Takeaways from Singles’ Day (AKA The Double 11 Shopping Carnival)

Background: The 2018 Double 11 shopping carnival (or Singles’ Day as it’s also known) is now in its tenth year. The 24-hour festival’s Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) has grown from 50mn RMB ($7.2m) in 2009 to 213.5bn RMB ($30.7bn) in...

Mobile World Congress 2019

Background: GSMA, the trade body that represents mobile network operators globally and the organiser of the Mobile World Congress, opened the doors on MWC 2019 in Barcelona on 25th February to 2,400 companies and nearly 150,000 attendees from around the...

Variety’s 2019 Inclusion Summit and the Importance of Perspective

Perspective isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. This thought process laid the foundation for the third annual Variety Inclusion Summit, hosted in Los Angeles on Thursday. The summit gave its attendees a deep dive into the powerful force that...

Amazon Event 2019

Background: Amazon held a media event on Wednesday this week to announce a lot of new products, including Alexa devices, new Echo speaker devices and a few other surprises. Here are the highlights. Details and Implications: Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa got some...

The Netflixisation of sports

On Tuesday, ESPN turned ESPNU into "The Ocho" to showcase "seldom-seen sports from around the globe," providing viewers an escape from the sports doldrums of August with a chance to watch things like arm wrestling and the Championship of...

Introducing Facebook Watch

Background: Facebook has introduced a new video hub, offering some U.S. users short episodic series from content partners including A&E, Major League Baseball, and National Geographic. Details and implications: There is a growing recognition that premium content – whether viewed through an...

CES 2018, Global Point of View

Background The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has taken place in Las Vegas this week, drawing the world’s leading consumer technology brands all showing off their latest and greatest inventions. Details and Implications As always, there was almost too much to take in...

Snap Inc. Q1 results

Background: Snap Inc. released its Q1 earnings this week. Details and Implications: Snap’s share price fell significantly after its Q1 2018 earnings disappointed investors, suggesting that its growth spurt last quarter may not have been the beginning of a trend but instead...

Facebook Acquires Vidpresso

Background: This week, Facebook announced the purchase of Vidpresso, an interactive social video tool. However, it is not buying the company itself, but the seven-person team and the technology.  No financial details of the deal were released. The six-year-old Utah startup...

TV News Check: Broadcast Prime Still The 8,000-Pound Gorilla

Excerpt: While viewing levels have declined as viewers, especially younger ones, spend more time streaming, the broadcast networks remain the No. 1 buy for big-spending national TV advertisers. Media agencies that watch the numbers as closely as the networks are...

ITP2.1

Background: Apple has released the latest specifications of its Safari tracking controls called ITP2.1 (aka Intelligent Tracking Prevention - part of WebKit, which is the open source browser engine that powers Safari). It further restricts Google and Facebook, both of...

Facebook Libra

Background: Either it is the end of banking and credit cards as we know it, or it is the latest hyperbole blockchain release – depending on your point of view. One thing you cannot deny is that Facebook’s launch of...

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Amended Rule 40: Marketing With Olympic Athletes At The 2020 Games

Background: Earlier this year the IOC relaxed the restrictions placed on Olympic participants during the Olympic Games under Bylaw 40.3 of the Olympic Charter (colloquially...

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