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How is Mr “Sem Roi” doing?

on July 17, 2003 by adverblog Comments

Sorry I could not stop stop myself from using this funny title (I really can’t hide my sarcastic copy soul But talking about such a serious stuff like Search Engines are (here comes the sarcasm again…), this post is to highlight you a recent article by Chris Sherman on SearchEngineWatch entitled “Measuring Search Engine ROI“. It features the results of a survey by NetIQ in which more than 800 partecipants responded to questions about their search engine marketing efforts and the way they measure success, which, by the way, the 31% of them don’t even measure…

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The movies and the Internet

on July 17, 2003 by adverblog Comments

Film fan sites can now really influence a Hollywood release. It’s not just a question of promoting a movie online, it’s also about considering Internet based communities. It’s like the case of “committed minorities”. As The Guardian writes today:

The studios are becoming increasingly eager to keep online fans happy by releasing promotional footage early and giving them snippets of information as the hype for releases builds.

Quoting a famous ad, I would say “Never underestimate the power of the Internet”… of course this works also the other way around

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Celebrating Bruce Lee online

on July 17, 2003 by adverblog Comments

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death, Egovision has created a special Web site. The site is to be promoted via a campaign aimed at 18- to 35-year-old fans of action movies and gaming. More details on the campaign created on account of Medusa Films, can be found on Revolution Magazine.

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DealTime Launches ROI Tool

on July 17, 2003 by Martina Comments

Shopping search engine DealTime has released a ROI Tracker, a free tool for advertisers to track their conversion and sales metrics. The ROI Tracker gives three metrics: conversion-to-click ratios, conversion-to-sales ratios, and costs of sales (Internet News talks about it today). We can really say that search engine technology providers are really working hard to make people talk about them. There’s still a big business out there to be exploited. Search technology is particulary important to e-commerce web sites, and I believe it’s interesting to notice how search function efficiency is often underestimated by them or, at least, not considered as important as it should be. Adage talked also about the huge search engine business a couple of days ago. The focus in this case was on search engines and advertising, saying that Sponsored Internet search engine ads spurred more than $200 million in online travel sales and more than 2 million financial services application submission according to new research by the IAB.

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Let’s limit pop-ups

on July 16, 2003 by adverblog Comments

UK online media owners will become the first in the world to be asked by their trade body to cap the number of intrusive ad formats appearing on their sites. The news is reported today on New Media Age.

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Tribal DDB picks DoubleClick

on July 16, 2003 by adverblog Comments

In a press released just posted on Silicon Valley Biz Ink DoubleClick has announced a partnership with Tribal DDB Los Angeles. Tribal DDB Los Angeles will use DoubleClick’s DART for Advertisers product exclusively, in order to deliver, report on and measure online marketing and advertising campaigns on behalf of its clients.

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WSJ: don’t take things too seriously, please!

on July 15, 2003 by adverblog Comments

I just received a protional email from the Wall Street Journal. The title of the message was: From the President of the Wall Street Journal Online … This title sounded kind of scary to me… or maybe I perceived it as funny. I’m not sure. Anyhow I think it’s an high-sounding way of addressing people. Ok, you wanted people to immediately understand that wasn’t spam, but please don’t make it sound like an heavy statement, don’t take yourself too seriously. In medio stat virtus.

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Coupons online? I’m uncertain

on July 15, 2003 by adverblog Comments

As often happens, Joseph Jaffe came out with some interesting points in his latest column on iMediaConnection. The question is how does a marketer entice, incent or engage a consumer to the point of trial? Product samples and coupons. This is Joseph’s answer, that of course is supported with a some good examples. In some ways I like the idea, but if I think about using it in Italy I don’t think it will be successful. Coupons are not an important part of our daily shopping experience, and most of all people that will be more inclined to use coupons are not online, I mean housewives, that are still a big segment in my country.

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Yahoo! will buy Overture… and then?

on July 15, 2003 by adverblog Comments

Yahoo! will buy Overture. I’m telling you no big news. But as a blogger I’m “committed” to provide you with further information and perspectives so… Here a two articles published today that present the possible consequences of the fact above mentioned. One is on Business Week and talks about Yahoo! and its competition with Google (Why Google Should Be Worried) and the other is on IAR and focuses on how will MSN affected by Yahoo!’s move on the market (Yahoo! Overture Combo could hurt MSN). Of course, you can get it all in one, just go on Reuters: Overture Deal Raises stakes for Google and Msn.

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Automakers drive online

on July 14, 2003 by adverblog Comments

Do you want to boost awareness and consideration and, by the chance, are you an automaker? Then advertise online! As Adage says today, the automobile industry is increasingly investing in online advertising. It’s the case of Toyota, but also of Volvo, Lexus, Audi and, of course, of BMW. A part from simply advertising, automakers and automarketers are focusing more and more on Web communication in general, by setting up Web site to appeal consumers engaging them in a unique experience with the brand and with the car. I believe cars can be considered to some extent an “experience good”, so it’s important for automakers to make people feel how a car is and how the driving experience could be. It’s an emotional approach to online communication, that more and more brands are trying to create, in a way, it’s a form of advertainment.

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