Three Strategies for Setting a Cost-Effective Marketing Budget

We don’t blush when it comes to talking about money. Figuring out the optimum marketing budget for your business is important — it shouldn’t be a delicate conversation, it should be right out in the open. Clear communication about a budget helps set expectations for you and your marketing team, and is central to building an effective, goal-oriented marketing plan.

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Choosing the Best Agency in the Twenty-First Century

Some things never go out of style. Other things are out of date almost the second they’re out of the store. In order to be effective, today’s marketing and advertising often requires a combination of traditional (direct mail, billboards, radio/tv), as well as newer and emerging tactics (social selling, highly targeted audience segmentation, experiential marketing).

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Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

For the first time Pantone has chosen two colors to represent the year, and 2016’s are Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Rose Quartz and Serenity

Rose Quartz and Serenity

Or to those outside the design world, baby pink and baby blue. We’ve seen loud, vibrant colors for most of their selections, but this year sees pastel, silvery hues.

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Black Friday: Do Your Homework

With North America’s biggest shopping period rapidly approaching, retailers and their marketers focus on demographies and how to best attract them. Millennials always seem to be at the forefront of these efforts as one of the most desirable consumer groups. Some research provided by Influenster gives us insight into their potential Black Friday behavior. Perhaps surprisingly, many plan to visit an actual store to participate in Black Friday festivities. Of the 93% of millennials that plan to shop over the holiday weekend, only 26% said they would be shopping more on Cyber Monday. The fact that many in this group are physically hitting the stores is also eye-opening considering their digital-heavy lifestyles.

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Who Wants Stuffing?

Nope, not the Thanksgiving kind. Some TV networks are using a tactic known as ad stuffing to bolster ad revenues, with AMC pushing in an additional 10% of ad inventory into Q2.

Perhaps an effort to safeguard against shrinking viewership, the end result is just more and more ads for viewers, many of whom have grown accustomed to commercial-free environments like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. On some level, increased ad loads will just drive people even further into the arms of streaming services, contributing to that same viewership decline.

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Sponsored Listening

Users of Pandora’s ad-supported service might soon get the option for an hour of commercial-free music, but there’s a catch.

In an expansion of an existing program, Pandora will give people the option to view an ad in exchange for 60 minutes of ad-free 80s pop, jazz, or whatever you prefer. Users will opt to see a video or other rich-media (a photo gallery, perhaps) ad unit at the beginning of their listening session to get access to an hour free of ad interruptions. Users must interact with the ads for at least 15 seconds to earn this, with Pandora’s end goal being uninterrupted consumer attention for these advertisements. It’s certainly more impactful when the ads are tied to some kind of reward, as standard ad breaks don’t typically offer much in the way of interactivity.

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Put Your Money on Mobile

As you have probably heard, mobile isn’t going away anytime soon. According to Facebook’s latest quarterly report, mobile accounts for 3/4 of its more than $4 billion revenue. With 76 percent of Facebook’s total ad revenue stemming from mobile advertising, the platform is definitely benefiting from the fact that its 1.5 billion users are constantly glued to their mobile devices.

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