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Online advertising technology provider Rubicon has released their latest 2008 Online Advertising Market Report for the fourth quarter. Similar to the PubMatic AdPrice Index, Rubicon’s report takes a look at the online advertising industry through analyzing the stats and impressions served on the Rubicon system. Rubicon notes that the report came from analyzing 45 billion impressions across their publisher network. The report focuses heavily on news (around the election) and entertainment. There’s also a discussion of the 2009 ad market as well.
Remember that the report comes from only ads Rubicon has served and while not noted in the report, I assume a large percentage of the 45 billion are served via their large publishing properties.
The key takeaways from the report are:
- $134 million was invested in ad network]related deals in Q4
- Traffic to all sites in the Rubicon ProjectNews & Reference channel jumped 50-75% percent on and after Election day
- CPMs tumbled by more than 40 percent in the Dating channel, and by almost 18 percent in the Sports channel. In contrast, they were up 50 percent in the Young Adult channel, up 42 percent in the TV & Film channel, and up 31 percent in Technology.
- Overall publisher revenue across the Rubicon Project is on pace to outperform Q4 ‘08 by 30% in Q1 ‘09.
Can’t make it to Times Square this year for the New Year’s Eve bash? Don’t want to go out in what looks to be a freezing cold, blustery night? Would you rather ring in the new year on Friendfeed or Twitter? I’ve got two words for you: Mogulus and Hulu.
NY-based online video streaming provider Mogulus has setup a New Year’s Eve Times Square channel which will be live from 4pm ET tonight. They have partnered with some of the Gannett properties which will run the feed on their newspaper websites as well.
Hulu will run a live channel from Times Square beginning at 10pm ET. Hulu notes that their coverage, “will include views of Times Square and the crystal ball, plus the ambient sounds of the party as NYC winds up to count down to 2009.”
UPDATE: Check out 2010 New Year’s eve video options
Happy New Year to all of the awesome CN readers. Please be safe! 2009 looks to be a very exciting year!
The Guardian in the UK is out with their top picks for 2009. Actually they state, "here are our 100 revised best sites to see you through the next couple of years". So I assume that means we have to put up with some of these services for more than the next 12 months? (lol?) So let’s check out their list – click to view the full list.
- Blogging – they like WordPress and Bloglines
- Browsers – they like EVERY browser except IE
- Cartoons – Dilbert is one of their picks
- Create/Collaborate – Zoho and Remember the Milk are two of their selections
- Games – they go with a variety of blogs from the UK – thought this was about web apps?
- Geek Squad – nice to see NY-based Joel on Software get a nod even though he’s a blogger
- Public Services – good roundup – sites I haven’t heard of but will try to review on CN
- Location – dopplr gets a nod – does anyone besides Scoble use this anymore?
- Mapping – there’s a noise pollution map listed – pretty interesting – I can only imagine what my area would get for a score!
- Money sites – all UK based which makes sense – Zopa gets the nod in the social lending space
- Music – last and blip .fm listed but no Pandora
- News – well lookie there, Digg on top – how’d we see that coming? Techmeme listed along with Slashdot
- Offbeat – the lolcats won’t die in the next couple of years apparently – damn.
- Photography – flickr is the best apparently
- Physical from virtual – they love their UK-based Moo – I dislike the moo cards – especially now processing them on CloudContacts
- Social Networking – same ole same ole
They have even dedicated a special section to Twitter tools! It’s an interesting list worth checking out as there are a few new sites on the list.
Search engines Yahoo and AOL have released their "2008 top searches" lists today. Check out the Yahoo and AOL year in review websites to view the full lists of all types of searches. Oops she did it again — Britney Spears leads on both search engines. Somehow Yahoo has Britney as the top overall search but not the top search in the celebrity category?
Here’s the lists from the News category:
|2.||Caylee and Casey Anthony||Olympics|
|8.||Shelley Malil||Stimulus Checks|
|9.||Patrick Swayze||High Gas Prices|
|10.||Afganistan||Eliot Spitzer Scandal|
Some other fun bits….
How to tie a tie = most popular how-to search on AOL
AOL says Las Vegas was the most searched U.S. city for travel – NYC placed 5th
Yahoo shows Jamie Lynn Spears moving up in the celebrity category – hey a teenage pregnancy and a baby daddy will do it every time!
In Yahoo’s "influential women" category – mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano beat out Michelle Obama
Heath Ledger and Bernie Mac lead Yahoo’s dead people category
My second visit to SXSW is now over and it was great. Met a ton of great people and thanks to everyone for saying hi and appreciate all of the great feedback over the past week. Tomorrow we return to normal coverage and bid Austin and the birds adieu.
Here are our SXSW posts for your review:
- Schwag Giveaway – Gary V’s Sweat, Facebook Tshirts, Seesmic Stickers and More
- Hats Off To The Twitter Team
- Hey Far Away Haters, Here’s Why I Enjoy SXSW
- Video Interview – Kyte.TV Explains The Difference With Seesmic, Qik and Flixwagon
- The (Apparently) Two Sides of Mark Zuckerberg
- Panel Recap: Good Analytics Can Get You Booty
- Startup Pricing Suggestions – Reduce And Raise
- Facebook Garage Live Blogging w/Mark Zuckerberg
- Kyte Pulls a Twitter
- Viddler Dinner Recap: Lots of Celebs and Kevin Rose / Gary V Are CN Fans!
