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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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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

National ad campaigns can do the trick when marketers want to increase brand recognition. But, it’s local advertising that garners local attention and brings customers through the door. In fact, ROI studies confirm that local investment and activation drives overall higher lift. With the proliferation of omni-channel solutions, local marketing is no longer a fragmented, piecemeal space. Local advertising, sponsorships, and partnerships are now a critical way to court customers where they live, work, and play.

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First Impressions: 4 Tips for Successful Local Marketing

Marketing is a funny thing. Being in marketing is even more amusing. We live, sweat, and die by marketing to the right people at the right time. Yet, we are mis-marketed all day long. [Sigh]. What I do know is that Marketing is indeed an art and a science… and it’s not always as easy as it seems. Take it one step further ̶ local marketing.

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Advertising Requires a Rethink—What’s Next?

There’s no dispute that technology has transformed the way brands advertise and market themselves. The disruption is exciting but also very daunting. As an attendee at the BIA/Kelsey NEXT Conference in Boston this week, the message remained clear. The landscape is evolving at warped speeds and it’s not going to slow down any time soon. So, it’s actually ironic. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, with a great history and a familiar heritage. Yet, industry peers spent time discussing the future of local digital advertising and marketing.

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Digital is the New Black

The speed of change in media is mindboggling, with today’s trends becoming yesterday’s news faster than you can blink. But that’s no excuse not to plan your strategy based on hypertargeting your audience. Speaking directly to your audience trumps all. But, media is the critical piece that makes it all happen—whether traditional, digital or other emerging media. So, what keeps us up at night? Budget constraints, multiple markets, and too many media choices to consider. Traditional media is still core to an advertising strategy, but digital is the new black. We all know that. It’s the emerging channel … we all need to educate, influence, and activate into our strategies.

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Be a Media Rock Star: Local as a Strategy

Just like people, no two markets are exactly alike. Each has its own unique DNA of media consumption and buying habits. Take Sacramento, CA and Atlanta, GA—roughly the same population, but day and night when it comes to media usage. It’s not hard to recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach is not the answer for advertising strategies. We all know that. In fact, it has gotten even more complex with the tidal wave of digital capabilities that has swept the media landscape….programmatic, video, streaming TV and radio, display, and more.

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