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Truth in Advertising vs. Lies in Advertising: Which Do You Prefer?

Facebook Ads Whisper Sweet Lies While Kinect Emotion-Detecting Ads Slap You With the TruthA few weeks ago I encountered a bizarre advertisement on Facebook that caught my attention:I spent a moment trying to puzzle out how a decapitated baby head related to social work. The whole point of course is that it doesn’t—the creepy-baby-head-ad I encountered is a classic shock & awe Facebook ad, determined to capture a user’s attention with a strange picture with hopes that you might be curious enough to click through.

It’s quite the lowly form of advertising, banking on Facebook users’ curiosity alone to drive clicks. But this idea of embracing the “silly” factor that is ever-present on the internet can be successful for some, like the Plenty Of Fish ads made in Microsoft Paint ... > Read more

June 20, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 1

Why I Dumped My Facebook IPO Shares at the Open Today

 In a final, epic victory of reason over complete and utter pandemonium, I dumped my Facebook IPO shares at the open today.This may come as a surprise to some, given that I wrote a pretty bullish case about the future of Facebook just yesterday, which in itself was probably surprising given that on Tuesday we published research that basically said Facebook advertising is awful.

So why did this confused and conflicted internet marketer sell shares of The Social Network?As in PPC management, buy and hold is for suckersWhile I still strongly believe everything I wrote about the long-term future of the company, timing still matters and it’s going to take a couple of quarters (or years even) for FB to figure out how to monetize its audience.Damn it, Jim, I’m a marketer, not a financial ... > Read more

May 18, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 7

Why I Bought Facebook IPO Shares Today

 In a dramatic triumph of hope over experience, I bought into the Facebook IPO hype today.I just got off the phone with my broker at Morgan Stanley and placed an order for 1000 shares of Facebook.  (Morgan Stanley is one of the major underwriters of the Facebook IPO, and if you’re a client of theirs, you can actually place an order to stock at the IPO price before the company goes public tomorrow.

)It’s a pretty big investment for me and might come as a surprise to some, given that I recently published research on Tuesday morning that basically concludes Facebook advertising is awful. The research was picked up early on by Jim Edwards at Business Insider, and John Letzing at the Wall Street Journal, and Laurie Sullivan at MediaPost.As if to validate the research, a mere 6 hour... > Read more

May 17, 2012     |   Written by: Larry Kim   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 16

CAPTCH-AD: A New CAPTCHA Form of Advertising?

 CAPTCHAs are a necessary evil in a modern world. CAPTCHAs, also known as those-annoying-boxes-with-the-weird-words, are used to prevent evil robot spam attacks.Well the other days I came across a new, never-before-seen (at least by me) CAPTCHA that could have some pretty huge advertising implications.

Introducing, the CAPTCH-AD!CAPTCH-AD: The CAPTCHA AdvertisementWhat’s crazy about the CAPTCH-AD is that you are required to watch (and pay attentionto) the advertisement in order to fulfill the CAPTCHA box. There’s no getting around it – you will read that ad. It’s like when you see advertisements plastered over your tray table on budget airlines; you roll your eyes, groan, cover it with a book or a laptop, but there’s just no avoiding it and the ad demands acknowledgement.It s... > Read more

March 29, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 7

3 Quick Ways to Generate Leads from Your Existing Website Content

You’re a marketer, you’ve been there – the end of the month approacheth and you haven’t met your lead goals. If you’ve got limited resources and it’s too late to embark on a brand-new initiative to generate leads, don’t give up – chances are you can squeeze a few more leads out of the content you’ve already created.

