Are search ads really effective?

Are search  ads a waste of money? This isn’t to say that big brands should never invest in search advertising, but they should bear in mind that search ads work best when they alert consumers to something they’re not already aware of.  For instance, Gap might forgo search ads that would pop up when users search the company’s name or its best-known categories, such as jeans, and instead pay to appear in results for categories it isn’t commonly associated with, such as shoes. Continue reading

Advertising: TV or digital?

The average adult consumed 2,295 minutes of video a week . Here’s how they consumed it by device: Live TV – 84%, Time shifted TV (DVR) – 9%, Multi-media device (Roku, Apple TV, or any other gizmo attached to a TV) – 3%, Video on a PC – 4%, Video on a SmartPhone – less than 1%. But do ads on TV work or should you focus on digital? Continue reading

What’s important to consumers? The brand experience

After years of disruptive change that has lead to better informed, more empowered consumers, it has become more difficult than ever for brands to control customer perception with traditional marketing. There is a shift from trying to get new customers to ensuring that your brand experience is a good one.

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When does spending $5 million on the Super Bowl make sense for brands?

The Super Bowl is a great advertising opportunity.  The 2017 Super Bowl’s audience will be at least 110 million viewers. In terms of cultural reach, football’s championship game is twice the size of the biggest blockbuster. However, surveys of Super Bowl audiences have found that between 80 and 90 percent of the ads wash over audiences and don’t make them any more likely to buy the product on display. Continue reading