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The short answer: It can be. Brand safety has become the latest buzz phrase among agencies and advertisers alike, with major brands having knee-jerk reactions upon discovering slews of grossly irrelevant, low-quality, borderline fraudulent ad placements –- and rightfully so. After all, if spending exorbitant amounts of marketing dollars on phony sites does not warrant such a reaction, I’m not sure what does. Although fake news and questionable content placements were the...

Use Gmail Sponsored Promotions to Grow Your B2B Outreach Beyond Paid Search For many search marketers who have worked on B2B accounts, the challenge of growing a B2B audience efficiently, while at the same time scaling reach beyond paid search, hits close to home. Thankfully, a new solution has emerged – Google’s display media product, Gmail Sponsored Promotions (GSP). GSP is still in Beta and now available in the AdWords UI for...

Google recently released an infographic, The Importance of Being Seen, on the viewability of display ads by consumers. Short and succinct, the study determined that… Overall, only 56% of all display ad impressions are actually viewed. The study also found that, Above the fold is a better position than at the top of the page, with 68% viewability Below the fold can be effective Vertical ad units are seen more than horizontal ones Performance varies across industries So...

  Last week, we explored how B2B marketers can best benefit from display retargeting campaigns. This week, let’s take a deep dive into B2C display retargeting campaign strategy. The B2C Marketer The prime asset all marketers, B2B, B2C, and beyond, must develop prior to launching their display retargeting campaigns is a diverse set of creative copy. By nature, display retargeting serves customers ads over and over and over again. To avoid becoming monotonous droll,...

Last year, display retargeting became the major player in online marketing. According to a report commissioned by Adroll, the majority of US brands committed 10-50% of their budgets to retargeting in 2014. This staggering percentage shows just how drastically the digital marketing industry is shifting toward reengaging customers via tracking. Just tracking customers isn’t the only ingredient making up the recipe for display retargeting success though – you also need to...

Back in November, Yahoo! announced that it was acquiring Brightroll, the premiere online video advertising platform, for $640 million in cash. For advertisers, this was huge news that will undoubtedly change how brands are marketed from here on out.   What This Means for Yahoo! The online advertising landscape, particularly its display subset, has changed significantly over recent years as digital video in particular becomes a go-to tool for many advertisers. While Yahoo is...

The week before Thanksgiving, there are about as many articles on retail optimization tips as there are early Black Friday sales. Realistically though, brands should have been preparing for Black Friday, retail’s kick-off into its biggest earnings season of the year, since before this past summer. Budgets are set, campaigns in place, so with these limitations in mind what can you do to continue optimizing your marketing tactics during this busy...