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What is traditional marketing?

Posted by Jeannette Royle on April 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM

This view holds that traditional marketing is noted for its focus on product, price, place, and promotion -- the 4Ps.  These 4Ps were designed to guide marketers as they developed strategies for growth.  Some marketers are suggesting that the 4Ps be expanded to include other factors such as process and people to make the traditional 4Ps fit into a digital marketing strategy.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Digital Marketing, Advertising

How Would You Spend 3 Months of Marketing budget?

Posted by Melanie Gaudette on April 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM

When developing a three-month marketing budget, you might think it's better to advertise on as many channels as possible.  However, this tends to be ineffective. Many advertisers end up wasting money on marketing channels or advertisements that have little to no impact on branding or sales.  Others waste money by spreading themselves too thin in a single quarter.

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Topics: Radio Advertising, Marketing Strategy, Advertising

Should I use Google Ads in my marketing strategy?

Posted by Chad Elliot on February 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM

The popularity of Google for search has made Google Ads the default choice of some marketers for digital marketing. According to statcounter.com, Google's share of the search engine market held steady at 92% in 2019. Google has helped drive up the desirability of advertising on its applications through new initiatives like local service ads (LSA), "Google Guaranteed" badges, and Google My Business (GMB) profiles in addition to the original Google AdWords program. But is Google Ads a comprehensive marketing strategy? Even though Google Ads is used by about 35% of all websites, its effectiveness depends on the need of a customer for a product or service. While Google Ads can capture a customer who has an immediate need, it may not be the optimal advertising channel for those who are not actively seeking a solution. In fact, comparing it with radio, social media, and video advertising, and even simple Search Engine Optimization (SEO) indicates that Google Ads is not necessarily the channel with the best ROI.

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Topics: Advertising

Why Quality Content is the Driving Force Behind Great Advertising

Posted by Pam Larimore on February 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Great advertising doesn't happen accidentally - it's created by a combination of factors that includes reach, exceptional messaging and content that is specifically created to appeal to your target audience. Ad content can take a variety of forms across media channels: text, audio, images and video. But regardless of the medium, it's the quality of the content that will drive people to your product or service. See first-hand why data-driven, relevant, informative and engaging content can make the difference between advertising that is simply good or truly great.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Advertising

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