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You know you are working in digital marketing when you are actually excited about visiting the Google office. Well, that was me this morning, especially as they have just moved their London office to a brand new building near High Holborn. It’s so new I can even forgive Google for not having it on Google Maps – I’m just bitter because Google maps led me to a small theatre near Covent Garden…
To help guide you through the various options available to you and the relative benefits of each, I’ve put together this quick guide. From paid search a to digital display ad platforms, there’s certainly no lack of choice when it comes to advertising online.
Google are on course to make another huge acquisition, this time it’s the ad optimisation platform Admeld that have caught the search engine’s eye. But Google will have to part with a reported $400 million and get it through the usual regulatory approval.
The news was first reported by Tech Crunch and has since been covered by multiple sources. The acquisition sees Google attempting to tackle display advertising, something they have struggled with in the past.
Ofcom have recently announced that UK broadband speeds increased by 22% last year. In addition, they plan to cut the cost of line rentals and broadband connections. Simultaneously, there is also huge growth in online advertising from some of the largest firms in the UK. So can we assume then that as broadband speeds quicken, more money will be spent by firms advertising online?
Internet advertising in the UK increased by 13.5% in the first half of 2011 according to a survey conducted by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), which puts spend for the first half of the year at £2.26 billion. When this is compared to overall UK advertising spend, the rise is particularly significant; there was a year-on-year growth of 1.4% to £8.27 billion between January and June 2011.
The common held belief that traditional print media is losing ground to the online medium appears to have been confirmed with latest figures from comScore.
In a study into Internet usage across Europe, it was recorded that 167.2 million unique visitors went on online newspaper sites in June 2011, representing an 11% rise year-on-year. This is a growing trend that has often raised the question whether the Internet is putting an end to the traditional newspaper.
Now imagine your surprise as an employee of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, when you visit a political website and see an advert for Democratic President Obama on a brand new platform. Not immediately remarkable, but when you contact Google to enquire a little further, you might be surprised to learn that it is a pre-alpha test and that it appears your rivals are getting preferential treatment.
If you want the biggest premium display advertising campaigns from the largest brands – they are the most profitable afterall – then you have to have a fair amount of leverage to do so. But rather than putting in all the leg work yourself, why not simply acquire the contacts and advertisers straight off the bat? Well, that’s pretty much what Yahoo has done.
In an effort to provide valuable assistance to the already popular Ad Marketplace, Yahoo has bought leading startup – 5to1. As a business that prides itself on transparency and offering advertisers a personalised service, ensuring that their promotions are given due prominence on premium sites.
As a business in transition, it probably won’t come as too much of a surprise that AOL has once again seen revenue and profits slipping. The good news though comes in the form of income from display ads, which saw global growth of 4 percent [see: AOL’s Q1: Display Ad Revenues Finally Going Up, But Profits Are Down 86 Percent | TechCrunch].
However, as reported yesterday, this comes off the back of some pretty shaky figures in the last couple of quarters, which saw back to back reductions of 26% in overall revenue [see: AOL to Develop Larger Display Ads in Profits Push]. It also masks a huge drop of some 86% in profits, although this can largely be explained away by the significant investments made during this period – most notably the Huffington Post for $350 million.