Thursday, August 27, 2015

Disturbed ad for "Immortalized" pulled after on-air shooting of a TV reporter and cameraman


According to USA Today, a video ad for Disturbed's new album, "Immortalized", was pulled by the band's record label following Wednesday's fatal on-air shooting of a TV reporter and her cameraman.


In a statement to USA Today, Gogi Gupta, founder of Gupta Media, the online marketing agency that placed the Disturbed ad, said: "The Disturbed ad was served via retargeting. Retargeting ads are matched to previous web-browsing behavior, so only a visitor who had interacted with Disturbed websites would be eligible to see this ad. The content of the video is irrelevant in this type of advertising because we know that they are Disturbed fans. There was no use of key words or any other kind of targeting for this particular ad."

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot to death during a live interview for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.

The suspected shooter, Vester Flanagan, a former reporter for WDBJ, apparently recorded the shooting himself, posted it on Facebook and then tweeted about it using his on-air name, Bryce Williams.