Clients and just about everybody else seem to be confused about advertising on all these new-fangled gadgets.
Added to the mix are odd, stupefying concepts like digital and mobile and native. Most of this stuff is gobbledygook, but I’ll try to separate the chaff from the chaff:
07 December 2012
What is Digital Advertising?
… The newest buzz-phrase has me completely baffled: Native Advertising. One social media guru described it as advertising that is ‘baked into’ the content. I guess it’s sort of like the old Burns & Allen Show where one episode had Gracie baking a cake using Betty Crocker Cake Mix, a sponsor…
Television is now digital, commercials are shot with digital cameras – so are all commercials digital advertising? Are digital spots on digital radio digital advertising? Print ads are created on computers, usually rendered as PDFs, delivered digitally. Digital advertising? Magazines, both editorial and ads, are digitally produced. Digital advertising?
07 January 2013
Moses and the pharmaceutical industry once had exclusive dibs on this word. Nowadays, tablet commonly refers to a specific type of computer doodad technology.
… The mobile/social media soothsayers will have you believe that there is this unknown, magical mode of persuasion that has never been thought of before – and will reveal itself any day now.
If you believe that, I have a Blackberry in Brooklyn I want to sell you…
23 October 2012
The Future Of Consumer Doodad Technology
… You should stop thinking about the next big thingamabob and whose will be best. In five or ten years there will be all sorts of thingamabobs for just about everything. You’ll have two or three or ten thingamabobs. Tablets/Smartphones will be big, small, thin, simple, complex, active, passive, out the door in your purse or pocket, lost in your couch cushions.
What is mobile advertising? It used to be placards on the sides of buses. Some people still think so.
If I tuck a magazine under my arm and take it with me, is that mobile advertising? If I’m home on my couch flipping through Flipboard on my tablet that I don’t take anywhere anymore because the thrill of brandishing it is gone, I just use it at home - would those big, almost full screen ads be traditional advertising?
I’ve written about this before:
01 May 2010
…That silly retronym “traditional advertising” will remain the premiere force for introducing people to a product or service, along with sustaining its shelf life. Television, print, radio, and billboard ads will continue to have the visceral power they’ve always had – if only for their sheer size, simplicity, and cutting-edge audio/visual qualities. Advertising on smartphones will be considered an annoyance, invasive, and rather dinky…
15 April 2007
Positioning Magazines for Baby Boomers
There are active and passive parts of our day. Without getting into too much psychobabble, as you get older the passive side needs more nourishment. It’s not really passive. It’s focused absorption. At some point you have to climb out of your frenetic digital nest and concentrate on one thing. It might be reading a book, watching a TV show or movie, listening to music, looking out the window.
Or immersing yourself in a magazine.
Tablets are getting bigger, lighter, faster, easier to handle.
Those 6.4 ounces make all the difference when, as you recline while reading or watching a movie, you conk out and the iPad falls forward to bonk you on the nose. The Air won’t hurt you the way the old iPad did.
Smartphones will stop getting bigger – unless some evolutionary quirk transforms human hands to the dimensions of baseball mitts.
Advertising on smartphones? Only if you think something half the size of a matchbook cover will catch and hold anybody’s attention.
Smartphones & Tablets. Apples & Oranges. Don’t confuse them.