- Stickam Demo Video
- The Ninja Accepts
- Web Awards Winners
- Exclusive: Bitstrips Demo Video – Launching Today
- Keynote: Mark Zuckerberg – Live Notes Plus Post-Keynote Crowd Reactions
- Contextual Web Session Recap
- The SXSW Bag, "We Waste Paper"
Tomorrow the CenterNetworks team will be making our way to Austin, Texas for the 2008 South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. If you check our coverage from the 2007 event, you can see how much fun the event is. We will continue our top ranked, award-winning* coverage of this year’s event and as always there is no charge for you to view the content.
There are several other resources worth checking out if you plan to attend or be a home gamer. Thanks to everyone for emailing in suggestions – keep ‘em coming!
- SXSWhere – this site is maintained by NY-based Bricabox and houses all of the party locations.
- SXSW Videos – Viddler has created a mini-portal where they will house videos shot on scene at SXSW. Our videos will be housed there (and here) along with Internet celebs iJustine, WineLibraryTV
- Twitter list – this is the list of people who you can follow for south tweeters.
- SXSW baby – unofficial resource
- http://sched.org/ - very nice calendar tool with basically every party and panel
If you have other resources or will be blogging, live blogging, video blogging, Twittering or Powncing, leave your link in the comments and I will add it to the post. And drop me a line if you will be in town, love to meet CN readers and give out our awesome stickers. See you in Austin!
* awarded by Mothers of CenterNetworks, 2007
We review tons of products and services on CN, over 1,000 in the past year. Most are good to very good, but some just wow us when we check them out. I’d like to share three that have come across our radar in the last month that are game changers and should be very, very successful — and two of them are NY-based, the other calls Boston home.
Part of what will lead to the success is the distribution deals each one has already signed. As Marc Andreessen has said many times, distribution is the key. I am interested in your opinions on the companies listed below – leave your thoughts in the comments.
We took a look at GoMobo last month and also posted their demo video from the NY Tech Meetup. The basic idea with GoMobo is that you can order food from a fast-food joint or restaurant using your mobile for takeway. What this does is save you the time from standing in line. And we predicted 2008 would be the year of the time-saver apps.
Currently the service area is mainly NYC but they have expansion plans in 2008. Their distribution comes from the chains as a point of differentiation which includes Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Papa Johns, etc. Imagine punching into your phone that you want a large Milky Way hot chocolate, corn muffin and a bag of munchkins and having it ready when you arrive.
Think about the time saved from waiting on a line at lunchtime – especially for a person on an hour lunch break. GoMobo estimates the time saved by using their app is over 284 days, I don’t know how they calculated it but even if it’s just 5 minutes each trip, it can add up quickly.
And more importantly, outside of Manhattan, think about the possibilities using mobile in your car – no waiting on a drivethru lane, you just drive directly up to the pickup window at the moment you desire.
The service is free for consumers and GoMobo generates a percentage of the order price. The food establishment doesn’t care because a good percentage of this business will be incremental sales.
Aviary is the newest of the apps that we believe will change 2008. The demo of their first app is just amazing. Aviary is a suite of tools targeting the artist community. It’s an actual competitor to Photoshop and Illustrator online. Of the 80-100 demos at the NY Tech Meetup I’ve seen in the last year, this was the first one to receive massive noise and excitement after the demo.
Sure, there are other products like Skitch which are great but appeal to more of the basic graphic needs. I haven’t seen any other product that takes the perspective of what an artist needs and moves it online. The distribution angle for Aviary is to their core group of potential users, the artists. They have tied into their core business, worth1000 to grow excitement and buzz.
The unique angle and game changer for Aviary is in how it deals with copyright and royalties. Since the application is built for artists who make a living at selling their works, it makes sense that the copyright and royalty piece be part of the application. Each piece of the final work is tagged from the source files. Maybe this will help issues like the one that blew up last year with Richter Scales usage of photos. I wouldn’t be surprised if Aviary starts receiving acquisition offers soon.
Yesterday I met with Flixwagon VP Marketing Sarig Reichert and VP R&D Roy Ginat. Flixwagon is based in Israel and their goal is to make video sharing less cumbersome. If we look at the videos from the NY Tech Meetup, I shoot them, download them, compress them in Windows Movie Maker, upload them and then finally embed them into a post. Flixwagon changes that by shooting live video on your mobile device and having it appear on your blog immediately in real-time. Sarig says that they are empowering a revolution.
You get the full impact of the possibilities when Roy walked outside the coffee shop into Rockfeller Center and began shooting live video while Sarig and I watched it on the laptop. Imagine the parent who was away on business while the child was playing in a soccer championship. The parent could watch the game live from another location. The possibilities are endless.
Their distribution will come from partnerships with major brands. They hosted MTV’s Choose Or Lose special for the Super Tuesday primaries this week in which 51 live streamers were in every state in the nation sending back live video to the MTV Web site and on the TRL tv show.
Soon you will be able to ping Twitter when you are broadcasting and they are working on scheduling and an upload function to YouTube once the live version has completed.
Another company in this space is Qik. Qik has been getting major buzz recently thanks to webulebrity Robert Scoble and his use of the application. I can’t speak to the differences as my phone currently does not handle mobile video, but Sarig says both companies are creating a market and he likes what they are doing. Saris is proud of their video capture quality and the system is built to handle massive traffic.
Once video on mobile devices becomes a standard, Flixwagon is set for success. Photos are so 2005. This is where Yahoo Live should be.