Feb 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

4 Myths You Should Ignore About Retargeting

Retargeting is a highly effective online advertising technique that directs your ads to people who have previously expressed an interest in your product or service by visiting your website. It allows you to remind them how great your product or service is, and why they should choose your brand.

Despite the fact that retargeting has become an integral digital advertising tool, many misconceptions still exist about it.

Here are 4common retargeting myths, and why you can ignore them:

Myth #1: Retargeting is only for Retail

There is a common misconception that retargeting is exclusively for retail businesses. While it’s true that e-commerce businesses make the most use of retargeting, it can provide significant benefits to businesses in all sectors.

If you are directing traffic to a lead capture form or landing page, retargeting can help keep your brand at the front of user’s minds while they are in the evaluation process. This is especially helpful in a B2B context because the sales cycles tend to be longer than in B2C transactions. Serving retargeted ads, such as static banner ads or dynamic display ads, will keep your company ahead of the competition, and nurture leads through the funnel.

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Feb 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

7 Important Strategies For Effectively Branding Your Product

ExactDrive was recently quoted in an article posted on Noobpreneur.com, which is an award winning small business online magazine offering tips and ideas for small business owners and those who want to enter entrepreneurship with the right mindset.

Developing an excellent product does not necessarily mean that a company will become the success story of their respective industry. Entrepreneurial lore is ripe with stories of companies whose less than adequate products outshine their more capable competitors. The primary reason behind this is the former’s ability to effectively brand their product, regardless of whatever shortcomings it may have. The ability to do so has become the determining factor to the success and failure of many companies, especially in a market saturated with so many similar solutions.

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Jan 28, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Psychological Tricks To Boost Your Retargeting Campaigns

People desert websites for various reasons. If you’re lucky, they’ll come back to finish what they started; if you’re unlucky, they will forget all about it. ‘Abandoners can be hot prospects, andcompanies often invest a lot of time and moneyon retargeting (paid media) and remarketing (sending a series of abandonment recovery emails), to persuade consumers to re-visit their purchases.

Here are some techniques from the world of psychology that you canincorporate into your remarketing or retargeting campaigns, to stimulate the buy’ button in your visitors’ brains.

1. Foot in the Door Technique

Sometimes visitors abandon because they are not ready to buy yet, i.e. some shoppers like to add items to their carts over several visits before they check out.Although these visitors may convert later, you can reinforce their decision to buy from you by using the Foot in the Door technique.The principle behind the technique is this: Make a small request of your customer (a micro conversion) first, such as asking them to join a mailing list, orcreate a wish-list for future purchases. If they agree to your first request, they will be more likely to respond to your next and bigger request.

Psychologists theorize that the technique works due to the human’s tendency to feel indebted to someone after they’ve had some level of interaction with that person.

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Jan 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

5 Critical Signs You Need Help With Your Facebook Advertising Campaign

Are your Facebook advertising campaigns producing the ROI you want? If not it’s time to look at your advertising strategy. Some companies are rewarded with low-cost leads and healthy profits from their Facebook campaigns, while others simply fail.

There are some common mistakes made by facebook advertisers that are preventingthem from getting the results they want. Consider these five points before embarking on your next campaign:

1. Not having a Goal

When you create a Facebook ad, the first thing to ascertain is what your objective is.
Each Facebook ad should have a specific, measurable goal, and you need to know what metrics you will use to measure your success with that goal.

By focusing on “cost per” metrics, you can improve the effectiveness of you campaign without increasing the ad spend.

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Jan 14, 2015 8:02:00 AM

5 Deadly Retargeting Mistakes To Avoid

Retargeting is a powerful digital marketing technique that can improve brand recall and revenue. Retargeting drives potential customers back to your website by targeting users who have previously visited your website but didn't make a purchase or take a desired action. While retargeting can be an extremely effective, high-ROI solution, if you make a mistake, it can leave you worse off than you started.

Avoid these fivecommon retargeting mistakes , and you’ll be sure to reap the rewards of a successful retargeting campaign.

