SEM vs Display Advertising in 2020

SEM vs Display Advertising in 2020

Where’s the best place to spend marketing and advertising dollars? In the world of paid digital advertising, two of the biggest players are search engine marketing (SEM) and display marketing. On the surface, search engine marketing (SEM) programs like Google AdWords might seem like the best channel to maximize return on investment (ROI). “US marketers will spend more than $103 billion on search, display, social media, and email marketing by 2019—but search will remain the largest share of interactive spend (about 44%).” Why are marketers spending so much on search? Because search spending works. However, let’s not overlook another important aforementioned piece of that $103 billion pie: display marketing. (Think banner ads.) So what’s the best strategy for your next effective paid digital advertising and marketing campaign? By pairing display marketing with an effective search engine marketing strategy, you’ll be able to reach more prospects and customers—but to see real ROI, the trick is knowing how and when to use display marketing. Here’s our rundown...
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Mobile Advertising in 2019

Mobile Advertising in 2019

Almost everyone reading this owns a cell phone, and there is a rather large probability that you are reading it on that phone. According to a recent study 77% of people in the US own a smartphone which has more than doubled in the last 8 years (35% in 2011). While these devices have taken over the world, and many of our lives, something else in the world of mobile advertising has begun happening too. It comes as no surprise that advertising strategy tends to follow consumer behavior. So as the ownership of smartphones has exploded the mobile advertising phenomenon has grown right along with it. So as we spend more and more of our time looking into our screens the images that we consume have become advertising, not content we want, at a higher pace year over year. We have seen traditional static banner ads come and for the most part go. Video advertising on mobile devices is growing at a similar trend-line on desktop....
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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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SEM vs Display Advertising

SEM vs Display Advertising

Where’s the best place to spend marketing and advertising dollars? In the world of paid digital advertising, two of the biggest players are search engine marketing (SEM) and display marketing. On the surface, search engine marketing (SEM) programs like Google AdWords might seem like the best channel to maximize return on investment (ROI). “US marketers will spend more than $103 billion on search, display, social media, and email marketing by 2019—but search will remain the largest share of interactive spend (about 44%).” Why are marketers spending so much on search? Because search spending works. However, let’s not overlook another important aforementioned piece of that $103 billion pie: display marketing. (Think banner ads.) So what’s the best strategy for your next effective paid digital advertising and marketing campaign? By pairing display marketing with an effective search engine marketing strategy, you’ll be able to reach more prospects and customers—but to see real ROI, the trick is knowing how and when to use display marketing. Here’s our rundown...
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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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