Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more

We haven't had a Marketing Update since the first of the year, and it's about high time since marketers are beginning to dig out from winter. Keeping in the know of marketing is a vital need for graphic designers -- if you know where it's going, you can design for it! Follow long . . .

  • Four Years After #Linsanity, Hornets PG Jeremy Lin Quietly Thriving On Social Media
  • Social media responses to Prince's death spark debate in local marketing community
  • Marketing at Coachella: How brands stake claims amid the bands
  • 3 Key Elements Your Content Needs to Break Out From the Crowd
  • Effective marketing communications strategy is crucial
  • Smart Marketing Strategies That Attract Franchisees
  • Do We Need Formal Surveys Anymore?
  • The Hard Truth About Social Media
May 3, 2016

Advertising Update : 2015 trends vs 2016 trends, myths, Super Bowl, GIFs and viewability

So, this is the issue where we look at the advertising trends predictions. I guess you may have already seen my 60-Seconds on Logo Design Trends, so you know how I feel about predicting trends. So let's see what the industry is up to now, and what you should be aware of if you're involved in any form of advertising

  • Are Digital Media Budgets Meeting Industry Viewability Standards?
  • Why Ad Tech Is the Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Advertising
  • Marketers Predict Hottest Trends in Super Bowl 2016 Advertising
  • 13 Media and Advertising ‘Trends’ in 2015 That Never Happened
  • 10 Behavioral Trends Guiding Advertising In 2016
  • RIP millennials: Marketing will be 'age agnostic'
  • Are GIFs the future of advertising
  • Digital media trends for 2016
January 20, 2016

Ad Blockers : people finally had enough and now see no ads! Can you blame them?

We have been following this issue since last November -- and being one of the first sites to begin the cruisade against online advertising back in the 1990s, we're delighted it's finally getting some public notice. But the industry is fighting back. I posted this one yesterday on UGNN ... Forbes, ad blockers and malware … another warning! Just because they're a big name, doesn't mean they have scruples. Here's the rest of the news January 19, 2016

Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDonald's craziness

There's a growing push-back for digital advertising ... while all the traditional forms are fully supported. You can do all kinds of futuristic marketing in print without ruffling a single feather. But if you send an advertising email, you're going to the spamcops! Let's see where we are . . . November 11, 2015

Advertising Update : Mobile, Video, Ad Injection, Yahoo, Facebook, Google and ad madness!

Here we are at the end of 2015 and it looks like mobile devices are taking over, but advertising is getting more and more difficult. Since the ad industry shot itself in the foot, I've been preaching and warning about this for over a decade. The advertising purveyence industry has a dirty secret: they're screwing the publishers AND the advertisers! But don't take my word for it . . .

  • Video viewability is key to engagement, revenue opportunities
  • Ad Injection: Yet Another Challenge for Online Advertising
  • Is Facebook Becoming the Apple of Digital Ad Sales?
  • Mobile Advertising Has A Measurement Problem
  • Mobile To Dominate Digital Ad Spend In 2016
October 27, 2015

Marketing Update : marketing hacks, marketing sins, marketing myths and more and more

The title of today's Marketing Update just about covers it all! Like the good, the bad and the ugly, we've got the myths, the hacks and the sins! The big cheese is a piece on Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner that makes some pretty stiff statements. Are they true? You decide for yourself.

  • 5 Content Marketing Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Content Brainstorming
  • Audience Research Needn’t Be Costly or Time Consuming
  • Forget campaigns: Build your marketing stack
  • How to Execute an SEO Content Marketing Plan
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Digital Marketing
  • Making Personalized Email Marketing Easier
  • 3 rebranding lessons from Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
July 1, 2015

Marketing Update : List marketing, content, analytics, the new news media and more and more

Last time we went on about marketing sources and action but today we're zeroing in on content marketing and then working with analytics and looking at the real target of the marketing. Hang in there, it looks like it's going to be a busy summer!

  • Pitfalls and Profits of Using Rented Lists: The Devil is in the Details
  • Measuring The True Value Of Audience Engagement Across Digital Media
  • 3 Tips to Maximize the Synergy of Social Media and Content Marketing
  • How analytics provide a dose of logic to your marketing decisions
  • How to Approach Digital Marketing in 2015
  • How Millennials Consume the News
June 24, 2015

Web Design Update: Optimization, Website Logo Trends, SEO, Link Ideas, metrics and more!

Last edition of our Web Update carried some Mobilegeddon news and views, so we're not going to go back there this time. There are plenty of issues in the world of the web to more than fill this edition. Have fun and let us know if there's something we should share . . .

  • The Often Overlooked Side of the Digital Publishing World: Optimization
  • Need a New Website or Logo? Design Trends for 2015. (Infographic)
  • Are keywords relevant to SEO in 2015?
  • 5 Pieces Of Content: 25 Link Ideas
  • 3 components of smart metrics
April 29, 2015

Web Design Update: Mobilegeddon, Amorality, Uber, SEO, Web trends and more!

Well the Web jungle drums have been pounding and pounding on just about anyone who will listen with news of Mobilegeddon. The drop-dead date came and went but the world didn't end. Google is doing their best to keep a straight face, but there are a lot of whiners and moaners out there. Either fix it or stop moaning.

I did my own survey last night, and I'm continuing to check out various web sites and I'm finding some, like Adobe and Behance fail miserably, when others like Mashable actually do work. The sad news is when they work, they suck. Take a beautiful site, pump it through Google's blackmail grinder and the mobile version comes out sucking. LOL. April 23, 2015

Advertising Update : broadcast vs. print, Sensory Marketing, Facebook will screw you, reader attention, not clicks

The ad industry has been screwing their clients ever since the first online ad was served in 1995. The ad industry prostituted itself so badly they got the cost of ads to almost nothing or free. So to back peddal, they've had to devise all kinds of contorted ripps to make money while still sticking it to the publishers. All that is about to get worse as they bring in attention advertising.

  • Broadcasters appear to have won -- as newspapers see few gains in ad spending
  • Sensory Marketing Is the Next Frontier in Mobile Advertising
  • Why native advertising won't overtake traditional ads -- yet
  • Selling advertisers on reader attention, not clicks
  • How Facebook plans to control digital advertising
  • . . . and more!
April 2, 2015