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Top Digital Advertising Trends for 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Xmas and New Year Holidays are over  and new 2017 promises to bring many changes to digital advertising world.

As a leading digital advertising BI solution, our goal is to help our clients stay ahead of the game – and sometimes that means giving you the tips and insights of our top researchers into what they think the top digital advertising trends of 2017 will be:

  1. Video Consumption is slowing down – don’t stop your video campaigns just yet, but reconsider where you publish them instead. While video consumption is expected to go down on desktop, eMarketer reassures us that mobile consumption is still going up.
  1. Social Media is Strengthening for eCommerce – with more and more tools coming from social media sites (think paid Instagram campaigns through the Facebook and new features on Twitter), eCommerce is going to see a big boost in 2017 as campaigns in social are geared towards conversion.
  1. The Pokemon Effect – pushed by the successful immersion of augmented reality thanks to Pokemon Go, 2017 is expected to see an increase in the use of augmented reality, specifically in mobile marketing. With over 500 million downloads and 20 million daily active users, one thing is sure – consumers love augmented reality!
  1. Better Data Visualization – after the rise of info graphics a few years ago, it makes perfect sense that marketers would want more solutions for data visualization to improve digital marketing campaigns. How do we know? We’re speaking from experience! BIScience just launched a brand new Ad-Intelligence visualization solution and its getting great reviews from digital marketers across all sides of the marketing funnel maximizing the tool to understand competitive analysis on a whole new level– want to learn more? Click here!
  1. Live Stream Everything – if the presidential debates were live streamed, digital marketers need to understand that the idea of live video is so immersed in modern society, that brands that do not utilize it as part of their digital advertising strategy risk losing market share and relevance in the eyes of modern consumers.

Not all Advertising Channels are Equal for Digital Advertisers

As a digital advertiser, you surely spend a great deal of time, energy and money on digital advertising for your brand. Your goal is to get consumers to notice your brand – so how do you do that in the most effective way possible?

Know your target audience

The first thing you need to do is know your target audience and understand their pain points. Once you understand their specific needs, you will have a better idea of where to find them.

Realize that not all channels are right for you

Did you know that apple only joined twitter in the beginning of 2016? As the undisputed smartphone leaders, they realized that their target demographic simply wasn’t on twitter and so they did not feel the need to allocate resources to managing a twitter account until recently.

Consider the way your ads are received

Taking the knowledge of your audience one step further is the ability to recognize the timing and placement of your ads and use that information to decide what medium would be most effective. If your audience spends time on their mobile device and your conversion funnel is mobile based, spend more resources on mobile media. If your audience is heavily invested in social media, that is where your traffic needs to be diverted.

Know when your influence matters

Wasting money for the sake of wasting it is never a good idea – look at your competitors, examine previous campaigns and determine the optimal times for your advertising campaigns and focus on them.

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How Brands Promote Seasonal Sales

Seasonal sales generate some of the biggest revenue seasons of the year for the majority of sales-focused companies around the world. While we can trust that the holidays will increase sales on their own, the most successful companies are the ones that thoroughly prepare for holiday seasons and market their products well. In order to ensure that your brand does well this holiday season (despite any unforeseen fluctuation in weather or current events), keep in mind these major tips for taking advantage of seasonal promotions.

Develop a good campaign strategy

Make sure to create a structured campaign so that things don’t fall into a frenzy during the holidays. As simple as this sounds, it is absolutely important to plan, and stick to your plan!

Stay up to date on product data

When it comes time for the season itself, make sure to stay up to date on information such as stock availability and delivery times to ensure easy transactions and happy customers!

Consider the “feel-good” factor

While it seems counter-intuitive, integrating a charitable factor in your sales can often increase sales by allowing customers to feel as though they are giving back with their purchases. Take advantage of charitable events such as Breast Cancer Awareness month to do good and increase revenue all at the same time.

Use last year’s data to better this year’s sales

By carefully examining the success of your campaigns from previous years, you can make changes to either continue positive responses or fix small falters to optimize your campaigns and your sales opportunities.

Avoid ad copy and be innovative!

Even if your campaign was a huge success last year, avoid recycling advertisements. A big part of your campaign should be encouraging past customers to return, and so new advertisements give the best chance to revitalize interest and promote customer loyalty.

Be sensitive to marketing trends and channels

Marketing seems to be always on the go! Make sure to stay up to date with trends and channels to take advantage of, such as mobile marketing, native advertising, and social media advertising.

