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Schifino Lee - 5:31 pm July 30, 2014

What Netflix’s rise in subscriptions really means

Why the rise of Netflix and other on-demand video services make product placement even more essential.

Netflix’s recent surpassing of 50 million subscribers (the equivalent of approximately 16% of the U.S. population) this week has us thinking. If this is going to be the next primary way to view programming, will traditional video ads still be as affective?

My belief is no. Of the many reasons why people abandon cable and opt for streaming, one of the key motives is the fact that streaming services offer less ads and more content. So if the market heads in the direction where video ads become limited the industry must take full advantage of an age-old strategy; product placement.

This strategy has been used extensively in Netflix’s original programming; most notably “House of Cards”; while on the other hand broadcasting companies have yet to place as high of an importance on this tactic. This will become a monumental advantage for Netflix as streaming becomes the norm. They will gain the ability to outbid such powerful broadcasters as Disney, Time Warner and NBCUniversal for advertising sponsorship due to their programming’s ability to spark more consumer interest in products/ services and promote more action.

Schifino Lee - 3:26 pm July 21, 2014

iBeacon brings light to foggy marketplace

Apple has implemented an indoor proximity system known as iBeacon into the newer generations of their devices.  These tiny, inexpensive, Bluetooth transmitters will provide device users with better location-based information and services; FourSquare and Groupon being examples of benefactors. Since iBeacon must be activated with the downloading of an app, the potential consumers opt in to viewing this content. So, what does this mean for advertisers? Everything.

In addition to making these services better, iBeacon transmitters will (upon app installation) stay alert for transmissions within range pertaining to sales and specials by local vendors. So if a device user were to pass by a beacon in a shop, after 20 seconds of remaining within range the retailer’s app would send the passerby’s device a transmission displaying an ad.

This is incredibly useful technology for advertisers. Those who choose to download the app have voluntarily made themselves susceptible to receiving advertising content. This allows a vendor to attain better engagement. First, the passerby is open to receiving content; second, they have been within a reasonable range of your store for 20 seconds or more. This leads to strategic targeting of people most likely to perform a transaction in your store. Coca Cola is one of the premier brands already strategizing on how to use this technology effectively.

(courtesy of zdnet.com)

Schifino Lee - 4:16 pm February 1, 2012

Show Your Best Stuff

Being a small company doesn’t mean you need to look like a small thinker. Cary Showalter came to Schifino Lee to develop a site that could exude the professionalism and personality of his company, ShowTech Solutions. ShowTech was founded by Cary in order to share his extensive IT experience, along with his business expertise, to small business and entrepreneurs that have challenging technological needs.

The new ShowTech website showcases the wide range of services and solutions the company offers; from security & support to complete integration of all your office, mobile and cloud server technologies. The site also contains a blog, allowing current and prospective clients to not only learn about what is happening at ShowTech Solutions, but also current news in the technology industry and in-depth product reviews.

Overall, the new website will effectively inform consumers about what ShowTech Solutions does and how they do it, while also facilitating communication through blog and social media posts. To view the new website, visit http://showtechsolutions.com.