Consumer electronics marketers: March Madness offers you a perfect opportunity to make your own slam dunk with customers by putting dynamic creative to work for you this month.
How advertisers use them and what publisher may do about them.
Back in June, I had the privilege of sitting on Joanna O’Connell’s panel at the Cynopsis Digital Big Monetization Summit in New York. A lively conversation ensued which revealed some of the friction between publishers and advertisers. On the one hand, publishers are represented by supply-side partners that are working to sell blocks of inventory at favorably negotiated prices. Advertisers, on the other hand, are represented by demand-side partners trying their best to cherry-pick impressions and acquire them at rock bottom prices. My post-conference thoughts reflected on the difference between the premium impressions we have become accustomed to and the new choice impressions.
Premium impressions come from premium publishers. They are, in fact, defined by the publisher that generates them. Choice impressions, in contrast, occur naturally and can be found anywhere.
Choice impressions are those where the confluence of audience, content, and creative conspire to produce advertiser value.
The impression is choice (as in the preferred cut of meat, or the best seats in the house), because it represents a highly qualified consumer who is currently engaged with content that is relevant to the brand’s message in the creative. Having caught the right... Read more
As a modern marketer, email is at the heart of your online marketing efforts . . . so it's important to take the time to make sure that every aspect of your strategy is optimized. That's why I've developed a list of nine rules over the years that have proven themselves worthy across entrepreneurial startups, SMBs, and global enterprise organizations. (Just be sure to test these guidelines to determine which work best for your target audience.)
1. ALWAYS take into account local time when sending emails. The best times to send are 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
2. NEVER be verbose in email body copy. Keep your text to 145 words or less.
3. ALWAYS use the "curve" method when writing an email subject line: Play on curiosity, urgency, relevance, value, and emotion.
4. ALWAYS keep your email subject lines to 50 characters or less.
5. NEVER send more than one email to your recipients per day.
6. ALWAYS use a good aesthetic mix of images and text in your design. A good rule of thumb is one image for every 15 lines of copy.
7. NEVER cheat and use "FW:" to imply that the email has come from a trusted source.
8. NEVER put the unsubscribe button... Read more
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