Technavio predicts significant trends in television ad-spending through 2019

Cross-Platform Marketing | Market Trend Report 2016 to 2019

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With traditional media being replaced by digital streams, major agencies are starting to wonder if their advertising dollars are being put to good use. At a time where we pre-record our shows, only to fast forward through the commercials – or when we wait for them to show on-demand – we prefer short 15-20 second videos overdrawn out commercials that we can’t click to skip after so many seconds.

Because digital television allows agencies to redirect new customers to a call of action, digital television should be an obvious priority within advertising efforts. We are relaxing after a long day of work and school. Show us. Don’t make us do more work!

On the April 1, Technavio highlighted three key trends in market growth:

  • Data and Audience-Driven TV Advertising
  • Popularity of Programmatic Advertising
  • Real-Time Bidding

These trends are known as addressable TV advertising.

According to Soumya Mutsuddi, a lead analyst for Technavio, “Addressable TV advertising is gaining immense popularity in the US. It is helping advertisers reach out to their target audiences and generating great results in terms of ROI. Within a common program or navigation screen, this technique is capable of serving different ads or ad pods.

“These ads are targeted by demography, customer behavior, geography-centric, or through a self-selected individual household method. These ads are delivered through satellite, cable, Internet protocol TV, or set-top boxes.”

Addressable TV advertising is made possible across platforms, including digital television and traditional transmissions alike. The company predicts that TV ad spending will only increase with the aggressive political events and upcoming world competitions, such as the 2016 Rio Olympics, European Leagues, FIFA World Cup and the United States Presidential Election 2016. Trends in television consumption are already showing sharp increases at this time.

Taking a step back and looking at the overall picture, one can clearly see that, while targeting specific demographics, traditional media is actually quite broad-based and caters to multiple subgroups or to those, who have shared interest across demographic boundaries. Digital media, however, is customized to the user experience, targeting specific data points and providing tailored content to individual viewers. Digital TV advertising is then able to tap into psychographics on a much more powerful scale.

Traditional television platforms are starting to use these ideals in providing tailored experiences to local populations. Much like YouTube’s ability, for example, to allow users to broadcast their own advertising based on matrices, traditional television is driving local advertisers to engage in television broadcast in meeting their advertising needs. Limited budgets are even being catered to.

Cable companies have recently been adopting the technologies in optimizing online advertising strategies and synchronizing them with local broadcast television. This has been providing them with better visibility and awareness for brands that the local population is actually interested in.

Through programmatic advertising, the automated buying and selling of digital advertising is taking place. These data points are effective, because they are rolled out based on data collected online. But, they are also very efficient, because they save time and provide a great quality of service to the customer. Efficiency cuts costs to process for the company.

Advertising dollars are then optimized. Customers are getting a bigger bang for their buck. Increased quality in inventory allows advertising to allocate more budget for this form of advertising and actually grow their business.

Programmatic advertising has already seen the increase in spending dollars due to excellent placement, from 2014 to 2015. This is only expected to increase and become a primary choice for traditional advertising in a cross-platform type of world.

Finally, the advertising markets have learned that users not only want to enjoy a product or service, they want to have a good story that goes along with it. In marketing and branding, we learn that a good story will sell just about any product – especially to someone that doesn’t necessarily need it.

Trends in online purchases show we spend many of our hard earned dollars on bidding and eCommerce platforms such as eBay, Amazon, QuiBids, PropertyRoom.com and more. We have learned to trust bidding in real time and have learned to actually love it.

There is a certain rush, knowing you are getting a hard-to-find item or an item under its value – and trying to be the winning bidder, against hundreds of others across the country.

Real-time bidding has become that emerging trend in the US advertising market, and it allows us to interact with the brand, show our interests and allow them to gauge our demand. Real-time bidding has become so commonplace that it has “outpaced growth in other digital media platforms such as mobile and social in the past couple of years,” according to Technavio.

