Media: Contributing to polarization AND reflective of polarization.

12 of this year’s 15 most politically polarizing brands are national news outlets

Thanks to this article from Morning Consult, Media Companies Dominate Most Divisive Brands List, and It Keeps Getting Worse, for this chart:

Copyrights: Morning Consult

“Democrats think the media is more important and made Republicans think it was more biased”

This quote from Matt Grossman, an associate political science professor at the Michigan State University, illustrates, for example, the difference between Republicans’ and Democrats’ net favorability for CNN, for example, stood at 66 percentage points last year. It grew 14 points to 80 this year, due to a 12-point drop in net favorability among Republicans, from minus 13 to minus 25. Republicans held more negative views than Democrats of every media outlet on the list except for Fox News. 

Polarization: Contribution and Reflection.

Which makes Joe Barone, managing partner of Brand Safety Americas for GroupM, say “In a way, it’s really corroboration of the narrative in the industry right now,… The narrative is that we’re living in a polarized world, and media is both contributing to the polarization and reflective of the polarization.”

Polarization is good for (media) business…

…major media outlets that have embraced a more adversarial stance on Trump since his election, business has been good. Viewership for all three leading cable networks — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC — increased in 2018, per a Pew Research Center analysis of Comscore data.

… but bad for (media) credibility.

Perceptions of media credibility have dropped since 2016, according to Morning Consult analysis, largely fueled by Republican attitudes. Democrats and Republicans also tend to trust headlines from outlets that society considers closer to their ideology, although that changes by topic.

Means you better know the (here political) media profile.

In our Business Case #1, we demo how Content Orientation can twist an insights coming out of your analytics tool.

The very same analytics were run using the very same analytics tool, Netvibes, across the whole Corpus (the All column) and one per political wing (Sources: BPI events).
Gauging the level of political orientation of your Corpus will drive your reading of your analytics tools and thus what you make from it.

Yes, Political orientations influence your analytics (and thus, your decision-making).

From the analytics results above, when it comes to AI, left wing oriented media are more negative, feels a foreign influence from Silicon Valley and China, and do not link AI with smartphones.
Right wing publications are way less negative, local sensitive, linked to iPhone only (vs all publications both linked to both android and iphone)
Bottom line: PR efforts should insist on the local development of ACME cars, re-insure, re-comfort on AI being a benefit, not a threat and have no link to smartphones, use or ownership.

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Corpus Intelligence for an Industry: Lifestyle – October 2019

Media covering Lifestyle.

In the US, 3,007 media and 8,300 sources are covering Lifestyle over the past quarter, publishing over 38,000 new articles a day.

In France, 327 media and 596 sources are covering Lifestyle over the past quarter, publishing over 3,000 new articles a day.

Media per Expertise Level and News Sensitivity.

TrustedOut uniquely profiles media per level of expertise (Dedicated > Specialized > Covered > All) AND per profiling period (past week, past month, past quarter). This profiling period identifies News sensitivity. Past week is more sensitive to the latest news, while Past Quarter is more stable. This is very convenient depending on the type of project you’re driving.


  • Media: unique domains used (xxxx.yyy)
  • Sources: unique feeds belonging to a Media. Mostly correspond to a section of the Media
  • Articles per day: number of articles published and analyzed by TrustedOut
  • Archived articles: Article abstracts and links archived on the corresponding Sources.

For the US:

For France:

Lifestyle media market shares in the US and France

Stability over a month and a huge number of articles per day and archived, meaning using a Corpus over a month should be considered to cop with the industry evolutions.

Lifestyle is more covered in the US

As shown in the tables above, at all level of expertise, the US have a lot more media covering this industry than France, which confirms what we see in our Media Coverage Market Shares US vs France – Source TrustedOut – 10/01/19

Related group classifications.

In the US, Lifestyle Media also cover:

In the US, Media covering Lifestyle in the past quarter also cover:

Radar view:

DNA view:

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In France, Lifestyle Media also cover:

In France, Media covering Lifestyle in the past quarter also cover:

Radar view:

DNA view:

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In both countries, Lifestyle and Culture & Arts are close, but France has Culture & Arts above Lifestyle when the US, it is the reverse.
Entertainment & Leisure are 3rd in the US and 4th in France, while Sports is 3rd in France and 5th in the US.
Specific to a country are: Society and Education, only, in the US and Economy & Enterprise and Transportation, only, in France.
Finally, in the US, Lifestyle is strongly attached to Food and Beverage.

