An estimated 192 million U.S. consumers – or 70% of Americans ages 13-to-64 – are gamers, demonstrating massive appeal among consumers for the gaming industry, according to a new Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® study. While traditional gaming platforms still hold strong interest, the emergence of live game streaming services is revolutionizing gaming into a connected and social experience.

The advertising industry has come a long way from newspapers, magazines, flyers and mailers. With the entry of the internet era in the 90s, advertising initiatives expanded to web banners, click campaigns, and search engine results. The ability to reach consumers further advanced with cell phone and tablet technologies, enabling even easier access to social media, with mobile internet plus push notification marketing.

A new white paper released by five leading advertising standards organizations highlights the importance for brand safety of adopting effective identification measures across the digital advertising supply chain. Released by the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) in coordination with Ad-ID®, EIDR, Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), and IAB Tech Lab, "Identification: It's as Easy as ABC" outlines the full scope of existing and planned identifiers for advertising assets, businesses, and consumers.

Some of my colleagues expressed concern over last week’s post which likened online advertising to a cult. But what else do you call the unthinking faith that many marketers have in the power of digital advertising? Sadly, data has a lot to do with reinforcing that faith, but the right data can also help marketers break out of the cult.  by Nigel Hollis

Telemundo Deportes has signed a multiplatform deal with ESR 24/7 eSports Channel to boost its esports offering with thousands of pieces of English-language content that will be used across its platforms every year starting this week.

This IAB research sets the record straight on media related myths and misinterpretations regarding why, how, which and how much direct to consumer brands are budgeting and leveraging opportunities across the media landscape.

IAB research reveals that, in contrast to the most recent wave of high-valuation startups, direct brands are focusing on profitability and customer satisfaction ahead of market share. In fact, 90 percent of DTC brands report that they are already profitable.

Highly digitally-connected media planners are bringing their own biases to the interpretation of campaign data, argues Hannah Gillett, Strategy Director at Spark Foundry.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson joins host and fellow principal analyst Nicole Perrin to discuss the advertisers that are driving the shift from traditional media ad spending to digital. Does the traditional narrative hold up that a long tail of small advertisers rocketed Facebook to Google to prominence, or are digital pure plays responsible for the shift?

Entravision Communications Corporation announced the promotion of Jose Mateo III and the appointment of Erika M. Marrero to Vice Presidents of Entravision’s Audio Network Sales.

Digital advertising’s readily available measurement metrics and low-cost perceptions make it more attractive by the day, which is reflected in the channel’s growing share of spend. But is it really as effective as marketers think it is?  by Kristanne Roberts - Global Development Director - Brand Lift Insights Kantar

Marketers predicted that mobile would be the dominant platform moving forward — and Hispanics are helping to prove them prescient. According to a PWC report, Hispanics are streaming video 26 hours per month, or seven hours more than the U.S. average. The streaming is occurring mostly on mobile devices.  by Karla Fernandez Parker

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness.

In the age of anxiety, global challenges like trade, politics, inequality, and the state of the natural environment have captured much of the public's consciousness. What's not getting enough attention are timely examples of human innovation — the kind that will help drive a more sustainable future. There are two such milestones this year from which to draw inspiration.

Internet advertising revenues in the United States totaled $57.9 billion for the half year (“HY”) of 2019, with Q2 2019 accounting for approximately $29.9 billion and Q1 2019 accounting for approximately $28.0 billion. Revenues for HY 2019 increased 16.9% over HY 2018 over HY 2018 with revenues of $49.5 billion.

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