HSN names John Aylward as its new executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He is a former marketing executive at Starbucks, The Gap and Sony Corp.
Tapstone Inc. announces that Gavin Ballas joins the executive management team to further develop it growing portfolio of direct response advertisers and client offerings. Ballas spent the past 18 years selling direct response media. He’s worked with CBS Radio’s Howard Stern Show, Spot Runner and InterMedia.
Multi Channels Asia (MCA), Asia-Pacific’s largest independent channel provider, and Brand New Media (BNM) announce a strategic partnership that will bring Outdoor Channel (Asia) to BNM’s newly launched Multi-Channel Internet TV Network across selected Asia-Pacific territories. The rollout will start with a launch in Singapore (www.outdoorchannelasia.sg) followed by several other markets.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says AT&T shouldn’t be allowed to immediately appeal a decision that allows the agency to proceed with a lawsuit challenging the telecom’s throttling practices. “The order is unlikely to be overturned on appeal, and there are thus no advantages to an immediate appeal,” the FTC argues in motion papers filed on Thursday with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in the Northern District of California.
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) announces a new task force comprised of senior marketer and agency executives to take “decisive action to address concerns about media transparency.”
A new study from eMarketer says U.S. adults will spend about 5 hours, 31 minutes watching video content on TV and digital devices each day this year. Consumption of video on digital devices alone will average about 1 hour, 16 minutes per day, compared with just 21 minutes per day in 2011.
Gannett’s broadcasting revenue grew 4 percent in the first quarter, due to higher retransmission revenues and Super Bowl advertising. Broadcasting revenue climbed to $396.8 million during the period – with a 26-percent rise in retransmission revenues to $110.2 million.
Google spent $5.47 million on lobbying in the first quarter – more than all other tech and telecom companies. That’s up 45 percent vs. the previous quarter and nearly $1 million more than Comcast.
Shoppers in the United States are in no hurry to buy a wearable device, according to a survey by Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a business and technology consulting firm exclusively focused on the financial services industry.
Revenue for Facebook’s first quarter totaled $3.54 billion – an increase of 42 percent year-over-year – while ad revenue was up 46 percent year-over-year to $3.32 billion. Facebook says mobile ad revenue represented about 73 percent of total ad revenue for the first quarter – up from about 59 percent of ad revenue in the first quarter of last year.
WPP launches Xaxis Audio, the U.K.’s first programmatic product for digital audio ads, with leading radio broadcaster Global. Xaxis Audio uses Global’s new Dax platform to enable advertisers to buy digital audio ads at scale from more than 130 publishers including Audioboom, Blinkbox, Jango and Rdio.
Ace Hardware is America’s favorite home improvement store and Costco is the favorite for home furnishings, according to a new nationwide survey by Market Force Information. The findings are based on consumers’ satisfaction levels and their likelihood to recommend a retailer to others.