PODCAST: Mobile ad fail, sequester scale

For all kinds of industries the future revenue stream is all about mobile advertising. But as ads shrink to fit our phones, are they still effective?

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For all kinds of industries, future success hinges on mobile advertising -- those little pop ups and banner ads that appear when you are using an app on your cellphone or tablet. But as ads shrink to fit our mobile screens, are they still grabbing our attention? Derek Thompson of the Atlantic joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to explain why mobile ads are nowhere near as effective as they need to be.

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Jeremy Hobson is host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he looks at business news from a global perspective to prepare listeners for the day ahead.


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