Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

… subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate LeEco, also put out a statement saying that two unnamed ecommerce platforms forced it to offer voucher and cashback discounts. “Two major e-commerce platforms still forced us to conduct voucher and cashback deals on top of the discounts we already placed on our products,” LeTV said. “They’ve also forced us to pay for the voucher and cashback deals this is way beyond what we can pay for.” Black Friday multiple times a year The …


Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… of growth is equal to about $830 million. What leftover is a situation in which companies are chasing the scraps. Venture capital funding for ad tech companiesthe shorthand for the sprawl of esoteric businesses that orchestrate the buying and selling of digital adsshrank substantially last year as did the number of business deals in the space. They can’t entirely blame Google and Facebook. Pivotal advertising analyst Brian Wieser said ad tech’s woes have more to do with their …


Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… into this, its much harder than you think. We’re trying to cover media companies and musicians, people who have different kinds of deals, sponsorship with brands over years or a one-off,” Porch said. So is this the end of #ad? Not so fast. “Creators should still check with their own team and their counsel,” Porch said. It’s only available to a handful of creators so far. WATCH: This cutting board has a built-in knife so you can chop like a pro More From this …


Love Island: What’s the big deal? – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… First series hopefuls Josh Ritchie went on to star in Ex On the Beach. But there have been other more lucrative successes – last year’s runner-up Olivia Buckland launched her own clothing range earlier this year. She also secured a number of endorsement deals with her Love Island partner, Alex Bowen, including Christmas pudding flavoured condoms. And they do find love Yes they do apparently, although most haven’t. Despite promising to stay together forever on the show, Cara …


Snapchat lands TV network’s attention at this year’s Upfronts

… VP of partnership and product at Standard Media Index, an advertising research company. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, which is gunning for longer shows and live-streaming video deals (like baseball), Snapchat isn’t trying to replace TV. That’s part of the appeal at least to the networks. “Snap is looking to build something new and complimentary to existing TV, which is a smarter strategy and is ensuring the content is tailored to their platform,” Yap said in comparison to …

May 20, 2017

Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American soccer, table tennis, and Crossfit. Professional baseball marks …

May 19, 2017

CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

… the social network, especially as it competes for live sports deals and audience attention with Twitter and Amazon. Twitter recently lost out to Amazon for the digital rights to stream NFL’s Thursday night football games. Few things bring people together like live sports events, so we look forward to fans on Facebook rallying around CrossFit’s biggest moments, Dan Reed, Facebooks head of global sports partnerships, said in a statement. WATCH: This might be the cutest and tiniest …

May 18, 2017

Two major carmakers just added Android to their cars’ dashboards

… to add location-based Google Local Search to its cars. The details of the Audi partnership are less specific, with the automaker touting the Android platform’s potential for future development of new apps and connected auto services. The deals with Audi and Volvo put Android another step ahead of competitor Apple in the connected car space. Although Apple has CarPlay, which competes directly with Android Auto, there are no stated plans for car infotainment systems that run iOS. (That could …

May 17, 2017