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 to deal with on a regular basis.Read More
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 hours 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:Read More
Encouraging and fostering innovation among a startup’s employees can often be one of the most important factors in accelerating a company’s growth trajectory. While its often assumed that the CEO should be the one responsible for coming up with ideas that generate growth, it is the employees that are in the best position to know what is working and what isn’t. Most successful startups recognize this and provide a space for employee’s to suggest ways that the company can continually improve.
Doing so not only encourages employees to be proactive and seek ways to improve the company, but also fosters a company culture that encourages innovation and creativity. We spoke to 5 different startup founders and asked what the methods they use for encouraging innovation among their employees, here’s what they had to say.Read More
Startups, like any business, cycle between periods of stagnation and growth. At times, everything goes according to plan, and the only thing left to do is focus on maintaining consistency and scaling your services. Other times, for one reason or another, company growth stagnates and the team as a whole must focus on retention and figure out how to jump start the growth cycle again.
Though these stagnations are certainly frustrating, they are an important part of any startup’s lifecycle as they provide an opportunity to reflect on what you as a company need to do to better your services. We spoke to 10 founders at different stages in their careers and asked what actions companies should take during periods of stagnated growth. Here’s what they had to say.Read More
The ability to effectively manage and keep track of long-term company goals is one of the most critical factors contributing to a young startup’s success. Doing so successfully however is more difficult than one might imagine, especially considering the numerous obstacles and opportunities for distraction that arise during the course of scaling a business.
Startups that are doing well are often tempted into taking more projects than they can realistically manage, taking energy and resources away from existing clients and undermining its ability to retain its customer-base. For startups that are underperforming on the other hand, worrying about the company’s long-term trajectory can seem irrelevant compared to the day-to-day struggle of simply staying afloat.
We spoke with five startup founders and asked what their best advice was for achieving long-term company goals, here’s what they had to say.Read More
As augmented reality and virtual reality are taking the world by storm, especially in the current context where technologies that connect remotely are more valued than ever, a growing number of businesses are becoming aware of the benefits of using X reality in their operations.Read More
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.).Read More
In copy writing, a call to action (CTA) is a crucial piece to your advertising campaign. Whether you are generating leads for an online advertising campaign or getting someone to download your IPhone app, a strong CTA is the lifeblood of your business. People are usually busy browsing on the Internet and scanning through hundreds of ads so capturing their attention is essential.
When you set a budget and launch a campaign, the campaign bids on auctions based on a number of factors. It proceeds to bid in auctions until it reaches that budget; it then stops bidding in auctions. As an advertiser, you would like your creatives to be viewed by users evenly over the course of a day (or a specified period in a day) to increase your chances of reaching the most possible potential customers, but budgeting alone does not account for this concept.Read More