Make it stop!

Advertising, Brand Recognition, Internet

Have you ever tried to do something on your phone and been stumped, stopped or otherwise thwarted by an ad?

It’s maddeningly frustrating to try to click the little X. I’m convinced 90% of them don’t close the ad but register as a click through. They tell me that my dexterity is flawed. How can my pocket computer be working so hard against me?

This article provides a very detailed look into the frustrating mobile and desktop pop up ad. This expands on an earlier discussion about online advertising

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Is this advertising?

Advertising, Brand Recognition, Internet, Viral marketing

You bet your sweet whiskey soaked ass it is…

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No Sale?

Advertising, Internet

They can say and study what they like… I’m not buying into it…

Commercials that feature sex and violence — or appear on programs with that kind of content — are less effective than those with neutral themes, according to a study published by the academic journal Psychological Bulletin.

Violent and sexual television programming impairs viewers’ memory because it diverts attention from the advertising, said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of the study, which analyzed the results of 53 previous experiments.

Results were similar when ads themselves contained sexual or violent content, he said.

“It never helps to have violence and sex in commercials,” Bushman said. “It either hurts, or has no effect at all.”

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Online advertising in the age of the enabled user

Advertising, Internet, journalism

It’s a convoluted long headline to describe a complex quandary in the industry, How do you effectively serve ads in today’s digital age while users are trying to avoid your message to get where they wanted to go?

I started to think about this after a blogger made the statement,”If you can even begin to generate income from online ads.”

At Promosta (That’s a shameless advertising link) we focus specifically on Google Text ads. I don’t even think about pop up ads. In my daily life I’ve used adblockers for years and am oblivious to the prospect of getting hammered with overlays and ugly message killers like display advertising.

So I had a look at the bloggers site and then turned off the adblocker. I had no idea they had been trying to sell me targeted products from my amazon recently viewed list. I was never going to buy those things through a link on their site. If I want something I go to Amazon and order it. But the site was relatively uncluttered and I could still get what I was looking for in editorial content.

So I had a little walk around the interwebs with the adblocker off to see what we’ve been missing since I installed an ad free experience… I was amazed:

On the bottom – How I always see the interweb. The top – A high resolution screen begging for scroll to get to the content… No related stories in view pushed down by the ads… It’s god awful!

I understand the need for digital publishers to generate income. I know you need to pay the writers who generate the news I read. But are you really getting quality traffic and serving important necessary ads to your audience when you are depriving them of what they re there for? Content… Content, content…

There has to be a happy medium.. I hope I see it… Doubtful… I turned my ad blockers back on…

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Patrick Stewart

Advertising, Brand Recognition

An amazing actor who doesn’t take himself too seriously. For a classical Shakespearean thespian, he has some chops when it comes to comedy timing.

We DVR’ed the Tut mini Series at my father’s suggestion, and very commercial break over 6 hours opened with the Strongbow Fired Commercial below:

Not the first appearance for Mr. Stewart selling Strongbow. I love the way they blow off the celebrity endorsement while still creating an incredibly funny celebrity cameo.

Not sure that 6 hours of repeated docu drama advertising was a great investment on their part. I know I watched Capt. Picard … get cut off before forwarding everytime. but I’m still not planning on trying a cider flavored malt beverage….

Stewart was also funny in this one:

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Infinity

Advertising, Brand Recognition, Internet

Being a marketing solution provider I hate to admit that I am oblivious to advertising. I skip past it with the DVR all the time. The other day the television was on and I wasn’t paying it my full attention and I noticed the song from the Classic Vacation movie with Chevy Chase. I know there is a new Vacation movie, but I haven’t given it much thought since sequels and reboots typically fall well short of the original.

So I looked up at the telly, and a family is pouring into the van as Dad yell’s “Let’s go to Wally World!”

Well Just watch below:

And I’m thinking the whole time – Is this a car commercial? That isn’t the actor in the new movie… Then Christie Brinkley laughs at him about the blond in the convertible. Awesome!

Perfect use of current events and the upcoming movie while pulling the retro nostalgia.

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Caveat Emptor

Advertising, Brand Recognition, journalism, Scam

noun \-ˈem(p)-tər, –ˌtr\

law : the principle that a person who buys something is responsible for making sure that it is in good condition, works properly, etc.

The old adage – Buyer Beware.

This is a really good article about the tricks used to make  you think you are getting more than you really are. Ah Advertising… It was a short transition from journalism to advertising copy – all I had to learn was that Facvts were optional in Advertising….

Who actually believes advertising? Read this article and you’ll believe a lot less.

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Product Placement and Embedded Advertising

Advertising, Brand Recognition, Internet, Viral marketing

Or: How Google changed the face of modern advertising

Google Changing the face of advertisingThere was a “dirty little secret” in internet advertising for years. That secret was, every effective advertising campaign was modeled after an effective ad campaign for pornography.

