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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...


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...


YouTube Leads US Online Video Market with 28% Market Share
Nearly 75% of US internet users watched a video online (streaming or progressive downloads) in September, averaging three hours of video per person during the month, according to comScore’s Video Metrix. Google Sites, including YouTube, topped the rankings in both number of video viewers and videos viewed. Americans viewed more than 9 billion videos online in Sept., with Google Sites accounting for 2.6 billion videos viewed (28.3% share of videos), 2.5 billion of them at YouTube.com (27.6%):   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...


Class Act: The Future of Educational Video?
It's time digital media becomes an adjunct to writing for college students and instructors, and schools, colleges, and universities should provide basic audio and video production skills.   You’re watching an online video. The scene is dimly lit. There’s just a single harsh light on our subject’s face in extreme close-up. The sound, while understandable, is full of popped Ps and distorted peaks. Is this a sequel to the Blair Witch Project, or a video podcast for Political Science 101? Or is this the future of educational video? The do-it-yourself approach to video has taken the internet by storm, and more instructors and students are taking up the call to use digital media to enhance learning.   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...


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...


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...


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...


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The Business Face of Social Networking
You’ve got a Web site, a blog, and maybe even an RSS feed. Think you’re done with Web 2.0? Think again. Social networking sites—community-driven Web sites that aim to connect friends and colleagues into an interwoven fabric of a network—should be next up on your business agenda. The sites can help you find referrals, vet ideas, get advice and more—usually for free.   When it comes to social networking for business, we’re not referring to MySpace, FaceBook and other online popularity contests where teens and 20-somethings (plus 30-somethings who wish they were still 20-somethings) post embellished or embarrassing tidbits about themselves in the name of “connecting” with friends and strangers. (Though it doesn’t hurt to have a presence there, if that demographic is your target market).    Click for details...


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