Fine tuning your Corpus

Example: Want Lifestyle but NOT Food and Beverage AND NOT Food and Beverage Services

As seen above, Lifestyle Media often also cover Food and Beverage. Say, for PR or an ad campaign effort, you want to get Media in Lifestyle BUT NOT either in Food and Beverage or Food and Beverage Services.

Easy. The query to set your Corpus will look like this:

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Of course, we are moving from 3,007 media and 8300 sources to:

A third of Lifestyle media are also covering Food and Beverage or the Food and Beverage Services.

Brand Safety Risk and Toxic Content: None

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Media covering Lifestyle are not victims of toxic content and Brand Safety Risks.

Digging into top Media.

Example in the US: Chowhound (CBS Interactive)

Name Chowhound

Political orientation is not significant enough to classify this media.

Classification over past Quarter


Example in France: Elle

Name Elle

Classification over past Quarter

Political orientation is not significant enough to classify this media.


How our AI-powered classification works

How our AI-powered classification works.

Now you can trust decisions made on content you trust

Importance for Business Intelligence:
No trust, no Intelligence.

Works on all sectors.

Say you are in the food market and want to understand how some cuisine types are perceived amongst specialized publications in America:

To feed your intelligence tools, such as Digimind (demo here), your Corpus will look like this.

Say you are in the food market and want to understand how some cuisine types are perceived amongst specialized publications in America:

To feed your intelligence tools, such as Digimind (demo here), your Corpus will look like this.

16,000+ sources (49k new articles abstracts a day) will ensure you analyze, and thus base your strategic decisions, on content you define.

Would you have thought Better Homes and Gardens would be part of your Corpus? At first, Home and Garden does not sound like Food and beverage specialist, does it? (well, if you are looking for Chicken recipes, it’s here).

This anecdote is to point out the need for both an unbiased and universal classification and a depth of expertise from the content you will base your decisions on.

It is critical you trust the right, and all the right, publications to trust any intelligence coming out of those publications. Depth and width.

No Trust, No Intelligence.

Consequently, the solution is to:

1/ Have marketers define their Corpus from profiles of media they trust for each analysis, each product, each segment, each brand.
And align in each country.

2/ Have those corpuses automatically built, maintained and updated, directly serving your analytics tool.

Bottom line: Define the content you trust so you can trust decisions you make.
“If it’s not trusted in, it can not be trusted out!”

Importance for Advertising:
Brand Safety and Budget Optimization.

Here, you want to advertise your new product to the US Food Market. Keeping your brand safe will be your top priority… After all, you will pay to increase your business, not ruin the brand reputation it took you years to build.

Brand Safety is top priority for CEOs and CMOs.

For your online ad campaign, the trading desk of your advertising agency will define the query, with, amongst other things, desired and not-desired keywords, to select the content you trust compatible with your brand.

But a page can match all those criteria but be published on a site not safe or compatible with the advertiser’s brand. You must also select the publications you trust compatible with your brand.

Otherwise, your brand is at risk. And advertisers know and fear it:

4 in 10 brands deliver ads on unsafe sites – Cision

The only solution for the CMO to be certain to keep brands safe: Define himself the lists of publications he trusts compatible with her/his brands.


70% implement black or white lists… – Digiday

But while the vast majority is using lists, the vast majority is unhappy with the solution. As of today:

… but 64% fear negative impacts on performance.  71% fear to not achieve reach while delivering to the right audience in the right context. – Cision

Consequently, the solution is to:

1/ Have marketers define their white lists themselves for each campaign, each brand. And align in each country.

2/ Have those lists automatically built, maintained and updated, directly serving the trading desk.

Bottom line: Keep your Brand Safe, let TrustedOut manage your white lists.

