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7 Need to Know 2017 Marketing Trends

1. Digital ad spend is on par with TV now. The balance shifted faster than expected and digital spend will likely exceed TV next year. Spend isn’t moving away from TV to digital, but rather from Print and Local media, according to eMarketer. For the digital space, we’re seeing a consolidation of tech and publishing…

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What Is Your Optimal Media Mix?

Over the past twenty years, as digital outlets evolved into what they are today, marketing decision-making has become increasingly complex. Consumers’ attention is split across a multitude of vehicles—gone are the days of bucketing your budget into TV, print and radio while feeling confident that your target customer is receiving your message. So, too, are…

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Programmatic TV: What is it, How Does it Work and What are the Benefits?

What is programmatic TV? As Digiday.com explains, programmatic TV is “[t]he technology automated and data driven way to buy and deliver ads against TV content. This includes digital TV ads served across web, mobile devices and connected TV.” But how does programmatic TV buying actually work? What are the benefits? And if it is all that great,…

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Chad Robley & Lucie Greene Talk Gen Z

Lucie Greene, Worldwide Director of Innovation at J. Walter Thompson, recently published her Generation Z trend report, which includes more than 70 pages of research, analysis, and brand examples offering insights as to where our culture is headed and how to best reach our newest generation of consumers. During Interactive Day 2015’s keynote, Mindgruve’s CEO,…

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17 Facebook & Email Marketing Best Practices

Facebook is uniting efforts with several partners, including email marketing platform Mailchimp, to help small and medium businesses take advantage of their digital potential. On June 4th, the Boost Your Business with Facebook half-day conference stopped in San Diego. And of course Mindgruve had to be there! Expert panelists, guests, partners and the Facebook team…

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13 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Report: 2015 Internet Trends

Every year, famous “Queen of the Net” Mary Meeker from venture capital firm KPCB, presents “The Internet Report.” This year, it comes in at a whopping 196 slides. We’ve condensed it to 13 key points that we, as marketers, care about most and think you should know: Internet users grew from less than 1% of…

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Why Mobile-Friendly Websites Will Win In 2015

Introducing Google’s New Mobile Guidelines & Tools It’s no longer a surprise, we all know that online mobile usage is growing at the speed of light and quickly taking over desktop usage across industries. As a result, mobile search and mobile applications are the first touchpoints between users and brands. 2014 was already announced as…

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Why Programmatic Buying Is Growing in Popularity

It seems as if marketers move further and further away from direct buys and fall more into the world of programmatic buying. An article on Ad Exchanger by Sarah Sluis states that 87% of brands and agencies plan to spend 50% more on programmatic ad buys. Advertising Age is projecting that $9.8 billion will be…

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The Sweet Spot: How to Avoid Being “Too Salesy” on Social Media

Lately, we’ve been tasked to think of ways to market a product via social media without making the tweet or post sound “too salesy.” Sound familiar? After all, with nearly 60% of Facebook and Instagram users and 46% of Twitter users logging on every day, your brand better speak to the masses in the most…

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Mobile Email Marketing: Avoiding the ‘Unsubscribe’

To put it simply, we’re living in the age of screens. Screens of all sizes, of different operating systems, and all have their own set of rules for mobile content. According to a study done by Business Insider, the global smart phone penetration exploded from 5% in 2009 to 22% by the end of 2013….

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What You Need To Know About Millennials

Being a Millennial isn’t as easy as it looks. For those of us born after 1981, we have to live with crushing student loan debt, being labeled as lazy or entitled and people waiting in line to tell us just what’s wrong with our generation. Not to mention, our childhood heroes are constantly being unceremoniously…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Post, Pin, & Tweet: The Best Time to Outreach

As a person slightly addicted to social media and a professional social media consultant, I tend to be browsing through my networks every other waking hour (I wish this were an exaggeration). My supervisor kindly refers to me as a “power user.” However, I’m not the general population of social media users. Most tend to…

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4 Better Ways to Spend Your Marketing Budget Than at Comic-Con

There’s no doubt. Brands LOVE Comic-Con and so do we. But, as the main exhibit hall gets more crowded each year, it’s becoming obvious that grabbing the attention of attendees is extremely difficult unless you’re spending a ton to promote the next summer blockbuster. Don’t have millions to spend? Here’s a couple ways that brands…

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TNT’s Integrated Marketing Campaign for Comic-Con

Author’s note: Warning! This article contains some Game of Thrones spoilers. Brace yourselves, San Diego. Comic-Con is coming. Whether you’re a visitor to our beautiful city or a local dreading the imminent Gaslamp traffic, you probably noticed that San Diego’s Gaslamp district is slowly transforming into a media planner’s dream. Storefronts will begin transforming into…

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Who Are Brands Overlooking at Comic-Con?

What comes to mind when you picture a San Diego Comic-Con attendee? Is it a comic book “geek” with a poster tube slung across his shoulder? A film buff in a movie t-shirt and cargo shorts? Or is it an avid gamer with a Mountain Dew in hand? Every year, Comic-Con grows exponentially with 130,000…

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Observing a (fantastic) Twitter trend: #TrueDetectiveSeason2

If you subscribe to HBO (or are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who is more than willing to lend you their HBO Go login information), you may be a fan of the crime drama, True Detective, created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Though its first…

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Social Media Marketing World 2014: “Let’s Get Social”

I had the opportunity to attend Social Media Marketing World 2014 from March 27th to March 28th to learn from some of the world’s most influential thought leaders in the social media and digital marketing world. During my time there, I’ve acquired a vast amount of invaluable information and education about social media and the…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] 2014 State of Digital Marketing

We understand the importance of keeping our finger on the pulse of emerging trends in digital marketing. For instance, though investment in digital is growing, only 25% of a marketing budget is used for online efforts. Of course, we anticipate these investments to grow even bigger as consumers turn to technology and thus are changing…

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2014 Marketing Trends: Get Your Search, Social & Mobile On

There has been a lot of discussions about the future of search and search marketing over the past 3 years. The industry has been moving toward quality-focused solutions that aim at improving user experience. In laymen terms, content is still king, social media is queen, big data is prince and SEO is the grand vizier….

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