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Advertisers Unleash Flawless Contextual Banner Ads

Posted March 9, 2011 by admin @ 2:38 pm

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AdMedia.com introduces Contextual.com to promote industry leading targeting technology. Network advertisers and publishers embrace updated marketing platform that combines contextual and thematic content matching with search engine retargeting.

Online advertisers typically rely on keywords alone to determine the placement of their promotions within a site’s content. Consequently, ads end up on pages where they don’t belong; irrelevant ads perform poorly and often yield a negative return on investment. Contextual offers a revitalized system that corrects this common problem. By considering an article’s theme along with appropriate keywords, Contextual’s model increases click through rates tenfold.

The finely tuned contextual banners also employ search engine retargeting, which incorporates consumers’ own keyword queries from Google, Yahoo, and Bing into an ad’s copy. Customers often find products and services through search engines, but leave before making a purchase. Search engine retargeting takes their exact phrase and uses it in appropriate ads throughout the Contextual network. Consumers notice the ads, recognize their own terminology, and respond to the tailored text.

Publishers appreciate the banner’s extensive customizable features. Contextual gives them the opportunity to select the banner’s size as well as the background and text colors. Completely transparent ads preserve a site’s appearance to the fullest extent. These aesthetic options conform to a site’s layout and require no modifications on the publisher’s part. Ads that blend in with their surroundings add value to users while providing a steady source of additional revenue.

For more information contact: Allen Steinberg, SVP of Business Development Phone: (800) 296-7104 Email: allen dot steinberg at admedia dot com

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Pitfalls of Celebrity Tweets

Posted March 7, 2011 by admin @ 6:48 pm

The price for sponsored tweets keeps increasing, which signifies industry acceptance of this marketing method. Less than two months ago, Kim Kardashian reportedly earned $10,000 per paid tweet; today, the figure stands at over twice that amount. She makes a whopping $25,000 without lifting a finger as she doesn’t even write the posts herself. She’s certainly not alone in her willingness to exploit the micro-blogging site for personal financial gain. Celebrities ranging from Ashton Kutcher to Nichole Richie earn extra income by allowing ads in their Twitter streams. It’s exceedingly difficult to measure the effectiveness of such campaigns, but there’s certainly no shortage of eager investors.

Still, this strategy poses interesting ramifications for those willing to shell out the cash. Rapper 50 Cent repeatedly encouraged his followers to pour their resources into a bad investment. While his motivation didn’t stem from direct payment from the company in question, 50 Cent owns a significant number of shares in the business. As such, he indirectly profited from these promotions. Curiously, none of his messages contained any indication of their commercial nature. The tweets may not qualify as traditional advertising, and inadvertently exposed a loophole in Twitter’s identification system. Nevertheless, his actions violated federal law and the associated firm faces the threat of prosecution as well. Other stars involved in Twitter penny stock scandals include Carmen Electra and Shaquille O’Neal.

Conflict of interest issues aside, there are other potential problems involved with star powered promotions. Out of work actor Charlie Sheen publicly turned to Twitter with the intent to capitalize on the so-called “cash cow”. Sheen’s record breaking Twitter debut following a rash of incoherent interviews earned him a massive audience within less than a week. Since his every post seems to turn into a trending topic, advertising executives are quickly estimating the value of his endorsements.

The ample amount of followers likely feeds Sheen’s ego, but there might be a degree of miscommunication going on. Sheen’s antics provide comedic relief for many. In all probability, his Twitter followers are tuning in for a daily or hourly dose of crazy. In other words, the vast majority won’t take his advice seriously. The misinterpretation of his media attention undoubtedly benefits Sheen’s bank account, too, yet their value for advertisers remains questionable. Celebrity tweets represent unique branding opportunities, but what company wants to be affiliated with insane tirades or erratic behavior?

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