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Advertising 2.0 by Paul Beelen

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September 09 2007

Advertising 2.0 by Paul Beelen, Asiaing.comWhat everybody in advertising, marketing and media should know about the technologies that are reshaping their business. By Paul Beelen, February 2006.

This 20 page whitepaper explores the influence of technology in advertising, marketing and media, and the threats and opportunities triggered by the revolution of the new, social internet.


There has never been so much change in the way people communicate than there is right now. New generations use tools their parents donít even understand, and young people consume news as easy as they create and publish it themselves. These shifts in communication will undoubtedly have consequences for the communication industry. Can advertising campaigns still be based on a mix between 30 second tv commercials, print ads in top-down media and below the line activities?

Roughly five years after the burst of the Internet bubble, developers and investors are regaining trust in the World Wide Web. But not in the web as we know it. This time itís about conversation, cooperation, and empowerment of the masses. This time it is bottom-up, instead of top-down. People are taking back the web that companies have been trying to commercialize for the past 10 years, without much success. This time, the web is going social. Within the Internet community, this new, grown up version of the web is called Web 2.0.

If we combine the social aspects of new web applications (which I will explain later on) with technological developments such as the ever dropping price of hardware, the rise of wireless communications and the massification of mobile phones, we can start to see mayor changes in a lot of aspects todayís advertising relies on to be effective. This paper intends to explore these changes.

Whatís the effect of an advertising campaign, in a world where every consumer has instant access to all hard data about any given product? How can we even reach these consumers in a media landscape that consists of millions of personal blogs, podcasts and time shifted television?

What is the role of marketing when consumers are directly connected to almost anybody within the companies they buy from? In this paper I will attempt to provide some answers (or at least clues), but for now, the best way to be prepared is to simply be aware of the fact that things are changing. Something has been set off, that is impossible to stopped. And it will force advertising to reinvent itself in quite a few ways.

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Everybody in advertising, marketing and media, especialy those interested in new technologies. However, technical knowledge is not required, which makes this document a good opportunity to catch up if you haven't yet explored the changes that affect the advertising industry.

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About the author:

Paul Beelen was born in The Netherlands. He has been part of creative departments at various advertising agencies, including Lowe, BBDO and Leo Burnett, in The Netherlands, Switzerland, the Caribbean and Chile. Currently, he holds a position as creative director at El Cielo Agulla & Baccetti Santiago, Chile.

Paul maintains a weblog about technologiesí influence on advertising, marketing and media, which can be found at

In 2005, together with Damir Colak, Paul co-founded, an online RSS reader in spanish.

Contact information:
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Skype id: paulbeelen


Comments (3)add comment

charlie blackhawk said:

I know that video advertising marketing and link exchange is very important to small businesses. After getting booted off you ,there are sites like htt:// that gives you free link exchange,video uploads and even a simple web page that will link to your business site.
June 23, 2009

Jonathan Wallace said:

Gorilla marketing in today's economy is everything, marketing to get through the recession!
If your interested in web optimization for your site, there is a free site for uploading video ads for your business, they also have image uploads if you are not yet up to videos. The more sites you can link to the greater your market will be. They have a free link exchange as well.
June 08, 2009

Yash Bhawsar said:

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