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Hi BJ,

Thanks for the insights into this.

I can't agree with Ellis Booker, youthfulness doesn't replace experience AND I being young(ish) [35] myself, I have seen many time a young buck (16-27) get all so excited about a technology, website, fad and believes it so much that they can't step back to see the reality of the situation.

Case in point, Second Life! The company just took a blow from advertising being pulled; cost of creating a 3D advertisement versus the return either on impressions or click-through is VERY expensive and this isn't even against ROI! That doesn't mean that Second Life is going to close down, it just isn't anywhere close to start investing marketing money into. It been around, four years, so if you listened to one of those young bucks, you would have very little to show for any type of marketing money invested into it versus AdWord, Banners, SEO, Secondary Sites, an Online Marketing Specialist, etc.

I think staying on-top of the trend is a matter of many late nights reading blogs, forums, post, etc. of younger generations and seeing what is "cool", but then again, we can simply as our children, "So any cool new sites/techknology you heard about at school today?" And even then we need to step back and think about what experience has taught us, look at the reality of it and ask ourselves, does it really make sense to invest in this?


Andrew Hally

I think we as marketers are always looking for that "new thing" because it has become so difficult to cut through clutter. We want that silver bullet that would obviate the need to do the tough, nitty-gritty work of understanding our customers deeply and targeting them pricisely and testing and learning etc. That, plus media's interest in new topics that help drive readership. At this point, it would be hard to ignore the Second Lifes of the world even if we tried hard to!

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