Let’s go back to our US Food Market example. Our marketer, here, wants to build a white list of US based publications, specialized in Food and Beverage and also wants them to be in business for more than 3 years, not politically, nor religiously oriented and, of course, not spotted as fake news, hate news or junk science.

Corpus looks like above and now more than 9,000+ sources are immediately available to be imported or live feeding your trading desk.

Trading desk runs its query within the perimeter of the white list. Best of both worlds, search and directory.
Brand is now totally safe.

Run more where it returns more.

In addition, Media Profiles bring ad budget optimization.

By adding media profiles to a campaign report, marketers and agencies can surface media with the best ROI and thus, increase budgets where return is optimal.

BHG works best for your campaign? Let’s get more of this profile and spend your ad budget where it makes the most sense.

Matter of fact, Your business is all about the content you trust.

Your business is all about the content you trust.

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De Ligonnes arrest. Fake News vs True Mistake.

The news of the De Ligonnes arrest, and then the news it was not De Ligonnes triggered lots of comments about Fake news being everywhere.

“The opportunity was too good” (to be true?) as wrote the Huffington Post (in French)

“Fake news” vs “true mistake”.

The difference between a fake news and true mistake is the driving intention and the transparency in fixing it.

We all know the competition between news publishers. The dilemma between scoops and stories. The balance between publishing too fast and being too late.

Like with any person you trust, it’s ok to make mistakes as long as it was not intentional and you’ve learn from it and will do your best to not reproduce those misleads. A fake news is intentional and if proven and not fixed, will destroy the confidence and the trust in the publisher.

Question you should ask yourself now is: What is my level of trust into media after this episode?

Trust is in the publisher and its brand values.

Trust, like reputation, is built over time. For any business, it’s called Brand values. As Warren Buffett says…

So, it’s no surprise Publishers do not want to lose their reputation and your trust in them for a mistake. The rest – their opinions, their context, who owns them and their agenda – is part of those brand values. They won’t risk to ruin them either.

Bottom line: For the decisions you must make, you must use content from media you trust.

Your business is all about the content you trust.

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Media Coverage Market Shares US vs France – Source TrustedOut – 10/01/19

What Media are covering the most.

In the US.

As of today and over the past 90 days, here are the top “covered” group classifications. This means the percentage of media in America covering the following group classification (like a countrywide newsstand shelf)

In bold are the differences above 5%. This means group classification that are more covered in the US vs France.

Top 3 Most topics covered are very different from France

US Media cover much more Entertainment & Leisure, Society and Education and, to a less degree, Sports, Lifestyle and Medecine & Health.

In France.

In bold are the differences above 5%. This means group classification that are more covered in France vs the US.

Greater coverage in Economy & Enterprise and Tech.

French Media cover much more in Economy & Enterprise and Tech which, both, are not even in the Top 10 US.

Largest Media Coverage differences.

As for above, we deliberately put a cliff at 5%.

Comparing Apple to Apple.

Tables above prove coverage between countries are very different, meaning feeding your intelligence tool and creating your whitelists based on random numbers of sources or media or articles will drive to unreliable, dangerous outcomes.

As demonstrated in this business case: Business Case #3. Country comparisons

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Brand Safety: We could not agree more with Facebook.

From this article, “Facebook urges brands to define their safety tolerances“:

Facebook: Safe < Tolerable < Suitable.

Jon Steinback, Facebook’s director of product marketing for EMEA and global channels, spoke exclusively to WARC to provide more detail about the company’s attempts to create a safer environment for brands.

… Facebook has also introduced a three-tier model for identifying content that is safe, suitable and that brands would be prepared to tolerate. (For more, read the full article: Facebook on why advertisers must understand their own brand safety ‘tolerances’.)

TrustedOut: Safe < Suitable < Consistent

We totally agree with Facebook, and even farther, we believe the true goal for a brand is to be consistent, in July, we wrote:

Brand Consistency > Brand Safety + Brand Suitability

Facebook: “Safe” is the minimum

At the most basic level, Facebook promises to keep all brands “safe” from the most offensive material with its content “floor”, policed by its enforcement teams and technology.

We agree again. This is the basis level. Mostly made of keywords.

TrustedOut: Is “basic” enough for your brand?

Of course not.

