In light of the economic downturn, will online ad spending continue to climb?
Henry Blodget, editor-in-chief of the Silicon Alley Insider, posed that question to a panel of speakers at the Digital Publishing & Advertising Conference today in Manhattan. He pointed to the latest pronouncement from Geoff Ramsey, eMarketing CEO, who predicts online ad pending will keep growing.
Such predictions, Blodget said, remind him of what prognosticaters had been saying back in 1999 before the dot-com bust.
David Cohen, EVP, U.S. director of digital at Universal McCann, said it’s too early to predict what 2009 will bring. “We’ve seen a very slight softening in the fourth quarter,” he said, adding that one key will be how retail fares during the coming holiday season.
Jeff Minsky, director of Next, OMG Digital, said digital advertising has been holding up. He said a downturn could bring at least one benefit. “If you go back to the last bubble popping, you had a lot of crap get out of the market — which hopefully will happen again.”
Marketers' spending on social media has tripled in the past seven years but falls way short of where marketers expected it to be when they peered into their crystal balls in 2009.
Advertisers have been flocking to Snapchat, which now has more daily users than Twitter and is increasingly seen as perhaps the biggest threat to Facebook's dominance in social.
Header bidding is a programmatic technique that allows publishers to offer their inventory through multiple ad exchanges before they serve up ads from their ad server.
YouTube is said to be preparing new non-video features that will allow content creators to interact with their viewers through photos, text posts, links and polls.