Google Goes Offline

New York Times: Google, which built a lucrative business in online advertising, has found a new medium for its ad sales: print. The company is buying ad space in magazines and filling it with half a dozen ads from clients of its vast online system. The first incarnation of Google’s program resembles an old-fashioned business […]

Katrina And The Waves

OK…I just love how bizarre news coverage of storms can get. Yesterday, someone in the French Quarter dropped the F-bomb on Shepard Smith, live on FOX. See it here. Shep: “Why are you still here?” Man: “None of your f–kin’ business.” Shep: “Well, that was a good answer, wasn’t it?…I’m watching two dogs drink out […]

Not To Be Confused With MSN’s Spaces

New York Times: Created in the fall of 2003 as a looser, music-driven version of www.friendster.com, MySpace quickly caught on with millions of teenagers and young adults as a place to maintain their home pages, which they often decorate with garish artwork, intimate snapshots and blogs filled with frank and often ribald commentary on their […]

Checking A Brand’s Digital Health

Clickz: Marsteller has rolled out a “Digital Check-up” service for clients, providing a snapshot of their efforts and positioning in the consumer-generated media space. The service starts with Marsteller’s own Digital Check-up, which provides a report card detailing what kind of a presence the client has in various online efforts and consumer-generated media. Assessment areas […]

Media Planners Elbow In On Creative

John January at American Copywriter points to Business Week writer, David Kiley’s latest blog entry on Brand New Day. The piece suggests TV spots ought not run more than two to three weeks, based on MediaCheck research. Given the average 30-second spot costs $400,000 to produce, this new piece of data will be a hard […]

“IN A WORLD…Where Newspapers No Longer Exist…”

We like to blog a lot about high-concept advertising, but we tend not to pay attention to the fact that many media outlets get lots of money out of more mundane ads. So this article in LA Weekly is quite interesting, suggesting that movie studios are thinking of drastically slashing the money they spend on […]

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Highbrow Audience Becomes Target

New York Times: For the first time in the 80-year history of The New Yorker magazine, a single advertiser will sponsor an entire issue. The Aug. 22 issue of The New Yorker, due out Monday, will carry 17 or 18 advertising pages, all brought to you by the Target discount store chain owned by the […]

Chinese Cashing In On Their Dots

eBay entered China through a $180 million purchase of Shanghai-based EachNet. Expedia owner InterActiveCorp paid $168 million for 52 percent of Chinese online travel agent eLong. Online retailer Amazon.com purchased Joyo.com for $75 million, and online job search leader Monster.com bought a 40 percent stake in ChinaHR.com for $50 million. Now, according to CNET, Yahoo […]

Google Not Talking To CNET

New York Times: Google says its mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” But it does not appear to take kindly to those who use its search engine to organize and publish information about its own executives. CNETNews.com, a technology news Web site, said last week that Google […]