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Content personalization is on all content creators' minds. That takes many different forms, but one element of targeting the right audience and delivering the right content to them is as simple as catering to their age group. Each age demographic has a unique psychology and world view that influences the decisions they make-including what content they consume. What attracts one demographic will not necessarily attract them all. So how do you get your content in front of the right audience?

Posted Jul 29, 2015

One panelist quoted a popular statistic that says 90 seconds is the sweet spot for videos aimed at Millennials. Not everyone was buying that, though. It's not that Millennials don't have an attention span-it's that they won't put up with your terrible content. If you don't capture their attention within 90 seconds, Millennials are going to bounce. Another panelist told an anecdote about the CEO of a large cable company saying something to the effect of, "I'm so sick of Millennials!"

Posted Jul 28, 2015

According to new research from BI Intelligence native ad spending will hit $7.9 billion in 2015. That may sound like a lot of money, but that spending is expected to almost triple by 2018, to $21 billion.

Posted Jul 23, 2015

For a long time, I have argued that online users have a sense memory for publishers that abuse their attention. I think we reserve a special bit of grey matter for the sites that give us trouble. On some level, we recall that site X loads slowly because ad or design bloat drags down its page loads. We record somewhere in our brains that site Y is too reliant on intrusive pop-ups and full-page interstitials. Without a whiff of proof beyond my own surfing experience, I contend that many of us curtail our use of these sites, even if it is by a couple of visits a month or a few video clips not launched. Sites do an immeasurable level of damage to themselves by stretching the bounds of visitor tolerance.

Posted Jul 21, 2015

Gamut, a digital media services company owned by Cox Media Group that serves agencies and publishers, programmatically and direct, announced the launch of Gamut Navigator. The new feature enables publishers to exert more control over the ads served on their property through a browser plug-in that exposes to site managers the full range of details behind any ad delivered by Gamut to their site.

Posted Jul 16, 2015

Marketers have long been plagued by problems related to attribution and accurately calculating ROI. How do umbrella marketers know if their ad worked, or it just happened to rain that day, creating a spike in sales? AOL hopes to help with that. In a blog post, AOL announced, "Using our one-of-a-kind machine-learning model, the platform considers thousands of variables to accurately assign credit across every touch point - online, TV, mobile, catalog, direct mail, and more - that might ultimately lead to a desired customer action." This will be available as part of ONE by AOL: Attribution or standalone in Convertro.

Posted Jul 14, 2015

The BMF Media Group, an experiential marketing agency, announced the debut of its new Digital Department focusing on digital media and influencer marketing services. The company, which was founded in 2003, has appointed Jake Spencer Hammel as its director of digital marketing, making BMF now one of the first agencies of its kind to advance these services in addition to its core offerings.

Posted Jul 09, 2015

Simulmedia announced the launch of a dedicated team called SimulX that will specialize in helping advertisers with little or no television advertising experience quickly launch campaigns. SimulX will start by offering short, targeted burst campaigns, specifically developed for the mobile game marketer, with the intent of increasing app store rankings.

Posted Jul 09, 2015

Facebook announced changes for both advertisers and users this week. According to a blog post, Facebook updated the controls for users' newsfeed. Meanwhile, the company changed the way it will charge advertisers.

Posted Jul 09, 2015

B2B brands have been playing catch up with consumer brands in social media for a few years, but the industry is picking up pace and social media is now an integral part of B2B content marketing strategy. Meanwhile, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are constantly changing - whether they are adding new features, creating new ad products, or partnering with technology firms to augment their services. There are several B2B social media and content trends marketers should watch.

Posted Jul 09, 2015

After announcing its intent to acquire the ad optimization provider Maxifier in June, Cxense has announced the successful acquisition completion. Maxifier is now a Cxense company and the Maxifier products ADMAX and ADMAX TRADE are part of the Cxense product portfolio.

Posted Jul 07, 2015

If you're not overwhelmed by the exploding marketing technology marketplace, you're not paying attention. By Chiefmartec.com's count, there are now more than 1,800 vendors competing in a sector that barely existed 5 years ago. Indeed, you've probably been contacted by one of their sales reps in the past week to learn more about the promises of his company's solution. Here's what you need to know to manage a successful marketing technology strategy.

Posted Jul 07, 2015

Email marketing is still a staple of any digital marketer's repertoire, but the technology has become much more sophisticated-and so have your consumers. In this cluttered environment, understanding how to best target and connect with your audience as well as compel them to action is critical. For those in the know, email marketing is far from being a dying breed, despite the proliferation of other online and mobile options.

