For years, the primary method of advertising on the web has consisted of obnoxious, obtrusive, and unsightly banner ads. They’ve become so ubiquitous that people are blind to them and many people even use software to block them.
Marketing experts have been decrying the death of CPC/CPM (Cost per click/cost per thousand impressions) advertising for a couple of years now, but we believe there is value in getting your message in front of the right eyeballs; we just happen to disagree with the method.
Today Icrontic is unveiling our new Day Sponsorship program. Instead of putting ads in front of everyone that they’re going to ignore anyway, day sponsorship provides advertisers a way to directly engage and speak with interested consumers. Readers and members enjoy the idea that someone is helping “keep the lights on” at their favorite discussion site, and appreciate companies who support their community.
We believe that this program solves many of the problems inherent with conducting business as a web community; it doesn’t alienate readers by overwhelming them with gaudy or annoying ads, and it allows advertisers to work with communities rather than just shout at them “look at me!”.
This is something new; we’re not sure how it’s going to work yet, but we believe we’re on to something that will make everybody happy and enable Icrontic to continue bringing our readers the coverage, community, and camaraderie they’ve come to rely on.