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This week: Microsoft's play for TikTok, Netflix's new secret weapon, and takeaways of the Facebook ad boycott.
Microsoft is interested in advertising again
People who know their Microsoft history are scratching their heads when it comes to its planned deal for TikTok's US business, and not just because it would plunge the tech giant into the unfamiliar territory unknown of teen-driven social media, with all its potential messiness and drama.
It's also because Microsoft all but abandoned its ad business in 2015 after its display ad revenue eroded over several years.
In recent years, it's focused on going after Amazon and Google on sponsored products, but still holds only an estimated 1.4% of the display ad market, according to EMarketer.
And while TikTok's own ad business is nascent, it has big potential, with its growing, young user base that advertisers are salivating over.
A successful takeover could help Microsoft erode Facebook and Google's stronghold on digital advertising. But it would also help solidify tech giant's control over advertising and the rules that govern it.
And the losers? Old-guard media companies, for one, none of which has the means to bid for a company some valued at $50 billion, and whose voice at the advertising table will only continue to diminish.
Bozoma Saint John is Netflix's new secret weapon
Media coverage of Bozoma Saint John has largely focused on her glamour and charisma, but Tanya Dua and Patrick Coffee examined the ex-Apple and Uber marketer's record in this insightful profile as she starts as Netflix's CMO.
Saint John's approach runs counter to the trend of data-driven marketing, which has made her a target of some. But consider what her hire signals about how Netflix sees its challenges as its field becomes more competitive. From their piece:
Forrester principal analyst Jim Nail said co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos have recently begun emphasizing Netflix's ability to influence pop culture through a steady stream of original hits like "Bird Box," which helps it retain subscribers and sign up new ones who don't want to miss out on the latest cultural phenomenon...
Nail said Netflix's goal of influencing culture lined up with Saint John's record of helping companies stand out by co-opting trends beyond their industries.
"It's almost a repositioning. They're certainly enhancing and enriching their positioning with the idea of being a key part of culture," he said.
Read the full profile here: How Netflix's new CMO Bozoma Saint John rose to become the biggest 'badass' in marketing
Facebook's ad boycott: An accounting
More than 1,000 advertisers boycotted Facebook in a historic backlash against the company. But did any of it matter? Here are some key numbers, per Tanya Dua:
Some advertisers, convinced by Facebook's promises to do better monitoring hate speech, or need to make their sales numbers, are returning, and some are staying away, but the biggest impact may have been to its reputation among some users.
Facebook's ad revenue in the first three weeks of July grew about 10% year over year, the same rate as its second quarter.
It reminded us that it's mostly reliant on small advertisers who continue to spend there, with its top 100 advertisers accounting for 16% of its over-$70 billion ad revenue.
Read more: Advertisers not part of the boycott also cut back spending on Facebook in July, but the platform says it will be just fine
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Labour has said it is “shocking” that a senior Tory MP reportedly under investigation over rape allegations has not had the whip suspended.According to reports, a Conservative MP was arrested on Saturday after being accused of rape, sexual assault and coercive control.The ex-minister, who has not been named, is alleged to have assaulted a woman and forced her to have sex, the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday said.A spokesperson for the Conservative whips office told Sky News: “These are serious allegations and it is right that they are investigated fully. The whip has not been suspended.“This decision will be reviewed once the police investigation has been concluded.”Shadow safeguarding minister Jess Phillips criticised the Tories for failing to suspend the whip from the Tory MP in question, a move that would effectively eject him from the party.Speaking to Times Radio, the Labour MP said: “It is very difficult to comment on the case itself, because it is quite rightly in front of the criminal justice system.“But what I would say in this matter, is in any organisation – especially one like Members of Parliament who every day work with vulnerable people, young activists, members of staff – in any other organisation, were this police investigation to be going on, somebody would be suspended while the investigation was taking place.”Calling the lack of action “shocking”, Phillips said it sent a “terrible message” that senior figures were still able to secure “protection” from their Westminster status.She added: “While pending a police investigation for a sexual crime, I think it is only right that the whip is withdrawn.”Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he did not know the name of the MP involved, but added that he was “confident” the party was taking the matter seriously.“I’ve read the accusations in the newspapers this morning but I don’t know more than you do in that respect,” the Cabinet minister told Times Radio.“These are very serious allegations and they should be investigated.“They’re in the hands of the police, so I don’t think I can comment any more than that.”Asked whether he personally wanted to see the Tory whip removed from the MP under police investigation, Jenrick said: “We need to take allegations of this nature very seriously and I’m confident that the party is, and will do.”The Metropolitan Police said they received allegations on Friday of sexual offences and assault relating to four separate incidents at addresses between July last year and January this year.A spokesman for the Met said: “The Met has launched an investigation into the allegations.”A man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of rape and was taken into custody at an east London police station, the force added.He has been released on bail to a date in mid-August.The papers said the allegations were raised with Tory chief whip Mark Spencer, and the complainant also spoke to him, but no action was taken.The PA news agency understands Spencer advised her to make a formal complaint to the authorities, who would be able to investigate the claims.A spokesman for Spencer said: “The Chief Whip takes all allegations of harassment and abuse extremely seriously and has strongly encouraged anybody who has approached him to contact the appropriate authorities, including Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme, which can formally carry out independent and confidential investigations.”A Conservative Party spokesman said: “We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.“As this matter is now in the hands of the police it would be inappropriate to comment further.”Related...
