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When it comes to advertising online the possibilities are (almost) endless. There are a wide range of platforms to choose from including search engines, social media sites and premium networks.
To help guide you through the various options available to you and the relative benefits of each, I’ve put together this quick guide. From paid search a to digital display ad platforms, there’s certainly no lack of choice when it comes to advertising online.
AdJug is a popular online advertising platform where you can publish adverts through a transparent and open content exchange. The network allows you to choose the websites where your adverts will be displayed. The benefit of using AdJug is you have total control and transparency over where clicks are coming from and how much you pay for it.
Specific Media is a useful platform to display your advert on a range of premium sites. Their network includes the option to advertise on the Comscore Top 500 sites including ITV.Com, Gumtree.com, Channel 4.com and NationalRail.co.uk. The benefit of using this network is display advertising campaigns are driven by sophisticated targeting to achieve high conversions. The technology will target customers through behavioural, demographic, geographic, contextual and retargeting methods.
Specific Banner Advertising
If you’re in a very niche industry you may be better off contacting specific sites to run banner ads. This can work particularly well in a B2B industry where most networks won’t reach your specific marketplace. If you do approach an industry site it is important you find out their Click through Rates, user demographics and daily impressions. Depending on the site you may be able to test a week’s advertising and track the progress in Google Analytics.
Another way to advertise is to strike up a contra deal where both parties display adverts on the others website. This can be a great way of increasing visitors without breaking your budget.
Social Media Sites
Advertising on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be a great way to build a targeted list of users. Click through Rates tend to be lower than search engines as the user is passive and not actively searching for your product. The benefit of advertising on social media is that you can grow fans and followers to then remarket products to. For example, growing a list of sustainable tennis fans means you can remain in contact and market a range of products (t shirts, racquets, balls etc).
Still one of the most cost-effective ways of advertising, search engines like Bing and Google are excellent for increasing conversions. The user is actively searching for the keyword you wish to advertise against which makes a purchase all the more likely. Paying per click also means you stay on top of your marketing budget.
The evolution of online advertising has become more about targeting the user (in comparison to targeting the website). Premium platforms like AdJug and Specific Media enable you to retarget the appropriate audience time and time again.
This can also be done by building a sustainable list of social media users where you engage and promote on a regular basis. If you‘re in a niche industry it would be worth investigating specific sites where you can test a range of banners.
Search engine technology is evolving, and so is the digital marketing industry. The more experienced professionals amongst you may remember the days of gleefully stuffing keywords into your copy to boost your rankings, blindly spamming strangers to join your email lists and easily securing media coverage for your thinly veiled advertisements.
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