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Audio Advertising 101

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In today’s digital world, traditional advertising methods are no longer enough to maintain competitive in the media and marketing space. Every day, people consume advertisements through a variety of content and streaming platforms. They easily absorb their information through streaming advertisements, whether watching shows and movies on Hulu, or even listening to music or podcasts on Pandora and Spotify. Unlike traditional advertising, audio advertising can reach a more targeted and specific demographic based on the content the user is consuming. Before we dive into what makes audio advertising successful and provide tips on managing a successful campaign, let’s start with the basics: what is audio advertising?

 

What is it?

“Audio advertising” is simple – it’s the advertising you listen to while on your audio-streaming platforms. When you are listening to streaming content on Pandora, Spotify or similar stations, you are likely being targeted with audio advertisements. Advertisers can buy space on such platforms, and strategically target users who fit into their desired audience based on data that is unique to streaming platforms via required profile creation. Each time a user creates a profile on platforms like Spotify or Pandora, they are required to put in basic information such as gender, age, and music preferences. This data can be translated into key demographic data which in turn serves as a way for potential ads to target potential niche audiences. With the growing popularity of audio streaming, the advertising space they offer has grown too. This comes as no surprise, since we have our phones with us at all times; while we are commuting to work or just running errands on the weekend, audio advertising is infused into the daily soundtrack of our everyday lives.

 

Why is it important?

It’s no secret that the world of advertising is changing drastically. Consumers are no longer just engaging with traditional media, and the audio advertising space is one of the new channels that can be utilized to capture your target demographic. Forbes stated that streaming is officially the lifeblood of the music industry in the U.S., considering that Spotify alone has a total of 191 million monthly active users. This means that advertisers must adapt to digital platforms in order to remain relevant. While the space is relatively new and continues to emerge, it is increasing in popularity each year with no signs of slowing down, as more and more users are shifting to multimedia and streaming platforms. While such platforms provide the option of ad-free listening or the choice to skip them, this comes at a premium, but studies have shown that only a small percentage of users choose this option.

 

However, skipping an advertisement could actually work in the advertiser’s favor. In an interview with Ad Age, Danielle Lee, Global Vice President of Partner Solutions at Spotify, said she believes that users will only skip advertisements that are not of interest to them. Therefore, the advertiser can ultimately better target their demographic. Not only will this allow advertisers to narrow down their target audience, but it will allow them to be more successful in their efforts to increase conversions. Individuals will listen and engage with advertisements that interest them and, thus, provide advertisers with important information about how to better target and adapt their marketing efforts. For instance, according to The Drum, platforms such as Spotify have log-in data that allows advertisers to hone in on specific groups of users based on their age, gender and listening habits.

 

This allows digital advertisers to target their specific audience while also being able to measure post-advertising data that is integral in evaluating the campaign. On Spotify, for instance, advertisers can measure user interaction and if they listened until the very end. While it is important to be able to track how many people your advertisement has reached, what is becoming more and more important is the user journey after it has been played fully. For example, did the user visit the advertiser’s website? Did the user make a purchase? This information allows advertisers to track performance in real time and close the advertising loop, providing them with a holistic view of engagement surrounding their advertisement, which then provides a more accurate calculation of their Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS) from music- to podcast-streaming platforms.

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How to Increase College Enrollment through Advertising

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Despite the growing number of majors and universities throughout the United States, college enrollment has experienced a decrease in the last year, per the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Here at MSSmedia, we deliver college recruitment campaigns that help increase student enrollment, in addition to promoting majors and recreational activities on campuses. For example, we ran an out-of-home branding campaign for the College of Nursing at the University of Houston, generating more than 400,000 impressions in promoting the college’s new field of studies. As campus experts, we’ve put together tips on how colleges and universities can generate engagement and establish a strong footprint in the campus space.

