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Retargeting: Time to get creative!

Thoughts from Just Media, Inc’s Analytics Manager, Frauke Cast.

Re-engaging with your audience is one of the most successful strategies to drive a conversion. Today’s article on ClickZ points out a few rules we all need to keep in mind to ensure a positive experience for the user. Obviously, the risk of annoying the audience is high. In addition to frequency capping, opt-out icons and excluding already converted users, we also strongly encourage our clients to get creative with their messaging. Change up the offer, build the message by sequencing different banners so your campaign becomes the online equivalent of lead nurturing, follow up after a trial sign-up to remind the user to purchase, send check out abandoners a new offer to encourage that sale. The possibilities are endless!

Interested in understanding more about how to integrate retargeting and other cutting edge digital marketing techniques into your media plan? Dick Reed, CEO of Just Media, Inc., put together a road show to explain what can be done with data pixels, impression bidding and audience targeting. Please contact me, Frauke Cast fraukecast@justmedia.com or Dick directly dick@justmedia.com for more information and to get on the tour. Each event is personally tailored to your needs. It’s one hour, a whiteboard and an open mind!

Buying impressions: A changing landscape?

Just Media, Inc’s Media Consultant, Carrie Cooney takes a look at changes in technology when it comes to targeting:

“Anyone familiar with online media is well aware that it is constantly changing and something new is always just around the corner. These changes affect the way we plan and buy media. With technologies improving, I’ve been getting more involved with search retargeting, impressions retargeting, behavioral targeting and contextual targeting. To briefly explain in some detail each of these:

-Search retargeting: Targets an audience with display ads based on user search history and landing activity. It combines the efficiency of search and the reach and branding power of display. Search retargeting is based on users who have searched for your target keywords AND have landed on a tagged page. Essentially it’s a landing that results from a search.

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Augmented Reality – We Are in for a Treat!

This is year 8 for me and Thanksgiving in the United States. Macy’s parade is as much of a staples to me as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Turkey and stomach pain at the end of the day. This year, Macy’s is taking the parade to a whole new level again (I was already impressed by last year’s app) by tying in parade attendees with people in front of the TV  – augmented reality and all. We are in for a treat!

See article here:

http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/macy%E2%80%99s-marries-television-and-mobile-via-app-efforts

Frauke Cast, Senior Director, Analytics, Technology and Insights
Just Media, Inc.

Online Data Tracking could use a cleanup, but it’s nothing to be scared of.

Just Media’s Media Planner & Buyer, Kevin Flint, gives some thought to arguments surrounding Online Data Tracking and its wider implications.

There are a lot of scary stories floating around out about advertisers’ use of online “tracking cookies”. These include the announcement of Microsoft’s default “Do Not Track” setting in its latest browser, Internet Explorer 10. As well as recent developments in Europe that are moving to thwart advertiser’s use of cookies.

Marketers and the online advertising industry are up in arms for fear that our industry will be utterly destroyed. Privacy advocates and tech pro’s seem to think it’s a slam dunk of good over evil. (more…)

Ad spends to drop in 2009 but should yours?

The parent company of Just Media’s London office, Aegis Media, have just announced their 2009 media ad spend predication’s. Global decline was predicted as being down by 5.8% while in the US this figure was predicted to fall by 9.8%.

For an industry that creaks and groans as soon as it is not experiencing year on year increases or 2-3% this data may appear to be a disaster but lets look at this more realistically.

Media rates have softened and it’s entirely possible that much of this decline can be absorbed by cost reductions in strongly negotiated media buys. So any company who actually does slash a budget by 10% is probably going to net out with almost as much media as before.

Also a 10% decline in budgets means that for every marketer who is slashing their budget significantly (you perhaps?) there are others who are seeing the opportunity to grab market share of voice and actually increase activity. Also historically we know that those that do slash hard, also tend to be the most conservative and the slowest to come back.

Within the tech sector and indeed our own client base we have seen this pattern emerge. Some clients have reacted to market pressures by slashing back on spend and consolidating all activity into lead gen programs – completely abandoning significant outbound awareness marketing programs. Others are seizing the opportunity afforded by softer rates to buy stronger integrated campaigns which include a balanced mix of above the line components such as print ads, advertorials and targeted banner creative with direct contact strategies or lead development through content syndication, small personal events programs and virtual and web events.

While I fully understand the natural reaction within executives is to look at instant cost reduction (I am a CEO after all) I can only hope that marketing professionals in tech companies are not bowing to pressures and making decisions that will in the long term prove to be counter intuitive.

This is not the first recession we have seen and it’s won’t be the last. Ever noticed the pattern that those who emerge the strongest each time are the companies who didn’t disappear off the face of the planet and stop talking to their customers?