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A Beginner's Guide To Online Advertising

Posted by Ryan Costello

Jan 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There’s no doubt about it. If it’s done right, online advertising is the perfect way to reach your target audience and boost your business. This marketing strategy basically utilizes the Internet to help you gain website traffic and deliver your marketing messages to potential customers or clients. It’s unique, in its ability to help define your audience, target the right users at exactly the right time, and monitor your success.

Getting Started

Starting out in online advertising can be pretty daunting – we all know that the Internet is just massive and there’s a lot of jargon and techy-speak out there. But if you break it down into smaller parts, online advertising doesn’t need to be scary. And the benefits to your business, and the opportunities that await,make it totally worthwhile.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Online Marketing, Conversion Rate, Guide To Online Adertising, Page Views, Cost Per Click

Types of Online Video Advertising

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Jan 5, 2017 2:35:27 PM

The world of online video advertising seems to be in a constant state of expansion. For people who still feel unsure or uncertain about the kind of video content that they need to create a positive impression with their audience, it's worth noting that there are several different video advertising solutions available out there - from in-page video advertisements that appear during a blog-post, to linear video ads and more.

Following, we'll cover some of the most common types of video advertising you have to choose from, so that you can make a more informed decision the next time you upgrade your marketing efforts.

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Topics: Video Advertising, Video Ads, Interactive Video Ads, In-Stream Video Ads, Out-Stream Video Ads, In-Game Video Advertisements, Companion Video Ads

Is Programmatic Native Advertising The Answer?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jan 3, 2017 9:46:42 AM

The blend between native advertising and programmatic ad delivery could represent a powerful solution to many marketing problems. There are already a range of companies such as the New York Times, and Grupo expansion who are unlocking new mobile experiences to help advertisers offer better user experiences to their customers across different screens.

This adjustment is important, as every day 68% of smartphone users check their phones within minutes of waking up. At the same time, consumers across the world are using mobile devices to catch up with their family and friends, read new information online, and check out entertaining videos. That means that if you want to find your place within the current market, and sell more products, then you need to think about introducing smart, responsive websites and marketing schemes.

Up until now, the disconnect between ad experience and content experiences on mobile has stopped advertisers from taking advantage of incredible opportunities to engage their audience. However, programmatic native advertising could be the answer.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Programmatic Ad Buying, Programmatic Advertising

Why Consumer Behavior Should Drive All Of Your Marketing Efforts

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 7, 2016 9:11:07 AM

There’s a really good reason why behavioral targeting is so powerful: It’s because behavioral targeting revolves around pure logic. Ultimately, it’s easier to sell to a warm and engaged audience than it is to clinch the deal with strangers.

By advertising to targets who have previously shown an interest in your website, you’re automatically being more relevant. You’re reducing guesswork. Your chances of yielding a return on your marketing investment have instantly improved.

But this isn’t an article about behavioral targeting. Instead, this post is about what behavioral targeting stands for. Because, really, marketing success depends on your knowledge of consumer behavior.

There are many types of marketing.

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Topics: Consumer Behavior, Marketing, Types of Marketing, Trade Marketing

Media Planning Tips For Video Advertising

Posted by Adam Parikh

Nov 30, 2016 9:01:00 AM

For many digital marketers, the Autumn/Winter season represents a time to start thinking about something crucial to their advertising efforts: media planning. You'll need to ask your team some essential questions about how you're going to reach out to your target audience, but the chances are that at least some of your budget spend will be directed towards online video advertising.

According to studies, over fifty percent of the marketing professionals in the mix today are planning to increase the amount of money they spend on mobile and desktop video in the coming year.

Part of what's driving this turn to online video advertising is a generation of consumers who want instant information, entertainment, and engagement. Thanks to a browsing strategy that is based largely on mobile viewing, people can watch videos, catch up with podcasts, and learn more about a company regardless of where they are - so long as they have an internet connection.

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Topics: Video Advertising, media planning, media planners, Digital Media Planning, Media Plans

Mobile Advertising Continues To Grow

Posted by Tim Nichols

Nov 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you still haven't found a way to make your marketing campaign mobile-friendly, then you could be missing out on a huge amount of potential profits. Mobile marketing is unlocking powerful opportunities for marketers on a scale unlike anything we've ever seen before.

