Category Archives: Advertising

Advertising In A Recession

economistYesterday, I came across this presentation on Adverlab. It is a presentation from the UK Economist’s sales department in what seems to be an attempt to convince their advertisers not to cut their media budgets.

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My 2009 Predictions

I would be negligent as a person who consumes so much information and spends so much time engulfed in social media not to make my own predictions for 2009. So, here they are…
  1. Distribution rules.
    – New media companies will establish distribution networks before they build a single destination for their content. Companies will understand tvloop_logo_betathe need to put their efforts to reaching an audience across the web, instead of driving them to a single destination. As I have noted in a previous postTVLoop is a prime example of this. Instead of creating a site similar to Hulu, where all the content lives on a single destination, they first created a distribution network reaching an audience that already existed on social networking sites. Without sounding cliche, companies need to fish where the fish are instead of exerting their efforts luring them to a single trap. The most important thing is understanding how to monetize these distribution networks and create monetary value for the content. 
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AdWeek: Publicis Links With Social Media Vendors

VivaKi LogoAdWeek has reported yet another Publicis partnership, this time in the social media space. Branded the REAL Suite (reach, engage, amplify, listen), Publicis is rolling this up under its VivaKi digital group. Like VivaKi itself, and other Publicis deals like its partnership with Google it is unclear whether Publicis has a real go-to-market social media strategy, or if this is just more Publicis PR. The key point though, is this announcement is another clear sign that the big holding companies haven’t quite figured out the social media space yet.

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The Hype Machine Expands Its Advertising Opportunities

I have noticed The Hype Machine has moved past the standard ad units (300x250s and 160x600s) to more interesting units. This is a full skin and banner roadblock by slotMusic. It stays constant on the “Latest” page and the “Popular” page. I think it looks great, but this is contingent on using the right creative. The only thing; I would like to see the skin go down the entire length of the page.

Since I have such a soft spot for HypeM, I’m glad to see they are expanding their advertising opportunities and hopefully making some money.

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eMarketer Second Guesses 2009 Social Networking Ad Spend

A new report from eMarketer says the original projections of $1.8 billion in ad spending on social networks in 2009 are actually lower. eMarketer is now claiming this number is actually closer to about $1.3 billion for 2009. While this number is still greater than social network ad spending in 2008, it is not as high as once thought to be.

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Facebook Connect

In an effort to make the web more social, Facebook has officially rolled-out Facebook Connect. This was orginally announced on May 9th on Facebook’s Developer Blog. It has taken since then to finally get it live, and it is just barely live. From the sites they have listed it seems only the City Search Beta site is functioning properly. Next to the member login, it allows for users to sign in using Facebook.

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If it is the first time you log in through your Facebook account, a screen will pop-up with an invitation to sync accounts.

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Once logged in through your Facebook account, you are able to see which of your friends are also City Search members through Facebook. Your friend directory begins to be imported into City Search as more and more of your friends log-in. The other benefit is the reviews you write and the restaurants you recommend are shared with your entire network at Facebook.com.

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Target Pushes New Christina Aguilera Single

In support of Christina Aguilera’s latest album, being sold exclusively at Target stores, Target is getting rather innovative in their outdoor advertising. In the 49th street station, there has been this interactive billboard on the downtown train platform.

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There are multiple ways to interact with the unit. The first being text “Music” to “Target” on your mobile phone (does not work with Verizon Wireless) in order to receive the ringtone of Aguilera’s new single, “Keeps Gettin’ Better”. Continue reading

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