This one comes courtesy of Bob Lefsetz and should he filed under "What Were They Thinking?". Columbia Records is running ads from Vonage and Google's AdSense on their from page and throughout their flagship site. Don't believe me? Go to Columbia.com now....but be sure to come back and tell us what you think.
Even if it's somehow OK to put ads on a corporate web site, is this really the best Columbia can do? Couldn't they at least attract some hip fashion or lifestyle companies? Or why not trade ads with someone like Last.fm that they're paying good money to be on? Of course, who I am I to get all uppity? Yesterday one of our ad providers Adify was running dating ad on Hypebot. But this blog has no income other than ads and Columbia has all that money they're making companies like YouTube and "forgetting" to pass along to the artist. I wonder if I can sneak an add for a Universal act onto the Columbia site?
Do you think a band or label should put unrelated ads on their web site?