Frank Addante, Founder and CEO of the Rubicon Project, discusses his AdTech Chicago 2009 presentation on How to Best Leverage Digital Audience Networks.
Medland: Hi, my name is Meredith Medland and Iâ€™m here with Pete Prestipino. Heâ€™s the editor of Website Services Magazine, which youâ€™ve seen in the racks here at ad:tech in Chicago, as well as you can certainly find online. Pete, this issue this month is about E-Commerce and next month is affiliate marketing. Tell us more about this magazine.
Prestipino: We launched our magazine back in November of 2005. Weâ€™ve been on the tradeshow circuit. Weâ€™ve been going to ad:tech, coasting con Affiliate Summit just last week and weâ€™re just really excited to be in the industry and publishing a magazine that we think is helpful for what we call the Long Tail. Thatâ€™s the 90% of the web consumers that are driving the money on the web. Weâ€™re just excited to provide very practical information.
Meredith: You have a booth here at ad:tech?
Pete: We do. Weâ€™re over there on the corner, but weâ€™re signing up a lot of people today. I think we have about 300 today so far. Ad:tech has been really good to us.
Meredith: Fantastic. Whatâ€™s unique about your magazine compared to the other industry trades?
Pete: Weâ€™re focused on very practical information. For example, next issue we have an article about do-it-yourself affiliate programs, how to use those practically. We tend to shy away from case studies and focus more on the tools and tactics that successful web companies use to get the attention and notoriety that people aspired to. Again, itâ€™s good information and itâ€™s practical information. Weâ€™ve people from all over the US and Canada calling us everyday saying, â€œThank you for sending it to us.â€ Itâ€™s just generally good information that anybody can read an article quickly and implement our suggestions or expert suggestions. We have a lot of great writers, on-staff and great contributors providing just helpful information.
Medland: You’re listening to WebmasterRadio.FM. My name is Meredith Medland. Sitting right across from me on the show floor of Chicago ad:tech is David Hutchinson. He’s the SVP of Business Development over at Program Partners. He’s much more than that, youâ€™re on the board of directors for ad:tech, youâ€™d been around for a long time. You’re a veteran in the industry. You’ve done a great favor to all of us at this conference and that’s hooking us up with Hunter Hastings. We just gone done talking to him. He’s the CEO of the EMM group and provided some amazing information on the state of marketing, where it’s going and what’s going on.
David, I’d love for you to break it down for us today. We just talked to him a little bit. But take some of that high level stuff and reiterate the key concepts that you heard.
Hutchinson: Yes. Well, it’s interesting. God bless, Hunter for you know, (a) coming to sort of give the presentation that he did and to condense it the way he did in fairly succinct terms. I mean, what he is talking about is nothing less than this sort of operational organizational transformation of this sort of the 20th century industrial corporation with their department and silo’s sort of product centric, business disciplines. Literally, transforming that American corporation that we’ve known for a hundred of years, into a more informational, more relational, more horizontal corporate structure. Going from silo’s to cross-functional teams, which is really kind of the pesky sort of a challenge that you don’t really hear marketers typically talking about. There’s a lot that talk about how the consumer is in control, is in charge and 360 degree marketing or multi-channel marketing or the marketing mix and everybody intellectually gets that. It is critical. We do have to shift from sort of a supply side, sort of economy and mentality to a more of a respect for the demand side.
Medland: You’re listening to WebmasterRadio.FM, my name is Meredith Medland and I’m right here with Peter Fort from SCAinteractive.
Peter, tell us about SCAinteractive.
Peter Fort: SCAinteractive is one of the original online vendors for contests and promotions. We had our start, my start in the online side in 1993, which was when people barely own computers and we do sweepstakes contests, promotions. Weâ€™re currently running the largest promotion in North America right now, which is the McDonald’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Very exciting.
Meredith: Tell us a little bit more about that promotion.
Peter: Well, the McDonald’s promotion is huge, absolutely mammoth. In McDonald’s case, every Big Mac, every large shake, every French fry you buy has a unique ten-digit pin number on it. This pin number, you can take and if you enter the pin number, you can find out if you win one of 28 Volvos in 28 days.
The best part is they are doing these pins through three different gateways. In other words, when you get the pin off the side of your Big Mac, you can go to your cellphone and text in the pin number, that’s gateway 1, or you can go to your cellphone and call in the number with your voice, that’s gateway 2, or you can go online and actually see a really sharp flash presentation and enter the number and find out if you won.
Medland: You’re listening to Webmaster Radio. My name is Meredith Medland. Sitting across from me, is Kenneth Kalb from SearchRev.
How are you doing?
Kenneth: Meredith, Hi. How are you? Thanks for having me today, I appreciate it.
Meredith: You’re welcome. Let’s get right into it, give me a case study.
Kenneth: Well, first of all, I’m the CEO of a company called SearchRev and we are the leading provider of paid search optimization for online advertising companies. What we do is, we help those companies who are interested in advertising online, to double, triple, or quadruple the revenue that they’re currently getting from their existing campaigns.
We have lots of examples of some of those customers, they include, Yahoo, Safeway, Zazzle, Shutterfly and MotoSport. In particular, companies like Zazzle for example, we’ve been able to increase their performance by as much as 10% compounded growth rate per month, which we think is quite extraordinary. We’re actually the leader in the field.
Meredith: That’s fantastic. So, if we talk about motosport.com you’ve got a little information for me here, let’s hear about some specifics.
Medland: My name is Meredith Medland, it’s time to turn on your ears and get excited to listen to some more exciting content brought right from ad:tech Chicago. Sitting in front of me is Sam Landers, who’s the Founder as well as Creative Director at Designitchen here in Chicago, Illinois. Hi Sam.
Landers: Hi, Meredith. How are you?
Meredith: I’m having a great time. I just talked to Sam a little bit before we recorded this interview. First, Sam I want you to tell everybody what Designkitchen is.
Sam: Designkitchen is an interactive firm. We specialize in branding, brand positioning, identity development and technology solutions for a wide variety of clients. Motorola, United Technologies, NutraSweet company, USG, Life Fitness and third of our work is outside of Chicago. But all of our work is technology related.
Meredith: Fantastic. Well, one of the technologies that you show me that also had phenomenal design elements was your work with Motorola. Tell our listener’s about that?
Sam: Yes. I think companies like Motorola have many audience groups. So, typically, when you go to Motorola.com, you’re going to get consumer information like there latest phones and gadgets. But Motorola has a significant part of their business with the networks on the streets. Their the T-Mobile, Vodafones in Europe. They’re the companies that builds the infrastructure so that your phone works.