Remember that seasonal goes beyond Easter and Christmas

While Christmas is definitely the most profitable holiday, there are numerous events and occasions to take advantage off and generate revenue with sale campaigns. This can be anything from Valentine’s Day to National Sports Week! If you pay attention to the smaller occasions and stay on top of your marketing towards these ends, every month can generate seasonal revenue.

Advertise early!!!

Many holiday shoppers are financially minded and prefer to do their holiday shopping in advance so to ease the financial strain of the holiday season. For these customers especially, an early campaign makes all the difference! The earlier you advertise, the sooner your product in on the minds of your consumers.

How Does Winter Weather Impact Online Advertising

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day…

That’s usually how the saying goes…and for the most part, it’s how we all feel! That is, unless you’re a digital marketer!

In the past few decades, digital marketing and advertising has developed impressive strategic approaches to tackle competitor marketing and ensure a successful marketing strategy and campaign for any online platform. From programmatic advertising to more traditional calendar-based tips and tricks, competitive advertising has grown to track and respond to market trends and buyer needs.

Weather has always been one of those factors that are considered most random and beyond our control. While we certainly can’t control the weather, however, the development of digital marketing and advertising have allowed us to use even weather to our advantage!

Several studies have been carried out to investigate the connection between weather and sales. Overall, the results point to certain trends that can benefit any programmatic platform. In short, there is a distinct correlation between weather patterns that digital marketers would do well to notice. While warm, sunny weather is beneficial for in-store sales, restaurants, durable goods, and other habitual services, colder rainy days are beneficial for online shopping, specifically within clothing, home and furniture, and wholesale retailers. The difference between online sales during clear and cloudy days can jump as high as even a 10-12% increase!

While the deviations are small enough to leave room for debate, the pattern makes perfect sense. It points to the tendency for people to spend more time browsing and buying non-habitual products or sales during days where outdoor activity and shopping trips are less accessible due to the weather. For example, if you are on the lookout for a bookshelf, a sunny day might make you more likely to take a trip to several furniture stores, while a rainy day might make you more likely to snuggle up in the comfort of your home and search for a bookshelf that meets your needs online, either for reference or purchase.

The implications this has for digital marketers are simple: rainy days and colder weather are good times to release digital banners advertisements to potential customer and consumer bases. In this case, it is especially advantageous for targeted marketing using location-based information. So next time you see a rainy day forecast, resist the urge to fall into a rainy day laze and get jumping on that marketing train!

Christmas in October? Why Holiday Advertising Starts Earlier Each Year

There’s a certain feeling of warmth and excitement when you start to see the holiday spirit popping up all around you. It’s that feeling that takes you back to when you were a kid, overwhelmed with Christmas cheer. Holiday advertising can only mean one thing – Christmas is around the corner!

But wait…Christmas in October?

Over the years, advertising for the holidays have slowly started to show up both in stores and online earlier and earlier in an effect some people like to call the “Christmas Creep.” While everybody likes to poke fun at Christmas themed competitive advertising and sales before Halloween has even come and passed, the reality is that the public doesn’t mind the early Holiday spirit. In fact, it has many advantages!

The holiday season is, for many companies and stores, the biggest money-making time period in sales for the entire year. This time period, however, is not limited to November and December as most people might think. While sales certainly do peak after Thanksgiving with Black Friday and throughout the month of December, a large majority of shoppers begin planning their holiday purchases way earlier than the winter months so that they can budget properly and shop for the best possible gifts. Some shoppers even begin their purchases as early as October so to beat the rush, for example with highly sought after gifts trending in the shopper market. Other shoppers also prefer to shop early so to allow themselves the time and comfort of setting up payment plans to budget their purchases.

When it comes down to it, whether or not shoppers are making the purchases early, holiday shopping becomes a focus for shoppers early on. For that reason, it is highly recommended for companies to turn on their digital marketing game for the holiday season early and watch competitor marketing to stay in the lead with their own competitive advertising. Before anything even hits the stores, companies want to make sure that their products are on the shopping list of the early Christmas planners! Next time you’re looking around and you notice a Christmas advertising next to a Halloween advertising, consider the effect. Most chances are, the competitive display will stay in your mind and even influence your shopping decisions!

So go on, digital advertisers! Get an early start to your holiday cheer!

