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Top Traits for Aspiring Advertisers

Working in the advertising industry is an exciting and eye-opening experience. We may be a bit biased, but we love the fast-paced, dynamic environment of advertising and marketing. If you are thinking of pursing a career in advertising and marketing or even if you have already begun your career, there are three main traits you need to succeed in the advertising world.

1. Be Adaptable

The advertising and marketing industry is constantly changing. This is part of why we love our jobs. No day at the office is ever the same. We constantly need to be learning about the next best thing for our clients to achieve their goals. Whether you work for an agency, work for a business, or for yourself, you need to be adaptable to your environment. You need to stay on top of the changing trends throughout not just your market, but also the world.

This trait also helps with many task advertisers are asked to complete in their day-to-day office work. Our advertising agency is constantly having to think on our feet as we work with a variety of media sources from TV stations to radio.

2. Utilize Strong Communication Skills

Due to the fact we work with a variety of media of companies, as well as our clients, communication could not be more important. Not only do we need to make sure we properly and fully understand the goals and desires of our clients, we also need to be able to communicate these goals and desires in the advertising materials and to other media agencies. Additionally, we need to be able to communicate with our clients the advantages and disadvantages of various decisions.

Strong communications skills are not only important in agencies though. Inside a business, it is important that advertising works closely with other departments in the business to ensure that the advertising message being shared with the public accurately and properly reflects the business’s products and values.

3. Be a Engaged Learner

Learning never stops, especially in the advertising industry. As I have said already, markets and trends are ever-changing. There are constantly new ways to advertise and new ways to reach consumers. Part of the job of being an advertiser is to keep on learning. If you want to succeed in this industry, you need to be an engaged learner who actively seeks out more knowledge.

At the end of the day, these three traits are extremely important. However, they are just the starting point. The traits you have on top of these such as drive, passion, intelligence, etc. are what will separate you from others. If you are considering pursing a career in advertising, make sure to identify what three other characteristics are unique to you and consider how these will help you be successful in an advertising career.

What’s up with Snapchat?

Have you taken a look at Snapchat advertising lately? We sure have, and we know it can get complicated. Let us break it down for you. Whether you are an advertiser or a snapchat user, this information can be useful to know.

Here is what snapchat has to offer in terms of advertising! The what, why, and how much …

1. SNAP ADS

What? Mobile Video ads with a choice of interactive elements such as games and quizes …

Why? The swipe-up rate for Snap Ads is 5X higher than the average click-through rate for other comparable social platforms.

How much? Varies, starts at $3,000/month to run the ad.

2. SPONSORED LENSES

What? A custom lense to be present on snapchat for all users to play with …

Why? Snapchatters tend to play with Sponsored Lenses for an average of 20 seconds.

How much? Depends on the day. For instance, it is around $700,000 for holidays or special events!

3. NATIONWIDE SPONSORED GEOFILTER

What? A custom filter to be present on snapchat in specific location for users to utilize when taking pictures.

Why? Snapchatters not only see your filter, but can share and send images with you filter to friends.

How much? Undetermined, but a much cheaper alternative to sponsored lenses

4. SPONSORED LOCAL GEOFILTERS

What? Just like nationwide geofilters, expect local and pinpointed to a specific area.

Why? A great and reasonable offering to reach young audiences with high ROI!

How much? Cheapest offering! Can be as little as $5!

5. SNAPCHAT DISCOVER

What? Ads are placed in the premium discover section of the app by big names such as Cosmo, Daily Mail, and the NBA.

Why? This is reserved almost exclusively for the big brands.

How much? Very expensive, starting at $50,000/day

6. SNAP TO UNLOCK FILTERS/CODES

What? Find QR codes and snapchat them to unlock exclusive and innovative ads

Why? This is new, new, new.

How much? Unknown

It’s shocking just how big a role advertising plays in Snapchat. Be sure to stay on the look out for these cool features, and even if you’re a small business owner, consider the effect they can have on your business.