Brand Safety, the most misleading proxy for quality that an advertiser can use.

Facebook: define their own “tolerances”, and create a media strategy

“… the social network is urging brands to define their own “tolerances”, and create a media strategy that is harmonious with campaign goals and business aims.”

Agreed. Of course. Keywords are not enough.

Mandatory need for brand values tolerances. And brand values are perceived. This can not be dealt with this keywords. Entering perceptions.

And perceptions made by humans are biased, not up to date and not universal on all matters. Must be done by a machine. A machine taught with myriads of  content… Here we are.

TrustedOut: Tolerance controlled via Whitelisting definition.

Here starts TrustedOut’s Corpus Intelligence.
Here starts the need to define the “tolerance” limits on what your brand can support.
Here starts the whitelisting definition, as large as tolerable by your brand for a campaign.

Facebook: Suitable. safety is not being in a situation that can be embarrassing.

“Then it also encourages advertisers to consider the kinds of content which one might not categorize as offensive, but which are likely to jar when appearing alongside a particular type of brand.

“For some people, safety is not being in a situation that can be embarrassing for them,” he said. “The important thing for us is that we provide the right level of controls and also that transparency is inherent in this.””

Bingo, This is where TrustedOut excels.

Let us manage, globally, per campaign, all your whitelists. Always updated. Always right.

TrustedOut: Here starts Brand Consistency.

Here starts the brand consistency. Make sure your brand is consistent everywhere, all the time.
Here starts the fine tuning of the alignment of your brand for a campaign, a product, a target and media publishers.
Here starts the benefit of the publisher’s brand value for your brand. The publisher is no longer a space to advertise but an echo chamber for your brand.
Here advertising is not only pushing for a message, it strengthens what has the most critical value for your business: your brand.

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The ultimate brand consistency is to remove the name from the logo.

In a recent article from The Drum, “Why brands such as Doritos and Mastercard are removing the names from their logos

“Extreme, telegraphic simplicity…”

…is very useful in the small and rapidly moving spaces of a device-dependent world. So, if words get in the way, remove them.”

“The harder it gets to connect to younger audiences, the bolder brands will need to become with moves like wordmark removal”

“It is noticeable that it requires bold creative leadership from both the client and agency to take those risks.”

Why would you risk your brand consistency at any stage in advertising?

Yes, removing the name from the logo is the ultimate step, the dream case, the results of years of consistency in building your brand.

The first step to achieving consistent branding is realizing that you have to ultimately gain control of your branding so that everyone is singing from the same song sheet. [source]

Is your brand consistent?

“An inconsistent brand is a confusing and unreliable brand. These are traits that drive customers away, not attract them. ” says Crowdspring, “If your brand constantly changes, it’s hard for customers or clients to wrap their minds around what it’s about. And, it’s even harder to gain trust, confidence and customer loyalty.”

Why would you compromise a hard and long gained brand consistency by advertising on media not consistent with your brand?

“Your brand promises must be consistent with the reality of your customers’ brand experience.

Every company has a brand identity.

This is true for your company whether you’ve made a single conscious branding decision or not.

And that’s why it’s vitally important to make conscious, consistent branding choices. The decisions left unmade, and a brand left untended may hurt your business.” [source]

TrustedOut secures your Brand and preserves your Brand Consistency.

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Do Commerce AND, NOT OR, Branding. (and fix brand safety, risky SEO et al)

We could not agree more with the “Father of Advertising”.

(David Mackenzie Ogilvy CBE was an advertising tycoon, founder of Ogilvy & Mather, and known as the “Father of Advertising”.  – Wikipedia)

Commerce and Branding are vital to any business. Both of them. Equally.

So, when one takes over the other one, it hurts your business.

That’s what we have with examples like Brand Safety or too mechanical SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Of course, everybody wants to maximize sales. No debate. But unreasonable actions, desperate measures will hurt your reputation and consequently your brand. And as Warren Buffet says:

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it, if you think about that, you’ll do things differently”

Brand safety risk is pushing (too far) exposure into unsafe territories for the brand.

If your sole motivation is to have the highest number of ad placements with little to no overseeing on who’s hosting your brand, you’re due to a brand safety violation. And it may be costly to your brand reputation and thus, your business.

