MixRank Improves Online Creative by Analyzing Successes And Failures


Competitive creative research has always been an important element when developing online creative. Finding that competitive information, though, is often tedious. MixRank has launched a product that makes it easy to find your competitor's online ads and other online sources that drive traffic to their site. The service can also determine which ads have worked and which haven't providing insight which can be used to craft more effective ads.

Check out this interview with MixRank Co-Founder Illya Lichtenstein. In the interview, Lichtenstein explains the service and how it can help brands develop more effective online ads and determine what their competition is doing online.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-12    
Topic: Tools

Steelhouse Simplifies Online Ads With A2


As a creative, you want your work to shine wherever it is seen right? But you dread all the technological hassles that go along with converting your idea to a workable online ad unit, right? Coding sucks. Flash doesn't work on mobile. HTML5 challenges some browsers. And all those rich media technologies make your head spin. Are we right? Of course we are.

Well, perhaps, your life may get a bit easier. A company called Steelhouse has launched A2, a new tool that brings the simplicity of drag and drop and point and click to online ad creation. The company says the tool will allow for the inclusion of video, images, location-aware information, product carousels, social sharing and content derived from behavioral data.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-24-12    
Topic: Tools

Site Retargeting Increases Display Advertising Effectiveness 30 Percent


So our occasional roving video reporter, Murray Newlands, attended Affiliate Summit in last month and interviewed Chris Smith, VP of Sales and Marketing for Think Realtime, a site retargeting company. Site retargeting is an online marketing technique that allows a brand to advertise to a person who has visited the brand's site after they leave by showing them display ads on other sites. This is achieved through cookie technology.

In the video, Smith claims many of the brands that work with Think Realtime see a "30 percent increase in the effectiveness of their display advertising."

Hey, it's not sexy, there's no cleavage but, seriously, when you get right down to it, you don't want sexy, you want revenue. Check out the video.

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by     Sep-24-12    
Topic: Online, Tools, Video

FarFromHomePage to Mashup Web Content Into Interactive Presentations


This looks interesting. FarFromHomepage is an Indiegogo project that aims to develop a tool that will allow people to remix anything from the web to create an interactive presentation. Viewers can choose to sit back and watch the show like a movie, or mouse over content that catches their eyes and actively browse it.

Check out their promotional video below. We like the idea

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-12    
Topic: Tools

Brayola Boosts Boobs, An Ad Pro's Wedding Invite


- Ladies, need a better bra? Check out Brayola. Your boobs will thank you.

- This is how advertising people make a wedding announcement.

- Need inspiration> Graphic resources? Check out Online Graphic Design Degree.

- ThinkLA and the 4As have teamed up with Hyper Island to create and publish the fastest book ever written on the subject of... well, speed. Rabbit or Roadkill: Ad Agency Leaders Write The Book On Speed is the first of a new Hyper Island series called, Write the Book On It, in which executives participate in a group exploration of a current business challenge and address it in a book written in a matter of hours. Order it here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-12-12    
Topic: Agencies, Racy, Tools

PR Newswire Unveils Marketing, Social Media Workflow Product


PR Newswire has unveiled Agility, an integrated communications and workflow platform that combines media monitoring, media targeting and real-time engagement tools with content distribution capabilities, all of which reside in a single dashboard.

Agility, which currently has about 300 active early adopters, allows marketing and communication professionals to target, engage with and monitor traditional media and social influencers through one integrated dashboard with a single login. Agility helps these professionals glean insights into who is saying what about their brand, how influential these people are, where these conversations are happening and to engage these influencers in real-time.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-12-12    
Topic: Tools

Sharethrough Launches Branded Video Search Engine


Looking for that cool, branded video someone just told you about? Having trouble finding it? Now it may be a bit easier. Sharethrough.tv has launched a service that lets you search for the best, most influential and most talked-about branded videos across the web.

Marketers and agencies can use Sharethrough.tv to drill down to the specific videos they are looking for whether it's by a particular brand, video type or industry vertical. For example, a creative agency can use Sharethrough.TV to quickly find examples of documentary-style branded videos in the auto vertical and use those videos to inspire their client and creative team before going into production. They can also use Sharethrough.tv as a mechanism to showcase work and be discovered by potential clients.

Launch partners for the site include companies such as 72andSunny, EVB, Mekanism, Pereira & O'Dell, Seedwell and many others.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 7-12    
Topic: Tools, Video, Viral

How Reading Digital Body Language Can Improve Inbound Marketing


Digital body language is the online equivalent of facial expressions revealed in the marketing and buying process. Before the internet, great marketing and sales people could easily determine purchase intent simply by observing their customer's nuances such as facial expression, body position and tone of voice.

This whitepaper, Digital Body Laguage, from Eloqua will teach you how leverage a person's digital body language to improve your marketing and sales efforts. Information gleaned from the websites customers visit to what they do when they visit to what online searches they perform to the newsletters they subscribe to can be used to fine tune online marketing programs.

Download this whitepaper to find out how reading digital body language can improve your online markering efforts.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-12    
Topic: Tools

How Search Retargeting Can Improve Your Ad Response


Perhaps you've heard of the online media tactic retargeting. If you haven't, it's the practice (through retargeting ad networks) of placing online ads in front of people (wherever they go online) after they have visited the advertiser's site. It's a way of "following" a prospective customer around the web and "retargeting" them with ads for the site they initially visited.

But this can be done several ways. One of which is called search retargeting. This tactic follows people around the web with ads that align with a search they just completed on Google, Yahoo! or Bing. In theory, this tactic broadens an advertiser's reach because it targets potential new customers versus customers who may have already visited an advertiser's site.

Download this white paper (part of the Adrants white paper series) from Chango. It will educate you on all the various forms of retargeting as well as its newer form, search retargeting.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-12    
Topic: Online, Tools

How to Use Video in Your Content Marketing Strategy


We all know video is big. We all know it should be an integral component of any online markering strategy. We all know it is a key component of a sound content marketing strategy. But, to some, it's a daunting undertaking that some believes requires too many resources to properly implement.

In this webinar, part of the Adrants whitepaper/webinar series, Alcatel-Lucent Director of Multimedia and Video Strategy Ed Youngblood and KnowledgeVision Founder and CEO Michael Kolowich discuss how brands can overcome the "content creator's dilemma." Youngblood and Kolowich share case studies, use cases and the tools and techniques needed to add video to your content marketing strategy.

Click here to start learning how you can incorporate video into your brand's online marketing strategy.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Tools, Video

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