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Top Questions For Online Media Buyers

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Nov 4, 2016 1:41:18 PM

Finding a way to ensure that your presence online remains strong is one of the most important tasks a business can engage in today. While there are a wide range of different marketing solutions available for those with a creative mindset, one of the most popular solutions is online media buying.

Media buying is what happens whenever you buy advertising on a site that isn't PPC. Usually, this means purchasing real-estate on a website for a set price that lasts over a set period of time. While this may seem reasonably straight forward, just like any other aspect of marketing, it's very easy to get wrong if you jump in without any prior research or preparation. So how do you find out if you're taking the right steps to get your company noticed successfully?

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Target Market, Ad Budget, Media Buyers, Media Buying Strategy

The True Cost of Bad Online Media Plans

Posted by Eric Greener

Feb 11, 2016 8:54:00 AM

As we move further into the age of Internet advertising, changes in the way that people utilize the Internet, and innovations in business tools have begun to influence the way that we attempt to communicate with our target market. While planning a unique and creative marketing scheme using interesting media can be an exciting experience, it's important that companies don't allow their enthusiasm to override their common sense. Sometimes, when this happens, a marketing campaign that seemed promising at first can turn out to be a complete disaster.

Failing to plan your media marketing campaigns properly, or dedicating little time to planning them in the first place could mean that you lose crucial customers, profits, and brand authority. The more that your customers come to associate your company with bad media, the more they're likely to avoid your business in favor of your competitors.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Media Buying, media planning, Digital Media Planning, Media Plans

5 Hurdles Online Media Planners Commonly Face

Posted by Brendan Beckham

Aug 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM

For those familiar with the concept, media planning is both a science, and an art. From a scientific perspective, the idea is relatively straight-forward - you simply gather enough data and research to understand your performance, and figure out how to match that data to the needs of your client. Unfortunately, it's the artistic aspect of media planning that's the hardest to grasp. It takes a great deal of trial and error to get things right, and as the industry continues to move forward at lightning-fast speeds, more planners are coming face-to-face with a number of challenging hurdles that stand between them, and success. Here are just some of the most common problems and issues media planners have to deal with on a regular basis.

1. Targeting The Right Audience Effectively

Efficient and optimized targeting is a key component in just about every aspect of advertising. If you want to make sure that you're getting the best responses to your advertisements and media engagements, then the first thing any planner needs to do is ensure they're adhering to the right buyer personas. The fact is that the only reason anyone's going to bother reading your content, or listening to your message, is that they think they might be able to get something valuable out of it. Online media planners need to find the right avenues to deliver something useful to your target audience - whether this means asking questions that commonly arise about your product, or convincing consumers that they have something to gain from you.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Real-Time Media Buying, Online Media Buying, Media Buying, Audience, Audience Targeting, media planning, media planners

4 Tips That Will Make You A Stronger Online Media Buyer

Posted by Eric Greener

Jul 7, 2015 9:24:00 AM

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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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Banner Ads, Advertising Strategy, Online Media Buying, Media Buying

The Changing Face Of The Online Marketing Industry - StartUp Beat

Posted by Tim Nichols

May 29, 2015 1:24:38 PM

This article appears as a guest post on StartUpBeat.com.

It’s been almost half a decade since the Internet overtook television as the preferred medium for advertising, and with the advent of ever-more sophisticated mobile delivery mechanisms, 2015 promises to be yet another big year for online marketing. Perhaps the only thing getting in the way of this otherwise inexorable momentum, however, is the persistent lack of transparency undermining the industry.

First, the good. Most businesses have already established some sort of online advertising presence–even if that only extends to do-it-yourself social media outreach–and those businesses that haven’t increasingly understand the need to take their advertising arms digital. Spending continues to rise, both in raw terms and in relation to the overall marketing and advertising sector. And given the deepening popularity of e- and mobile commerce, there is no reason to expect demand won’t, also.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Click Fraud, Ad Viewability, Online Marketing

What Is Real-Time Bidding?

