YouTube Cries: “For the Love of Pete, Please Click on an Ad!”

There’s a new mantra at YouTube these days.

If at first you don’t succeed, keep showing ads until you do!

Considering the success Google has enjoyed with AdWords, you’d think it would have figured out how to make YouTube advertising a smash hit by now. Unfortunately, despite testing every conceivable type of ad, YouTube is still struggling to find success.

The latest attempt to get us to click on video ads comes by way of new post-roll ads. As NewTeeVee reports:

As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company), if you don’t click on an overlay ad when it shows up in a clip you’re watching, the video ad it would have played rolls automatically at the end of your video. Previously a post-roll video wouldn’t play without being initiated by the user. This type of ad started rolling out over the last few weeks.

Google Blog Search Adds Meme Tracking; Puts Techmeme on Notice

Just because Google suddenly enters your playground, that doesn’t automatically mean you need to pack-up your toys and go home. Still, Techmeme has every reason to be just a little nervous that Google has launched a new homepage for Google Blog Search.

From the Google announcement:

Adapting some of the technology pioneered by Google News, we’re now showing categories on the left side of the website and organizing the blog posts within those categories into clusters, which are groupings of posts about the same story or event. Grouping them in clusters lets you see the best posts on a story or get a variety of perspectives. When you look within a cluster, you’ll find a collection of the most interesting and recent posts on the topic, along with a timeline graph that shows you how the story is gaining momentum in the blogosphere.

StumbleUpon Changes: No Toolbar, Partners, Better Ads

Maybe the big change coming for StumbleUpon last month wasn’t a change in ownership after all. While rumors of eBay’s planned sale of the website-discovery toolbar have yet to be confirmed, StumbleUpon has come out with a few big changes this week.

Originally designed as a toolbar that delivers recommended pages in your specified areas of interest, StumbleUpon has seen great popularity. It even had a decent revenue model: selling some of those pageviews for a nickel a pop. ClickZ reports that one out of every 20 to 30 pages stumbled is a paid inclusion. But the toolbar may soon be a thing of the past for all users.

Pilgrim’s Picks for October 1

October? Already?

Anyone figure out how many shopping days we have left until Christmas?

While I go outside and glue back the falling leaves–in protest of Fall–you can read today’s Picks.

What’s Your YouTube “Hot Spot?” Cute Kittens, Bikini Babes, or Soulja Boy?

As marketers, we often hear discussions about making a video "go viral." Some claim to be experts in viral marketing, while others debunk the concept claiming you can’t make a "viral video." Well, thanks to YouTube’s new Hot Spots, you can at least figure out which parts of your video are popular and which parts send viewers running for the exits.

Here’s how Google explains Hot Spots:

The Hot Spots tab in Insight plays your video alongside a graph that shows the ups-and-downs of viewership at different moments within the video. We determine "hot" and "cold" spots by comparing your video’s abandonment rate at that moment to other videos on YouTube of the same length, and incorporating data about rewinds and fast-forwards. So what does that mean? Well, when the graph goes up, your video is hot: few viewers are leaving, and many are even rewinding on the control bar to see that sequence again. When the graph goes down, your content’s gone cold: many viewers are moving to another part of the video or leaving the video entirely.

Why I’m LMAO at Microsoft’s SearchPerks Incentive Scheme

When Microsoft has a search related announcement to make, I typically hear from someone on the PR team. However, with the launch of Microsoft’s SearchPerks–which gives people points for using the search engine that can later be redeemed for prizes–I didn’t hear from anyone. And I think I know why.

I would have laughed out loud.

Listen, I have no ulterior motive towards Microsoft. I happen to believe the company does some awesome things, but I just cannot help but LMAO at yet another lame attempt to bribe you to use Live Search. In fact, this one goes one step further. You have to use Live Search and Internet Explorer and you have to download a program that sends all this data back to Redmond.