Google (and many others) embrace “always on marketing”

We believe it’s important to help the public understand where Google, Microsoft and the other digital marketing firms are headed. An excerpt from Adweek: “Google is consulting with several top clients to help them move their internal marketing systems to support what it calls a “portfolio-management” approach to marketing that has all corporate assets digitized and available on demand…After closing its deal to acquire DoubleClick last week, it can move ahead to extend… always-on marketing into forms of assets beyond simple text ads, including display, video and audio. What’s more, thanks to behavioral targeting, advertisers are increasingly able to reach discrete audiences, meaning their budgets can go farther.

“As targeting gets more refined, marketing will be more efficient and the mind-set will shift to serving key audiences on a more continuous and on-demand basis rather than push messaging,” said Jeff Marshall, digital managing director at Starcom USA.

Of course, Google executives go even farther. As long as the matching of customer demand to advertiser is right, Penry Price, Google’s director of North American sales, said, “the budget is almost irrelevant.”

from: “Flights of Fancy? How social media and search are extending the life of marketing campaigns.” Brian Morrissey. Adweek. March 17, 2008

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Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. A former journalist and filmmaker, Jeff's book on U.S. electronic media politics, entitled "Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy" was published by The New Press in January 2007. He is now working on a new book about interactive advertising and the public interest.

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