Will StumbleUpon Slide Under FTC Advertising Disclosure Changes?

StumbleUpon Paid Discovery

One of the least expensive forms of pay-per-click advertising on the internet is StumbleUpon. With prices as low as 5 cents per click, they are able to drive more traffic for the buck than sites like Google or Facebook. What’s more, ads have a chance of picking up “natural” stumbles that are free. In some cases, a good campaign with strong content can get more natural clicks than paid ones.

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Online Videos Rise: Where are the Advertisers?

The trends are clear: more people are watching videos online and spending less time in front of the television. Perhaps more importantly, it’s easier to skip television ads thanks to technology such as Tivo than it is to skip ads online.

With such clear trends, why are companies not embracing online video advertising more?

This Infographic by our friends at BuySellAds has clear implications, but online video ads are only marginally increasing. When will big business start to understand that branding online is much more cost-effective than through traditional media?

Soon.

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Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

*** As my first real parody piece, I am moving this up in the blog to see if it gets more comment luv. ***

A little-known but dangerous epidemic is spreading across members of social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx.  Like a secret scourge, SM-FPA (social media front page addiction) isn’t making national headines yet, but the effects have been felt in thousands of households across the world.

“Ever since my wife’s submission hit the front page of Reddit last month, we only see her on the way to the bathroom,” said Jake Dixon.  His wife Amber, better known as “diggwho”, made the front page of Reddit with a story titled Bush makes more people mad by saying something stupid.  Since then, Amber has been submitting 15-25 stories per day and has a submission hit the front page 3-5 times per week.  She declined to be interviewed.

Research scientists at the Social Media Institute of Technology (SMIT) in Kolkata, India, say that Mr. Dixon and his family are not alone.  They have documented 342 confirmed cases of SM-FPA in 2007 and estimate the actual number in the thousands. [Read more...]

What can fix (I mean save) MySpace?

MySpaceRumors are flying.

“MySpace is getting a complete redesign.”

“MySpace is getting bought out.”

“MySpace is losing money.”

When rumors like these start flying, it’s normally a bad sign, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed.  The Social Network’s meteoric rise and subsequent decline in users to Facebook has created these rumors, but there are still strengths that can be exploited.  If they are going to make it, they will need to make some changes, but more importantly, they will need to rethink their focus and reimpose their will through marketing-guided changes.

Instead of making it the easiest platform to spam and game, they need to appeal to their current best demographic, teens, pre- and post-, and create ways for them to stay with MySpace instead of defecting as they get older to Facebook or someone else.  More importantly, they MUST expand to the business sector. Sounds ridiculous, I know, when you consider the current state of the company and the growing disdain towards its inner-workings. Stay with me while [Read more...]

Social Media Marketing: Death to the Microsite? (mediaweek.com)

The greatest advantage of social media marketing is that you don’t have to bring people to your website to advertise to them. With a growing segment of internet buyers finding what they need where they already are, namely social networks like Facebook, the old goal of pulling people to their advertising microsites is swiftly being replaced by the new goal of pushing advertising to the people.

The “old” model was to create a small website or even a page on a current website that highlighted a product or service.  Information, calls to action, links [Read more...]

Facebook’s Answer to Adwords Goes After Fans (msnbc)

Social ads. It will get a lot of flack from users, possibly forcing some of them to leave. There will be public outcry, conspiracy theories about data mining and privacy abuse, and thousands of the millions of users flocking towards an alternative, either back to the MySpace account that they left last year or onto the next hotness in social networking, whatever that will be.

In the end, three things will happen.

  1. Facebook members will get used to it
  2. Advertisers will make sales from it
  3. Facebook will make money from it.

Net Advertising 3.0 is here.

msnbc Coverage | What Digg has to Say