Winners and losers of Dentsu's massive shakeup

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Today's news: The winning and losing agencies in Dentsu's massive shakeup, the people working to fix digital advertising, and Reddit buys Dubsmash.

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  • Advertising company Dentsu is going through a massive overhaul of its agencies, and data-based media and performance marketing agencies Merkle, iProspect, Dentsu X, and Carat are emerging as the big winners.
  • Patrick Coffee and Lara O'Reilly also report that traditional creative agencies and smaller media agencies will fade as Dentsu seeks to create teams focused on single clients.
  • Dentsu is also whittling down its more than 160 brands to six: Carat, Merkle, Dentsu X, iProspect, Dentsumcgarrybowen, and Isobar.

Read the full story here.

The New York Times

Ad targeting as we know it is going away — meet the 20 experts working on high-profile fixes for advertisers

  • The advertising industry has been rocked by Apple, Google, and others' decisions to kill third-party cookies used to target ads.
  • I identified 20 people that are at the forefront of finding alternatives to the third-party cookie.
  • Adtech companies are pitching workarounds to keep revenue afloat while advertisers and publishers try to sell and buy and sell ads with first-party data.

Read the full story here.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Reddit is buying short-form video platform Dubsmash, becoming the latest social media sites to edge its way into a market dominated by TikTok

  • Reddit is buying Dubsmash to expand into the short-form video space currently dominated by TikTok.
  • The deal will give Reddit users access to Dubsmash's editing and short-video creation tools, but Dubsmash will still maintain its own platform and brand.
  • The companies didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal, but a spokeswoman for Reddit told Reuters the acquisition was based on a combination of cash and stock.

Read the full story here.

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  • Startup founders waste $10,000 – $30,000 a month on worthless publicity efforts when there's a better way, says former PR strategist-turned-VC Masha Drokova, who just raised a $52.5 million fund (Business Insider)
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  • Europe is about to hobble the power of tech giants like Facebook and Amazon. Here's what we know about its huge new proposals. (Business Insider)
  • 'The biggest conversation I'm having': Media buyers say advertisers are actively pushing to diversify away from Facebook (Digiday)
  • CNN and MSNBC fret over post-Trump future (New York Times)

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