Two interesting pieces by Mike Shields of MEDIAWEEK:
Is the End Near for Display Ads?
As ad budgets shrink, buyers and publishers face growing pressure to prove value of banners …
Social Networking Traffic Up as Advertising Falls Flat
More than half the country actively uses social networking sites, but so far advertising on these properties is nothing short of anemic …
I’m not a huge fan of banner ads, but they have their place – and their influence:
How Ads Affect Our Memory
A new study suggests that marketers shouldn't fixate on the number of people who click on ads. According to the research, just seeing an ad on a Web page can impact memory. The findings could have a significant impact on the way online advertising is made and metered.
While word-of-mouth (not word-of-mouth marketing) is the gold standard for Baby Boomers (especially women), the most effective marketing model is still traditional advertising pushing to a company/product web site.
As Jack Trout says:
“This all brings me to my word-of-mouth on word-of-mouth marketing. It's not the next big thing. It's just another tool in your arsenal. If you have a way to get your strategy or point of difference talked about by your customers and prospects, that's terrific. It will help, but you're going to have to surround it with a lot of other effort, including, if you'll pardon the expression, advertising. You just can't buy mouths the way you can buy media. And mouths can stop talking about you in a heartbeat once something else comes along to talk about.”