'Media Planning & Buying' Category

Farewell Q&A with NY Times Ad Columnist Stuart Elliott (Part 2): What I Saw at the Revolution

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 17th, 2015 at 10:03 am

Content marketing may get a lot of buzz these days - but it's as old as advertising itself.
In part two of my conversation with longtime New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott, we continue to talk about how social media has paradoxically fueled growth in television viewership - especially for events like the Super Bowl.
But as part of this wide-ranging farewell Q&A with Elliott - who retired in December after nearly 25 years of covering advertising for the Times - we get into sponsorship advertising, as well as so-called content and video marketing.
Surprise: None of this is future-forward at all. Indeed, it's a return to the golden age of advertising. But while it sideswipes the problem of ad-skipping technologies and an ever-expanding universe of digital distractions, it comes with some considerable challenges of its own.
Photo: New York Times
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Farewell Q&A with New York Times Ad Columnist Stuart Elliott (Part 1): What I Saw at the Revolution

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 5th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

The advertising world released a collective gasp when news hit that Stuart Elliott - the longtime advertising columnist for the New York Times - was accepting a buy-out package and would retire.
After nearly 25 years of covering advertising for the Times, not to mention stints at USA Today and Ad Age before that, Stuart and his column had become must-read for puissant, timely insights on Mad Ave.
And what a quarter century it was. From the early 1990s to today, the ad industry went from analog everything to digital domination; from "Married with Children" to "Modern Family;" and from bigger-is-better, to small is the new black.
"Who could or would have thought in the early ’90s that 20-odd years later the hegemony of television, for decades the most powerful ad medium, would be under siege, or at least, in question" Stuart wrote in his final column December 18.
"Ratings data, the currency of television, is growing problematic because viewership is more difficult to measure when people use mobile devices instead of TV sets; or watch shows online, as streaming video or as video-on-demand. And it is easier than ever for viewers to ignore or avoid traditional commercials; popular streaming services like Netflix are... Read more

Google’s Panda Update: Why Great Content Matters

Posted by Gordon Plutsky on January 13th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

One of the primary purposes of content marketing is to generate qualified inbound, organic traffic from search engines. It’s the most basic element of a content marketing plan and what drives many marketers to become brand publishers. This task has gotten a bit more complex as Google continues to refine and update its Panda algorithm.  The purposes of these updates are to improve the user experience and search results for the consumer.
It is important to remember Google’s motivation in refining the process of which sites rise to the top of the rankings.  They make their considerable fortune from search engine ads (Adwords) and that depends on having customers searching hundreds of millions of times per year. If consumers were not getting quality search results they would go elsewhere and Google would lose their traffic.  Bottom line – Google’s allegiance is to the customer, not to companies like yours trying to rise up the search rankings for unpaid organic traffic.
The purpose of Panda is to encourage site owners to provide quality content and user experience to customers that help them make more informed buying decisions.  Panda rewards high quality content and punishes “light” and duplicate content.  Duplicate content is an issue for many SMBs who... Read more

2015 Marketing Predictions You Can Set Your Digital Watch By

Posted by Kent Lewis on December 19th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

However improbably, December has already arrived, and with it, the traditional impulse to take stock of the year drawing to a close and try to imagine what we’ll be getting ourselves into with the next one. Digital marketing is particularly rich soil for this treatment both because of the blinding pace at which the underlying technologies evolve, and the fact that most of us in the field are more than a little inclined toward the sentimental. Accordingly, we at Anvil enjoy making a formal exercise every year out of having this conversation, and it’s time to have it again, so take a break from wrapping presents and meet me over at the crystal ball.

Programmatic Isn’t Just for Direct Response

Posted by Bill Guild on December 9th, 2014 at 8:41 am

Whether the objective of a digital advertising campaign is to elicit an emotional experience or an action from the consumer, the real benefit of programmatic holds true for both: taking an ad’s message and bringing it to the eyes of an interested consumer, in a place and time that is appropriate for the messaging.