Archive for the ‘Online Advertising’ Category

Pinterest Will Be Launching Search Ads Including Keyword and Shopping Campaigns

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Pinterest Will Be Launching Search Ads Including Keyword and Shopping Campaigns

Get ready for the option to run product search ads on Pinterest if you are a brand that is advertising through Kenshoo’s marketing platform. The announcement has advertisers excited, seeing as Pinterest earns more than 2 billion searches per month, and the majority of images on the site are for products and services that people want.

This is a great opportunity to create more awareness for your brand. Here’s why:

Oh, and did we mention?

Along with Search Ads on Pinterest, marketers will be offered new targeting and reporting options. Many marketers are eager for the potential that lies in the targeting settings, since the nature of the website makes it easy to gain insights on what users are passionate about and interested in based on their data.

As with Google and Facebook advertising, the key to success will be in figuring out how to stand out from the vast amount of content on the network:

Key Takeaway:

It’s important to always be testing your creative to determine the right imagery and messaging that works for your brand. What works on Pinterest may be different from what works for you on Google, Bing, Facebook, or Instagram.

Need help with your pay-per-click marketing strategy? Let’s figure out what you need, together. Contact us today.

2016’s Global Ad Revenue Totaled $532 Billion, Up 7.1% Over 2015

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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Key Takeaway:

Events like the US presidential election and the Olympics helped drive global ad revenue last year, with 36% of all ad revenue attributed to TV ads. (Stat Source: IHS Markit)

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, ad revenue from digital ads is expected to surpass that of TV ads by 2020, with some predicting it will surpass TV in sooner than that.

Key Takeaway:

60% of people said it was very important that a mobile ad have a minimal level of disruption to their current activity to create a positive mobile ad experience, compared to just 42% who said it was very important that the ad be relevant to their interests. So don’t get too caught up as a marketer thinking that relevance is always the most important factor in creating a good mobile ad experience. (Stat Source: Forrester Consulting)

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An additional 43% of ads provoked no emotional response. (Stat Source: Neustar) Make sure you spend the time that is needed on producing high quality ads. Focus on optimism and making an emotional connection with people.

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With this increase, it is also expected that more traditional forms of digital ads like search and display ads will see slightly slower growth. It should be noted however that video and mobile ad spend is also expected to grow in 2017. (Stat Source: AdMedia Partners)

The bottom line here? It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with how to run successful Facebook and Instagram advertising if you want to stay ahead of your competitors in the digital space.

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In general the survey also indicates that desktop ad campaign are better for reaching a wide audience whereas mobile ad campaigns are better at reaching a narrower audience. (Stat Source: Nielson)

It’s important that you have realistic expectations for your ad campaigns. It’s not possible to have every single impression reach the right person at the right time. But with the right mix of optimization, creative and targeting, you can get great results from your ad campaigns.

Need help with your digital marketing? Contact us today and let us know your marketing woes. Let’s figure out what you need together.

Global Mobile Ad Spend Will Double Print By 2019 + Make Up 27% Of Total Ad Spend

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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Key Takeaway:

Currently, global mobile ad spend accounts for 15%, so the predicted rise to 27% in just over 2 years is quite a jump! Don’t wait to get all your ducks in a row when it comes to your mobile advertising budgets, strategy and other planning. Also make sure you’re adjusting your budgets to account for mobile traffic. Hint: your budgets shouldn’t look the same as they did in past months or years. You need to look at the data and see what percentage of your traffic is coming from mobile and plan accordingly. (Stat Source: Zenith Media)

Key Takeaway:

These busy professionals demand a mobile user experience that is top-notch. They don’t have time to waste on inefficient mobile content. If your load times are slow and your bounce-rates are high, or there’s anything else hindering the mobile experience of your site, it’s high time you get to the bottom of it and get it fixed before you miss out on any more valuable traffic. It would also be wise to come up with an SEO and PPC strategy to boost your visibility on mobile if you haven’t done so already. (Stat Source: Quartz Annual Global Executives Study)

That brings us to what’s up next in the Quartz survey; what do executives think of advertisements?

Key Takeaway:

Display ads were the second most engaging of all ad-types based on the survey. The most engaging ads were articles produced by brands, with 33% of those surveyed saying they last interacted with this type of advertisement.

The important thing to understand is the deeper meaning behind your customers’ habits. Not every visitor to your website or customer is the same, so the more you can do to appreciate the differences between audiences, the better you can reach and engage with them online.

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This makes how-to videos the most common marketing videos among SMBs, followed by product / service overview videos, which were used by 43% of businesses surveyed. (Stat Source: Magisto). Don’t forget to optimize your videos for search engines. There are many features on YouTube that make it fairly simple to get started even if you’re not a pro at SEO.

(Stat Source: BIA/Kelsey)

Key Takeaway:

At the very least you should be making sure your Facebook page is current and you post content regularly and check your messages, as customers are reaching out on Facebook for customer service issues at an increasing rate. If you’re spending money advertising on Facebook but not taking the time to manage and optimize your campaigns, it’s time you start now.

If you need help or don’t have time to manage your digital marketing yourself or with your internal team, contact us and we can chat about your online marketing woes, and figure out what you need together.

