How long have we been saying this? You cannot blindly take a TV ad and shove it into Facebook newsfeeds or YouTube and expect it to prove effective. People consume these channels differently and respond differently to the content they see in them. Marketers have to work with people’s mindset not against it.  by Nigel Hollis

Effective marketers seek a balance between preferences in common across major segments and leveraging nuances that may increase segment relevancy and act as more direct triggers to purchase by connecting at a deeper emotional level with segments. The real question is whether homogeneous vs. targeted messages would attain the needed relevance level to cause additional prospects to purchase. Marketing to Millennials is no exception to this conundrum.

Most marketers rely on either marketing mix models or a form of attribution modeling to measure how effectively their marketing efforts are driving sales. There are pros and cons to both approaches, especially as both continue to mature, but marketing mix models take some elements into account that attribution models often do not. Matt Krepsik, global head of ROI at Nielsen, spoke with eMarketer’s Maria Minsker about making the case for marketing mix models and how brands can benefit from them.

Last month, a debate broke out online between Jeffrey Bowman of Reframe: The Brand and the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) over the relevance of total market vs. multicultural marketing.  by Jose Villa -  Founder and President, Sensis

Marketers are true believers when it comes to influencers, and many continue to spend big—investing anywhere from $5,000 to upward of $100,000 on a single campaign.

Google’s ad saga has spread beyond the U.K., as brands including AT&T, Verizon, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Enterprise Holdings Inc. and distiller Beam Suntory Inc. said they were also suspending or canceling at least some advertising with Google, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Brewing giant AB InBev has kicked off a global media planning and buying review and is inviting the six major holding companies to put together teams to pitch the assignment, the company confirmed early Wednesday.

The report provides a retrospective view of the major shifts in cross-platform consumer behavior occurring in sectors such as TV, digital media, mobile, social media, advertising, box office and e-commerce, with an eye toward what these trends mean for the year ahead.

There are two sides to every coin, and a coin can’t exist without both sides.  The same can be said for marketing: You need a great product and a great story, and you can’t succeed with only one of those elements in place.

Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc. walked away with 21 American Advertising Federation – Houston Chapter awards, including a "Best in Show" in the Broadcast category. This marks the 14th consecutive year that the agency has earned "Best in Show" honors.

It’s no secret that advertisers are increasingly demanding more transparency from their agencies, ad-tech vendors, publishers, and other partners. In recent weeks, we’ve seen Google and Facebook take steps to address concerns over the way measurement is handled on their platforms: Google's YouTube and Facebook are undergoing audits by the Media Rating Council (MRC).

Most B2C marketers now have more distribution channels than they did just a few years ago. Though these channels afford marketers more data to leverage and opportunities for conversion, they also create more challenges in closing the attribution loop.

Planning -- then and now -- has always been about picking the right ingredients in appropriate quantities to ensure that the end result works for the client. To do this well any planner needs to appreciate the pros and cons of all available communication channels.  By Brian Jacobs / The Cog Blog

The study—titled “Empowering the Data-Driven Customer Strategy: Addressing Customer Engagement From the Foundation Up”—highlights the gaps between strategy and execution that continue to prevent marketers from creating seamless, real-time engagements with today’s connected customers.

According to The Walls Street Journal, The recent split between Honda Motor Co.’s U.S. unit and its media agency serves as the latest example of a breakdown in trust between a client and its agency.

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