Books That Work, a Palo Alto, Calif., CD-ROM developer, signed 11 advertisers including General Electric Co. and Delta Faucet Corp. to its "Visual Home" disc, shipping this fall. The disc incorporates marketer content directly into the editorial and links to marketer Web sites. A one-year commitment costs $15,000 to $50,000.
Yahoo! Corp. today launches Yahoo! Los Angeles (http://www.
la.yahoo.com), breaking the Los Angeles area into 12 categories such as stocks, classifieds, showbiz and travel. Yahoo! partnered with Billboard and Hollywood Reporter to provide daily news. Initial advertisers include Pacific Bell and Kingman Films International.
Thunder House (http://www.
thunderhouse.com), a new Cambridge, Mass., interactive agency, hired away one of Modem Media's top two creative directors, Joe McCambley, as creative director. Dennis Driscoll was named managing director, from senior VP-general manager of Fidelity Investments' in-house advertising and direct marketing agency. Thunder House clients include AT&T Capital Leasing and IBM Corp.
CommerceNet and Nielsen Media Research last week issued the latest round of data from their Internet demographic study. Instead of reporting the total number of people on the Internet, the partners instead point out trends: 22% to 24% of the 2,800 respondents 16 or older in the U.S. and Canada have access to the Internet, double the figure a year ago. In addition, 15% to 17% have used the Internet in the past six months.
Progressive Networks, creator of the RealAudio real-time audio Web software (http://www.
realaudio.com), is releasing a jazzed-up paid version, RealAudio Player Plus, for $29.99 on the Web today. .... Katz Radio Group, New York, formed Internet Marketing Sales to handle business for radio stations on the Web. Also, TeleRep, a unit of Cox Communications, formed Cox Interactive Sales.
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