It’s Not An Ad, I Promise

According to BusinessWeek, big brands are looking to widgets to cure some of their banner ad ills.
A&E, Electronic Arts, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Hallmark, and Blockbuster are among the businesses hoping to spread a marketing message or raise brand awareness through widgets.
“Content and functionality are the new creativity—it’s not about whether you have a whiz-bang rich media banner running,” says Andy Bateman, CEO of brand consultancy Interbrand New York. “Are you doing something that’s actually helpful and useful to people?”
A&E’s Parking Wars widget on Facebook has attracted more than 198,000 unique users and generated more than 45 million page views since its Dec. 17 introduction.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.