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Online advertising is a fickle thing. It accounts for 20% of the ad industry’s total spending, and over 90% of revenue for the internet giants Google and Facebook. That said, no one seems to have any idea whether it actually works.
That uncertainty reached a new high this week, as Google announced that 56.1% of ads served on the internet are never even “in view”—defined as being on screen for one second or more. That’s a huge number of “impressions” that cost money for advertisers, but are as pointless as a television playing to an empty room.
This is not a big revelation. The web metrics company ComScore reported last year that 46% of online ads are never seen. Spider.io, an ad fraud company acquired by Google in February, has pointed out that a large portion of ads are “viewed” only by robots, revealing that one botnet of 120,000 virus-infected computers viewed ads billions of times, running up the tab for advertisers without offering them the human eyeballs they sought.
Still, the acknowledgement by a heavyweight such as Google that ad viewability is a problem could shake up the industry by delaying possible IPOs of ad companies and requiring new ways for advertisers to gauge the effectiveness of their ads.
The nineteenth-century retailer John Wanamaker famously said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted. The trouble is I don’t know which half.” In this case, it’s the obviously the half that pays for ads which are never seen, and now advertisers are looking for new tools to figure out which those are.
It’s worth noting that Google made this acknowledgement of the deficiency of the model it has profited richly from while also offering a new model to advertisers: In July it introduced its Active View product, which measures only viewed ads.
GIC Rates : the online destination place for the best rate around. Guaranteed Investment Certificates. The Canadian GIC Market is worth over 730 billion and is a money maker for top banks. A recent study shows that the average account is worth over $60,000.00 and the majority of assets are with big banks at low rates. The review in Money Magazine explains that most people are getting burned when they turn to the safety portion of what should be a balanced portfolio. GIC is the bread and butter of the major banks in Canada.
This will all change by perception and over time. The highest rates paid are from some of the smallest companies, trusts, credit unions, caisse populaires and near banks. Few people know this and fewer people take advantage of it and stick to the big banks and pad their pockets and lessen their own.
It’s perception and decepti0n; how long will it be until there is an even playing field and a more efficient marketplace. Those that need to step up, monitor and manage this metamorphosis are still sleeping at the switch. The independent deposit broker will change the way things happen just like the mortgage broker used to be the lender of last resort and now is the go to facilitator.
GIC rates will become more and more competitive when the banks realize they are losing market share with the same old low rates when new and secure institutions will give out better rates for more and better business. The public will lose millions in lost interest in the meantime as the banks have no interest in marketing this GIC Industry Secret.
MONEY Tip: Use a registered deposit broker and get the best rate around for a personal or business investment account.
Leader in Ontario with 70,000+ registrations in continuing education
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Seneca has reached its highest continuing education enrolment in its 46-year history with more than 70,000 part-time student registrations.
Seneca has long been the leader in providing flexible, high-quality programs for those who want to further their education and upgrade their skills, attracting significantly more part-time students than any other Ontario college.
“We are delighted that the demand for our continuing education programs continues to grow,” said David Agnew, Seneca President. “This is part of a broader trend of students seeking more flexible options for their education, and Seneca is responding with evening, weekend and online courses that are meeting labour market demands.”
Most part-time students at Seneca are working towards a professional designation or career-based credential, whether a degree, diploma or certificate. Part-time enrolment has grown by more than 10 per cent over the past five years and continues to grow this fall.
Seneca’s fall full-time enrolment has also increased by nearly five per cent over last year.
With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.
A potential client recently said he had no money in the budget for any sort of advertising but asked how the markets were. I wasted no time and quipped it depends how your marketing is. Everyone somewhere is doing great, really well, better than expected or tell you the truth business sucks.
At this point you cannot tell any potential, advertiser exactly what you think. That is not the matter; in fact it doesn’t matter at all what you tell this person they have already made up their mind. Spending less time and effort on people that waste your time is only a learning experience to get to yes. Everyone has to make money at some point and there ain’t no shame in that.
People have all different kinds of ideas and concepts about money and very few people have it or enough of it. I will endeavor to make money in some way or fashion that does not cause me to work hard. And so anytime is a good time to make money and to make money hand over fist is an art unto itself and money its own reward.
There is a difference between the have’s the have nots and the haves too much and you may lavish, squirm or just pass by. Awkward at best no one wants to talk about money, I suppose the one’s that have it have no reason to complain aloud. There are some that know, some that try and a few that know and try and fail and the one’s that ultimately triumph through trial and error and trials and tribulations.
You know something more than the others; more precisely more than most, you know more than a little, you know a lot. I am willing to work for money as long as I don’t feel I hate it and want to give up writing, sharing and communicating at such a slow speed. I do spend charitable time working and need to make real money not unlike thousands of other hard working Canadians. Part time money, ain’t no shame in that. So I am going to blog, talk and communicate some ideas and thoughts that people would really want to know about; the inner working of money in play and work. So this new post, section, category called “Weekend Money” is dedicated to any one who works one or two jobs or even three to make up for your local economy than this is dedicated to you. “You and Your Money” could not be a better salute to hard workers everywhere.
