Music to my ears from POLITICO: Online ad inventory getting tight (that means buy now!)

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A POLITICO story on Friday is music to my ears: this year’s high level of spending by campaigns and outside groups is soaking up online ad inventory, particularly in battleground states.

According to e.politics: plenty of folks at the CampaignTech conference were already talking about a potential drought in advertising space, particularly when it comes to pre-roll video. On Friday, Politico’s Steve Friess and Emily Schultheis reported that the potential has become real:

This year’s dearth is the outcome of a domino effect that begins with an unprecedented amount of money being poured into the few states expected to decide the presidency.

“The TV ad inventory has been bought up and there’s only so much direct mail you can send, so the campaigns have to put their money somewhere and the only thing left to purchase is the online space,” said Jim Walsh, CEO of DSPolitical, a firm that places targeted Web ads for candidates both as pre-roll as well as embedded in banner ads.

In other words, the time to reserve online advertising, especially on political websites like this one, is now. E-mail me at [email protected] for more information.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.