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Matching Marketing to the Modern Consumer: 5 Ways to Rethink Qualitative Research

Today’s consumers are evolving faster than ever before, but brands, and specifically consumer research, are struggling to keep up. A recent study from Engine CARAVAN suggests that Americans are spending more time on their devices than ever before. Research showed that this group spends 4.5 hours a day on their smartphone on average. This means that brands and researchers have a lot of opportunities to reach billions of users around the globe in a matter of seconds. If the opportunity to connect is this instantaneous, why…

How to Improve Distribution Revenue in 5 Easy Steps

As buyers continue to evolve, it’s imperative that sellers in all industries understand their buyer’s need and wants. This is especially true as buyers can scan hundreds of reviews and articles about a product online, forming opinions before they even interact with a sales representative for the first time. However, in industries, such as the CPG and manufacturing space, companies have to provide sales tools not only for their direct sellers but also their indirect sellers. Below I’ve put together 5 tips based on findings…

3 Ways Marketers Can Use Machine Learning

Segmentation Gain insights on audience segmentation Social media matrix is not something that is foreign to digital marketers. However, with Machine Learning, it is a twist to how marketers could gain insights through audience segmentation. By analyzing social media conversations, brand marketers could detect similar patterns and cluster audience based on psycho-graphic and characteristics such as interest, lifestyle, and attitudes. What this means is that marketers could easily identify which audiences would best match…

A Bold New Visual World: Why The Future of Advertising is Images

The popular idiom “A picture is worth a thousand words” is no offhanded or inflated saying. Variations of this timeless and still-relevant concept date back to advertising copy from the early 1900s, and in some cases its origins are attributed to an unknown Japanese philosopher or a Chinese proverb. No source is certain, but image-based advertising has been around for a very long time, not just for its capacity to effectively distill complex messaging into visual essence, but because visual over text-based targeting is now a…

The Fall of Organic Installs and the Growth of App-Install Ad Fraud

The global app economy got used to the constant growth and booming numbers of downloads, consumer spend, time spent on apps and other similar metrics. And the last year was no exception: There’s been a 60% growth in the number of global app downloads, consumer spend has more than doubled, and time spent on apps increased by 30%. Source: AppAnnie, 2017 Retrospective In the same time, despite the mass cleaning of old and abandoned apps out of the Apple App store, the overall number of apps has reached the mark of 5.8…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Online Reviews

Who reads online reviews? Well, just about everyone. A study by BrightLocal found that 97% of consumers aged 18 to 34 read online reviews, and that 85% of all consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from friends. With numbers like that, it’s crystal clear that online reviews can make or break your business. That’s why you need to create a process that makes it easy for your customers to leave reviews, and allows you to monitor and respond to those reviews —whether positive or negative. Promptly…

7 Sure Shot Content Marketing Trends

Content marketing is a critical stage in your company's advertising approach. In order to connect with your target audience, you need to mold your marketing material to not only meet the needs of a key demographic but to stand out from other advertising content put out by your competition. To elevate your content you need to understand what is currently trending and what stands out. To help, here are seven sure shot content marketing trends to take advantage of and to assist with your Breakthrough Advertising. Original…

Why You Should Reconsider Inviting a YouTuber to Live Stream Your Event

Marketers are increasingly turning to live streaming to broadcast events and promote their brands. It’s what viewers want. Cisco predicts that live internet video will account for 13 percent of Internet video traffic by 2021, growing 15-fold from 2016 to 2021. But live streaming alone won’t necessarily draw an audience. For optimal results, brands are hiring influencers in hopes that they will boost digital engagement. Recentl0y Formula E announced that it will be inviting popular YouTube content creators, often…

How to Be Effective at Holiday Marketing Across Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

As we close November and are about to move into December — the peak of the holiday season — it’s now crunch time for brand marketers to attempt to capture the interest of new and returning shoppers. Where better to look than on the core social platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest? While many e-commerce brands may already be spending a chunk of their budgets on these platforms, the key to success lies in understanding how to differentiate content and adapt it to each platform. What works in an ad for one platform…

Machine Learning on the Mobile App Install Market — The Real Value of “Smart”

The birth of the field of AI in the 1950s predetermined a new milestone in scientific thought: Since then, it became possible to use computer programs for solving mathematical, economic and other problems, which were relying before on human intelligence. The further development of programs and their growing complexity required more work on code, rules and decision-trees. At that point, realizing the need for more advanced data processing approach, researchers came to what is known today as “Machine Learning” — the ability of…

