Facebook readies itself for a big FTC fine. And OpenAP launches an ad marketplace: Thursday Wake-Up Call
Plus, the Brave web browser wants to pay people for looking at ads.
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Facebook says it put aside $3 billion to cover a possible fine from the Federal Trade Commission, which has been probing the company after the Cambridge Analytica user data scandal.
The news didn’t phase investors; actually, they seemed relieved. BuzzFeed News writes that “in after-hours trading on Wednesday, Facebook's stock price shot up more than 8%, signaling that investors consider the estimated fine to be a slap on the wrist that could've been far worse.” Facebook, which reported quarterly earnings yesterday, estimated that the final FTC settlement could go as high as $5 billion, though the matter is still unresolved.
By the way: Facebook advertising is still going strong, Bloomberg News reports. Revenue for the first quarter jumped 26 percent, hitting nearly $15.1 billion.
OpenAP, the consortium trying to standardize TV audience buying, has been relatively quiet over the last year, but now it has some news. OpenAP “is introducing an automated marketplace that will allow agencies and marketers to buy audiences across national linear and digital video inventory,” Ad Age’s Jeanine Poggi reports. Fox, Viacom, NBC Universal and Univision all belong to the consortium; WarnerMedia said last week that it was pulling out.
Steve Golin, the Hollywood producer behind movies like “Babel,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Spotlight,” has died at age 64. Golin, who founded production firm Anonymous Content, also left a strong imprint on the ad world, Ad Age’s Ann-Christine Diaz writes; he worked on BMW Films’ groundbreaking 2001 series “The Hire,” tapping directors John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie and Alejandro González-Iñárritu. “Steve said to me recently, ‘Where do you want to be in five years?’ I said, ‘I want to be you!’" Kerstin Emhoff, co-founder of Prettybird, told Diaz. "He built a multidisciplinary powerhouse of a creative company that is enviable to all.”
Nike au naturel: The Nike Women Instagram account posted a photo of Nigerian-American singer Annahstasia showing some underarm hair, and people have opinions about it. Read more on Yahoo! Sports.
Pivot: Brit + Co, “which made a name for itself as a lifestyle destination site for women over the course of its eight-year existence, announced layoffs and changes to its business model this week,” Adrianne Pasquarelli writes in Ad Age. The company plans to focus more on direct-to-consumer retail.
ID: “Ad industry veterans and tech platforms are launching BritePool, an identity solution for digital advertising that aims to provide consumers with some level of control over who uses their data,” Ad Age’s George Slefo writes. People who opt in might be rewarded with free Uber rides, for example.
Lawsuit of the day: "Hertz, one of the world’s largest rental car brands, is suing former marketing partner Accenture LLP for breach of contract, claiming the company failed to deliver when Hertz hired it to redesign its website and mobile apps," Adweek reports. Hertz says it forked over $32 million for the work.
Number of the day: “A new study from executive search firm Spencer Stuart found only 26 seats among the Fortune 1000 companies are occupied by CMOs,” Ad Age’s E.J. Schultz writes.
Headline of the day: “Snoop Dogg unveils the Chanel perfume bottle of bongs,” from Fast Company.
Ad of the day: Purina wants dogs to pee on new billboards in France. (And we’re guessing the pooches are happy to oblige.) “The billboards, created by McCann Paris, are built with a technology to analyze the dog's urine and detect health problems,” Alexandra Jardine writes in Ad Age. Check it out here.