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When Cause Marketing Goes Wrong

It was a great idea.

Honey Nut Cheerios was introduced in 1979, and shortly after their mascot, Buzz the Bee, was launched. Fast forward to the present day where there have been countless articles about the declining bee population, and the need to do something to save our pollinating friends.

For most marketers, this was a lay-up. It would make perfect sense for Honey Nut Cheerios to incorporate a little cause marketing in their campaign. It would help with brand awareness, it would connect with people on an emotional level, and it would elevate their product beyond just a breakfast cereal to a simple way customers could take part in helping to save a part of the earth.

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  • 03.20.17

Adidas Drops TV Ads in Favor of Digital

Adidas is moving their marketing spend away from TV towards digital to focus on younger consumers.

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Adidas CEO, Kasper Rorsted, was recently interviewed by CNBC and stated that all of their engagement with customers takes place through digital, and it’s the channel where they believe they can create a more direct engagement with consumers.

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  • 03.15.17

Ad Math: The Value of Email Subscribers

Email has been around a long time, but for many people, there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding it. We’ll today; we’re going to address some of that by figuring out how valuable a subscriber is anyway.

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  • 03.08.17

Ad Math: What is Frequency?

In our last video, we discussed reach, so it only makes sense that this week we tackle frequency.

Where Reach is the number or percentage of people who may be exposed to an ad in general, frequency describes the number of times a member of your target audience is exposed to that ad over the same period.

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  • 03.06.17

Majority of Women Distrust Brands [Infographic]

A new study released by SheSpeaks, an influencer company for women, highlights significant distrust that currently exists between women and brands.

Marketing to Women | A Distrust of Brands

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Ad Math: What is Reach?

Reach is the number or percentage of people in your target audience reached by a single exposure – such as a radio spot, banner, or commercial – in a specified period of time. Most media companies will make their reach metrics available to you and there are actually rules, by the Advertising Research Foundation, that guide how they should be estimated.


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Social Media Marketing: Following Leads to Buying

For many brands, social media marketing is becoming an increasingly forgotten element of their overall strategy. At the very least, the effort that has gone into social channels appears to have decreased as more stories about how platforms are tipping the scales towards paid social vs. organic and more stories about how the metrics being provided by some platforms are being called into question.

Plus, I get it, everyone and their mom are on social media and so the glow of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest is a little dimmer now vs. some of the more traditional channels. You may think of your social channels as something that you have to maintain, but not at the level of creativity that you had to a few years ago.

However, a new study by Sprout Social may prompt you to rethink your commitment to social. According to their research if someone is following your brand there’s a high probability that they will soon be making a purchase – regardless of their age.

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Ad Math: How to Calculate Response Rate

One of the best things about direct marketing – such as digital marketing email, or direct mail – is that it’s possible to gauge whether your marketing is working or not. A basic number used to calculate the effectiveness of direct marketing is response rate, which measures the percentage of people who found your message or offer attractive enough to act on it.


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  • 02.20.17

2017 Digital Marketing Budget Trends

Econsultancy and Adobe have released their 2017 Digital Trends report, which is based on a global survey of over 14,000 marketers and one topic in the detailed report was “priorities and budget planning for 2017”.

When asked how their spending on various digital marketing channels and disciplines would change this year the largest spikes were in social media marketing (+56%) and content marketing (+55%).

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Ad Math: How To Calculate Share of Voice

Share of Voice measures the percentage of media spending by a company compared to total media expenditure for the product, service, or category in the market.

You calculate Share of Voice by taking your advertising spend and dividing it by the total of all market advertising spend for the same type of product or category.

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