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Are Super Bowl Ads Going Away? (Why Trends Are Saying Yes!)

Football has become America's favorite past-time. (Sorry baseball.) 

The Super Bowl is the Mecca of all sports games and is often the same for advertising agencies. 

It's a big time of year for some of the world's largest companies! 

But trends are saying that TV advertising is sharply decreasing. 

Uh oh. 

No more funny commercials? No more competing for the lime light? 

What does that mean for advertising? 

Well, if you haven't already guessed already, it's online advertising. 

Trends That Will Make You Cancel Your Cable Service 

“Yikes. You still have cable?” 

Your heart stings a little bit as your friend at dinner throws a dagger into your ego. 

Cable is becoming a thing of the past. Streaming is the future. 

Streaming is all done online, which makes it fast, user-friendly, and easy. 

More companies than ever are shifting their ad spend to online advertising because that's where the eyes are going–online. 

According to Mary Meeker and her infamous Internet reports, 2017 is the year that internet advertising reaches over $200 billion, making it the first time for online advertising to win over TV ads.  

On Facebook and Google alone, online advertising spend is growing around 62% and 20%. These two platforms (Facebook & Google) on their own made up 85% of online advertising revenue. 

But why the sudden shift in online ads? 

Reasons Why Ads Are for the Internet 

Avoiding the Annoying 

Advertising has always been an annoyance to most. But the internet makes advertising seem like less of a bother. 

Instead of a man yelling at you about the newest sponge, you watch a funny 15-second video of how the sponge cleaned up a mess created by someone's crazy dog.  

Advertising comes in spurts, but it's often more entertaining online or helpful online where people are searching for answers. 

Hide This Ad 

Online advertisements are easily hidden by those who do not find the ad helpful, useful, or entertaining. This gets reported back to the advertiser to help them find a better, more targeted audience. 

Right on the Money 

Online advertising is cheaper and more targeted than your regular TV ad. TV advertising is more expensive because of the vast number of people watching your ad at any given minute.  

Often the majority of the people watching a television ad are not interested in your business. This means you're wasting time and money on creating an ad that only pulls in a few leads.  

Online advertising makes it easy to find the data you need to define your target markets. You can do so quickly on most online advertising platforms like Facebook and Google. This allows you to spend your money on the exact prospects you're wanting to pick up the phone.  

Instead of throwing an ad out into oblivion and hoping you get a few leads, online advertising sends your ads directly to the consumer who has the most interest (if targeted correctly). 

Are You Ready to Say Goodbye to TV Ads? 

If you're ready to focus your advertising on customers that matter, it's time to throw out the remote control. Pick up your laptop and get started creating online ads to drive more business to your door for a reasonable price.  

Maybe this year you should stream the Super Bowl and see the difference for yourself! Don't waste your time and money on television ads that are falling behind. Ask us how we can help you get started online with ads that work! 

How to Get Your Customer to Buy Today

You've made it through Awareness. That's something to be proud of! But the next step is a big one, and it can be hard to get your prospects to the next step: Evaluation. 

Evaluation is the period that a potential buyer takes to evaluate your company. How often do you just pick the first doctor from the top of the list? 

Probably not very often. You do your due diligence and look into their background before you schedule an appointment. 

The same thing happens in other businesses, whether it be product or service oriented, so you have to be aware of Evaluation before it happens so you can make the best impression. 

How does all of this work? Let's look at this simple chart to move you through what your next steps should be.  

It's a pretty simple process, but businesses don't always realize that consumers shop and consider companies like they do on a daily basis. We have to think about our own methods when making a purchase or trying out a new business to understand what our clients want and need. 

Prospect Engages With Your Awareness Campaign
If someone takes an interest in your business through your awareness ads, it's time to retarget those people and show them more of what they want to see: value, information, or inspiration.  

Anyone who engages in your awareness campaign is worth tracking to ensure you're reaching out to the right demographic.  

Use a retargeting tool like Facebook's Pixel to track where your site and ad visitors are going. Then use that information to show those same individuals more ads from your business such as customer testimonials and explainer videos that tell them more information about what you sell (and why it matters to them!).  

Prospect Does Not Engage With Your Awareness Campaign 

If someone who has viewed your ad but not taken an action, such as clicking through to your site or downloaded your freebie, they are now part of your cold traffic.  

This doesn't always mean they aren't interested. They just might not have the ability to buy right now or are thinking that your business isn't entirely relevant to them currently. Both of these situations can change. If you're spreading awareness correctly, they might decide later that they're ready to buy and your business will be the first one that comes to mind! 

Evaluation: The Step Before Conversion 

Evaluation is the perfect time to share why your company is the best in the business! In the Awareness period, you focus on building brand awareness based on your values, products, and services. After your audience has engaged with your awareness campaign, it's time to move them down the funnel to get them to evaluate your business and prepare them for conversion! 

Without evaluation content at the ready, you would see a lot less traffic to your site or store because people would just pick the person at the top of the list. In today's world, search engine rankings are very competitive, and it would be tough to top a big chain store in search.  

That's why online advertising isn't all based on ranking! In evaluation, you can make a prospect stop dead in their tracks looking at a competitor and bounce over to your site after they saw a fantastic video ad on Facebook. 

Don't Let the Process Slow You Down 

You might be thinking you don’t have time for this process, but we're telling you it works. We use it in our own business and have seen tremendous success with it.  

If you don't have time, we're here to help! Ask us how we can help your business move your customers forward instead of backward through digital marketing. Fill out a contact form below, and we'll get back to you. 

Five Ways to Create Awareness Through Your Blog

Did you know that companies with a blog see 67% more traffic to their website?
 
Blog posts are part of your top funnel content that help create awareness around your brand. Best of all, they deliver value to your customer without much effort.

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10 Best Ways to Build Brand Awareness

Awareness seems like an out of reach goal for most business owners when the bottom line is wearing thin.
 
Building awareness is the first step in getting more customers.
 
Without awareness, you will never find new customers. It's as simple as that.
 
And how do you get customers if you never reach out to them?

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5 Lessons in Advertising We Learned To Save You From Making Big Mistakes

Writing copy for your ads might be the trickiest part of online advertising. Not only do you have to write copy, but you also have to choose graphics that will draw your reader to your content in the first place.  

It sounds like a lot of work. 

Because it is.  

But we've learned some lessons along the way that can help you turn your content creation processes into efficient systems. 

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Do You Know the Signs of a Business Identity Crisis?

How do you know if your business has an identity crisis? It might be something you've never thought of before, but it's most likely the reason why your business has been a roller coaster of ups and downs

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How to Create MORE Brand Awareness with Video

Creating brand awareness is all fun and games until you realize that your regular, everyday content just isn't doing it for you anymore. For some reason, people are tired of seeing pictures of your products, inspirational quotes overlain on a stock photo, and even your after-hours blog posts.

It's time to try something different.

Something that will spark the attention of your customers, leaving them with their mouths wide open.

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Why Retargeting Will Help You Build Better Ad Campaigns

If you market your business, there's a good chance that you have a digital marketing strategy to bring in potential customers to your website and generate new leads. Obviously, your site is a powerful way to provide info to consumers and generate new business — but, did you realize that you may be spending too much time and attention trying to use digital marketing to bring in new leads to your site and not enough nurturing the people that have already visited it? Instead of focusing your marketing efforts on generating new leads, it can help to try retargeting — appealing to customers who have visited your site before but have not converted.

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