Advertisers Need to Pay More Attention to the Weather When Planning Campaigns

adweek | July 21, 2019

Advertisers have got a lot to think about. For one thing, trends are constantly shifting in terms of the creative that resonates most with audiences as well as the types of messaging that those audiences respond best to. On top of that, there is a fair amount of work that goes into determining who the target audience is in the first place. Generally speaking, I’m all for lightening the workload, but I also think that there is a huge missed opportunity that advertisers aren’t paying attention to. Namely, the weather.

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Social media is one of the best ways to amplify your brand and the great content you’re creating. But it isn’t enough to just post content to social whenever you feel like it. Sometimes are better than others.
So, what are the best hours to post on each social media channel? Unfortunately, there's no perfect answer. People browse each social network differently, and businesses may find different days and times work best for them. For example, while Twitter sees tweets perform well at hours like 3 p.m., Instagram sees certain posts perform well as late at 2 a.m. These aren't you're only (or best) times, though. Good post timing depends on the platform you're using, as well as on how your target audience interacts with that platform, the regions and corresponding time zones you're targeting, and your marketing goals (e.g., clickthroughs versus shares).

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Social media is one of the best ways to amplify your brand and the great content you’re creating. But it isn’t enough to just post content to social whenever you feel like it. Sometimes are better than others.
So, what are the best hours to post on each social media channel? Unfortunately, there's no perfect answer. People browse each social network differently, and businesses may find different days and times work best for them. For example, while Twitter sees tweets perform well at hours like 3 p.m., Instagram sees certain posts perform well as late at 2 a.m. These aren't you're only (or best) times, though. Good post timing depends on the platform you're using, as well as on how your target audience interacts with that platform, the regions and corresponding time zones you're targeting, and your marketing goals (e.g., clickthroughs versus shares).

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IMA Launches Global Ad Campaign Highlighting the Need for Skilled CMAs in Businesses

IMA®, The Gate | September 14, 2022

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AdKaora and Adgage Strike Exclusive Multi-Platform Partnership with Anzu to Bring Intrinsic In-Game Ads

AdKaora, AdGage, Anzu | September 22, 2022

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Teads Evolves Into Omnichannel With The Expansion Of Connected TV Media In The U.S.

Teads | September 26, 2022

Teads, the global end-to-end platform, today announces the next step in its evolution, adding connected TV to its suite of media to expand audience reach and better deliver business outcomes for brands. Known for its inRead video and display formats, Teads’ addition of CTV gives advertisers and their agencies the ability to seamlessly buy a new array of high-attention, quality media to deliver and quantify better business outcomes. After running a successful one year beta program, Teads is adding CTV as the latest channel in Teads’ mission to future proof partner success by enabling quality at scale and building an optimal ad experience for brands and consumers. With new access to high quality environments across every screen, Teads’ CTV expansion aligns closely with the platform’s legacy of creating ad experiences that are high-value for brands and publishers while respecting the end consumer. Unique to Teads’ new CTV offering, brands will have access to creative optimization, driving action with the use of interactivity, omnichannel frequency capping and remarketing, as well as omnichannel attention measurement. The CTV offering mirrors Teads’ current solutions, guaranteeing a curated marketplace of premium content for brands to advertise within, and ensuring immersive ad experiences that are relevant for consumers. By adding TV inventory to the mix, brands are now able to buy across TV, mobile and desktop through the Teads platform, fully leveraging access to nearly 2 billion monthly unique users. Teads tapped into their existing premium publisher relationships, like Scripps, to unlock access to cross-screen audiences for brands. Tom Sly, vice president of programmatic revenue for The E.W. Scripps Company said: “We have found great value in our collaboration with Teads on its expanded omnichannel offering to provide advertisers with unique reach for Scripps’ premium CTV audiences. Our Teads CTV relationship has resulted in impressive revenue growth, and we’re enthused about what the future of this partnership offers.” This access to premium, brand safe media allows brands to reach consumers throughout the customer journey at different moments of the day for more contextualized targeting, as well as strengthening advertisers’ capabilities at the top of the marketing funnel through the Teads platform. Teads is initially launching its CTV solution in the US with additional territories to begin rolling out later this year. Mediahub US CEO, Sean Corcoran said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Teads on an expanded cross-screen campaign that leverages the importance and value of CTV. We saw positive results in a recent campaign leveraging Teads’ new omnichannel offering yielding high attention and a favorable lift in viewership for a leading entertainment client.” During its beta run, Teads successfully partnered with brands across every major category and saw positive outcomes across the funnel, from garnering high attention to brand awareness, purchase intent and tune-in conversion. Mediahub US CEO, Sean Corcoran said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Teads on an expanded cross-screen campaign that leverages the importance and value of CTV. We saw positive results in a recent campaign leveraging Teads’ new omnichannel offering yielding high attention and a favorable lift in viewership for a leading entertainment client.” Teads’ CTV offering debuts on the heels of its recently launched Teads Attention Program, which advances omnichannel attention measurement for brands, and also complements Teads Studio, its creative arm to help brands resonate with ideal audiences. Teads Studio’s team of designers and creative strategists are able to enhance and reimagine existing assets in order to drive better outcomes across all of Teads’ high-attention, premium inventory – now across digital and TV. Jeremy Arditi, co-CEO, Teads, said: “For Teads, CTV was a natural extension of our media suite as we look to innovate and continue to offer new advertising solutions for our clients that are focused on quality, immersive experiences that drive attention, and ultimately business outcomes. We are really excited to work with a new host of publisher partners and connect them with our outstanding, existing base of advertisers and their agencies.”

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