5G is coming and will change digital advertising in more ways than you think

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4G brought about video streaming, app stores, programmatic auctions and an entry point into the world of virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. With 5G, experts say advertisers and publishers should expect much more.

Imagine hopping in an autonomous vehicle and calling up Amazon Alexa to prep for dinner. A holographic display appears on your dashboard and directs you through the steps of a recipe, based on your diet preferences and meal history, as you drive to Whole Foods to pick up the ingredients, which are already being assembled robotically.

That is a (realistic) vision of the future with 5G, according to Scott Singer, managing director at consultancy DDG. Singer and other experts say 5G brings with it the ability to process and exchange more data at higher speeds, so advertisers and publishers can expect to see faster ad-load times on desktop and mobile and more connected devices.

Today, when a visitor to a website clicks a link, there is a slight delay before a server responds, resulting in milliseconds to seconds of nothing apparently happening. It’s an issue that causes visitors to click away from an article or site, and one reason behind the adoption of ad blockers, according to a study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. But 5G will effectively eliminate that delay, said Jeremy Lockhorn, vp of experience strategy for mobile and emerging technology at agency SapientRazorfish, resulting in faster ad-load times and happier users. The FCC states that 5G is 1,000 times faster than 4G with 100 times less latency. Singer said he wouldn’t be surprised if the use of ad blockers begins to diminish because of webpages loading at quicker speeds. – Read more

How to Budget Online vs. Offline Marketing

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Online marketing is ruling the world, there’s no doubt about that.

With various websites offering businesses the chance to expose their brand in front of millions of people, it’s no surprise that online marketing is taking the world by storm.

In fact, 28% of marketers say they’ve reduced advertising budget to fund digital marketing activities.

In addition, marketers allocated the biggest share of their entire digital marketing budget (12.5%) to digital – proving that its popularity isn’t set to slow down any time soon: – Read

Here Is Why Your Facebook Ad Campaigns Aren’t Producing Results

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With over a billion daily active users scrolling through their Facebook newsfeed on a daily basis, Facebook presents a massive opportunity that can help grow any business. Business owners underestimate the amount of attention Facebook yields.

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to tell customers about your products you had to rent a newspaper ad, or pay for a billboard next to the road. Not only was this way of advertising expensive, but it was also a hassle. Contracts needed to be drawn up, quotes needed to be passed around, and it could take weeks to kick-start a campaign.

Today, with the push of a button, Facebook can help you show your product and service in to millions of users through something called Facebook Ad Manager. All it takes is a few clicks, and a couple of bucks of course.

However, getting your ads onto people’s news feeds is the easy part. The harder part and the part you’re most likely after, especially if you are a small to medium sized business owner, is how to make your ads convert into qualified leads or potential customers! – Read

 

How to Get the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Advertisements

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Like many social media channels, LinkedIn can be an effective way to draw people’s attention to your business.

But the platform is notably different from advertising on Facebook or Instagram.

As Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu and a team member at Siu’s Single Grain company put it, one of the main benefits of advertising on LinkedIn is the B2B targeting. LinkedIn ads can include a regular link ad that shows up in the news feed and offers an image, headline and introductory text. The other option is a newer carousel ad that mimics Facebook in its square format. Two other sponsored ad formats are the lead gen form and the display placement ad, both of which have their respective benefits from creating less friction between customers to individualizing your marketing with direct messaging. – Read

How Blockchain Will Make Digital Ads Less Intrusive

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The Cambridge Analytica scandal that unfolded earlier this year is just the latest in a long sequence of incidents of firms’ wrongfully acquiring and misusing internet users’ data.

While the scandal itself related to unfair sharing of user information by Facebook, the ensuing media storm brought the public’s attention to their personal data and its use in digital advertising.

Apart from depending on stolen data, advertisers are also notorious for bombarding us with irrelevant and annoying advertisements. For every funny commercial that we remember fondly from childhood, there are a million annoying and spammy ads that we look back on with nothing but pure disdain. – Read

How to Sell on Facebook

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Fans are vanity and sales are sanity. —Lori Taylor, social media marketer

It’s easy to get sidetracked from sales because there are a ton of digital parameters for success, elaborate conversion funnels, follower counts, newsletter signups, likes, shares…

But the purpose of your investment in social media is ultimately to sell.

Yet, good-old, traditional selling is becoming trickier to do, because social media are savvier than ever and know when they are being marketed to.

That said, the number of businesses selling on social media is increasing even as you read, especially on the king of all platforms, Facebook.

 

Have you tried to harness Facebook’s potential as an online store for your products or services? It takes time and effort, but it can yield worthwhile results. Here are a few easy tips to help you get started.

Create a Facebook business page

Start with the basics, by creating a Facebook business page, which gives you customization options that a simple profile page won’t. – Read

 

 

4 Ways Your Small Business Can Thrive Using Digital Marketing

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These four tips will help you lay the groundwork for an effective digital marketing strategy.

According to the latest census figures, there are more than 27.9 million small businesses operating nationwide. which provides nearly half of the private-sector employment. The census data also showed that small firms accounted for 64 percent of net new job creation between 1993 and 2011. It’s clear from these numbers that small businesses are the engine powering the American economy.

Today digital marketing acts as leveling force for small businesses around the world. When executed well, the right campaign can put even the tiniest business in front of the right buyers at exactly the right time. Now small businesses can compete directly with large firms, so long as they offer a quality product at a fair price.

How do small business owners lay the groundwork for an effective digital marketing strategy? – Read

What To Expect When You Start Advertising On Snapchat

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If you’re a marketer, you are always looking for a hot new platform to reach your audience. If Snapchat isn’t already on your radar, it should be. Yet we’ve all heard reservations and predictions about the future of Snapchat — from Evan Spiegel being too secretive to declining user growth at the hands of Facebook feature ripoffs.

I’m uniquely positioned to comment on Snapchat’s advertising platform. For years, I managed digital ads for Google’s most strategic brands. Now I lead marketing for Keepsafe Software, where I’ve kicked the tires on Snapchat’s offering. I also have a teenage daughter who provides me with added perspective on Snap’s market and reach. – Read

Is ‘measurement culture’ killing creativity?

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Data has redefined the marketing game in the last decade. Before, marketers would pump content out to their chosen medium and judge its success based on any increase in sales. Now, they sit on top of a pile of data that can tell them exactly how their campaigns are performing.

But is this ocean of data putting the focus of modern marketing too heavily on analysis, measurement and insight at the cost of creativity?

This seems to be a common view, according to a survey of 250 marketing decision-makers, with 72% saying that a ‘measurement culture’ is killing creativity. 64% said that the focus on measurable results meant that senior management were unwilling to support brand-building. – Read

Amazon’s Ad Boom

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Amazon’s US ad revenues hit $1.65 billion in 2017 and are expected to grow 48.2% this year. With the majority of product searches now initiated on Amazon, brands need to increase the visibility of their wares in the platform’s search results, according to L2’s Marketing Playbook report.

Traditional brands and large ad companies like WPP, Publicis, and Omnicom are all taking note of Amazon’s ad services. In fact, traditional brands now own more Headline Search Ads and Sponsored Products than either indie brands or Amazon’s own private labels. – Read