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Re: AM: The next Advertising on the Internet meeting

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Subject:     Re: AM: The next Advertising on the Internet meeting
From:     "Andrew Forbes" <>
Date:     Sat, 30 May 1998 22:37:28 -0400

I have two comments:

1) Unless there is very compelling content at the site, I'm going
to hit "Stop", go somewhere else, and never return the site that
attempted to jam a television style commercial down my throat; and

2) I find the quote "advertisers now have the ability to coordinate ad
campaigns between television and the Internet" misleading, because
they still won't know who (in a demographic sense) is seeing the ads.
This will make it tough to know which television shows on which
to buy ad time.

On a less bombastic note, I took a look at their web site. I noted

1) Their "Spring '98" demo isn't ready yet; and
2) They've "filed" a patent application; and
3) They've "teamed" with a major (unnamed) advertiser

Spring's about over, anybody can file a patent application, and
anybody can claim to have teamed with a major advertiser. In a day
or two I can write server side code that will run down a thirty second
timer between responding to page requests from a client. So the
site visitor requests a page, I send them an ad page, and then I run
the timer down before sending them the content they actually wanted.

The web is so overloaded these days most popular sites do this anyway.
I really hope these people are not trying to patent making a web server
act like it's overloaded.

Maybe we should patent having the page request timeout.

In the process of trying to gather material together for the Advertising
on the Internet meetings, I've come across a fair number of people
that believe they're going to "change the face of advertising on the
Internet". This belief usually seems to be based on not understanding
advertising and/or the Internet and/or the behavior of Internet users.

Does anybody on this list know more about IC Systems than they've
posted on their web site? Perhaps the level of detail on the site is
so high level that I've misunderstood what they're really up to?

Andy Forbes

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
To: <>
Date: Saturday, May 30, 1998 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: AM: The next Advertising on the Internet meeting

>Hi folks,
>I'll pass this on without comment.  What do you think of the concept?
>- Anne Zieger
> *****************
> Press Bulletin
> *****************
> see also:
> Major Fast-food Chain To Premiere Full-screen Internet Ads
>  At one time or another, web surfers have probably noticed the absence of
>national brand advertising on the Internet. The answer to their curiosity
>be traced to the limitations of current space availability on the Internet,
>the small banner ads.  "This type of advertising, the narrow banner ads and
>the click-through methodology common to them, is not appealing to major
>advertisers, " commented Tom Amon, CEO of IC Systems in Santa Ana, Calif.
>  But new technology has changed the face of Internet advertising forever.
>newly developed advertising technique, the IC (for Internet Commercial)
>Systems method, results in full-screen, broadcast-style advertisements on
>Internet. The first to premiere the ads is a national fast-food chain whose
>advertising message will be delivered to a full universe of customers.
>largest aggregate audience is on the Internet, " stated Curt Hutten,
>of IC Systems.  "Lack of a broadcast-style medium on the Internet has
>the majors an opportunity to market to millions of viewers, users on the
>Until now. "
>  The restrictions imposed by banner ads-and a knowledge of the advertising
>industry and its trends-prompted IC Systems to develop a modern, innovative
>method. IC perfected an ingenious, patent-pending technique to achieve
>screen television-style advertisements that are sought by leading marketers
>soft drinks, fast-food restaurants, national department stores, mass
>merchandiser chains and other principal institutional-type advertisers.
>   "The Internet can now cater to and accommodate the 60 percent of
>advertisers in most print and electronic mediums, " Amon said, noting that
>majors have all but ignored Internet advertising due to the limitations of
>banner ads.
>   "A few minutes of television viewing or a quick thumb-through of a
>tells it all, " Amon commented.  "Savvy marketers seek mediums that focus
>brand-identity, institutional-style ads that yield a lasting reminder of a
>product name or feature. That's what sells products and encourages
>to ask for specific brand names, " he stated.
>  Explaining the many benefits of the IC Systems advertising methodology,
>said that, for starters, IC ads offer the lowest possible CPM available,
>full universe of customers who are known to maintain product allegiance. He
>said a user can't bypass the full-screen ad because of IC Systems' unique
>commercial firewall protection, and that no special programming is required
>existing content.
>  He explained that the IC ad technique is revolutionary in concept.  "The
>unique system substantially controls the viewing process when a viewer
>to an IC-controlled site. Before selected content can be accessed, a
>commercial message is displayed in a full-screen format. After the full
>commercial message has been executed, the user's intended content appears
>-screen. "
>  IC Systems satisfies a demand among major advertisers for a medium that
>effectively and efficiently achieve brand imaging, one that will offer a
>CPM.  "We'll attract the largest aggregate audience possible, " Amon said.
>"At long last a modern Internet advertising model is available to large
>companies that prefer institutional style ads to enhance brand image, an
>ongoing challenge.
>   "In today's advertising industry, about 60 percent of advertising is
>by major companies, such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Taco Bell,
>Sears and countless others. With the IC Systems full-screen,
>ads, the Internet as a medium is on a par with television and print ads. "
>fact, Amon explained, advertisers now have the ability to coordinate ad
>campaigns between television and the Internet or vice versa.
> For additional editorial materials including graphic materials contact :
> IC Systems, Inc.  phone:  714/542-0558  fax: 714/542-0432   -

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