Posted by Tim Nichols

Mar 31, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In case you hadn’t noticed, the real-time bidding revolution in online display advertising is well and truly here.

Over the past couple of years, digital marketing has been all about programmatic ad buying, and the industry continues to grow on all fronts; display, mobile, social and video. And within programmatic, real-time bidding (RTB) plays a very important roleIn fact, one could even say that RTB has completely changed the face of online advertising, but there’s still a lot of confusion around what it actually is. So here’s a primer, in plain English:

Real-time bidding is a dynamic way to purchase individual online impressions. Itenables advertisers to buy media in real-time rather than from pre-procured inventory. Using RTB, advertisers can deliver better targeting, richer audience insights and fully integrated marketing campaigns. For additional information please check out ExactDrve's real-time media buying brochure.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Real-Time Bidding, Real-Time Media Buying, Online Media Buying, Media Buying

Online Media Buying Recommendations

Posted by Tim Nichols

May 13, 2014 3:26:27 PM

As the online advertising industry continues to popularize a programmatic media buying format with real-time bidding abilities that work in tandem with automated advertising optimization our jobs seem to be getting busier and more overwhelming. Yes, technology is getting faster and smarter but the amount of expected work output and expert knowledge required is increasing in parallel. Or so that's how a person can easily start to feel if they don't read our online media buying recommendations we are sharing below. Kidding.

We deal with thousands of online advertising campaigns and have built a proprietary advertising platform around the process of buying media online. As a result, we are constantly refining process, observing issues and working to make the entire online advertising process easier, more effective and successful.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Real-Time Media Buying, Online Media Buying, Media Buying

2 Search Retargeting Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by Tim Nichols

Apr 28, 2014 8:32:00 PM

Search retargeting is the first cousin of website retargeting and they often get along wonderfully when working and coupled together as a two-punch online advertising strategy. Different than website retargeting, which focuses on displaying advertisements only to people that have previously visited a specific website, search retargeting focuses on displaying ads to people that have previously searched for specific keywords or keyword phrases.

Simply put, search retargeting is a highly effective way to target people who have proven to be interested in certain topics, services and/or products based on their search history.

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Dynamic Display Ads, retargeting, Search Retargeting

8 Ways To Investigate Impression Discrepancies

Posted by Tim Nichols

Apr 23, 2014 5:11:00 PM

Despite best efforts, discrepancies in statistics are still quite a big issue for advertisers and publishers or between the advertiser’s statistics and the advertising platform's statistics. Typically, discrepancies of up to 10% can be acceptable; however, at times they can reach 20% and more. There are many different reasons why discrepancies occur. For example, counting methodologies can differ between parties, as each party can potentially count an impression at a slightly different point in the delivery of an ad (i.e. publishers can count impressions at the time the ad request is sent, while advertisers can count an impression when the creative/ad is delivered).

One thing to take into consideration is that before investigating any discrepancies always ask for most granular 3rd party report (e.g. hourly or at least daily). If discrepancies occur very suddenly, always check if anything was changed in campaign setup, (e.g. new creative added, new inventory sources added etc.).

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Topics: Media Buying & Planning, Reporting & Analytics, Online Advertising, Impression Discrepancies

Behind The Screen Of An Online Advertising Entrepreneur: Love Me

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jan 23, 2014 3:48:00 PM

I have been an entrepreneur and a business owner one way or another in the online advertising industry since 2003. That's a healthy amount of time thinking about competitive advantages, payroll, regular banner ads Vs. dynamic display ads, campaign optimization strategies, brand safety, growth opportunities and so on.

I’d like to share a few insights that I have picked up along the way. Some thoughts are online advertising focused and others are just thoughts.

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Topics: Internet Advertising, Media Buying & Planning, Online Advertising, Entrepreneur, Work Life Balance

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