And then came Google.

Google served up relevant advertising based on your current search, search history, or content in pages you sought. It was ground breaking. They used actual data to give you an ad you may be interested in rather than assuming because a user was on a computer they wanted to see raunchy pictures.

And it worked.

It worked so well that Google is capable of doing pretty much anything in the way of research and development with unlimited funding for their pet projects. All of which have been cleverly manipulated to be cool, user friendly, desirable, and deliver relevant advertising content.

Such as:

So here is the new development in advertising that may help to save the music industry. They are placing relevant products in content (songs and videos) for cash. If nothing else it will be an opportunity for recording executives to work for their living rather than profiting on artists dreams and hard work.

In this article we see that a dating website has a paid placement in a Lady Gaga video. And that company saw a 20% traffic spike as a result.

Paid placement in a premium position: Google may not have done it first. Companies have paid to have their products featured in movies and television shows for years. However, Google was the first to intuitively and dynamically show advertising relevant to the audience based on more than just their age demographics.

O.K. So product placement in movies and television has been going on for quite sometime (and ruined the Matrix Trilogy) but as the article concludes the added income of product placement will help to increase production budgets.

Product placement has become a staple in television as more people use a DVR to skip through advertising on their favorite weekly sitcom or “reality” show.

Luckily for me, I’ve never been much for commercial music, and my television viewing is a little more PBS in an MTV world, however it will be interesting to see how much more targeted product placement will infiltrate our entertainment in the future.

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Advertising in the age of DVR

Advertising, Brand Recognition

I wrote a couple weeks back about the introduction of DVR to my house and the fascination of just obliterating advertising from my network programming as long as I don’t have anyone ruin the outcome of whatever I taped (DVR’ed) off NatGeo…

Advertisers are getting hip to the DVR phenomenon and are making some strides to get their message in front of viewers even if they have the ubiquitous FF button at the ready.

One technique I noticed is the “Teaser” piece of a broadcast show. This is usually around the 45 minute mark of a program that comes out of commercial and has a 30 – 45 second piece of programming that has little to do with the storyline or character development, an aside if  you will. During this little piece you get disrupted from the FF and while backing up usually catch the tail end of the previous ad, and the beginning of the next.. additional commercial breaks will continue to add to the advertising mizx… I’m certain that ads leading out of the show and coming back into the show will be come prime real estate like cover positions in print ads.

However, the one I found seriously intriguing happened this weekend.

Let me first set the stage with, I was walking through the room where my girlfriend was watching TV. I was not, I repeat not watching the Rachael Zoe Project. Anyway as they were throwing to commercial, there was a short piece between Rachael and I assume her husband… In this piece they were arguing about going someplace, and he was trying to get all the information and tickets while using Microsoft’s Bing search engine… Well that certainly caught my eye… Why would they be using Bing?

Anyway I figured out, about the same time Kara did, that this was actually a commercial featuring the characters in the show.. well how cute is that? I would have fallen for the same thing had it been something I was watching… So I’m waiting for Michael Weston to begin pitching yogurt on Thursday nights during Burn Notice.

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BUY SOMETHING ELSE!

Advertising, Brand Recognition, Cross Selling, Internet

How Much is Too Much?

So I’ve dealt with a number of different web hosts in my day. Service is mediocre and you’re usually left on your own to figure out how to manage anything on their servers. However, I’ve recently been working with a  client who already had a hosting plan with GoDaddy.com.

Of course we’ve all seen the big titted spokes models yammering on about their “service” in superbowl ads, and what not. I never had a need to interface with their hosting services.

First off let me say that it is an absolute pleasure to speak with a tech support person who’s accent can be described as “midwestern” rather than “English is a third language” And they’ve been very helpful and patient with my impatient pleas for help.

Here’s the rub: I would like to just log into a control panel, find what I want and manipulate DNS, Name Forwarding, FTP logins, and hosting accounts, simply and cleanly. I do it with my host all the time. However I end up speaking with the GoDaddy techs a lot more than is necessary because I can’t find my way around the interface because it is littered with “Buy this,” “upgrade your hosting,” “purchase this add on,” & “For an additional fee…”

Now I understand cross selling, and I appreciate GoDaddy hiring domestic tech support people to listen to my issues, but it would be a lot easier for everyone involved if they weren’t trying to nickel and dime every web interaction. Personally, I am getting to the point of offended by the in your face, “upgrade to this after we got ya at $4.99 for a domain” BS. And it’s not even my money GoDaddy is trying to sucker out of me.

Just give me a clear explanation of how to connect via ftp already! I’d be more likely to recommend your service to my customers.

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