Obama Vs. McCain: Display Vs. Direct Response
The Wall Street Journal analyzes and compares the online marketing strategies, successes and weaknesses of the two US presidential candidates. McCain turns out to be the more savvy search marketer, while Obama does a better job at SEO and is investing more in online display advertising.
According to the WSJ:
In July, the McCain campaign had 15.1 million sponsored link impressions — the number of times that an ad is downloaded onto a computer screen — compared with the 1.2 million for the Obama campaign, according to Nielsen Online.
Sen. Obama, meanwhile, has chosen to focus online ad spending around display ads. The Obama campaign had 416.7 million image-based ad impressions, compared with Sen. McCain’s 16.5 million.
Not counting search, TNS Media Intelligence estimated that the candidates have spent $7 million in online advertising and $300 million on TV since February of 2007. That’s just over 2 percent of the TV spend online. (The overall candidate search spend is not a number I currently have.) Online ad spending, including search, is about 7 percent of total ad spending in the US.