Listen and watch content you trust – TrustedOut and RSS Readers.

Read what’s happening in your Corpus.

Let say you’d like to listen and watch Car Racing in Specialized sources in the USA.

Your Corpus query will look like this in TrustedOut:

Click on [Get] to have a look at those 21 feeds (sources) from 10 media

And download the OPML file of your Corpus

You will get this file (download it to play with it)

Download OPMLRead your Corpus with your favorite RSS Reader

There are plenty of excellent RSS Reader. Here are 2 examples:

Example #1: Feedly

Find “Organize Sources” and click on “Import OPML”

Select the OPML file from above and enjoy reading…

Example #2: Inoreader

Once logged/signed in, Go to Subscriptions > Manage Subscription > Import/Export and select the OPML of your Corpus

Enjoy reading…

Search within articles, alerts, newsletters…

Our 2 examples above offer both Searches (Inoreader offers it with the free account), Alerts and even team newsletters.

Get your selection of sources you trust with TrustedOut and enjoy reading, searching, alerting and spreading with your choice of RSS Reader…

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Should governments deal with fake news?

In this article, “Singapore just used its fake news law. Critics say it’s just what they feared“, CNN Business explains why the new anti-fake news law in Singapore produced what they feared most: “increased censorship and official overreach in a country where freedom of expression is already under pressure.”, adding: “This week’s events suggest those fears may be justified.”

“as required by Singaporean law.”

We won’t debate on the two articles under the scrutiny of the Singapore government, but rather focus on one thing very important for us:

Censorship must be and remain personal.

It is always dangerous to leave to someone what you can read and cannot.

CNN reports: “Government ministers can decide whether to order something deemed fake news to be taken down, or require a correction to be put up alongside it. They can also order companies such as Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) — both of which opposed the bill — to block accounts or sites spreading false information.

The government can also prosecute individuals with fines of up to 50,000 Singapore dollars (about $36,000) and/or up to five years in prison. If the alleged falsehood is posted using “an inauthentic online account or controlled by a bot,” the potential fine rises to 100,000 Singapore dollars (around $73,000), and/or up to 10 years in prison.

Companies found guilty of spreading so-called fake news can face fines of up to 1 million Singapore dollars (roughly $735,000).”

Again, we, TrustedOut do not defend the spread of fake news or any offending content but we believe, for the most part, news can be seen as fake for some people and not fake for others, thus, censorship should be and remain Personal.

Get information from Traditional Media, have conversation on Social Media. Not the other way around.

In a previous post, we wrote:
“Misinformation and biases infect social media, both intentionally and accidentally. This highly recommended article from The Conversation exposes 3 types of bias identified by Indiana University. Hereafter are our takeaways… Continue reading

Trust, Media and Democracy

Related to this matter, we also wrote on the excellent Knight Foundation Report.

The Aspen Institute and the Knight Foundation recently released a report on a commission they organized about Trust, Media and Democracy. While coming from America, we believe most can apply wider.

If you don’t have the time for the length report, this medium page is very interesting. Here are our takeaways in the light of our previous posts, regrouped in 3 main categories:

10 ways to rebuild trust in media and democracy…  Continue reading

Define the content you trust 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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Create a corpus from a list of articles (ex. here: popular on Facebook).

You want to create a Corpus of Media for your analytics and/or a whitelist of media similar to a list of articles?

Here is how Corpus Intelligence can help in 3 steps:

Step 1. Collect Materials.  

Let’s start with a list of popular articles: Today, the Top 15 of the most engaged articles on Facebook in Sept 2019

In this article you can find the following top 15 articles:

Table to show the top 15 web stories on Facebook in September 2019, ranked by engagement

Step 2. Understand Profiles

From the list above, we’ve collected the profiles of  the corresponding media.

Here are the top 30 most popular classifications from our 3-level AI-powered taxonomy.  

This means the top 5 most popular media types are:

  1. Politics
  2. Law
  3. Entertainment and Leisure
  4. Lifestyle
  5. Society 

Computing C.scores give precisely the classifications to shoot for.

Step 3. Build and manage Corpuses.

The hardest part is done. Let’s play with TrustedOut now:
Want all media in Politics and Law? here it is:
Want to target the dedicated media in the 1st classification, International, in Politics? Voila:

From here, feed your analytics tool and/or create a whitelist for your DSP.

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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.

Time for a Whitelisting demo?

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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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