All this information was acquired from Wallaroo Media’s article. Check back in to their article for updates and further details on these advertising strategies. Also for more information, check out Snapchat!

Have you heard of Experiential Marketing?

Have you heard of experiential marketing? If not, this blog post is for you. Don’t worry if this is your first time hearing about it. You have probably already experienced it in your life.

While it’s been around for a long time, marketers have finally created a name for it. Experiential marketing is a marketing strategy that engages with a consumer in a real-life, hands-on manner. This can be giving a consumer an opportunity to try out a new project, or this can be awarding possible customers with the experience of a life time such as a trip out to headquarters or a luxury vacation.

If you are finding it hard to picture what experiential marketing is, just think back to the last time a grocery story gave you a food samples or had a booth set up to teach you how to cook or use a product. This is experiential marketing at a basic level.

Be careful not to mistake this with event marketing, which is very similar. Experiential marketing is less focused on events such as fundraisers or concerts, and it is more focused on allowing consumers to come in contact with your brand or products. Plus, this strategy can work not only for Business-to-Consumer brands, but also for Business-to-Business brands.

If you are not sure about the value of experiential marketing, it is important to know that it is not just about the value the experience creates immediately, but it is also about the buzz it builds and dialogue it creates overtime. According to an article on HubSpot, 71% of people share these experiences. This is extremely valuable when we think about the power of social media in marketing and advertising. A lot of times hashtags and social media is incorporated into these experiential marketing strategies.

To learn more, check out this article on the best experiential marketing campaigns or reach out to us at Adventure Ad Agency.

Just Pin It!

If you have heard of the social media site Pinterest, you probably only know of it as a site for women to collect design ideas, share recipes, and drool over DIY projects. However, there is so much more to Pinterest. If you plan it right, Pinterest can actually help advertise and market for some businesses in a fun and exciting way.

The first thing to note is this will not work for all business types. Using Pinterest as a social media marketing tool obviously will help lifestyles companies more than say a law office. This is important to keep in mind as you read on.

However, Pinterest provides the unique opportunity for customers to find you and your products and/or services in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Unlike a lot of other social media platforms, it is not overwhelmed with ads jumping in the users fact. Plus, people who go on Pinterest have a problem or a need and are looking for a solution. Since the audience is already looking for you and your products, the audience will be much more likely to engage with your product or service.

There are two main ways you can use Pinterest as a marketing tool.

The first is the branding approach. With this method, you simply want to build your brand. You create a Pinterest account for your business with the hope of sharing ideas, information, and inspiration with your customers and possible potential customers. This is similar to the idea behind blogging. By sharing ideas, you build a community of customers.

Some of the businesses that might benefit from this approach are event planners. These boards can allow them to show case events they have pulled off, while also serving as a tool for other groups to find inspiration. It doesn’t always have to be as clear as that. For example, an athletic wear company could have a Pinterest with boards highlighting best athletic equipment, great excursive routines, and more. Not only would these boards please and aid existing clients, but it can creates another touch points for future customers to be exposed to your brand.

The second is the product marketing approach. If you create a Pinterest board, you can show off your products and services. For instance, an event planner as I said can post its past events for people to see. This strategy works outside the service industry too. If you have a cool company producing, let’s say t-shirts, you can post all the different shirts you have on Pinterest with links back to your website.

These two approaches do not have to be used separately. In the case of the event planner, it would be easy to be both. Just make sure what ever you do, you are doing it intentionally. It is easy to get lost in the clutter and charm of Pinterest.

Nevertheless, one of the biggest benefits of Pinterest is how quickly and easily information is shared and re-shared through pinning. If you think this marketing strategy could work for you, explore Pinterest for a few hours and have some fun.

How to Stay Organized

In any marketing department or advertising agency, staying organized is an important part of making sure everything’s running smoothly. From keeping track of invoices to managing social media, strong organizational skills are a must.

