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Is It Time To Change Campaign Creatives?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Sep 9, 2016 9:49:52 AM

One of the most important features in the world of online advertising, and digital marketing, is the creative that you choose to display to the world. That creative is the first image that your potential clients, customers, and even future partners will use to get an idea of your company, and it not only needs to draw them towards your website, but it also needs to establish the uniqueness of your brand.

Ad creative needs to be bold, inviting, and engaging so that they can hook in the viewer before that person is distracted by something else, such as a new piece of content, or a decision to check their social media pages. Unfortunately, simply creating amazing ads the first time around won't be enough to keep your audience engaged - you'll also need to keep changing, updating, and refreshing your campaign creatives to stay ahead of the competition.

The problem is, it can be difficult for marketers and business-minded individuals alike to recognize when their creative is going stale. So how do you know when it's time to change up your campaign?

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Topics: Banner Ads, Ad Creative, A/B Testing, Engagement, Campaign Creatives, Ad Testing

4 Features Great Ad Platforms Offer

Posted by Eric Greener

Nov 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Attempting to stay on track with all of the latest innovations in online advertising can be a difficult task - even for the digital expert. As new tools, techniques, and tips are published each day - claiming that they can help you increase your ROI - how do you know which features you should expect as standard as part of your ad platform, and which are less important?

Digital advertising platforms help companies to utilize and make the most of the Internet for their advertising and marketing purposes. Through the use of these tools, it is possible for professionals to streamline the interactions that are conducted between advertisers and publishers, and ensure that ad creatives are distributed across all of the most effective platforms. Advertisers can benefit significantly from using digital ad platforms, as it can give them much needed access to their desired audience - no matter where they are on the web.

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Topics: Ad Platform, Audience Targeting, Ad Creative, Brand Security

The Insider's Survival Guide to Online Advertising

Posted by Aaron Gibeaut

Oct 30, 2015 11:34:12 PM

If you still haven't come to terms with the true importance of online advertising yet - then you're going to need to start boosting your efforts - and quickly. The amount that companies have been spending on online advertisement has grown consistently over the recent years, and reports suggest that the numbers will only continue to go up.

Although it's true that advertising online can take some getting used to - particularly if you've been living in a World where television marketing and magazine banners are the number one way to drive people towards your business - it's impossible to get by in the professional World today without it. While online advertising can be somewhat overwhelming, it doesn't have to be if you have the right information and guidance at hand. If you feel as though you're tackling the jungle of online advertising alone - this handy insider's survival guide could be the perfect tool for making sure you come out at the end more successful than ever.

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Topics: Internet Advertising, Online Advertising, Brand Awareness, Audience Targeting, Ad Creative, Advertising Targeting, Survival Guide

5 Ways To Build The Best Banner Creatives For Your Ad Campaign

Posted by Elise Kuhlow

Oct 14, 2015 9:28:00 AM

Today, it's safe to say that businesses have more opportunities and more avenues for advertisement than ever before. However, deciding on an effective advertising method - particularly when your business is small or mid-sized, can be difficult, depending on the resources that are available to you. Creative marketing can be time-consuming and expensive when done improperly, but when you know how to get the most out of your creatives, you can be rewarded with the revenue that your company so desperately needs to survive.

Online advertising is an essential part of gaining steam in the business world today, and part of delivering great advertising campaigns on the World Wide Web can be attributed to the delivery of highly effective and eye-catching creative. Regardless of who you're selling to, the right creative can lead to brand recognition, which leads to conversions, profits, and of course: business success. So how do you build the best creatives for your campaign?

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Topics: Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Ad Creative, Ad Creatives

5 Ways to Avoid Banner Ad Fatigue

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Sep 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Although some people believe that banner ads are losing their relevancy - the statistics suggest otherwise, with approximately 64% of marketers increasing the amount of money they spent on display advertising in 2013. This year, display advertising is forecast to grow by a further 21% - but how do you make sure that your display creative is as effective as it should be?

Advertisement fatigue and banner blindness are two common, and highly detrimental problems in the world of display advertising. Where banner blindness describes a users' tendency to ignore ads because they have grown used to the same old format, ad fatigue refers to the decline in click through rate and conversion after banners have been left to run for a certain amount of time. The truth is that no matter how exciting your creative may be when you first design it - after a while it will lose its novelty, and users will start to lose interest

So what can you do to make sure that your advertisements stay engaging for as long as possible? The following 5 tips should help you to kick start your advertising campaign, and avoid the strain of banner ad fatigue.

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Topics: Banner Ads, Dynamic Display Ads, Dynamic Ads, Display Ad Design, Ad Creative

The 4 Real Reasons Your Retargeting Campaign Isn't Working

Posted by Tim Nichols

Sep 8, 2015 9:13:00 AM

If you know how to use it, advertisement retargeting can be a valuable and powerful resource in drawing consumers back to your website if they weren't ready to buy the first time they visited. Usually, people like to click around different websites and do some comparison shopping before they make a final decision about their purchase, and retargeting helps to increase the chance that when your potential customers are ready to buy - it's you that they'll come back to.

Retargeting campaigns rely on browser cookies to work, allowing them to create an anonymous list of the people that visit your website so that they can be targeted with ads as they move through their online experience. Because retargeting ensures you only deliver advertisements to people who have already visited your site, you can usually save money, and ensure your brand remains fresh in the minds of your prospects.

Unfortunately, not everyone will find that their retargeting campaign is an instant success. There are plenty of reasons why your strategy may fail to hit its mark, leaving you to wonder where all of those conversions have gone. If your retargeting campaign just hasn't worked out the way you had hoped - the following four reasons may explain why.

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Topics: Banner Ads, retargeting, Dynamic Ads, Dynamic Retargeting, Ad Creative

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

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

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