The online advertising world is moving so fast that I can’t hardly keep up with it just in the last few days, the MarketingVox e-newsletter has delivered a slew of stories that suggest new opportunities for campaigns and advocacy groups to spread their messages online:
- Social networking advertising frenzy. eMarketer predicts some $900 million in advertising on social networking sites for 2007 and $2.5 billion by 2011.
- Behavioral targeting. Yahoo’s introducing ad targeting based on users’ online activity to their advertising network, and MySpace plans to do the same for ads on its site trying to get a more valuable slice of that soc net advertising pie.
- Online purchasing of offline ads. Google radio and print ads are useful, but what about TV? Ebay’s TV time purchasing system is getting some use, and the “Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) said 21 broadcast groups and two rep firms have signed up for TVB’s new ‘ePort’ eBusiness platform, which will let advertisers, agencies, broadcasters and station reps electronically send media proposals for stations’ airtime, Web sites, local digital channels and other digital platforms.”
- Going mobile, locally. Gannett is complementing its hyper-local focus with 100 locally targeted sites optimized for cell phones and including ads.
- Wanted: political advertising. Online ad network BlueLithium is packaging its services with political campaigns and advocacy groups in mind, though Clickz sounds a bit skeptical about whether or not they’re offering anything new. Nice quotes from online politics veterans Michael Bassik and Eric Frenchman.
Special bonus article! Be sure to check out yesterday’s Wired piece on Google search advertising by the presidential campaigns. What opportunities are they missing? Who’s doing it right?