100% Of The Growth In The Ad Tech Industry Is Coming From Google And Facebook

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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Key Takeaway:

While you may not be surprised at this statistic, it’s worth thinking about the potential causes and effects of this duopoly.

Clearly, the two companies appear to be getting it right in their ability to collect and use data to target relevant ads to consumers. However, there has also been a rise in the consumer’s ability to use ad blocking programs to filter out unwanted advertisements. And while the amount of people doing this remains rather small, time will tell if consumers will demand changes to create a market with more consumer control.

(Stat Source: Digital Content Next)

Key Takeaway:

This would make it appear that the sky is falling and there is not much room for growth from any of the other companies. However, there are other companies that are offering different experiences and services altogether, like Amazon and Snapchat to name a few. These two are both very successful in their space and Snapchat may become a major player in the digital advertising industry in the next couple of years, their shoppable ads are currently performing well.

Key Takeaway:

If you’re curious on the exact number, the rest of the industry earned just over $9 billion in revenue in the first half of 2016. (Stat Source: Digital Content Next)

The fact that Google is making so much in revenue from their ad platform shows that their advertising works. The struggle for advertisers, of course, is figuring out how to manage costs and continually optimize ads to drive conversions.

So what about the other companies in the industry?

(Stat Source: Pivotal Research)

Key Takeaway:

If you’re a business owner planning your advertising budget for 2017, take a close look at how Facebook and Google advertising can contribute to your marketing goals and business objectives. Take a closer look at how other ad platforms fit into the grand scheme of marketing efforts whether supporting brand awareness or retargeting to stay top-of-mind to consumers and prospects.

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Remember that Twitter was once praised by practically everyone for its success. In recent years it’s become more of a platform for businesses, politicians and celebrities, and not so much a place where people are engaging with ads. If you’re focus is business-to-business relationships this may be a platform to explore and test for generating leads or driving traffic from these audiences.

Need help with your digital marketing? Contact us today.

59% of B2C Marketers Learn About Target Audiences Through Keyword Research

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Key Takeaway:

The survey indicates that keyword research is the most popular way to find out more about target audiences. Following close behind is social listening and website analysis. (Stat Source: Content Marketing Institute)

In fact, the survey shows that 45% of Fortune 500 companies are actively using Instagram. What’s more, this is the 4th year in a row now that these companies have shown increases in the platform’s use. However, it’s interesting to note that of the top 200, about 50% were using blogs actively, as compared to just 29% of the bottom 200 companies. (Stat Source: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research)

Key Takeaway:

It’s probably best to use Instagram AND your blog actively. Don’t have the time to do this all yourself? Contact us, and we can give you some ideas on how to streamline the process.

Key Takeaway:

Great content takes time to create, and even then, you have to make sure there are no technical hindrances to getting the content seen by your target audience. So now you can stop wondering why your latest press release didn’t “go viral.” While you may have had a gut feeling that these are the factors that play into shareable content, now you know for sure, thanks to AOL’s survey of 55,000 content interactions across 8 global markets.

Key Takeaway:

Finding the successful social media strategy for your business can be tough! It often takes trial and error, so be patient and flexible as you discover what works best for you. (Stat Source: Sprout Social)

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Your brand has value, be there when someone is looking for you. You’d be surprised how many companies we come across who are setting their brand names as negatives in their AdWords accounts, for example. Just remember, if your ads are not showing up when someone searches your brand name, your competitors may take advantage of that. In the same instance, don’t put all your eggs in one basket either. (Stat Source: Neilsen)

Need help with your digital marketing? Contact us today and let’s figure it out together.

5 Ways To Improve Your Google Shopping Strategy This Holiday

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Key Takeaway:

The majority of consumers don’t buy what they originally search for.

This entire blog post is dedicated to Google Shopping statistics. With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s never too early to really ramp up your Google Shopping strategy. (Stats Source: Crealytics)

Key Takeaway:

Make sure all of your titles and product descriptions are written as best as they can be in your Google merchant product feed.

Also, make sure your products are classified into the most specific category they can be. For example, if you are selling sweatpants, we advise that you would select product category number 5713 which is [Apparel & Accessories > Clothing > Sleepwear & Loungewear > Loungewear] rather than 208 which is just [Apparel & Accessories > Clothing > Sleepwear & Loungewear], or 204 which is simply [Apparel & Accessories > Clothing > Pants].

Finally, try to avoid thinking of your customers, and products in too narrow of a mindset. There are so many different ways for people to discover your products, and everyone is shopping with a slightly different goal and shopping style.

Key Takeaway:

Sometimes, people buy products from your competitors. That’s just a fact of life. That’s why it’s very important to know who your top competitors are in the online space, and what strategies they are using that you may not be, and vice versa.

Key Takeaway:

Many people think Google Shopping is the way to get all your products sold. But in reality, if you dig into your shopping stats you will likely find that a few of your most popular products are actually driving the majority of traffic and sales.

Key Takeaway:

If you’re bummed that your higher-end products aren’t getting as much traffic and conversions as you want on Google Shopping, don’t be! On a large scale, people tend to buy less expensive products online, so it makes sense that Google’s algorithms probably favor these products too. Thankfully, there are other ways to drive sales to your high-end products.

Contact us if you’d like some tips and guidance on your Google Shopping or other digital marketing initiatives. Let’s figure out what you need, together. Call us at (818) 806-3868.