Start your student recruitment activities ASAP

As a college or university, you may need to devote more time to recruiting at lower grade-levels, such as high school sophomores, rather than trying to get their attention as seniors. This has proven to be effective in establishing relationships between higher education institutions and students. For instance, by emailing students with exciting news about their colleges or universities will help build trust and loyalty over time. Make them feel special, and let them imagine the campus experience they will soon be living. At MSSmedia, we have provided our university and college partners with both traditional and non-traditional advertising campaigns, such as out-of-home and social media services for the School of Hospitality at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, which ranked as the number one hospitality program in the nation for three consecutive years.

Run a mobile college enrollment campaign

Almost 5 billion people interact on their phones nowadays, so an optimal way for universities and colleges to target students and increase enrollment is through mobile advertising. After planning out your objectives, start thinking of a social media channel to engage students with your campaign. Is it Instagram, Facebook or Twitter? Keep in mind that you don’t need all of them, rather focus on quality over quantity. At MSSmedia, we have helped clients understand the right social media plan to establish trust and generate engagement among students. Just last year, we ran a mobile campaign on behalf of Pandora at FIU to increase brand engagement and drive in-store sales for Mother’s Day. At the end of the campaign, we delivered more than 50,000 impressions and over 300 clicks. Read More

How to Promote Local Economic Growth through an Effective Public Relations Plan

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According to Trading Economics, the U.S. economy grew by 2.1 percent in the second quarter of 2019. As a result of this growth, local governments and non-governmental organizations keep contributing to the overall quality of life, whether it’s increased job opportunities or a safer culture environment. So, how can communities promote their local economic development and the successes that have shaped them today? It is here that Public Relations comes into play. Public Relations is defined as “the management function which tests public attitudes, identifies the policies and procedures of an individual or an organization with the public interest, and plans and executes a program of action to earn public understanding and acceptance.” Essentially, the best Public Relations strategy is to hear a good story and then tell a good story. Public Relations professionals are storytellers. They inform market perceptions by creating and building stories surrounding a product, service, brand or organization. At MSSmedia, our new Public Relations division – led by seasoned publicist Rebecca Astorga, who has worked with clients, such as Fashion Nova, Phil Collins and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – has already started to create a sincere difference as a media and marketing agency. To mark the beginning of a new direction for our agency, we put together a few Public Relations strategy examples that your brand can use to make an impactful difference and stay ahead of the competition.

Keep in mind that Public Relations is not Advertising.

One of the main differences between Public Relations and Advertising is that Public Relations is earned media, whereas the latter is paid media. Earned media or free media refers to publicity gained through word-of-mouth, editorial coverage and mentions other than paid media which is the promotion of content through paid social posts, paid search results as well as promoted multimedia.  However, Public Relations and Advertising share the same goal of promoting their clients and, ultimately, setting them up for success by ensuring optimal visibility for the target audiences. Public Relations is the essential intermediary that builds strategic communication between organizations and the public, so it is important to define what target audience your efforts are geared toward. Are they real estate agents, local residences and businesses, or tourists? Once you define your audience, then the next step will be implementing a good story through media relations. One of the most successful examples that translates theory into practice is the campaign launched by Edelman for Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB). The target market for this campaign was New Yorkers that commute via the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), from the subway to buses, and who purchased Hawaiian MetroCards in late April 2019, and then had a chance to win a breathtaking trip to the Hawaiian Islands. The campaign went viral, creating enormous engagement online and off, while also garnering excitement among New Yorkers and tourists. At MSSmedia, we know how to differentiate our local Public Relations services from the rest of the competition while driving high-value business for our clients, similar to the partnership between MTA and HVCB. Read More

How Digital Advertising Can Reduce Food Waste

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Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day. Did you know approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year? Food waste has become a controversial issue, so restaurants, grocery stores and the federal government are adopting strategies to reduce it in the United States (as well as internationally). Even digital marketing companies have explored unconventional ways to raise awareness among people on a national scale. For example, in the last couple of years, media and marketing companies have been trying to sensitize Americans to learn how to recycle properly. At MSSmedia, we partnered with the University of Southern California to run an ad campaign for the Environmental Student Assembly. This campaign helped generate and increase awareness among all students through the installments of out-of-home advertisements to promote recycling bins. From years of experience dealing with sustainability campaigns, we want to share some ideas that digital advertising companies, like us, have been using to get people closer to food and recycling topics.

