Archive for May, 2010

The Dialogue on the Future of Targeted Advertising from the Annual Audience Targeting Summit

Posted by Jeff Hirsch on May 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

We recently hosted our annual Audience Targeting Summit, an event which brings together industry luminaries, publishers and advertisers to discuss current issues and challenges facing the digital media space, as well as the future of targeted advertising. We had some extremely insightful discussions and raised new ideas and questions to give us all some food for thought. 
One of the major topics addressed was the importance of giving consumers a personality and focusing on the relationships between people for real targeting success. Advertisers were encouraged by the experts to understand the social nature of all media to actively understand consumer behaviors as media platforms fragment. Rishad Tobaccowala dubbed this decade the "Renaissance Age" of marketing, urging marketers to return to the original concept of truly understanding and meeting the needs of customers. We learned that the industry will need to transform itself by realizing its potential to engage with consumers rather than focus on mass reach. In an industry often measured by the number of people it reaches, it's interesting to note that while reach is important, if you're not truly engaging with your audiences, and treating them as people rather than mere data points, your success will be elusive. ... Read more

BP gets blasted on Twitter, but doesn't seem to care

Posted by Rich Cherecwich on May 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

There's a lot of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico these days, and many Americans are pointing a finger at British oil conglomerate BP. The spill and its long-term damage are no laughing matter, but Twitter fans are getting a chuckle thanks to the scathing parody account @BPGlobalPR.
The Twitter account has amassed 40,000 followers since it first tweeted a week ago, and its tongue-in-cheek posts, such as "Thousands of people are attacked by sea creatures every year. We at BP are dedicated to bringing that number down. You're welcome," are being retweeted at a rate of 100 users per post.
What does BP think about this mockery? Well, it doesn't seem to care. The brand is aware of the account, but a spokesperson wasn't sure if anyone had contacted Twitter to remove it, according to an Ad Age report.
So should BP care about a Twitter account that lampoons its brand name? In all honesty, the company probably has some more important matters on its hands these days.
The @BPGlobalPR account did change its image earlier this week from BP's yellow and green logo to a black and white image with an oil spill, perhaps to make a clear distinction.... Read more

Creative and copy – a dying art in the local ad market?

Posted by Jodi Harris on May 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

As if the quality and value of good copy and design wasn't marginalized enough by the marketing industry already, a new software program called PlaceLocal is now aiming to remove creative talent from the local display ad business entirely.
According to a New York Times article, the program, developed by advertising technology company PaperG, mines the web for contact info, photos, relevant content, reviews, customer comments and other information on a client's business, and compiles the information into a customized online display ad -- no muss, no fuss... and no need for "us", meaning that writers and other creative types may soon have to contend with the same career issues as other outsourced laborers.
Of course, good creative can hardly be developed in the assembly-line fashion that PaperG aspires to cultivate. Just ask AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who this week has addressed concerns of AOL becoming a "content farm" with a pledge to strategize around creating the world's best content: "We think about how to create the world's best content and have a deep strategy around that area. The world doesn't need more low quality content," he said, as reported in ClickZ.
While PlaceLocal may be a cheap solution that suits local businesses with... Read more

Sir Mix-a-Lot pledges allegiance to a new Butt

Posted by Lori Luechtefeld on May 25th, 2010 at 12:00 am

I must say, I'm kind of surprised it took this long (both for me to find this video, and for Butterfingers to roll out this campaign). Sir Mix-a-Lot likes big Butterfingers? Of course he does. After the financial windfall that I assume accompanied his decision to like square butts last year (in this buzz-worthy Burger  King/SpongeBob SquarePants online video), I imagine it was only a matter of time.
But Sir Mix-a-Lot isn't alone in this one. As though questioning the continued viral pull of Mix-a-Lot on his own, Butterfingers throws everything but the kitchen sink at this one (and by "everything," I mean Erik Estrada, Charisma Carpenter, and Lou Ferrigno.)
Check it out.
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Has Facebook "Jumped The Shark"?

Posted by Malcolm Bird on May 25th, 2010 at 12:00 am

Remember "Friendster"?       I think Hi 5 is still alive but am not quite sure...       MySpace!!!         Is Facebook "Jumping The Shark"?     
Before we go any further I have to disclose that not only am I on Facebook...but I AM ON FACEBOOK 24 hours a day, or at least it seems.  Out of all the social networks I love the fact that everyone I know is on there.  I have all my friends, (and some people who are sort of friends, and some I just used to go to high school with and I haven't seen in 25 years), all in one place and I like seeing what they are up to and being able to communicate with them.  I am organizing a school reunion off Facebook.  I get it, I like it, I think it works.  The last sentence though might be the first sign of Facebook's demise.     Remember when MySpace was cool, and everyone you knew was on MySpace?  Then suddenly people started trying to friend you that you didn't know are really didn't want to know.  It became the... Read more