The best and worst of public service advertising

RICHARD TAYLOR | August 18, 2019

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If you have something to say, say it. If you have nothing to say, use showmanship. That’s the philosophy that some live by in the advertising business. With many consumer products it’s hard to find a USP. One soap powder is much like another, so to stand out you have to resort to a bit of razzle-dazzle or, as some might call it, smoke and mirrors. With public service advertising you have the opposite problem. You often have too much to say and are in danger of boring the audience into submission with an information overload.  Take obesity, for example, a major health issue in Britain today and you could quote reams of statistics to prove the point and give no end of dire warnings to people. So how refreshing to see the solution hit on by the current government-sponsored campaign which revolves around the creation of a spoof cigarette brand named ‘Obesity’.

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F.biz was born on July 13, 1999. From the site Fulano, started to act as a producer and soon reached the top of the ranking of independent digital agencies in the country. In 2011, it had 70% of its capital acquired by the WPP Group. With the positioning "Early adapter", today F.biz is a communication agency prepared to evolve according to the constant changes of the market. Are some of the customers that have an agile, strategic and integrating structure, with strong expertise in digital and that understands the consumer in any environment. The agency accumulates international and national awards such as Cannes Lions, Effie Awards, Wave Festival, Facebook Awards, CCSP, among others. In 2016, the BCO of F.biz, Guilherme Jahara, won the Caboré Prize in the Professional Creation category, one of the most important recognitions of Brazilian propaganda. Learn more about the agency at www.fbiz.com.br.

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As a B2B Marketer, Is Out-of-home Advertising (OOH) Part of Your Mix?

Article | November 23, 2021

Many marketers today don’t know what OOH stands for, though it’s been a highly used marketing medium for decades. Out-of-home advertising consists of anything from billboards, blimps, and bus signage, to street furniture, event advertising, and connected TV, and can be as small as a window poster or the back of a street bench or larger than life, covering a wall or wrapping an entire building. OOH is now being seen as an emerging technology channel, but why? For starters, during the surge of online advertising over the last 15 years, Facebook and Google ads have seemingly gotten all the attention. Today, many marketing teams have been so focused on online marketing they no longer have much time to spend thinking out-of-the-box. But OOH is upping its game with a technology lift that is allowing marketers to highly target their audiences as well as improve the impact of their online advertising campaigns. And we’re not just talking about Pepsi and McDonalds. OOH advertising has long been effective for countless brands, known and unknown, and the possibilities are endless. We are seeing everything from wrapping an ice cream truck with your message and parking across the street from an event to highly targeted ads on TV screens in bars, restaurants, banks, and hotels. People take action after seeing OOH advertisements, doing online searches and visiting websites. In fact, Nielsen’s Out-of-Home Advertising Study 2019 edition reported that 66% of smartphone users took some type of action after seeing a OOH advertisement in the past year, and over four in 10 used online search to look up information. OOH drives more social and digital interactions than any other medium. If you aren’t in the OOH game, here’s why B2B marketers should be considering it as part of their marketing mix: 1. Build brand trust According to a survey conducted by Freeman, CMOs, brand managers, and event planners are putting more stake in in-person brand experiences. Billboards and OOH real world advertising are not only for the big brand names. If someone doesn’t know you, you can add significant trust and credibility to your brand as well as add more impact to your online Facebook and Google ads. And, OOH advertising is always there for audiences to see. It’s not invasive, block-able or frustrating as digital ads can be. 2. Hyper-target your audience Tech advances are allowing marketers to hyper-target out in the real-world. For startups, challenger brands, and anyone looking to target a specific group of people, it’s possible to zero in on the roads people drive on every day for work or the bars and restaurants they go to afterward. Mobile devices pinged at various locations are looked at like inbound links, as if coming from your website. If you want to reach people who work at a certain place, in a certain location, you can identify who’s driving by your billboard. 3. Generate leads You can then get that feedback, like who’s driving by, of those driving by, who went to your website? What are they searching on? Who converted to a lead? 4. Endless use cases With technology advancements, the possibilities in OOH are endless – mobile billboards on LED trucks, wall murals, TVs in countless public facilities and arenas, and billboards of all kinds that can be enhanced digitally. 5. OOH advertising is always “on.” Your OOH advertisement is there 24/7, delivering your message to every passerby during peak target times and all other times, broadening your reach without additional cost. And unlike digital advertising, OOH does not appear and then quickly disappear. It has staying power, displaying your message constantly and consistently around the clock. 6. Stand out at events: Though in-person conferences and events are coming back to life, the days of “host an event and they will come” are long gone. There is fierce competition for the hearts and minds of attendees. To dominate the competition, OOH is a great way to give you visibility, driving traffic to your event, to your booth, to your website – to network, make real-life connections, and generate leads. While online advertising has its place, we have taken a break from being creative. OOH allows an opportunity to get back into exercising your creative muscles. The challenge for marketers is to take their years of internet marketing experience and figure out how to create interesting brand experiences offline. From a tracking standpoint, OOH advertising today is looking more like online advertising. However, instead of tracking people, we are watching places as groups of people move through and pass by billboards or other signage. It’s a powerful “old” tool that marketers can combine with new tools to generate brand awareness and drive inbound interest from highly targeted specs. During the online advertising surge, while we have been wrapped up in tracking and measuring performance clicks, many companies have under invested in their brand. Plus, when integrated with digital marketing, OOH extends both reach and frequency, allowing you to leverage other marketing, online and offline, for maximum results and ROI. Marketers should now be thinking of OOH as one of their viable performance channels.

