Friday, 12 August 2011

Why Amazon Is About to Become a Force in Online Advertising | DigitalNext: A Blog on Emerging Media and Technology - Advertising Age

Jay Habegger

Jay Habegger

Amazon flew under the radar in late June when it announced it was entering the world of advertising by using its consumer data to deliver targeted advertising on third-party sites across the web, but it's big news for online retailers and advertisers. Amazon will now use its huge supply of data to pool consumers into buckets based on the products they looked at or purchased on the retailer's website. The company will help advertisers reach these consumers with targeted media, using behaviorally targeted display ads to drive them to any URL.

Amazon has more than a decade's worth of sales and consumer shopping data, so it's almost a surprise it took the company this long to capitalize on its data and enter the behavioral-targeting space. It's a great idea that will help marketers find interested consumers, and other retailers are already trying to copy the model. Every online retailer is a media network, even if they don't know it yet, and there's plenty of opportunity for retailers of all sizes to copy Amazon's model.

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