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Google Enables Remarketing for Cross-device Audience Targeting

Posted by Zuri Stanback on May 22, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Eight months after its first announcement that it would enable cross-device remarketing through the use of signed-in user data, Google added another critical layer of functionality: As of May 15, the data is available to Google Analytics and advertisers creating audience lists.

The announcement was made quietly through the Google Analytics dashboard, but it has important implications for advertisers using Google Analytics — especially those who have been frustrated by some of its limitations. As Marketing Land noted, cross-device retargeting has long been available from other major ad platforms, including Facebook, but Google's retargeting capabilities were much more limited because they haven't allowed tracking via user sign-ins.

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Topics: Retargeting and Remarketing

How Target Advertising Can Drive Business Into Your Restaurant

Posted by Zuri Stanback on May 19, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Restaurants face the endless challenge of enticing consumers to walk through the front doors. Word-of-mouth carries a lot of clout, and the restaurant industry has been transformed by the heavy influence of online reviews.

But neither of these channels offer any control to the restaurant — that's where target advertising comes into play. By using digital channels to expose your restaurant to nearby consumers looking for a bite to eat, you can control some of your online fate while leveraging influential technology to make a greater impact.

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Topics: Reach Extension and Targeting

Programmatic Advertising Trends That Can Work for You

Posted by Zuri Stanback on April 3, 2017 at 10:13 AM

If programmatic advertising trends continue, expect spending on this method to grow by 31 percent in 2017, according to a report from Zenith. This would be faster than social media, which should rise 25 percent, and online video's anticipated growth of 20 percent. Whether you're currently using programmatic's data-driven, automated ad buying technology or just thinking about it, here's what you need to know about its trajectory in 2017.

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Topics: Reach Extension and Targeting

Mobile Video Ads: 3 Trends to Look Out for in 2017

Posted by Zuri Stanback on February 24, 2017 at 10:48 AM

As streaming video becomes more prevalent in today's world, mobile video ads provide great opportunities in the new year. From new ad formats to a sputtering format, here are three mobile video trends marketers should look for in 2017:

1. The Facebook Renaissance

Though YouTube has been the biggest name in video ads for the past several years, Facebook is making a big play this year to upend this trend. Earlier this year, the social media company tested the placement of 15-second midroll ads into non-live videos. According to eMarketer, videos will only qualify for this new ad program if they run for 90 seconds or longer and are viewed for at least 20 seconds, ensuring viewability metrics remain high. Although we expect a slow roll-out for this program in 2017, Facebook provides a spectacular opportunity if you're looking to stand on the edge of the newest frontier in mobile video ads.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Video Advertising

Use IP Targeting to Reach New Movers

Posted by Zuri Stanback on February 23, 2017 at 1:09 PM

If you've ever moved before, you know how labor intensive it can be. There are moving trucks to reserve or moving companies to hire. You need to cancel utilities at one place, start them at your new home, move out of your current place and possibly sell your home before finding a new place to live.

On top of all this, you must make sure you have a bed to sleep in every night. People have a lot of needs when they're moving, and companies that serve that industry want to be the solution. IP targeting is a digital marketing strategy that has proven especially effective in helping these businesses connect with their consumer base. Digital marketing channels abound, but using IP addresses supports unique strategies for companies that want to reach an audience of movers.

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Topics: Reach Extension and Targeting

Marketing in 2017: Why Mobile, Social, & Video Will be Crucial

Posted by Zuri Stanback on January 24, 2017 at 9:49 AM

2016 was a crazy year, but as we look to the year ahead, there are some important lessons we can learn from it, especially in regards to the growing importance of mobile devices in the digital landscape, shifting trends in social media and the absolute dominance of streaming video content. Here's everything you need to know as you prepare for marketing in 2017.

Mobile Search: It's Not Just for E-Retailers Anymore

Back in the early 2010s, many viewed mobile devices as the enemy of physical retailers, as the trend of "showrooming" (looking at something in a store and then buying it cheaply online) gained notoriety. However, it increasingly looks like mobile devices are driving more customers to physical retailers, not just to window shop, but to make purchases as well. According to data released by Google back in May, mobile search is driving consumers to stores in physical, trackable ways. Moving into 2017, it has never been more important for marketers to ensure that they are using the power of mobile search advertising to drive consumers to their storefronts. The mobile-first world is definitely here, and using the power of mobile search will give marketers their best shot at reaching consumers who continue to use their smartphones to find the local products and services they are interested in.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising, Video Advertising, Social Media Marketing

Programmatic Video Advertising: Is the Top Ad-Buying Method Right for You?

Posted by Zuri Stanback on January 5, 2017 at 9:18 AM

The promise offered by programmatic video advertising is finally turning into a promise fulfilled: Among U.S. publishers, programmatic will drive the majority of ad spending in 2016.

According to a new report from eMarketer, 60 percent of all digital video ad spending will come through programmatic. That's a significant increase from 2015, when just 39 percent of video ad spending was run through programmatic solutions.

There are no signs this trend will slow down, either. eMarketer estimates programmatic's share of overall digital video ad spending will increase annually in 2017 and 2018, eclipsing $10 billion in spending by the end of that period. It will also approach an overall market share of close to 75 percent.

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Topics: Video Advertising

Without Search Retargeting, You Aren't Reaching the Right Customers

Posted by Zuri Stanback on November 8, 2016 at 11:41 AM

So many online journeys, consumer and otherwise, begin with a search engine. So, naturally, the data stemming from those searches offers incredible value to marketers. This single data stream may be the most comprehensive and illuminating source of information you'll find anywhere online — digital marketers can't afford to ignore the opportunity it represents.

The value of search data isn't restricted to applications within those search engines themselves. Marketers can pull that data and use it to retarget consumers on other channels as well. Search retargeting uses past search activity to display ads on other platforms, including Facebook and other display ad networks. Search Engine Journal explains it is an important component of your marketing strategy.

Retargeting is an effective strategy for brands looking to recapture interested consumers and pursue transactions that were abandoned before they could be completed. When properly deployed, it offers incredible value.

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Topics: Retargeting and Remarketing

The Benefits of Programmatic Advertising

Posted by Zuri Stanback on October 12, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Programmatic advertising is a hot topic in digital marketing these days, with ad spending expected to reach $22 billion this year, according to eMarketer — that's nearly a 40 percent increase from last year. But, according to an IAB report cited by Econsultancy, only 45 percent of people who use programmatic advertising actually understand the concept behind it. Here's the vital information on programmatic advertising and how to approach your creative in these campaigns.

What Is Programmatic Advertising?

Essentially, programmatic advertising is a data-driven, automatic approach to media buying that allows for hyper-personalized targeting with agile messaging across all paid advertising. It dramatically reduces the margin of human error and the labor-intensive process of media buying and replaces them with technology-based techniques that target the right customer with the right ad at the right time.

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Topics: Reach Extension and Targeting

Tips For Increasing Conversions

Posted by Zuri Stanback on September 16, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Seeing a spike in online traffic might put a smile on your face, but unless you know how to get consumers past the click, this joy will prove fleeting. Here are some tips on increasing conversions.

Find Them on Facebook

With 1.13 billion active daily users, Facebook is not only an effective way to reach your potential customers, it's also an efficient way of driving conversions. With the data the company has access to, it's possible to target your reach to specific locations (e.g., ZIP codes or geo-fences) and purchase behaviors. Be sure to create a Facebook Pixel to place on your own website so you can retarget audiences.

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Topics: Retargeting and Remarketing, Paid Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing

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