Facebook: Good Marketing Practices in a Chaotic Privacy Environment

The digital footprints left by users sharing personal data online with web cookies tracking every click has given modern marketer’s an unprecedented insight into consumers. Digital data informs the way businesses serve up solutions tailored to users’ individual needs. It informs communication strategies and definitely affects customer experience. This makes personal data ever so valuable and also – unfortunately – prone to theft or misuse. Rightfully, consumers want to know how companies use and store their personal data.

With social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram becoming a huge part of users’ daily lives, there are legitimate concerns about users’ online privacy. There are more than 1.86 billion monthly active users sharing personal information on Facebook, which is why there has been massive public outcry about its ongoing, ever-deepening privacy debacle. While this was sparked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, wherein the political consulting firm harvested data from … Continue reading

What’s New On Google Ads Automation

Google Ads is the new moniker of the erstwhile Google Adwords. But the aim of the rebranded Google paid search ad service remains the same- to “help businesses of all sizes connect with relevant customers across all of our channels and partner sites,” through the introduction of Smart Ads and other automated features.

So, why the change and what does it really mean for users?
With mobile becoming a huge part of daily life, most people jump from device to device or channel to channel. The consumer journey is highly fragmented, as people switch from clicking on display ads to performing brand searches, then discovering and watching videos or digging deeper through the content, to going back to the website to purchase maybe. Marketers have multiple opportunities to reach consumers where they want to be reached across different channels, screens and formats. Google has a treasure trove of consumers’ personal … Continue reading

Ecommerce Trends To Know For Holiday Season 2018

If you are an owner or manager for an Ecommerce website, then planning for the holiday season 2018 needs to become one of your top concerns. In 2017, shoppers spent over $108.2 billion representing a 14.7 percent increase over the year earlier. With less than a 4.0 unemployment rate, average wage levels staying even with last year and consumer sentiment averaging 95 points, the 2018 holiday season may be another record-breaker. Therefore, it is time to lay out your online advertising plan.

Be sure that you are ready as early as possible to greet the online holiday shopper. There is no reason to believe that shoppers will not be looking for deals before Black Friday. In 2017, online sales on Black Friday grew by 32 percent over 2016.

While the percentage may not necessarily rise that high in 2018, the number of shoppers who are shopping at Ecommerce sites on … Continue reading

DirectiveGroup 10 Years – What Has Changed

DirectiveGroup 10 Year Anniversary

““The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

— Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

While it has been a joy and a pleasure to participate in the growth and development of DirectiveGroup over the last ten years, I have experienced it as one of those strange time warps in which time seems to have sped by and at the same time to have crept by very slowly. It is incredible to believe it has been so many years since we launched DirectiveGroup (née LocalDirective). I’ve been asked and lately have been pondering: what has really changed and what has not changed in the last 10 years? And … that question has set me to thinking.

Changes in the Digital Environment 

Well, for one thing, digital marketing is almost unrecognizable from the form in which it existed when we started our digital marketing agency. Options have proliferated and … Continue reading

4 Ways to Boost Advertising Performance and Eliminate Waste

1) Identify and Understand Your Target Audience

An inordinate amount of money can be spent on pay per click (PPC) advertising like Google ads, but using these methods just to get visitors to your website isn’t going to benefit you in the long run. The objective isn’t to get as many random visitors to your site as possible. The goal to draw the right visitors to your website.  

For example, let’s say you sell collectible baseball cards online. Obviously, not everyone who searches the web is looking for vintage baseball cards. Yet there are many internet users who are looking for cards to add to their collections. Our goal then becomes finding ways to put your site out there to make it easier for card collectors to find and access. You will want to understand what these card collectors are looking for and what their needs are to be successful. … Continue reading

10 Years of Digital Marketing – Don’t Get Left Behind

DirectiveGroup 10 Year Anniversary

“Search marketing, and most Internet marketing in fact, can be very threatening because there are no rules. There’s no safe haven. To do it right, you need to be willing to be wrong. But search marketing done right is all about being wrong. Experimentation is the only way.” – Mike Moran

If there is one thing I’ve learned during 20 plus years in the marketing industry, especially over the last 10 years in digital marketing, it is that if you don’t keep up, you’ll get left behind. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced the growth of digital marketing first-hand where they were forced to keep up or fall off the bus.

First – A Little Marketing History Continue reading “10 Years of Digital Marketing – Don’t Get Left Behind”

10 Things To Do For Marketing Success

DirectiveGroup 10 Year Anniversary

“Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go.” – Seth Godin

 

Alright, we are kicking off our 10-year anniversary content series with a post on 10 Things To Do For Marketing Success.

Let’s get in to it!

Know Your Customer

Successful marketing starts with an intimate understanding of your customer. What does she want? What is she trying to avoid? What keeps her up at night? These are all questions, you should know the answer. If you don’t, it’ll make communicating in a compelling way much more difficult.

If your marketing isn’t working and you didn’t take the time to get to know your customers. Start with an empathy map. It will help you quickly flesh out important insights about your customer that will … Continue reading

Ad Fraud: Brand War Against Bots

Ad fraud on apps and the web is an endemic problem. Advertisers, publishers and agencies are engaged in a war against digital ad fraud bots. In a reaction to ad frauds, recently P&G cut $140 million and Chase slashed the number of websites carrying their advertisements by almost 99% without experiencing any change in business outcomes.

Ad fraud is the practice of serving digital ads that have zero chance of being seen by a human user or are intentionally misrepresented. Nonhuman, or bot, traffic use tactics like rotating user agents, random proxies to generate fake pageviews and fake clicks, even fake form submissions and, more for paid ad impressions. In 2018, nonhuman fraud traffic in digital advertising is estimated to cause losses of around 19 billion U.S. dollars to advertisers worldwide. Continue reading “Ad Fraud: Brand War Against Bots”

DirectiveGroup Kicks Off 10 Year Anniversary With Compelling Marketing Content Series

DirectiveGroup 10 Year Anniversary

 

DirectiveGroup helps our clients dominate their online space through strategically cohesive, tactically brilliant, fully integrated digital marketing programs built on a foundation of business intelligence. In a nutshell, we deliver results.

10 Years Ago…

… DirectiveGroup was formed to help local, regional and national companies harness the business-generating power of the internet. In particular, DirectiveGroup has focused on offering complete solutions that deliver measurable results, and as such, we have had a heavy emphasis on directional media such as search engines.

To kick off the festivities and celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we decided to publish a series of articles that will feature 10 things about each of the topics we love the most. Look forward to articles like:

  • 10 Most Inspirational Business Leaders
  • Top 10 Trends In Artificial Intelligence
  • 10 Things To Do For Marketing Success
  • The 10 Most Common PPC Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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