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The Marketers Guide to Instagram Ads

Instagram has been growing in popularity for years, but its potential as a powerful revenue driver for digital advertisers has only just begun.

Since Instagram first opened its doors to advertisers by unlocking programmatic access to its ad solutions, marketers have been eager to master the visually based platform. Why? With an audience of 400 million monthly active users that has doubled in size since 2014, Instagram is one of the world’s largest mobile advertising platforms, second only to its parent company, Facebook.

What’s in this Article

  • Demographics: Who’s on Instagram
  • The direct response advertising opportunity
  • Ad types and specifications
  • Creative best practices
  • Keep it fresh: Creative iteration

Download the PDF here: http://acumenstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/The-Marketers-Guide-to-Instagram-Ads-Acumen-Studio.pdf

How Can I Tell if My Marketing is Working

Yeah, we know.
When it comes to marketing this is one of the most commonly asked questions by businesses.
And it is one of the most avoided questions by agencies and marketers.

Why?
Because it isn’t easy for most people to figure out what works, what doesn’t and why.

Many of the large fortune 1000 companies and high tech businesses have sophisticated media mix models and attribution models they apply to figure out how all of their marketing efforts affected sales, but for the smaller organizations this type of data analysis and insight development is not affordable and hard to get to.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

There are so many tools available for measurement, analysis, attribution, prediction and recommendation that anyone can have a level of marketing intelligene that rivals any of the BIG organizations.
Tools like Google Analytics, Alteryx, Tableau and statistcal applications like “R” can be used an applied to generate massive insights into marketing performance and what to do next.

We have developed a very streamlined way to get to this data and these insights that makes being Smarter about marketing and understanding what resulted from those efforts really easy.

If you are interested in learning more please contact us through our form on the site or give us a call directly!

On April 21, 2015 Google will be rolling out their mobile update.
What this means for you, your business & your website is:
If your website is not mobile friendly it will suffer in the mobile search results on Google.

  • Google will assess your websites mobile friendliness on a page by page basis
  • Your site will need to either be:
    • Responsive – adjusting to the size of the browser window / viewport efficiently
    • Mobile Site or Pages – having specific pages only for mobile (m.domain.com)
    • Dynamically Serving – serves the correct code once the device type is identified
  • Google will significantly weigh image load time
  • You should not be using small text or flash

You can find out if your site is Mobile Friendly by using this tool provided by Google: Google Mobile Friendly Test

Check out the infographic below that visually explains what you will need to do to win in the mobile search results.

Google Mobile Update April 21 2015

Recent findings show that the use of Display Ads in Digital Marketing for Insurance Companies is nine times more effective at generating awareness than television, print or radio.

Display Ads for Insurance Companies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason for this is that many insurance companies are under utilizing display as a channel to generate awareness and direct conversion. This means a less saturated marketing landscape.  (*check out these display ads from Geico)
Another large reason that Display Advertising is so effective for insurance companies can be attributed to the ability to micro target and personalize.

These more relevant and personalized approaches for display ads increase their visibility as well as drive action from those who are viewing successfully placed creative and messaging.

Display Ad Success for Insurance Companies

  • Personalization
  • Segmentation
  • Placement
  • Attribution
  • and Measurement

To learn more about how we can drive greater awareness and new business for your insurance company, please call, email or fill out our online form.

The fundamentals and core attributes of marketing apply to Certified Public Accountants just as they do any other industry, but with accounting firms, both large and small there are tactics that can generate massive success.

Be Personal
One of those tactics is showing genuine personal attention to your clients. Sounds simple enough, but personal can be defined differently by most so we want to clarify what some of those effective personal touches are.

Many CPA firms will send out direct mail to their clients that uses their name on the piece, that is great, but not the personal we’re talking about. Try sending out mail with handwritten notes that mention family or events. You can also make sure to send out anniversary cards, holiday cards, birthday cards with a dollar inside (or five) all with handwritten notes.

cpa marketing

 

The Certified Public Accountant needs to be marketing themselves 100% of the time. Something that can be overlooked is the expectation of a client that they are important (which they are) and the CPA needs to make them feel that way. Being enthusiastic when meeting with clients or on the phone, making eye contact and looking genuinely happy to see your client is critical to creating that personal relationship which can ensure that they are a customer for life.

