In The Media
It's a question that's been asked many times: If all of your friends jumped off of a bridge would you?
From major corporations to small businesses, jumping on a new trend without consideration for the integrated marketing communications (IMC) strategy is a common occurrence. Each time this happens, I have a very difficult time not quoting my parents.
The best methods to perform search engine optimization, important for keeping a business easily accessible to the right searches, are constantly changing. This leaves companies trying to discover and adapt to the new rules almost as quickly as the search engines change them.
Live video is quickly gaining popularity, both among users and brands. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, recently said the company has a "video-first" strategy and that users last year watched 8 billion videos a day. As live video is still developing, however, there are a lot of questions on how to best use it when marketing or generating awareness.read more
As artificial intelligence continues to develop, it becomes easier to turn large quantities of seemingly unrelated data into trends and analyses that can help a business grow. But how do you best use this resource for marketing? Should you use chat bots to direct consumers to a solution or product, or use AI predictions to filter ads to specific consumers? And what about customer engagement and satisfaction?read more
In a world that's heavily polluted with information, it's easy for business owners to get overwhelmed with social media expectations. We all know that social media is necessary for business success, but do we know why? In a study from Simply Measured, 60% of social marketers report measuring ROI as a top challenge. How, then, do we convince our CFOs to continue to invest in these channels? read more
Your team has brought in one or more freelancers in order to help ease the workload. This can be good news, especially if everyone is on the same page on what needs to be done. However, outside staff may not have a full grasp of your company's philosophies or processes, which can lead to deliverables that are sub par or not as envisioned.read more
Publicity stunts can increase the visibility of a company or product, for good or ill. While there have been some notable failures, there have also been plenty of events that have improved a company's standing, such as when Cards Against Humanity raised money to dig a massive hole this last Black Friday.read more
Tracking the strength of website design has come a long way from the era of “under construction” animated gifs and text files on URL references. With the advent of tools such as Google Analytics, it is now possible to track how a visitor came across your site, including from offline or internet of things sources, as well as how long visitors stayed, and what kind of content or keywords kept them there.read more
With about 111.9 million viewers last year alone, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched events annually. But with NFL viewership down this season and a changing advertising landscape, are Super Bowl ads as valuable as they once were?read more
A key to successful client-agency relationships is identifying the right clients from the start; clients should be selective about the agency that is the right fit for them, just as agencies should ensure they can provide and work well with potential clients. From building perfect client profiles to ensuring they fully believe in a potential client's brand or product, nine Forbes Agency Council members share how to better identify the best fits for your agency.read more
Acquiring clients and generating new leads is vital to an agency's growth and stability. While referrals are always a strong way to earn new business, agency executives also incorporate other strategies into their lead generation, whether that's appearances on popular TV shows or pro-bono services. Below, 10 Forbes Agency Council members share how they've creatively and successfully generated new leads.read more
While this is not how most agency employees would choose to spend their time, some have to spend extraneous time ensuring clients pay, as executives have said that it's becoming more difficult for their advertising agencies to get paid. Whether it's a client's confusion about advertising concepts, poor client-agency relationships or other factors, agencies need to ensure they're paid promptly so they can continue providing results. Below, eight Forbes Agency Council members advise how agencies can create compensation models to ensure clients pay in a timely manner.read more
With advances in technology, it's no longer necessary for employees to all be in the same office every single day. According to a 2015 Gallup survey, 37% of workers have telecommuted and a majority of telecommuting employees report they're just as productive as other employees. But with a reduction of face-to-face time with coworkers, there is potential for company unity and culture to take a hit. Below, 10 Forbes Agency Council members share how companies can communicate well and maintain a sense of unity as employees work remotely.read more
It’s not always about you. We learned this lesson as kids, but have we learned it as marketers? Lay off the blatant brand promotions and consider this: Consumers know when you’re trying to sell them something and quickly disengage the moment they realize it. In 17 years of practicing advertising and marketing, I have seen very few exceptions to this rule.read more