Tuesday, January 17, 2012
January 13, 2012: eMarketer in the News
Here are a few of the top stories in which eMarketer data and analysis were featured during the past week or so:
The Wall Street Journal – Hulu to Create More Original Shows
Online video site Hulu LLC is increasing its output of original shows, the latest in an escalation of TV-like programs being made directly for the Internet, further blurring the lines between the Web and TV. Read more.
The Wall Street Journal – Facebook’s Zuckerberg Takes Long View
Facebook Inc. is gearing up for what is expected to be one of the biggest-ever initial public offerings for a Web company. But as the social network moves to an IPO it must prove to investors that it is ready for the big time. Read more.
Ad Week – With $25M Investment, eMarketer Girds for New Growth
eMarketer announced that private investment firm Stripes Group has taken a $25 million minority stake in the company. The new funding will be used to pay back early investors, including eMarketer’s major shareholder, Beehive Ventures LLC, as well as improve service and spur growth, the company said. Read more.
Advertising Age – eMarketer Nabs $25M to Accelerate Growth
EMarketer has had its fair share of suitors recently, according to Geoff Ramsey, co-founder and CEO. “We get calls from private equity firms and other companies all the time,” he said. Mr. Ramsey and his company have now turned away possible acquirers for the foreseeable future, instead taking on a $25 million investment from Stripes Group, a firm that targets growth investments in mature, profitable businesses. Read more.
Advertising Age – Twitter’s Redesign Isn’t Really Helping Advertisers
Certainly Twitter will need to attract brands to the platform to hit the $400 million mark in ad revenue that eMarketer is forecasting by 2013. The question for marketers is this: Has Twitter adequately addressed advertisers’ needs? The answer is: not very well. Read more.
Mashable – 5 Strategies for Creating Magnetic Content Online
Brands are content publishers. And the Holy Grail of brand-produced content is magnetic content — an emerging buzzword eMarketer describes as a form of marketing that “involves blurring the lines between content and advertising,” and calls out as one of the top trends for 2012. Read more.
MediaPost – Why Can’t I Be You: Online Video Vs. TV
The TV is struggling to stay relevant in a world of rich media, connected devices and a world where online video has grown to over 50% of the U.S. population, according to eMarketer, and is now a mass market platform. Read more.
paidContent – Interactive TV Advertising: Not Huge Now, Will This Be The Year It Grows?
Last week’s CES event brought a clutch of announcements around interactive TV services—specifically around more content getting pushed to devices. That points to growing attention to the medium: will advertising follow? Read more.