on YouTube produced by Alloy Digital's Generate Studios. Launch series include: Spiritual Solutions, which will offer stories and tips to help viewers find creative solutions to life challenges as well as answer questions from members; Chopra Centered, tips from experts at the Chopra Center; Who Are You?, an interview show hosted by Chopra featuring guests ranging from scientists to celebrities; Holy Facts, which is being described as "Ripley's Believe It or Not with a spiritual twist"; 30 Days of Intent, a "spiritual makeover show" from Chopra's daughter Mallika; Ask Deepak, a daily dose of the spiritual expert's thoughts on current topics; and The Meditator, a daily meditation show. Alloy says more series will be introduced over the coming months.
Singer, actress, and now former American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is about to embark on the North American leg of her global tour. To provide exclusive content to fans while she's on this tour, JenniferLopez.com has unveiled a new section on the site, dubbed " Tour Feed." On this section, which is free to join for members, fans can access behind-the-scenes content, including performance footage from concerts, rehearsal footage with the dancers, interviews with members of the traveling troupe, set lists, sketches of costumes and dresses, as well as Lopez's tour diary. The dancers, band, and other tour personnel will also blog/vlog regularly throughout the tour. The website, which was built and is operated by EQAL , also functions as a mini-social network. "Fans get their own profiles and can connect their JenniferLopez.com accounts with their personal Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media applications through the technology 'Tour Feed' is built upon," said EQAL COO Rob Weiss.
Telemundo Media and iVillage have launched iVillage Mujer de Hoy, a new bilingual section on Telemundo.com that geared toward digitally savvy Latinas. The site will have fluidity when it comes to in which language the content is presented. Consistent site monitoring will allow the site to be adjusted to mirror audience usage. English content will prominently show up in red boxes. Telemundo and iVillage have also tapped Adamari Lopez, who hosts a morning show on Telemundo, as the Ambassador of iVillage Mujer de Hoy. In this role she will contribute to the site and feature content from the site on television via two weekly segments. The site will also feature guest blogs from influential Hispanic celebrities such as Maria Celeste, novella stars Eugenio Siller and Maritza Rodriguez, and Ana Maria Polo.
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"Social CRM" provider Dynamic Signal has raised $13.3 million in Series B financing, led by venture capital firm Venrock, with a new investor, Time Warner Investments, joining existing investors like Trinity Ventures and Cox Enterprises in the round. This brings Dynamic Signal's total amount raised to over $21 million. The company says it plans to use the new funds to further strengthen its sales and marketing efforts, and continue to invest in the overall engineering of services and to grow its "client support organization." Dynamic Signal says its Brand Amplification Platform identifies high value fans, bloggers, and other influencers, and then recruits them by building one-to-one relationships with them across all social channels. Ideally, by doing this, these influencers would "spread the word" via social content marketing campaigns and branded content.
Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)'s CEO Greg Stuart announced yesterday at MMA's Mobile CEO & CMO Summit in the Dominican Republic that the association has secured over $1 million in funding to launch a global research project called SMoX.me (Smart Mobile Cross Marketing Effectiveness). MMA says the aim of the project is to evaluate the ROI that mobile contributes to the marketing mix. To that end, the research will test actual in-market campaigns to determine the relative economic value of investing in mobile as compared to traditional marketing channels. MMA says the results will also better assess the relative value of each type of mobile ad, including mobile display, rich media, video, adutio, email, SMS, and more. Studies are already planned for the US, UK, and Turkey. Participating SMoX.me partners include The Coca-Cola Company, Pandora, The Weather Channel, Velti, AT&T AdWorks, InMobi, and Tremor Video.
Facebook has officially made its premium display ad units, which appear on the right side of the homepage, available via its Power Editor tool, according to AdAge. This means that marketers will be able to buy placement via the social network's Ads API partners rather than directly from its own sales team. This decision also removes a minimum-buy commitment, which AdAge says could lead to a more democratic premium ad environment on Facebook as the inventory will be available to more brands. Facebook still retains final approval over which ads appear on the page. The social network will also continue to price the premium inventory at a fixed CPM.
The IAB has made the IAB Mobile Rising Stars ad unit specifications open for public comment. The ad units are as follows: Mobile Adhesion Banner, Mobile Filmstrip, Mobile Full Page Flex, Mobile Pull, and Mobile Slider. IAB says brands such as Disney, HBO, Sony, and Verizon, among others, have already experimented with these formats, which are already available in the mobile marketplace. Publishers and mobile ad networks currently serving the units include AOL, Gannett, Google, IDG, Millennial Media, Mojiva, MSN, The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, Time, Viacom, and The Weather Channel. The specs necessary for these units to run across multiple devices and operating systems were created by the winners of the Mobile Rising Stars contest; these include the likes of AOL/Pictela, Google, Jivox, Mediamind, Microsoft, PointRoll, and Yahoo, among others. The public comment period will run through August 16, after which IAB will evaluate the comments received and make any needed changes before making the final version of the ad units available.
