Friday, November 21, 2014
Internet Advertising has a new threat. No, this threat is not from the black hats, neither is it from a new updates of the search engines. This threat comes directly from the very users which Internet Advertising target (or at least the cheeky ones). These are the very funny, very witty (but from the brand’s point of view, very unwanted) Trolls. Trolling has the capability to hit your ad so hard that it becomes a major task to proofread it against any such possibility.
A troll is any internet user who comments or modifies any posting on the internet (including ad campaigns) with an intention to cause disruption or sabotage the post. A troll usually finds loopholes in the graphics or the ad copy and wrecks havoc with slight modifications or by pointing out the discrepancy with their comments and re-tweets. The way to prevent them from doing so is to ensure that the copies and design do not resemble anything which is offensive or defeats the purpose of the campaign. Campaigns which are highly localized should also take the local anecdotes and customs into consideration. For example, an Internet Advertising Campaign, using a series of images and targeting the Middle East, should be careful as Arabic, the prevalent language there, is read from the right to left.
Monday, November 10, 2014
As the period of Internet Advertising 2014 comes to an end, let us look at the trends which have emerged the most successful. With this write-up, we continue our practice of providing periodical forays into the medium of Internet Advertising. Our aim, in discussing the most successful methods, is to present a map of performance which brands and Internet Advertising Agencies can use to evaluate the most relevant techniques for the purposes of their promotion.
2014 saw the rise of the Viral Videos. Internet Advertising took life from the static Web Banners to animations and then to full-fledged videos. In fact, the online platform was soon used as a faster and cheaper method of propagating these videos than the traditional medium of TV. The fact, that short videos could be sent to each other free of cost with the use of the internet, was amply used by the advertisers to ensure that the videos reached as far as possible. The amount of visibility gained by such viral videos has attained unprecedented levels in 2014.
PPCs formed the other area where much activity was seen this year. This platform received a major boost with Google pushing its Google AdWords SME Program where special focus was put on the convenience of the small and medium businesses. PPC's are an effective way of increasing the efficiency of your Internet Advertising budget as you pay only when the user makes a click.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Internet Advertising has found a high impact playing field in the various social media platforms. Among the purposes of Advertising, an increase in visibility and awareness is a major one. In this regard, there is no other platform more suitable than the Social Media which can take your brand to new heights of visibility.
Internet Advertising is now using this platform to reach even the deep pockets of the target groups. With users following social media on their smartphones now, the propagation of the Internet Ads happens at rates which are far higher than the traditional mediums of advertising. Various applications can share the ad across the contact list in the matter of minutes. Also, this part of the promotion happens free of cost to the advertiser. The change in the propagation of the Internet Ads brought a change in the nature of Internet Advertising too. Internet Advertising Agencies have, moved in a major way, towards providing online video ads. The ads are of very short duration and focus is on catching the attention of the user with a catchy plot rather than blatantly showcasing the USP's of the product or service. The name of the brand is taken in a sublime manner as the better part of attention is paid to plot of the ad.
Sharing of an Internet Ad among friends is also much better than pushing it straight to the users. The opening and engagement rates are much higher in the former case. Since India has become an important hub for the smartphone industry, Internet Advertising Agencies in India have a huge opportunity of using social media to spread the ads.
Monday, April 28, 2014
India is often referred to, as a young nation. This is primarily because 75% of the nation’s population is under the age of 35 years. When we consider that most of these audience groups of youngsters are computer enthusiasts, Internet Advertising comes up as the best way to reach them. With India toppling the USA, in 2010, as the nation with the maximum number of English speakers, companies from across the world have turned their eyes towards the country. The search for a Media, that can reach the masses in India, has resulted in the anointment of Online Advertising as the most appropriate way of targeting the youngsters.
Most of the youngsters are regular internet users and can be easily found online, especially at specific periods of the day. Targeting them with Internet Advertising is the most effective way of reaching as many as possible for the lowest of costs. Additionally, since the Internet Ads can be customized according to the preferences of the internet user, the impact and the conversions are also higher than the other media. Due to the manifold advances in software and increase in the capacities of hardware, Internet Advertising has a larger span of activities. The ways and methods in which Internet Ads can be delivered to the user continue to increase innovatively. It can be ensured that the products and services are not only advertised but the queries are also anticipated and answered. This ability to distinguish, what the target audience is engaged in at the moment, is vital while targeting youngsters. This is because most of the twenty-first century youths are found playing multiple roles. Targeting youngsters in India is essentially targeting an audience, for most of whom, their internet profiles are the only constant attributes. Thus, the internet is the most well placed medium to target youngsters in India.
Attracting the youngsters in India is a long term investment, as their number is set to grow in the coming years. According to a report by “State of the Urban Youth, India 2012: Employment, Livelihoods, Skills”, by 2020, India will be the youngest country in the world, with 64% of the total population in the working age group. The Top Internet Advertising Agencies in India smell this opportunity and are geared up to handle a larger target audience base in the coming years.