Once upon a time, the only tools you needed to get your newsworthy announcements and stories publicized were a press release and an email or phone call. Editors and reporters were one call away from hearing your pitch and developing it into a story. Now, modern communication devices allow us to reach media contacts in tons of news ways. This, combined with the rise of blogging, YouTube and other influencer channels, makes being creative and compelling in your outreach much more important. How, where, when and to whom you decide to pitch your story and product/service can literally make or break a successful public relations effort.

No matter which side of 1980 you were born, the title of this article may cause you to roll your eyes. Baby boomers and Generation X managers sometimes have preconceived notions about the age group known as millennials. Alternatively, millennials tire of generalizations about themselves and taking the blame for ruining everything older generations hold dear.

Key Reasons to Consider Radio Advertising — header image

As advertisers struggle to negotiate the ever-changing world of digital marketing, there’s one medium that remains strong, affordable and effective: radio.

1) Radio Sells With Immediacy

Research proves that radio regularly reaches consumers within two hours of their largest purchase of the day. It’s hard to beat reaching your customer in transit while they’re on their way to go shopping.

Ad Fraud concept illustration

In addition to credit card fraud and identity fraud, there’s a new kind of fraud to watch out for ad fraud. Digital ad fraud, also known as Invalid Traffic (IVT), is the practice of fraudulently representing (or falsely inflating) online ad metrics like impressions, clicks, conversions or actions in order to generate revenue. Digital bots, or nonhuman digital traffic, are the main cause of ad fraud, resulting in more than $7 billion in advertising investment waste.

Data Collection Concept Illustration

Collecting customer data is key to almost any marketing strategy. Without data, you’re marketing blindly, merely hoping to reach your target audience. Many businesses already collect data digitally, but don’t know how to leverage what they have.

Why is Data Collection so Important?

Collecting data allows you to store and analyze important information about your existing and potential customers. Collecting this information can also save your company money by building a database of customers for future marketing and retargeting efforts. You no longer need to cast a “wide net” to reach potential consumers within your target audience. You can focus your marketing efforts and dollars on those with the highest propensity to take action.

You probably won’t get to the end of this blog. Studies show the human attention span is shrinking. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, says that the true scarce commodity of the future is human attention. In an era of diminishing attention spans, 60-second and 30-second commercials have lost favor among advertisers. Video completion rates are falling, and heavy advertising loads have an impact on consumer viewing experiences.

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On average, up to 83% of consumers visit a company’s website before making a purchase decision. If your site is out-of-date, unattractive or simply disorganized, odds are you’re losing business. That’s why most digital professionals recommend updating your company’s website every two to three years — with minor adjustments occurring on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you’re wondering whether to update your website, consider the following:

Rebranding: Concept Illustration

Some of the most popular television programs feature makeovers. Viewers can’t seem to get enough of shows where drab and out-of-date houses and people get a new look and style. Rebranding is the process of giving your company a makeover by reinventing its image, messaging and/or appearance. It’s a great way to revitalize your business or possibly gain a new audience. But this undertaking involves more than just a new logo and business cards. Rebranding is a complex process that should be strategically planned and executed. If you think it is time for a company rebrand, you need to understand the steps necessary for success.

Top 5 Workplace Woes - Funny reasons to work at a creative agency

What’s it really like to work at a creative agency like Innovative Advertising? Are we truly the “Mad Men” (and women) of TV… or is it just another job? Sometimes we struggle, just like everybody else. Revealed: Innovative’s workplace woes!

5 Things to Know Before Building a Mobile App

There are over two million apps available for smartphone users, and the number will increase to three million soon. If you’re considering creating an app for your business, review these questions to determine if an app is the right choice for you.

  • Is it in your budget? Even a very simple app will cost around $20,000 to develop.