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The Case for Combining Direct Mail and Influencer Marketing

by Christopher Karpenko, 3 days ago

Influencer marketing has redefined the way companies drive awareness of their business. Leveraging brand messaging, endorsements, or product placements from industry icons in direct mail campaigns can help companies further capture consumer attention when and where it matters. Here’s how brands can leverage today’s top direct mail innovations and tactics to help make the most of their influencer marketing efforts.

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Some B2B Brands Are Going All-in On Digital Advertising

by Christopher Hosford, 4 days ago

With lower-than-average CPMs, B2B companies are turning to digital advertising to combat the decline in their traditional marketing channels. This reallocation doesn’t equate dollar for dollar, but there has been enough of a budget shift to drive substantial growth via paid digital channels.

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The Back Office Plays a Key Role in Producing Branded Content

by Amit Jagwani, 5 days ago

The production back office is a hive of activity before, during, and after the cameras roll. Teams manage a multitude of essential functions, including onboarding talent and crew, tracking the post-production process, and managing the hand-off to campaign activators.

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In-house vs. Outsourced Marketing

by Sarah Cucchiara, 1 week ago

Choosing between in-house and outsourced marketing is an age-old debate, and there has been a lot of industry discussion over the past year about brands opting to bring their outsourced agency work in-house. The idea is that brands can cut costs, increase focus on their business, and improve speed to market. However, there are pros and cons to making this change.

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Beyond the Binary

by Matthew Schwartz, 1 week ago

In gender-related marketing, ads no longer adhere to pink-and-blue protocols. An increasing number of companies realize that moving beyond the binary is not only good business, it cultivates brand affinity among communities that might not otherwise pay attention to their products and services. Here’s how P&G, Mastercard, and Mattel, among others, are evolving their marketing to avoid gender stereotypes and be more inclusive of trans and nonbinary people.

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Marketers Raise Podcast Volume to Eleven

by Michael J. McDermott, 2 weeks ago

The recent decline in podcast advertising is merely a pandemic-induced blip on the radar. The longer-term outlook remains quite attractive, with spending projected to reach more than $1 billion in 2021. Marketers are whetting their appetite.

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Redefining Identity for the New Television Landscape

by Tal Chalozin, 2 weeks ago

With streaming at an all-time high, having a CTV-focused media strategy is now table stakes for advertisers. But it’s not smooth sailing just yet. At the same time as marketers shift ad dollars to streaming TV, they’re waking up to a world with holes in identity resolution, which makes it difficult to accurately engage and report on the new CTV audience.

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Monetizing the New Path to Purchase

by Chris Emery, 2 weeks ago

One of the most pronounced effects of the pandemic has been the change in how people shop at brick-and-mortar stores: They have become more deliberate in their behavior, focused on keeping within budgets, making fewer visits, and getting in and out as fast as possible.

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More Competition, Fewer Ads

by John Nardone, 3 weeks ago

TV is undergoing a generational shift from linear to a fragmented landscape of digital, over-the-top (OTT), and connected TV (CTV). Now it falls on whether walled gardens or advertisers dictate the terms of this massive transition.

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A Big Help to Small Business

by Emma Phipps, 3 weeks ago

Across the country, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are suffering from closures, restrictions, and changes brought about by the novel coronavirus, and many are scrambling to do what they can to stay in business. To help, a number of B2B brands, including Deluxe, Vistaprint, American Express, and The UPS Store, are developing tools, grants, and resources for SMBs.