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Rule Yourself: Winning in a Competitive Environment

Whether selling, planning, optimizing, marketing, branding or organizing, these are the sports each of us play — day in and day out. And like Michael Phelps and any other athlete, we all need to show up each day prepared to Rule Yourself!

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Bring on the Holiday Cheer

Last minute projects, planning meetings, work parties, family obligations, and of course, holiday shopping. It’s a crazy time of year. That’s exactly why we are sharing our Holiday Playlist–to bring you good cheer.

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3 Reasons Why We Are Giving Back

Companies need to instill a culture of giving back and such efforts always need to start from the top down. It’s even more important for small companies, as it not only drives change in our community but also within our organization.

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Magazines: Perception vs. Reality

The perceived death of print as the digital era emerged continues to muddy the waters. But most brands recognize that perception is not reality. Magazines are still one of the strongest media vehicles to drive brand exposure and activation. Most importantly, it’s the power of print in combination with other media that is the most critical business factor to remember.

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What it Takes to Succeed

Sometimes it’s worth stepping back to realize just how far you’ve really come. With our fifteenth anniversary approaching, two employee 10-year anniversaries, and ready to accept a recent win for General Excellence in Small Business, it really makes us reflect upon where we came from and where we are headed.

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Q&A: Rick Ducey, BIA/Kelsey

After our recent collaboration on our eBook, The Win of Going Local, we asked Rick Ducey, Managing Director at BIA/Kelsey, about his perspective on the media industry and how local activation has changed the advertising landscape. As we have seen, one of the biggest trends is the growth of national brands activating local media strategies. In tandem is the use of data to identify specific and hyper-target audiences. We both agree ̶ the industry continues to be unchartered waters and there’s always something new to discover. It’s all about how deep you’re willing to go.

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From Data to Identity: That Magic Moment

So, what empowers you to connect messaging, media, and creating ‘micro moments’?
Data.

MediaMax understands the power of these micro moments when you connect and engage directly with your next best customer. Using first-party data, MediaMax now offers MAX IQ™, to reach your audience with a true 1:1 match. Marketers, across verticals, are using this approach to eliminate wasted impressions and achieve the strongest ROI on their data-driven marketing efforts.

 

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Q&A: Carmen Graf, GSD&M

It’s getting hot in here. Warming up a great conversation is an industry icon straight from Austin, Texas. Carmen Graf is SVP, Executive Media Director at GSD&M. Named 2016 Adweek Media All-Star, she shares her perspective on the advertising industry. We are excited to chat with her, as she is considered one of the known trailblazing media executives in the business.

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Q&A: Cara Katz, VP of Sales

MediaMax is thrilled to have a new sales leader, Cara Katz, join the team. As we all know, the media industry is evolving and trends can change in a nanosecond. We thought it would be interesting to share Cara’s perspective, as she embarks on her new journey with MediaMax. Enjoy the Q&A and don’t forget to check out our latest press release about her appointment. Now fire away!

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Make No Mistake: Millennials Still Critical

The prediction that they would be the target consumer to go after, was correct. This generation spending a projected $400+ billion each year. But marketing to the Millennial is a challenge, partly because this generation is unlike any that’s come before them.

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Ka-BOOM! Why Creating Marketing Fireworks Matters

It’s almost July 4th…We hope you’ll be taking a well-deserved break from your busy schedule to celebrate with family and friends. If you’re like me, then you might have a little extra time between relaxing and grilling for some light reading. First, some fun facts for the holiday.

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The New Localism: National Brands Going Local

The power of local is a critical discussion today, especially for national brands ̶ but it has been a conversation for many years.  In the ’80s, localization was part of the globalization phenomenon. With the mantra “Think globally, act locally,” companies modified products to fit various local cultures and tastes. Since then, the concept has evolved and the meaning has become more granular. Now, ‘local’ can be a market, a store, a household or even an individual consumer.

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The Stakes are High: Targeting Matters

As marketers, we are all aware of the marketing funnel and how critical it is to avoid a top-of-funnel approach when expecting to drive results. Hyper-targeting our audiences with precision means we need to know more about them, why they’re important, where they are, and find ways to give them a personal experience.

The outcome of targeting is impactful. The win of going local is critical.

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The Holy SH#T Moment

The moment you learn why local media strategies are so critical and what results they can drive.

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In Memoriam of Jaclyn Sabol Patton

In Memoriam of Jaclyn Sabol Patton

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Crystal or Disco Ball: What Does the Future Hold for Media?