Would you risk your brand values on poor quality coasters or ugly marcoms? So, why risking them by exposing your brand with a publisher not compatible with the value of your brand?

Brand safety is a matter of “where” AND “who”.

Where is the brand exposed, meaning the matter of the page hosting your brand. Here programmatic is key to build a black list of words you want to avoid.

Who is exposing your brand, meaning the profile of the publisher. And, this profile must be compatible with your brand value. Here TrustedOut is key to build a white list of media publishers you want to keep your brand safe and consistant.

Another example: Site content and SEO.

The same “commerce and, not or, branding” applies to the content you produce for your site or the pages made for SEO.

Twisting incautiously SEO may put your brand at risk.

By adding or removing keywords to please Google and get more traffic may spoil your brand perception. After all, if content makes (or break) your brand, your own content applies first hand. Think of your site, as a media publisher. After all, this is where you expose your brand.

To read next:
> Whitelisting with TrustedOut
> Your Business is all about content.

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Brand Safety Crisis Can Prompt Consumer Backlash Against Brand

In this article, MarTechSeries comments a survey conducted by the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and Brand Safety Institute (BSI). Hereafter are our takeaways:

Customers have a broad definition of “Brand Safety”

“The survey also discovered that consumers define brand safety broadly, including issues such as ad-related piracy and malware, as well as those involving ad placement around inappropriate content.”

“Inappropriate” content has a very personal definition…

As discussed in previous posts for Fake News: What is fake for someone is not fake for others. Take Homeopathy. Some believes in it, others do not.  The same applies to “inappropriate”. Some people believe a content is inappropriate, others won’t. Like for Rap lyrics for example.

Brand means values and values are emotions.

… but, for a very large majority,  has negative impacts. On everyone involved.

From the article:

Advertisers responsibility

  • Large majorities of respondents said advertisers should prevent their ads from running near hate speech (73 percent), pornographic content (73 percent), violent content (70 percent), and illegal drug-related content (69 percent).
  • More than half of respondents said that advertisers should prevent their ads from running near stolen/pirated movies or TV shows (53 percent) and unsafe or hacked websites (73 percent).
  • Less than half of respondents said advertisers should prevent their ads from running near gambling-related content (43 percent) or controversial political views (41 percent).

Majority says negative impacts are real.

  • The overwhelming majority of respondents (90 percent) said it was very or somewhat important for advertisers to make sure their ads don’t appear near dangerous, offensive, or inappropriate content.
  • If respondents discovered ads for a product they regularly buy had appeared next to racist Neo-Nazi propaganda, 87 percent said they would reduce their spending on that product, and 58 percent said they would stop buying it altogether.
  • If respondents discovered such ads next to terrorist recruiting videos, 90 percent would reduce their spending on the product advertised, and 67 percent would stop buying it altogether.
  • If respondents discovered such ads on a website promoting illegal activities such as stolen videos and other content, 82 percent would reduce their spending on the product advertised, and 45 percent would stop buying it altogether.
  • If respondents discovered such an ad had infected their computer or mobile device with malware, 93 percent would reduce their spending on the product advertised, and 73 percent would stop buying it altogether.

Everybody is accounted responsible: Advertiser, Ad Agency, Publisher, Ad Tech.

  • When asked who should be responsible for ensuring ads do not run with dangerous, offensive, or inappropriate content, respondents assigned responsibility broadly, with 70 percent naming the advertiser, 68 percent the ad agency, 61 percent the website owner, and 46 percent the technology provider.

Bottom line:

* Your Brand, to be truly safe, must be compatible with the brand of the publisher, or any support.

* This can only be done via AI profiling as it must be Unbiased, Universal and always Up-to-date.

* This can not be done by keyword-based queries. Keywords in a page don’t profile brand values.

TrustedOut’s solution for Brand Safety in 1 slide:

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Your business is all about the content you trust.

Image Credit: SEOMarketing

Knowledge from Content makes or breaks any future.

Applies to individuals but also organizations and businesses, of all sizes and sorts.

We are our Education.
So is your Business.

