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7 Simple Things Every Online Advertising Campaign Needs to Succeed

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 21, 2015 8:53:00 AM

You might have the most amazing company product or service in the world - but what you can offer to your customers won't matter unless you can find a way to let them know about you. Advertising is the most crucial path to customer awareness there is, and the goal of any advertising program should be to reach out to the largest possible audience, with the smallest impact on your budget. If it's done properly, the right online advertising campaign can be the most beneficial thing you invest in for your small business. Unfortunately - like many parts of running a business - online advertising can be a tricky thing to perfect. With that in mind, here are seven of the simplest and most important things you and your online advertising campaign will need in order to succeed.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Budget Pacing, Online Media Buying, Personalization, Audience Targeting, Wasting Ad Budget

How to Identify Click Fraud and Minimize Wasting Your Ad Budget

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 16, 2015 9:32:00 AM

How would you feel if up to 20% of your price-per-click (PPC) budget was being regularly wasted as a result of fraudulent activity? Most marketers today know that Pay-per-click advertising is a useful, and effective marketing tool that can drive traffic towards your website, improving search visibility and enhancing customer conversion. In fact, almost all websites and businesses online today that engaged in serious online marketing schemes will take advantage of PPC programs like Google AdWords at some point.

Unfortunately, although a targeted PPC campaign can be an ideal way of boosting your online traffic, it is not immune to the unscrupulous marketers out there that abuse the PPC model to sabotage competitors. Click-fraud is a serious issue to anyone unlucky enough to encounter it, and unnoticed click fraud can drain money from your marketing budget, while providing the false impression that your schemes are successful - thereby creating an even bigger problem.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Bot Traffic, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, Wasting Ad Budget, Google Adwords

3 Tips for Making Killer Banner Ads

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Jul 14, 2015 8:32:00 AM

As businesses rush around searching for new ways to advertise their company and increase product awareness, many brands seem to forget that web banner ads are still a key form of online advertising. Banner ads are one of the most prolific forms of display advertising used in the online World today. Almost every company utilizes them in some form because they are easily measurable, affordable, and effective.

Of course, like any form of marketing campaign that you may choose to pursue, the success of your banner ads will depend on how engaging, attractive, and enticing they are. For your banners to work, they need to be able to lure visitors to click on them and visit your landing page. Because of this, a good web banner should create not only a strong interest in the user to see what's happening on the advertising page, but also the potential to convert visitors into leads and buyers.

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Topics: Banner Ads, Conversions, Dynamic Ads, Display Ad Design, Ad Builder, Tagline

3 Steps to Take Your Mobile Advertising Campaigns from Zero to Hero

Posted by Brendan Beckham

Jul 9, 2015 9:18:01 AM

Despite the incredibly high amount of time that consumers are spending on tablets and smartphones, mobile advertising on a whole remains mostly an underutilized and overlooked concept. This year, mobile use finally exceeded PC use in the U.S, establishing itself once and for all as a leader in digital media marketing strategy. As innovation continues to rise and the channel of mobile marketing evolves, it seems that mobile marketing will only grow bigger.

In the United States alone, there are now 163.9 million active smartphones, and mobile consumption continues to grow. If one thing is clear about business marketing efforts, it is that mobile interaction should play a significant part. Unfortunately, the thing that remains unclear to most businesses is how they can best utilize mobile advertising to ensure that they are making the right impression with their target market. For example, should you focus your mobile effort on a desktop format? Should you develop an app or try something new?

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Topics: Call To Action, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Mobile App, Mobile, Smartphones, Cross Device Advertising

4 Tips That Will Make You A Stronger Online Media Buyer

Posted by Eric Greener

Jul 7, 2015 9:24:00 AM

Be better at online media buying. That isn't just friendly advice, it's essential if you want to get your hands on a piece of success. You might have a great display advertising campaign in the works, but that doesn't mean you won't be searching for ways to enhance your tactics for direct-response. Buying display ads, banners and/or text can be a fantastic way to engage customers.

