Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers

Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers

Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers

Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers

Synopsis

Far from the catchy television spots and sleek magazine spreads are the comparatively modest ads that pop up on websites and in Internet searches. But don't be fooled- online advertising is exploding. Growing at a compound annual rate near 20%, it is now the second-largest advertising channel in the United States.

Part history, part guidebook, part prediction for the future, Targeted tells the story of the companies, individuals, and innovations driving this revolution. It takes readers behind the scenes- examining the growth of digital advertising, its enormous potential, and the technologies that are changing the game forever. Leading the way is real-time bidding, which offers advertisers unprecedented precision in targeting ads and measuring their effectiveness.

From keyword micro-markets and ad serving systems to aggregated virtual audiences and new business models, Targeted is sweeping in scope and stripped of technical complexity. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in finding and connecting with customers in the vast and shifting Internet universe.

Excerpt

The Internet is a compelling engine of engagement. It’s a network where we can get any kind of information, conduct our business, and connect with others anywhere in the world at any time. This relentlessly churning and navigable Amazon of information and interaction has channels numbering in the millions through which the current flows in any direction. No medium ever invented gives us so much control over our entrances and exits. We can leave it on a whim and without any effort. It is changing our lives in ways we need to pay attention to. Its influence is and will be as profound as if something had been implanted in our brains or had modified our genome.

Everything we get from the Internet we get for free because others pay for it. The Internet has grown and been sustained by advertising. Whether we think publishers have earned our attention or advertisers have hijacked it, it is money from advertising that has put the content at our disposal. Advertisers subsidize the medium to get our attention, however fleeting or ungovernable it may be, in order to pitch their products to us.

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