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Tim Nichols

Tim Nichols is a founding partner at ExactDrive, a leading Self-Serve Online Advertising Platform with white label, reseller and managed service options available. ExactDrive plans, manages, and optimizes online advertising campaigns with the objective of delivering measurable value and empowering clients to find precisely targeted audiences. ExactDrive has offices in Minneapolis, MN and Milwaukee, WI.

Tim Nichols is also a contributing author on Forbes.com.

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Influencer Marketing Remains A Useful Strategy

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jan 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

According to research, around 95% of the marketers who use influencer strategies in their current campaigns consider those strategies to be effective.

In other words, if you're looking for a simple and effective way to boost awareness, engagement, and retention for your brand in the social world, then there are few things better than the power of an influencer. Because influencers already have a pre-existing relationship with the customers that you want to attract, they can help you to create engaging content, and connect with your audience on a deeper level, without the need for any obvious marketing efforts.

As we move into 2018, the chances are that influencer marketing will continue to be just as important as ever. So, the question is: "How can you make sure that you're getting the most out of your influencer marketing campaigns?"

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Topics: Audience Targeting, Engagement, Influencer Marketing

Seven Significant Advertising Topics To Watch For In 2018 - Forbes.com

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 27, 2017 12:51:25 PM

ExactDrive is excited to have a recent article published on Forbes.comPOST WRITTEN BY: Tim Nichols, co-founder of ExactDrive Inc.

 

We've seen some serious disruption in the marketing world throughout 2017. As new technology emerges and people start to interact differently with their favorite brands, companies are being forced to reconsider how they connect with the marketplace.

With 2018 just around the corner, now might be the perfect time for your brand to start thinking about the topics that could be poised to leave your advertising team scratching their heads in the coming months. The faster you prepare for these new trends, the quicker you'll make your mark in the industry.

Full article can be found here.

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Topics: Digital Marketing, Forbes, Forbes Agency Council, Advertising 2018

Best Wishes For A Happy Holiday Season From ExactDrive

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 22, 2017 2:29:46 PM

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and our sincere gratitude for your goodwi

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Topics: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Christmas

Building A Personal Brand? 16 Simple Tips For Today's Executives - Forbes.com

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 22, 2017 9:07:00 AM

ExactDrive is excited to be included in a recently article posted on Forbes.com.

POST WRITTEN BY: Forbes Agency Council, Successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising executives from Forbes Agency Council share trends and tips.

One of the most important activities any agency can engage in is branding. And we're not just talking about developing and promoting a corporate brand, but also establishing your own personal brand, positioning yourself as a credible industry expert and thought leader.

Like any form of marketing, personal branding requires acute knowledge of both yourself and your intended audience, and consistently producing content that resonates with them. If personal brand development is on your to-do list, follow the advice of these Forbes Agency Council members.

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Topics: Digital Marketing, Brand Personality, Forbes, Forbes Agency Council, Personal Brand

How Digital Marketing Will Change In 2018: 15 Top Trends - Forbes.com

Posted by Tim Nichols

Dec 18, 2017 5:54:55 PM

ExactDrive is excited to be included in a recently article posted on Forbes.com.

POST WRITTEN BY: Forbes Agency Council, Successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising executives from Forbes Agency Council share trends and tips.

The move into 2018 also comes with a shift in digital marketing. New trends are entering the marketplace and your company needs to pay attention or you may be forced by the wayside. With the need to become more visible and reach more customers, the digital marketing of tomorrow offers advancements in emerging technologies as consumers demand a more integrated experience.

Fifteen members of Forbes Agency Council share what they think will be the major digital marketing trends of 2018. Here is what they had to say:

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Topics: Digital Marketing, Native Advertising, Forbes, Forbes Agency Council

How To Build A Successful Video Ad Strategy

Posted by Tim Nichols

Nov 22, 2017 5:55:30 PM

Video is quickly emerging as the best way to connect with your consumers - wherever they might come from. Between the automatic video playback on mobile social feeds and the 2.08 billion smartphone users around the world, an effective video ad strategy can be the easiest way to take your business to the next level.

Although establishing your own video ad strategy can sound like an intimidating concept, particularly if you don't have a large production budget to play around with, the good news is that video advertising doesn't have to be something that breaks the bank. In fact, it's not so much about the money you spend, but the steps that you use to make your video stand out. Here, we'll look at just some of the ways that you can improve your chances of building a successful video ad strategy.

