“Bidtellect is the brainchild of John Ferber, who along with his brother Scott co-founded Advertising.com in 2004.”
“Otremba and Ferber said they’ve built a new tech platform that can help brands buy native ads in an automated fashion, at scale. “
“That contradicts much of the conventional wisdom surrounding native ads, which depending on your definition could include branded entertainment videos, advertisers tweets or custom produced pseudo articles—things that are seemingly hard to buy in bulk.”
“Based on the history of this business, when a medium can rapidly scale is only when advertisers can buy that way. “
“That’s when things really take off,” said Otremba, who argued that most existing solutions have focused on publishers, not brands.”
“Otremba claims to have signed up several big brands and publishers to test Bidtellect. “
“The company just won’t say who. “
“It has started testing its version of native ads on generic domains it owns. “
“That points to an obvious question—whether a native ad solution will come from the world of domain selling, particularly given its direct response heritage. Otremba said he envisions both brand dollars and performance revenue coming to native.”
“We are lining up a strong offering,” said Ferber. “Even on our domains, the ads fit the form and function of the way users are experiencing it.” And if brands have doubts, he said, “I can also say I created Ad.com when I was 23.”
I wouldn’t bet against Mr. Ferber.
Congrats to DomainHoldings for its new Ad exchange which hopefully will be the next big thing in the domain space.
Also a big congrats on naming its new CEO Mr. Lon Otremba
Here is some more information about Lon according to his Linkedin profile :
“A veteran operating executive and adviser in the internet publishing, print, television and broadcast music industries and a well known pioneer in interactive media. A frequent commentator on interactive marketing and operating strategies, I have presented to such events as the Forbes CFO Conference, The Economist Conference, the Business Week, Internet World, Digital Hollywood, AlwaysOn, and AdTech Conferences, and have appeared on CNN and CNBC, and served on the executive board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. I also have advised and been on the boards of directors of EEI Communications, Traffic.com, GGL, DotMenu (acquired by GrubHub), as well as several companies in the medical technology space, including Cardium Therapeutics, Inc., Artes Medical, and Power Medical Interventions (acquired by Covidien).”
“For a 10th year-in-a-row, GoDaddy is going to be in the Super Bowl commercial line-up according to a press release it issued today.
Godaddy has purchased two thirty-second spots, one in each half of the game to be broadcast on FOX February 2.
“At least one of the two spots will feature Danica Patrick, who has already been in more Super Bowl commercials than any other celebrity.”
“GoDaddy is confirming what won’t be in the new commercials — risqué innuendo. GoDaddy’s marketing has evolved with the company’s overall transformation under new CEO Blake Irving, who is committed to maintaining GoDaddy’s edge, but in a way that speaks inclusively to the customer base and demonstrates the value the company provides to small businesses and entrepreneurs. “The Super Bowl ad strategy allows us to have fun and be edgy, and demonstrate how we help the little guy kick ass,” Irving said. “2014 marks a new era for GoDaddy Super Bowl commercials.”
The announcement did say if .Co would be a part of this year’s Godaddy Super Bowl Ads.
The new Super Bowl spots are being produced by Deutsch New York, the same agency that helped GoDaddy re-launch its brand last September with the “It’s Go Time” campaign featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the “kick ass” inspiration inside every small business owner.
“Hitting the decade mark with our Super Bowl advertising is a milestone worth celebrating, it’s a new beginning and we’re celebrating the go getter,” said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Barb Rechterman. “We’re back where we started, on Fox, where our first commercial aired in ’05. It was actually our first TV ad of any kind. It spoofed the infamous wardrobe malfunction and drove a whole lot of media attention, which was great for a young company starting out. Now, we’ve matured. We’ve evolved. Our new brand of Super Bowl commercials will make it crystal clear what we do and who we stand for. We may be changing our approach, but as we’ve always said, we don’t care what the critics think. We are all about our customers.”…
Samsung has rolled out a new Ad campaign to celebrate the start of the NBA season on the domain name TogetherWeRise.co With Matching Twitter Hash Tag
The features Lebron James as the Miami Heat are seeking a three-peat as NBA champs.
