Web Discoveries for January 19th

These are my del.icio.us links for January 19th

The Blog is Dead!

The Blog is Dead! › Yongfook – Web Producer.

I’ve just set up Yonkfook’s Sweetcron here at Digital Cortex – and am closely considering my next steps.

Do I continue blogging here? Do I move to a wholly auto-generated stream?

The advantages of WordPress are a highly extensible and powerful platform for the delivery of text and rich media.
The advantages of Sweetcron are (apparently) a highly extensible and powerful platform for the delivery of shortform text and images.
The answer for now, is to do both, and somehow, somehow, get the two to link up.

The numerous hosted content aggregators and WordPress lifestreaming plugins I’ve tried just haven’t performed as I’d hoped, but I see so much promise to take Digital Cortex up a level if I can only boost my own technical skills.

Will post a review of the lifestreaming technologies I’ve tried to date, but in the meantime I’ll continue trying to make this look like the rest of my site.

Mobile Advertising Gets Clever

QR Code for WAP Address
QR Code for WAP Address

The premise of online media is that it is fully accountable, a feature  that I’m sure contributes to Digital’s continued growth during the recession.
It means I can track from impression to conversion across hundreds of thousands of users.
It means I can optimise towards my best performing sites to maximise ROI.
It means any number of other benefits, which I’ll come to in a later post (heh).

For a couple of years, Mobile has been nought but a testing ground for advertisers, a place to paddle around in experimental waters, usually as a way to get the most out of any remaining budget.
It was impossible to gain true visibility over the results, because the infrastructure was constantly in flux, as the big players fought for their technologies to take precidence.

Now the Mobile space is beginning to settle down, everything is changing…

Our new mobile ad campaign will be the first in the world to run through a third party adserver. In partnership with Nokia and Eyeblaster, my agency have planned and are about to execute the first wholly trackable mobile campaign.  This means the same visibility and efficiencies can be ported to a new medium, from the better established digital cousin of Online.
This breakthrough may very well mean Mobile is a first addition to a plan, rather than a final one.

Future Site Design

CubeThis is the cube that’ll eventually inform the whole look and feel of this site.

It’s simplicity evokes solidity and clarity. Also, it looks cool. Which is the main thing.

Will try out a load of different colours, and see what sticks.

I’m now working on creating a Child theme for Thematic, which is supposed to make WordPress customisation quite easy. We’ll see about that!

Google Reveals Their Game Plan

Google are launching an AdSense platform for casual games.
Here’s some info to suit all depths of interest in this new development.

Here’s the link to Google’s official announcement:
http://adsense.blogspot.com/2008/10/get-in-game-with-adsense-for-games.html

There is also a YouTube “press release” of their announcement here:

And an example of how the in-game ads might look here:

And finally, an article from CasualGaming.biz who broke the story last Friday:

Google unveils its game plan
Oct 8th 2008 at 13:54 by Michael French:

Web giant Google has finally unveiled its long-awaited bid to enter the in-game advertising sector, revealing it is putting a big focus of the strategy on casual games.

In a post on the blog for the firm’s web advertising team Adsense, Google reps said that it is targeting web games in the first instance:

“Do you develop or publish web-based games? If so, you’re contributing to a growing trend – according to comScore, over 25% of Internet users play online games every week, which is over 200 million users worldwide. As a beta user of AdSense for Games, you can display video ads, image ads, or text ads within your online games to earn revenue,” the sales pitch reads.

“You’ll be able to show these ads in placements you define, such as interstitial frames before a game, after a level change, or when a game is over. Members of our AdWords team will sell your in-game ad placements directly to top brand advertisers, and you’ll also see contextually targeted text and image ads based on content and demographic information. In addition, you’ll be able to control the ads you see on your pages using our filtering options.”

Google has opened a beta for the service, which is open to publishers with predominantly (over 80 per cent)  traffic from the UK or US.

Demonstration videos for the service make reference to a wide variety of games – although both open with footage from Playfish’s Facebook Word Challenge game.

“We’ve built ad technology for games played within a user’s browser, and now we’re looking to expand our publisher network,” the company said.

Google has partnered with Mochi Media and its MochiAds network to add inventory to its available advertising slots.

Jameson Hsu, CEO of Mochi Media commented: “Google AdSense for Games will be able to offer a wide reach for its advertisers, and Mochi Media can better monetize international traffic for our developers and publishers.”

The news comes just hours after the company revealed its YouTube video service would start offering online sales of games as well via links from its relevant videos to online stores such as Amazon and iTunes.