Google Wants To Wear Prada

    December 8, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The bloggers behind will be thrilled to know that Google would like to see luxury brand Prada dump ad placements in Vanity Fair in favor of using Google’s AdWords.

Milan, meet Mountain View. Since everyone at the Googleplex seems to be rolling in tons of cash, why not make Google’s search engine the place to let people know about the latest and greatest from their product line with Google ads?

A Bloomberg report cited Google product management VP Jonathan Rosenberg as noting search ads reach consumers who are actively looking for a particular product, where an expensive print ad in Vanity Fair might not even be seen by people who are ready to spend on Prada.

Rosenberg compared the two media outlets on cost. For 28 cents, a click-through Google ad sends a user to Prada who wants to buy a $1,000 handbag, where a magazine ad costs about 10 cents per reader and may not even influence a purchase, let alone deliver someone right to a point of sale online to make a purchase.

With a circulation of 1.1 million, Rosenberg said in the article the Vanity Fair ad would price between $100,000 and $110,000 for a full-page ad.

Those ads would have to deliver upwards of a hundred handbag buyers (depending on margins) just to break even on the ad’s price. This is why online advertising has become a multi-billion dollar business, why Google has a market cap of about $120 billion, and why companies like Yahoo,, and soon Microsoft have set up online advertising networks.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.