Google Print Revival Still Kicking
from the printing-money? dept
Late last year, Google announced that it would take another shot at selling ads for print media. The company had tried this once before with magazines, but the effort didn’t pan out particularly well. This time around, the service is for newspapers, and the company believes it may be working out a little better. After the initial trial, the company is ready to let more advertisers participate in the program. Participating newspapers say they’ve been fairly pleased with the offering, as the platform is allowing them to find new advertisers. Still, the platform can only accomplish so much. No advertising system is going to change the fact that the slump in the newspaper business is rapidly getting worse. And of course, print ads will never have other attributes that make Google’s traditional model appealing, such as the ease with which performance and ROI can be measured.