Internet marketing will be regulated by 2015, and there will be more than $250 billion in Internet marketing spending worldwide. Those are a few of the predictions I received in my email inbox Tuesday morning, in a report from the research firm Gartner.
"Engagement" has become one of the more enduring buzzwords of recent years. It started as a vague term tossed about by publishers and then advertisers to indicate some heightened state of communication or interaction between a brand and a consumer. Recently I have heard it made into a more specific noun. Interactions with customers are sometimes called "engagements." To some degree it is an article of faith that engagement is almost an end in itself. But what is the actual effect of engagement? Do different kinds of engagement produce different behaviors in consumers? What needles does this marketing nirvana state …
It's true: students are conflicted and less-than-knowledgeable about Internet privacy. That was among the findings from research presented by Michelle Prieb, project manager of research at the Center for Media Design at Ball State University, at the latest MediaPost Search Insider Summit.
A weird YouTube phenomenon has cropped up this past year in the beauty and cosmetics category of uploaded video. Women started uploading videos of themselves showing off what they had just purchased at the mail. Dubbed "Haul Videos," the sub-genre usually shows someone pulling things out of a shopping bag and briefly discussing what they bought and why. Odd, yes, but the retail and cosmetics industry has already taken notice and Haul videos have now become commonplace. Well, it seems safer than skateboarding off garage roofs. But it also suggests a fundamental shopping behavior: seeing what people like you also …
Maybe Google, Bing and Yahoo should charge $1 for every search -- and $2 for each piece of content served up. Would consumers pay those prices to avoid having data collected about the types of Web sites they visit?
The Federal Trade Commission succeeded in rattling everyone's cage this week. Not only did the lengthy new report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy" move beyond offering guidance to industry for self-regulation, but it laid a roadmap that legislators (or the FTC's own regulators) could take up to start government-level enforcement. And of course, the mere mention of establishing a "Do Not Track" mechanism is sending shivers down industry spines. Just about everyone started scurrying for postures and positions.
During the four-day U.S. Thanksgiving holiday the sports store REI ran a radio ad in southern California referring continually to consumer behavior. The conversation didn't go exactly like this, but I'll give you the gist of it.