What does the future hold for media? By answering this, it made me question what others had to say about the “now” and the future of media. Read other articles, hear what others had to say, and get their take on the matter.

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Why “Local” Makes a Difference in Education Marketing?

So, what does “local” even mean in education marketing anymore? Educational institutions are forced to think differently – and target their audiences differently.

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Age is Just a Number: Media Usage

It is critical for every brand to understand their audience and frame their messaging and media usage based on demographics, passions/interests, and consumer behaviors. Don’t make assumptions.

Remember: age is just a number.

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For the Love of Mktg, Lighten Up!

One thing we know for sure is that we are busy, multi-tasking is second nature, and we have access to enough content to last a lifetime…newsletters, emails, blogs, webinars, podcasts, etc. The list can go on. Sometimes you just need a break. So, let’s lighten it up.

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Building a Connection is a Luxury

Luxury brands are especially tasked with building the ultimate connection ̶ to use data to know more about them, to deliver products that speak to their needs and wants, and to empower an authentic experience. To learn more about what to know and what to avoid, I connected with Bob Shullman, renowned market researcher, strategy consultant and CEO of The Shullman Research Center. Our Q&A sheds light on some key emerging trends amongst luxury consumers in 2017.

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Local: Who’s Walking the Walk?

While talking the good talk has value, results are impossible unless the walk gets walked. Whether a national company, a regional marketer, or an emerging brand, finding the right partner is everything.

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National Brand, Local Strategy

Some national brands have a logical fit for local advertising. Others need to consider what is going to drive the best results for increasing brand exposure and sales revenue. What matters most? A multi-channel, multi-market approach.

Don’t take our word for it. The proof is in the results. Check out the MMN case study to learn the details. National brand wins big with local digital advertising program.

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Programmatic Can Be Right for SMBs

Programmatic has remained one of the hottest trends in digital advertising over the past five years, but the increased spending and popularity haven’t come without challenges or controversy. Larger companies have been investing big digital budgets and executing on a large scale.  But, this is the kind of thing that intimidates smaller companies.

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Omni-Channel: Beyond the Buzz

Omni-channel. Another buzzword you have probably heard many times, originally making its debut several years ago. Today, it’s transitioned into a marketing strategy with staying power. 94% of marketers agree that an omni-channel approach is important or critical to reaching their business goals.

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Out-of-Home

Everything is about engaging with your target customer. Now, it’s getting even easier [and cooler]. Out-of-home is changing the face of advertising once again–and MediaMax now offers unique digital OOH solutions in cities across the country, including street media, rail media, bus media, and more. We leverage our network of partners to deliver premium local media at highly discounted rates. Are you ready? Now is the time to maximize exposure in your target market, leveraging one of the hottest new opportunities.

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Care About Where: Why Local Marketing Matters

Buying local media is an art form and has never been more complex with the massive proliferation of media options. Most companies at some point buy local media – whether it’s a test marketing initiative for a fortune 500 company looking to target 5 key local markets, an emerging brand that has targeted cosmopolitan cities, a national brand looking to provide local dealer support in a specific market(s), or a destination retailer focused on their local trade area.

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2017: The Year of Video

The power of video continues to grow exponentially. It engages audiences of all ages. It empowers marketers to deliver authentic content & build brand relationships. Most importantly, it influences consumers in a channel like never before.

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Mobile: Redefining Boundaries

We know it. We live it every day. Mobile marketing’s growth is not slowing as we move into 2017. All industry reports indicate that mobile is one of the fastest growing and most impactful drivers in connecting consumers where they live, work, and play. This can’t be ignored and certainly needs attention before others gain the attention you want and need as a brand, whether national or local.

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PRINT ADVERTISING WORKS (SAYS EVERYONE)

What better way to kick off a new year than really understanding what is going to make an impact in your advertising strategy? MediaMax and MPA (The Association of Magazine Media) came together to uncover your answer to driving results. In this case, it IS all in your head. In fact, it’s called Neuroscience.

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MMN Weekly Roundup 01.16.2017

It’s a new year. Lots of predictions, planning and projections. We’re sharing our recent favorites. Some great insights and ideas to set your strategy straight. Are you ready? 2016 has been a year of shifts in social media, technology and digital marketing. Influencer marketing went mainstream, the internet became all about video and every digital marketer is looking for a way to connect business outcomes to their social media efforts.

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