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Streaming is the mainstream: what that means for UK advertisers

Article | August 10, 2021

In the last year, streaming adoption has grown throughout the UK. We spent more time at home, and many of us turned to new, digital forms of entertainment. But even now with the UK open, many consumers continue to appreciate some of the habits they adopted over the last 16 months, including streaming. Through a recent Kantar study, we learned that 84% of Amazon customers surveyed in the UK are either cord-stackers (viewers who watch both streaming and broadcast or satellite content), or cord-cutters (viewers who only stream content). This sends a clear message. It’s not just early adopters streaming content. It’s the majority. Furthermore, video gaming and e-sports are also on the rise—consumers in 600,000 households started playing console games on their TV in 2020 in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, according to Kantar’s Worldpanel ComTech data. In the UK, e-sports is increasingly popular with nearly 1 in 4 TV viewers streaming e-sports. And where are many gamers watching other gamers? On Twitch. There are now 30 million average daily users on Twitch from 230 countries. Consumers in the UK are also streaming more podcasts, music, and other audio content, year over year.

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Pinterest partners with Rakuten Advertising to monetize Idea Pins

Article | July 29, 2021

As content creators continue to influence brand and product discovery, Pinterest has partnered with Rakuten Advertising on new ways to monetize the platform. On July 27th, Pinterest launched shoppable Idea Pins to allow creators to earn commissions through affiliate programs across networks including Rakuten Advertising and ShopStyle Collective. This partnership creates seamless opportunities for brands to reach, engage and convert consumers throughout their entire shopping journey.

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3 Facebook Ad Ideas to Get Your Content Seen by Your ‘Perfect’ Audience

Article | June 21, 2021

You have countless ways to promote your content online, but one of the most effective is Facebook ads. With over 1.8 billion daily active users, you can almost guarantee your audience is there. You just need to learn how to get your content in front of them. Given a Facebook post’s organic reach is in the single digits, your time is best spent making the advertising side work for your content. In this guide, I detail three of my most effective ways to promote content using Facebook advertising (without ever touching that boost button.) 1. Create a “content bucket” campaign to reach new fans Many content creators are focused on more. They want more fans, more readers/listeners/viewers. With that in mind, focus first on growing your audience by reaching people who are unfamiliar with your brand or your brand’s content – but who would be interested in your topic. My “content bucket” campaign idea works so you don’t have to spend too much time creating big Facebook campaigns for every piece of content you publish. The concept is simple: You create one campaign. Every time you publish a new piece of content, add it to that campaign. Let me walk through how to set this up: Head into your Facebook ads manager and click on “create new campaign.” Pick an objective based on the content. If it’s a Facebook video, pick video views. If it’s a blog, podcast, YouTube video, or other non-Facebook content, select traffic.

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F.biz

F.biz was born on July 13, 1999. From the site Fulano, started to act as a producer and soon reached the top of the ranking of independent digital agencies in the country. In 2011, it had 70% of its capital acquired by the WPP Group. With the positioning "Early adapter", today F.biz is a communication agency prepared to evolve according to the constant changes of the market. Are some of the customers that have an agile, strategic and integrating structure, with strong expertise in digital and that understands the consumer in any environment. The agency accumulates international and national awards such as Cannes Lions, Effie Awards, Wave Festival, Facebook Awards, CCSP, among others. In 2016, the BCO of F.biz, Guilherme Jahara, won the Caboré Prize in the Professional Creation category, one of the most important recognitions of Brazilian propaganda. Learn more about the agency at www.fbiz.com.br.

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