Thanks to the 'Great Recession', few expected Q1 2009 to be a pretty quarter for ad spending in the world's most prolific advertising market, the United States.
Thanks to Nielsen (PDF), we now have some idea of the damage: a 12% year-over-decline. That amounts to a $3.8bn drop in the size of the total advertising pie.
The list of industries that have been impacted greatly by the internet is a long one. The internet pretty much impacts everyone today.
From the newspaper industry to Hollywood, many industries had their own issues and the internet can't be blamed for all of the changes they've had to cope with. But it has played a significant role in forcing them to change faster than they would probably have liked.
Adobe Flash, the rich media technology that's pretty much ubiquitous on the internet, will soon have a second home: your television set.
Thanks to deals that will include the Flash software in the chips that go into televisions and set-top boxes, in the near future you may start coming across Flash while watching and using your TV.
Hopeful to reel in the big brand, big bucks advertisers, YouTube is working on technology that would link up ads on its own site with spots on television, and even on other web sites.
Google's director of television ads, Michael Steib, is reported by wsj.com as saying the technology would allow
advertisers to buy ads across Google TV, which sells remnant inventory from on-air
commercials, YouTube, and video on other Web sites through a single
interface. Google TV Ads Online is reportedly being tested with a small group of advertisers and will bow within months.
From YouTube to Hulu and everything in between, there's no questioning that online video is big. So big that one might assume it's threatening the role of television.
Not so according to two new reports indicating that online video has a long way to go before it eclipses the television.
CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.
Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES
this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of
the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where
hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.