Desktop Isn’t Dead! Reasons Why Desktop Advertising is Still Important in a Mobile-First World

As of late, one of the most noticeable trends in digital marketing is the shift in focus from desktop to mobile. Advertising trends have adapted to an increasingly tech-savvy world by responding to the increase of mobile reliance and the subsequent change in consumer habits. While in the beginning, companies strove to have mobile-friendly platforms, the trend has now shifted from “mobile-friendly” to “mobile first.” But does the rise of mobile necessarily mean the death of the desktop?

It is hard to ignore the importance of mobile marketing today. Mobile usage is higher than ever and it has unprecedented advantages for marketing, from hyper-targeting through consumer data to the instantaneous, universal outreach it allows through the accessibility it invites. However, while this is all true, it is important to recognize that desktop is still important as ever in a well-rounded successful marketing strategy.

Desktop Usage Remains Constant

Mobile usage is certainly on the rise, and it is certainly true that more people today use their mobile device as their go-to medium than ever before. However, an increase in mobile usage did not correlate with a decrease in desktop usage. In fact, despite the increase in mobile usage, desktop usage has remained pretty constant!

Cross-Platform Approaches Are Best

Any company hoping to expand their customer base and better their marketing strategies would do well to take a cross-platform approach. This approach relies on the understanding that consumers often switch between devices in interacting with a company. For example, a user might find a company through mobile hyper-targeting, yet once they do they are likely to visit the company website from both a mobile and desktop platform. When a company takes a marketing approach to ensure seamless transition between platforms, it allows a customer to trust the reliability of the company as a whole. A responsive website, for example, allows companies to use one shared website for both mobile and desktop viewing with this very goal in mind – an ideal situation! All in all, a cohesive experience is key.

Desktop Optimizes Screen Display

Mobile marketing, as savvy and relevant as it is, has a distinct disadvantage of limited screen space for displaying digital marketing. As a whole, the space limitations can be overcome with desktop. This not only allows companies to express their company vision more in-detail on a desktop platform, but it allows for a new aesthetic for mobile versus desktop platforms within one company.

New Users Lean Towards Desktop  Advertising Use

While e-commerce is increasingly adapting to mobile platforms, it is still true that companies are often more approachable for new users through desktop than mobile. For example, customer profile information is easier to complete on desktop than mobile. While mobile is better for discovering new websites and maintaining customer loyalty, desktop remains a better experience for new customers looking to fully explore and understand a new company.

Certain Settings Depend on Desktop

Desktop, while traditional, maintains its’ air of professionalism. Office settings, for example, depend on desktop systems to create a work atmosphere (this would be a little more difficult to attain through a mobile-only platform). As a whole, it seems like desktop is still being used for academic or business oriented use, while desktop is seen as “extra time” or “on the go” internet surfing time.

ROI Thrives with Desktop

Of all the reasons to keep desktop marketing as a top concern, the most important is its’ benefits regarding ROI. When it comes down to it, Return on Investment (ROI) on ads on desktop still wins over that on mobile sites. While mobile ROI is improving, mobile still has a lot of growth to achieve in performance measure in order to reach a similar tipping point in ROI as that achieved on desktop.

Is Every Campaign a Back-To-School Campaign?

Does it seem like every campaign lately is a back to school campaign? You’re not imagining it – marketers, especially digital advertisers, have shifted their campaigns to leverage the rise of back-to-school shopping, and the result is that almost any campaign online these days is a back-to-school sale.

As parents across the country rejoice at the start of the new school year and struggle to adjust their kids back to the known routine, digital advertisers across the country are eagerly prepping back to school sales in the hopes of maximizing revenue and increasing brand awareness and loyalty.

While the school year only officially opened now, back-to-school campaigns have been spotted online as early as July 11th – almost a week later from the previous year and a month later than 2014. The shift in launch of back to school campaigns is likely due to the fact that digital advertisers want to create a sense of urgency – something that can’t be done two almost two months before the start of the new school year – while bringing a much needed boost to sales after disappointing holiday seasons and summer shopping.

In the past, back-to-school campaigns were largely focused on in-store purchases, however a recent study by the National Retail Federation reveled that online back-to-school shopping is increasing in popularity, with over 34% of parents reporting that they will make their purchases online this year.  The study further indicated that of those making their purchases online, 2 out of 3 parents would buy more than what was required of them on the school supply list – this is perhaps the largest reason that brands that operate outside of the back-to-school sphere have bumped up their digital advertising campaigns and found a way to connect their product to back-to-school needs of families.

