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You Shouldn’t Let AI Design Your Ads. Here’s Why. image

A series of four ads on a dark background, designed by TodayMedia Custom.

With the much-discussed advent of generative AI — artificial intelligence that can produce various kinds of content based on prompts from a user — it’s become easier than ever to plug your information into an algorithm and let it do the work for you. But should you? It’s true that AI is constantly learning and getting smarter. But the truth of the matter is that, for now, AI tools still struggle with creating certain kinds of imagery — for example of human hands and feet. Then there’s the fact that AI learns by scraping existing information off the internet. What this means in practice is that any kind of design AI creates for you is going to be based on something ...

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SEM: What Is It, and How Does It Fit Into Your Digital Marketing Plan? image

Illustration depicting a magnifying glass over a computer browser search window as well as a smart phone with a graph on it and other marketing related symbols.

Search engine marketing, often referred to by its acronym SEM, is a way for businesses to appear higher in search engine results. While search engine optimization (SEO) is an organic digital marketing strategy (meaning it creates traffic to your business over time rather than using paid methods), SEM is a “pay-per-click” (PPC) method of advertising in search engines. PPC means that a business will pay anytime a consumer clicks on their search engine listing. SEM involves identifying keyword phrases and trends in a target market and utilizing those keywords to show your advertisements on search engine results pages via Google Ads, Bing Ads, etc. It’s important to understand your audience and use pertinent keywords so that the most relevant consumers are ...

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CTV and OTT: Game-Changing Acronyms for Your Digital Strategy image

CTV and OTT

It seems like every day there is a huge tech breakthrough of some sort — whether it’s artificial intelligence, medicine, space exploration, energy or any other number of areas. It should come as no surprise that things are the same with digital marketing. As a brand in search of new customers, you’re always looking for new and better ways to generate brand awareness, establish yourself in your market and capitalize on consumer shopping habits. Ways to reach your target audience digitally have been around for decades now, but the old ways are fading. That’s where CTV and OTT come into play. What are CTV and OTT? In short, CTV and OTT are internet-connected devices and platforms that allow a user to ...

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Winning New Customers Online: 5 Strategies That Work image

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Having a well-designed website and an active social media presence is a great start. But if you really want to keep customers interested, you’ll need to get creative — and interactive. Here are some tips to get you started. 1 | Get Your Name Out on TikTok TikTok is having a major moment as the place to be for brands, but getting it right and getting noticed can be a challenge. Luckily, TikTok itself has put together a guide to success, with tips on how to come across as authentic and creative. 2 | Launch a Customer Loyalty Program One of the simplest ways to reward loyal customers is with a points program. Let customers earn points for actions like following you on social, ...

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5 Travel Trends You Need to Know About image

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With the world adjusting to COVID as a fact of life, travel is making a roaring comeback in 2023. And that comeback entails several new consumer trends that visitor bureaus and hospitality businesses should be aware of. 1 | Vacationers are looking for ways to “travel light.” More and more, travelers have been looking to slim down their luggage. Destinations that hope to lure the clutter-conscious should highlight hotels offering bulky items (such as exercise equipment) for rent, or introduce potential visitors to local businesses that can supply travel essentials. 2 | The off-season is becoming more popular. One side-effect of a global pandemic: many people have become less comfortable with crowds. So if your area is a popular one with summer travelers, ...

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Boost Your Open Rates: The Building Blocks of a Great Sales Email image

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It’s every brand’s email nightmare: you work hard on crafting the perfect pitch, but when that email hits your prospects’ inbox, they hit the delete button without even opening the message. How do you craft an email worth opening? And how do you close the sale once you have your prospects’ attention? Step 1 | Choose a Catchy Subject Line Good subject lines: Are short. You want people to be able to read the whole thing, whether they’re on desktop or mobile! So keep your subject line to 40 characters or less. Don’t contain “spammy” words. Avoid phrases like “buy now” or “free,” which could land you in spam filters. Include a call to action. What is it you’re asking people ...

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Beware These Advertising No-Nos image

Whether digital or in print, ads are one of the best ways to get your brand in front of consumers. But given the sheer amount of information competing for your targets’ attention every day, how can you stand out? Here are ways not to do it: Write a novel. Ad space is pricey, so it’s tempting to fill that space with everything you want your target audience to know. Resist that temptation. People’s eyes will slide right over an ad that is too heavy on the text. Anything more than two sentences and a couple of bullet points is probably excessive. Combine messages. One of the fastest ways to lose someone’s attention is by throwing too many different pieces of information at them, so ...

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