Unfortunately, organization doesn’t come easily for everyone. The problem is most people think being organized is harder than it actually is. Most people avoid it then, making it even harder to be organized.

The number one way you can be more organized is by doing a little bit everyday. Set aside five minutes during your day whether it be first thing in the morning or right before you walk out the door to clean stuff up. Even if you make the simple effort to clear your desk off once a day, it will be a lot easier and more manageable than trying to do it at the end of the week.

Another great way to stay organized is to keep and maintain a planner or schedule. Personally, if I don’t write it down, I will forget, and having one place to keep all your important dates and deadlines is a great way to keep your desk from being covered in unreadable sticky notes. Keeping a planner will also give you a main source to store important information like passwords and wifi codes for when you need them.

A simple way to avoid clutter and disorganization is trying not to eat at your desk. Nothing gets in your way more than food and trash, and if you you have a coffee cup or a drink, make sure you have a lid. Nothing says a mess like a spilt cup of coffee.

Finally, remember that organization is not cleaning, it is simply an intentionally effort to arrange, prepare, or structure things. You may make the argument you like messy and you work in chaos. It is okay to be messy, but you can be messy and organized at the same time.

If your five minutes every day of organizing makes more piles and more paper, that is great as long as you get to all of your meetings on time and don’t lose track of that password. Everyone has a different method, just make an effort to find the best way for you to stay organized.

What is SEO?

You may be wondering what does the acronym SEO mean. Turns out, those three letters stand for search engine optimization. While that phrase sounds nice, what does it actually mean? What is search engine optimization?

Search engine optimization or SEO for short is the process of using concentrated strategies and methods in order to obtain a high ranking page placement on search engines in order to enhance traffic to a website. This kind of direction of traffic to sites through search engines is called organic traffic, whereas typing the url of the website you want to go to directly in is direct traffic.

All too often the first thing people do when they have a problem is Google it, and sometimes the winner of who gets the business is simply the first person to come up as a search result. Since so many people use search engines then, optimizing search engines or optimizing your rank on these platforms is critical for businesses.

However, how do people affect their rank on search engines? The website Search Engine Land provides a great video explaining SEO in even more detail and also goes into the different factors that affect your page rank. The creative way they highlight these factors is in their “Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors, as can be seen below.

This table simply highlights the many different factors these search engine algorithms take into consideration when determining page rank. The overarching categories of factors are content, architecture, HTML, trust, links, personal, and social. From there, these categories look at all different types of things from speed of service and answers and quality of content to number of links and the trust associated with the website.

Controlling all of these variables may seem like an immense tasks. However, by increasing your rank in search engines, you can directly increase business with zero to small amounts of money spent. The goal should be to start with enhancing one or two of these aspects, and when you finish, simply move on to two more.

For more information about SEO, see our informative infographic on the new versus the old SEO that explains why SEO is so important.

Top Advertising Must-Reads of 2017

While so many of us prefer to pick up our laptop, tablet, or cell phone to get the latest in advertising and marketing news, there are some worthwhile books out there that can help big or small businesses to better understand their audience and to improve their advertising strategies. If these books aren’t on your list for 2017, they should be.

  1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – This book may not be your typical advertising read. However, this non-fiction book uses illustrative examples and stories to explain human behavior in an engaging and dynamic way. Reading this book will change the way you think about ideas and marketing products.
  2. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – A fun, short read, “Steal Like An Artist” is a step back to the basics. It is a reminder of how good, innovative ideas are born. An inspirational read this book is the perfect boost you need to keep your ideas fresh and exciting.
  3. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan – New to the business scene and looking for a starter guide to advertising, but you find all the other how to advertising books boring? Give “Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This” a try! In a fun and imaginative way, the author will bring you into the narrative while also teaching you useful information about advertising.
  4. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Ries and Trout – Straight-forward and all about advertising, this book will teach you the fundamentals on how to position your business, as well as your products or services. From learning to harness your competitive advantage to understanding how to forge ahead in the industry, this book is a basic.
  5. Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield – A slightly different type of book, “Caffeine for the Creative Mind” is a practical workbook filled with exercises for you brain. Feeling sluggish and out of good ideas. Try these mental workouts. As a result, you will better be able to approach problems by considering new perspectives. Your advertising will improve as you reconsider your approach and strategies.

