August 26, 2019
The key to successful digital marketing starts with an understanding of some basic principles of advertising. Here’s everything you need to know about online marketing. (This pair of sentences was written by a human so the AI had something to build context off of.)
Read more, and then make some decisions based on what works and what doesn’t. As with any marketing, a good strategy requires a lot of effort, and more than a little luck, and your own work and creativity.
How should you do it?
The first step is not to simply follow the crowd. As a result, we’ve seen a lot of brands go the route of social media influencers. But that means creating fake accounts, and those accounts can be easily found. Instead, it’s time to figure out where the real world influencers are to begin your digital marketing plan.
There are various social media platforms that could give you an advantage. For example, Pinterest lets you discover new brands, and has a network of thousands of users dedicated to Pinterest. Or you could try a new social media marketing platform, such as Zappos, to become more noticed among the millions of Zappos loyal fans. A recent study showed that Zappos’ Facebook fans had more followers than any other brand on the network.
For the most part, the internet is an equal-opportunity space for influencers. If you’re looking for a particular type of fan, make sure to ask in the forums or on Twitter where you can find them.
However, remember to take your online marketing strategy to the next level by starting up a blog. There are a number of free and paid blogging platforms to choose from. Blogging can bring out some serious social media savvy.
Why do you need a web presence?
If you’re looking to launch a great digital marketing campaign that generates business, don’t stop at Facebook and Twitter. You still need to get your brand out there. You better have a Web presence, since most of your visitors will come to your website.
The online world is very crowded with information, and you don’t want to be left behind in the information revolution. You’re already a marketer, so it won’t be very difficult to learn how to put information into action. But there is a lot your audience can do on their own. The Internet is an open, global resource, and a digital marketing campaign should reflect that.
You can’t ignore the fact that there is a huge market gap between consumers and marketers. People are willing to spend money on their online purchases. It’s still a new concept, but many companies are trying to address consumer needs. If your content is compelling to your target audience, you’ll start attracting customers.
Be on the lookout for a follow-up blog all about AI and how it’s going to help and hurt advertising really soon!
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June 26, 2019
From scrolling down your twitter feed to a stroll through the mall, it’s easy to see that this year’s Pride is in full swing. The month-long LGBT+ celebration is a beautiful conglomeration of activism, history, parties, and even marketing? Brands promoting gay pride publicly was unheard 50 years ago (Which is when the historic Stonewall Riots occurred, leading the way for the modern gay pride movement.) However, now in our more socially-minded society, consumers care a lot more how a large brand impacts the world and it’s culture. With an increase in brands riding the inclusivity wave, it calls into question, does featuring and celebrating LGBT+ Pride positively or negatively impact consumer demand?
Inclusivity Marketing is creating content that truly reflects the diverse communities that your company serves. We have seen this in various movements from the #bodypositivity movement to #aeriereal campaign. Which shows models of all shapes and sizes flourishing in underwear ads. Brands are realizing marketing to every kind of person may be the way to attract new customers. Creating campaigns that showcase real people not just photoshopped models. Which allows more marginalized groups a chance to really connect with that brand, creating brand loyalty. An even simpler reason, is targeting a wider range of people equates to plainly, more eyes on your products. This more inclusive marketing trend combined with the Pride celebration’s continued growth. Means the month of June is the perfect showcase for large-scale inclusivity marketing. A mix of companies using their platform for good and some wanting to make money off of marginalized groups leaves a mixed-bag of interesting campaigns that are worth analyzing.
2019 Pride Content Examples
- Adidas – Released a Pride collection entitled “Pride pack”. Though not tied to product sales, Adidas will be supporting The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for the youth of the community.
- Absolut Vodka – Using a myriad of LGBT+ influencers, Absolut Vodka is kicking off a campaign with multiple channels, including commercials, branded events during Pride weekend, and in addition to bringing back its iconic rainbow bottle, Absolut has launched a multi-year partnership supporting GLAAD’s work accelerating acceptance for the LGBT community.
- Victoria Secret- Their brand Pink, tweeted their support for Pride month where they state that they will donate 100K to a LGBTQ+ Organization, the brand is still facing scrutiny over anti-trans comments made earlier this year.
- Gap – Launched its “Love all ways” campaign highlighting what family means today and will donate 15% of proceeds to the U.N. Free and Equal Foundation.
- American Express – Is celebrating Pride with a performance by Singer Lizzo. All proceeds will go to the Stonewall Community Foundation, an organization that bears part of its historic name to honor the 1969 uprising that started in New York and the spirit of freedom, resilience, and resolve that abides today. American Express is also displaying an array of Pride-themed ads over New York with messages of Pride and acceptance.
These are just some of the examples of what companies do during the month of June. What Makes them successful or scrutinized all depends on context.
How These Campaigns Were Received
Campaigns run by Absolut Vodka, Gap, and American Express have three things in common, that made their Pride campaigns successful. First, their brands support the LGBT+ Community throughout the year, not just in June. They do this with continued donations (American Express) and inclusive marketing (Gap and Absolut Vodka). Two, they specifically call out where they are donating their money, instead of just vaguely stating they are supporting the community. This makes the campaign seem more genuine. Lastly the pride/rainbow items they are selling are completely or in-part not for profit. The transparency demonstrated by these brands isn’t just a new fad.
