MSoM #002 | Ben May and the news media bargaining code's impact on the digital industry.

Feb 21, 2021

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Welcome to the second episode of Making Sense of Martech, an irregular set of interviews with some of the most interesting people in marketing technology.

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In this episode of MSoM, I'm joined by Ben May the Founder and MD of The Code Company and Co-founder at Publisha. We talk about the downstream impact of the news media bargaining code and how it changes how pubslishers do business. Ben has over a decade of experience working with news publishers and media businesses in Australia, particularly from an infrastructure front, building the digital solutions that make news publishers run on the internet. We talk about how media companies should approach Google’s News Showcase from an audience, discoverability and data front, the idea of a walled garden approach to hosting news, the real value of Facebook audiences for publishers, and how media companies are already investing into deleveraging the influence and risk associated with big tech.

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📚 Resources

AU Government explanatory memorandum on the News Media Bargaining Code

Official Statement from Facebook

Launch of the Google News Showcase

Facebook sacrifices Australian truth for global dollars - The Australian Financial Review

Google, Nine agree commercial terms for news content - Sydney Morning Herald

Publishing on Wordpress

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Juan Mendoza

Juan Mendoza is an expert in researching global media, marketing, data, and technology trends. He is the CEO of The Martech Weekly, a media and research brand with subscribers in over 65 countries.

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