“The biggest gating factor to internet ad growth is the obsession of the players, the [venture capitalists] and the press with ‘bottom of the funnel’ marketing in a world where the big money is spent at the top,” said Rob Norman, CEO of Group M Interaction. He said display ads do indeed have a chance to be as big a business as the web giants hope — but it’ll require better targeting that helps discern intent (à la search advertising), a set of metrics that can at least be proxy for sales, and messaging that is valid and useful for users.
The second part of this sentence I completely agree with, but the means to the end I am less confident about. The first time I read this paragraph, I immediately thought of the Innovator’s Dilemma. It sounds like a classic example of a new technology targeting the “less valuable customers” with a radical, economics-redefining offering, perfecting it slowly, and gradually moving up market to take share.
Rather than write a ten page essay, let’s just agree that it sounds possible. I actually like Rob. He puts himself out there. We would probably have a lot of fun hanging out.