Monthly Archives: August 2008

Microsoft Releases Beta of IE8

Posted by admin on August 27, 2008
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This release is ruffling some feathers, and some ad traceability. The Internet is a great space for finding, who is looking at your ads, and what other ads intrigue your current visitors, but IE8 could change all of that. A new feature called, “InPrivate Blocking,” allows users to trek through the web without their virtual tracks being left behind. This could be a darker day for marketers, as we depend on this information to do business and find our target audiences on the web. Furthermore, up-selling and cross-selling to consumers will become more difficult with this new blocking feature. There could be one upside to this, how many of you have already upgraded to IE7? Likely, that many of you have not. Also, how many people will be turning on this new privacy feature? With every new innovation to “protect” consumers, it seems that someone will find a way around it. Or consumers, themselves will not seek to “cover up” what they are doing.

Marketers should approach this with a level of integrity and think of the consumers, not just their bottom line. The traceability of Internet activity is important so, you receive advertising that is relevant to your interests. The public is generally more entertained and responsive by ads that speak to them than those that do not. Marketers should adopt this approach when addressing this issue publicly, rather than remarks that are based on business models and their bank accounts. Read more on this topic at theĀ  Seattle Times.

Big Brands Using DRTV…

Posted by admin on August 25, 2008
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It’s not surprising that lots of companies are entering into the fray to take advantage of the discount pricing and great ROI tools available to a direct response marketer. You know we’ve come a long way from the days of fishing lures, psychic lines and get rich quick schemes, when Coca Cola and P&G are in the DRTV space. But they are smart folks, just took them a bit longer to catch on. Some might be worried about the competition from big boys like that, but I say the more the merrier in this marketplace! Read more on this topic at Adweek

Broadcast TV Hold Its Breath

Posted by admin on August 12, 2008
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I don’t know how long these folks can maintain that glass-is-half-full attitude. If you don’t have McCain and Obama ads on your airways right now, you are wheeling and dealing. Ah, what a great time to be a direct response advertiser. The inventory and deals to be had for consumers of remnant TV time have not been like this in nearly seven years. Deep in their heart of hearts, the media outlets know this is true. Read more on this topic at Adage