Remember. Advertising is everywhere.

Regardless if on a mobile device or giant billboard, people typically don’t realize that advertisements are everywhere. However, to succeed, it is important to set up the right digital marketing strategy that can help your brand gain measurable and attainable results. Last year, we ran a sustainability campaign partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago to encourage recycling. At the end of the campaign, we delivered an outstanding 255,000+ impressions campus wide. In the full scope of this effort, we also implemented an out-of-home and mobile advertising campaign at Boston College and Northeastern University for Peapod, a food delivery service that has been working on sustainable seafood support since 2008. The multi-tiered campaign increased brand engagement and visibility through a mobile campaign as well as out-of-home advertisements that delivered more than 100,000 impressions and generated 1,000 clicks. This is a prime example of how business practices in food production can work with sustainability messaging to deliver a successful long-term campaign. Read More

The 5 Biggest Mistakes that Campus Advertisers Make

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Each fall, millions of students attending U.S. colleges and universities carry more than $400 billion in spending power. As students flock to campuses nationwide, there are endless opportunities for advertisers to get in front of millennial buyers.  At MSSmedia, we’ve worked with both advertisers and universities to run successful back-to-college campaigns for 15 years. We are college marketing experts that know the place, the products, and how to successfully deliver marketing strategies. In our 15 years of experience, we’ve seen clients and other agencies make critical errors in their campus advertising campaigns. To learn from their mistakes and execute the best campaign possible, we’ve put together a list of the 5 biggest mistakes that people make. Read on to avoid wasting your budget and resources in the college advertising world!

Not Knowing your Competition

One of the most efficient ways to understand your target market, is to study the competition. Analyze your competitors’ weaknesses and strengths. What do they offer that you don’t? Who are they are selling to? Understand what they are doing right, and what they may be doing wrong. Once you have outlined a plan, start looking at their social media presence! Look at things like their engagement rate on Facebook and Instagram. Search for their home page on LinkedIn and see if you can do better! Conducting an in-depth analysis of your competition will help you organize all your ideas and projects on how to market to millennials. Working with a company like MSSmedia who can help you conduct a competitive audit can put you ahead of the game. Our campus experts can help you redefine your advertising strategy and maximize your advertising budget.

Not Defining your Target Audience

After you have analyzed your competitors, identify a specific target audience that will best fit your product or service. Do you want to target local students, international students, or maybe student organizations? The options are countless; which is why you need to organize your stream of thoughts before going further in your marketing plan. Start by answering some of the following questions. How old is your target market? Where can you find the target audience you want to reach? What are some of the values the target cares for most? What are they most interested in? Campus OOH advertising can be integral to generating brand awareness among generation Z. In fact, research has shown that more than 70% of students pay attention to on campus billboards and posters.

After answering these questions, you can begin to create a sketch of the types of young people you are interested in reaching. With this strategy, you will be able to personalize your marketing message and identify specific characteristics that you may have not considered before. At MSSmedia, we know how to reach college students. For instance, one of our out-of-home campaigns with Panera was launched a few years ago at Ohio University and Virginia Tech. It featured various OOH installments in order to promote the new delivery to the two campuses. The campaign ended up being so successful in the number of impressions delivered (over 58 million) that Panera scheduled a similar campaign the year after. Read More

To Digital or Not to Digital: The Mobile Piece

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Written by Barbara Gretsch & Hannah Wendell, April 26, 2019

Although some may question the importance of including digital advertising into their media mix, there should be no debate: Digital advertising is a necessity, and its importance will only continue to grow.

