This week a lot of important, influential people will be talking about advertising. It's likely that by next week, most of us won't really remember most of what we heard. When everyone is talking, who has time to listen? No one really cares all that much. And that mirrors how most people feel about the advertising we serve up. In a world of increased fragmentation and a bombardment of the senses, most of our messages fall on deaf ears, our advertising fails, and people simply don't care about what we're telling them. Why? Four reasons:
- Everyone brags they have the best data, but no one really does. Most data sits in disparate silos. While it's possible to generate better results by creating models for any one silo (e.g. Google, Facebook, CRM data, offline profiles, etc.), only by analyzing all the data can someone really generate a true picture of their target consumers.
It's time for our industry to be better than this. It's time for our industry to give people a choice and allow them to willingly participate in the decisions we make. It's time to tear down the silos and fulfill on the promise of a truly connected, empowered world.
My belief: This is the year you'll see our industry finally begin to deliver on this more fully connected vision. This is the year that we give consumers back their choice and their voice. This is the year that we start to really learn how to use the data for good - better results for advertisers, better yields for publishers and better information for people everywhere.
This is the year that we together change the world of marketing forever. And the conversation starts now.
Scott Howe and John Battelle of Federated Media and OpenX will share their view on marketing on Tuesday, September 24th at 2 PM at the Times Center Hall for Advertising Week 2013. You can tweet him your questions at @acxiom.