Raising Cane's Adds Dazzle (and Fries) to its Footprint on Times Square

Raising Cane’s Adds Dazzle (and Fries) to its Footprint on Times Square

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Times Square in New York City is known as the “Crossroads of the World.” And MULO (multi-location) brand Raising Cane’s is known for its chicken finger meals and sauces. The Texas-based brand hired a local New York (Brooklyn-based) creative agency called Wellcom to create “show-stopping decor” for this 8,000 SF restaurant chain’s location. This restaurant […]

How Colors Affect Social Ad Performance

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Marketers obsess over channel allocation and messaging. But sometimes, an ad’s effectiveness can come down to a factor seemingly as simple as color.

Marketers Turn to Creative to Fill Advertising Gap Left by Personal Data

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The data privacy movement has triggered a massive shift in digital advertising away from the use of personally identifiable information to serve consumers targeted ads. But if advertisers are not depending on customer information to drive effective campaigns, what will fill the gap? One X factor could be the strength of creative.

How AI Is Driving the Next Generation of Ad Creative

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Most industries have a healthy fear that artificial intelligence is going to render humans obsolete (and even possibly take over the world). But for the digital advertising industry, if applied the right way, AI has the potential to improve production and performance by making more room for original ideas without stripping away reliance on humans.

Why Creative is Paramount for This Year’s Holiday Ads

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When marketers are all using the same platforms and automation tools to bid and compete against each other this holiday season (like with Facebook Automated App Ads and Google App Campaigns), the key differentiator will be ad creative. Preparing an arsenal of high-performing creative will be critical to advertisers in order to keep costs down and be effective this year.

How Brands Meet Evolving Customer Expectations with Creative Automation

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What customers want from brands is transparency, product information, and available services. Tell audiences about new curbside pickup or what you’re doing to make deliveries safer. Think of how you are removing friction and easing customers’ worry and then speak about it, because not only are they listening, but they’re also paying attention to those who haven’t gotten it right.

Aside from finding the right story angle for customers, many marketing and in-house creative teams are struggling to produce enough new assets and push them quickly out the door, especially as they adjust to remote work. Here are some of the most common challenges brand-side creative teams face during these times and how creative automation can help overcome them.

Fulfilling The Potential: How to Execute A Dynamic Creative Optimization Strategy

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Dynamic creative optimization, or DCO, is a hot topic for many digital advertisers. The opportunity to personalize your creative’s look and message for different segments is appealing. However, it is easy to forget that DCO is a tool, not a strategy. 

To fulfill the potential of DCO, you need a DCO strategy that pulls three levers at the same time.

How the Newest 5 Features from Google will Change the Role of UA Managers

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Facebook and Google still haven’t figured out how to automate creative. They can’t really even automate creative testing yet. So, take all the time you used to spend with bids and budgets and media buying and shift it to creative. Odds are, you aren’t spending even 2-3 hours a week monitoring and analyzing your competitors’ ads. Shift from bid edits and go do that. Or even better, spend 4-8 hours a week monitoring and analyzing competitor’s ads, and even ads from outside your industry. This research can result in blockbuster new creative concepts — the type of 100x ads that rocket ROAS.

Lens on Strategy: Connecting In-App Video Creative to Mobile Consumers

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US mobile-video ad spend will reach $15.93 billion this year, and climb to $24.81 billion by 2022, according to eMarketer. There will be 187.7 million smartphone users in the US poised to experience that creative, a figure that will mushroom to 205 million by 2022, the same report predicts. The time for in-app video is undoubtedly now, but the question remains: what steps can publishers, advertisers, and marketers take to stay on the path of accelerated growth? The following strategies are part of the answer. Each will drive success when it comes to in-app video opportunities.

Spotlight On: Creative Testing Best Practices for Q3 2019

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User acquisition advertising is evolving rapidly. Every quarter for the last few years, either Facebook or Google has made significant changes to their platforms that make it more and more possible to automate user acquisition advertising. Because these changes are available to everyone, competition has increased. Any competitive advantage that third-party ad tech tools had given is gone. 

The last thing the machines have not automated or started to automate – creative – ends up being a UA manager’s last competitive advantage. 

This makes every aspect of creative vital to success. 

Trending Now: Brands Shifting Mobile Ad Budgets from Facebook to Google UAC

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Brian Bowman: There’s an emerging trend in the advertising industry—for the first time, brands are shifting significant mobile advertising budgets from Facebook ads to Google Universal App Campaigns (UAC). While Facebook advertising has largely dominated mobile marketing budgets, this migration of budgets to Google’s platform has been a helpful shift to diversify risk tied to any single platform. Why is this shift happening now, and what does it mean for brands?