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Direct Response: Social Media Advertising’s ROI Engine

This article originally appeared on Social Media Today.According to eMarketer, US digital ad spend will approach $60 billion by the end of this year, with retail and financial services leading the charge in mobile advertising. It’s clear we’ve come a long way from traditional tactics. Performance marketers have observed a shift in consumer time spent online, cutting budgets from print media and radio and increasing search and social investments in an effort to be where their customers are. Even television […]

Social Media Marketing PSA: Know Your Ad Environment

Digital marketers are constantly on the alert for the Next Big Thing. Each time a social media channel gains rapid membership or a new iPhone rolls out, it’s evaluation time. Is the audience there to justify migrating paid advertising costs? Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz around the new Apple Watch; specifically, which brands have launched inaugural apps and how marketers can make use of the tiny real estate this wearable will offer up. According to GlobalWebIndex, only 11% […]

Social Media Lead Generation: Do’s and Don’ts

Social media advertising provides marketers the opportunity to reach various audiences with services and products based on context — whether that’s a potential customer’s age, occupation, past behavior or current interests. The effectiveness of serving an ad to a particular audience hinges heavily on how good a performance marketer is at targeting the right people at the right time, but many more considerations come into play when lead generation is the goal of a campaign. From landing pages to lead […]

Why All Marketing is Now Mobile Marketing

Programmatic. Viewability. Omnichannel. Big data. The advertising industry loves buzzwords. Buzzwords capture what’s trending in the minds of digital marketers and offer a common language for conversations around the next big thing. “Mobile” has been a buzzword for ages, always touted as the next revolution in advertising. But it’s 2015, and it’s official: the mobile majority isn’t coming; it’s already here. For years, as smartphones and tablet growth has exploded across the globe, the importance of considering mobile as part […]

2014 Back to School: Mobile, Moms, and $50B in eCommerce

As Christmas marketing gets pushed further into Thanksgiving and Halloween territory, retailers are scrambling to get back to school sales campaigns underway earlier each year. A back to school study run by Nielsen this year found that 18% of respondents had already started shopping in August, vs. 7% at the same time last year. Good news for retailers still waiting to see revenue numbers go up: The majority (75%) of Nielsen study respondents say they will begin their shopping in […]