Regan Clarke, Brand Director of Absolut Vodka, USA knows exactly where his brand belongs in all of this and is proud of it. Stating “Supporting the LGBTQ community back in 1981 was a risky decision for mainstream brands, when taking a stand for equality meant going against conventional culture.” Absolut’s 30+ year commitment to Pride is a great example of how inclusive marketing, can work and has worked. Demonstrating how powerful, socially aware marketing really can be when trying to further your brands position and satisfy younger consumers. These brands are creating an image for themselves as a positive presence in the world. Brand directors like Regan Clarke, show how putting time and effort into a pride campaign can really yield positive returns.
On the opposite spectrum is Victoria Secret. Earlier this year they had a major scandal involving their CMO Ed Razek. When he claimed transgender people don’t belong in the “coveted” Victoria Secret fashion show, because they don’t represent fantasy. “Dear Victoria’s Secret, you said trans women can’t sell the “fantasy” so here I am as a TRANS WOMAN selling the FANTASY! ماهي لعبة الروليت ” wrote trans makeup mogul, Nikita Dragun on her Twitter account in the weeks following the 2018 fashion show disaster. Fans were quick to bring Dragun’s tweet up again when Victoria’s Secret attempted to voice support for the LGBTQ+ community during pride month (The Tweet above). Showing how consumers are quick to call out inconsistency and injustice within a brand. The brand has not fully recovered from Ed Razek’s comments. كيف تلعب القمار This tweet sent out for Pride makes the company look even more out of touch. Only helping in bringing up past scandals and driving even more consumers away.
Adidas similarly has a bad reputation when it comes to supporting the LGBT+ community year round. The company is a huge sponsor for the Olympics, which took place in Russia in 2014. قواعد لعب البوكر Russia’s anti-gay policies are well documented and many LGBT+ Individuals from all over the world run the risk of these harsh policies by traveling to and participating in the games. Many consumers called them out, saying the company is not truly LGBT+ supportive when they are helping fund the Olympics in such a dangerous place for the community. Many calling their “Pride Pack” a cash grab because of LGBT+ consumers’ desire for rainbow everything during Pride. The “Pride Pack” seems disingenuous because the money made from, those shoes specifically, all goes into Adidas’ pocket.
The donations they are giving to the Trevor foundation are appreciated and valid, but many consumers seem to be unhappy with the broad claims of supporting the Trevor Project because isn’t being transparent about the actual amount or percentage of product sales that they are donating. Vox writer Alex Abad-Santos summarizes what Adidas is doing perfectly stating that “Brands promoting gay pride and the LGBTQ community may not always be consistent in actually supporting the LGBTQ community, but they still capitalize on the help that people want to give that community.” With their continued support of an event that isn’t LGBT+ friendly like the 2020 Olympics consumers are smart enough to realize that this brand doesn’t really have the LGBT+ communities best interest at heart year-round, only when it might seem convenient.
Is Marketing During Pride Worth The Risk?
A good Pride campaign can break boundaries, start meaningful conversations and position your brand favorably with a growing audience. On the flip-side, brands whose campaigns seem like lazy cash grabs will dig their company into a very big hole both on social media and with the general public mindset. Consumers are savvier than they have ever been and can tell when a brand is being genuine in their marketing. Companies like Gap and American Express clearly state where the money raised from their Pride campaigns is going and it is that transparency that draws in the modern consumer. In today’s age consumers vote with their dollars, many choose not to support brands that don’t align with their views. It’s up to brands to decide where they will fall politically and socially because it might affect their bottom line.
May 20, 2019
Technology doesn’t surprise us anymore. Instagram updates every day, new emojis are a dime a dozen, and Facebook shows us ads for that pizza we’ve all been craving. All this combined presents a new frontier for commerce. For the first time what we spend money on, how long we stay on a sight, and potentially even our future behavior is all data. ويليام هيل Everyone’s behavior is traceable and predictable. This is a huge benefit for business. In a perfect world, it gets consumers what they want before they even know they want it. العاب على الهاتف المحمول However, our world is not perfect and sometimes the succinctness of these ads gets a big brother vibe from consumers.
People are inherently private so they don’t like the idea that everything about them is online. It’s this odd love of convenience but fear of a loss of privacy. The biggest example of this paradox coming to a head is the Facebook Cambridge Analytic scandal. People felt a significant loss of privacy by the hands of Facebook. As a company, they are still feeling the effects of this breach in trust today. With the Facebook scandal, this reality of consumer data got pushed front and center. Facebook is funded through advertisements, so what solution could they come to that wouldn’t stop businesses from advertising and won’t make their users feel unsafe?
They create the “clear history” function
Creating the “option” for Facebook users to delete their history and become a ghost online. This is a solution for the private Facebook user. While being a problem for digital marketers and Zuckerberg knows this; he already warned advertisers this will change their strategies for Facebook ads. Even though this option may impact Facebook’s ad business. Zuckerberg clearly sees this tool as necessary to win back user trust. “After going through our systems, this is an example of the kind of control we think you should have,” he wrote in his announcement post on Clear History. “It’s something privacy advocates have been asking for — and we will work with them to make sure we get it right.”