Because the digital infrastructure is so developed in the United States, we have become the largest market for real-time bidding in the world. Technavio expects real-time bidding to triple during the next three years and account for 50% of the United States digital ad spending market. This would include those doing business within the United States but are located elsewhere.

Because real-time bidding is an exciting interactive process, users will most likely spark awareness of bidding platforms through word-of-mouth efforts and businesses will be able to reduce advertising costs, model ads according to target audiences and provide better transparencies in ad delivery.

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Shorty Produkshins currently seeks independent contractors in major cities

Shorty Produkshins IS Shorty Productions, social branding, public relations and internet marketing.

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Shorty Produkshins has grown over the last ten years and has expanded borders from Orlando and Pittsburgh origins to other regions around the World that include places like: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Detroit, Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, Toronto, Nigeria and more! They provide clientele with Social Branding and Event Marketing options that are optimized through “Advanced Internet Marketing and SEO tactic.” They also provide current clientele with Public Relations, Mobile Marketing, Design Strategies, and Consultation.

As the company has grown, and with recently adding new services to its menu, Shorty Produkshins current marketing teams have been faced with the challenge of time and possibility. Shorty Produkshins believes in direct focus and dedication to the creative process for each project in providing quality service in a timely manner. Because of this, it has become more difficult to continue ongoing efforts to market services to new and potential clientele. This is an important part of ensuring a successful future for the business. It is also the reason the current campaign has been prompted.

They are seeking “self-motivated” individuals that demonstrate ethics, professionalism and determination to add to the roster. As Independent Contractors, they would be allowed to set their own schedules, work from home and make as much profit from commission as they allow themselves to achieve. They will be marketing in-demand servicing from Shorty Produkshins that is geared towards individual brands, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

“Because the power of ‘Social’ is strong, Shorty Produkshins intends on hiring those Independent Contractors from a variety of backgrounds and education levels, as long as the individuals perform ethically, professionally and with great determination while having fun! Individuals will be working from home but are encouraged to network at larger events and gatherings. They will be working closely with the Shorty Produkshins marketing team from around the World through an Online platform created specifically with them in mind.”

They are asking individuals to submit resumes, along with a written answer or video reply to the questions: “Why I am qualified to be added to the team, and why would I be a great asset to the team?” Strong communication skills are a necessity. They are only interested in “individuals who can demonstrate a passion for Social Branding and Event Marketing.”

Ideal for “ those individuals who are well known in their communities, are attending college, are involved in the Entertainment Business and/or are “Power Hustlers” who can prompt and close sales quickly,” they are asking applicants to direct all deliverables to hiring@shortyprodukshins.com… Will you make the cut?

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Elements of Internet Marketing: Incentives.

Elements of Internet Marketing: Incentives (2013).

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in awhile, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “Incentives.” Enjoy!

Everyone likes “FREE.” As a matter of fact, it is pretty likely that nobody is going to turn down “free.” At the same time, most of our modern society hates doing anything for free… including giving up personal information. This reason comes from past abuse from naive and unethical businesses.

No one likes SPAM. While it may be free, it is not friendly. Think of it as a demon that needs “exorcised” immediately. No one wants a “buddy” that will haunt them and annoy them for the rest of their lives.

In business, when we give someone something free, it likely comes with a price. We usually expect some sort of “buzz” to be created, because one person will tell the next about this “cool” new “thing” that they got for free. The next person will seek out a free item as well. This is Word of Mouth Marketing. An incentive is given for word about our brand to be spread. It is as simple as that!

As with many successful marketing actions, many businesses are against giving things away for free or taking the risk. Yet, they will complain that they aren’t making the income that they would like for the overall business venture. This is where the problem remains for them. After all, you have to take risks and do something new in order to succeed.

There are many businesses, on the other hand, that thrive through incentives. Incentives often come in the form of products, services and trials. Yet, some businesses have been benefiting from creating an actual monetary reward for their consumer base. Companies like DealsPlus pay users per deal that they list on the site, creating content. They also pay for articles to be written on their blog, coupon posts and other actions that take place.

