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Standing with a Community

What happens to your advertising plans when the surrounding community is devastated by a natural disaster? That’s the question Essential Federal Credit Union faced this year because of the 2016 floods in Louisiana.

As a credit union, Essential is a vital part of its community and when it was threatened, Essential sprung into action. The branding campaign Innovative Advertising had planned for the credit union was quickly revamped to focus on helping its customers through the rebuilding process.

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Combining Traditional & Digital Media for Enhanced Results

Media buying used to be simple. Well, maybe not simple, but it was definitely more straightforward than it is today. You had fewer outlets to choose from — Print (newspaper and/or magazine), Radio, Billboard, and TV. You could compare each channel’s reach into your geographic market and amongst your ideal customers’ demographics with relative ease, and you could allocate your media buying budget accordingly.

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The Importance of a Customer-Centric, Value-Based Content Strategy

Creating and distributing content is one of the most effective ways to build your brand and engage with your target audience. But, only if it’s done right. If your content primarily focuses on pitching your company, services and products, you need to rethink your strategy. Today’s consumer prefers to learn about products and services through articles, not advertisements. They want to be educated through online searches, not “sold”.  

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Fall Season TV Recap: Who’s Staying and Who’s Going

If this season’s programming successes have taught us anything, it’s this: viewer options are increasing and preferences are changing, but audiences are still flocking to smash hits – both old and new.

This season has already surpassed the last in programming choices and hits. This may be due, in part, to the fact that broadcast networks are sticking with the genres and programs they’ve become known for: NBC-dramas, CBS-reliability, FOX-sports and one-hit programming like Empire.

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6 Ways Your Online Advertising Can Break Through Holiday Clutter

Every year during the holiday season, consumers are inundated with advertisements from millions of companies vying for their attention and money. With so much competition, why do businesses even bother? Because, if you place the right type of ad, it pays off. Big Time! In 2015 , brands reaped 113% more return on ad spend, thanks in part to larger increases in average order values (AOV).

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How to Develop (and Budget for) an Effective 2017 Marketing Plan

2017 is fast-approaching. And while you’re probably knee-deep in how to finish 2016 strong, now is also the time to start planning for what’s to come. Today, as many as 85% of small and mid-size companies make the mistake of operating based only on a budget. Without a well-designed marketing plan, you fail to establish guidelines and proper direction, as well as run the risk of being unable to successfully identify key performance indicators (KPI’s). To ensure your business can hit the ground running January 1st, you need to be asking (and answering) three key questions:

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Don’t Pull the Plug On TV Advertising: Viewers Are Still Paying Attention

It’s no secret that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have altered the way we watch our movies and TV shows. The rapid adoption of these services over the past few years has caused many media and advertising analysts to proclaim that traditional network and cable television is dead. No longer are people tuning in week after week to catch up on their favorite characters, or sitting through a half dozen commercial breaks per hour to find out what happens next.

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