We hear a lot about Big Data lately. It’s the newest trend shaping marketing practices for 2016. But when we think about it, this kind of mass data collection has been happening for years; when we swipe our credit cards at the mall, when we fill out a survey for that free giveaway and when we order pizza to our home address. While many people are skeptical and even fearful of Big Data, we’re looking at ways you can use it to your advantage when it comes to affiliate marketing.
The affiliate marketing landscape is constantly being impacted by new technologies, emerging trends and the availability of information. Big Data is yet another trend that is paving a new path for affiliate marketers and managers. How does affiliate marketing change in the presence of Big Data? What opportunities does Big Data bring to affiliate marketing? And how can this data be leveraged to build more profitable affiliate programs?
Competitive intelligence is the secret weapon to taking control of your business’ online marketing strategy. The more you know about your competitors, the better. Where are your biggest competitors advertising online? What traffic sources are they using? What offers are they running? Which of their ads are performing best? These are all important questions to consider when developing your own advertising plans.
In today’s digital age, having a competitive advantage is more important than ever. Our data helps you craft more efficient, creative marketing strategies to grow your brand more effectively. All of which results in a positive jolt for both your CTR and overall ROI.
Our CEO and Co-Founder, Max Teitelbaum, talked to HostingAdvice.com to discuss the importance of competitive analysis in business, its significance for site owners, and how our technology is better equipped to help digital marketers leverage more data without spending an arm and a leg.
The interview takes you behind the scenes of WhatRunsWhere, explaining how you can leverage our data to help you make more informed media-buying decisions.
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Were wearables on your holiday shopping list this year? Perhaps it was a purchase to kick off your New Year resolution of getting into shape? Even if it wasn’t on your wish list, there were 13.5 million health and fitness trackers sold last year, making it a booming industry, with numerous brands competing for spot on your wrist.
Major players making up the $700 million wearables industry include Fitbit, Jawbone and Basis. So what made them such a hot commodity this holiday season? First, it’s a trendy gift to get for a family member, friend or maybe even yourself. Second, for those looking to kick off their New Year with some healthy resolutions, fitness wearables can help consumers get on track.
Now that everyone is settled into the New Year, we were eager to find out what kind of consumers top wearable brands were targeting over the holidays. Were brands interested in driving sales through holiday gift shoppers? Or did they see an opportunity to target the ‘New Year, New Me’ resolutioners? Find out below!
What’s informing your business strategy? With the massive amount of data available at our fingertips today, it’s easier than ever to access information about your target audience, business environment, and, most importantly, your competitors. Data helps inform not only your buying strategy but your overall business strategy as well.
More specifically, competitive intelligence data provides you with the insights you need to make well-informed business decisions and repositioning. Recently our Director of Marketing, Jenny Duong, was interviewed by ReachForce to provide insights on how to develop a business strategy using competitive intelligence. Below you can find a summary of her perspective on how to effectively use competitive intelligence to develop a strong business strategy in the digital world.
The US Travel e-Commerce sales reached $122 billion in 2014, a 10% increase from 2013. This year, the U.S. Travel Industry is projected to spend $4.85 billion in digital ads. It’s clear the industry is growing rapidly and is forecasted to continue this way. With the wide variety of travel platforms, apps and e-Commerce sites available the growth in this market comes at no surprise.
So what does this mean for brands in the industry? On one hand, this brings a lot of new opportunities to grab the attention of these consumers. But with it is also the challenge of building a display advertising strategy that will allow brands to stand out among the competition.
So what are some industry trends that top brands are employing to reach their consumers?
Audio and Visual Content
This is a trend that was a hot topic at Performance Marketing Insights. Industry leaders discussed the inspirational content being developed on social platforms as a major innovation in the travel industry. With so many consumers willing to share their personal experiences, using suggested branded hashtags or their own, it’s even easier for brands to tap into the hot trend of audio and visual focused campaigns. We’ve even seen brands like Loews Hotel and Resorts build an ad campaign, called #TravelForReal, that solely uses content from Instagram users that have stayed at their hotels.
Loews Hotel and Resorts Display Ads uncovered by WhatRunsWhere
In the previous installments of this blog series, we showed you the origins of the advertising industry, and explained how the digital era changed the dynamics of ad agencies. We even discussed the types of digital agencies that have emerged in the new era. By now you have a better understanding of the prominent place digital agencies hold in today’s advertising industry.
BUT these days just being a ‘digital agency’ is not enough. To stand out from the crowd these agencies need to employ marketing technologies that will give them and their clients a real leg up in the digital landscape. This brings us to our third and final installment of this series where we have determined what a digital agency needs to do to be successful in the future of digital advertising.
What does the future of digital marketing look like?
Last week we explored the origins of advertising agencies, and how the rise of the digital agency has transformed the industry. Today we highlight why marketing technologies are important to top advertising agencies, and showcase the work of some great digital agencies.
To recap, digital agencies came into play as early as the 1990s but really started to make waves in the early to mid-2000s. The internet and sudden outbreak of social media opened up new channels of advertising for marketers to conquer. Brands that previously relied on traditional methods of advertising (radio, TV, print) needed to infiltrate the digital landscape in a strategic way and do so FAST.
Why are digital agencies so important now?
Are you currently using an advertising agency to execute part of your marketing strategy? Or maybe you’re in the process of hiring one? Have you considered what type of agency would be the best fit for your strategy? How do their capabilities extend into the digital advertising world to help truly engage with your audience?
WhatRunsWhere is taking a deep dive into the world of advertising agencies in a 3 part blog series. We’ll take you through the history of advertising agencies and discuss how digital technologies have changed the dynamics of this industry. With marketing technologies like WhatRunsWhere increasingly being used by digital marketers, we’ll also discuss how top tier agencies are using competitive intelligence to optimize their advertising strategy in the digital space.
Exactly what is an advertising agency?