Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

It’s no secret that the first step in converting customers is to drive prospects to your website. To do cost effectively through paid ads it is essential for you to ensure your ads are not only relevant to the person’s needs but also that your ads stand out from your competitors.

Historically, the only option available to accomplish this goal was a 70 character written description. Today, the description is not enough. If you perform a query for most any product or service, you will notice that other than promotions, pricing, or years in business, most ads to not contain anything that is truly unique.

Even when companies create ads that offer something unique and valuable to their prospects, this message is often overlooked as the ads themselves blend in with the all the other ads. … Continue reading

The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Vicki comments on an interview posted on the Marketing Sherpa Blog by Kayla Cobb, The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews.

LocalDirective is a big supporter of and encourages our clients to gather as many reviews, stories and testimonials as possible from their customers and clients.  This interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Marketing Sherpa’s Director of Editorial Content with Joseph Jaconi, General Manager of Tech Armor really resonated with me on the importance of listening to your customers and thoughtfully responding to build your brand and potentially transform your company into a much stronger competitor.

The interview focuses on the very competitive world of ecommerce, but this really applies and is a great practice for all businesses.  Gathering and responding to reviews is a wonderful form of public relations, Tech … Continue reading

It’s Neuroscience, Not Rocket Science

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent CMO.com article, “Web Site Conversion: Art And Neuroscience.”

I really do like the spate of articles that focus on the neuroscience of marketing. After all, understanding the science behind the principles of persuasion help all marketers become increasingly effective in our work. While this is not new or different since the rise of the digital era, it continues to be an important focus as it is applied digitally. This article highlights some of the key elements in conversion of websites in an easy-to-understand way.

  1. Evoke an emotive response. Many people assume that only in consumer marketing is connecting to emotions important. Yet it has been found that emotions guide all decisions, so much so that when pathology is present that prevents
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Programmatic Advertising – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Increasing in popularity, the 2015 online marketing buzzword is predicted to be Programmatic Advertising (AKA – Automated Buying, Programmatic Marketing, Machine-Based Buying and many more). As you may have noticed, the internet is plagued with even more definitions of Programmatic Advertising than there are AKA’s. To ensure we are starting from the same place, I will be talking about Programmatic Advertising using Google’s definition.

“It is the practice of using technology and audience insights to automatically buy and run an ad campaign in real time to reach the right consumer with the right message in the right context. Regardless of the goal, programmatic buying means simple, efficient, effective transactions.”

Although the possible benefits of Programmatic Advertising have the potential to overshadow the costs, with any type of advertising Programmatic Marketing comes with risks. This article will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of Programmatic Advertising or Programmatic Buying.… Continue reading

Master These 3 Online Trends and Dominate Your Market

By now, I think everyone is aware of how significantly the internet has altered the way consumers and companies share information. No one can deny that the internet has had a profound impact on marketing.

While many outbound marketing tactics have become antiquated, there has been a consistently growing increase toward inbound techniques. To this end, it is more important than ever to develop digital marketing strategies that provide consumers with original content that will offer additional benefits such as branding and audience growth.Below are the top online marketing trends that businesses need to consider in order to prosper in 2014.

1. Content Marketing Is More Important Than Ever

If you want to establish authority and gain trust with your consumers, you must consistently create valuable content through a variety of channels such as: social media, case studies, videos, website articles or blogs, eNewsletters, emails and articles or … Continue reading

Marketing To Children Is A Waste Of Time! Or Is It?

One of the most important decisions a marketer has to make is where he or she will allocate a limited marketing budget. How much money should be spent on branding? How much money should be spent on which product or services? And, the question I will be talking about today, what demographic should be the target market?

One school of thought is that it’s best to invest money towards adults and parents because these are the people who have the money to spend. Another school of thought is to advertise to the children because they will influence the adults to spend money. Before I give you my opinion, let me share a few recent conversations that my husband, Eric, and I have had with Paris, our 6 year old daughter.

Conversation 1

A few weeks ago, on his way out the door to leave for the grocery store, … Continue reading