The site allows you to upload a selfie on ToghetherWeRise.co and the site has pictures of people that have already uploaded pictures.
Pictures can also be send via Twitter or Instagram.
Pictures will be also displayed on the outdoor screen at American Airlines Arena in Miami tonight when the Heat Play the 1st game of the NBA season.
The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that The National Basketball Association has signed a $100 million deal with Samsung to use its products calling it the Courtside Palace at its games.
Samsung will supply the courtside monitors that referees use to review calls.
The league is also expected to customize video content for Samsung devices, including televisions.
Looks like this is bigger than we first thought
Fairwinds Domain Strategy Blog has confirmed was we have been suspecting, that 1and1.com has spent more than $50 Million dollars on its television advertising campaign promoting pre-registrations for the new gTLD program.
“”Web hosting company 1&1 has spent over $50 million on TV, print, and online marketing for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and has increased its web traffic by 200% because of it.
1&1 officials disclosed these numbers at the Munich newdomains2013 conference held from October 27 – 29.
FairWinds Partners is on the scene.”
So finally we have confirmation of the whisper numbers I have heard for the spend of this media campaign.
However as an avid NFL watcher I can say I didn’t see any ads on any NFL games this weekend, whereby in the previous weeks saw 4-6 commercial during each game.
This past weekend might have been a week break for the advertising campaign or it could mean an end to the NFL ad campaign.
Personally I don’t think the campaign was that successful compared to a $3 Million dollar Superbowl Ad
4x normal traffic doesn’t seem like a home run for a spend of $50 Million, especially considering the frequency that the commercials ran not just on NFL but also on news and other stations in the US.
Preregistration’s grew from around 1.5 million prior to the campaign to over 3.5 million.
Of course there is no cost for pre-registering a new gTLD domain so in essence the company just grew its email and contact basis whereby normal traffic to the site, were for people looking to register existing domain names and to buy other products of the company.…
According to a blog post on Twtter.com, starting today, all marketers using Twitter’s Ad Products can schedule organic or Promoted Tweets for specific dates and times up to a year in advance.
These can be coordinated to go live with new or existing Promoted Tweet campaigns to enable you to plan your real-time campaigns at your convenience.
With scheduled Tweets, you can publish content at any time without having staff on-call to Tweet on evenings, weekends, holidays, or other inconvenient times.
Advertisers also gain the flexibility to plan content in advance for events like premieres and product releases.
Scheduled Tweets are available to Twitter Ads users in all supported languages.
Two ways to create scheduled Tweets
You can create and schedule new Tweets from the blue Tweet button on the top right corner of the navigation bar at ads.twitter.com.
We’re also introducing a new Creatives tab for users to create and manage both scheduled Tweets and Twitter Cards in one place.
You’ll see the Creatives tab in the top navigation bar next to Campaigns and Analytics.
New Tweet box
The Compose Tweet button on the Creatives page will bring up a new Tweet Box.
Here you can compose a Tweet and add a photo, location, or card as you like.
Tweets can be delivered organically to followers, or set up to publish as part of a Promoted Tweet campaign where you can select specific targeting criteria to make sure the right users see your message.
Your account’s timezone is displayed, and Tweets can be scheduled based on that time. Scheduling can be set up to one year in advance, in increments of one minute.
We’re excited to hear your feedback and hope that scheduled Tweets make it easier to plan and manage organic and Promoted Tweets.
Internet Advertising Blows Past $20 Billion In 1st Half Of 2013; Up 18%; Check Out This Crazy Chart Starting From 1996
According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, Internet advertising revenue surged past $20 billion for an all time record in the first half of this year.
Leading the way was an “explosion in mobile ads shown by companies including Facebook and Google”.
Online ad revenue of $20.1 billion in the first half represents an increase of 18% over last year’s first-half ad revenues of $17 billion.