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Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that Tesla would consider licensing its self-driving software and supplying battery technology to other automakers.
"We're just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors!" Musk said.
Musk's comments came in response to a blog post about German automakers looking to close the technological gap between them and Tesla.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker is considering getting into the business of lending software and supplying hardware to its competitors, floating the idea in a tweet Tuesday.
"Tesla is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries. We're just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors!" Musk said.
Tesla is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries. We’re just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2020
The comments came in response to a tweet linking to a report from Teslerati about German automakers' plans to catch up to Tesla in their development of electric vehicles.
Automakers have been fairly transparent about its technological head start, with one Volkswagen executive saying Tesla has a 10-year jump on rivals, according to Reuters. Audi's new CEO, Markus Duesmann, also told Reuters that Tesla has at least a two-year advantage "in terms of computing and software architecture, and in autonomous driving as well."
When pressed further by a Twitter user about whether Tesla would consider licensing its flagship self-driving software, Autopilot, Musk replied: "Sure."
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.Donald Trump has claimed the US is “doing very well” in the fight against coronavirus “by comparison to most other countries”, and suggested the truth is being suppressed from the public by “fake news” media.You will never hear this on the Fake News concerning the China Virus, but by comparison to most other countries, who are suffering greatly, we are doing very well - and we have done things that few other countries could have done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020Of course the actual reason this hasn’t been reported is because it simply isn’t true.While many countries including the UK are making preparations for a possible second wave in the coming months, the US is still in the grip of a first with the situation deteriorating by the day in a number of states.If California were a country, it would rank fifth in the world for total cases at nearly 400,000, behind the United States, Brazil, India and Russia. The state’s daily increases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there.Florida has reported over 10,000 new cases a day for the last six days in a row and Texas has reported over 10,000 cases for five out of the last seven days Reuters reports.Nobody has heard this because it isn’t true. https://t.co/vuZp3YAoJG— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) July 21, 2020Trump’s tweet was immediately pounced upon with the president accused of “lying” and of being a “clown”.You have not heard or read this because it is not true. The president is lying. https://t.co/bPQUQiegBa— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) July 21, 2020You had 62,879 new cases yesterday you clown. https://t.co/pLVxHoJ85f— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) July 21, 2020New cases, yesterday:Germany: 642UK: 580Japan: 454France: 350Australia: 267Italy: 190Portugal: 135South Korea: 26United States: 62,879— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 21, 2020This is not due to testing. The UK, for example, has done 198 tests per 1,000 residents. The US has done 148 per 1,000.It’s not due to population, either. The US has 4x as many people as Germany but 98x more cases. And Germany had the highest number of cases on the list.— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 21, 2020I JUST MAKE SHIT UP!https://t.co/2lOwnX0XFMhttps://t.co/hrWTvQ3AEKpic.twitter.com/0pR8BCQUAA— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) July 21, 2020Earlier on Tuesday Trump posted another tweet in which he advocated the wearing of face masks, describing it as “an act of patriotism”.The tweet follows months of resistance to being publicly seen in the coverings which are deemed vital to slowing the spread of the virus.We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020In the tweet, he also referred to the coronavirus as the “Invisible China Virus”.The president’s response comes after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset – him – played out in public with his poll numbers faltering, PA Media reports. One week after a 2020 election campaign shake-up, the plan is for Trump to again become a regular public presence at the podium as confirmed coronavirus cases spike across America.The return to briefings has been championed in the West Wing by senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who advocated publicly last week for Trump to return to the podium to more clearly highlight steps towards economic recovery, but also create a stage to display leadership by addressing Americans’ concerns about Covid-19.“His approval rating on the pandemic was higher when he was at the podium,” Conway said, in a tacit admission of what is largely unspoken aloud by Trump aides: that he is behind in both public and private surveys.Related...
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