I will work part time on week-ends here and there and I will think of you and your industrious nature to make money, enough money and then more than enough money to share perhaps. Let’s see maybe I will get back to you next week or maybe pay someone to do it. I may even quit by next week . My point was that the Bank of Montreal recently renovated a location near me in grand fashion and announced in a giant blue and white banner “OPEN SUNDAYS”.
Everyone is working harder for the same money or less as cost rise…yes its sounds terrible. I should hope to get paid for news, reviews and interviews that matter most to you and your money. Please allow me enjoy what I do for a living and at the same time put in a little extra time, over time or a few bucks on the side rather than call it work. I will see you here at the same time and the same place for the next “pay for” newsworthy article for MONEY unless I am fired for moonlighting or laughing all the way to the bank after church.
I have to mention my day job; as the guilt is settling in. I am responsible for online editing for MONEY.CA and publication articles for Money Magazine. I am not sure if I should be using this powerful system on week-ends and especially Sunday’s. It may not be official as nothing of the sort has been done before, so please don’t get us in trouble and try not to let anyone know about what we are doing its weird but I just don’t want people to know I work part-time.
Not exactly what you had in mind when you think elephants but this analogy turned idiom is a great way to describe and explain the complexities of personal finance in an easy and manageable way.
Frank Wiginton has developed a reputation as an easy-to-understand financial educator and has written an interesting book entitled “HOW TO EAT AN ELEPHANT – ACHIEVING FINANCIAL SUCCESS ONE BITE AT A TIME” that includes access to a self-help website (http://www.howtoeatanelephant.ca) that takes people through his entire process. His chosen title is very appropriate as developing a sound financial plan is perceived as a daunting exercise for most people.
Frank uses a variety of stories and scenarios to share his thoughts and perspectives on each part of your plan. Frank takes people through a logical process beginning with setting goals followed by that most feared word – budget! To his credit, his process helps relieve people of the much of the stress that often accompanies this challenging exercise.
Frank takes his readers on a journey through all of the important parts of a sound plan including debt and cash-flow management, life and disability insurance along with critical illness and long term care needs. He discusses pensions and other retirement resources including OAS and CPP/QPP, your RRSPs and TFSAs. He provides sound guidance on savings for education requirements and the legal niceties required to ensure our wishes are carried out in the event we are unable to act for ourselves and after we pass away.
After reading the book, I came to a series of conclusions about his process and style:
a) he emphasises that achieving your own definition of financial success is a journey, not a destination;
b) each person is accountable for their own successes and failures;
c) working with a professional team of advisors will reduce your overall level of risk of failure and enhance your probability of success, but you can’t abdicate your own responsibility to your team;
d) common-sense is your greatest ally;
e) you need to have patience – starting with the patience to devote time each month to your own financial affairs; and
f) you need to monitor your progress regularly against your goals and make needed adjustments as soon as the need becomes apparent.
Like every effective author, Frank has strong personal beliefs and has done a very good job at sharing them with his readers. Even if you choose not to agree with his perspective or views, the process he uses to explain each part of the plan ensures that you go through a logical evaluation of the various options before making a decision rather than shooting from the hip.
Throughout the book, there are “One Frank Thought” boxes in which his personality shines through while sharing some unique perspectives on the topic in question – they add greatly to both the material and the concepts he presents.
Sun Media Corporation announced Tuesday a restructuring initiative expected to result in over $45 million in annual savings.
The moves, which include the closure of production facilities in Ottawa and Kingston, include the elimination of nearly 500 positions across the organization.
“This restructuring is regrettable but warranted by changes in our industry which force us to align our cost structure with the new reality,” said Pierre Karl Peladeau, president and CEO of Sun Media.
“With the recent announcement of a major strategic redesign of Sun Media’s organizational structure, restructuring further streamlines and optimizes our operations. By doing so, Sun Media is proactively leading the way to ensure long term success.”
Peladeau said the initiative doesn’t diminish his company’s commitment to its publications, readers, advertisers or employees.
“We will continue to deliver quality content, with local presence, and maximum value to our advertisers,” he said. “We very much regret the impact that this has on employees who are departing our organization and would like to thank them for their contribution.”
The Toronto stock market registered a solid gain amid signs of Canadian economic growth and U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke kept the door open for another round of economic stimulus.
The S&P/TSX composite index rose 63 points to 11,949..
The Canadian dollar closed up 67-100ths to 101.45 cents US as Statistics Canada said gross domestic product increased by 0.2 per cent in June, against the 0.1 per cent rise that economists had expected.
The Dow Jones industrials moved up 90 points to 13,091 as Bernanke said that the Fed will act to promote growth as needed. The Nasdaq composite index climbed 18 points to 3,067.
Oil gained $1.85 to US$96.47 a barrel.
Traders are now looking ahead to the Fed’s next rate announcement on Sept. 14, after officials take in the release next Friday of the August job creation data.
There’s plenty of other market moving events next week, including Thursday’s interest rate announcement by the European Central Bank, when it’s hoped the ECB will announce moves to control borrowing costs of some of the weakest eurozone countries.
Check back for updated business and financial news Tuesday morning before the market open.