Can Adnetworks be more exciting?

I was doing a lot of research over the last few days for a project, and being the net junkie that I am, a lot of it took place on the net.  While surfing, avoiding pop up’s, deliberate redirects and possibly every trick in the book for click fraud firms, I started to think about 2 words – advertising and internet.

In the Indian context I doubt whether anyone would oppose me if I said that Ad networks here are living and working with only banner ads, what I consider aging methodology. Banner’s, text ad’s, skyscrapers are slowly becoming and will die out as the preferred medium in the years to come, its already happening elsewhere. Why then are we so fixated on this format?

The answer has to be money and ROI eventually, everyone needs a return and turn over a profit as soon as possible, irrespective of the fund reservoir that they have, the fastest way to do this is to not actively be innovative but adopt and fight on platforms already existing in the market….and maybe that’s the problem, maybe that’s the reason for the clutter.

Saying one is CPM, another is a CPC is not good enough in my opinion. The inventory remains the same, its only the performance criterion which changes, and upping one level does not translate necessarily into better realization of goals.

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Networkplay and Gawker

Watblog ,today, carried an article on the alliance between Networkplay and Gawker Media and quoting it to be a steal as far as the advantage in terms of inventory acquisiton was concerned and implying that it wasa big step in the right direction.

I don’t think so and would probably care to disagree strongly at this juncture with that viewpoint. The fact of the matter is that Gawker is one ,of the many associations of sites , available to a smart publisher network manager. Firstly i dont see the connectivity between this alliance and Networkplay’s initial focus verticals which  are women and travel.

Secondly , having a 10% Indian footfall on a site which is ranked 4500 in Alexa is honestly just not that great. Leaving aside issues pertaining to the quality of inventory etc , the equation does not seem to allow for much even purely in terms of being able to achieve a deep inventory pool. While Alexa cannot be trusted , i can, thanks to having been in this role, gauge approximate relationships between rank and inventory , and it might be good at best,  but not exceptional.

Not only are there more site associations or large publishers , there are better ones as well and its not too dfficult picking them up as long as the pitch is right. Hey , its not too difficult getting them to switch networks either as long as the sensitivity to exectations caters to realization of issues which can be used against the existing network.

My apologies for not being more frequent with my postings. Thanks to everyone who wrote in – I shall try and pick up some of the topics suggested  , but i cant promise. However to all those who wrote about the Indian online space , rest assured that’s a topic i shall visit frequently.

Iphone India – vodaphone announces prices

OH dear oh Dear…

Vodaphone has announced its costing for the Iphone 3G its plans on releasing on the 22nd Of August 2008 , and i dont think anyone who has been waiting for it is going to be very happy with the price.

Roughly around 31,000 for the 8 GB unit

Roughly around 36,000 for the 16 GB unit.

And thats not the end of it , data and voice plans are going to cost extra.

Airtel’s pricing is still due and one can hope that their rates are better than this. These price points are even higher than those found in the US when the Iphone first came out. I would consider it a sheer waste of money and nothing else to purchase either of these 2 models and stick with the Nokia N 95’s which provide excellent functionality as well.

In my last post on this i had mentioned how thrilled i would be to see the monopoly in the market by a few small time internet sellers fade away , but I am afraid that at these prices , the grey market is going to flourish even more.

Airtel ofcourse still needs to release their prices , but is this an indication of what these providers are looking at ? An opportunity exists for Airtel now , to be in the front purely basis price differentiation, assuming they price it lower, but for many its not simply going to be a case where Airtel is cheaper than Vodaphone , it needs to be a substantial difference.

What say you guys? Would you buy them at this price?