Hello! Welcome to our weekly Advertising and Media Insider. If you're new to this newsletter, sign up for your own here.Before you head out for the Thanksgiving holidays, make sure to read Tanya Dua's insider reporting on Juul's implosion, where 650 people, or 16%, were laid off amid mounting regulations and federal investigations. Some key takeaways from former employees:
- Some thought the cuts reflected problems of unchecked explosive growth, lack of proper business processes, and mismanagement.
- Some said they lost faith in the company's leadership as they saw the executive ranks packed with people from tobacco and alcohol companies.
- IgnitionOne was billed as a "one-stop shop" to help marketers with their digital-ad spending. It pitched advertisers on its expertise of Google, Facebook, and programmatic advertising early on.
- But agencies have been cutting the number of adtech companies they use, putting pressure on adtech companies to differentiate what are similar-looking offerings.
Finally, I was curious about what's happening with theSkimm, which has raised more than $28 million on its ability to connect with millennial women with its breezy, speed-read daily news digest.TheSkimm is mostly ad-driven, but given how hard it is for independent media companies to compete for ad dollars, the path forward for companies like it is to pivot hard to subscriptions and other revenue streams or get sold. That seems to be where theSkimm finds itself now.Industry insiders say buzzy millennial media company TheSkimm has been looking for an investor or buyer as user growth slows
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