The stance of Facebook is strong; is privacy going to kill specified ads on Facebook?
The clear history button if used will affect specifications of ads, but a big part of that is if it’s used. There is a reason Facebook is giving this as an option, not a mandate. Also, an upside is its release has been delayed. They have released statement after statement promising this feature will arrive even though it is a couple of months late already. With a release like this, it seems like it is purposefully going under the radar. Facebook knows they have one of the most effective platforms for specified ad targeting due to the information Facebook users tell about themselves. From their relationship status, to what pages they visit. The upside of the clear history function is that it gives users the confidence that they aren’t being watched, so for some, the ad they eventually see could sit better with them. Another big plus for businesses is that it is optional; so most people, who are not privacy advocates who stay up on Facebook news might not know about this new option.
So even though it seems like a death sentence for digital advertising that’s a far cry from the truth. لعبة بوكر تكساس If anything users who find a problem with personalized ads won’t have that problem anymore. Now ads will seem more genuine and trustworthy. So yes data is being erased. But Facebook knows this won’t really matter other than the initial dent in loss of data. Facebook will still be an extremely effective marketing tool for all users.
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January 11, 2018
The world of advertising is ever-growing and ever-changing. As it changes, so do we. Peak Seven Advertising is always moving forward and is always dedicated to the successes of our clients. For our Year In Review, let’s delve into the website projects that made 2017 such a successful year for Peak Seven and and even more successful year for our clients!
The internet is a creature of pure power and harnessing that power is key to finding your client’s online market. كازينو اونلاين This year, PeakSeven created, designed, redesigned and launched more than a few beautiful new websites for our clients and it is our pleasure to share them with you.
Top 5 Peak Seven Website Redesigns
HillBilly Bourbon is one of our favorite clients. We completely reimagined the architecture of the previous website in order to show-off just how amazing their product is. We kept in mind the core message of the brand, Born Country Raised Outdoors. Take a look at the transformation here hillbillybourbon.com
The primary reason for Kennedy Homes’ website redesign was to improve conversion rates, while reflecting the prestige and heritage of the brand. With this as our goal, we set out to put the consumer’s information at the forefront of the website, making it easy to use and a joy to explore. Take a look for yourself here: kennedyhomesllc.com
Before contacting PeakSeven, Aquatic Systems’ website left much to be desired in terms of design and usability. It became imperative that we fix this website for the better and the result was magnificent. Check out how user-friendly and useful our take on aquaticsystems.com is.
Nupointfunding.com was a fun website to design. The characters and illustrations used bring a certain joy to the site that only PeakSeven can provide. راهن على كرة القدم Not only does this site look great, but it is “markedly better” than what they had before.
We’ll end this list with our newest edition to the websites we remade in 2017. OneLife Fitness is a brand of world class gyms operating in Virginia, Maryland and Atlanta. بوكر هولدم Having just launched this December, this website is already a big hit with gym members and staff alike! Check it out here: onelifefitness.com
We look forward to all of the amazing challenges that 2018 will bring us in website design and we are excited to be a part of such great projects coming from some of the world’s best clients!
December 14, 2017
Today, The Federal Communications Commision, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, decided to remove Obama-era consumer protections and regulations on the internet. You may have heard on the news in recent months that Net Neutrality was going to be repealed. مواقع رهان Let’s discuss what exactly Net Neutrality was, what it did, and what it going away means for you and your business’ website.
What is (was) Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use.
In 2015, millions of activists pressured the Federal Communications Commission to adopt historic Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open — allowing people to share and access information of their choosing without interference.
These rules were put in place in late 2015 as a way to prevent the internet companies from slowing down or blocking access to sites that can’t pay them a fee. As a response to consumers “cutting the cord” and getting access to content like Netflix rather than through cable, ISPs were losing billions.
So now with Net Neutrality knocking on Death’s door, all of the internet providers now have the power to charge the consumer AND the websites more money to access the necessary websites they need for work and entertainment. Those that do not comply, might be lost on the web unable to access those sites without paying massive fees and charges.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
Let’s say you are selling a product and that product needs to be advertised online. شرح 1xbet Your options are fairly limitless right now, you can run pre-roll ads on YouTube, banner ads on Facebook or search ads on Google. Without Net Neutrality, the access that consumers have to view those websites might be severely impacted and thus lower the eyes on your ads.
If you run a website for your business, Comcast might send you a letter saying that you are going to be charged to keep your website on the “preferred” internet package, otherwise it will be blocked. You get the same letter from Verizon, AT&T etc… Eventually it becomes too much of a hassle to run your website because it costs more to operate than you get in return from online purchases and enquiries.
It’s thanks to Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive online. سباق الحصان Without Net Neutrality, internet companies will exploit their gatekeeper position and destroy the internet’s fair and level playing field.
The future of Net Neutrality now falls on the hands of Congress and the courts, make sure your voice is heard: