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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

Is It Time To Change Campaign Creatives?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Sep 9, 2016 9:49:52 AM

One of the most important features in the world of online advertising, and digital marketing, is the creative that you choose to display to the world. That creative is the first image that your potential clients, customers, and even future partners will use to get an idea of your company, and it not only needs to draw them towards your website, but it also needs to establish the uniqueness of your brand.

Ad creative needs to be bold, inviting, and engaging so that they can hook in the viewer before that person is distracted by something else, such as a new piece of content, or a decision to check their social media pages. Unfortunately, simply creating amazing ads the first time around won't be enough to keep your audience engaged - you'll also need to keep changing, updating, and refreshing your campaign creatives to stay ahead of the competition.

The problem is, it can be difficult for marketers and business-minded individuals alike to recognize when their creative is going stale. So how do you know when it's time to change up your campaign?

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Topics: Banner Ads, Ad Creative, A/B Testing, Engagement, Campaign Creatives, Ad Testing

3 Tricks When Your Google AdWords Campaign Doesn't Generate Conversions

Posted by Sarah Butera

Jul 28, 2016 3:52:29 PM

Who doesn't want to earn more conversions from their Google AdWords campaigns? According to studies, in 2015, the spend on PPC campaigns increased by 12%, and it's set to increase again. PPC campaigns require a great deal of investment in some cases, but they can also lead to fantastic results if you know how to use them properly. That's why most AdWords advertisers focus on seeking out marketing methods that reduce their cost per conversion, while increasing the conversion rate.

If you want to avoid wasting money and time on an AdWords campaign that hasn't been carefully tailored to your specific needs, then you're going to need to rethink your strategy and ensure that you're taking steps towards securing the factors that will earn you long-term success. If you've already started your PPC campaign, but you aren't seeing the results that you hoped for when you signed up for AdWords, try the following three quick, and simple tricks.

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Topics: Cost-Per-Click Advertising, CPC, Conversions, Google Adwords, PPC Advertising, Mobile Optimization

Exciting Video Advertising Trends

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jun 21, 2016 4:10:14 PM

For the modern audience with a waning attention span, video-based content is often considered to be more entertaining, easier to grasp, and engaging enough to hold our interest for more than a couple of seconds. In other words, it's no wonder that more businesses have begun to leverage video content and video advertising on channels such as YouTube, Instagram, and Vine.

According to statistics, around 74% of the traffic that the internet receives will come from video content, so if you haven't started watching the trends already, now is the perfect time to brush up on your video marketing knowledge. Following, we'll cover just some of the most important video advertising trends to keep in mind as you enter the visual marketing world this year.

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Topics: Video Advertising, Video Formats, Mobile Video Advertising, Video Ads, Video Ad Formats, Video Ad Campaign, Interactive Video Advertising

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