June 12, 2020
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The Ad Business is Going Nowhere… But It Will Be More Contextual

It has become a common narrative on social media to say that ad-based businesses are dying. I’ve seen incredibly smart people say that the future is subscription and commerce; any publisher still relying on ads is doomed to fail.

I can understand why people think it’s true with the amount of ad inventory that Google and Facebook have claimed. Some reports say that Amazon, Facebook and Google account for two third of digital spend. How can anyone build a business when that’s the case?

Ben Clymer is founder and CEO of Hodinkee, a media and commerce company dedicated to the luxury watch market. What started as a personal blog thanks to a watch from his grandfather has turned into a highly respected business that can sell millions of dollars in watches in minutes.

In this episode, we went through the many different facets of the business, but a few things jumped out to me…

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