Eric Greener

Eric Greener

Founding partner at ExactDrive and happily married father of four.

Recent Posts

Aug 13, 2015 11:33:37 AM

4 Ways to Overcome The Wasted Ad Budget Blues

This year, approximately 77% of companies are expected to increase their digital marketing budgets, and it's not difficult to see why. Digital marketing is one of the most important way to get noticed these days, as if you're not online, you're cutting down your number of potential customers by thousands - if not millions. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you might try to get everything right the first time around, wasting the marketing budget from time to time is not uncommon. Executives have been using the phrase "half of our marketing budget is wasted - but we don't know which half" for decades now.

As a business owner or head of an organization, you'll regularly be bombarded with the latest "big thing" or "new solution" to deliver more customers and leads to your doorstep, but getting the most out of your cash means understanding what your company actually needs. Wasted marketing dollars result in a reduced chance for true innovation to take place. Rather than simply moping within the wasted ad budget blues, use these following tips to identify your biggest issues and overcome them.

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Jul 7, 2015 9:24:00 AM

4 Tips That Will Make You A Stronger Online Media Buyer

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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Jun 24, 2015 9:36:00 AM

Supercharge Your Bottom Line With Search Retargeting

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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Jun 19, 2015 9:05:00 AM

Mobile Advertising Is Exploding – 10 Ways To Get Prepared?

In the USA, mobile advertising spend is growing at a faster rate than any other advertising method. We shouldn’t be surprised. It’s thought that the average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. Now that might not sound like much, but for advertisers, it’s gold dust. Think about it – long do you look at a flyer, brochure or billboard?

That figure amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years from the average person’s life. Throw in the fact that nearly two thirds of Americans have a smartphone and it’s no wonder that advertisers are focusing on our trusted handheld devices.

But do you really know how to implement an effective mobile advertising campaign? Here are 10 things to consider:

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Jun 17, 2015 8:51:00 AM

Are You Seeing Less Of Your Facebook Ads On News Feeds?

Back in November last year, Facebook made some important changes to their platform; changes that affect lots of businesses. However, many companies aren’t even aware of anything different.

Due to feedback from hundreds of thousands of people, Facebook have decided to alter what appears in a news feed. Research suggested that users wanted a reduction in the number of promotional posts showing up in their feeds.

What’s interesting is that promotional posts are usually driven from pages that users have actually been to. But the fact is, people may head to a page to read or watch something specific, but that can be a very isolated experience. It’s a bit like the fuss made over recommendation engines for the likes of Netflix and Lovefilm. Just because you’ve watched Sleepless in Seattle, it doesn’t mean you want to watch a romcom every night of the week. Essentially, we’re just talking about platforms delivering a more natural service.

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Jun 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

5 Great Marketing Blogs You Should Make Sure To Read

The thing with marketing is, everyone seems to have an opinion. We all know that ExactDrive sure does. Click-baiting and the regurgitating of second-rate information is commonplace, so how do you separate the marketing masters from the self-appointed gurus? Let us help. We’ve got 5 of the top marketing blogs on the internet and, without further ado, here are some of the most valuable best-kept secrets…

1.Adobe’s Digital Marketing Blog

This is a great, diverse resource for all aspects of digital marketing, from conversion rates and retargeting, through to analytics and mobile advertising. Today’s digital marketers have too many options when it comes to software and advertising tools, so find out what’s best for you. With a huge amount of content on the site, don’t worry about usability – Adobe have clear categories making it easy for you to delve in and out.

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May 18, 2015 6:16:00 PM

ExactDrive And DoubleVerify Partner To Offer Online Media Verification Solutions

When it comes to online advertising campaigns, effectiveness is clearly everything. No business wants to waste any of their ad spend, that much is obvious. But what other areas can we look to improve ROI? The trouble with many online ad campaigns is that there is often a lack of visibility. It can be hard to make data actionable and to create consistent, meaningful measures. That is to say, there’s often a lack of accountability. ExactDrive's partnership with DoubleVerify helps us provide our advertising clients with media transparency and accountability that delivers the absolute highest level of impression quality for maximum advertising performance.

Campaigns are very much seen as either a success or a failure. But like a lot of things, it’s not always black and white - there are also shades of grey. And with online ad campaigns, there are lots and lots of shades.

However, why not let DoubleVerify shed some light and help you out?

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Apr 29, 2015 8:42:00 AM

5 Tips For Designing Better Banner Ads

Banner ads are almost as old as the Internet itself. And they’re still alive and kicking. The trouble is, there are a number of issues with banner ads. If you get them wrong, at best you’re wasting your time; at worst, you’re butchering your brand.

Many online advertising experts dislike banner ads. Lots of customers even hate them. But here’s the thing: they can work extremely well. Online display advertising is an integral part of any multichannel campaign. Thanks to data and advanced analyzing techniques, businesses can verify that millions of ad impressions help drive traffic, conjure up leads and even convert.

It’s almost like it’s fashionable to slam banner ads. Opinion pieces about the sheer ineffectiveness of banner ads are commonplace, but consumer behavior often tells a different story. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Banner ads are like any other form of advertising. They can be compelling, efficient and profitable, or intrusive, ugly and repetitive, all depending on how you design them.

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Apr 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

7 Things About Retargeting That Your Boss Wants To Know

Retargeting is huge. We’re all online day and night, and we’re talking about simple technology that allows a brand to follow us online, even when we leave their website. How about that for power?

However, while the technology may be simple, retargeting can be risky due to its in-your-face approach to online advertising. No one wants their brand to stalk their customers. That would just be weird. So before you can prepare to boost your bottom line, here are 7 things about retargeting that you need to know before deciding whether to invest.

1. Retargeting can increase conversion rates by as much as 147%. There’s no doubt about it, if you want to sell more products and services, retargeting works.

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Apr 9, 2015 9:09:00 AM

Why You Need ExactDrive’s Ad Platform

Despite the numerous success stories we hear from businesses using it, paid advertising continues to get shunned by many marketers and business owners. Some of the most common reasons ‘why’ include, “it’s too expensive”,or we won’t have enough control over our campaigns”. 

The truth is online advertising has come a long way since the early days of human-based methods like phone calls, faxes andmanual insertion orders. The arrival of programmatic buying and real-time bidding has automated the buying process, placement and optimization of advertising, andput the power back in the hands of the advertiser.

DSP’s

Advertisers typically use demand-side platforms (DSP’s) to help them decide which ad impressions to buy, and for how muchFor the uninitiated, a DSP is a piece of software used to purchase display, video, mobile and search ads, in an automated fashionAs more and more marketers recognize the benefits of programmatic, the number of DSP’s on the market is also increasing; leading marketers to wonder which platform they should choose. Our advice? ExactDrive of course!

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