Other sites give incentive rewards to those that refer users to become users on the site, through content generation and followers, and through referring new hires to the team. In the past, I personally worked with a company that paid college students a dollar to sign up as users on their site. They had to literally sign up through our laptop and mobile devices and confirm their accounts before being paid. These users became the most active on our site, because they had something to gain from it.

The downfall to incentive programs is what may lead consumers from becoming willing to participate in them freely. You see, so many ethical businesses have failed to adopt incentive programs, while more unethical practices have encouraged them. This is where the evil SPAM comes into play, as well as unauthorized charges to credit cards, scams, false contest and giveaway programs in attempts of collecting important information from clientele and so on. As business owners, we have to find a way to combat this, while including an incentive program into our marketing plans.

In including incentive programs into our marketing plans, we have to ensure participants that their private information is secured and won’t be sold, that they can trust us, and that participation is worth “the hassle.” Ensuring that our Brand Presence is intact and our reputation precedes us, we have a better chance of creating Brand Trust with our new potential consumers and those who use our products out of necessity.

If we hold contests and giveaways, we must be sure that we prove that it was a real contest and announce the actual winner in a public place (Online). Those that entered will be more lead to believe that it will be “better luck next time” and will more than likely participate in the future.

What some people fail to realize is that incentives may be open to everyone. But, the opportunity was a “privilege,” because not everyone will know about it until it is too late. It was a “privilege,” because the consumer has a 1-on-1 experience with the brand, as well.

Privilege leads to a personal story where the consumer is part of the overall story and history of the brand. This makes for Loyalty and Tenure. And if you are a business owner, what better incentive is there? Remember, incentives are everything if you can prove it is worth anything for your consumer to take action. Give a good call to action and you’re halfway there!

Some ways that incentives will help brands:

  • Brand Loyalty
  • Brand Trust
  • Word of Mouth
  • Viral Marketing
  • Guaranteed Funneling – Call to Action
  • Sign Ups
  • “Privilege”
  • Sales
  • Press Opportunity
  • SEO Opportunity
  • Brand Action
  • Cross Promotions
  • Sponsorships
  • Conversation
  • Social Activity (Comments, Conversation, Conversion into Customer, Likes/Followers, etc.)

NOTE TO MY READERS: The “Elements” section of The Examiner was created for YOU. Clients and readers are constantly messaging me with questions about specific topics. While I don’t consult for free, I do address their questions in general terms through these columns.

I invite you to ask questions about Internet Marketing, Social Branding and Event Marketing, as well as submit information about your upcoming projects, as related to the World of Internet Marketing. I will try to include them in my future releases. And, speaking of incentives, if you would like more “Elements,” tips, tricks and Internet Marketing-related news, please subscribe to my articles today!

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Google implements NEW Category Search through Upgraded Google Images.

Google implements NEW Category Search through Upgraded Google Images.

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Face recognition, Goggles, and now… A NEW and improved Image Search by Google.

If you’re constantly using the World’s Leading Search Engine, Google, you probably have noticed something different about Google Images in the last few days based upon your inputted search terms. Personally, my first experience with the new feature implemented by Google’s Image Search took place when trying to find graphics from an upcoming TV Series that hits Showtime on June 30. That show is Ray Donovan; and I was working on a graphic for Kwame Patterson (known for his role as “Monk” on The Wire), who appears on the series as Rapper/Producer, Re-Kon.

Upon noticing categories for Google’s Image Search of Ray Donovanand seeing groupings such as Cast,” “Set,andSeries,I thought to myself that this was very “cool” and wondered how could I do it myself. So, I went searching for information on how to do it. After all, my profession IS Internet Marketing.

