So I’m hanging out before the game at Scotia Bank Place in Ottawa between their Senators and The St. Louis Blues. I looking around and I barely notice the ring of advertising around every ring of seating and the boards and the ice and and and…. You get the picture, I’m kinda used to it, I think most of us have learned to ignore it, same as the pre and post roll adds online and TV commercials. But for the few times you actually notice the ads what makes them effective?.I noticed this on ad for zip.ca. If your not familier with their service it’s one of the Canadian DVD by mail Netfilx knockoffs. Now I know what Zip.ca is, I’ve blogged a bit about them before, but I’d bet that more then a few people at Scotia Bank Place don’t. How effective does that make this ad. Zip is a pretty generic name, they could do anything, and other then their logo which doesn’t mean anything the ad says nothing about them! Is it good enough to have a great URL that people will maybe remember enough to go home a check it out? I doubt it. Even with a great name I’d just forget the whole thing by the time I get to look it up. Maybe it’s just the my, and a lot of other peoples, ability to completely ignore advertising but I figure they are wasting money!.Do you have an opinion?.
In this months issue of Wired Magazine (March 2008, P 114) there is an article about “The Nitflix Challenge.” Basically you can win one million dollars of you can write a recommendation engine the is ten points better the their current “Cinimatech.” As is usual when it comes to technology, people jumped at the chance and made huge leaps for the first while but their innovation has slowed to a crawl. The current leader is at about 8.5% which is good but not worth any money according to the contest rules! All the systems use the movies you have in your queue and the ratings you have given movies you’ve watched to recommend new ones to you..Anyways none of this has anything to do with the issue I’m thinking of. There was no mention of anyone taking into account households that have more then one person rating movies. We had a Zip.ca account for a while, the Canadian Netflix alternative, and both Michelle and I added movies to the queue and rated them. We both have different taste in movies, some overlap but we also compromise and watch movies one of us like and the other isn’t into. We can’t be the odd ones out here!.Wouldn’t this look schizophrenic to the system? Can an engine take care of this in a simple way? Or do they have to add multiple managing users to an account and have the system recommend different stuff to each user? What do you think?.