What If Ads Were Content?


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A brief presentation I gave at PodCamp NYC to share some things I've been thinking about.

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What If Ads Were Content?

  1. 1. What If Ads Were Content? Heath Row Research Manager DoubleClick Inc. PodCamp NYC April 7, 2007
  2. 2. What I Do at DoubleClick • Study the impact of new technology on advertising—and vice versa • Write original research reports such as “Influencing the Influencers: How Online Advertising and Media Impact Word of Mouth” • Analyze aggregate data to detect trends in click-through rate, rich media benchmarks, and other ad actions • Support the team’s knowledge management and collaboration efforts (blogs, wikis, mind maps) • Work with the Innovation Lab to help develop new ad formats and models
  3. 3. doubleclick.com/knowledge
  4. 4. A Brief History of Advertising • Commercial messages and political campaign displays have been found in the ruins of ancient Arabia; Egyptians used papyrus to create sales messages and wall posters • Newspapers emerged in the 16th century; the earliest newspapers had few ads and were largely short lived • The rise of the middle class brought an increase in ads • 1878: The first full-page newspaper advertisements appear • The 20th century business model evolved to accommodate growth in mass-market advertising and corporate consolidation
  5. 5. A Briefer History of Online Advertising • NCSA Mosaic released in 1993, leading to the rise of the graphic Web • Netscape Mozilla becomes the first commercial Web browser in 1994 • October 25, 1994: The first banner ad runs on HotWired • The IAB’s Ad Sizes Task Force releases the first real ad standards in 2003 • March 2005: Warner Brothers Records sponsors the Eric Rice Show • March 13, 2006: Rocketboom runs its first ad • August 2006:YouTube’s Video Ad Platform launches
  6. 6. “The trade of advertising is now so near perfection that it is not easy to propose any improvement.” —Samuel Johnson, ~1759
  7. 7. Leading Indicators • Historic example of the advertorial (1970s, Mobil Oil) • Public radio underwriting spots (applicable to podcasts) • The television infomercial, introduced in 1984 • Sponsored micro-sites online • Unilever’s “Spraychel” ITV campaign on Cox VOD • The embrace of “user-generated content” for the 2007 Super Bowl • Fox Networks’s Oleg animated spots
  8. 8. Leading Examples • Lurzer’s International Archive online • Daily Jolt’s one-time ability to rate and comment on ads (Hot or Not-style voting) • Ability to share YouTube Partners videos • Federated Media blog RSS content ads (Symantec) • DoubleClick’s real-time streaming video ads (The Number 23 campaign for New Line Cinema) • The Innovation Lab’s cube format (and Frog Design’s super-modal ZUI)
  9. 9. The Will Is Strong “The huge thing for our industry is that, actually, what we have been great at for the last 50 years, and what we will be great at for the next 50 years, is developing and delivering entertaining, engaging, short-format content.” —David Jones, CEO, Euro RSCG
  10. 10. The Results Are Weak “Apparently, it's too easy to buy online video. ... When the campaign results were analyzed, guess where most people stopped watching the video? ... When they realized that they'd just started watching a TV spot.”
  11. 11. Challenges • Ongoing concerns about the blurring of advertising and editorial • Are advertisers prepared to become content creators? • Content has a shelf life; ads do not • Content can be shared and tagged; ads cannot
  12. 12. Proposed Ad Actions • Archiving • Bookmarking • “Send to a Friend” • Tagging • Commenting • Discussing • Battling
  13. 13. Discuss
  14. 14. Readers, and Thanks • Kevin Dugan, Strategic Public Relations • Greg Galant, Venture Voice and RadioTail • John Havens, PodCamp NYC and About • Eric Rice, the Eric Rice Show • Michael Sommermeyer, via Twitter
  15. 15. Thank You Heath Row hrow@doubleclick.net