The truth about Digital natives and ad blockers

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

Having grown up with technology, digital natives are very comfortable with curating their digital experience, and unfortunately for digital marketers, they love using ad blockers. Ad blockers have been part of the digital landscape for a very long time. Still, the rise in the use of ad blockers is quite alarming to digital markers- climbing from 21 million users in 2010 to about 75 million users in 2019 in the US alone. So what does this mean for digital marketers?  Digital natives and ad blockers explained  What is an Ad Blocker?  Ad blockers – also known as content blockers – are simple software programs that prevent ads from being shown on websites. They are typically browser add-ons, the most popular of which is AdBlock Plus. Without ads on websites, pages load quicker, and data usage is lower – something that is good news for people with limited data plans or who live in areas with slower networks. Another benefit of ad blockers is that they can block the tracking and behavioral monitoring technology that profiles user behaviour. If you don’t want your online browsing monitored or browsing preferences sold to advertisers, ad blockers can be an attractive way to guard your privacy. Who are Digital Natives?  Digital Natives grew up in the digital age, learning about technology from childhood. This exposure to technology in their formative years means that digital natives have a greater familiarity and understanding of technology than the generation that came before them. Why are Ad Blockers a problem for digital marketers?  So what if users are blocking ads on their browsers? Shouldn’t users have a choice as to what they want to ingest on the internet? And the answer is yes, of course. But if you take a step back and look at the macro-view, you start to see the long-term impact that the adoption of ad blockers can have. A majority of websites on the internet exist thanks to online advertising. Everything from blogs about Labradoodles to sites like the New York Times depend on online advertising revenues. That money helps pay for the writers that produce the content, the hosting costs, and the maintenance of the site. When you visit a website, you might see an ad for a product you like, then you click on the ad and make a purchase. This gives the site owner a small fee, the product seller can sell their product, and the user can buy what they like. But Ad blockers disrupt this process because if you have an ad blocker installed, you won’t see ads, so you won’t click and purchase – that means that the site owner doesn’t get their money and the product...

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Impactful Mobile Trend vs Fleeting Fad

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in Mobile Marketing |

It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult; no one is really immune to trends and fads, especially mobile trends! Marketers, especially digital marketers, need to understand the difference between mobile trends that will be impactful to their operations and those pesky fleeting fads.  Fads and trends: From old-school to modern mobile trends Many moons ago, the schoolyards were filled with marbles; then it was pogs, followed quickly by Pokémon cards and, of course, devil sticks. I remember having these things separately but also all at once, though the reality is each one likely had a really entertaining month or two and then ended up in a forgotten drawer next to the rest of the fads. Like a schoolyard at recess, the digital world is filled with trends, fads and every kind of shiny, fool’s-gold type object you can imagine.  This is a problem for both marketers and consumers. Whether it’s an ad campaign or landing page that convinces you to buy a product you don’t want or need or a marketing technique that fails to deliver on its too-good-to-be-true promise, it’s often difficult to avoid the pitfalls of the Internet.  There are, however, new technologies and trends that can have a significant effect on both consumers and marketers, which means telling the difference between impactful mobile trends and fleeting fads is an important skill. Measuring trends and fads with the Pokémon GO Barometer  Pokémon GO is the perfect example of how to tell the difference between impactful mobile trends and fleeting fads because it transcends whether or not you have an actual experience with it. Pokémon GO is changing the future of local marketing. It is impacting how consumers are shopping, which in turn affects how local brands are marketing to consumers (a group you are part of, even if you’re not playing Pokémon GO). Additionally, the technology behind Pokémon GO – augmented reality – has captured the minds of brands and marketers and opened up a whole new line of connection with consumers. Within the augmented reality world, consumers play a game; in the real world, those consumers enter brick-and-mortar stores to achieve certain goals in their game. It’s genius. What’s the difference between impactful trends and fads?  The big question remains: how do you tell the difference between an impactful mobile trend and a fad? Truthfully, there are no hard and fast rules. The best way to think about impactful trends and fads is to ask yourself whether the game, tactic or strategy in question has crossed over into areas of your life where it may not belong. For example, the Pokémon GO conversation makes sense in schoolyards, but it’s everywhere else, too: in...

