Category Archive for: Advertising

Digital Advertising and Public Relations, Part 2: Advertising Formats

Public relations professionals often make mention of the concepts of earned, owned, and paid media. However, when they begin to talk about media, they quickly brushed past paid media. Ignoring paid media is a capital mistake; doing so ignores a body of strategies and tactics which complement and enhance the power of earned media and…

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What is Marketing Technology?

Marketing technology. You’ve heard the term in presentations. You’ve seen it in industry news. It’s changing marketing forever. But you still may be left wondering, “What IS marketing technology?” In short: Marketing met IT and marketing technology is their offspring. Let’s examine the corporate strategic landscape to understand what marketing technology is. In the chart…

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Digital Advertising and Public Relations, Part 1: Introduction

See if this sounds familiar. You, the public relations professional, get a great hit, a great placement in a media outlet. You celebrate, you let your stakeholders know about the hit. Everyone is happy – today. When you come into the office tomorrow, what’s the first question your stakeholders ask of you? “What have you…

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Are influencers overpaid? A data-driven exploration of influencer metrics

A recent article in Digiday made the bold claim by a marketing executive that influencers are overpaid and generally do not advance business objectives. Let’s examine this claim’s merits. Do influencers matter? Are they overpaid? What are influencers paid to deliver? The first, most important question to answer is what are we buying when we…

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How to Get Your Campaign Noticed Without Shouting Above the Rest

As we’re nearing the end of the first quarter, companies are out in full force, spending their shiny new 2016 marketing budgets on lead gen campaigns; ad campaigns, email marketing, you name it – they’re doing it. The problem? For many industries, this means the big dogs in the arena are shouting the loudest and…

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Native Advertising: Should PR Shore Up the Defenses or Lead an Expeditionary Force?

With a host of media, advertising and adtech companies on the roster, many of our teams at SHIFT are grappling with stories relating to how native advertising is impacting these industries. But we have probably thought a little less about how it is affecting our own corner of marketing land. According to an Advertising Age…

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What is the open rate of SMS text messaging?

Friend of SHIFT and professional marketing BS detector Scott Stratten asked recently: Doing some talk research, and I just saw a post that said “SMS (text messages) have an open rate of 95%. WTF, how do you come up with that? Someone please back me up or prove me wrong. Either way I’m happy. I…

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6 Compelling Reasons Why Your Business Should Use Instagram for Marketing

As a marketer, you may feel like you’re riding a two-headed dragon by managing social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Why add another fire-breathing head like Instagram into the mix? Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all present their own unique challenges, but here’s why you should implement Instagram as a marketing tool, even if you’re already…

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How to Choose a PR Strategy, Part 2 of 6: Traditional environment

Strategy is one of the most abused, misused words in the entire lexicon of business. Ask 100 executives what strategy means and you’ll get 150 different answers. In this six-part series, we’ll look at how to choose a PR strategy based on visible, measurable criteria and a meta-strategic framework. Today, we’ll examine the traditional PR…

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State of Social Media 2Q 2015: Facebook owns 1 out of every 5 smartphone minutes

We’ve often said that Facebook is the largest nation on the planet. Nowadays, Facebook practically is its own planet. Consider this: the user base of Facebook according to their 2Q 2015 earnings is 1.49 billion people. The entire population of planet Earth was about the same in 1900. Let’s dig into their results some more.…

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