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How To Protect Your Online Advertising Campaign From Click Fraud

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Sep 3, 2015 8:51:00 AM

We have spent a lot of time writing and discussing the issue of fraud within the online advertising industry, specifically click fraud. If part of your advertising strategy is made up of PPC (pay-per-click) ads, then the primary concern you'll need to think about is click fraud - and the effect it could be having on your business success. Becoming a victim of click fraud means that your advertising budget quickly disappears, while potential customers are actually prevented from reaching your website.

For many small businesses, pay per click advertising is an attractive and useful marketing option. The reason for this is that it's often a fast and effective way for websites to generate traffic, boost their website ranking, and increase overall conversions. On top of that, pay per click ensures that you only have to pay for the clicks that you actually get. Although PPC can be a smart solution for website promotion, if you want your campaign to be successful, you'll need to be cautious when it comes to monitoring your PPC activity - or you could risk becoming yet another victim of click fraud.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Bot Traffic, Cost-Per-Click Advertising, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, SEM, Wasting Ad Budget, Ad Budget, Brand Safety, PPC Fraud

How To Make Advertising Online Not Suck

Posted by Tim Nichols

Sep 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In today's technology-driven world, online advertising has become a huge component of all effective advertising strategies. Regardless of whether your organization is B2C or B2B, implementing digital advertisements correctly ensures that you'll be able to successfully develop your business online, fostering more sales, conversions, and brand awareness. However, if your ads aren't well-planned in everything from the channel that you use, to the design and copy, you could miss out on the results you've been hoping for. So how do you make sure that your advertising online doesn't suck?

1. Focus on Delivering Fresh Creative

As the name suggests, the primary focus behind your creative should be creativity. Incorporating fresh ideas, unique elements, and innovative visual elements into your advertisements is crucial to fostering success. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that although you should be willing to change your advertisements up as often as necessary, you will want to ensure that certain parts of your creative remain consistent. In simple terms, offer your audience something engaging to look at - but make sure that they know it's you behind the ad. Altering your creative is particularly important if you choose to extend your marketing efforts to social media - as users in these avenues hate seeing the same post over and over again. Test out your new campaigns thoroughly, and make sure to use images with a consistent aesthetic so that your campaign continues to feel familiar for customers that are already aware of you.

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Topics: Online Advertising, Target Market, Public Relations, Audience, Brand Personality, Ad Creative, Advertising Online, Advertising Sucks

What Is Ad Operations and How To Keep Your Ad Ops Team Happy?

Posted by Adam Parikh

Sep 1, 2015 8:57:00 AM

Advertising makes up a crucial part of developing a successful online presence and bringing in new revenue. Any thriving marketing expert or publisher must employ an effective ad operations company if they want to make sure that everything continues to go smoothly with their future strategy. However, although some people already know how important ad operations may be, others are left wondering what it's actually for.

Ad operations teams work with online and digital strategies to help publishers manage their advertising campaigns and maximize potential revenue. Digital advertisers may offer anything from display advertising in the form of rich media and banner advertising, to search marketing, text advertising, mobile ads, and video advertising. So once you've established just how important ad operations actually are to your business, how do you ensure that you can keep your team happy?

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Topics: Online Advertising, Ad Ops, Ad Trafficking, Ad Operations

7 Ways To Improve Your Conversion Rate Right Now

Posted by Adam Parikh

Aug 27, 2015 9:06:00 AM

If you're looking for easy-to-implement ways of boosting your website ROI, then conversion rate optimization may be the most effective solution. For those new to the idea of online marketing, your conversion rate refers to the amount of visitors that engage in the action that you're hoping for, when visiting your webpage. The more your conversion rate improves, the more your revenue increases.

Of course, conversion rate optimization takes time and effort, but there are ways that you can start to enhance your CRO power quickly and easily. Following are some of the best tips and tricks for improving your conversion rate, right now.

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Topics: CTA, Call To Action, Conversions, Conversion Attribution, A/B Testing

7 Things That Really Great Online Media Buyers Do

Posted by Tim Nichols

Aug 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Establishing an identity and presence online is one of the most important things that any business can do today. While there are many different forms of marketing available, one of the more popular options comes in the form of media buying

A sub-section of advertising management, media buying takes place when a company or individual responsible for a company's advertisement strategies purchases real estate on a site. To become a truly amazing media buyer, you need to master the art of negotiating placement and price to ensure that you're getting the best possible value for your money. This will enhance your chances for ultimate ad viewability and user interaction.

