Cast Your Vote 4 the Best Medium: Television or the Internet?

February 19, 2008 at 2:26 am 3 comments

Now before you go….’This is so 90’s’….hang with me here…

At a seminar the other day with a worldwide advertising agency that will remain anonymous, we were discussing the best, most effective ‘medium’ that exists today. According to our executive speaker, he stated it was – the television.

This was much to the surprise of my younger peers, though less experienced yet with high levels of education, believing it is – the internet. Some of you may stop reading here, and think duh! it’s the internet. We had this debate back in the 90s….move on. But, in 2008, is this deduction still premature? I mean, just look at this year’s Superbowl spots: $2.5 million for 30 seconds…and do we see this trend stopping?

History shows that the use and integration of technology follows the bell curve. When television first started, no one wanted to invest in it, thinking the radio was the best medium out there. Thus brings us to our debate: What is today’s best medium to approach audiences?

I am also not the first to bring up this debate. So, in the comments, cast your vote: television or the internet and why?

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  • 1. Holland  |  February 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    TV by far. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased something because I saw or clicked on an ad online. I am still informed by far about products, sales, promotions, etc via tv.

  • 2. Nedra  |  February 19, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Hate to say it, but it depends. Depends on your audience, depends on your objectives, depends on your budget. TV’s not going away any time soon, but the way it is being watched is changing rapidly. I don’t watch TV anymore, but once in a while will watch programs online. Many people don’t watch the commercials because they have Tivo or a DVR. Marketers need to find new ways to reach their audiences (especially younger generations) outside of the standard 30-second spot. And if your objective is behavior change, you can be much more effective with online approaches, where you can get more in-depth and interactive, whereas TV is better for just building awareness.

    I think the Superbowl is the exception to the rule. That’s the only time people who would otherwise skip or ignore the ads might pay attention.

  • 3. ede  |  March 20, 2008 at 3:58 am

    The most effective i.e:
    Direct to target
    Most persusive
    Most interactive

    Is internet, viral interactive, it’s normaly peer to peer, entertaining and it involves the participants in an activity.
    But the most effective is WOM (word of mouth)


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