06/22/17: Virgin Mobile teams with Apple to lure new customers

Good morning. It’s Thursday June 22, 2017 and this is your your first early morning Digital briefing!

Ad load: This term refers to the number of ads that are shown to users in a news feed or stream, vs. non-ads content. It’s a vibrant discussion in the media world at the moment, since a higher ad load normally translates into more revenue but can turn off viewers.
Virgin Mobile hopes to change the dynamics of the U.S. mobile phone market by connecting with Apple phone users. Virgin will give people with an iPhone one year of unlimited talk, text and data for just $1 if they purchased their phone from either the Apple Store or the company’s website. Meanwhile, Virgin Mobile will stop selling Android phones.
Streaming sports service fuboTV has notched a big programming deal with CBS Corp. to carry the CBS network and other sports and entertainment channels. Included in the deal, which will be available on demand as well as through fuboTV’s entry-level “Fubo Premier” bundle, are CBS Sports Network, SHOWTIME, The CW, Pop and CBSN.
WPP Group keeps ramping up its content and production investments. The latest is a $6.5 million stake in Mic Network, a news outlet that caters to Millennials. WPP also has invested in Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital, Refinery29, Uproxx Media Group and Mitú. Separately, Unilever says that along with WPP it will invest $15 million in mobile creative management platform Celtra.

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As ride-hailing app Uber CEO Travis Kalanick departs the company under shareholder pressure, Uber has finally unveiled an in-app gratuity enabling driver tips. It represents a pretty big U-turn for company, which also will now provide compensation for drivers for trips cancelled more than two minutes after booking, new insurance plans, and better pay for transporting teenage passengers.
BET is ramping up its digital and social offerings surrounding the BET AWARDS 2017, which airs live on Sunday evening June 25. Among other activities, viewers who upload an original, one-minute video using hashtags #BETAwardsGloUp and #contest are eligible to win a custom dress designed by celebrity designer Thai Nguyen
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has fallen six spots to No. 10 in Glassdoor’s list of Highest-Rated CEOs for 2017. He was No. 4 last year. The good news for Zuckerberg is that he is one of only four CEOs to crack the Glassdoor list for five consecutive years. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is ranked No. 38 but for the company Square, not Twitter.
Twitter’s Periscope is giving users another way to express support for their favorite live streamers: they can help pay them. Users can buy a virtual gift product called Super Hearts, with some of the revenue going to the streamers. Super Heart givers are incentivized to give because they will be listed in order of their generosity.


Standard Media Index reports that national TV ad spending rose 2% in May from a year go, with broadcast networks posting a 1% increase compared to 2% for cable networks. Cable news revenues climbed by 17%, with MSNBC up by 43%.
The University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project is out with an exhaustive look at how various players manipulate public thinking with propaganda, disinformation and fake news on social media platforms – and a lot of it is through bots. In Russia, the researchers discovered 45% of all Twitter activity is carefully managed by automated accounts, many of them apparently under the control of government organs. Twitter discussion in Poland is controlled by a small group of highly active right-wing and nationalist accounts powered by bots, according to the research.
Seven out of 10 early consumer adopters of virtual reality technology expect to see its biggest impact on media, education, work social interaction, travel and retail, according to Ericsson. Lack of mobility, bulky headsets and network lag are hurdles the technology needs to overcome. Ericsson surveyed 9,200 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US.
Players’ Tribune, the sports site launched by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter, has its first CEO in the person of Jeff Levick, whose most recent affiliation is with investment group Greyrock. Before that he headed up revenue at Spotify for five years.


Our Last Trivia Question: Narcos co-star Pedro Pescal played a character in the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Which one? Kudos to Brian Lozynski-Turner Broadcasting/NY, Dan Quitério-Understood/NY, Daniel M. Rak-WME | IMG/NY, Luke Watson-Essential TV/NY, John Carlo-SBGTV/NY, Gabrielle Fredrick-National Geographic/DC, Kayla Baines-PR Newswire/MD, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, Gayathri Jayakumar-THREE/NY, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Sarah Gaspar-Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/CA.
This YouTube star who plays in the band We The Kings holds a Guinness World Record for posting a daily, uninterrupted video about his life for more than eight years. (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
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