Effective Digital Advertising Starts with the Creative

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Remember the good old days when advertising was easy? There was a morning newspaper that almost everyone read. There were two or three radio stations that most people listened to. There were a handful of television programs that most people watched. They even watched these programs without skipping through the commercials. Gee, maybe advertisers had […]

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Avoiding Analysis Paralysis in 2019

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It’s 2019, which means the future is here! Unfortunately, we don’t have the flying cars we were all promised. Instead, we have all of the information the world has ever known (practically) at arm’s length every minute of every day. I’m not sure it’s a fair trade but I guess that’s the problem with high […]

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Advertisers Need a Mobile Strategy

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A report was recently released by eMarketer that analyzed how consumers in the US spend time with various types of media. The average time spent with almost every type of media was down from last year. The average American adult is spending less time watching television, listening to the radio, and reading magazines. The only […]

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APIs & Developer Things: A Day Spent at Google HQ

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The duopoly is real, Facebook and Google combined dominate online advertising. If you work in digital marketing you touch their technology every day. Meanwhile their product offerings, software and APIs are constantly changing. Keeping up-to-date with everything they throw at us through a hodgepodge of blog posts, YouTube videos and often outdated documentation is a […]

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For Digital Marketing Support, Deeper is Better than Wider

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We’ve all heard the saying, “jack of all trades, master of none.” This might be used to describe your neighborhood handyman who is often helping people out with various home improvement projects. When you have a serious home renovation, however, you don’t call Bill from next door. You need specialists who can get the job […]

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Proceed with Caution: Self-serve Advertising Platforms

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In recent years, the largest digital advertising companies have made a push to attract more small businesses. If you’re a business owner, you’ve probably received postcards in the mail with a twenty-five-dollar credit for Google advertising or been advised to “boost” your Facebook post to maximize performance. The adtech giants have made advertising on their […]

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Google and Facebook – The Digital Advertising Duopoly

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If you have used digital advertising to promote a product or service lately, chances are you handed money over to either Google, Facebook, or both. These two companies, Google (owned by parent company Alphabet) and Facebook, have been dominating the digital marketing universe for a few years now. Last year US advertisers spent $35B with […]

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Good Marketing Requires Risk Taking

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We live in a world that is overcrowded and frankly cluttered with advertising and marketing messages. Yankelovich, a market research firm, has estimated that a person living in a modern city in the US is exposed to over 5,000 advertising messages per day. A few of those exposures take place during the rare occurrence that […]

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Your Click Through Rate Doesn’t Matter

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Since its inception, digital advertising has been graded and evaluated by a metric known as click-through rate (CTR). This metric is calculated by the number of times your ad is clicked divided by the number of times your ad is seen. Depending on the type of advertising you’re running online, CTRs can range anywhere from […]

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Bold Predictions for 2018

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It’s that time of year. The time when columnists decide they should predict the future. They write a list of things that will happen in the next year with very little evidence or rationale. In the title of the column they use phrases like “bold predictions” or “trends to watch” in order to hedge their […]

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