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Archive for April, 2009

Furthering Cause Based Communications Through Social Media

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

On Friday last week I had a chance to attend a “charrette-style” unconference called Changemakers put on by the University of California – Santa Barbara and their Center for Information Technology and Society. The attendees included people from the Sierra Club, MoveOn.org, Deloitte, Stanford, and thinkers like my friend and fellow Zero G buddy Doc Searls and organizer Dave Toole from OutThink. The day was focused on digital advocacy and the role of social media in furthering cause based communications.

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Online Advertising To Account For 15% Of Ad Spend

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Marketers are spending more on online advertising, while spending less on ads in other types of media, such as newspapers, radio and magazines, according to a new report from eMarketer.

The Internet’s share of total media ad spending is increasing by at least 1 percentage point every year. eMarketer forecasts that online share of ad dollars will continue to grow, increasing from nearly 10 percent in 2009 to just over 15 percent in 2013.

“The spending shifts predate the recession,” says David Hallerman, eMarketer senior analyst and author of the new report, US Advertising Spending: The New Reality.

“But the current economy is reinforcing the new advertising models-and making them more permanent.”

Hallerman says online marketing is a practical way for companies to spend their advertising budgets in a tough economy.

“Marketers can more readily measure the results of Internet advertising than with most traditional media,” he says.

“This produces more-efficient advertising and higher ROI, which in turn pushes traditional media to compete with lower pricing.”

That puts more stress on traditional media’s bottom line.

“At the same time, successful Internet advertising creates a new paradigm for marketing on other media,” adds Mr. Hallerman. “Search is the prime example of the new model.”

“Advertising that consumers welcome is the new reality. Combining effectiveness with efficiency for marketers.”