As digital advertising is increasingly focused on mobile devices, it should come as no surprise that this year, more and more parents will make their back to school purchases directly from their mobile phones. The Rubicon Project back to school survey revealed that 60% of parents plan on purchasing as least one item on their mobile devices, and 30% reported that over a fourth of their purchases will be made on mobile devices.

Considering the increased reliance on digital devices for back to school shopping, coupled with the latest news from eMarketer that back-to-school sales are expected to go up by 2.6% this year in comparison to 2015, it’s no wonder that digital advertisers are doing all they can to leverage this latest shopping season to increase sales and maximize revenue generation.

Top 7 Events For Online Advertising Professionals in 2016

 

The advertising industry is rapidly changing with the evolution of programmatic advertising, augmented reality, hyper-targeting and other technological advancements. In order to stay relevant, it’s important to keep up to date on trends and future predictions – and there is no better way to do that than by attending a conference.

A quick Internet search reveals dozens, if not hundreds, of conferences in the advertising industry. Unfortunately, not all of them are all they are cracked up to be, and many of them invested more in their marketing campaigns than the quality of their speakers and panels. When examining trade conferences, it is important to study the conference agenda, consider the conference attendees and their qualifications and ensure you have the relevant background knowledge in order to get the most out of your conference experience

Even among the interesting ones, not all are relevant for digital advertising professionals. That is why we compiled a list of the top 7 digital advertising conferences for Q3 and Q4 of 2016.

LeadsCon – August 22-24, 2016, New York

LeadsCon has established itself as one of the leading performance marketing conferences, and for good reason.  LeadsCon focuses on lead generation tactics and direct response marketing and draws in international leaders in digital advertising.  The 2016 LeadsCon New York will take place alongside B2B LeadsCon, the only summit geared exclusively towards B2B lead generation, lead acquisition, nurturing and conversion. The two conferences together make it the place to be for digital advertisers this upcoming August.

 

Why should you attend? Not only are these two stellar conferences taking place in one convenient location, this year will also feature a pre-event summit by Path2Conversion that will offer critical tools to optimizing advertising campaigns and improving strategies.  If you’re in the business of digital advertising, and care about converting leads (and don’t we all!), you won’t want to miss LeadsCon.

DMEXCO – September 14th and 15th, Cologne, Germany

Another ‘must attend events’ for digital advertising professionals is the 2016 Digital Marketing Exposition and Conference (or DMEXCO).  For years DMEXCO has established itself as one of the leading conferences for digital marketers interested in global connectivity and innovation. The conference, which drew in over 43,000 attendees, 881 exhibitors and 500 speakers in 2015, is a keynote place to explore the latest disruptive trends in digital advertising.

The 2016 conference is right around the corner and the anticipation of digital marketers is steadily increasing. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP Ads and Commerce at Google and Chris Cox, CPO of Facebook are just a few of the speakers that will attend the conference and share their insight on upcoming digital marketing trends, new disruptive technologies to consider and other advancements in the digital marketing world.

So why should you attend? If you are looking to retain market share or grow in your industry, you need to know what trends to follow and what disruptive technology you will need to adapt. Attending the 2016 DMEXCO is a great way to get all of that information sooner rather than later. Plus, Adclarity, one of the leading Media Intelligence Solutions available for digital marketers, will be attending the conference (and we hear they give great perks for conference attendees).

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RACE Expo, October 7th, Moscow

The 2016 Fifth International Affiliate meet up is shaping up to be one of the most interesting places for digital advertisers to be in 2016. The conference will serve as a hub for digital marketing experts, particularly those in the affiliate marketing world. Whether in the financial trading industry, online gaming, marketing automation or lead generation, this conference is on route towards becoming one of the most appealing ones, particularly for digital advertisers who are results oriented and focus on conversions, CPA’s and CPL’s.

Why attend Race? Race will bring together affiliate program owners and partners alongside digital advertisers, media planners and account managers from large agencies and production studios that are actively seeking tools that will help optimize and atomize digital advertising campaigns in order to increase effectiveness and share their knowledge in a welcoming environment.

PubCon, October 11-13, Las Vegas

PubCon, named as one of the top conferences for growing businesses and must-attend conferences by Forbes, earned it’s place at the list of conferences digital advertisers must attend in 2016.

