Understanding Online Behavior Is The Screw That Tightens SMM Strategies

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What business goals can social media help your company achieve? Brand exposure and increased engagement are workable goals. But what about customer service? Is this opportunity woven into your social marketing strategy? Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of social media at Hill Holliday, says, “Far beyond a clever tweet, people want great products […]

Digital Disruption Adds Complexity To The Job of Keeping Things Simple

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Are you a change agent? If you work in advertising today, there is no doubt. According to The Wall Street Journal, a recent Adobe survey found that 76% of marketers think marketing has changed more in the past two years than in the past 50. Needless to say, digital is the great disruptor. Clearly, there […]

Whether Perpetrated By Bots or By Babies, Click Fraud Is A Crime

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Digital advertising will account for 22.7% of all worldwide ad investments this year, or about $117.60 billion — up 13% compared with 2012, according to estimates from eMarketer and Starcom MediaVest Group. I’m not certain this is a good thing. Unless, brands and their agency partners clearly know what they’re doing with all that money. […]

BuzzFeed Is Making A Nourishing Meal From Its Giant Menu of Info Snacks

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Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, kindly outlined his media company’s plan for the coming year. He also opted to share the memo on LinkedIn, “so future BuzzFeed employees could read it too.” His seventh main point in the plan concerns Advertising on BuzzFeed. Part of being a great business, is being a ‘must […]

Free Advice, When Perfectly Implemented, Adds Up To Serious Cash

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Give your expertise away for free on the World Wide Web, and if you are fully dedicated and incredibly talented the community will pay you back. This is commonly accepted wisdom on the Internets today. A formula, if you will. Of course this does not mean it’s a good idea to offer free advice, just […]

Postagram And Hyatt Hotels Team Up For A Consumer-Generated DM Campaign

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The buzzword “consumer generated media” has gone away, as buzzwords will. But the facts remain. When brands help people do cool things, it can be a powerful approach to earning good will. According to Adweek, something as simple as a brand-provided post card (and the postage to send it) can make a difference. Through Aug. […]

The Oregonian Is A Valuable Brand Asset, But Its New York Owners Have Other Ideas

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The newspaper business fascinates me. Like advertising, it’s a place for rogues. And like advertising the industry is rapidly morphing into something hardly recognizable to its senior practitioners. Change is natural, of course, but change is not always good. According to Columbia Journalism Review, “The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse’d.” The Times Picayune company […]

Email Wins Again

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In a world where relationship marketing is the be all and end all, email wins again. A new study conducted by Lyris and recapped by Marketing Profs, lays out the argument for email (click for infographic). I’m surprised to see email rank higher than personal referrals. What does that say about the state of our […]

Are Digital Services The New Ideal?

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We all know what a mess digital advertising is. There are privacy concerns, ad blockers and quacks in every direction offering their innovative new solutions that are far from it. The good news is brands can play effectively in the people’s sandbox — provided they learn to play a different game, a game with new […]

Digital Agency Model Struck By Lightning

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PORTLAND—Agencies with digital capabilities are a dime a dozen today. On the other hand, an agency with digital DNA that also creates compelling retail experiences, new products/companies and traditional advertising, is rare indeed. Ergo, I feel like I may be in the presence of an albino gorilla here at Struck’s Old Town offices. John Gross, […]