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Using Call Tracking Metrics to Understand Your Audience

Advertising can be tricky. You want your ads to be clever, intriguing, and original, as well as seen (and responded to) by the right audiences. Many companies invest large amounts of money into outside market research on trends, demographics, and more to get a better sense of how they should present themselves. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you know how to use call tracking and call tracking metrics.

The truth is that your best source of marketing data is your incoming calls. Those callers are reaching out to you because of your advertising, so they are the people you want to focus on. And you can obtain invaluable knowledge about them by using a call tracking phone number in your ads. Call tracking metrics provide the data to answer the following questions:… Read more » 

Part 2: How to Market to Different Generations Without Gimmicks

Understanding which generations respond to a certain medium helps businesses market to different generations. IF you read our previous post on marketing to different generations, you learned what types of media Baby Boomers and Generation Xers respond to the most. In this post, we cover Millenials and Generation Z.

The Millennial generation was born between 1981 and 1996, and is currently the largest generation, with 80 billion people having $170 million in purchasing power. Yet Millennials are also considered the hardest generation to market to by many businesses, as they were the first generation to completely adopt the internet, giving them both a shorter attention span and the desire for a more personalized experience from advertisers…. Read more » 

How to Market to Different Generations Without Using Gimmicks

The world’s population currently spans several generations, which means businesses have more people to market to than ever before. While all generations expect advertising to be authentic and free of gimmicks, it’s important to remember each age group is unique, with its own distinguishing characteristics. In this 2-part blog series, we’ll take a look at each generation to see what makes them tick, and the ad strategies they respond to the most.

Born between 1946 and 1964, the Baby Boomer generation is the oldest and wealthiest generation, with the most disposable income. With purchasing power of $75.4 million dollars, Boomers make up 40% of consumers. Yet only 10% of advertising markets to this generation. This means advertisers are overlooking a great deal of potential revenue. Most Baby Boomers don’t consider themselves old or irrelevant; therefore, businesses still need to find ways to focus their ad strategies on that “Silver Dollar.”… Read more » 

How to Plan a Successful Media Buying Strategy

Once you have a marketing and advertising campaign ready to go out into the wild, where do you go next? What’s your media buying strategy? Will you go with traditional or digital media? Your strategy should already include your goals, campaign specifications and which media channels (TV, billboard, radio, etc.) will work best to meet that. Your next step is vendor coordination.

Often, what seems most confusing in a media buy is coordinating all the offers each vendor presents to you. Do they meet your needs for the campaign? Are the cost-effective to your budget? For each channel, you need to asses exactly what they will be offering you and how closely their offerings match up to your goals. You may find that one vendor suites all your needs – or a host of vendors fill different gaps in your strategy. Once selected, though, more decisions arise…. Read more » 

Traditional Advertising Trends for 2019

A new year has begun, and businesses across the country are looking for creative ways to increase revenue. Traditional advertising is often looked over, but there are many reasons to consider traditional ads. Studies show 35% of companies are planning to boost their ad spend in 2019, with nearly half intending to increase their ad allocation for traditional marketing mediums, such as radio and television. If you’re creating your marketing strategies for the new year, these traditional advertising trends will influence your success in 2019…. Read more » 

The Proven Value of Direct Mail Advertising

With the many advertising options available to businesses these days, using direct mail advertising may seem old-fashioned and ineffectual. But the truth is that direct mail advertising holds more than its own against other newer, flashier methods. In fact, not only is direct mail marketing a $44.2 billion industry, but studies show that companies that spent just $167 on direct mail in their marketing strategies saw a sales average of $2,095 in 2017…. Read more » 

Lead Generation and Marketing Strategies for Independent Contractors

Last week, we introduced our 3-part blog series on marketing yourself as an independent home improvement contractor. This week we’ll discuss lead generation and marketing strategies for independent contractors.

Whether you’re just starting out as a home improvement contractor or you’re an old pro, it’s crucial that you know the best ways to market yourself and generate leads to build your business. There’s an overwhelming number of ways you can do this, but they may not all be equally effective…. Read more » 

Why Companies Should Avoid Digital-Only Advertising

In 2017, advertising giant Procter & Gamble slashed its digital ad spending by over $200 million. This came as a surprise to many people. Digital-only advertising is often touted as the wave of the future, and a company that’s as trendy as P&G would presumably want to be part of it. But after doing extensive research on their digital ad spend, P&G reached a clear conclusion: It was a waste of money. In fact, drastically cutting it had very little effect on the company overall…. Read more » 

Do Print Ads Still Work?

If you’re here because you’re wondering if print ads still work, the short answer is yes. Still, we get this question all the time from potential customers. But before we get into why print ads still work, and can be extremely effective for 800 vanity numbers, let’s start with a little history.

In October 1999, A & E first aired the TV show, “Biography of the Millennium: 100 People – 1000 Years,” which counted down 100 of the most influential people of the last millennium. As the countdown drew to a close, many viewers expected that the number one spot would be held by someone like George Washington, Jesus Christ, or Martin Luther King, Jr. But the person who was voted as making the greatest contribution to society in the last 1,000 years was Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press…. Read more » 

The Impact of Print Advertising

Businesses today are investing more money than ever in both online and email advertising campaigns.  While this may seem like a sensible idea, it is actually detrimental to their marketing efforts. Because the fact is that most people either ignore or completely delete advertisements they see while web surfing or receive in their inboxes.  How can advertising work if people won’t even look at it?  It can’t.

If businesses really want people to see their ads, they should utilize print advertising in their strategy.  It may seem basic (even too basic, compared to the technology available today), but studies show print advertising is far more effective than email or online advertising.  What makes it so? A few reasons:… Read more »