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Topics: Data Analytics, Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Conversion Attribution, Ad Budget, media planning, Media Buyers, Ad Creative

7 Things About Brand Safety Your Client Wants To Know

Posted by Eric Greener

Aug 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM

As more companies than ever rush forwards into an era of automated content production, digital advertising, and online presence, the idea of "brand safety" has grown increasingly important. The term "brand safety" refers to the tools and practices used to ensure that an advertisement or piece of content will not appear in a context that causes harm to the brand in question. This potentially damaging substance can fall into one of two categories: the first are hate sites, adult content, or sites covering controversial topics. The second category depends on the specifics of the brand itself.

Whether you manage a blog, personal project, or entire business website, it's crucial to be aware of the threats that currently exist online. Blogging and social networking have introduced new risks as malicious individuals search for ways to steal customers and hijack revenues. Unwarranted abuse and criticism has also been made far easier by the anonymity and ease-of-access associated with the internet. If you want to reassure your customers, and make sure that your loyal fans remain devoted to your company, then you'll need to answer questions about the following 7 things your clients need to know regarding brand safety.

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Topics: Click Fraud, Social Media, DoubleVerify, Brand Safety, Brand Personality, Brand Risks, Phishing, Brand Protection Services, PPC Fraud

5 Reasons Why Mobile Advertising Campaigns Fail At Converting

Posted by Savannah Brush

Aug 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Whether you appreciate the portable revolution or not, the fact is that mobile advertising is here to stay - meaning that creating an effective and actionable strategy is more crucial than ever. According to search engine giants Google, the global penetration of smartphones reached about 25% in 2014, and the number of people browsing on their phones has continued growing ever since.

However, in spite of the fact that smartphone usage has grown, a lot of organizations and companies still struggle when it comes to applying a viable strategy for mobile advertising to their marketing campaign. Around 84% of companies who attempt to market with mobile see a significant boost in their overall sales, yet a significant number of them are still making mistakes that make their efforts either useless - or annoying. If you're struggling to see the positives of your mobile marketing campaign, the cause could come from one of the following five reasons.

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Topics: Mobile Advertising, Conversions, Mobile Marketing, Mobile App, Branded Content, Mobile, Smartphones, QR Code Campaigns, QR Codes

5 Myths About Facebook Advertising

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Aug 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Today, there are 1.49 billion active users on Facebook. With so many people around the world using this form of social media to connect with friends, discover new things, and expand their online reach - it's no surprise that businesses want to make the most out of a possible new resource. Facebook advertising provides companies with an effective way of reaching out to target audiences - but just like anything else online today, the concept comes with a number of worrisome myths.

How much do you really know about Facebook advertising? Here, we'll discuss 5 of the most common prevailing myths about this type of online advertising.

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Topics: Facebook Exchange, Facebook Right-Hand Side Creative, Facebook Advertising, Facebook Ads, Social Media Advertising, Social Media, Facebook, Brand Awareness

5 Mobile Advertising Blunders to Avoid

Posted by Tim Nichols

Aug 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Today, mobile advertising may be the ultimate way to ensure that you build traffic and create leads online. A few years ago, we'd never even heard of digital tablets, and a few more years before that, nobody even had a smartphone. In simple terms, absolutely everyone is new to the concept of mobile advertising - but that doesn’t mean that it's any less important. Over the past few years, companies both big and small have made a habit of falling into the same old blunders when trying to make their mobile advertising strategies work. It's no surprise that we're still working out the kinks in these early stages, but if you want to save some time and money, then you may benefit from learning where you're most likely to hit your first hurdles. Following are the five most common mobile advertising mistakes people make today - and how you can avoid them.

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Topics: Mobile Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Mobile App, Mobile, Smartphones, Mobile Video Advertising

5 Hurdles Online Media Planners Commonly Face

Posted by Brendan Beckham

Aug 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

For those familiar with the concept, media planning is both a science, and an art. From a scientific perspective, the idea is relatively straight-forward - you simply gather enough data and research to understand your performance, and figure out how to match that data to the needs of your client. Unfortunately, it's the artistic aspect of media planning that's the hardest to grasp. It takes a great deal of trial and error to get things right, and as the industry continues to move forward at lightning-fast speeds, more planners are coming face-to-face with a number of challenging hurdles that stand between them, and success. Here are just some of the most common problems and issues media planners have to deal with on a regular basis.

1. Targeting The Right Audience Effectively

Efficient and optimized targeting is a key component in just about every aspect of advertising. If you want to make sure that you're getting the best responses to your advertisements and media engagements, then the first thing any planner needs to do is ensure they're adhering to the right buyer personas. The fact is that the only reason anyone's going to bother reading your content, or listening to your message, is that they think they might be able to get something valuable out of it. Online media planners need to find the right avenues to deliver something useful to your target audience - whether this means asking questions that commonly arise about your product, or convincing consumers that they have something to gain from you.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Real-Time Media Buying, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Audience, Audience Targeting, media planning, media planners

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