PubCon is a digital marketing conference focusing on digital advertising with outlook to future trends. PubCon has long established itself as a leader in cutting-edge discussion with provocative topics and world famous keynote speakers which this year include Debra Jasper, Scott Stratten, Gary Illyes and more.

So why should you attend PubCon? In addition to featuring dynamic speakers and showcasing the latest technological trends, PubCo has serves as the launching ground for many products by international enterprises such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter and more, making it all the more exciting to attend (you never know what product or new tool you’ll get to hear about first!)

New Video Frontiers – October 19-20, London

The New Video Frontier conference earns a respectable place in our list of top digital advertising conferences to attend because this is the place to be for all things video (and we all know that video advertising is the hottest thing right now in digital advertising).

The New Video Frontiers conference brought over 500 industry leaders from around the world in 2015, and it is expected to shatter those numbers in 2016 thanks to the rise of dependency on video advertising across social media and search engines. The 2016 conference will focus on programmatic TV and monetization of mobile advertising as well as outsteam opportunities and virtual reality – all hot topics for anyone in digital advertising.

So why should you attend? Because video advertising is on the rise, and if you want to continue to hold your market share or grow your business, you will have to get on the video advertising bandwagon.

Casual Connect – November 1-3, Tel Aviv

Casual Connect, the annual Casual Games Association conference, is going to take place this year in the bustling heart of Tel Aviv. The conference, which takes place 4 times a year (in San Francisco, Amsterdam and Singapore) is geared towards leaders in the gaming industry and draws in over 1600 participants from over 35 countries to each event.  The Tel Aviv conference will focus on the interconnectivity of new media and business, making the center of the Start-Up Nation the perfect place to host the meeting.

Why should you attend? Aside from taking place in a hot location (Tel Aviv tops travel lists almost every year), the 2016 Casual Connect meet up will include over 700 companies and over 100 international speakers including Robert Antokol (Founder and CEO of Playtika, Diamond sponsor of the conference), Sean Ryan (VP Platform Partnerships at Facebook), Iky Sandor (Partner Development Manager at Google Play) and many others.

Affiliate World Conferences – December 5-6, 2016, Bangkok

The Affiliate World Conferences Asia is one of the premium digital advertising conferences, bringing visionaries and global leaders in affiliate marketing together under one roof. This year keynote speakers Christian Rudder (Founder and President of OkCupid) and Alexander Willemsen (Affiliate Expert and Founder of Scito Media) will focus on new trends in digital marketing and the direction affiliate marketing and advertising is going in.

Why should you attend? Aside from visiting Bangkok in December, the Affiliate World Conference will be a great opportunity to explore trends and advertising in affiliate marketing from global affiliate leaders, discover new tools and gain insight into future trends.

 

Customer Retention Advertising V.S Acquisition Advertising in the Online Retail World

The retail industry has been drastically altered with the introduction of digital advertising. Today, the retail digital advertising industry is the largest spender by far, with an estimated ad spend exceeding $15 billion in the U.S alone for 2016.

Since advertisers today compete in a much more highly saturated space, they are constantly re-imagining campaigns and coming up with creative ideas to convert customers.  The difference today is that advertisers need to think about conversion as the start of a long journey a customer takes with a brand.

Each time a consumer makes an online purchase the brand needs to care not only about the acquisition process, but how they can increase brand loyalty and awareness in order to increase the lifetime customer value.  While it is easy for advertisers to get lured in by the appeal of high conversion rates for acquisition, the true test of time for a brand is in their ability to use advertising to increase retention and overall consumer purchases in the long term.

What this means for advertisers is that they need to spend more time building a brand and educating the market of the brand value than they have in the past. Today, a single purchase on a website has less value from a brands perspective than a loyal customer who constantly comes back to their brand.  For advertisers, this directly translates into more emphasis on retention adverting rather than first time acquisition, and an increased reliance on customer loyalty programs.

What can be done to increase lifetime customer loyalty? For starters, focus your marketing strategy on long term advertising that is brand focused and not product centric. It is important to ensure that all long term advertising campaigns are monitored and tracked. In doing so, it will be possible to integrate customer loyalty programs that reward repeat consumers and upsell products.  Companies that want to take things further, should also consider integrating a native application in order to increase purchases.

Ultimately, the sky is the limit – the important thing to remember is that acquisition is no longer the king – set your sights on retention for long-term success as an advertiser and as a company.