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The True Cost of Bad Online Media Plans

Posted by Eric Greener

Feb 11, 2016 8:54:00 AM

As we move further into the age of Internet advertising, changes in the way that people utilize the Internet, and innovations in business tools have begun to influence the way that we attempt to communicate with our target market. While planning a unique and creative marketing scheme using interesting media can be an exciting experience, it's important that companies don't allow their enthusiasm to override their common sense. Sometimes, when this happens, a marketing campaign that seemed promising at first can turn out to be a complete disaster.

Failing to plan your media marketing campaigns properly, or dedicating little time to planning them in the first place could mean that you lose crucial customers, profits, and brand authority. The more that your customers come to associate your company with bad media, the more they're likely to avoid your business in favor of your competitors.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Media Buying, media planning, Digital Media Planning, Media Plans

How To Make Video Advertising Not Suck

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Feb 9, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Companies from across the globe - no matter their industry or size, are beginning to see the benefits of video when it comes to online advertising. Video advertising is a persuasive and engaging way to grab your audience's attention and keep it. Unlike text-based content marketing, video advertising is bright, interactive, and interesting - as long as you do it right. What's more, it's a highly shareable form of media, which can even go viral with a little bit of luck.

Of course, the important question is, how do you make a video ad that appeals to your audience, sells your product, and maximizes your results, when you have absolutely no experience to work with? Like any other marketing campaign, optimizing your video advertising strategy takes some research. Following, we'll cover a number of simple tips that could ensure you make an effective video ad for your company.

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Topics: Video Advertising, A/B Testing, Video Ads, Video Ad Formats, Video Ad Campaign

The Real Reasons Your Ad Campaign Failed

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Feb 3, 2016 11:39:53 AM

No matter what article you read, or which study you refer to, it's impossible to ignore the fact that people are spending more time online today than ever before. For some consumers, this means staying permanently glued to their smartphone or tablet, whereas for others it means online gaming, checking the news on their laptop, or buying groceries from their desktop. It's no surprise, the commerce world has never been more convenient, and the online sphere makes finding information about products or services simple and hassle-free. Hence, online advertising has become a crucial part of any modern strategy for business growth.

However, as effective as online advertising can be at helping you to reach a wider number of people throughout the World, it's important to remember that without the right strategies in place, even the most well-thought-out marketing plan can fail. If your ad campaign isn't bringing in any of those crucial conversions, the following reasons may give you an insight into why.

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How Retargeting Will Improve Your Conversion Rate

Posted by Tim Nichols

Feb 2, 2016 12:09:13 PM

The chances are that you've heard plenty of online advertising websites commend the values of retargeting. After all, for online advertising experts, PPC consultants, and digital strategists, nothing is more important than being able to understand and reflect your target audience's online behavior when attempting to grab their attention and maximize conversions. By understanding your audience, you can engage with them on a deeper level, and convince them to buy from you, even if they already visited your website in the past and decided against it.

Retargeting helps you to learn:

  • What environments and destinations your customers come from.
  • Which concepts best attract your audiences' attention.
  • What motivates your customer to make a purchase.

Through that crucial data, you can maximize return on investment, and help potential consumers move along the sales funnel and deliver incredible profits. But how exactly does retargeting work to improve your conversion rate?

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Topics: Advertising Optimization, retargeting, retargeting platforms, Conversions, Dynamic Ads, Dynamic Retargeting, Conversion Rate

4 Ways To Bring Facebook Advertising Into Your Media Buying Strategy

Posted by Sarah Butera

Jan 29, 2016 12:23:00 PM

If you're part of a team that's responsible for promoting an online store, or you deal personally with a company's media buying strategy, then you'll know how difficult it can be to establish success online. Whatever you use as a marketing channel, it's never completely enough, as you always need to keep finding highly relevant sources of traffic, more conversions to meet with sales tactics, and new ways to increase repeated sales from previous customers.

Fortunately, adding Facebook advertising into your media buying strategy could be the solution that you've been searching for. Featuring over 1.39 billion active users every month, and the highest number of ecommerce orders generated through social media, advertising on Facebook offers a brand new range of opportunities when it comes to reaching out to a highly intimate and engaged audience.

