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Making Sense Of Social Media Social media can be a bit daunting if you don't take a moment to make sense of it all. Each week there are more companies being funded and more mergers and acquisitions taking place as companies attempt to make sense of it all, but sometimes you want them to (quoting the Talking Heads) "Stop Making Sense" and just help us understand what's going on here. To understand the landscape you need to break social media down into its elemental pieces. As I can see it, social media as a blanket term is the one category that overlaps the most with other categories in emerging media, further making it difficult to sort through.   Click for details...


Ad Auto Dollars Driving To Net
WORLDWIDE AUTOMOTIVE ADVERTISING REVENUES WILL stay at the $40 billion level for the next four years, according to a recent survey by a Princeton research group. But the Kelsey Group says there will be a shift among the media for those dollars. One of the few growth areas expected is the Internet, climbing from 5% in 2007 to 13% in 2011. Overall, the Internet will grow 27.5% over four years to $5.3 billion.   Click for details...


List Building 101 - You Must Use a Squeeze Page
A squeeze page is a way to gather the names and emails address of each visitor. It contains a headline, bullet points, and a subscription forms. Testomials, audio and video messages can also be used.   Click for details...


Graphic Charts & Stats Supporting Streaming Video Below are various charts, graphs, and statistics that will help you get a solid understanding of how the U.S. marketplace is adopting Online Video.   U.S. Streaming Video Market Overview    Demographic Profile of U.S. Internet Users Who've Streamed Online Video   75% of Internet Users Viewed Online Video - nearly 2.5 hours per viewer   Key U.S. TV and Internet Metrics       Click for details...


Online Ad Spend by Industry - January 2008 Online Ad Spend by Industry - January 2008 Note: Nielsen Online’s AdRelevance service uses a proprietary methodology for estimating online advertising expenditures and takes into account only image-based technologies and advertising sold per CPM. Above data does not reflect house advertising activity, strategic partnerships between publishers and advertisers, or text units, paid search, sponsorships, email, units contained within applications (e.g., messengers and pre-rolls) or performance-based advertising.   Click for details...


Price Trumps Everything For Online Shoppers
WITH UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE ECONOMY creeping into more and more holiday purchase decisions, a new survey of online shoppers finds that price trumps all. "Because newer online retailers can focus on market share and revenues and not profitability, they are an emerging threat for brick-and-mortar retailers," said Jason Meugniot, Guidance president and CEO. "Endless.com., for example, can give customers $5 for the privilege of shipping to them overnight. That makes it tough for a brick-and-mortar retailer, which may be generating less than 10% of growth online, to compete."   Click for details...


Six of Ten Consumers Have Watched Online Video Ads
Some 59% of online consumers surveyed said they have watched online video ads, and more than half of those viewers said they took action (e.g., visited a website, bought something) in response to the ad, according to The Kelsey Group. The findings are from the “Online Video: A New Local Advertising Paradigm” report, part of the ongoing User View study of consumer usage of traditional and online information sources to find and locate local businesses.   Click for details...


Ad Spending On Social Networks Explodes In '08
Ad spending on online social networks worldwide will nearly double, to $2.2 billion in 2008 from $1.2 billion this year, according to an eMarketer study being released today. Most spending will come from the U.S., where social network advertising is projected to grow to $1.6 billion next year, from $920 million in 2007. MySpace and Facebook dominate U.S. social network advertising, claiming 70% of ad dollars. -     Click for details...


Video Search & Relevance: Important Bedfellows
As I wrote in last month’s column, video offers enormous opportunity for local SMBs (Small/Mid-sized Businesses) to market online more effectively. Admittedly, some folks differ with that point of view. For example, one commenter wrote that “although the technology exists for businesses to deploy video online, SMBs can’t compete with big brands on creative work.” This person argued that it will take more than lowering the barrier-to-entry cost of video for SMBs to compete with bigger brands. I beg to differ. Why? From what we have seen, successful online video advertising involves more than glitzy, expensively-produced commercials. Successful video ads offer relevant, informative, and authentic content about a brand, product, and service: In short, the type of content that search engines love. Also, SMBs have the mobility, which larger competitors may lack, to optimize and adjust their videos for greater relevance, ultimately making them even better for search engines.   Click for details...


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HBO Inks YouTube Deal
HBO HAS INKED A DEAL with YouTube to create a channel on the video-sharing site, reports E! The site will air highlights from some of the premium cable net's popular shows, such as "Entourage," "The Wire" and "Extras." It will also include full-length episodes of "In Treatment." No terms were disclosed, but HBO said it gives viewers a legal way to see clips online. Source: Media Daily News     Click for details...


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