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Television? The word is half Greek and half Latin. No good will come of this device. C P Scott, 1936
Television won't last because people will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox co-founder, 1946
But TV finally fell to advertising and is now fully one-third ads and very little content, except for product placement and sponsored content.
But because advertising ruled our lives when internet was launched in 1995, we just naturally assumed that advertising would rule online as well. But we got it wrong. I spend hours online daily and do all I can to ignore flashing, blinking banners and skyscraper ads and sponsored links glaring from top, bottom and now edges, of screen in front of me.
How do people behave online? Simple, they search. They search for things they have an interest in. They bookmark favorites. Most don't know why they get results they do when searching.
It's because top ranking sites in search results are very specifically designed by people who know how to gain those top rankings in search engines. Why on earth would anyone spend good money on advertising when most web surfers seek to avoid advertising and even buy software meant to block advertising from their web pages? Why on earth don't more businesses see that search engine positioning is number one solution to visibility and success online?
Here comes another funeral march. They probably bought Super Bowl ads and have banners flashing all over my favorite web site. Oh and look! They have banner ads on hearse! I guess they didn't want to waste eyeballs attending funeral. At least they aren't animated banners. Have a little respect!
Well, I'm going to usurp job of Captain of Kings' bodygaurd and announce that "Advertising is Dead!" "Le ROI est mort!" (Return On Investment) "Long live Search Engine Positioning!" Viva le ROI! Viva le SEO!
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