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While everyone is talking about the lines, activation issues, lack of new features, GPS, the genius of certain applications, the impact of certain applications (rightfully so), etc., a much bigger story is taking shape. Millions of people have purchased the new iPhone 3G. In fact, over the weekend alone 1 million were sold. This would leave me to believe (especially considering that our local AT&T shop is out for 7 – 21 days) that many millions more have been sold. While there is no doubt they (Nasdaq: AAPL) will exceed sales expectations and engender millions of new loyal Mac users, they are also doing a huge favor for their partners… both advertising and application. Apple has just created one of the largest advertisement delivery networks ever.

Each user of the new device, as well as the old device, will be consuming content in the most modern way … via RSS feeds and efficient open-sourced applications. I am not quite sure why it has not gotten much coverage yet, but Apple is monetizing their phone better than many websites are. This should be viewed as a very big sea change in advertising (are you watching, Google?). Monetizing Web sites is a somewhat recent invention … not only is Apple selling applications to their users, but they are selling advertising space to their partners … that is, if they are getting this revenue!?!

Having downloaded the 2.0 firmware July 10th, I’ve accessed the NYTimes application several times and only seen this Westin ad. I’m sure I’m not alone … How many people have seen this add? One million? How many iPhone 1.0 and 2.0 users are there? How many times has this application been downloaded? Luckily, I’m sure Apple will be able to tell, in this case, Westin, exactly how many people have seen their advertisement.

To many this doesn’t sound very major. It is. The one thing that advertising and marketing firms have been terrible at, as long as they’ve existed, is precision. PR has always had the expectation of precision: exactly how many papers covered the story; exactly how many people viewed the press release; exactly.

I doubt Apple is going to be providing “Opportunities to View” as the measure to their clients. They will tell Westin exactly how many people saw their ad … they could probably tell them, to a certain degree, who. Regarding precise demographics, which I’m sure AT&T and Apple have, they may be able to tell everything … one via contracts and social security numbers, the other via iTunes and other web habits.

We will see if Apple will squander this opportunity by failing the measurement test or by failing our privacy expectations … I doubt it.

What advertisements have you seen? Which applications are being advertised on/in?

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Thomas Hawk wrote a great piece on the future of stock photography and how FlickR, Getty Images, Yahoo and iStockphoto will fare.

He raised an incredibly interesting point today on FriendFeed about the low price photographers are being paid via iStockphoto.

This brings up, in my mind, a much larger issue. Moving forward, will the price and cost of content be inverse to the price of eyeballs?

In this age of time-shifting, place-shifting, RSS, microblogs and their aggregators, marketers are having a very difficult time reaching consumers directly. They have been placing dollar amounts for years on Television commercials, billboards, radio ads, print ads, even press releases. With the audiences of MSM dwindling (in TV’s case, the number of people that have to watch commercials is decreasing), the value of audiences in these other places should increase dramatically. This is one of the reasons why we will see a tremendous increase in the cost and value of banner ads … yes, banner ads again.

In the same vein, since everyone is a potential content producer, how much is it worth anymore? With web shows like RocketBoom, Wall-Strip and The Burbs (not counting all of the YouTube/Revver/MetaCafe ‘Celebrities’), anyone can be a content creator. All you need is a cell phone, camcorder, or webcam. Since some of this content is more interesting and compelling, why pay for cable anymore (especially when Fox kills shows like Arrested Development in favor of Prison Break and assorted karaoke shows).

I think this is the beginning of the opposite of an attention crash. What would we call this?

With aggregators like iGoogle, Netvibes and, yes, FriendFeed, I’m able to keep track of and pay attention to far more information than ever. While some of what I retain is nominal (I remember a ton of headlines), I don’t read a lot of content in its entirety. I am retaining all of this information where I used to store things like … oh, phone numbers! While I have four personal phone numbers myself (I don’t even know my home phone number), I don’t know how many others I recall. I remember my phone numbers from the houses I grew up in. Even some of my best friends numbers from those days … but certainly new numbers don’t get stored in my brain… just headlines, failed social networks, and poor showings by the New York Rangers.

Back to topic: How much is content going to be worth? When are ad values going to increase dramatically? Your thoughts?

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