Women in Advertising Panel Review

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This week I attended the Ad Club’s Women in Advertising panel, and I captured many takeaways that I believe will help me in my day-to-day job. The panel consisted of a strong group of women in the advertising industry in Richmond, and I left feeling motivated and inspired to take what I learned and start applying it to my role.

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Is Your Spooky Landing Page Scaring Away Potential Leads?

Is Your Spooky Landing Page Scaring Away Potential Leads

In today’s marketing environment starting a campaign demands having a landing page. There is currently no better way to facilitate lead generation. Landing pages give people something they need and, in return, you get their information and the chance to create a relationship. While effective, landing pages can still be tricky because of today’s already-skeptical digital audience; people are hesitant to give out their information to just anyone. Is your landing page contributing to these fears? If you are utilizing too many graphics, dull copy and confusing calls to action, like the example above, you most likely are. To help you out, I have identified 5 best practices to adhere to when designing a landing page.

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Proper Product Placement in Movies and Television

Can you spot the 19 hidden logos placed in the image above? To continue our series on product placement, today we will be featuring our favorite advertisements in movies and television. These include shows that have made a seamless transition between the plot and the ad. The following are our favorite cases of proper product placement.

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Obvious Product Placement in Movies and Television

Obvious Product Placement in Movies and Television

Can you spot the 17 products placed in the image above? Today, product placement can be seen in many television shows and movies. There should be a seamless transition between the ad and program.  Viewers will notice the advertisement on a subconscious level, such as a character drinking a Diet Coke or eating Taco Bell. However, for many shows, this is not the case. When executed poorly, viewers immediately notice the product. It appears as a commercial rather than a subtle advertisement. The following are our favorite obvious cases of product placement.

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The Story of Bringing a Traditional Retailer into the Digital Age

This is the Story of Bringing a Traditional Retailer into the Digital Age 7

Friends, let me tell you a story. It might hit home for many of you, but I promise a happy ending. Imagine if you will, your family has run a successful retail business with multiple locations around the region for over 50 years. This was your dad’s life. He was the guy. Everyone knew him, and his name drew people in. He stood for service and quality. He hand-picked the sales people who were on the floor. He knew them all by name. 50 years, every day he managed this business and he loved it. He knew how to bring the people in. You throw a big sale for Memorial Day and Labor Day. Newspaper and TV are the way to go to reach your audience.  Then the internet came, he had a website built because he knew he needed to be online. Then, unfortunately, he died. Along with dealing with his death, now, this business, it’s all up to you.

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Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing

Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing 1

In my personal messages, I typically leave emojis out. Emojis can be construed in several ways.  They display differently depending on the device. Also, at an elementary level, I believe emojis come across as childish. However, as my friends tease me, not using emojis can be perceived as being old or not hip. While I can handle a few jabs from my friends, I must be more careful when it comes to marketing.

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