06/28/17: Facebook hits 2 billion users

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Good morning. It’s Wednesday June 28, 2017 and this is your your first early morning Digital briefing!

Reach: In digital advertising, reach refers to how many different people visited a site and saw an ad. (Reach also determines the percentage of those people that were targeted by the advertising.) Reach is sometimes referred to as “unique visitors per month.” In other words, if 100 impressions are seen by the same individual, that nonetheless represents a reach of just one.
That’s a mighty big number. The EU’s European Commission just hit Google with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine. The Commission accused the tech giant of promoting its own shopping service at the top of its search results, at the expense of competitors. By an enormous margin, it’s the largest fine that the regulatory body has ever imposed. The previous record, levied against Intel, stood at $1.2 billion. Intel has been fighting that fine in court ever since, and it’s highly likely that Google will follow a similar course.
AT&T is starting a new mentorship initiative. Launched by the AT&T Hello Lab, a digital studio that produces content for social platforms, the new program will provide guidance to up-and-coming filmmakers. Oscar-winners Octavia Spencer and Common are among the mentors on-board for the program. Five filmmakers will ultimately receive funding and exclusive distribution on DirecTV Now, AT&T’s online TV service. The AT&T Hello Lab was created in partnership with Fullscreen Media, a digital entertainment company that’s co-owned by AT&T.
Facebook announced that, 13 years since its launch, it now has 2 billion monthly active users. The company is, by far, the largest social media app in terms of logged-in users. YouTube comes in second at 1.5 billion, followed by WeChat (889 million) Twitter (328 million) and an estimated 255 million for Snapchat.
Snap Map, Snapchat’s new location-sharing feature, recently debuted, and it’s been a big hit with users. It’s safe to say that Snapchat has continued to innovate – but so has its competition: Instagram Stories is now at 250 million users. Cynopsis Digital’s latest webinar, Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories: A How & When Guide, is tomorrow, June 29. You’ll learn how to optimize programming and marketing content for both platforms – and when to use which. Experts from Scripps NetworksGiant Spoon, and Laundry Service + Cycle will be on-hand to answer all your questions. Register here.
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Facebook’s Dynamic Ads format is now available for video content. Marketers can use Dynamic Ads to target consumers who have visited their sites. A select number of marketers have also been able to use Dynamic Ads to target individuals who have shown interest in their products on Facebook, or elsewhere on the web. Previously, the ad format was available only for static images. Advertisers can now upload product videos to the Facebook Ads API, effective immediately.
Facebook also announced that overlays can now be used on its static Dynamic Ads. The new feature gives advertisers more options for marketing copy, such as listing an item’s price. 
Facebook is bringing more sports programming to its platform. In a partnership with Fox Sports, the social giant will live-stream matches from the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s most popular soccer tournament. The deal covers matches from the 2017-2018 season. Fox Sports will stream the games on its Facebook page starting in September. Facebook has already reached similar live-streaming deals for content such as Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer games.
Looks like it’s a big day for soccer streaming. NBC Sports announced plans to stream 130 Premiere League matches starting with the 2017-1018 season. The games will be available to paying subscribers of the NBC Sports Gold live-streaming product. The service’s new Premiere League Pass will cost $50. NBC Sports Group clarified that, despite the dramatic uptick in live-streamed Premiere League games, the league won’t see diminished TV coverage. 
Yes, 60-second documentaries are a thing. Under a new partnership, Viacom will partner with digital media company Indigenous Media to produce and distribute episodes of IM’s 60 Second Docs series. The episodes, made in partnership with the Viacom Velocity branded content studio, will run across social media platforms including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. The content will mostly be tied to promoting shows on Paramount Network, which is in the midst of rebranding away from the male-oriented Spike.
The latest sign that Apple plans to accelerate its augmented and virtual reality development: It seems that the tech giant acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German firm specializing in eye-tracking technology. The news was first reported by MacRumors, which discovered documentation indicating that Apple had purchased SensoMotoric through a holding company. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed the acquisition.
OpenSlate Engagement Data for the Entertainment vertical, based on the engagement metric for the week ending June 25.
Channel (Engagement) / Monthly Views Total Subs / SlateScore
Felipe Neto (9.8) / 158,212,257 11,900,538 805
Wassabi Productions (9.7) / 82,083,985 8,552,505 736
Collins Key (9.7) / 107,978,216 5,689,276 715
Infinite Lists (9.5) 88,626,039 2,489,112 / 680
Lucas and Marcus (9.5) 89,212,185 / 3,542,612 / 691
Philip DeFranco (9.4) 34,021,051 5,487,308 758
EverythingApplePro (9.4) 41,796,205 4,025,632 / 732
elrincondegiorgio (9.4) / 33,907,768 6,624,933 731
SuperMarioLogan (9.3) 161,656,617  2,468,794 675
XpressTV (9.3) 63,327,926 5,762,940 687
Source: The Engagement metric is one of OpenSlate’s component scores, and is a measure of a producer’s ability to evoke meaningful interaction with their audience. It is calculated on a scale of 1-10 with higher being better. The OpenSlateEngagement score uses a subset of the data incorporated in the SlateScore to perform a set of unique calculations. It factors in views, comments, likes, and more.
The ListenFirst Television Interest (TVI) Rating (TM) is a standardized measurement of the most buzzed-about TV programs on linear TV and streaming services. A complement to ListenFirst’s other syndicated data products (such as the ListenFirstDigital Audience Rating – TV), the metrics included in the rating capture organic actions that are largely unaffected by paid media. Programs that surface on the TVI leaderboards are the most hashtagged on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Tumblr, as well as most searched for on Wikipedia (used as a proxy for organic search volume).
Streaming Series (6/19/17 – 6/25/17)
Source: ListenFirst. The TVI Rating aggregates metrics that measure organically generated activity by fans of the TV show. The metric includes total volume of official hashtag mentions on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Tumblr, along with Wikipedia page views (as a proxy for organic search volume) for a show as a percentage of the total volume of the same activities for all shows. 
Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is officially stepping down. The music service confirmed the news, which was first reported by Recode. Westergren will also vacate his spot on the company’s board of directors. CFO Naveen Chopra will take over as interim CEO while the board looks for a full-time replacement. Westergren’s departure comes at a tough moment for Pandora, as the service attempts to compete with the increasingly popular music streamers Spotify and Apple Music.
Video analytics company Tubular Labs has named Larry Wai as its new Head of Data Science. Wai joins the company from the online learning platform Udemy, where he served as Chief Data Scientist. He’s also held positions at Groupon and Yahoo.
Centro, a provider of digital advertising and media management software, has promoted Tyler Kelly to President. Kelly has been with the company since 2005, most recently serving as SVP of Client Development. In his new role, he’ll oversee the company’s service specialists and sales professionals.
In other Centro news, the company announced that it’s promoting Scott Neslund to COO. In the new role, Neslund will oversee the company’s business operations. He previously served as EVP of Client Services, leading Centro’s managed services team.
Netflix just canceled this one-season comedy series based on Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. Answer: Girlboss. Kudos to Kelli McCabe-Chicago Association of Realtors/IL, Mathew Tombers-Intermat/NY, Amanda Chaiet-Turner/NY, Rachel Perry-GA/Mediavest, Alejandro Sacasa-Albavision/FL, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, and Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/TX
Follow-Up: Kay Cannon, who created Girlboss, also served as a co-executive producer and writer for a Fox series. Which one? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
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IBM and Ubisoft teamed up to enhance the Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR game with speech recommendation features. It’s pretty trippy. From the Wall Street Journal, learn more here
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