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The Trends for 2012 Of specific note, are the death of the clickthrough ad, the merging of desktop and mobile, and SuperCookies. This makes sense, as critics of clickthrough suggest that it's an inaccurate way to measure the ad's strength. Compounding this issue is the issue of targeting, which, according to Nielsen, is inaccurate. However, not everyone feels this way. One reader suggests that " Search advertising accounts for over half of the $30 billion or so spent in online advertising and is ALL about clickthroughs." Naturally, we at Seed Corn are a diverse firm, but search is a large part of our focus, so this is inspiring news. The challenge will remain, as Nielsen suggests, getting the targeting correctly. Most likely, Facebook is a testground for targeting and clickthrough rates, so as targeting improves, so should the rate of clickthrough. Currently, studies are showing a less than 1% rate, and that doesn't look well for mulberry handbags outlet the future. As we say a lot here, only time will tell.

The merging of desktop and mobile is something that we have seen coming for a while. Rumor has it that Apple is trying to merge iOS and OSX completely. From a Mac standpoint, I can see how that would make sense, especially with the emergence of tablet computing. However, when looking at a mobile smartphone and a PC for example, the hardware differences are simply too vast to allow a complete and total merging of desktop and mobile. Obviously, Microsoft has learned how not to go about this, as they have completely redesigned their mobile interface. Before, it was simply a scaled down version of their popular Windows software, and it was laggier than a fly stuck in molasses. We are going to see more and more similar features, but I'm not sure that we'll see a transparent, seamless merging of the two at least not in 2012.

Supercookies are an item that really interested me. According to the Wall Street Journal, websites like MSN and Hulu have been adopting new techniques to track users online usage.

"The new techniques, which are legal, reach beyond the traditional "cookie," a small file that websites routinely install on users' computers to help track their activities online. Hulu and MSN were installing files known as "supercookies," which are capable of recreating users' profiles after people deleted regular cookies, according to researchers at Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley."

The data collected by companies that use supercookies could be invaluable in advertising and marketing efforts, but is it ethical? I certainly don't want to have my online usage tracked by companies. What if that information got stolen? The brand distrust from the company mining my online usage would be catastrophic. (I wouldn't but still.)

All in all, it's going to be an interesting year for online advertising and marketing. The digital space is a constantly evolving animal and sometimes early adopters are necessarily in the best light. Remember the first iPhone? Trends are useful in predicting the near future, but as we've learned, sometimes time has a way of telling a different story. You would have thought our friends over at Apple were done for at one point, and now they're one of the most profitable companies of alltime. Email at one point was an advertisers dream, CPM email marketing was the cat's pajamas. Not anymore. We'll revisit this in 2013, as all the smoke has settled. Until then

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