Tagged 'media'

10 Keys to Measurable Marketing Copy Success

Posted by Grant Johnson on July 9th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Direct or measurable marketing is copy-driven. Way too many marketers change up a package or banner ad or landing page/website design first. Instead, they would be better served to tweak their copy. It will provide a bigger bang for the dollars spent, as these changes more often than not lead to sustainable ROI growth.
From my experience, here is a 10 item check list of questions to consider when you do your next copy rewrite:
1.)    Is Simpler better? Your copy should have 80% or more words that are five letters long or less. Smaller words make you, the marketer, appear smarter. If you have a complex product or service, you will be better served by simplifying your marketing prose.
2.) What grade-level should you write to? A 6th grade level seems to be the level from most campaigns I have done. This will force you to make your material easier to understand, but not so basic you offend people.
3.) How long should your sentences be? 15-20 words on average is optimal. However, I prefer to start with a quick 10 word or less sentence, focusing on a single benefit, whenever possible. One that captures the reader and makes them want to... Read more

The Right Way to Have a Social Media Contest

Posted by Benjamin Taylor on December 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

We’re right in the middle of the holiday season and it’s the perfect time to give something away to your devoted customers! Everyone loves getting something for free after all. Having a giveaway or raffle on your social media platform is a great way to both draw in new followers as well as reinvigorate your current ones.  However, there is a right and wrong to go about doing this. A successful giveaway will not only make your customers happy, but it can also help boost your ranking in terms of social media optimization and increase traffic and links to your website, which is great for search engine optimization purposes. On the other hand a failed giveaway will have the exact opposite effect. It may even end up with your business getting penalized by Google or, in drastic cases, the Better Business Bureau. Let’s take a look at some steps to take in order to have a killer social media giveaway.
1. Give away something relevant to your product
This has become a problem recently. I’m sure that you’ve seen some raffles where companies will be giving away an item that does not pertain to what they are selling, for example, this could... Read more

Benjamin Moore Scares The Paints Off Contractors (Prank Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on October 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This new adverprank from Benjamin Moore Paints is part of a new "Scary Good Job" campaign aimed at any pro who's faced a nightmare painting job.
Personally, I just want to know how they got contractors to come work after hours.
Read more about the video, here. And let us know if/how your brand is using stunts like this!

Bad Lip Reading: Game of Thrones (Hilarious Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on October 16th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

It's often said that consumers own the brand in the digital age.
And indeed, in my book THE ON-DEMAND BRAND, I talk about the importance of emphasizing what I call the P.O.S.itive - making experiences Personalizable, Ownable, and Shareable.
The effort here was not a sanctioned initiative. It is just a particularly side-splitting example of how superfans working their magic - a notion that brands find both horrifying and promotional gold.
After all, you aren't anybody until you're getting spoofed in viral videos - or a SNL skit.
Is your brand ready for this kind of mischief?
Read more about the video, here.

The Future of the Futures Market for Online Inventory

Posted by Bill Guild on October 14th, 2013 at 8:05 am

Futures trading is common for all kinds of commodities like Home Heating Oil, but it won’t catch on in the current ad ecosystem.  When a fuel supply company or a homeowner believes that an especially cold winter or unrest in the Middle East will probably drive up prices, they can buy heating oil futures.  That is, they can enter into a contract to buy heating oil in the future at a price that is set now.  We all know that there is an entire industry of speculative futures traders who buy up commodities hoping to sell at a higher price before those commodities are delivered.  It seems that advertisers would also be interested in buying online ad space this way.  When an advertiser believes that the economy will heat up or interest in a topic may increase, that advertiser may want to lock in a price for future advertising.  Then at some point the speculators should arrive to heat up the market.
Prices of commodities fluctuate as supply varies with respect to demand.  More supply than demand causes prices to drop while more demand than supply pushes prices up.  Of course, very high futures prices can be an incentive to increase... Read more