MySpace — better with Bacon Salt?

October 13, 2008

mmmmm-baaaaacon.jpgMySpace rolled out the public test of its MyAds system, a service created for small businesses that want to run banner advertising on the online social network. Designed to take advantage of the personal information that MySpace members provide, it’s geared primarily toward folks whose businesses are small enough that they don’t have things like media buyers. (See the e-mail conversation with our friend at Bacon Salt at the bottom of this entry for an example of what I mean.)

Newspaper online advertising slows to crawl

October 13, 2008

turtle.jpgMore bad news for newspapers. We’ve all gotten used to hearing that circulation is down, print advertising is down, newspapers are cutting staff and the industry is in deep, deep trouble.

YouTube gets into online shopping

October 8, 2008

thriller-video.jpgYouTube, which has nailed the science of online video sharing, is now getting into online shopping by partnering with the likes of Amazon.com and iTunes.

Web revenue strong in the good old days, study finds

October 7, 2008

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The Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers issued their latest web spending figures, which are helpful if you care about what happened in the first six months of the year.

What to say at times like these?

October 7, 2008

wallstreet.jpgThe financial crisis is tough on everybody — Madison Avenue copywriters included.

Advertising powerhouse considers advertising

October 3, 2008

google.jpgCould we soon see a flashy Google advertisement on TV? It’s possible, according to a Wall Street Journal article, which says that the search advertising powerhouse has quietly approached several ad agencies about efforts to promote some products.

More talks between Yahoo and AOL? Why not?

September 24, 2008

yahoo2.jpgHere we go again… It seems that Yahoo’s new board has given the thumbs up to a new round of talks about Time Warner’s AOL, according to a report in the Financial Times

Financial upheaval keeps ad men jumping

September 22, 2008

wallstreet.jpg The turmoil of Wall Street is keep Madison Avenue’s creative types on their toes.

Is PC the new black? Ask Microsoft

September 18, 2008

im-a-pc.jpgLook out nerdy-cool Apple guy, the empire is striking back. And it’s got Eva Longoria Parker, Tony Parker, Pharrell Williams and Deepak Chopra on its side.