As a consumer, we are bombarded by media outlets and messages. The growth in media outlets over the past few decades has been enormous. Yet, we are learning to tune them out and a new set of outlets will emerge. Consider the TiVo effect on television. How much longer will television networks and stations allow me to watch their shows while forwarding through the commercials? Itâ€™s probably a more dire situation than the advertisers know since surveying companies have had a big network influence, even while average cable and satellite customers have over 100 channels now to choose from. Itâ€™s hard to stay put on a live show anymore. I usually watch shows off TiVo in fast forward with closed captioning on. It's much more efficient.
Is it any wonder that the highest cost television ad was 10 years ago?
So whatâ€™s the answer? RFID. Coming soon to a shopping cart, billboard and doorway near you â€“ monitors that detect your personal presence and pitch you a personalized ad that could actually get your attention. While RFID chips become more ubiquitous at close to 5 cents each and small as the period at the end of this sentence with increasing amounts of memory, monitors are cheapening in cost. Itâ€™s the perfect storm. Next time (well, maybe next year), youâ€™re in aisle 8, the convergence of the frequent shopper card in your pocket and the fact that youâ€™re next to those peas you like could mean a pop-up on that funny little cart monitor with a reminder about those little greenies.
Posted June 30, 2006 8:48 AM
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