Marketers Ponder the Worth of Twitter's Ads

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ClickZ, 7/20/10

Marketing industry watchers have been quick to tweet about Twitter ad sightings during recent mornings when they’ve spotted either a “Promoted Tweet” or “Promoted Trend.” Big brands like Disney, Sony, cable TV channel TNT, Nike, and Starbucks are among those to have tested the formats.

But, what about the 105 million consumers who use Twitter? Are they noticing those ads? Results from a consumer panel will likely someday shed light on that question. Until then, it’s fair game to wonder how the ads are performing.

“I hope Twitter is doing research because I am definitely curious,” said Ian Shafer, CEO of social media agency Deep Focus. “I am sure right now there is a big early adapter discount going on with that program because no one knows [exactly] what it does.”

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