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New online marketing strategies you might not know about

Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Online Marketing |

Online marketing, otherwise known as digital marketing, is an absolute requirement for any business today. Partnering with a digital marketing agency can help your business keep up with the rapid pace at which digital marketing techniques and tools change. Here are new online marketing strategies you might not know about. Consumer privacy Consumers want to know the data they share with your business is safe.  Privacy and security breaches by global brands such as Facebook and Google mean companies must be even more committed to improving and protecting their systems to ensure consumer privacy. Marketers need to work with colleagues to mitigate the potential impact of security breaches and reassure customers, through continued communication, that their data is indeed safe. Conversational marketing Conversational marketing brings together the swift consumer adoption of smart speakers, innovation in search query processing, conversational interfaces and messaging. As many consumers use mobile messaging for increasingly complex conversations, conversational marketing can deal with routine enquiries. Partner with customer experience experts to learn if this kind of technology will alleviate customer frustrations.  Real-time marketing Real-time marketing offers real competitive advantages as marketers combine behavioural analytics and marketing automation to ensure customers see the right message at the right time. Build speed and rapid response into the entire consumer lifecycle to streamline the buyer journey and get buyers to purchase quickly. Know Your Customer (KYC) There seems to be a decrease in the effectiveness of traditional customer identification methods such as cookies for tracking, making media return on investment (ROI) determination more difficult. Emerging technologies are however being developed to improve security, reduce fraud and improve insight about customers across multiple devices.   The digital marketing services offered by WSI OMS include website design, social media marketing, email marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), content marketing and even online reputation management. Our focus is on providing valuable, cutting-edge and measurable digital marketing solutions. Contact us today to improve the digital marketing of your business. Please follow and like...

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Social media marketing tips for success in 2020

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

Many digital marketers love spending time developing social media marketing strategies because there is a lot of room for experimentation and creativity. But. Because social media marketing does not conform to loads of digital marketing rules, it can become overwhelming to achieve success in this medium. Here are a few key aspects that will help you achieve your goals in social media marketing in 2020 How to be successful in social media marketing in 2020: Focus on building your brand through organic engagement  Your brand can have incredible products, outstanding visuals and professional customer service, but without organic engagement, you won’t stand out on social media. If you want to win loyalty, you need to engage your audience instead of putting up a perfectly produced image.  Your brand needs to be sincere, approachable and even a little light-hearted at times. The idea of social media is to sell the experience that your brand can provide in an authentic way. By engaging with your audience, you’ll gain loyal followers who will be brand advocates.  Show up where your audience is  By knowing your audience, you will be able to speak to them in the right manner, wherever they are engaging on social media. Don’t waste time creating content for platforms that your audience will never engage with.  Instead, invest your time in choosing appropriate channels and participating in discussions with your audience on those channels. Social media should never be treated as a static platform that merely houses your product images, but as a living community that is continuously growing and evolving.  Align contests with your goals  Everybody loves a giveaway, but if you’re using contests on social media incorrectly, you won’t get the ROI your brand can achieve. Instead of placing the focus on the prizes that your audience can win, shift your attention to creating a way for contestants to engage with your brand.  If you successfully implement this approach to all your contests, you will be attracting an audience that wants to interact with your brand, not just those who want to win the prize and disappear into the digital void.  Use video content to update and refresh your social media  Brands can learn a few lessons from independent creators, including how to use video content to liven up social media feeds successfully. With a good creation strategy, your brand can consistently show up in social media feeds with fresh video content that is engaging, interesting and easy to digest.  The best of all is that video content can be short, informal and incredibly powerful in communicating relevant information in an instant. This format gives your brand a way to always remain at the forefront of trends...

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Using SEO to sustain your presence during COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in SEO |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing the emergence of what digital marketing experts are calling the “infodemic”, but with proper SEO practices and a sincere desire to provide your audience with relevant, trustworthy information, your business can remain pertinent to consumers.  How SEO can help you sustain your presence online during COVID-19:  Stay visible  Now is not the time to relax and forget about your SEO strategy- your competitors won’t! Now is the best time to clarify what you want to achieve and how to use your SEO strategy to accomplish your digital marketing goals. The topics listed below can further help you to develop your SEO strategy. The effort you make during the pandemic will help you to establish your reputation in your industry, which will help you to outrank your competitors when the pandemic blows over.  Provide your expertise Even if your products or services are not directly related to the pandemic, or deemed to be essential, you can still share your knowledge and improve your SEO ranking. The best way to approach the task of providing your expertise is to think about how your offerings can improve the lives of consumers right now. If you’re a restaurant owner, you might now be able to receive clients at the moment, but you can share some of your recipes or cooking tips that people can try at home. It won’t sell meals during the pandemic, but it will show your audience that you can impact their lives positively and that builds loyalty. Now is the time to serve your audience with your expertise and knowledge instead of trying to merely sell products.  Be sincere in showing empathy If you’ve received an email from every brand you’ve ever interacted with, you will understand how awful some of the digital marketing efforts can be. Ensure that your content is positive, hopeful and most importantly, sincere in showing empathy. It’s one thing to tell consumers that you care, but a whole different thing to prove that you are sincere.  Extend a lifeline for other businesses  If you can help out other brands during the pandemic, create an offer and use your SEO strategy to reach the largest possible audience. If you’re considering an offer that provides a discount on your services or products during the pandemic, think strategically about how you can share the message with the largest group of people, including the use of SEO tactics to generate interest in your offering.  Stay on top of trends  Keyword research is always essential, but staying aware of the changing trends should be a fundamental part of your SEO strategy at the moment. Because changes are happening rapidly in the digital...

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