August the advertising month

Is it me, or did an inordinate amount of the tech news from both sides of the pond seem to be about advertising last month? Not really surprising considering online is about the only area of advertising that’s going to grow this year. Here’s what I think are the more notable ones:

– The ever-innovative TiVo have paired up with Amazon to allow viewers to buy products they see in shows or adverts. This is new indeed and is pro-advertiser as opposed to TiVo’s previous innovation which allowed you to record programmes without the ads.
Evan Young their director of broadband services, said, “For example, if a guest on the Daily Show or Oprah has a new book, CD, or DVD out, you can purchase it on using your TiVo remote without missing a second of TV, whether the viewer is watching live or recorded.”

ITV has been bigging up its audience numbers but sales head, Rupert Howell, had some refreshing words about online cannibalising offline ads. “The growth of the internet as an advertising medium is taking business away from direct marketing, classified and local and regional press but doesn’t appear to be taking away from television. What matters is that we outgrow the growth in internet advertising – in the first half of this year, the internet grew as an advertising medium by 24% and we grew at 43%.”

– Google’s acquisition of Double click appears to have changed their mind on invasive cookies and privacy (DoubleClick plants cookies on users’ computers who see the ads it serves). Advertisers will be cock-a-hoop as they can limit the number of times a single user sees their ads and see how many different people have seen it. They can also track how many people saw an ad and then visited their website.
But what of internet users? Google promises a better experience, because “they will no longer see the same ad over and over again.” The message: cookies are good for you. Better get used to it.

– YouTube is now showing ads plus video, much to the dismay of the NY Times. But if you’d bought the company for $1.65 billion (as Google did) could you persuade the board not to sell, sell, sell?

Yahoo! has pre-announced a new opt-out so that users of Yahoo services can request not to be on the receiving end of targeted advertising. Though it looks like they will still plant cookies and collect data, even if it doesn’t use the information for behavioural targeting purposes.

Video search index Blinkx attempting to buy MIVA, the pay-per-click ad network. Blinkx reckons the acquisition would allow it to more quickly roll out the technologies it’s developed over the last year – like its own video advertising proposition, AdHoc.

It seems the eye(ball)s have it – yours, via your monitor. There are plenty out there spending big money to get to them.

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