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The article below originally appeared in Masterclassing on October 24, 2016. The online video market is booming: According to eMarketer, brands are on track to double the amount of money they spend on digital video promotion by 2019. As consumers spend more time on their phones and laptops, brand advertising dollars are shifting from TV accordingly and marketers are looking for the best way to distribute their videos across the web. Pre-roll advertising may have been the logical first step for brands as they translated 30-second TV spots onto the digital web, but such formats have proved ineffective at actually reaching an engaged audience. Innovative online marketers are instead experimenting with new formats that are “native” to the page, existing side by side with relevant content, rather than interrupting it, while providing value to users and advertisers alike. In the realm of online video, native has proven to be one of […]
With November fast approaching, political campaigns need to start thinking about how they’re going to implement a content strategy leading up to election day. Political advertising is often associated with the 30-second TV spots many of us have already grown sick of, digital content gives candidates and interest groups a chance to interact with voters in a completely different environment. Rather than blasting people with a message they’re not interested in during the commercial breaks, content discovery allows campaigns to build trust with their audience by giving them useful information they can choose to engage with and consume at their leisure. In addition, the digital ecosystem provides measurement, personalization and content creation tools that simply aren’t available in the slow-moving world of traditional media. With this in mind, here are three ways political campaigns can turn content marketing into their secret weapon this fall: Use digital measurement to optimize for […]
As the digital media landscape grows and evolves, more and more marketers are putting emphasis on targeting. Of course this makes sense. If internet advertising is the wild west, targeting is a great Sheriff to keep your numbers and metrics in check. That being said – targeting can often be flawed. Say you’re a company selling baby products. Perhaps you’d target married women ages 25-35, as they’re likely to have children. But how many grandmothers, fathers, and single mothers are you missing out on? This is a simplified example, but regardless of your particular business, there’s a good chance you’re letting a percentage of your audience fall through the cracks. Let Users Opt-In to Your Message This is where content marketing, and more specifically content discovery, can play an important role in your efforts. By putting your value proposition out into the world, users can opt-in and self-select merely by […]
A great backstory for your brand can trigger an emotional connection between your audience and your company, as well as ultimately increase your ROI on any marketing campaign. So how do you best share the story of your company’s creation to make your audience buy into your brand? Here are five tips to crafting and perfecting a story that will convey the passion that brought you to start your business in the first place, and may also serve as the backbone for your brand. Tip # 1: Captivate your Audience: Consider what life experiences inspired you to build your company and offer your products and/or services. As an example, the company You Need a Budget has a captivating backstory that chronicles the budgetary hardships of a young couple who want to start a family. This personal life experience is both relatable and engaging. Tip # 2: Create Anticipation: Every […]
In recent years, content discovery has powered successful marketing campaigns for companies of all sizes, driving a variety of goals throughout the customer funnel for both emerging and established brands, from awareness to consideration to purchase. But launching your first campaign on the world’s largest discovery platform can also involve a learning curve. Below are a few of the common hurdles marketers may face when first setting up a campaign with Taboola, along with tips for how to correct those missteps and see immediate results. My Campaign aren’t Receiving Enough Clicks Taboola operates on a cost-per-click (CPC) model, ensuring that our marketing partners only pay if a user actively chooses to engage with their piece of content. In order to make sure that your campaign is competitive and receives enough initial impressions across the network, it’s important to follow our recommended CPC, make sure your content is safe for all […]
As Taboola expands internationally, we’re getting more new data every day. We decided to see just how different user behavior is from geo to geo. As you build out your content campaigns, take a look at the below data for some inspiration! Negative & Positive Content What do the United States and the United Kingdom have in common? It seems that users from both of these countries click on more negative content (graph shows the calibrated CTR score): Not All Positives Are Created Equal Three words that are commonly used to describe positive content were compared in the nine countries related to this study: ‘Top’, ‘Best’ & ‘Perfect’. Does anyone else see what I see regarding the CTR score in the U.S.? Is the American dream of success and perfectionism demonstrated perfectly in the graph below? Punctuation Marks Have you ever asked yourself if adding punctuation marks makes your […]
Do banner ad designs, including impressive size, bright colors, animation, etc., get more clicks? In the literature, there are two main views on banner ads: The distinctiveness view: Banner ads are distinct from their surroundings, and therefore will automatically attract people’s attention. The banner blindness view: People have developed a blindness mechanism to automatically avoid such ads, and therefore these designs are ignored even if their content is consistent with people’s needs. So who’s right? Sun, Lim, & Peng (2013) proposed an evolutionary perspective in which banner ads have initially gotten a lot of clicks, but because of the negative experience that users have had when interacting with banner ads — such as feelings of irritation, distraction and intrusiveness — users have developed an altogether blindness to them. Have you ever taken a huge bite out of a delicious looking apple, only to realize that the apple was gross and […]
Data is the primary attribute that separates digital media from other marketing channels. While traditional media leave marketers relatively in the dark when it comes to advertising performance, a digital content marketing campaign allows brands and agencies to learn which customers saw their content and how they interacted with it. With all of this information at their fingertips, digital marketers have the unique opportunity to not only optimize content creation and distribution for the best results, but also to personalize their campaigns based on the wants and needs of individual users. Here are a few pointers for using data and personalization to improve every aspect of your content campaign, from beginning to end. Ideation: Let Customer Data Tell You What Topics Your Content Should Cover There’s no longer a reason for marketers to merely guess what topics their target audiences are interested in. As LUMA Partners put it in its […]
Here are a few pointers that can help marketers and publishers unlock the full potential of native advertising, without sacrificing efficiency or scale.
If we all agree advertisers need to shift budgets from TV to online – because that’s where their audiences have gone to engage – what’s the hold up?