Tag Archives: advertising

The 20 Most Viral Ads of 2016 | Adweek

Christmas, the Olympics/Paralympics and OK Go.

Those are three reliable buckets for great advertising, and they all show up in Unruly’s new list of the most shared ads of 2016. The top spot on this year’s list goes to a Christmas spot; No. 2 was made for the Paralympics; and OK Go put two videos on the list, including one at No. 5.

Ads from 10 different countries appearing on this list, Unruly says—the U.K., U.S., Denmark, Egypt, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Norway, the Philippines and Indonesia. The average runtime for the top 20 videos is 2:49

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The Difference Between Marketing and Advertising | Small Biz Trends

If you ask the person next to you about the difference between marketing and advertising, there’s a strong possibility you won’t get a clear answer. That’s because for many people, there’s only a subtle difference between marketing and advertising that’s often difficult to explain.

To be honest, advertising and marketing are closely related disciplines that have much in common. Yet they differ in many ways too. To see the differences and how each can benefit you as a small business owner, you must first understand the basics of both.

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EMarketer Report Cites Major Challenges Facing Mobile Video Advertising | Adweek

There is a consensus in advertising that mobile video is the future, but that future is still hazy.

Mobile video can run in apps like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube or be bought through ad networks that serve the mobile Web. There are six-second, 15-second and 30-second formats, and there are Gifs. There also are ways to measure by impression or engagement.

It’s this fragmented landscape that is creating uncertainty at an otherwise golden moment for mobile video, according to eMarketer, which released a report today taking a comprehensive look at the forces shaping the sector.

“There’s still some inconsistency with the ad formats for mobile video,” said eMarketer analyst Jeremy Kressmann. “There’s in-stream video working off publishers’ native players; there’s interstitials that pop up; there’s in-app, in-game video; interactive video; in banner and in-feed video.”

“It’s confusing on the ad-buyer side trying to figure out what they’re buying and how to get scale,” he said.

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Why Engineers are the New Salespeople | Page19

3341418764_29126fa663_bDo you like salespeople? If you answered yes, you might be a salesperson. In The Sales Bible, Jeffrey Gitomer discusses the reputation problem faced by salespeople—and how to solve it.

Why is this? Sadly, ever since the days of snake oil, the craft has been heavily associated with lying. Years of advertising have hardened consumers and trained them to be skeptical above all else, and no one is more suspect than a salesperson. A salesperson is, first and foremost, interested in getting you to buy what they’re selling, and usually only secondarily interested in your enjoyment of or satisfaction with the product.

Recently, however, some brands have seized upon an interesting strategy for dealing with this issue: get someone else to sell the product. Though professional salespeople struggle with trust, there is one employee who still retains it: the person who engineered, developed, or created it in the first place! Let’s call these people “Product experts.”

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Make Your Advertising Dollars Work Harder: 5 Critical Steps | Forbes

downloadWhether you have a million-dollar marketing budget or are just launching your startup, making your advertising dollar work harder for you can make or break your growth. Following these five steps will help ensure that you get the results you need.

Identify Your Audience

You may have heard someone say, “She is such a good sales person. She could sell ice to an eskimo.” While that skill can come in handy, persuading prospects to go against their natural inclinations can result in higher acquisition costs for new customers. Instead, start with an understanding of who is currently buying your product or service. To do this, look at past sales data for demographic indicators: Where do they live? Are they primarily families? What is their gender?

You don’t want your potential audience to become so narrow that it is impossible to reach them, but these types of answers can give you a great jumping-off point for structuring your campaign.

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The #1 Thing You Forget In Your Marketing Budget | Wonderbranding.com

Type “marketing budget template” into a search engine and you’ll find several examples, from the most basic to impressively detailed.

But 99 percent of the time there’s one important line item missing – your Cost of Occupancy.

Cost of Occupancy = Yearly Rent or Mortgage 

Your yearly cost of rent or mortgage payments should be treated as a marketing expenditure.

Why?

You sell a product or service that relies on foot traffic. The better your location, the more visible you are to potential customers.

The more visible your location is to potential customers, the less advertising you need.

Location = Advertising 

Therefore, your Cost of Occupancy should be designated as a line item in your marketing budget.

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Want to Know How Customers Find You? Read This | Allbusiness.com

Are you still advertising and marketing your small business based on how customers used to find your business years ago? Then wake up and smell the coffee: The way customers buy has changed in the last few years, and if the way you’re marketing your business isn’t keeping up, you’re going to be left behind.

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