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Topics: Dynamic Display Ads, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Facebook Advertising, Facebook, Brand Awareness, Dynamic Ads, Dynamie Product Ads, Media Buying Strategy, Conversion Tracking

3 Things Media Buyers Can Do To Make Their Lives Easier

Posted by Adam Parikh

Jan 27, 2016 1:56:07 PM

Most businesses know that establishing a reliable presence and identity online is one of the most crucial things that any business can do to make a mark in their chosen industry. While there are numerous forms of advertising available to help companies achieve this goal, one of the more popular options can be found in the form of media buying.

To become an amazing media buyer, and minimize the complexities involved with online advertising today, you need to master the art of getting maximum value for your money. The following tips can help media buyers when it comes to enhancing brand identity, ultimate ad viewability, and successful user interaction.

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Topics: retargeting, Media Buying, Demographic Targeting, Media Buyers

What to Do If Your Banner Ads Aren't Getting Enough Clicks

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jan 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

If your ultimate online goal is to find new ways of driving people towards your website, then your first task will be ensuring that you get noticed. Companies from a variety of industries use numerous tactics, from email marketing, to social networking and banner ads. Though it's true that banner advertising may not have the same impact on consumers as it once did, that doesn't mean that it doesn't still have a lot of value.

If you find that yourbanner ad displays aren't bringing in the clicks and consumers as you might have hoped, then you may need to rethink your strategy and boost your banner appeal. Following, we'll discuss a few ways that you can improve the reach of your banner ads, and start collecting those much-needed clicks.

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4 Finishing Touches for Your Dynamic Ads

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Jan 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

On the surface, Dynamic Search Ads simply look like any other Google AdWords content, except for the fact that the headline typically echoes the exact search phrase the user typed in to begin with. However, unlike typical Google AdWords content, Dynamic Search Ads are presented based on the content of your website, meaning that you won't have to maintain awkward lists of keywords.

Dynamic search ads work by using the web crawling technology of google to carefully target relevant queries according to the content on your website. Incrementally, traffic that you receive through dynamic search ads can be used to help fill the gaps in your keyword campaigns - ensuring a greater return on investment.

If you have been considering the value of using dynamic search ads for some time now, you may be wondering how to make the most out of your investment. Below we will cover a brief introduction of who should be using dynamic search advertising to begin with, and how these people can maximize the results of their campaigns.

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Topics: Banner Ads, Dynamic Display Ads, Search Retargeting, Dynamic Ads, Dynamic Retargeting, Segmentation, Banner Fatigue, Landing Pages

Master Video Advertising in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Adam Parikh

Jan 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Digital video could present the next big opportunity for brands across the globe who want to interact with their audiences on a new level. Combined with content marketing and other forms of digital advertising, video provides a versatile way for brands to have their voices heard, and make themselves known in their industry. According to eMarketer, by the close of 2015, advertisers will have spent around $6 billion on digital video advertisements - a number which equates to 9% of all media spend, and a 42% increase of video usage since 2013.

According to the data, video advertising can be a highly efficient and effective option for brands around the globe. People tend to automatically ignore television advertisements, so if you want to make a visual impact on your audience, there's really no other option besides video advertising. What's more, video itself has become a common activity on the web, with 78.4% of internet users watching online videos.

So how can you make the most of this medium for your own digital strategy?

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Topics: Video Advertising, Content Marketing, Video Formats, Video Ads, Video Ad Formats

Did Retargeting Ruin Your Christmas?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 30, 2015 9:07:29 AM

When you visit a website and start shopping for a product, then see the same or similar products through an advertisement on Facebook or Google a couple of days later - it isn't a coincidence. Savvy online companies everywhere are making use of the effective strategy of "retargeting" - a technique designed to tailor ads specifically to the behavior a certain user displays.

Though retargeting has many benefits for consumer and company alike, it can become a problem during the festive season, if you want to keep your searched-for items a secret from other people using your computer. Fortunately, managing the ways in which you are served advertisements is possible if you know how to adjust your online activities.

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Topics: retargeting, Happy Holidays, retargeting platforms, Private Browsing

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