What we are depends on the education we were given. Need proof?
MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

Same applies to any Businesses. Your Business is how it was educated.

No Trust in Content,  No Trust in business future.

Trust in Content is the #1 vital condition to any business.

1st, define the content you trust, 2nd, feed all business decision and education processes with it.

Trust in Content is not a nice to have, it’s a vital, critical, mandatory must have. Tools are fed with Content. No matter how your tools are, fed with poor content, the smartest tools and the smartest operator of those tools will produce poor performances. Is it what you want for your business?

No trust in content, no need for any tools otherwise it would be, not only a waste of time and money, but a very dangerous way to make bet on your business future.

It all starts with content you trust.

  1. Define the content you need
  2. Create your Corpus with TrustedOut and get the corresponding Media, Sources and Articles abstracts and links
  3. Now, Feed all your tools with content you trust


Corpus Intelligence for every segment of your business.

Hereafter is an example of an Enterprise organized by Industry. Also applies to any other type of business organization.

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Brand Safety, the most misleading proxy for quality that an advertiser can use.

This post is our takeaways from this AdExchanger article.

Brand Safety Is Not Synonymous With Quality.

“I find brand safety one of the most baffling contradictions of our industry. It often represents the exact opposite situation in which any quality media owner should want to put itself, and it is the most misleading proxy for quality that an advertiser can use.

As programmatic RTB grew, quantity gained priority over quality, and everybody fell into the trap. Advertisers pursued a delusional quest for unlimited scale, blinded by the illusion of a perfect cross-device, cross-domain view of the user. Quality media brands dangerously allowed themselves to be thrown into a big bucket with almost every type of inventory, ranging from fake to garbage on up to the top of the premium content pyramid: their own.”

A “lifecycle of rubbish”

“As a result, marketers saw their ads run on sites and apps that, at worst, promoted hate speech, terrorism, pedophilia, violence and even harmed the users’ devices, and, at best, alongside very low-quality content and environments with horrible UX.

When these problems surfaced, advertisers should have demanded that the programmatic platforms remove the rubbish at the source, which could have fixed the roots of the issue (but it also would have threatened the potential revenue for ad tech and agencies and the illusion of scale). Instead, advertisers barked without biting and deployed systems to filter out as much of that rubbish as possible, adding further costs to the system.

This created a “lifecycle of rubbish,” flowing in and out by design.”

The obsession with brand safety is taken to an extreme, while advertisers willingly join an environment plagued by the worst possible problems in marketing and advertising.

“One could think that the introduction of brand safety tools was the point where premium media owners finally won, with their quality inventory highlighted, protected and made available to premium brands. This is where the painful path took a slightly different twist instead.

In addition to the sites or apps that no respectable business would want to be associated with, advertisers started to include in their blacklists terms and topics predominantly focused on current facts and news, such as Trump, Brexit or #MeToo. This practice also existed for decades in print but with a much more reasonable and balanced approach.

These topics are part of perfectly safe and balanced pieces of content when belonging to quality media environments, but in this “brand safety” era they are all to be carefully avoided.

Programmatic RTB triggered a brand safety paranoia, but it’s a paradox: The obsession with brand safety is taken to an extreme, while advertisers willingly join an environment plagued by the worst possible problems in marketing and advertising.

The result is ads from some of the top advertisers often being displayed, by exclusion, on “safe content” like silly polls, competitions or otherwise bland content of little quality and engagement. At the same time, quality media owners complain that a good amount of premium content is automatically filtered out by brand safety algorithms, affecting their revenue.”

A great opportunity for visionary advertisers and media owners.

“There is a great opportunity for visionary advertisers and media owners who understand that infinite scale is not only impossible but even counterproductive. There would be enough reach in a media environment that is high quality, walled garden-like, brand safe by nature and user-centric – separate from the programmatic open marketplace and complementary to Google and Facebook.

The industry’s marketing and advertising pitches constantly cite the customer experience at the forefront of their promises, but let’s stop fooling ourselves, our clients and our partners.”

More than Brand Safety, Brand Consistency.

Brand Consistency > Brand Safety + Brand Suitability

With TrustedOut: Manage unbiased, AI-built Whitelists. Centrally.

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