Future of television advertising (continued again!)

My first post about portfolio company Visible World and the future of television advertising was in October 2004 (see here).  In the post, I wrote about how television advertising needed to change and how the advertisers and those with inventory had to adapt to the rising online threat and offer new technology to make their ads more targeted and measurable.  Visible World has been pushing this vision for quite awhile and over the years it has built momentum through investments and relationships with Time Warner and Comcast. And just recently the company announced a deal with Google TV Ads to bring this to Google's automated auction system.

Google Inc. is teaming up with Visible World Inc., a well-known New York technology company that uses software to create multiple versions of a given ad, in its push to offer TV advertisers more targeting options.

Google will combine the technology with its Google TV Ads, an automated auction-based system for buying TV ads by choosing which shows best fit the advertised product or service. The idea of such "addressable advertising" is to send a TV ad promoting a sale on minivans to a household with children, for example, and the same basic ad with a promo for a sports sedan to a childless household.

Pioneering a new way of doing things is expensive and tough, but I am glad to see Visible World's efforts starting to pay off.  A lot of companies are starting to look at the hundreds of billions spent on television advertising, and I can bet that we will see as much innovation in the next couple of years as we have seen in the last ten years in this market.

Published by Ed Sim

founder boldstart ventures, over 20 years experience seeding and leading first rounds in enterprise startups, @boldstartvc, googlization of IT, SaaS 3.0, security, smart data; cherish family time + enjoy lacrosse + hockey

3 comments on “Future of television advertising (continued again!)”

  1. This partnership with google is fantastic…just another representation of advances online revolutionizing the offline world. What other online advertising advances do you think could be pushed offline? For instance, I’m thinking of what digg will be rolling out on their site with regard to the ability for users to digg ads, which then incents the advertiser to create more targeted ads by lowering costs for placements users ‘digg’.

  2. I think it’s less a question of what online advertising advances will get pushed offline and more a question of how soon offline advertising outlets come online. All advertising is already digital until its final output — as a printed page, a sign, a TV ad. And these are rapidly all becoming digital as well with decreasing costs of materials and technology conversion (Digital TV).

    So what was offline will become online.

    Then we’ll see the techniques of online advertising — ad variance in campaigns, micro-targeting, niche outlets — in formerly ‘offline’ media. And we’ll also see a huge demand increase for ad creative to fill those new, formerly ‘offline’ needs at a scale, price and speed built for online expectations.

    And we’ve created a marketplace for ad creative to meet that huge increase in need that’s coming — http://adhack.com

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