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  • Achieve (Compelling) Visual Coherence: Build a Brand Identity Toolkit That's Flexible, Durable, Shareable—and Yours
    by Roger Sametz
    Creating your visual brand mosaic requires a toolkit different from the one used by earlier corporate ID practitioners––one based more on shared thinking and approaches and less around rules, one that allows you to tune communications for different initiatives and constituencies, and one that can be taught and shared. more
  • Social Consumers' Opinions More Credible Than Brands'
    Consumer-based word-of-mouth (WOM) information is viewed as the most reliable source of information about brands on social networking sites: 38% of social networking users say posts from other consumers are most credible, followed by posts from brands themselves (32%), according to a survey from InSites Consulting. more
  • That's One Small Step for Analytics
    Do you find the thought of seeking useful information from your analytics package an astronomically daunting one? If so, you're not alone. In a recent post at the Online Marketing Blog, Thomas McMahon notes that small-business owners often can't find the time to make sense of vast reams of analytics ... more
  • Messaging Through Earbuds, Pt. II
    Last time, we explained how podcasts present a great opportunity to bring brand awareness to on-the-go users. But how can the average marketer produce a winner in the podcast-sphere? Here are a few tips to help you get it right: Stick to a schedule. A good podcast creates the impression that ... more
  • Online TV Viewers Tolerate Ads Well
    US Internet users who watch TV content online tolerate 6-7 minutes of online advertising per hour, substantially higher than the roughly four minutes of ads per hour currently delivered online as part of TV content, according to a comScore study of cross-platform TV content viewers. more
  • Marketers: Shifting to Digital; Email, Search Perform Best
    Most marketing executives cite email or search marketing as their company's top-performing advertising channel in 2009—39.4% and 23.6%, respectively—and over nine in ten (93.6%) say they plan to increase their budget allocation to digital marketing in the next five years, according to the Fourth Annual Marketing and Media Survey from ... more
  • Cut the Loner Act
    Big insight: Content creation, pumped exclusively and relentlessly out by You, Inc., isn't the only way to leverage the power of social media. These days, you don't have to go it alone! Sometimes a strategic partnership with a site with a built-in, enthusiastic user base can take half the legwork out ... more
  • Ad Spend Forecast Revised Upward
    Marking the beginning of a moderate recovery, worldwide advertising expenditure is forecast to grow 2.9% this year, an upward revision of nearly 2 percentage points from the 1% forecast issued in October 2009, according to Carat. more
  • Newspaper Ad Revenue Plummeting
    In the face if a weak economy and declining readership in the print space, the US newspaper industry generated an estimated $27.6 billion in total ad revenue in 2009, down 27.2% from the $37.8 billion recorded a year earlier, according to data issued by the Newspaper Association of America. more
  • Articulate to Resonate: Crafting and Communicating Messages That Matter
    by Eric Norman
    How can you articulate your ideas, qualities, and capabilities in ways that connect to, and engage, your communities? Messaging, or communicating with a rigorous focus on a system of key ideas, is a fundamental activity of strategic brand development and management. Disciplined messaging helps organizations engage in productive dialogues, especially ... more
  • Rethinking Normal: The Newest in Marketing Research From the ARF's Annual Conference
    At a lot of marketing conferences, over-excited pitch people talk a lot about The New Thing that will Change Every Paradigm Forever. So much over-enthusiasm can jade just about anyone, so it was a relief to attend the Advertising Research Federation's (ARF) re:Think 2010 conference taking place in New York ... more
  • Beat 'em to the Finish Line!
    In a recent post at Search Engine People, Stephanie Woods reports there's been chatter lately about Google's making page-load speed an important part of its algorithm. That should come as no surprise, she notes, as usability studies have shown time and again that Web users like speed. According to Woods, here's ... more
  • Behaviorally Targeted Ads More Valuable, Effective
    Behaviorally targeted (BT) advertising generated on average 2.68 times the revenue per ad as non-targeted run-of-network (RON) advertising in 2009, while average CPMs for behaviorally targeted advertising were over twice (2.08 times) the average of RON CPMs, according to the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI). more
  • Trust in Yellow Pages Remains Strong
    Nearly two-thirds (65%) of consumers surveyed say they referenced print or Internet Yellow Pages when looking for local business information in the previous month, according to a study by the Yellow Pages Association. more
  • Carrier App Stores Strong, but Apple Leads
    Despite the buzz around application stores tied to specific mobile devices such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry, carrier app stores are alive and well in the US: one-half (50%) of all mobile apps consumers accessed carrier app stores at the end of 2009, according to Nielsen's new App Playbook. more
  • The Cause That Refreshes
    More companies seem to be realizing these days that they can use their power in the marketplace to aim for goals bigger than just bottom-line-related ones. That may be because more consumers, when buying similar products, are opting to choose ones that "give back" to a charitable cause. It's an easy way to ... more
  • Small Biz Search Spend Surges in 4Q09
    Small business advertisers spent on average $2,149 on search advertising in the fourth quarter of 2009, up 111% from $1,018 spent in the same period a year earlier, and up 30% from the $1,658 spent in the third quarter of 2009, according to a study by WebVisible based on its ... more
  • Careful How You Land That Thing
    When it comes to your search ad's landing page—the page that captures the imagination and clicks of your potential customers—you can't be too careful. So warns Jared Spool in a recent User Interface Engineering post that describes common pitfalls when creating landing experiences. To get the most for your search-advertising dollar, Spool recommends, ... more
  • Messaging Through Earbuds, Pt. I
    If you don't think of podcasting as a mobile medium, think again! Any users with MP3 players (including smartphones) can load podcasts onto their devices and listen to them anywhere—while sitting on the subway, jogging, walking the dog, you name it. Podcasts are inexpensive to produce, and once you've loaded one onto your server, you can ... more
  • Mobile Apps Market to Reach $17.5B by 2012
    The global mobile applications market is forecast to reach $17.5 billion by 2012 and surpass the market for CDs (which is projected to reach $13.8 billion during the same period), according to GetJar. more
  • Making UGC a Picnic
    What's a Picnic (apart from the classic family activity involving a checkered tablecloth and a ton of ants)? A Picnic is a formidably large candy bar proffered by Cadbury, stuffed with caramel, wafers and nuts. But unless you're in the mood to strengthen your jaw muscles, it's not really the ... more
  • US Ad Spend Down 12.3% in 2009
    Total measured advertising expenditures fell 12.3% in 2009 from 2008 levels, to $125.3 billion, according to data released by Kantar Media (formerly TNS Media Intelligence). more
  • Ad Spending Share by Medium, December 2009
    Cable and Network television together accounted for nearly 44% of ad spending share in December 2009 , according to recently released data from the Nielsen Company. Television's share, when including local TV, constituted some 60% of ad spending for the month. more
  • Smartphone Owners Ready for Mobile Coupons
    Over one-third (36%) of smartphone owners say they want to receive mobile grocery coupons, but only 9% have received a location-based coupon, discount code, or text message on their phone in the previous six months, according to a survey from Compete. more
  • Media and Marketing M&A to Rebound in 2010
    Fueled by optimism about the economy and business prospects in emerging media and interactive services, mergers and acquisitions activity in media and marketing is expected to rebound in 2010, according to a survey from AdMedia Partners. more

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