09/26/16: Facebook admits to inflating video view metrics; Twitter explores takeover talks; Snapchat announces video-enabled sunglasses


Good morning. It’s Monday September 26, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.


Pay-Per-Click (PPC): In digital advertising, pay-per click (PPC) is a business model in which an advertiser pays agencies and/or publishers based on how many users clicked on their ad or ads.


Well that’s not good. In a letter to the ad-buying agency Publicis Media, which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook admitted to misstating its assessment of how long, on average, viewers watch videos on Facebook. Facebook said that, when measuring average view time, it had only been taking video views of longer than three seconds into account. Facebook now acknowledges that this was a mistake, and the company says that it has begun taking all video views into account when calculating average view time. According to Facebook’s letter to Publicis, the social media giant’s earlier method of measuring video views likely inflated its assessment of average view time by 60 to 80 percent. (Yikes.) As the Journal points out, it’s entirely possible that Facebook’s overly rosy metrics have misled advertisers and agencies as to just how many viewers have been seeing their ads. And that’s exactly the kind of flawed information that can sway buyers into buying on Facebook instead of, say, YouTube or other publishers. Facebook insists that average view time is merely one of many video viewing metrics it uses, and that the "error…did not impact billing." It remains to be seen whether buyers will adjust their spends in response to the news.

Late last month, Twitter‘s stocks rallied when co-founder and board member Evan "Ev" Williams wouldn’t deny that the company might, at some point, consider takeover offers. "We have to consider the right options," he told a Bloomberg reporter. Well, the company seems to be moving closer to that takeover. CNBC‘s David Faber reported that Twitter is in talks to be acquired. The suitors include Google and Salesforce, according to the report. Faber noted that, while no sale is imminent, talks are "picking up momentum." Twitter’s shares rose by as much as 20% following the report.


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Oh snap. For the first time, Snapchat is taking on the world of hardware. The company – which has now assumed the corporate name Snap Inc. – says it will launch a brand of video-enabled sunglasses later this fall. The glasses, which will sell at $129, will enable users to record and upload 10-second video. They’ll connect directly to the Snapchat app. Simply called Spectacles, the new hardware will sell in limited quantities, at least to start. Hop on down to the Digital Spotlight section to see the product’s first ad.


Is Snapchat a part of your marketing strategy yet? Attend our Snapchat Boot Camp in Manhattan on Oct. 27th and learn everything you need to know about this dynamic app. Sign your team up today (before October 7) to receive the best rate!


The on-demand music space is suddenly getting very crowded. Soon after Pandora announced its upcoming on-demand streaming service, iHeartRadio is following suit. The digital radio service announced that it will launch its own Spotify competitor, called iHeartRadio All Access, in January.


According to a study from IPG Media Lab, Forbes and Syracuse University‘s Newhouse School, branded content leads to 59% higher recall than other digital advertising, including native and display ads. The study also found that consumers are 14% more likely to search for more content from a company after an impression of branded content. Finally, the study found that branded content is only improving; in fact, there’s been a 17% improvement in brand recall as compared to a 2013 study. You can take a look at the full study here. (For info on how to produce the branded content advertisers are looking for, register for the October 20 Cynopsis webinar.)


The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) has named Christa Babcock as its new VP of Learning and Certification. Babcock has been with the IAB since 2014; in the new role, she’ll oversee the development and launch of global skill development programs and thought seminars. She’ll also oversee research and best practice recognition programs, as well as certification programs.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) recently announced the election of its 2017 Executive Board, as well as its Board of Industry Leaders (BIL), which serves the CTA and its Board in an advisory role. Among the appointments: David Hagan, the Chairman and CEO of Boingo Wireless, will serve as Chairman of the Executive Board. Mike Fasulo, the President and COO of Sony Electronics, will serve as a Vice Chair of the Executive Board, as will Randy Fry, the President of Fry’s Electronics.


Tough one: How many shows have aired on Netflix after being canceled by other networks? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)

Our Last Trivia Question: Amazon’s The Man In the High Castle is based on a novel by which writer? Answer: The dystopian novel The Man In the High Castle was the 40 billionth work of fiction from Philip K. Dick to be adapted into a movie or TV show.  (Okay fine, it was actually the 13th.) Kudos to Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Matt Fumagalli-NBC Sports Group/IL, Louis Lewow-Lewow Media Group/GA, Amanda Thornton-Red Arrow Industries/TN, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg M and S Entertainment, Inc./CA, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Ted Dresdner-Nickelodeon/NY, Christine Allen-McGee Media/NY, Ellen Frye Media-Buckman International/TN, Michael Dunn-Viacom International Media Networks/NY, Hank Bordowitz-Bordowitz Media Werx/NJ, and Sean Salo




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As mentioned up top, Snapchat is getting set to roll out Spectacles, a set of sunglasses that records and shares Snapchat videos. Check out the product’s first ad here.

Watcheroo Premieres and Tune-in Alerts for the week of September 26-October 2:
People Now at
People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30a ET and 11:30a ET: Guests include TV personality Bethenny Frankel (Bravo‘s The Real Housewives of New York City), TV personality Padma Lakshmi (Bravo‘s Top Chef), and actor Charlie Weber (ABC‘s How to Get Away with Murder)
Acorn TV: The BBC miniseries Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ debuts on the Anglophile-friendly streaming service today, September 26 (Streaming Exclusive)
YouTube Red: Broke, a new comedy series from BuzzFeed, debuts on YouTube‘s SVOD tier September 28
CBS All Access: The reality series Big Brother: Over the Top debuts on CBS‘s SVOD service September 28
Amazon: The Australian drama The Kettering Incident makes its exclusive U.S. debut on September 30
Amazon: Crisis In Six Scenes, a new domestic comedy from Woody Allen, debuts September 30
Netflix: Marvel‘s Luke Cage, a new series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuts September 30
Netflix: Amanda Knox, a new documentary about the titular American accused of murder in Italy, debuts September 30
is Cynopsis Digital‘s tune-in guide, categorized alphabetically by platform or network. Programming includes digital premieres, ongoing shows, live-streamed events and linear TV digital integrated series.

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