Keys to Designing a Killer Infographic

Don’t know what an infographic is, but you want to learn? Love infographics, but you’re running out of new and fresh ideas for your latest project? Never fear. Infographic help is here.

Infographics are fun creative ways to communicate information to an audience through images and graphics. The easiest way to think about the infographic creation process is as a process of data visualization. In other words, you are turning numbers and statistics into charts and pictures.

For example, instead of telling the reader that 80% of all of the people in the world love pepperoni pizza versus the 20% that love cheese more, you could put this information next to an image of pizza filled 80% with pepperonis and 20% with cheese. The visualization of this data is not only more fun, but also more engaging for the audience and thus it is more likely the audience will may attention and remember.

However, it is not always easy getting from A to B. It might feel like you are climbing a mountain without the proper equipment if you have never done this before. Don’t worry. Here are some quick tips to get you started or to ground you back in the basics if you are out of ideas.

Decide on the practical. In the stress of getting started, we are so excited to get going that we forget to start with the basics. Before you create an infographic, you need to remember to ask yourself three critical questions: Who is the audience being targeted? What do they need to know? How will this information be communicated to them?

These three questions will get you focused and help you throughout the rest of your project. You can’t start being creative until you know what you are saying and to whom. Plus, you need to know how this information will be delivered. This will determine the size, shape, and maybe even the color pallette. There is nothing like designing the perfect infographic only to realize the magazine you are printing it in has wider pages and the colors you used won’t print correctly. Make sure you figure out the quality and size qualifications and more before you start.

Less is more. Sometimes we are so stressed to be creative we over do it. Often, the most effective infographics only use two or three colors. Simplicity often allows your data to be communicated more clearly. If you are experienced with creating infographics, this is an important reminder for you. When I hit a creative block, I stop and clear the slate and start all over again from scratch focusing on the basics.

Scour the internet and world for ideas. Being creative may seem an overwhelming task, but great ideas are out there just waiting for you. The first thing I do before creating an infographic is seeing what has already been done. By doing this, I learn what I do and do not like. Then, I can come back to my work, incorporate ideas I do like, and be sure not to use the ideas I didn’t. Usually, starting by emulating others ideas gets you started, and from there, the good, pure creative ideas will come naturally as you play around with concepts.

Finally, find a program you like and learn it! At the end of the day, if you want to be successful at infographics, you are going to need to use some sort of program. Whether it is an online infographic program or Photoshop or Illustrator, you are going to need to pick one, and once you do, explore. Click buttons, try things, play around. Don’t be afraid to google and youTube how to videos.

The more you explore, the better and more creative your infographics will be. If you are familiar with infographics and out of ideas, try playing with a feature you have never used before or switching to a different type of program to freshen your perspective.

Whatever you do, the key to designing a killer infographic is just getting out there and playing around. The more experience you have and the more you have fun you have doing it, the closer you are to creating awesome infographics.

Are Social Media Scheduling Platforms Worth It?

As more and more businesses jump into social media advertising, the more work it seems needs to be done. While Facebook provides the great service of allowing you to schedule your posts, other social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, or even LinkedIn don’t. While it may seem simple enough to hire a social media manager or two to take on the extra workload and schedule posts throughout the day, the workload does not actually need to be as heavy as it seems.

Many different platforms have come out to allow you to schedule your posts through their application and it posts to social media for you. The major player is Hootsuite, but there is also other platforms such as Social Booster, Buffer, Sproutsocial, and more that are more or less similar to Hootsuite.