We are ashamed of ourselves if we don’t know about something related to our field. And, I just HAD to know more! Unfortunately, there was NO INFORMATION to be found. And, it continued plaguing me as I searched over and over again within Google and tested other search terms to learn what allows this grouping to occur.

So, I figured it out. Alt tags and page context would group these elements in subcategories on Google once the Spyder crawls the pages and terms in mention. But, just like Veruca Salt, “I want it now!” So, I continued to search for information. Then, today (June 12, 2013), Google released some great information via their blog on BlogSpot.

Apparently, last month at Google I/O, they showed “a major upgrade to the photos experience.” Google has caught on that not everyone cares to name their content (one way that Internet Marketing becomes a success), and has come up with a new way to search photos with visual recognition.

If you’re like me, you take many photos and don’t remember which folder you put them in, because you didn’t need them at the time. Now, you will be able to find them much easier… especially if you take advantage of Google Photos, which has recently allotted for 15GB of space per Google user.

In previous years, search rank took place via alt text, page descriptions and content naming. In the past year, we saw Google implement color search technology. You were able to search images by color. Google makes a joke that “the average toddler is better at understanding what is in a photo than the world’s most powerful computers running state of the art algorithms.” And, laughably, that is often true!

They go on to inform us: “This past October the state of the art seemed to move things a bit closer to toddler performance. A system which used deep learning and convolutional neural networks easily beat out more traditional approaches in the ImageNet computer vision competition designed to test image understanding. The winning team was from Professor Geoffrey Hinton’s group at the University of Toronto.

“We built and trained models similar to those from the winning team using software infrastructure for training large-scale neural networks developed at Google in a group started by Jeff Dean and Andrew Ng. When we evaluated these models, we were impressed; on our test set we saw double the average precision when compared to other approaches we had tried.

“We knew we had found what we needed to make photo searching easier for people using Google. We acquired the rights to the technology and went full speed ahead adapting it to run at large scale on Google’s computers. We took cutting edge research straight out of an academic research lab and launched it, in just a little over six months. You can try it out at photos.google.com.

Throughout experiment and implementation, Google has become aware of a few mistakes the computer will make, such as “mistaking a banana slug for a snake” or a “photo of a donkey for a dog.” Of course, not much information other than recognition of visual elements were able to be broken down in those situations.

As a matter of fact, when I searched my own name, Google was still in the process of grouping “Jessica Abraham”s, and I wanted to understand this more. One category was appearing with the controversial “Farrah Abraham,” so I searched her separately (I didn’t want to contribute to her ranking in MY category! hahaha!).

When I searched “Farrah Abraham,” I got some pretty in-depth searches in detailed categories! There were her modeling pictures. I saw a category for the fight with a Kardashian. And, well… Let’s just say that it definitely categorized this search term. This is actually the search that allowed me to understand the new feature on my own (minus the visual categorization). I was able to look into the page source to try to elaborate upon my understanding of it.

To recap, Google is basically using all current technologies and implementing improved technologies to map out and categorize images on Google. It’s like Google has become a very powerful Artificial Intelligence source.

I’m sure implementing Google into a robot will be the next phase in their journey. As Sci-Fi as that sounds, it would definitely make sense in emulating those films that warn us of Robot Apocalypses. I wonder if that is why the tornados are currently sweeping all over the country at this very moment (bad Apocalyptic joke).

Wow! Can you imagine the stuff you would find searching yourself from here on out? Or, what about your new boyfriend/girlfriend who finds your photos amongst that of one of your most humiliating exes?! Regardless, you have just made my life easier, harder and more interesting, Google! I applaud you!

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Search Engine Optimization… The Neverending Story.

Shorty Produkshins IS Internet Marketing Orlando | Jessica N. Abraham

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Search Engine Optimization is an ongoing effort… Point. Blank. Period. There are some experts out there speaking false information into the Business World on how it “doesn’t matter how high you rank in Google” and other search engines, most of your focus should be on actual marketing itself.

Are they serious?!