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Jan 13, 2015 9:24:00 AM

5 Horrible Mistakes You're Making With Facebook Advertising

Facebook can be a powerful way to target potential and current customers, track the ROI of your campaigns down to the penny, and grow your business’ influence. Despite this, brands are making the same few mistakes over and over again when it comes to their Facebook advertising.

Here are five of the most common reasons campaigns fail and how to avoid them.

1. Poor targeting

There is no excuse for poor targeting, as Facebook makes it easy to narrow down your target audience by age, gender and interests, so you can literally tailor your promotion to only reach those who are actually interested in what you have to offer.

2. You’re not noticeable

Your advert is one of hundreds of messages on the viewer’s screen and they will skim over most of the content until something catches their attention. You therefore need to make sure that it’s your advert they’re looking at.Your ad needs a clear image under an attention-grabbing headline,accompanied by engaging copy. Keep the copy short so Facebook doesn’t truncate it, and use a relevant image that is noticeable in the mini right-hand images.

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Jan 6, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Understand Psychology To Nail Your Advertising Campaigns

When it comes to advertising campaigns, marketing content and experiential marketing strategies, success lies in the planning. It’s not enough to simply be creative, and losing sight of what you’re trying to achieve will hinder your chances of attaining any goal.

Ideally, you need experience. That’s experience of what works and what doesn't. And most of the top marketing experts gather that experience by analyzing campaigns from the customer’s perspective, not from their own. Whether they know it or not, what they’re actually doing is analyzing human behavior.

Yes – to consistently deliver marketing that works, you need to be something of a psychologist. Here are 4 top tips to help you connect with your audience like never before.

1. Pick your words carefully.

Sounds obvious, so let’s be specific. People put a lot of emphasis on what they read first, so make sure any headlines or initial copy is working as hard as it possibly can be. Remember that visually, less is often more. Take Apple’s approach - when they’re in full ‘product launch’ state, their messaging is less about marketing and more about the product.

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Dec 22, 2014 8:29:00 AM

Personalization and Display Advertising: How Personal Is Too Personal?

In an overcrowded and competitive marketplace, companies will do anything to make their brand and products stand out from the crowd. One of the many benefits of online advertising is the ability to tailor adverts based on first and third party data.But is tailoring effective and how far should you take it?

Let’s take the gaming industry as an example. Consider some of the detail you could potentially get from placing a retargeting pixel on your website:

  • The user’s account name
  • The sport they last bet on
  • How much they bet
  • If they won or lost
  • How long since their last bet

Knowing all this personal information and using dynamic ads, you could create a very personalized message, such as: Hi Jim, congrats on the $1,000 win yesterday. Fancy a bet on the game tonight? Bet now!

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Nov 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Why Brands Need Media Stunts

Every second of every day, brands are battling for our attention. No matter what the medium, we’re constantly bombarded with marketing messages and advertising campaigns. Therefore, it pays for companies to be clever and come up with some creative tactics to get people talking. Media stunts can be really effective, and are arguably a necessity, if you want to avoid mediocrity, break through the humdrum and stand out from the crowd.

So how should you approach creating a media stunt? Well, with careful planning.

The main thing to consider is that publicity stunts can and do work, but only under certain conditions. They have to be unique enough to gain attention but they also need to be relevant to your target audience and consistent with your brand values. Stunts are typically created for shock value, soa lot of care should be taken to make sure they fit into your overall brand narrative.For that reason alone, it’s best not to take unnecessary risks - if you want to use media stunts for your business then it’s always best to engage the professionals to make sure you get it right.

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Jul 15, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Is It Time To Use Comic Books In Your Marketing Strategy?

Comic books are cool. Everyone remembers reading them as a kid. Many of us still read them. Almost of all of us still love them. When it comes to storytelling, it’s hard to beat the success of the comic book. The history of the comic goes way back - scholars can trace its origins to as far back as the Lascaux cave paintings (over 1700 years ago).

And it’s fair to say that the comic book scene is extremely vibrant today. Despite technology and our ability to read content on smartphones, laptops and tablets, comic books are a visual medium that expresses ideas in a popular way. And it’s this storytelling prowess that marketers today can learn from when they plan their campaigns).

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