After nearly a decade of interactive marketers bemoaning the fact that the web didn't get its due on game day, the tide has definitively turned for Super Bowl advertisers. An interactive component to those $3 million :30 spots is now solidly de rigeur, rather than a nice-to-have.
"No one just runs a TV spot any more. Most people pair their spot with an integrated campaign that includes the Internet," Prof. Timothy Calkins, a clinical professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, is quoted as saying on Google's Retail Blog. Calkins condusts an annual Super Bowl ad effectiveness study.
Local TV revenues are projected to drop over 15 percent this year, according to some analysts. Yet at the same time, hypertargeted local advertising is growing. Pinning its hopes on local online advertising, NBC Local Media just launched Neighborhood News Pages in nine O&O markets including New York, Los Angeles,
The New York Times, itself no stranger to rapidly eroding ad revenues, has similarly partnered with EveryBlock to deliver more political news to the EveryBlock New York web site. Content pulled from the Times will notify users each time a local political representative is mentioned in the newspaper of record.
262966 spells A-M-A-Z-O-N on your dialpad. It's the shortcode for TextBuyIt, the online retailer's new SMS shopping system.
Just type what you want - iPod Nano, for example, text it to that number and numbered search results appear on your handheld device's screen. Respond with the number of the item you want, respond to the prompt for your email address and postal code, and you'll get a call from Amazon to complete your purchase.
It's all so instantaneous, except for the waiting for it to arrive in the mail part.
Americans are spending nearly twice the amount of time online as they did five years ago, according to a Gallup poll.
While only 26% of users spent over an hour online every day in 2002, now 48% do so. Usage has particularly spiked among older and less affluent users, a trend the pollsters believe will continue in the future.
GoDaddy's ads are regularly banned from the Super Bowl. No reason, reasoned animal-rights org PETA, not to jump on that same bandwagon with a little vegetarian porn.
In a letter from NBC's Advertising Standards
department, PETA was advised to remove the following from their spot
before the network would sell the non-profit some $3 million worth of
airtime (as if):
:12- :13- licking pumpkin :13- :14- touching her breast with her hand while eating broccoli :19- pumpkin from behind between legs :21- rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin :22- screwing herself with broccoli (fuzzy) :23- asparagus on her lap appearing as if it is ready to be inserted into vagina :26- licking eggplant :26- rubbing asparagus on breast
Sarah Fay, the chief executive of Aegis Media North America, is known for her smarts, a genuine warmth, and not incidentally, the fact that she's one of the most powerful women in advertising in North America, if not the world.
A 10-year veteran of Carat, Fay has steadily risen in the ranks until she ultimately achieved the top slot in 2007, when the company merged the digital and traditional media assets of Carat and Isobar into a single integrated operating unit.
We caught up with Sarah to ask about advertising in a recession, trends in media buying, and what's been surprising and inspiring her since she took up the reins at Aegis.
Bazaarvoice, best known for its product review engine, also offers online retailers a suite of other social media marketing and analytics tool. It's just added one more to its arsenal of offering: mobile reviews.
Dubbed MobileVoice , the product delivers mobile optimized reviews to shoppers in bricks and mortar stores as well as to those shopping major brands. Participating retailers get a dedicated URL, m.NameOfStore.com. Shoppers can browse product categories, search by keyword, or find reviews by SKU number. Product pages are displayed for every category, along with product and review pages.
If 2008 was the year when everything was coming up ad networks, 2009 may well be the year of branded video entertainment.
Interactive channels are rapidly closing the purchase influence gap between TV and Web-based forms of advertising and marketing, while meanwhile the small screen is assuming more or less equal precendence with the boob tube. (Just consider the number of people who wached the inauguration of Barack Obama online this week.)
As if things weren't bad enough already for print publishers, the United States Postal Service is raising rates in May by around 4%.
The rate hike, which will apply to first class, standard and periodical mailings, is one more stake in the heart of the already troubled print media industry. In times such as these, it's hard to imagine an ad rate hike that could realistically cover higher distribution costs.