1. Focus on the Story, Rather than the Sale

You need to find a way of connecting with your audience through video that's not too overly-promotional. The great thing about video is that it's the perfect platform for having an emotional impact on your audience. With the right use of imagery and sound, you can appeal to customers in a way that's not possible with blogs and articles. You can always add a call to action to the mix to make sure you're still sending leads in the right direction.

2. Be Interesting!

No matter what format your content comes in online, it's important to make sure that you're producing something engaging and entertaining. Think of ways that you can delight your audience by making them laugh, smile, or think more deeply about a certain topic. In some cases, you might even want to try being controversial and approaching an idea from an alternative perspective.

In the world of video, it can be useful to take risks and seem "edgy" from time to time, but it's important to make sure that you're not pushing your chances. Read your audience carefully and figure out what they might be offended by before you take a chance.

3. Start off Strong

Statistics show that about one fifth of your viewers will click away from your video within about ten seconds. That's why it's so important to get to the point and grab their attention as quickly as possible. Outline what you're going to cover in your video, or do something to excite your audience within that first ten seconds.

One option might be to ask questions that will hook their attention straight away. Here, you'll be looking for questions that specifically address the concerns or desires that your audience has, so make sure you know the people you're targeting as well as possible.

4. Prove your Value

One of the things that makes video advertising so appealing, is that about 65% of most audiences are "visual learners". That means that one of the most powerful methods you can use as a video advertising business is to educate your audience on something. For instance, you might teach your customers how to use your service or product in new ways, or you might provide them with an insight based on your unique industry knowledge.

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Topics: Video Advertising, Video Ads, Video, Video Ad Strategy

ExactDrive accepted into Forbes Agency Council

Posted by Tim Nichols

Oct 24, 2017 9:45:17 AM

ExactDrive Inc., a leading online media buying platform with managed services for behavioral, retargeting, mobile, video and other advertising services with offices in Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN, has been accepted into the Forbes Agency Council, an invitation-only community for executives in successful public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies.

ExactDrive's Co-Founder, Timothy Nichols, joins other Forbes Agency Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.

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Topics: Partner Spotlight, Forbes, Forbes Agency Council

What Is Programmatic Audio Advertising?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 20, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Before we get into the details of programmatic audio advertising, what exactly isprogrammatic advertising itself? Put simply, programmatic advertising isa way of buying digital ad space via software - as opposed to the traditional process ofhuman negotiation.

Using machines to buy ads is actually a really efficient way of buying advertising space, because both buyers and salespeople can be expensive and unreliable in the real world. With the use of machines the whole process is slicker and smoother than buying through RFP (Request for Proposal).

On top of this, when the selling, buying, placement and optimization of media space is automated, marketers and advertisers can deliver more customized and personalized messages to audiences based on real-time data – this isn’t the case with RFP.With programmatic you get targeted dataabout things like music-based psychographic groups, weather and traffic patterns, purchase behavior and other environmental, population and consumer trends.

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Topics: Digital Advertising, Video Advertising, Mobile Advertising, Programmatic Advertising, Programmatic Audio Advertising, Audio Ads

Why Native Advertising Should Excite You

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jun 15, 2017 2:00:56 PM

There’s no doubt about it, native advertising should be central to your digital strategy when it comes to generating online traffic. Are you investing time and money into it? Do you know how to do it properly? Do you really understand what it can do for you and your business? Maybe it’s time to see what all the fuss is about…

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Topics: Content Marketing, Native Advertising, Viral

Benefits Of Programmatic Advertising

Posted by Tim Nichols

Apr 20, 2017 3:56:46 PM

The benefits of programmatic advertising areincreasingly relevant in today’s content-saturated digital world. Marketers need their adsto be targeted, personalized and engaging whenever and however they’re reaching out to consumers; and although a great deal of this targeting takes place via the online tools we have at our fingertips, programmatic advertising takes it to another level.

If you’re not already allocating chunks of your ad budget to programmatic advertising, you may be keen to find out what exactly it is, and how can it help your business?

Put simply, it’s a style of advertising that cuts out the middle man. So instead of liaising and negotiating with people, it’s all done via machines - or a demand-side platform (DSP) to be precise. It sounds very technical, but a DSP allows you to manage multiple ad exchange and data exchange accounts with one platform. Genius Right?

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Topics: Real-Time Bidding, Real-Time Media Buying, DSP, Programmatic Advertising

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