10/03/17: EMarketer downgrades 2017 ad revenue projections for Snapchat parent Snap Inc.

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Data Mining: In computing, data mining is the practice of using software to examine large databases in an attempt to find patterns. Marketers use data mining techniques to help them better target consumers.
Google has ended its “first click free” policy. The program required publishers – even ones that placed their content behind paywalls – to provide at least three free articles per day through Google News and Google Search. Starting this week, publishers will be able to pick how many free articles (if any) appear on Google’s Search and News pages. Publishers with pay models have long taken umbrage with the first click free policy, believing that it discouraged users from subscribing. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, pulled out of the first click free program altogether – and suffered a predictable drop in Google Search traffic as a result.
Facebook is still grappling with revelations that a Russian entity purchases ads on the platform during the 2016 election. The company announced that, over the next year, it will hire 1,000 new employees to help review ads. Facebook also says it will invest in AI systems designed to block policy-violating ads. “Enforcement is never perfect, but we will get better at finding and removing improper ads,” wrote Joel Kaplan, Facebook‘s VP of Global Policy, in a blog post.
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. is projected to earn $127.5 million less ad revenue than had previously been forecast, according to a new report from eMarketer. The research firm lowered its 2017 U.S. ad revenue forecast to $642.5 million, down from $770 million. EMarketer explained that Snapchat still “remains in the experimental bucket for many marketers.”
Sony is set to roll out a new version of its PlayStation VR headset. The company made the announcement in a new blog post. The updated PlayStation VR will feature integrated earbuds. The new headset will also feature a thinner connection cable, and a new processor unit that will make it easier to view HDR content. The revamped PlayStation VR will cost the same as the existing one; no word just yet on when it’ll be available to consumers. 
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Roku launched its IPO only last week, so now seems like a good time to start rolling out new products. The streaming device-maker introduced its new line of hardware, which includes five new or updated devices. The company’s Roku Express devices – budget-focused streaming sticks that first launched last year -now have chips that are five times more powerful than the 2016 versions, the company says. The Roku Express will sell for $30. The Roku Express Plus, which includes plugs for older TVs without HDMI ports, will sell exclusively at Walmart for price of $40. Roku also gave its Streaming Stick a faster processor, and the device will also come equipped with a voice-enabled remote control. The Streaming Device also includes volume buttons for the first time, and a button that lets users turn a TV on and off. The updated Streaming Stick will cost $50. In addition, Roku is introducing the new Streaming Stick Plus, which can accommodate 4K and HDR video. Finally, Roku is launching the new Roku Ultra streaming box, which also features HDR and 4K streaming. Unlike the other devices mentioned, the Roku Ultra also includes an Ethernet port and an SD card slot. It’ll cost $100. The new devices will co on sale October 8.
Twitch is dramatically upping its merchandising efforts. The Amazon-owned live-streaming platform has launched an official online store offering a variety of Twitch-branded products, ranging from clothing to pillows. The company also says it plans to unveil unique, themed items, including merchandise designed for this month’s TwitchCon 2017 convention.
Content distributor Entertainment One (AKA eOne) has partnered with Wattpad, an online community where users post written work such as stories and fan fiction. Under the deal, eOne will source fan fiction from Wattpad, with the goal of developing stories into original TV, film, and virtual reality content. Wattpad will curate the material it deems most promising.  
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Microsoft announced that it’s shutting down its Groove Music streaming service at the end of December. Instead of subscriptions, Microsoft will start selling individual music downloads. On the subscription front, Microsoft has formed something of a partnership with Spotify: The company is advising existing subscribers to transfer its libraries and playlists to the rival service. Spotify will also grant Groove customers sixty days to try its Premium service for free.
Netflix isn’t the only platform for binge-viewers, and Hulu wants you to know it. The SVOD service revealed that 60% of its viewers watch multiple episodes of a series in one viewing session. About 32% watch week by week. Meanwhile, roughly 8% of viewers will binge an entire season or series within a single day. In addition, Hulu said that about 66% of viewing for each new episode occurs within the first three days of availability.
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 ListenFirst Digital 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).
All Series (9/25/17 – 10/1/17)
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.
Time Inc. has named Julie Alvin as Senior Digital Director, Lifestyle. Alvin joins the company from Bustle, where she served as Executive Editor and Director of Brand Initiatives. In the new role, Alvin will oversee digital operations and content for the brands Real Simple, InStyle, HelloGiggles, and Southern Living. Alvin officially starts Time Inc. on October 16. She’ll report to Chief Content Officer Alan Murray.
Mad Men’s Jon Hamm just signed on to play the archangel Gabriel in Good Omens, an upcoming fantasy series from Amazon and the BBC. Which fantasy writer wrote the novel that the series is based on? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)
Our Last Trivia Question: What longtime documentary filmmaker directed the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? Answer: Liz Garbus. Kudos to Andrew Bellamy-Producers Guild of America/NY, Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/NY, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, and Lorrie Shilling/CA
What the evolving Hispanic demo meant to your marketing strategy
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A generation of millennials grew up reading R.L. Stine’s kid-oriented horror novels. As it turns out, the Goosbumps books helped the writer get a pretty nice apartment – complete with pool table, Jimi Hendrix poster, and the occasional skeleton or giant cockroach. (Those last two are just models – probably.) The New York Times explored the author’s pad in a recent 360-degree video. Watch it here
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JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PRICING AND PLANNING/FUSE MEDIA/NY: Oversee Planning dept, manage On-Air and Digital proposals process. Oversee Pricing, inventory Utilization and Ad Hoc Reports. Strong analytical skills & media math. apply HERE (10/9)

ACCOUNT EXEC/Machinima/Burbank: Resp for driving ad sales efforts & reaching ad sales targets for Machinima, the premiere digital video programmer of gamer & fandom-focused content. 3-4 yrs exp digital media sales w/in a content-driven publisher, ent/media co. or ad agency. Full info/apply HERE (10/7)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCER CREATIVE SERVICES/SpectrumNetworksNY1/NYC: Produce on-air promo spots & campaigns, from initial concept to finished prod. 3yrs media exp,producing on-air promo spots, media sales billboards & tagged spots.TV news exp pref’d.  Exp working with cross functional teams. Full info/apply HERE (10/7)

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR/GSN/Santa Monica: Dist prog. Schedule grids, Monthly VOD planners, artwork & folder structures, coord. & maintaining schedule & databases & admin duties; online rsrch. Excellent attention to details; Knwldg of Excel & all Microsoft applications; College deg req; Send Res/CL: HERE (10/7)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/WMAQ TV/Chicago: Dynamic Account Executive to join the Local Sales team. Own, manage, and develop relationships with clients, agencies and advertisers through day-day interaction. Min 5 yrs exp sales and/or mktg roles. Full info/apply HERE (10/7)
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DIR CONTENT PRODUCTION/NYC/Eko: Pioneer of interactive serial video entertainment. Manage creative dev and prod for all scripted interactive series. Define processes and manage team to achieve goals. More details http://bit.ly/2fLBlhq. Resume to [email protected] (10/6)

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