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from MediaFile:

Confused about media and ad technologies? There’s a Lab for that.

Between the bazillion ad technology companies all claiming to revolutionize online advertising and an explosion of devices and services that promise to deliver  movies straight from the Internet to the TV, it's  a full time job keeping tabs on what can do what.

That's why Interpublic Group's Mediabrands launched Media Lab last Thursday, a 5,000 square foot space dedicated to learning and figuring out which end is up with various technologies available to marketers.

IPG vets technology before it can even make it to the front door of the Lab -- meaning just because it's out there doesn't mean it makes the cut for testing. More than 500 companies are in its database and the Lab keeps in radio contact with venture capital firms and emerging media and tech related companies both large and small to stay on top of trends.

During a recent tour of the Lab in mid-town Manhattan -- it targets  high level chief marketing officers who usually make the rounds in a four hour stint -- this reporter was greeted by a television screen that switched its programming based on gender facial recognition.

There was the room with a nice comfy sofa in front of several flat screen TVs that had just about every  kind of over-the-top service,  including Google TV and its one very confusing remote. There was  a mock retail store that showed off technology that helped clerks stock popular items (and those less popular). And a mock store-front window that showed off the latest collections inside and allowed people to order clothes right off the window -- even if the shop was closed for the day.

Small business ad spending fuels Facebook growth

The growing use of small business advertising on Facebook is a trend worth watching.

As much as 60 percent of the social media network’s estimated worldwide revenue of $1.86 billion in 2010 was gleaned from self-service ads, according to a new study from eMarketer, which specializes in digital market research.

The low risk associated with this type of promotional activity is increasingly attractive to small companies across the board, according to Debra Aho Williamson, the firm’s principal analyst.

Is t-shirt advertising a sustainable business?

Jason Sadler in Times Square

Jason Sadler in Times Square

Jason Sadler makes a surprisingly good living wearing other peoples’ t-shirts – $84,000 since launching his one-man ad service last January – but our experts are doubtful he can grow it into a larger, more sustainable model.

A year ago the 27-year-old Jacksonville, Florida entrepreneur launched a website – Iwearyourshirt.com – where he charged people to wear whatever shirt they sent him (read original story here). New Year’s Day was $1 and each successive day Sadler’s fee went up a buck, so this New Year’s Eve he will charge $365. Sadler made $66,795 for advertising on his back alone and another $18,000 in monthly sponsorships, where he charges $1,500 for an ad spot on his online monthly calendar.

“I’ve got companies that need more exposure than I can give in hours I can work in a day,” said Sadler, whose very first advertiser on January 1 was live video streaming website Ustream.tv, the same platform Sadler uses to broadcast his own live one-hour webcast to chat with viewers about the companies and the products displayed on his extra-large sized chest. So far his clients range from obscure bloggers and rock bands, to startups and established companies like Zappos, Prudential and Intuit. Comedian Bill Cosby even used him to try to get more people to sign up to his Facebook page.

from MediaFile:

Late Billy Mays leaves infomercial stardom void

Michael Jackson, the recently deceased "King of Pop", was also lauded as a pioneer in celebrity advertising.  But many in the marketing industry appeared much more personally upset by a tragedy that was closer to home -- the death on Sunday of  Billy Mays, the "King of Infomercials".

Some viewers flee infomercials, which often last almost a half hour, and are filled with brash claims about products that, of course, are always the best inventions on the market for anything from peeling a vegetable or cleaning a house.

But Mays, who made it big in the late ninetes with a stain remover called OxiClean, convinced many viewers to listen by shouting his wares. As a result he became a popular icon and created a close following among marketers who saw him as a valuable pitchman.

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