Google vs. Amazon

Background: Two of the world’s largest digital companies are going toe-to-toe in a spat that could be bad for the consumer and determine the future landscape of digital services and e-commerce. Google has pulled official support for YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire...

Q1 2019 Earnings

Background: Snap, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon all reported results this week. Here’s what you need to know. Details and Implications:    Snap Inc: Q1 2019 reported revenue of $320m beat analyst predictions of $307m, resulting in stock prices soaring 11% in after-hours...

Facebook and Instagram Limits

Background: Facebook has launched a new feature on Instagram and Facebook that allows users to monitor how much time they spend on both social media platforms, allowing them to set personal limits and restrictions. Details and Implications: Users are now able to...

Mindshare POV: Spotify Branded Moments

Spotify is serving its first vertical video ads - a mobile-first video format named "Branded Moments" that offers its 70m ‘non-subscriber’ users thirty minutes of commercial-free music. Bacardi, Gatorade, and Bose are among the first to try out the...

Are subscription services king?

We catch up with Joanna Lambert, General Manager Finance and Technology at Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath) live from CES, the world's biggest tech and innovation gathering. We get the scoop on their new re-brand, and discuss the challenges...

Q2 Earnings 2018

Background: Three FAAMG companies and Twitter reported earnings this week - it was a mixed bag of results. Details and Implications: Amazon: Q2 revenue failed to meet expectations, posting $52.9bn vs an expected $53.41bn. But, net income rose to $2.5bn for the quarter...

POV: Yahoo Acquisition

By Norm Johnston, Global Chief Strategy & Digital Officer, Mindshare After months of speculation, Verizon has finally acquired Yahoo for nearly $4.83 billion in cash, slightly more than the $4.4 billion it paid for AOL just over a year ago....

Facebook’s ‘Dark Posts’

Background: Facebook has been in the spotlight for its role in the 2016 U.S. election with it appearing that as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the past two years. Many...

Amazon Updates: Amazon Go Store, Qualcomm Partnership and Business Prime

Background: It’s been a week full of announcements from Amazon with the opening of a brand-new Amazon Go store in San Francisco, a partnership with Qualcomm for connected headphones and updates to the Business Prime offering. Details and Implications: Amazon Go launched...

Cannes was a hot one, but innovation in entertainment proved to be even hotter!...

At about 90 degrees, Thursday’s weather in Cannes was a hot one, but innovation in entertainment proved to be even ‘hotter’! In one panel titled 'What Happens When Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley', Alibaba showcased how they utilized augmented reality to...

POV: 2017 Q1 Results Published

The 2017 Q1 results are in, and here is our regular round-up of the usual suspects. Alphabet/Google: How Deep Was the Wound? For the moment it appears the recent brand safety issues have only inflicted a flesh wound. Alphabet delivered...

SXSWi Nightcap: Day Five

As we say farewell to another great year at SXSW Interactive, new tech converges with new music and the “warm little pond” that is Austin during SXSWi starts to incubate the next musical phenomenon. This year’s SXSWi heralded an era...

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POV: Snapchat ‘Cameo’ Puts Your Face into GIFs

By Krishan Majithia, Account Director, FAST, Paid Social Background: Snap has announced the launch of ‘Cameos’ - a new feature allowing users to insert their face...

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