Bigger, and more powerful than any other channel for communication and engagement, mobile allows marketers to reach larger audiences in a way that is personal and instant. According to Pew research, around 68% of Americans have smartphones, while 45% have tablet computers. If that information wasn't enough to prove that mobile advertising is growing bigger than ever, how about the fact that smartphone browsing is now the most popular way to access the internet?

In simple terms, mobile devices are overtaking the digital World. That means that any marketer who isn't making use of this fact in his or her strategy could be missing out on the clear majority of selling opportunities that exist today.

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Topics: Mobile Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Mobile App, Mobile, Mobile Devices, Mobile Optimization

Why Does Retargeting Work?

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Nov 18, 2016 9:01:54 AM

What happens when someone visits your website and then chooses to click away without converting into a subscriber, customer, or anything else? Do you simply give up and hope that the next potential lead will provide better results, or do you make the effort to have a second chance at a first impression?

Retargeting allows you to present your visitors with unique, paid ad solutions whenever they've already visited your website. This advert focuses on the fact that the visitor in question already knows your brand and what you offer, then prompts them to come back and finish the conversion that they didn't complete before. By placing a tiny piece of code on your website, you can use retargeting to:

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Topics: Online Advertising, retargeting, Budget Pacing, Conversions, Conversion Rate, Display Retargeting, Upselling

Top Questions For Online Media Buyers

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Nov 4, 2016 1:41:18 PM

Finding a way to ensure that your presence online remains strong is one of the most important tasks a business can engage in today. While there are a wide range of different marketing solutions available for those with a creative mindset, one of the most popular solutions is online media buying.

Media buying is what happens whenever you buy advertising on a site that isn't PPC. Usually, this means purchasing real-estate on a website for a set price that lasts over a set period of time. While this may seem reasonably straight forward, just like any other aspect of marketing, it's very easy to get wrong if you jump in without any prior research or preparation. So how do you find out if you're taking the right steps to get your company noticed successfully?

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Target Market, Ad Budget, Media Buyers, Media Buying Strategy

How To Building A Successful Online Ad Campaign

Posted by Tim Nichols

Oct 21, 2016 2:25:39 PM

If you're advertising for a business today, then the chances are you're doing it online. The digital marketing world has exploded in recent years, as more companies, organizations, and ideas race to the online sphere in an attempt to have their voices heard. Unfortunately, simply starting an online ad campaign iisn't enough - you need to make sure that you create the right campaign to appeal to your specific audience.

The key to building a successful online ad campaign starts with understanding that advertising on the internet requires more than just a computer and a little talent - it also requires discipline. Just because you have a creative ad doesn't mean that you're putting the right message across to your audience, along with the necessary call-to-action. You might even find that your ad generates leads to your website, but that it doesn't push those leads to convert. If you want to make sure your ad campaign is a success, keep the following tips in mind.

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Topics: Online Advertising, CTA, Call To Action, Audience, Ad Campaigns

The Consequences Of Bad Advertising Decisions

Posted by Adam Parikh

Oct 6, 2016 1:42:20 PM

While the outcomes associated with good advertising decisions are obvious, ranging from improved profits, to better engagement, higher levels of online traffic, and even wider reach across a local, national, or global scale, the consequences of bad advertising decisions are frequently overlooked. The truth is that failing to think ahead regarding the kind of traffic you want to generate with your advertising campaigns, or which measures you'll need to take to appeal to your target audience could mean that you suffer from more than just a wasted portion of your budget. In fact, according to Ad week, more than one-third of Americans will refuse to purchase from a brand because of bad advertising - even if the ad is changed.

Advertising is a very complicated area for companies and marketers to address. Not only do you need to think about how you're going to show off your product, service, and brand in the best possible light, but you also need to carefully consider how the images, words, and strategies that you use are going to appeal to your specific audience. Stray too far from what is deemed to be acceptable, and you could end up in serious trouble, whereas if you fail to be creative, you might not get the responses you want. All in all, it's a difficult line to walk.

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Topics: Customer Loyalty, Engagement, Bad Advertising, Trust

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