Ever since the middle of the summer, Facebook has been wrestling a pig, trying its best to smear some red lipstick on the unruly beast. The company is tired of being the go-to site for pictures of babies and food. Facebook wants to be a personalized, digital newspaper, full of rich discussion and Read More
Anyone who’s seen a video on the internet plays the same routine — wait for an ad to load, hold your mouse over the “Skip Now” button, and zone out while the 5-second timer runs down. Now, a company called
It can be difficult to know who is or isn’t a real person, Read More
Sorry, stoners: even in states where pot is legal, you still can’t advertise for it on Facebook or Google.
Even though the sites can restrict their ads to specific locations and demographics (i.e., only Colorado and Washington), they still won’t budge on their policies regarding the promotion of recreational drugs, according to Gigaom. Read More
Since Facebook is constantly figuring out ways to aggravate you, it shouldn’t be a surprise that its newest innovation comes in the form of video advertisements that play automatically. The social network is expected to roll out the noisy adverts Thursday to promote some dumb movie called Divergent, reports the Wall Street Journal. Read More
Smart marketers look for opportunities that other marketers have missed. They try to take advantage of taboos or assumptions that may have hamstrung their competitors. When done right, this impulse can create something powerful or unexpected and usually yield a massive ROI.
We’ve seen it a bunch of times. Someone will use social media in some new way (Old Spice). Someone will take advantage of late night television ads in some new way (Snuggie). Someone will take advantage of celebrities or quirky news stories. (Remember GoldenPalace.com?) Read More
Prudish and old fashioned advertisers have traditionally eschewed advertising on porn websites out of fear of tarnishing their brands or turning away more staid clientele. But with the fact that porn accounts for 30 percent of all web traffic–and advertising on porn sites is much, much cheaper than running banner ads on places like Google–a handful of pioneering companies have taken to slipping into virgin territory by placing their ads alongside videos of people banging. Read More
Facebook has no patience for boobies–not even the feathered kind. The social media site reportedly took immediate action after the Christmas Island Tourism Board posted an ad for its annual Bird’n’Nature Week that read: “Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies.”
Of course, ornithologists and casual weekend bird-watchers alike know that “boobies”—besides being, you know, boobies—are also a type of goofy-looking bird found on islands and along coastlines, including on Christmas Island, a small Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. Read More
We have a certain image of what great marketers should look like. David Ogilvy with his pipe, Don Draper with his whiskey, Alex Bogusky on the cover of Fast Company.
Of course, each of these embodied their own era in their own way. But look at the last crop of billion-dollar brands, which in the last half-decade rose from nothing to ubiquity: Facebook, Zappos, Airbnb, Square, Uber, Evernote, Spotify, Twitter, Dropbox.
As if your Twitter feed wasn’t filled with enough junk already, companies will soon be able to bombard you with promoted tweets based on your geographical location. In other words, you’ll never be able to avoid Pinkberry again. Read More