Posted Jul 06, 2015

Oomph, a technology provider that helps large publishers and advertisers convert print advertising assets into multi-format digital content, has expanded to the U.S. for the first time with the opening of its new office in New York City. The company, which is headquartered in Australia, has expanded its operations to reach U.S.-based publishers who wish to create a digital ad inventory for their online and mobile properties and advertisers who want to engage with their customers on multiple platforms seamlessly.

Posted Jul 02, 2015

Get Smart Content, a website segmentation and targeting platform, announced that it has launched a Smart Content application now available in the Oracle Marketing AppCloud. This new Smart Content application helps marketers achieve personalization throughout the B2B buyer's journey using Oracle Marketing Cloud technologies.

Posted Jul 02, 2015

It is almost a truism that marketing has become highly technology-intensive. A nearly ubiquitous component of any marketing technology portfolio is email marketing. In fact, there is a high probability your company is already using some form of it, even though you might not be aware of it. A related component is marketing automation. Customers often talk of these in the same breath. In this article, we will look at this distinction in some detail and also summarize what marketers should know when evaluating these technologies.

Posted Jul 01, 2015

Marketers have long relied on third-party data for their data-driven marketing efforts. But the most successful data-driven marketers are using first-party data at a significantly higher rate than other marketers, according to a new report from Econsultancy and Signal.

Posted Jun 25, 2015

Megalytic, an analytics reporting software as a service, announced an integration that allows customers to directly connect Google AdWords accounts for improved paid search reporting capabilities and accuracy. Megalytics says this is an example of its efforts to incorporate all major data sources needed by digital marketers to communicate performance.

Posted Jun 24, 2015

I have to admit that much of my early SEO success could be attributed to dumb luck. When I started writing for the web, Danny Sullivan had just started his Search Engine Watch website, Google didn't exist, and SEO hadn't even been given a name. It turned out the websites I created were optimized for search because the content was optimized for our readers. In the early years, this wasn't the result of a strategic plan on my part. It was just a result of editorial instinct--years of magazine editing, ad writing, and PR. Without knowing it, I was practicing content marketing in the broadest sense of the word.

Posted Jun 24, 2015

Pinterest, the visual bookmarking tool, announced that Adaptly, Inc. has been named an Ads API Marketing Developer Partner (MDP) and has developed software products for purchasing and managing paid media campaigns on Pinterest. Adaptly has integrated Pinterest advertising into its technology which will offer its clients the ability to plan, deploy, optimize, and report on paid media campaigns across Pinterest.

Posted Jun 23, 2015

Simulmedia, an audience-targeting television advertising company, is working with Oracle Data Management Platform (DMP) to give Simulmedia TV campaigns the same level of accountability as other digital marketing initiatives. Through this technology integration, marketers and advertisers who currently use Oracle DMP to synchronize their offline and online customer data can track the performance of their Simulmedia TV campaigns to determine how they influence direct business outcomes.

Posted Jun 23, 2015

Evergage, a provider of real-time personalization, published the results of a new survey that found 91% of marketers either use or intend to use personalization for online customer interactions within the next year. Furthermore, 49% of marketers surveyed intends to increase their budgets for personalization over the year ahead, with 80% planning to increase them by more than 10%.

Posted Jun 18, 2015

Marketing services company Connexity Inc. announced that it has acquired PriceGrabber a retail lead-generation platform and network. Together the combined company will be a source of high intent shopping leads. PriceGrabber says its expansive shopping-focused publisher network offers more than 2,000 retailers marketing access to tens of millions of high intent shoppers each month from online shopping destinations such as Yahoo!, Ask.com and PriceGrabber.com.

Posted Jun 16, 2015

Although traffic to Total Gym's mobile site is rising, the conversion rate from smartphones is significantly lower than from desktops and tablets. "As mobile is getting to be a bigger piece of traffic, it leads to the challenge of, ‘How do we get that traffic to be as productive as possible for us, and how do we convert more of that traffic to orders?'" says Joe Crowley, American Telecast Products' VP of marketing. Total Gym launched a live chat option in 2013, but months later, the company wondered if another resource would help increase engagement and, ultimately, conversion rates.

Posted Jun 15, 2015

What happens when five powerful publishers band together to form a programmatic ad network, allowing advertisers to buy advertising space on The Economist, CNN International, The Guardian, Reuters, and Financial Times? The short answer is Pangaea. A longer answer, or at least longer-term one, is that no one is quite sure yet.

Posted Jun 08, 2015

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