Digital Marketing & Traditional Marketing
This type of personal attention can be showcased in marketing collateral, events and on digital channels. Use written and video testimonials, hold and highlight customer appreciation events such as galas, picnics or sports outings or hold contests that keep your clients engaged. All of these things can easily be communicated in newsletters, social networks, display ads, brochures, direct mail, television, radio, SEO, PPC and more.

If you want to learn more about CPA (certified public accountant)  Marketing contact us using the form to the right or giving us a call.

Learn more about how we can help you with Digital Marketing specifically for Certified Public Accountants.

The Connected World, Now commonly known as the Internet of Things is a large and growing area of M&A.
M&A activity in the Internet of Things grew 45% from 2012 to 2013 and those numbers will continue to rise.

The Internet of Things is a web of physical objects and appliances that use the Internet to connect with other machines as well as the external environment.
Connected Home, Connected Auto, Connected Everything!

Check out the video below which speaks to Investor Activity in the space:

M&A Finance and the Internet of Things

Not only are VC’s in the IoT space, but Strategic Investors are also present, knowing that they need to be here now to capitalize on these massive opportunities later.

Check out more information on our Private Equity Marketing Services.

Want to to know more about the Real Advantage of Digital Channels for Financial Advisors?

This Digital Financial Advisor Report provides insight into how Financial Advisors engage with online and offline media when conducting investment research, and how advisors are prompted to move through the decision process from awareness to recommendation / use of the investment product and on what type of materials & methods advisors use when communicating recommendations to clients.

Quick Stats:
“94% of Financial Advisors used at least 1 internet source for researching investments”

“82% of Advisors are prompted by ads to do additional research”

Download the Full 12 Page Report Below

Social Media Strategy for Banks

 

This is the first part in our Digital Marketing for Banks series: Social Media Strategy for Banks
It’s no secret and certainly nothing new that Social Media has become a must for banks (and most financial institutions for that matter) and knowing how to use it as well as what you can and can’t say is imperative.
We touch on a few key points to plan for and pay attention to.

Strategy
Having some level of strategy always generates more success on social channels.
Things to consider when putting together a strategy:

    • Why will you be active on Social Media? Defining the reason for being there is enlightening and assists in creating a comprehensive strategy.
    • Who is your Audience and are they on Social Media Channels? This is Critical! Define your audience / target and find out if they are active on social channels and analyze how they engage on social networks.
    • How will you Engage? Define what types of information you will share on social networks (news, contests, community events, etc.). If you will be using the channels for customer service then you will need to staff accordingly and create guidlines. If you won’t be using it for customer service you need guidelines on how to field customer service questions that arrive on the social channels.

Compliance
Recently the FFIEC released a guide for social media use by banks and credit unions. The FFIEC’s guidance provides an outline for these banks and credit unions to monitor & manage the risk with being active on social media. This includes policy, monitoring, reputation, privacy and more.
FINRA also has an impact on how a Bank or Credit Union will uses Social Media. With FINRA it is all about monitoring, controlling and accountability. Record keeping and archiving are huge, this is a must and needs to be done at 100%.

Activity / Engagement
Now for the fun stuff.
You need to figure out who will manage the social activity, who will plan the content calendar, who will post, who will respond, will you use paid ads, etc. This falls a little under strategy, but this is so critical to the engagement on these channels. This person or persons will be the face of the Bank or Credit Union and be an extension of the brand, that humanistic injection into these digital spaces.
Whether it is posts, tweets, retweets, likes, shares, follows or pins you want to see that engagement!

Measurement
What should you be measuring?
That depends on the goals of the Bank or Credit Union.
But we can safely say that tracking community growth (followers & likes), engagement metrics (shares, tweets, retweets, pins) and traffic to your website are fundamental mainstays in your reporting.
It may be important to measure and report on your social influencers, online form fills, vanity phone number calls and matching why certain types of content is engaged more often than others and at what times of the day are most effective.

This is just a sampling of what Banks and Credit Unions will need to think about when integrating social media their operation.

You can also check out our page on Digital Marketing for Banks.

If you are interested in Social Media Strategy for Banks you can contact us by filling the form out on the upper right of this page or give us a call at 866-357-7422