Some of the different services include management tools for managing several different social media accounts on one screen, post scheduling, detailed analytics reports, and help with social media campaigns and promotions. While it may seem easy enough to do it all yourself and not spend the money on a social media scheduling platform, here are three simple reasons we think it might be worth it for your business.

  1. Increased and more engaged viewership. The time of day that you post can have a big effect on how many people see your post and how many people are actually paying attention to the post. There have been many studies done on exactly what is the best time and day of the week to post on the different social media outlets. Through platforms such as Hootsuite, you not only can schedule the post to make sure you hit the perfect time for your audience, but also the Hootsuite software can actually autoschedule the post for you in order to reach the most people.
  2. Time is money. As the old saying says, your time might be worth the money. How much time are you spending making sure you’re staying up to date on social media that you could rather be using to improve another area of your business or even to have more time with your family? Do you have a big project you keep pushing to the backburner? If this is the case, the money might be worth it. Honestly, with the help of platforms such as Hootsuite you can cut your time about in half just by not having to log in to each account before you use it and constantly flipping back and forth.
  3. Other features actually make your social media better. Many of these platforms provide additional auxiliary services that will actually make your social media better. For example, social boosters providers 24/7 customer support. Hootsuite provides education videos and assistance in launching a social media campaign. In fact, simply having a platform I have found encourages me to do more with social media, to be creative, and to see how I can improve my posts day by day. Not only will the programs teach you, they will force you to grow and grow your business.

At the same time, social media platforms are not for everyone, and different platforms are right for different business. The best thing you can do is to take a look at the various plans and consider what effect it would have on the daily operations of your business and the effect it would have on your personal life.

Over the last few months, Adventure AD Agency has decided to try out Hootsuite to assist in managing all of our clients social media accounts, and thus far, it has been an exciting and rewarding process. If you don’t want an advertising agency managing your social media, perhaps consider a social media platform instead.

Hootsuite: Top 3 tools to take advantage of this year

The most recent development in social media advertising is to use social media platforms such as Hootsuite, Social Booster, Buffer, Sproutsocial, and more to help manage the social media workload placed on business and to better schedule posts. For 2017, Adventure AD Agency has decided to try out Hootsuite to assist in managing all of our clients social media accounts.

From scheduling posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and beyond to providing  management tools such as the ability to examine several different social media accounts on one screen or to providing detailed analytics reports and help with social media campaigns, Hootsuite has provided us with some exciting new capabilities as a business. While we are still learning about all of the different services Hootsuite provides, here are some quick tips and tricks we have already found helpful.

  1. Use the autoschedule feature. When you are going to publish a post, you can either publish it immediately, schedule it to be posted later, or let Hootsuite determine the best time that day to schedule your post. Many studies have been done to show the best times and days of the week to post on different social media outlets. Unless you plan to dive deep into this research, you should probably let Hootsuite take over that job for you. Using the autoschedule feature should not only get your post seen by more people, but also it should target viewers that are more engaged with your content.
  2. Explore Hootsuite Campaigns. One of Hootsuite’s services is a campaign function. In a few simple steps, you can set up a contest, galleries, or sweepstakes for your social media channels in this section of Hootsuite. Even if you have never done one of these before, check it out. It might give you some great new content ideas for you social media accounts and push you to be better online.
  3. Watch the educational videos. Another great part of Hootsuite is the multitude of educational videos and resources it provides. In the tools section, there is an entire section dedicated to education and improving your social media savvy. These resources include free online training videos and other certifications. The website also has a blog full of helpful ideas and guides for how to better make use of the Hootsuite software for your business. You can get even better tips and tricks from them then you can get from us.

If you are considering using a social media scheduling platform, you should consider all of the different pros and cons, as well as how it would personally affect your life and business. Most important though is that once you decide to pay for this service make sure you are getting the most out of it. These three tips are just the beginning.