Why Increased Viewability Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Recent reports suggest that viewability rates have gone up for online ads, which on the face of it is great news for both advertisers and publishers — more people are seeing the ads, publishers are making more money, and everybody’s happy. But is this picture as rosy as it seems? I would argue not. The rise of viewability as the predominant metric in the online advertising industry has driven a series of site behaviors that have significantly degraded the user experience over the past few years. Technologies exist that…

Data and Creativity: Stronger Together

Sometimes, we forget that people don’t visit websites to look at ads. With unlimited data and tools at our fingertips, we may have, well, lost sight of a fundamental must for online advertisers — creating impactful ads. So, how should we approach programmatic advertising, while keeping a firm hand on the creativity and messaging of a branding campaign? People go online to get entertained or informed, and advertisers have a duty to ensure the online ad content complements that experience, rather than sit at odds with…

4 Tips for Keeping Up With New Digital Marketing Trends

Keeping up with digital marketing trends can sometimes feel like a walking nightmare for brands and marketers alike. For example… A new algorithm is rolled out. A best practice is replaced by a new automation tool. Facebook loses track of so much of my data that I don’t even care anymore (not really – you definitely should care). “I say let’s skip wearables and go straight to implants.” Now, I’m not technologically averse, like some of my colleagues.  On the contrary: I say let’s skip wearables and go straight to …

The Power of Community and Why Facebook Just Isn’t Enough

When Facebook was first adopted by non-profit organizations, the social media site seemed to provide it all. With active users who engage with content, a low to free price tag and direct access to dedicated members right from their fingertips, creating a Facebook page was a simple choice for organizations. Since then, it has become a critical tool that non-profits rely on to spread their message — but times are changing. According to Facebook’s Second Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call, audience growth on the social…

Why Process Management Is a Boardroom Issue

If you talk to any process management or BPM vendor, they are likely to tell you that one of their biggest challenges is access to the C-Suite. This is partly due to the way that vendors historically pitch their solutions as technology and features, leading them to be seen as just another IT solution for the management to consider. However, it is also because many executives still fail to understand that process management is actually a valuable tool to help them and their organization perform better and mitigate risk. A…

3 Ways to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

Each year, more and more retail sales are completed online. Despite this fact, the overwhelming majority of shoppers still make their final purchase in physical stores. This juxtaposition is a reminder that shoppers regularly mix and match shopping channels in an effort to find the perfect product or best deal. Meeting customer expectations across all channels is not an easy task for brand marketers as mobile shopping cart abandonment rates hover around 70 percent. Marketers struggling to convert item-laden shopping carts…

The Top Hidden Privacy Dangers

Now more than ever before, “big data” is a term that is widely used by businesses and consumers alike. Consumers have begun to better understand how their data is being used, but many fail to realize the hidden dangers in everyday technology. From smartphones and smart TVs to location services and speech capabilities, often times user data is stored without your knowledge.  Here are some of the most common yet hidden privacy dangers facing consumers today: Geo-Location Geo-Location can be convenient, especially when you’re…

‘Tis the Season to Be Personal

It may feel like we have only just said goodbye to summer, but for marketers, we’re already counting down to Christmas (less than 100 sleeps to go)!  Not only is it the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ but for brands and marketers, it’s also the most competitive. While most marketers will have already written their strategy list, for those needing to get a ‘jolly’ good move on, there is still time. Last year, the average consumer spent an eye-watering average of £821.25 on gifts over the festive period, and £4.6bn was…

What Do Playables Mean to the Mobile Marketer?

Banner, interstitial, video and rewarded video are the norms of mobile advertising. So where is the future coming from? Back when I was a kid in the 1990s, my father was given a heavy, dusty PC from my uncle that would only play DOS games on a CGA monitor that displayed only 4 colors at a time. My mother enjoyed playing with the computer and had discovered a company that would sell different floppy disk games and software for just $1 per disc. She would pour over the catalog and choose a few games for me and my brother…

3 Ways AI Can Boost Profitability in the Digital Economy

Strengthening customer relationships, remaining competitive, and improving employee productivity are all key benefits from utilizing artificial intelligence. There is no question that a digital transformation is underway, as e-commerce is quickly taking a lead role in the B2B world. Machine Learning-based technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), are also increasing in popularity, with businesses looking for the best option to stay ahead of the competition. And, the digital economy does not appear to…