The Digital Marketing “Black Box”

The Digital Marketing “Black Box”

Digital Marketing Have you ever gotten a monthly report from your ad vendor and felt more confused after reading it than before? If you've ever bought digital ads at any time, ever, I'm betting the answer is, all the time. This is typically done by design, and sometimes just done by accident. Either way you have found yourself in the digital marketing black box. The largest publishers and media companies sell their own ads and that is how they make the majority of their revenue in the digital space. The name of the game for them is to just sell inventory, just like the dinosaurs still selling print ads and TV ads. Traditional media companies and these publishers sell their ads based off of price or the "data" they use to target people on their site. That's the only way they can really differentiate themselves. Don't get me wrong, banner ads still have their place in the digital world, but the ROI just...
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Social Media Panic: Are We There Yet?

Social Media Panic: Are We There Yet?

With the most recent updates and revelations regarding the big 3 digital / social media companies (Google, Facebook and Twitter) the industry is in a bit of a state of flux. However there is no reason to panic. The big 3 still offer some of the best first party data available for marketers. Everyone is familiar with the various social media channels for personal use, even some businesses have used Facebook or Twitter for business purposes. However, the vast majority of businesses out there today have not been able to effectively leverage the great opportunity that social media provides. Organic SM engagement is an important way to interact with your customers and to continue to tell the story that your website does. Paid SM engagement offers a way to use data and targeting not found in any other medium. Since people that use social media effectively have turned over every part of their customer profile purposefully, advertising on social media can be...
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ADA Compliance and the future of SEO

ADA Compliance and the future of SEO

Recently you might have heard about "ADA Compliance" within the digital space. What is that, you have probably asked. For starters ADA refers to the American's with Disabilities Act. It was enacted in 1990 to prevent people with disabilities from being discriminated in all aspects of public life.  This includes ramps at entrances of buildings, accessibility for the hearing impaired, etc. Lately this has started to cause a stir in regards to people's websites. The landmark legal case was GIl vs Winn-Dixie Stores when a man sued Winn-Dixie Stores because he was not able to navigate their website as a blind man. He argued, and won, that they needed to make their site accessible to him under the ADA. The courts found that Winn-Dixie is a "public accommodation"  and needed to be compliant with ADA guidelines. Since this time over 61 guidelines have been released and updated to make websites ADA compliant. What does this mean for you, dear reader? The biggest question on...
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Witch Hunts and Twitter Advertising

Witch Hunts and Twitter Advertising

Twitter has always been somewhat of a mystery in the larger social media picture for many advertisers I talk to. They have heard of it and have mostly made fun of the premise. During its formative years, before the "witch hunts", the platform was mostly sharing quips with friends and of course sharing food pics. Saturday Night Live even made fun of the hashtag phenomenon, wherein people spoke in "hashtags" in real life and degraded normal conversation even more than we've already accepted. However partly due to certain elections and political development over the last couple of years, Twitter has shifted quite a bit towards a more trusted source of news and information sharing than it ever had been. (source) Smart people have said correlation doesn't equal causality for decades and this certainly fits, but Twitter advertising revenue and effective marketing promotion results have skyrocketed in the last two years. This presents an interesting opportunity for marketers and their advertising clientele. In the...
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13 Reasons Why….You Need to Increase Social Media Advertising

13 Reasons Why….You Need to Increase Social Media Advertising

Going viral is something that can happen for almost anything to these days. It refers to a message or video posted online by someone or a company that gains so much traction online and in social media that it spreads like a virus. Last year a show on Netflix "13 reasons why" went viral due to its' subject matter. Social media spend in ads has grown to $15B this year and all metrics show it growing even more next year. One of the reasons these shows gain such a following is due to social media. 13 reasons why got over 3.5 million tweets in the first week it was released. Social media creates an incredible ecosystem for fans of content to live in. This creates a highly trackable audience that can be segmented later on. If your brand needs to have its' message in front of teen girls than utilizing fans of "13 reasons" and shows like it would be a great way...
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