Archive for the 'web advertising' Category

IAB Certification vs. CPM Rates vs. Direct Response

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

As many of you know, I’ve been a podcaster for almost 14 years, quite close to “one of the first.” I’m also the CEO and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a company that represents publishers and manages their sponsorships so they can focus on publishing their content. We’re in our 20th year of that business, meaning […]

Internet Advertising Will Suffer the Click of Death

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A friend of mine recently pointed me to this Salon article which cites the CEO of the company behind AdBlock Plus as saying that they’re going to start charging advertisers to not  have their ads blocked. His reason is simple: 80% of AdBlock Plus’s users aren’t against all advertising… they’re just against the irrelevant junk […]

Cult of Mac joins BackBeat Media

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I’m very happy to let you all know that Leander Kahney’s Cult Of Mac blog has joined our Mac network here at BackBeat Media. They’ve actually been on board for a couple of weeks, and we’ve already placed early-bird advertisers like Crucial, Bare Bones and Microsoft there. Of course, we’re actively working with other potential […]

Marketing Is Vital To Your Product’s Success

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Macworld’s Peter Cohen offers some sage advice to iPhone application publishers, warning them not to ignore the value of a true marketing and advertising plan. This advice extends way beyond the iPhone to really anyone who has a product they intend to sell. I highly recommend reading the article. Though Peter works for the competition, […]

Consumers as Branding Partners

Friday, February 1st, 2008

At the core, we at BackBeat Media sell ads for the online publications and podcasts we represent. One of the biggest challenges we routinely face when working with with advertisers is the value — and purpose — of tracking the click. iMedia Conection published an article by Scott Medrum of HypeCouncil entitled, “Make the click […]

The End of Think Secret

Friday, December 21st, 2007

As many of you know, we here at BackBeat Media represent and broker all of Think Secret’s advertising, and have for many years. As such, the confidentiality inherent in our site relationships keeps us from participating in any public speculation on the settlement they recently reached with Apple. But that hasn’t stopped you all from […]

Online Advertising Set To Increase

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

At lunch on Friday with one of our site partners, I was talking about how the predicted slump in spending might actually increase online ad dollars while it decreases those for more “traditional” media like TV and radio. My reasons for this were the facts that (a) online is increasingly taking dollars away anyway and […] and

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

I just wanted to take a quick minute this morning and let you all know about two publications we recently brought into the family here at BackBeat Media. is a site created and published by Michael Johnston, focusing directly on Apple’s latest gadget and its impact in the market. Already iPhoneAlley has posted some […]

Converging Concepts — and Fluff — in Online Advertising

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

And he’s right: it gave advertisers something tangible to hold on to and helped rebuild the trust in the market.Of course, you all know I like to remind you that tracking clicks of online ads is about as valuable as tracking the number of cars that crash into billboards, but it was *some* metric, and it did help the whole market lift itself from the ashes. And speaking of billboards: though I originally classified it as positive spin on Jupiter Media’s recent stock price decline, Alan Meckler’s post this morning about increasing Internet-focused billboards on Route 101 being a barometer of the amount of fluff in the Internet space may be true.

Website Metrics: Clicking and Missing the Point

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Focusing on one metric at a time yields nothing, hence the need for Integrated Path Analysis.Unfortunately, Brandt’s goal of “end-to-end” analysis falls short because, well, he’s *starting* at the end by beginning his analysis when someone clicks on an ad…. Was that *single* ad impression the sole deciding factor that lead them to click and then be comfortable purchasing from said vendor?I doubt it.Chances are, they had seen other advertising for this vendor, and all of that *in total* added up to the customer’s comfort level being high enough to move forward with the purchase.