Do the cable companies tailor their ads to individuals?

Discussion in 'Ian's Corner' started by Ian Gills, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I have recently changed my consumption bundle to include certain goods that I never purchased before.

    And lo and behold, the adverts I have started to see on my Comcast have changed to include these types of goods.

    Are these guys beaming their ad content based on what they know about me?
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Welcome to the digital age and cookies Ian...
    Big brother is in your home!
    He resides in your tv's cable box...
    On your computer....
    And on your phone if it uses VOIP....

    Is he benevolent or, is he the beast? That is the question....

    Scuuuze me I have to go on FaceBook and then over to Tweet a few things.... NOT!
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    A tinfoil hat, and tinfoil lining on the windows will block this stuff.
  4. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    I am sure a cable ad will pop up next to your first post in a moment.
  5. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I must admit that the ads on Terry's site are the worst.

    Look at the one here..........................................

    Sound familiar?
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    It's okay to click on the ads here Ian. In fact it's real okay to click on them.
    The ads are going to differ by area though. When I was in Hawaii and in Detroit, I was seeing ads I hadn't seen before. And if I've been surfing the net, it tends to relate to those searches. So Ian, what ads are you seeing?
  7. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Pivot shower doors.

    Day beds.

    Furniture.

    It's all very big brother. And nosey.
  8. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Hello Ian and the Group,

    Yes Ian they do know what you watch if you have a two way cable system, With pay per view.
    or a satellite system connected to a phone line.

    Remember the days of Nilson ratings ?
    They would bring a box to your house, and pay you for the survey.
    Then they watch your channel changing habits and what you watch.

    Now the equipment reports back to them automatically.

    My guess is that You are getting adds from the Adult stuff that You are watching ? lol
    They want to sell you enlargement Pills. (cameras are next, then they know what you got.)

    Enjoy your day.

    DonL.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  9. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    They know what color your underwear is and what brand of beer you are slugging!
  10. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    LOL, Buddy you know it...

    P.S. I can Picture Ian in his tinfoil underwear watching TV. lol.

    Have a Great Day.

    DonL
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011

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