Here are three ways to generate leads by re-utilizing your existing marketing collateral.Send an Old Offer to a New ListLook back over your most successful lead-gen offers from the past couple of years, such as white papers, guides, or marketing kits. Hopefully, that content is evergreen or, if it’s out of date, can be updated pretty easily (certainly, bringing an older guide up-to-date is faster than starting from scratch to create a new one).Let’s say you... > Read more

February 22, 2012     |   Written by: Elisa Gabbert   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 5

Crushing on Love Letters: A Valentine's Day Case Study in User Engagement

 Online businesses know that user engagement is incredibly powerful. Better than chocolates or flowers, getting users to “like” your posts or engage you in conversation through Google+ is a dream come true! But often, it can be difficult to obtain that valuable user interaction.With Valentine’s Day upon us, I thought today we could evaluate Boston Globe’s online Love Letters column, a small niche of a large news site that has managed to obtain some exceptional user engagement.

I heard about Love Letters through my mother, who habitually sends me her favorite posts. Although my mother works as a computer programmer, she is the farthest thing from a techie, virtually inept at anything outside of COBOL. A once-a-month Facebooker, she’ll often call me to ask how to “send a mess... > Read more

February 14, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 15

7 Examples of Awesomely Creative Advertising: Using Your Environment

 Yesterday I was walking through Boston when I came across quite an unusual scene – a huge golden heap of Butterfingers smack in the middle of Copley Square. What kind of sorcery is this? I thought as I stared in awe at the giant mound of crunchy candy. Several people stood around the pile, gingerly picking up a candy bar here and there.

But after about 30 seconds, kids swooped down in hordes, cramming piles of bars into their backpacks in sheer ecstasy. I snapped these photos to document the event:Upon closer examination, this was no glorious miracle, but actually a clever advertising ploy by Pawngo, an online pawnshop business and apparent Giants fan. Their candy bar jab gives new meaning to “bittersweet.” I wasn’t beyond cramming some into my pockets before leaving though.I... > Read more

February 08, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 2

Super Bowl 2012 Commercials: Which Advertisements Won?

Another glorious Super Bowl has passed, this year's being the most tweeted sporting event in history, with over 10,000 tweets per second. The end of Super Bowl XLVI even nabbed the 2nd spot in Twitter’s list of most-tweeted-per-second events, with Madonna’s half-time performance grabbing spot #3.This was also the first Super Bowl to be streamed live, and Google took the time to asses the Super Bowl Sunday chatter across desktops and mobile devices, and tablets.For the less sport-savvy among us, Super Bowls are all about commercials. Some of these advertisements got a lot of attention on Super Bowl Sunday, and will continue to be talked about this week. It’s tempting to dream of posting your own videos and imagine similar viral success, but it’s certainly no game for the faint of he... > Read more

February 06, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 0

In Defense of Piracy: Why Are So Many Industries Unwilling to Adapt?

All right, this post isn’t so much a defense of piracy; it’s about why pirates aren’t the real problem.I know we’ve talked a lot recently about piracy and maybe you’re sick of it all, but the way I see it, all this discussion about SOPA and PIPA really boils down to many industries’ unwillingness to adapt.

Piracy is the result of the entertainment industry’s inability to change. Rather than think innovatively and try new solutions to better mesh with an increasingly online-oriented world, they dig their heels in the mud and try to pass laws that won’t force them to change their marketing strategy.What Sets Online Marketers Apart Great online marketers understand why it’s important to adapt to change. The world of online marketing is continuously shifting on the churning ti... > Read more

January 26, 2012     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 3

6 Reasons Why December is the Most Wonderful Time to Buy a New Software Solution!

 Have you been planning all year on finding a new PPC software solution for your business—but keep putting it off? While procrastination rarely brings anything other than stressful all-nighters and last-minute gift expeditions to the 24-hour CVS, you might be in luck this time—December is a great time to spend that last bit of unused budget on a new PPC software solution!After reading Jason Miller's great article at Marketo, I thought that we'd also take a minute to remind folks about why this is a great time of the year to purchase new software for your PPC campaigns.

So break out the hot cocoa, hang those stockings by the fire, and get yourself a shiny new software solution to put under the tree this year.We’ve got 6 fabulous justifications for investing in PPC software before... > Read more

December 13, 2011     |   Written by: Megan Marrs   |   Posted In: Marketing Strategy   |   Comments: 2
 
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