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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...


Top 10 US Online Video Properties - December 2007 Top 10 US Online Video Properties - December 2007 Note: Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive-download video.     Click for details...


MySpace Advertising Surges News Corp. yesterday reported that advertising sales on MySpace, the Web's No. 1 social network, surged 87 percent in the fourth quarter, "primarily due to revenue growth for search and advertising," the company said. Fox Interactive Media, the conglomerate's online division, is now on pace to reach $1 billion by the end of 2008. Operating profit showed exponential growth, up from $1 million in 2006 to $23 million in 2007. Source: Business Week   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...


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...


U.S. Local Online Video Advertising Market to Reach US$1.5 Billion by 2012, According to The Kelsey
SMBs expected to allocate 11.6% of their online budgets to video advertising by 2012, driven in part by compelling consumer adoption and conversion rates.   Princeton, NJ (June 25, 2008) - According to The Kelsey Group's U.S. Local Video Forecast (2007-2012), local online video ad revenues will experience significant growth during the forecast period, increasing from US$10.9 million in 2007 to US$1.5 billion by the end of 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 167.8 percent. The firm expects video ad products to command 11.6 percent of the online advertising budgets of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) by 2012 (CAGR: 124.5 percent).   Click for details...


Nearly 60% of Consumers Surveyed Watch Online Video
According to The Kelsey Group Increased consumer response to online video is driving the development of cost-effective options for local and small-business advertisers. Princeton, NJ (May 24, 2007) -- In the latest wave of The Kelsey Group’s User View study, 59 percent of those surveyed claimed to watch online video, and more than half said they engage in some sort of response activity, such as visiting a Web site, going to a physical location or making a purchase. The study’s findings are highlighted in a new report by The Kelsey Group titled, “Online Video: A New Local Advertising Paradigm,” which credits the popularity of YouTube with bringing online video watching to mainstream audiences.   Click for details...


LinkedIn Gets New Web2.0 Makeover
The professional networking site LinkedIn on Monday announced a sweeping redesign of its Web site and a new developer platform that allows partners to build companion applications on their sites. In reaching out to external sites, LinkedIn is hoping to expand the reach of its members' professional networks, and, in the process, further entrench its position as the top online community destination for working professionals. LinkedIn is one of the fastest-growing social networks today, boasting a 189 percent jump in membership this October compared last October, and attracting about 1.1 million new members a month.   Click for details...


Report: Streaming Video to Reach $27 Billion
Streaming video and music accessed through the Internet and mobile devices will generate $27 billion in revenue by 2011, according to an Insight Research report. In what Insight president Robert Rosenberg calls a conservative prediction, the report also projects 32 percent annual compound growth for the streaming media market.     Click for details...


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Clinton Outspent By Obama Online
HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN CAME UNDER fire for spending extravagantly after disclosing it had dished out $25,000 for luxury rooms at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and $100,000 on party platters in Iowa, among other expenses last month. But in spending on online social media and advertising, Clinton was easily outstripped by Democratic rival Barack Obama. Not a big surprise, given that Obama has run the most effective online campaign among the 2008 presidential candidates. Of the $32 million he raised in January, for example, $28 million came from online donors.   Click for details...


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