The litany of problems that surrounds digital advertising should be quite familiar to anyone in the media industry at this point. There’s bot traffic creating fake views. Ads that disappear “below the fold”, #FakeNews, with new problems cropping up almost daily—Google’s YouTube platform recently got caught up in a scam where hackers were able to take over users computers to hijack their CPUs for cryptomining, crashing the users computers in the process.
Both Fox and NBC promised to start running fewer ads this week, with Fox’s Joe Marchese vowing to reduce ad loads to a radical two minutes per hours by 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a dramatic decrease from the current standard of 16 minutes per hour that many networks maintain. This comes on the heels of NBC’s promise to reduce ad loads in prime time by 10%, while reducing the number of ads in a commercial pod by 20%. (Marchese is promising a reduction of 88%, by comparison.)
"We think relatively few marketers are aware of how little time is spent viewing individual ad units on Facebook." And with that one sentence Brian Wieser neatly summed up why the ad industry has been so enamored with Facebook and other digital and social platforms.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".