NBCUniversal has bought out Microsoft's half of the Msnbc Digital Network, which includes msnbc.com, TODAY.com, NightlyNews.com, BreakingNews.com, Newsvine.com, EveryBlock.com, and all existing apps and digital extensions related to these properties. With the acquisition in place, NBCU says it plans to combine the Msnbc Digital Network with NBC News' existing digital businesses, social media channels, and other digital initiatives to form a new division entitled, NBC News Digital. It will be overseen by Vivian Schiller, SVP & Chief Digital Officer/NBC News, while Charlie Tillinghast stays on board to oversee the legacy Msnbc Digital Network properties, reporting to Schiller. As part of this transition, the current msnbc.com has now become NBCNews.com. The new site will complement its regular news and information reporting with access to a new and expanded local news experience via a partnership with NBC's Owned Television Stations. NBCU says MSNBC TV will launch a new digital home in 2013; until then, its digital content will continue to be available on its current platforms. Per the agreement, some Msnbc Digital Network staff will be co-located at NBC's headquarters in NY. However, NBC News plans to maintain its presence in Seattle as it builds what it describes as the "NBC News Innovation Center," focusing "on digital innovation and technology, and incubate new ideas for NBC News and NBCUniversal." While certainly a separation, NBCU and MSN say that MSN will continue to feature and link to NBC News content via its web properties.
Inergize Digital has partnered with The Associated Press to integrate story text and metadata from the AP ENPS newsroom system in the Inergize Web CMS (content management system). The integration "enables journalists to compose stories within a consolidated editorial environment and quickly move this content into the Inergize Web CMS, rendering and monetizing it for multiple distribution channels," said Mike Palmer, Director/ENPS Design and Integration at The Associated Press. Inergize Web CMS clients integrating AP ENPS newsroom systems include an array of stations from across the country.
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According to new research from the IAB and its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, 47% of tablet users say they engage with ads on the device more than once a week, and 25% of smartphone users do so as well at the same level of frequency. Once these mobile device users have engaged with an ad, the report finds that 89% of said tablet users and 80% of said smartphone users are likely to "take action." Focusing more on different consumer behaviors, the study finds that smartphone users consider the device to be essential to their day-to-day lives, with 70% saying that they "never leave home without it." In comparison, 70% of respondents indicate that their tablets served as entertainment and media hubs. Among consumers who have both devices, 60% prefer smartphones to "look up info on-the-go"; versus 22% who would choose a tablet for such an activity. When asked how they preferred to consume traditional media like print and video on mobile devices, respondents by large chose tablets (69% for print, 68% for video) over a smartphone (9% print, 8% video). Other findings include:
News is becoming a major type of content available on YouTube, according to a new report from Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Conducted over 15 months (from January 2011 to March 2012), the study found that roughly a third of the most-searched terms each month on YouTube were news related. And this content is not only coming from the news organizations themselves; consumers are actively involved in the process, sharing in content creation with news organizations, per the report. Of all news videos posted to the site during that timeframe, Pew says 39% of news videos originally produced by a news organization was posted on the site by users; while the news outlets themselves published the other 61% of videos that they had produced. Among the other data from the report:
Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM), Meredith Corporation's global agency, has promoted Jack Macleod from Interim General Manger to SVP/General Manager for MXM's Social Practice. In his new role, Macleod will be responsible for setting the strategic vision of MXM's Social Practice, and leading the teams responsible for its development and execution. He will still be based in MXM offices in Arlington, Virginia.
The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) has named Matthew Eby the new Senior Director/Digital Product Marketing. He will be responsible for developing and executing global brand strategy and marketing for the company's web and mobile products. Eby will report to Jennifer Anderson Gragg, VP/Brand Strategy and Marketing, and will be based at TWCC headquarters in Atlanta.
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The AV Club last week launched a new animated series on its website called Stand Down. The publication basically is inviting stand-up comedians to tell a personal story about one of their worst on-stage moments during their careers. The AV Club then recreates this moment with animation. So far only one episode is available, featuring an especially funny anecdote from comedian Patton Oswalt. This week brings one from Maria Bamford, so be on the lookout for that as well.
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