Mobile video advertising, and short-form video advertising in general, is and will continue to be more effective than most TV ad spots.  This is true for online video and mobile video.  And when I say most, it I mean everything except live events, especially sports.

Here's why: a captive audience.  

The video ad viewing results shared today by TapJoy go a long way to proving this.  While TapJoy ads aren't representative of most video ad networks, they are predicting where the market is going: 
For a telecom campaign, for instance, the Tapjoy videos produced a 48% higher recall, vs. 22% for TV, and the mobile campaign generated 25% brand likeability vs. 11% for the TV spots. Source: MediaPost
If a viewer wants to watch a video badly enough and they are forced to watch pre-roll, they will. And because they know the length, they know there's only one ad, and they know the won't be bothered again, they'll do it.  They've actually been doing it, and watching pre-roll video ads will continue to outpace TV for engagement, ad recall and brand recognition simply because they can't skip through it, and it's short enough where they won't try to multi-task to something else.  The format, the form, and the length make these ads truly make users watch them.
Now, not all videos are of equal consumer value, and the views on a single average video are nowhere near the volume of a single TV show.  But this is clearly quality over quantity right now.  But, equal quantity is just a matter of time as the walls breakdown between interent-based and cable-based video distribution.

Consumers implicitly understand this ad tradeoff now - "I watch a video ad (which I might even be interested in), I get the content I want to see".  

As long as publishers / advertisers don't start loading more than one 20-30 second clip, and the video ads are contextually or personally relevant to me, this tradeoff really works out.  Video ads are only going to get more engaging, and that's better for consumers and brands alike.

Dear Paypay / Ebay:

Your decision to make me opt-out of class action lawsuits by POSTAL MAIL is simply insane, and you should be ashamed of the way you're going about notifying hundreds of millions of people.  You are clearly trying to make it as difficult as possible to like you as a company.

The average person couldn't even find a reference to understand how to opt-out because you've buried it so well.  It's a scavenger hunt to even find out HOW to opt out - it's buried deep in a legal document not even available externally on your site.  

You are one of of the largest internet companies in the world, and you are requiring a transaction to be handled offline via MAIL, when you are happy managing BILLIONS of secure transactions and requiring the what could be the world's most secure buyer and seller authentication.  That is disgraceful.  Be ashamed, you've earned it.

The fact that you don't even have a complaints or "other" selection in your "email us" section of your website supports the fact that you don't want to listen to your customers.    You are behaving like a huge oil company with little disregard for your customers, the customers that helped you build such a huge pig of a company in the first place.  A long long time ago.

Get off your Bain Consulting high horses, extract the law firm that recommended this binding arbitration nonsense out of your arsehole, and actually try and connect with your users and find out what will make them happier.  You'll make more money in the long run.

AND, consider this my formal request to opt-out of your binding arbitration, no class action lawsuit nonsense.  

I DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE.  Name, addres, phone #, email address.

If you do not opt me out using this form, I will sue you along with millions of others.

Chief Marketing Officer: What’s in a Job Title?

The Product Management function for Internet companies is a Marketing function. If it’s not under Marketing in your company, it’s simply time to move it.

Marketing People Can't Do Viral Marketing - Don Draper, Mad Men Quotes (that didn't happen)
Marketing people can't do viral marketing.
Today’s "marketing" - viral marketing and word-of-mouth marketing - is built into the core of the product, and without the ability to design it in, marketing will continue to be expensive and sub-optimally effective, holding back the value of your business.

Today’s Chief Marketing Officer must not only straddle the fence between product specification and traditional marketing, but to be successful, remove the fence.

This isn't the Mad Men type marketer your mother warned you about - it's completely different sort:

"Marketing people can’t do viral marketing. You don’t just build a product and then choose viral marketing. There is no viral marketing add-on. Anyone who advocates viral marketing in this way is wrong and lazy. People romanticize it because, if you do it right, you don’t have to spend money on ads or salespeople. But viral marketing requires that the product’s core use case must be inherently viral." - Peter Thiel, Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 9 Notes

Marketing -- that job of creating awareness and finding new customers / users across a variety of media and channels -- is now less about paid media and more about earned media. The thing that’s changing the shape of the position is that the online product or service itself is now the biggest driver of earned marketing impact.  (Note: ecommerce remains very different - you're selling products online, not selling online products)

When people ask what I do, it’s almost impossible to communicate succinctly. As chief marketing officer, or senior vice president of marketing AND products, it’s complicated but critical to tell both stories and how they’re intertwined. And the value that I personally bring to the table is that I understand how and why they’re so intimately connected and know how to manage both sides synchronously.

If I explain that I’m in marketing, they get it the advertising part - but that’s only half my job (less these days). When I say I run product management, too, I get blank stares. I have to explain product management and that it’s not a coding position, but a general management position. (It’s somehow unique that software product managers, unlike the product managers at Proctor and Gamble, Mattel and NestlĂ© (who are the general managers of their products) don’t run into the same quandary.)

But, that’s changing - and it’s about time! Product Management needs more recognition as a critical function, even for startups. It’s usually the CEO or the CTO who’s the head product manager - it’s just not part of their title.

Take Instagram. Their focus on creating a passionate user network, rather than new features or platform expansion, turned that company into a tidy little acquisition. CEO Kevin Systrom understood the value of users, and [relentlessly] focused the technical team on that over all else. There were no Google Adwords campaigns, no SEO links, no paid Facebook campaigns, and hardly even a website – every bit of "marketing" was embedded the app.

As an accomplished Chief Marketing Officer for multiple Internet and software companies, building market awareness is largely reliant on a great product / service experience - and happy customers who can and want to tell their friends about it.

The customer drives marketing now. Marketing isn’t something you do. it’s what your customers and users do for you. If they like you (your product or service), it will grow (with well-executed coaxing and encouragement, and viral product design). If they think it’s OK or don’t like it, growth is slow, painful and expensive. It’s why so many companies fail – customers just aren’t delighted.

Not sure about your company? Give yourself a litmus test – run a customer survey to captive email addresses and your website to get your NPS (Net Promoter Score).  Ask just one question:
 How likely are you to recommend this product / service to a friend or colleague? 
The results will tell you how much work you have to do on your product experience with the goal of getting users completely enthused about it. (Make sure your scale is 0 to 10, not 1 to 10, otherwise you’ll be getting good information but it won’t be a comparable NPS score.)  An aggregate score of 70 or more is great - you're on your way.

Today’s successful Internet head of marketing isn’t a corporate marketing wonk, creative advertiser, or a brand builder – the traditional emphasis of a CMO. Marketing is not about paid media, brand advertising or even direct advertising. This new breed of CMO must orchestrate a blend of integrated online, social and email marketing programs that drive word of mouth and online recommendations and referrals. That means finding and leveraging happy customers as brand ambassadors and harnessing their inherent goodness. These programs are part of the product and service experience, intrinsically sharable and leverage the power of the network (and yes, the social graph). But how do you differentiate this CMO from the 'old version'?

Combining the “Chief Product Officer” and “Chief Marketing Officer” into a single role is the right call for early-stage Internet companies. My naming dilemma of the day is finding a new title for this role that encompasses both marketing and product management in a way that’s descriptive, intuitive and creative.
  • Chief Experience Officer?
  • Vice President of Distribution?
  • Head of Customer Experience? 
  • SVP of Advocacy? 
  • VP of Customer Mobilization?
  • VP of Customer Experience?
  • Director of Social Sharing?
  • Growth Hacker?
I could use your help – can you think of a job title that represents both product and marketing?