The way that you manage your campaign is up to you. You may focus your advertising scheme to be oriented to direct-response, including product sales and lead generation. On the other hand, you may focus your advertising completely on branding, in an attempt to build name recognition and brand awareness over time.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Advertising Strategy, Online Media Buying, Media Buying

4 Tips To Improve The ROI Of Your Online Advertising Campaign

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Jul 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Competition for ad space is fierce. It’s a growing trend that’s hardly surprising given the advances of technology and how the world now likes to consume content. Whether you use Google AdWords, Dynamic Ads or Facebook Ads, content marketing or some sort of mixture, the essence of online advertising is simple: you must make sure that your ads get seen, they need to be effective and you should aim to avoid wasting valuable ad spend.

So how can you make sure that your campaign achieves what you want it to?

Check out our 4 tips.

1. Have laser-targeted ads.

As the saying goes, you can’t please all the people all of the time. An advertising campaign should be geared towards your audience.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Advertising Optimization, Advertising Strategy, ROI

What Is The Top Online Advertising Trend In 2015?

Posted by Savannah Brush

Jul 1, 2015 9:22:00 AM

Quite simply, it’s mobile advertisingThe mobile advertising industry is growing far quicker than its desktop counterpart. It grew by 34% as opposed to 11%. Yet for many businesses, mobile advertising enjoys less advertising spend.

The fact is, consumers are looking at content on mobile devices all the time and most advertising platforms know that their users are much more likely to watch a video these days. And because video ads are often more powerful than static ads, there’s a lot of potential profit out there for you.

Recent research shows that 55% of mobile data traffic now stems from video, aided by the likes of Facebook and Snapchat. For instance, Facebook alone enjoys an average of 4 billion daily video views – a staggering amount. And of those 4 billion views, 75% of them are seen on a mobile device. Mobile app Snapchat boasts of 2 billion video views every day. And this is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Facebook Advertising, Video Advertising, Mobile Advertising, Mobile App, Snapchat, Mobile Video Advertising, In-App Advertising, Snapchat Advertising

Extend Your Reach With Effective Online Advertising

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jun 30, 2015 8:50:00 AM

Online advertising can really boost the bottom line of your business because of the reach of the Internet. Across the globe, we all use the Internet and access content. And not only is your net of potential customers vast, but the Internet also allows you to reach your leads instantly. There’s zero lead-time in the digital world.

Make sure that you accurately measure your online advertising campaigns and embrace an interactive approach to business. With the Internet, you can get instant feedback from the public on your marketing ideas. That feedback could be in the shape of an online form, a survey or a conversation on a social media platform. Either way, use this as a bonus opportunity to grab an email address and market future products and services to your audience.

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Topics: Online Advertising, display advertising

5 Things About Banner Advertising You Must Know

Posted by Adam Parikh

Jun 25, 2015 8:57:00 AM

Online advertising tends to be one of those things that you either get right spectacularly well, or horribly wrong. Banner ads perhaps represent this situation perfectly. Online advertising and banner ads enjoy their fair share of trends and it’s important to keep up to date with what’s hot and what’s not. Having said that, there are 5 staple bits of information about banner ads that will stand the test of time.

1. Make sure that your banner ads are laser-targeted.

It’s common sense, yet a common mistake. There’s no point creating a banner ad if it’s not going to reach your target market. Therefore, picking which websites your banner ad sits on is crucial. Do some research!

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Topics: Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Display Ad Design

Supercharge Your Bottom Line With Search Retargeting

Posted by Rob Wagner

Jun 24, 2015 9:36:00 AM

To put it simply, search stats are a great indicator of consumer intent. You can’t argue with the stats: Google alone handles over 40,000 searches every second. To put that into perspective, that’s 3.5 billion searches every day and 1.2 trillion each year. Businesses plow millions of dollars into market research, yet one of the most powerful pieces of market research lie at our fingertips. And, quite often, the data is free.

That’s why search retargeting is so powerful. When you take the masses of search data out there and combine it with creative, intelligent digital advertising, the results can be outstanding. As we know, with online advertising, context is everything. As such, advertisers can use search retargeting to drive huge amounts of customer acquisition, not to mention acquiring new leads and a new audience.

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Topics: Search Retargeting, retargeting platforms, SEM

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