 

As research shows, US digital advertising spend in 2019 is said to topple $130 billion. Who will be the largest digital ad sellers for this? Well, Google and Facebook of course (Amazon climbing to a close third). By the way, $93.25 billion of this digital ad spend is earmarked for mobile advertising. That’s right, ads being shown on your mobile devices. Face it, society spends a lot of time on their phones. Therefore, why not spend media dollars on digital advertisements served to those devices? These digital advertising capabilities are giving marketers more power than ever to target with granular specificity while diminishing wasted ad spend. Ads are served to the intended audience, the intended demographic, and the intended location while in their audience member’s hands. Why wouldn’t you put money behind that?

 

Today, every generation is impacted by digital ads and the speed of technological change. In a time of “innovate or die”, all businesses need to evaluate current marketing strategies to ensure digital media is an active part of the mix.  Take advantage of what the digital marketing world has to offer. Explore all your options and market effectively.

How To Reach Gen Z During Spring Break

By | Generation Z, Mobile Advertising, Social Media Advertising | No Comments
Charlotte Zoda, March 25, 2019

Advertising to Generation Z During Spring BreakThough there is a debate on where Generation Z ends and the Millennial Generation begins, those at the end of the spectrum for Gen Z (born 1997-2012) are already starting to graduate college. Gen Z is on the way to becoming one of the largest generations (about 32% of the population) and with that comes spending power. Spring Break comes as a welcomed distraction for most students, but how do you capture the attention of these “digital natives” as they make plans with friends and travel across the world?

 

Promo Items and Merchandise

Passing out shirts or sunglasses to the Spring Break masses may feel archaic, but it’s a simple way to create brand awareness. Gen Z often prefer a cool product over a cool experience. Putting in extra thought and time in your promo item could really pay off in the long run.

 

Social Media

Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube rank at the top for most popular social media platforms for this generation. They’re creating new industry standards, such as the 6-second pre-roll ads. They’re looking for influencer and peer recommendations on products, where to eat, and interesting places to visit. Companies should cross-promote branded content where these users spend the most time.

 

Mobile Advertising

The average smartphone usage with this generation is higher than on any other device, which is 15.4 hours per week. On average people spend about 89% of their time within apps, like streaming Spotify at the beach. Therefore, it’s key to leverage in-app advertising. It is also key to have a mobile-optimized and user-friendly website to further connect with this audience, to engage them where they are spending their time.

 

More research and studies will come out as this group continues to age, looking at how they impact purchasing power and develop brand loyalties. Current attitudes may shift, but one thing is certain: a well developed multi-channel marketing plan is a must. Spring Break may be only two weeks in the spring, but the opportunity to reach this young demographic is all year long.

March Madness: Game-Time for Mobile Advertising

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Danielle Janke, March 9, 2018

March Madness: The three-week college basketball tournament that turns Corporate America into the most unproductive group that we will see all year long. It has shown to be the most popular sporting event after all professional post-season championships and has raked in billions of ad revenue in the last 10 years.

 

So for you mobile advertisers, this is the perfect time for you to leverage the passion of the fans while they work during the bulk of game play. Why? They turn to their smart phones to check scores and keep up on where they stand when it comes to their brackets (probably ones they created in-office).

 

Take advantage of those who participate by targeting young professionals in your DMA; nearly 40% of 35 – 49 year olds use their mobile device to engage with the tournament.  Gaming and sports are common app categories during the tournament, so serving your ad through a mobile in-app platform is your ticket to getting straight into their hands.

 

Of course we can’t forget the college demo – we already know that millennials are on their phones constantly, and 89% of their usage is in-app. Geofence the Universities in your area to keep your brand top of mind. Also think about fencing sports bars, grocery and liquor stores.

 

Cleverly tying in themed content wouldn’t hurt either. Look for points of connection between your brand and the action unfolding on and off the court. If you can reasonably tie something your company or brand does with some part of the tournament, you will become more relevant to your demo, and they’ll be more likely to engage with your ad.

 

So get to it, advertisers.  Mobile seems to be the obvious choice this March Madness Season.

May the best team (and brand) win!

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