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Adam Parikh

In a 13+ year career on the forefront digital marketing, I have proven to be an online marketer and ecommerce professional that delivers results. My deepest knowledge lies in Search (PPC + SEO) and Display (Programmatic, RTB, DSP). I am also well versed in email, affiliate, comparison shopping engines and social media marketing.

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LinkedIn Sees New Life Among B2B Marketers

Posted by Adam Parikh

Feb 5, 2018 10:01:00 AM

Logo-LinkedIn.jpgWhile other social media channels like Twitter and Facebook struggle to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to engaging with consumers around the world, B2B platform LinkedIn has boosted its position within the marketplace. By making several distinctive changes to the user interface throughout 2017, LinkedIn have ensured that they're in prime position to help companies get the most out of B2B social marketing during 2018.

Today, many experts suggest that in the year ahead, a greater number of B2B marketers will be tapping into the potential that LinkedIn has to offer when it comes to establishing connections with new prospects, partners, and innovators in the marketplace. The question is, how can you make sure your LinkedIn profile is prepared for 2018?

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Topics: Linkedin, B2B

Instagram Becomes a More Valuable Channel than Facebook

Posted by Adam Parikh

Jan 11, 2018 10:01:00 AM

For a lot of companies, it's easy to assume that Facebook is the best platform for starting your social media marketing campaign. After all, it's one of the most diverse channels out there, with the power to appeal to everyone from young millennials, to mothers, and thriving entrepreneurs alike.

However, as we move towards a more visually-focused marketplace, it seems that platforms like Instagram might be stepping in to take over from Facebook as the best business social marketing channel. In fact, in 2017, Instagram had around 800 million users per month logging into share photos and images with the masses.

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Topics: Social Media, Instagram, Facebook

Is SEO Still Relevant?

Posted by Adam Parikh

Dec 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Times have changed. As a result, many business owners and marketers are wondering whether search engine optimization (SEO) is still relevant. In what seems like a fit of desperation, some people even wonder if SEO is dead.

Actually, SEO is still hugely relevant in business today – it’s just changed. For starters, the increase in social media activity and social media marketing has lessened the need for SEO skills for those with big advertising budgets. But what about those who can’t afford to pay for advertising? Like start-ups or small businesses?

People need SEO more than ever.

The statistics indicate that consumers are searching online more than ever. Google alone processes over 40,000 search queries every second. That adds up to 3.5 billion searches every day and 1.2 trillion searches each year.

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Topics: SEO, SEO Recommendations, Search Engine Optimization, Google SEO

How to Manage Online Brand Safety

Posted by Adam Parikh

Nov 28, 2017 8:01:56 AM

While the trends for digital advertising might change as quickly as the seasons, the concerns that exist around brand safety consistently remain at the top of ad buyers' minds. According to a study conducted by eMarketer, about 26% of the brands purchasing space for a digital advertisement cited brand safety as their number one concern for choosing how and when they should advertise.

The good news is that there are brand safety solutions available on digital ad exchanges that make it possible to avoid some of the online advertising space that might appear as a poor fit for a campaign. Here are a couple things that you should consider when it comes to making sure you can manage your brand safety concerns online.

Choose your Ad Agency Carefully

The important thing to remember when it comes to digital advertising space is that while there may always be a risk for brands online, most companies will be able to mitigate that risk with careful attention to detail. For instance, a lot of companies are beginning to limit the amount of run exchange buys that they make, and shifting towards private exchanges instead.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways for brands to protect themselves is to consider the agency they're buying their digital ads from carefully. Transparency is often essential. Good partners should be able to share the measures that they've put in place to ensure brand safety. It's also a good idea to speak to organizations that specialize in protection for brands. Often, these include technology companies that work independently from ad networks and media buyers.

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Topics: Digital Advertising, Brand Safety, Fraud Protection, Ad Verification

Give Your Brand A Voice: The Benefits Of Launching A Podcast

Posted by Adam Parikh

Sep 27, 2017 4:25:30 PM

As times change in the digital world businesses have begun to implement various new solutions to improve the reach and impact of their brand. If you want to stay ahead of the competition in today's competitive landscape, then you need to have a strategy for connecting with your audience that not only establishes engagement but also helps to build brand loyalty too.

Podcasting is something that has created a significant amount of popularity and success over the years. Basically, a podcast is a set of digital audio files that customers can download from your website or another location on the Internet. Users can subscribe to a podcast so that they automatically receive the digital files as soon as they're uploaded.

Today's businesses are frequently turning towards podcasts as a way of building stronger relationships with audiences and diversifying their marketing experiences. When customers can't watch videos, they turn to podcasts as a simple and entertaining method of getting information from their favorite companies. Here are just some of the benefits of launching your own podcast.

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Topics: Podcasting, Branding, Podcast

Grow Your Business With Digital Media

Posted by Adam Parikh

Jun 20, 2017 9:56:13 AM

If you’re a small or medium-sized business, growing your online presence can seem like a minefield – particularly if you don’t have the resources for a dedicated digital team within your organization. Whether we’re talking Facebook and Twitter, email marketing, mobile web, or YouTube and the latest industry apps – there’s a lot to keep up with, and it can feel overwhelming.

But the truth is, if you use digital media and employ digital marketing techniques, the rewards are endless. And if you don’t have a business that exists in the digital arena, you don’t really have a sustainable business at all.

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Topics: Digital Media, Advertising Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Digital Media Planning

Benefits Of In-Stream Video Ads

Posted by Adam Parikh

Mar 16, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Video advertising has emerged as a valuable solution for companies that want to make a lasting impression on their target audience. Not only is video more convenient to consume than large blocks of text, but it can also be more engaging too! It's no surprise that experts are estimating that we'll be spending around $16.69 billion on digital video advertising by the close of 2020.

In-Stream video advertising is a type of advertisement designed to grab your prospects attention as quickly as possible. Unlike traditional advertisement videos that are separate from other content, In-stream video ads are designed to run similarly to a television ad. In other words, they appear while your target market is watching something else.

Usually, these ads have an option for viewers to skip the ad after they've watched five seconds, which means that if you want to get the most out of your marketing efforts, you'll need to make sure that you've made enough of an impression in those initial seconds to convince your audience that they should keep watching. Click to Learn more about in-stream video ads.

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Topics: Video Advertising, Video Ad Formats, In-Stream Video Ads

Benefits of Behavioral Targeting

Posted by Adam Parikh

Feb 23, 2017 3:32:19 PM

Behavioral targeting is a unique form of marketing that focuses on delivering advertising experiences to customers based on the behaviors they have demonstrated to your company. In other words, it works by looking at the purchasing actions of your prospective buyers, and strategizing a selling solution that appeals to the habits that might be unique to your specific audience.

Behavioral targeting focuses on monitoring user activity in relation to your business, and helps you to take the specific needs and interests of your customer into account. Because this form of marketing is more relevant, and based on the needs of your specific audience, it's generally not only an effective solution for companies, but a preferable option for customers too.

But what are the most significant benefits associated with behavioral targeting?

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Topics: Online Advertising, Behavioral Targeting, Behavioral Advertising, Click Through Rates, Conversion Rate

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

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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