Scott Monty - Strategic Communications & Leadership Advisor

Scott Monty - Strategic Communications & Leadership Advisor

Come at me, Peeple!

Ad blocking conversations continue, people...people who don't need Peeple, Amazon locks out Apple and Google, trust in advertising, email matters to social platforms, Twitter's new CEO, Facebook is immune from ad blocking, why distribution is the future of marketing, regulatory forces come out in force against ride hailing apps, a new report on established companies in the collaborative economy, podcast recommendation of the week, using data to tell stories, cybersecurity awareness month already features two major breaches, good news for grammar Nazis, our weekly trivia question and more, it's The Week in Digital.

A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry.

Each Monday we publish a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the worlds of technology, business, digital communications and marketing in order to keep leaders up to date on changes, newsworthy items and content that might be useful in your job. A new issue is available every Monday morning. Please subscribe to keep up to date on developments.

News items are in regular text; additional commentary has been added in italics.

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  • Amazon is getting serious about competition: the retail giant is blocking the sale of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices in order to protect Amazon Prime Video. Does this qualify as an antitrust issue? It's a unique situation in that Amazon owns the content and can determine which devices its content works on; but it's a retailer and has a duty to list items for sale as well. We'll be following the issue.
  • When you're on your smartphone, where do you spend most of your time? It's likely that 80% of your time is spent within just three apps, according to comScore. Read through for some fascinating statistics on just where people are spending their time.
  • Something to inspire: 80 powerful quotes from digital marketing pros. One of our favorites is from Frank Eliason: "Customers never wanted social service, they wanted to be treated right the first time." [TWEET THIS]
  • Nielsen's global trust in advertising study surveyed 30,000 people in 60 countries and found that the top trusted sources are recommendations from people you trust and owned and earned media sites.

Trivia question: This week Edward Snowden started a Twitter account. Which account did he follow first?*


Collaborative Economy 


Must-attend workshop — Money Matters for Agency Owners

December 8 - 9 in Orlando. Explore best practices of how agencies are making and keeping more money from an industry expert who works with 250+ privately owned small to mid-sized agencies every year. Learn how to tell at a glance if you’re making money, if you’re staffed properly and how to keep more of what you earn.
"The conversation about taxes alone was worth the workshop fee. I went home and ran our numbers through your financial dashboard and couldn’t believe my eyes. Thank you!"

Register today for your chance to fine-tune your business.


  • Product Hunt is launching a podcast discovery channel where users can find and upvote shows, similar to Reddit
  • New feature: our Podcast Recommendation of the Week. This week, we suggest checking out UnPodcast, with Scott Stratten and Alison Kramer. Always a delight to listen to, this duo discusses current topics in marketing and business that are at turns frustrating and hilarious. Give them a listen and subscribe. Do you have a podcast recommendation for us? Leave a comment below.


What if you could put together a plan, a strategy, and a budget rooted in reality that gave you the resources you need to succeed? In less than one hour, you can build a data-driven customer journey and emerge with an actionable plan to prepare you for 2016.

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Privacy / Security / Legal

* Answer to the trivia question above: 

  • Edward Snowden (@Snowden) joined Twitter this week, quickly amassing 1.34 million followers. But he only follows one account back: the NSA. He also forgot to turn off email notifications from Twitter, resulting in 47 GB of emails from every follow, retweet, mention, listing and favorite.

When You Have the Time: Essential Watching / Listening / Reading 

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I advise agencies and brands to help them improve their corporate and digital acumen. Please get in touch if you'd like to put my experience and digital smarts to work on a project, to consult with your group, or to address an audience at your next corporate or industry event.


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