Sometimes it just helps to talk faster – up the speech tempo from Allegro to Presto at a short notice, especially when a highly complex, multi-facetted topic demands clarification in only 15 minutes. Do it in a way where even non-experts understand what it is all about and reach a real “aha” moment.
At the recent VZB Fireside Chat, our Managing Director, Robert Jacobi was asked to do exactly that. The name Fireside Chat is a bit misleading: no flickering flames were needed on this sunny summer day. The attendees were instead lured to the rooftop terrace of the Donner & Reuschel bank building to enjoy a fantastic view of Munich’s skyline – the ideal backdrop for our co-founder to accept this 15 minute challenge.
In an entertaining tour d’horizon, Robert Jacobi gave the attendees, most of whom are managers of Bavarian publishing houses, a practical insight into one of the most discussed technology topics today: blockchain, with an emphasis on its uses in the media industry. He underlined the fact that the technology is no longer an idea for the distant future, but rather an already determining factor in many companies’ plans across various industries… at least internationally.
A marketplace such as Civil for example could fundamentally change the rules of the game in journalism because blockchain offers new, direct compensation models for high quality journalistic content – just outside the traditional publishing structures. The platform Adchain already enables the purchasing, tracking and billing of ad impressions via a blockchain ledger. In this instance blockchain prevents ad fraud and ensures transparency to the performance contribution of all intermediaries. The NYIAX ad trading marketplace works in a similar sense and provides the same benefits.
Don’t be fooled, blockchain can do much more than legally transacting secure and transparent contracts. It has the potential to take digital advertising to a whole new level. In the future, the Basic Attention Token could play a key role. It monetarily rewards users for their attention with BAT tokens, in return, the technology enables a group-specific approach targeting… A win-win situation, and thus, an ideal starting point for a rapid breakthrough of blockchain technology in this segment.