The Delicate Balance of Influencer Marketing and their Relationship in the Advertising Industry

With the rise of social media and the massive online followings that celebrities and industry experts can cultivate, influencer marketing has become an increasingly popular advertising strategy over the last several years. This tactic has not only gained traction because it is viable – in many instances, it has been overwhelmingly effective. Continue Reading

Top Ads of the Winter Games

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Every two years, the world is treated to a spectacle of the greatest athletes alive, sporting, sweating, and striving for glory with their respective countries cheering at their backs. However, athletes are not the only ones competing during these elite international competitions – sponsors and advertisers are in a contest with the ultimate prize being viewers’ attention. Continue Reading

Top 6 Holiday Campaigns of 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time for holiday ads that make us ugly cry! Take a look below at some of our favorite holiday campaigns of this season. Don’t forget your box of tissues. Continue Reading

The Future of Social Media

The Future of Social Media

Ah, the future. We all want to know it. We want to get a ‘jump on the competition’. We want to ‘be ready’. I get asked all the time, what’s the future of social media? Where is it headed? What will be the next big thing? I’ve been working in social media since social media was born, so I guess I’ve seen the way the tide works and I’m as qualified as anyone to look into the proverbial crystal ball. Right or wrong, here are my thoughts on where the future of social media is headed in the coming years.

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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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The Great Advertising Shift; What Has Changed and What is Left to Come?

The Great Advertising Shift

I wouldn’t consider myself an “old-head,” but I have been in the advertising industry for over 20 years, and have seen it shift dramatically. When I started out, it was a pretty easy gig, as far as I was concerned.  A media planner by trade, I’d walk into meetings and only have a handful of advertising options to present; television, radio, print, direct mail, sponsorship, and not much else. In preparation, I would run some basic demographics with the target audience, which was easier than today as well – with audiences being so broad. After exchanging pleasantries with the client, I’d break down the costs of each channel, our expectations of their success, and pitch what we thought would be most effective. There wasn’t much back and forth, and typically the client would sign right there. Today, things are much different.

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