Check out this article: “Why Advertising is failing on the Internet
” written by Professor Eric Clemons of the University of Pennsylvania. He makes a case why an ad supported business model may not work over the long term on the Internet. One of his main themes is that pushing messages at consumers on the web is not a winning combination. Below is a excerpt:
“Pushing a message at a potential customer when it has not been requested and when the consumer is in the midst of something else on the net, will fail as a major revenue source for most internet sites. This is particularly true when the consumer knows that the sponsor of the ad has paid to have this information, which was verified by no one, thrust at him. The net will find monetization models and these will be different from the advertising models used by mass media, just as the models used by mass media were different from the monetization models of theater and sporting events before them. Indeed, there has to be some way to create websites that do other than provide free access to content, some of it proprietary, some of it licensed, and some of it stolen, and funded by advertising”
In addition he thinks that ads will fail because of the following: consumers don’t trust ads, nor do they want them. And, they don’t use advertising for research on the web since there are so many other sources of information available.