Editor&Publisher interviews Sergey Brin via email, and while his responses have clearly been given a once-over by Google’s professional PR staff, this response struck me as a bad omen for the DoubleClicks of the world:
2. Many newspapers are publishing display ads on the Web, with photos and graphics. Will AdSense evolve beyond text-based advertising? Or is text the best medium for these types of ads?
SB: At this point, text ads are the best solution for our users, advertisers and partners. However, online advertising, especially contextual advertising, is evolving rapidly. Google is committed to a leadership position in online advertising technology and we continue to explore new technologies in every aspect of targeting, delivery and display.
In other words, it won’t be long before Google combines the contextual relevance of AdSense text links with more brand-driven, rich media ad units. And that means they start becoming a major ad serving service in the vein of Doubleclick and its kin. Perhaps Google simply buys DCLK, which Safa recently claimed is undervalued. It could make a lot of sense…if Yahoo/Overture doesn’t get there first. I’m not a stock picker, nor a seer, so don’t hold me to this. Just noting an interesting trend.
2 thoughts on “Google’s Brin on AdSense; Watch DCLK”
I hope, for Google’s sake, that if they start offering rich media ads, they at least give the AdSense users the option to not display them. A lot of what’s attractive about AdSense to many site owners is that the ads are highly unobtrusive. Once you have a flashing banner, that feature is gone.
Yes, they’d have to do that, and further, they’d have to really dig into the advertising *service* business, really taking care of clients (positioning, creative services, research…the whole bag of tricks). This is not simple stuff, as AOL found out in the past two years. But it’s exciting nonetheless, as it will make advertising – in all its forms – far more relevant. I hope they do it.