While it is true that in general that the effect of online ads on social networks is not quite as strong as the effect of online ads on search sites, it has been found that ads on Facebook have definitely begun to show very good results, even surpassing the performance of ads on search giant, Google.
Results of a study recently conducted by campaign measurement firm, Dynamic Logic, regarding the effectiveness of in-call advertising have just been released and are looking very positive for the new ad medium.
comScore has revealed that display ads on social networks accounted for more than 20% of the total number of online ad impressions in the USA during the month of June 2009 .
Yahoo! has allowed advertisers to submit changes to their accounts via a spreadsheet for over 3 years. Microsoft adCenter has also allowed simple bulk edits and spreadsheet uploads from the start. Google (sort of) caught up and has now made it easier for their clients to make changes to their AdWords accounts.
It has been observed of late, that Google is moving into territory beyond their traditional frontiers. They launched Google Voice recently, which has more to do with the field of telecommunications than computers, and now, rather unsurprisingly, they are looking at these expansions as a means of generating more advertising revenue in future.
Digg recently announced plans to set up a new advertising platform. This advertising platform will be different from ad offerings on other sites, as it will indirectly allow users to decide the price Digg will charge their advertisers for each ad.
While Google has always been very particular about differentiating ads from organic search results by placing ads only at the side of the search results page or in clearly marked slots at the top of the page, the Google Operating System blog recently found Google Mobile Search displaying short text ads in the middle of the search results page.