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Most Facebook Users Don’t Know It Classifies Them: Pew Research

I know you’re not that interested in privacy news, Dear Reader, but figure I can still slip in the occasional factiod. For example: a Pew study that found 74% of Facebook users don’t know the platform classifies their interests and 51% are not comfortable when they find out. Oh, and 27% say Facebook gets it wrong. Bear the first two figures in mind the next time someone says data gathering is based on consent. Remember the last one when you think about using that data for your own targeting.

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Online Video Fuels Rise in Over-the-Air TV

January 21, 2019

Hi, it’s Jamie, your faithful Department of the Obvious Intern. We’ve been having a slow year so I’m helping our Department of Counter-Intuitive Results. Lots of fun over there and they have better snacks. One hot item: Internet video has led to a rise in over-the-air TV viewing. Nielsen found that people who don’t want to pay for cable have discovered they can get their local broadcasts for free with this thing called an “antenna”. It’s like wi-fi without a router. Amazing!

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Purchase Decision Network Gives Marketers Access to Shopping List Data

January 17, 2019

Maybe you thought the ads in that free shopping list app paid for the service? Don’t be silly. Purchase Decision Network, which captures lists from more than 50 million monthly shoppers, is now selling the contents through Kiip, Kochava and LiveRamp to use on other networks. Creeped out that marketers can send ads based on your shopping list? Feel better knowing that PDN won’t tell them your name?

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Just 17% of Martech System Replacements Are Home-Built: MarTech Report

July 7, 2022

The build-vs-buy debate never ends, and sometimes build really makes sense.  But buy is clearly the way to bet: just 17% of martech replacement projects chose a homegrown solution this year, according to this MarTech survey.  That’s down from 31% the year before.  CDPs were among the least common replacements, maybe because they’re awesome and maybe because most CDP implementations are fairly new.  Download for more fun facts.

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