The nation’s largest medical professional organization is taking aim at one of the biggest advertising categories -- and a key source of revenue for beleaguered print magazines. On Tuesday the American Medical Association issued a statement from its annual meeting in Atlanta, calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices. Among other ills, the AMA contends that these ads waste doctors’ time. Physicians have to clear up misconceptions created by the ads, and the group contends they drive up medical costs, by prompting patients to ask for expensive new drugs when older, cheaper drugs would work just as well.
Well…how bad can the news get for “targeted” digital advertising? I don’t think it can get much worse than having to inform a brand that, through no fault or choice of its own, they are now connected, irreparably, to extremist views and even the funding of terrorism.
Ouch – how will Google make that telephone call to their advertising clients?
We have all seen previous examples illustrating the pearls of digital advertising when it goes wrong. I mean, who doesn’t remember…:
•The ad for dog food on NFL star (and convicted dog-fighter) Michael Vick’s statistics page on ESPN.
•The Uber recruitment ad under a picture of an Uber driver who tried to break into his passenger’s house after dropping her off at the airport.
•A banner ad for Pork Sliders on the Jerusalem Post website.
•Nike’s “Just do it” slogan cropping up next to a Google search for “suicide”.
•Goverment, TfL, FCA Guardian, Channel 4 and L’Oreal pull ads form YouTube
And it’s not just me. Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer at P&G, recently hit out at the growth of programmatic advertising and ad agencies, accusing them of not acting in the best interests of the brands they represent, saying that firms “have a media supply chain which is murky at best and fraudulent at worst. We need to clean it up.”
Hicham Felter from ISBA, the body that represent British advertisers, went even further: “the suspicion is that the surge in programmatic trading is being fuelled by the profit media agencies can make rather than because it delivers better results for their clients.”
But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s take this back to square one. The primary role of advertising is to raise positive awareness of a brand, product or service’s existence by promoting and selling its ideas. But we also know that the end product must finally be delivered to a real person – in fact, the right person, who is in the right place and at the right time for these adverts to have any real chance of being successful. I’m no computer scientist, but that seems quite a lot of judgment calls to ask of a bot….
Look, I get it. Most sophisticated digital advertising tools help media planners and marketers move media spending using intricate and complex algorithm-based attribution models that help them precisely delineate a campaign’s reach, target and specific customer groups. But really? Are you not just better advertising to real people, using a medium they have grown up with and at a moment when they are ready and available?
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