One Tech Stack To Rule Them All: Potential Programmatic Pitfalls

Programmatic Media Buying Agencies tend to pigeonhole programmatic vendors. Some vendors are used for specific goals such as prospecting, others for specific tactics (site retargeting, etc.), and still others for the third-party data they can provide. There’s a certain logic to the approach. It makes it easier for agencies to keep things simple. Every vendor gets a nice little line item in an Excel spreadsheet. Everything looks nice and neat. But just because sticking vendors into tidy little boxes makes things more straightforward for the agency, it doesn’t mean that’s the best approach. The proble [...]


LinkedIn Paid Ads: A Beginner’s Guide

LinkedIn Logo There are lots of ways to spend your digital advertising budget today; but, have you considered LinkedIn? Advertising on LinkedIn is a great choice for many businesses. Below, we'll explore why you should consider it and provide a walk-through of how to create your first LinkedIn ad campaign. Why LinkedIn Gets Overlooked Have you run a campaign on LinkedIn? If not, you are hardly alone. LinkedIn's self-service ad platform often gets overlooked by today's marketers and media planners. This could be due to a number of misconceptions or challenges such as: LinkedIn is not a typical social n [...]


5 Ways To Evaluate The Quality Of Audience Data

target-audience-featured The fundamental evolution in display advertising, ushered in by real-time bidding (RTB) technology, is the concept of buying audiences as opposed to just inventory. We used to buy "audiences" by guessing about the characteristics of the visitors to a particular site or type of site. Now, one can pick and choose individuals by their characteristics regardless of where they happen to be on the web. Buying audiences requires that your ad platform have access to targeting data while making split-second decisions about which impressions to buy. Armed with audience data, you can target ad viewers [...]


How To Create & Use Facebook Custom Audiences

Finding offline customers online is one of the Holy Grails of online marketing, and that's what Facebook’s “Custom Audiences” advertising product is designed to do. As Facebook puts it, “Custom audiences let marketers find their offline audiences among Facebook users.” The feature allows you to match phone numbers, email address, or user IDs gathered offline to actual Facebook users. That contact information might come from customer loyalty programs, applications on Facebook, prospective customers or elsewhere. Any contact list that you have is usable. Custom Audiences is the s [...]


How To Optimize Facebook Campaigns For Peak Performance

To get the most out of your Facebook campaigns, you need to devote time to evaluating their performance -- not just after they’ve finished running, but while they are still active. You aren't best served by creating ads, running them for several weeks, and then checking them after they have finished spending. You will see much better results if you’re willing to optimize on a regular basis during the lifetime of the campaign. Determining Your KPIs So what is optimization? As we mentioned before, optimization is a term for improving performance of a given key performance indicator (K [...]


Simple Tips For Writing Effective Facebook Ad Copy

It’s easy to dismiss creative as a lesser element of Facebook advertising. But it really does matter! In the many campaigns SocialCode has run, we've seen massive variance in performance across different text elements.  Here is an opportunity to showcase what your brand or product is about, to distinguish yourselves from other ads or potential competitors, and to capture even more data. Again, Facebook is a unique platform and as such requires unique creative. Not all ad types allow for creative input, but the most widely used Standard Click and Like Ads do offer creative control, a [...]


AdWords Video For “All” — Getting Started

The biggest change/evolution on the display front in the last couple of months was the announcement from Baljeet Singh, group product manager on video monetization at Google in the US, that AdWords for Video is now “available to all.” “Get out of my (beta) dreams and into my car(t)...”  -- all With a nod to Billy Ocean, this line just might be what “all” will be singing when they realize how easy the new interface is, even for those who have never tried video advertising before. Getting Started With AdWords For Video Baljeet has a nice way with words... “With a glob [...]


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