STUDY: Analysis of Car Sales by DMA Reveals Super Bowl Ads May Not Pay Off For Car Brands

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These days, the Super Bowl is often considered the mecca of advertisement. With rates at a record- $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, brands spend big money to showcase themselves during the big game, with the hopes of capturing the attention of the 100 million plus viewers who tune in for the game (and the commercials) each year.

But despite this audience size, the question still remains: is the Super Bowl really an effective way to reach your audience? We decided to take a closer look at the potential impact of running a Super Bowl ad, with a particular focus on the auto industry. Car makers have long dominated the advertisements during the game, but this year, many chose to forgo buying air time.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-15    
Topic: Research



If You're Feeling Dumb, This 'Social Media Marketing For Dummies' Book Is For You

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Oh look Now you can get your own copy of Social Media Marketing For Dummies! Yes, it's true.

It's a 90 minute training course that will show you how to build your social strategy and become a whiz at creating programs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and others.

It's five section include Building a Social Marketing Strategy, Marketing on Facebook and Twitter, Jumping to Other Platforms, Analyzing Your Data and Ten Steps in a Social Media Marketing Plan.

Download it now for free.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-15    
Topic: Research



How to Make Any Content SEO-Friendly

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Content marketing has become an important piece of a modern digital marketing plan. Marketing teams are producing more content than ever, working closely with editorial teams, and pumping out blog posts - all to attract more potential buyers to their web properties.

In this new digital landscape, writers and content marketers are key players in the search optimization equation, but most don't yet know the rules of the SEO road.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-13-15    
Topic: Research



Brand Strategists Answer Top 5 Social Questions

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Earlier this year during SXSW Interactive, Spredfast gathered together a team of five leading brand strategists to answer the five most pressing social questions in marketing today.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-14    
Topic: Research



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5 Campaign Tips Inspired by the 2014 World Cup

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This year's World Cup was, perhaps, the biggest, most exciting, most watched World Cup ever. At least here in the United States where we are still coming to the realization that real football involves a round, usually white ball that players move by kicking it with their foot.

And, of course, marketers were all over the scene. Here's a look at what several marketers did to boost their brands during the World Cup with tips you can apply to your marketing programs any time of the year.

Download this white paper from Spredfast now and see what Fox, McDonald's, adidas and other did to score marketing wins during the World Cup

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-14    
Topic: Research



INFOGRAPHIC: What (And What Not) to Do If You Want Your Content to 'Go Viral'

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Oh you've gotta love those online college degree schools for their content marketing savvy. They've mastered the art of creating compelling and informative infographics that double as a promotion for the school.

That's not a slam. Just an acknowledgment. Anyway, here's a well thought out inforgraphic from Best Marketing Degrees on viral marketing. It's got examples of successful virals. It's got examples of failed virals. It's got tips on what you can do to increase the likelihood your content will go viral and its got tips to keep you out of hot water.

Check it out below.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-14    
Topic: Research



STUDY: 11% of Creative Directors Are Now Women

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Last year, the 3% Conference held its inaugural event. In various ways, the conference came at the fact that just 3% of creative directors are women. I was there and it was an insightful, educational experience.

Sadly, I can't make this year's conference but there is good news to share. The conference may have to change its name because women now make up 11% of all creative directors.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-10-14    
Topic: Research



RESEARCH: How Ben & Jerry's, Hollister KPMG Won With Paid, Owned And Earned Media

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The old adage, "you get what you pay for" may no longer be true when it comes to traditional paid media investments. Effectiveness of traditional advertising and paid media - TV, newspaper, print - is on the decline, so marketers are choosing to push their dollars to social advertisements. In fact, 62% of marketers expect to increase their spending on Facebook marketing, along with other social media sites, over the next year.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-13-14    
Topic: Research



STUDY: Top Ten Clickable Native Advertising Topics for the First Half of 2014

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Native advertising pioneer MGID identified the top-ten Internet content trends for the first half of 2014 today, having aggregated engagement and virility from millions of visitors to more than 3,000 entertainment, lifestyle and sports websites. Flash games topped the list as the type of content that had the best "click factor" among the visitors of the MGID network thus far in 2014

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-14    
Topic: Research



We're Halfway Through the World Cup. Here's How It's Playing Out For Brands in Social Media

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We're midway through the World Cup and with fans around the world cheering on their teams, social media is, of course buzzing. Taking a look at the buzz, real-time customer engagement platform Engagor, took a look at the official World Cup sponsors to gauge the success of their social media activities

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by Steve Hall    Jun-25-14    
Topic: Research










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