March 28, 2013

When does ad retargeting make sense for your business?

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Ad retargeting is used to follow users as they move from site to site.

Here’s how targeting advertising works – but use it sparingly & strategically or it could turn off users

Target audience: Businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaLet me confess up front: I’ve long been attracted to the idea of useful advertising — the promise that interruption marketing will fade into its well-deserved irrelevance and that marketers will be able to serve us ads and offers based on products and services we actually want or need.

Trouble is, the practice rarely lives up to the ideal, chiefly because retargeting, as it’s called, is hard to do well.

You know what I’m referring to, right? In your forays around the Web, you’ve no doubt noticed that you’re being served up advertising based on the pages you were visiting earlier. Take The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, who discovered that 105 advertising-related companies tracked his online behavior over a 36-hour period. Lots of people are squeamish about the very idea of targeted ads, and for these folks, filling out this opt-out form should put the kabosh on most of these ads. Continue reading

November 6, 2012

Are you using updated keywords for your business?

Or, why your keywords suck and are outdated

Chris AbrahamYou probably built your website years ago. You’ve probably never updated your CV, just added your latest jobs and clients to the top. Your corporate bio, what you do, your products and services were probably written back either when your company opened, when you ported your brochures to the web, or the last time you did a major revision. Like I said, probably years ago.

Why does this matter?

If you don’t add the exact, literal titles, subjects, hashtags, and keywords people are using to find you and your services, then you won’t be found at all

Language evolves very rapidly, and how it evolves has little or nothing to do with what you call yourself, how you describe your products and services, or the keywords you have locked and loaded into your tweets, your websites, your hashtags, your textual links, your Google AdWords contextual ad campaigns, your Facebook ad programs and Twitter promoted tweets.

If you don’t refer to your services in the same way that others do, you’ll be surprisingly invisible when it comes to your prospects finding you on the Internet. If you don’t add the exact, literal titles, subjects, hashtags, and keywords that people are using to find you and your valuable services, then you won’t be found at all. Continue reading