Print advertising must be dying if Google can't sell its ads. And while old media is clearly not Google's expertise, you would think that they would be able to build a connection between digital and print and use that synergy to augment the sales process. But unfortunately, the experiment was a bust. “'While we hoped that Print Ads would create a new revenue stream for newspapers and produce more relevant advertising for consumers, the product has not created the impact that we — or our partners — wanted,' wrote Spencer Spinnell, director of Google Print Ads, on an official corporate blog."
For Google, it means stick with what you do best; for print, it may simply spell disaster.