Those who know Internet Marketing like the back of their own hand know that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is one of the most important elements of marketing. As a matter of fact, it is the reason that other forms of marketing even exist and continue to strive!

Who says appearing on the first few pages, and especially the first few results, of a Search Engine do not help a brand perform at its maximum potential? Who says it doesn’t help a brand find awareness, especially when local area search takes place? If SEO isn’t done properly, all Social Branding and Media Marketing efforts can pretty much find themselves flushed down the toilet!

SEO is not just naming a few keywords or tagging a few items. It’s more than just descriptions and backlinks. In today’s day and age, related search results are almost a standard, photo matches for similar results are sure to return and content is King! Not only is it King, but it is more valuable than any keyword you place on your page! And, naming it correctly is even more important. Using generic names for photos and audio will just hinder efforts.

In today’s World of Search, more and more businesses and brand are finding themselves working with individuals and firms that have mastered Search Engine Optimization as a skill and/or Internet Marketing as a whole. So if everyone is doing it right, how exactly does your brand stand out in the crowd?

It is true, most people are learning that if they aren’t doing it right, they might as well “close up shop” in E-commerce and other related industries, because they won’t make sales. So, they put in a few marketing dollars and integrate SEO into their efforts. The problem is, they don’t realize that SEO is an ongoing effort — a never-ending story!

Most people are simply hiring professionals or doing it themselves to get the job only half done. They hire someone to optimize their site, or they create “Meta Tags” and call it quits! The goal of SEO is to stay on top amongst competitors, affiliates and even those in the same industry as yourself, who may not even be a competitor!

So, we name and detail Meta Tags. We include optimized copy for the page. We name all content and create “Alt Tags.” We backlink and create internal links, amongst every other element of SEO (and there are many).

The thing is this: No matter how much optimization we do for a site, it is NEVER enough! It is also to be noted that when you hire someone to optimize your site, this is different from hiring someone to handle all of your SEO across platforms.

The difference is plain and simple. Newer sites and newer optimization by competitors will begin to be tracked. Algorithms are programmed to realize some content will become outdated. Such is the case with news stories. There will always be a new shooting and the one that just took place will become old news, no matter how often that story is searched out.

So, how do we combat this? Again… ONGOING SEO!

Refreshing and updating pages, adding to and making changes, etc. Our websites aren’t the only thing that needs continuous updating, so do our Social Media outlets and social networks in which are attached to our sites.

Why? Link Wheels and Pyramids end up pinging our sites and connecting the content indirectly.

Every click is a vote, every impression is a bump up! The more content, the better. The more relevant the content, much better. The more linking and embedding of content… even better! And one must do this on a monthly, weekly and even daily basis, or they should plan on falling behind.

There are arguments that Organic Search results, traffic sent to your page based upon the text of your coding, are good enough. Okay, then why are these same people still “wasting” money on SEM (Search Engine Marketing) if they think that Organic Search is enough? Don’t let these people fool you. It is their goal to hold up your efforts so they, themselves, or clients can get ahead. It’s misinformation at its best.

Organic Search is important. But, keeping information and content new and interesting is even more important. After all, repeat traffic yields new traffic through Viral and Word of Mouth means. Those are the two hardest forms of marketing to achieve, because you can’t just make someone want to tell another person about your brand or site. They have to want to do it. And if they are bored or losing interest in what you have to offer, they won’t become excited enough to share it with those who take their opinions seriously.

Because SEO is an ongoing effort and others are slowly catching on, links and content are always changing out. Old ones are even being removed. Who is to say that all of those backlinks you just committed to will even be valid or existent in a few months?

Continuous backlinking is important. After all, it is a means for Brand Awareness. Awareness brings Interest. Interest encourages Influence. Influence equates to Loyalty. And, Loyalty endures Tenure.

For the sake of your brand’s survival, please engage in Ongoing SEO Activity! Be kind to your brand, and it will literally pay you back!

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