Mobile ad revenue soared 145% to $3 billion in the first half of 2013 representing triple-digit growth at 145 percent, from $1.2 billion in the same period last year
- Digital video, a component of display-related advertising, took in $1.3 billion in revenue during the first six months of 2013, an uptick of 24% over the first half of 2012 at $1.1 billion
- Search revenues in the first half of 2013 totaled $8.7 billion, up 7% from $8.1 billion in the first half of 2012
- Display-related advertising revenues in the first half of 2013 totaled $6.1 billion, accounting for 30 percent of revenues in the time period, up 9 percent from $5.6 billion in the first half of 2012
- The top three advertising verticals accounted for 46 percent of advertising revenue, including Retail at 20 percent, Financial Services at 14 percent and Automotive at 12 percent
Check out this crazy chart of how Internet Advertising has grown since 1996. As a point of reference I registered my first domain in 1997.
The IAB began measurements in 1996; dollar figures are rounded and obviously a lot of zeros are left off:
As the movie about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entitled The Fifth Estate, whose URL is TheFifthEstateMovie.com, is getting ready to open 0n October 18, two well known domainers are primed to make some money off the movie which is already getting a lot of buzz.
The term Fifth Estate is known to be a generic term that relates to journalism.
According to Wikipedia.org, the Fifth Estate, is used to describe media outlets (including the blogosphere) that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media.
Both of the domain names are already getting traffic according to Alexa.
The official website of the movie has an Alexa Ranking of 2.6 Million.
Expect traffic on all of these domains to pick up as the movie opens a week from Friday.
Its another example of what could happen when you register a domain name of a well known term or phrase as opposed to a made up word or phrase.
Two different Commercials promoting Legalized Marijuana have made it o the second round in the Intuit small business competition for a Super Bowl commercials.
According to a press release, MarijuanaDoctors.com, which bills it self as the “The nation’s first online search-and-booking platform:” has made it to the second round of the Intuit Small Business Competition.
Also an television commercial for NORML an organization who has been lobbying for the legalization of Marijuana for over a decade has also made it to the 2nd round
You can see NORML’s commercial here.
There are a number of domainers who have staked bets on the eventually Legalization of Marijuana either medically like California or generally like Colorado.
Needless to say the these domain names would become more valuable and usable by end users as and if Marijuana becomes legalized in more states.
As for the Intuit Contest, they are in fact going to pay for a Super Bowl Television Commercial for one lucky winner.
Here are the details of how the contest works and how the winner will be determined
Obviously both companies have a long way to go to become the winner but as the “competition” progresses expect to hear more and more about those moving forward.
Under US tax law, advertisers are allowed to deduct 100% of the amount they spend on advertising on their tax returns.
However according to The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), several pieces of legislation are expected to be introduced by House Ways and Means Committee which would require advertising costs to be amortized over three years, rather than deducted in the year the funds are spent or limit the amount of tax deductions for advertising to a percentage of the amount spent in any particular year.
“We have learned that there is a strong likelihood that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) will include some restriction on advertising deductibility in his initial draft of a tax reform bill.
“The restriction being discussed could take two forms: (1) allowing businesses to deduct only a percentage of their advertising costs or (2) requiring them to amortize those costs – postponing the deduction of the costs over several years until long after the advertising has appeared. Either change would impose multibillions of dollars in additional costs on the business community.
“Chairman Camp is expected to release a draft of a tax reform bill soon and begin markup later this month. It would appear that the Ways and Means Committee is giving such serious consideration to this change because it would generate a substantial amount of tax revenues, not because their position is supported by economic theory.”
“Indeed, either form of a tax on advertising would cost the nation millions of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic activity. This is a direct impact documented by a landmark study of the economic impact of advertising on the U.S. economy. ”
Of course included in advertising are money companies spend on PPC advertising, payments to affiliates and other sources that trickle down to domain holders that monetize their domains through parking and affiliate programs and direct relationships with advertisers
You might want to follow the ANA advice here:
“It is critical that you contact your Member of Congress who serves on the Committee and express your strong opposition to such a proposal. If your Member of Congress is not on the Ways and Means Committee, ask them to contact their colleagues to call on them to oppose strongly this misguided proposal. We have prepared talking points you can use in your contacts.”…