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As a result of higher seasonal ad spending, the fourth quarter is typically the strongest of the year for display advertising. But the latest report from Macquarie Securities analyzing home page ad trends suggests that display advertising at the end of 2012 improved in the prior quarter and year-earlier period, too. Overall, more than half (56%) of home page ads running across Yahoo, AOL, MSN and YouTube were oversized/custom units, compared to 45% in the third quarter and 43% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Macquarie uses these units as a proxy for display ad health because they tend to command higher CPMs than traditional ad sizes.
The report noted an increase in purely brand-focused (versus direct-response) advertising in Q4, at 67% of ads — up from 58% in Q3, and 59% a year ago. In terms of industry categories, media and financial services led the way, accounting for 18% and 14% of home page ads, respectively. Holiday promotions in auto, telecom, consumer electronics and retail also drove much year-end advertising.
The online video business might be enjoying a record number of viewers, but the number of ads seen hasn’t returned yet to the highs hit in the spring. In comScore’s just-released monthly report on video viewing, the measurement firm said a record 188 million Americans watched 37.7 billion online videos in August. That’s a rise from 184 million Americans checking out online videos in July.
The trouble is, the numbers of ads viewed in August was about the same as the month before, clocking in at 9.5 billion video ads, on par with July. The ads-viewed figure has not shot past its previous high of 11 billion in June, or even the 10 billion mark that it hit for the first time in May.
The top ten online video content properties for the month of August were Google-owned YouTube, Yahoo sites, Microsoft sites, Vevo, Facebook, AOL, Viacom Digital, NDN, Grab Media and Amazon sites. By ads viewed, the top properties were Google-owned YouTube, Brightroll, Adap.tv, Hulu, SpotXchange, TubeMogul, Tremor Video, Specific Media, Auditude and Videology.
Yahoo! Finance’s Farnoosh Torabi hosts PCWorld editor, Tim Moynihan, and asks him for some PC advice. With the back to school shopping season in full swing, a personal computer is on a lot of lists, but it can be challenging to find a PC that offers both quality and a low price. Here are five great computers for less than $600.
Platforms continue to create a fairly easy process to buy mobile media, but marketers don’t understand the mechanics of integrating media channels and technology. Many still drive mobile ads to a Web site or landing page. Retailers don’t recognize that consumers carrying smartphones stand within 200 feet of their stores, and it’s helpful to retarget a display ad on a publisher’s site or serve up a search ad on Bing, Yahoo, or Google Local or Maps to drive foot traffic into the store. TagMan CRO Nancy Marzouk said the company tested mobile app tag management for iOS and Android that it plans to roll out at the end of July.
“A large percentage of the ecosystem remains clueless about the possibilities of mobile,” she said.”We pushed to develop a mobile tag management system, because a lot of clients believe it’s undervalued, but they don’t have the tools or data to validate it.”