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    Women Business Leaders: IBM study predicts the end of advertising as we know it

    The next 5 years will hold more change for the advertising industry than the previous 50 did. How will women business owners take advantage of these changes?

    The information for this post is from an IBM global surveys of more than 2,400 consumers and 80 advertising experts … the report is titled, “The end of advertising as we know it.”

    Imagine an advertising world where ... spending on interactive, one-to-one advertising formats surpasses traditional, one-to-many advertising vehicles, and a significant share of ad space is sold through auctions and exchanges.

    Advertisers know who viewed and acted on an ad, and pay based on real impact rather than estimated “impressions.” Consumers self-select which ads they watch and share preferred ads with peers. User-generated advertising is as prevalent (and appealing) as agency-created spots.

    Based on IBM global surveys there are four change drivers shifting control within the ad industry:

    1. Attention – Consumers are increasingly in control of how they view, interact with and filter advertising in a multichannel world.
    2. Creativity – Thanks to technology, the rising popularity of user-generated and peer-delivered content, and new ad revenue-sharing models (e.g., YouTube, Crackle, Current TV), amateurs and semi- professionals are now creating lower-cost advertising content.
    3. Measurement – Advertisers are demanding more individual-specific and involvement- based measurements, putting pressure on the traditional mass-market model.
    4. Advertising inventories – Will be bought and sold through efficient exchanges, bypassing traditional intermediaries.

    There is no question that the future of advertising will look radically different from its past. The push for control of attention, creativity, measurements and inventory will reshape the advertising value chain and shift the balance of power.

    Change has been a part of every industry but the changes we are seeing now are coming more rapidly than ever before. These changes in communications technology also greatly impacts how women business leaders should consider promoting their businesses.

    Stay informed and prosper in this changing environment.

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