Archive for 27 November, 2013

Top 5 Benefits for Having an Ad Agency Blog

As important as it was for your ad agency to have a website, it is now as important to have an agency blog (by Michael Gass).

Michael Gass is a Business Development Consultant to Advertising, Digital, Media and PR Agencies, Speaker and Author of Fuel Lines. Once again he has shared very useful information. You can visit his blog Fuel Lines for tons of interesting posts about advertising and advertising agencies.

Agency Blog

Your ad agency’s blog is one of the most important new business tools in your arsenal. It can quickly become the “gateway” to your agency. The ad agency website is becoming more like the agency brochure. That isn’t a bad thing.

Here are my Top 5 Benefits to Having an Ad Agency Blog:

Benefit 1: Fresh Content

From my experience working with agencies, anything you try to do for your agency tends to be a very slow process. Typically, because of overcreating, agency politics, agency turf wars, too busy doing clients work, it takes agencies a great amount of time and effort to update their website. Even more painful and slow is an agency website redesign.  Most agencies website designs are not condusive to easy content management and difficult to update. Agencies also also tend to be too self critical of their own work. It is always harder for them to do work for themselves than it is for their clients.

Blogs on the other hand are much easier to keep updated with fresh content, highlighting work and are designed for repeat traffic.

Benefit 2: Generate More Traffic

Your blog has more potential to create more web traffic than your agency’s website ever could. Your blog can attract a high volume of quality traffic from the pool of prospective clients you are trying to reach.

Blogs develop more visitors through:

  • Search visibility – blogs are organized to be search engine friendly. Plus the more content you have (well-linked) the more chances there are of attracting search traffic.
  • Click-through traffic – through posting interesting articles a blog gives a reason for other people to link to you.
  • Repeat traffic – regularly updated content and comments bring visitors back … and back … and back. Most agency websites are not condusive to repeat traffic, particularly if your website hasn’t been updated in 5 years.
  • Personality – create a blog around your agency’s culture and let your personality shine through. People will be attracted to you. People like to associate with people they like. It’s hard to make friends with a business but easy to warm to an individual with a welcoming personality.
  • Viral effects – you create something cool and visitors tell their friends, who tell their friends … and so on.
  • Authority/credibility – blogging allows you to become an expert in the minds of your prospective clients.

Benefit 3: Easy to Use

Setting up a blog isn’t like setting up a Web site. A blog is simple to set up even for the technologically challenged. No HTML coding experience is necessary.

If you are new to blogging, you will find there are a number of free blogging services that can easily get you started. You can literally be up and running in a few minutes. Blogger, is a great place to start. It is very simple to use. However, you’ll probably want to transition to WordPress eventually. Be sure to secure your own domain for your blog so that changing services wont be an issue for you down the road.

Benefit 4: Inexpensive

The only word more popular than “easy” to ad agency CEOs is “inexpensive.” There is virtually no hard cost is involved. Only your time. You will greatly return you cost on investment of time by reusing your blog content in ezine articles, emails, enewsletters, white papers and in traditional publications.

Benefit 5: A Great New Business Tool

In a recent survey of business technology marketing executives by the research firm MarketingSherpa, blogs were voted the No. 4 tool for generating sales leads. Ultimately, a blog can be highly effective and the most powerful and low-cost new business marketing tool your agency will ever use. Provided you know your target audience, have the right positioning, messaging and rich content that is of benefit to those you are trying to reach.

Blogging will take time and effort but the reward will be great. Just remember, be consistent. Provide a blog post at least several times a week and don’t sell. Instead use your blog to establish and build relationships. This new business tool is superior to any other tool that I’ve used in building relationships for new business. People enjoy working with those they know, trust and like.

Agencies have difficulty articulating who they are, why they are different, what they offer and how they do what they do. As you research and write your blog posts, an added benefit will be clarity. The old adage is true, “you don’t know what you know, until you write it down.”

Make Way For The Agency of the Future

The team from Marketo Blog have put together interesting information in this infographic according to B2B Marketing’s 2012 Marcomm Agencies Benchmarking Report. Go through it and adapt it to your business!

 

EDAA (European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance)

Industry seal of approval awarded to first companies now complying with EU Online Behavioural Advertising initiative.EDAA

Brussels, 11 November 2013: – Today Kupona, Next Audience, nugg.ad, OMS, Rocket Fuel, Serviceplan, and United Internet Media are the first companies to be awarded the EDAA (European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance) “Trust Seal” (pictured below), demonstrating to consumers and the advertising market that they are in full compliance with the EU Self-Regulatory Programme on Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA). 

The EU Self-Regulatory Programme aims to provide consumers with greater transparency, choice and control over targeted digital advertising and the Trust Seal is an easily recognisable symbol for the market demonstrating that the relevant business is meeting the requirements of the initiative and their commitment to consumer empowerment.

The EU initiative – supported right across the EU advertising and media sector – will enable advertisers and agencies to look for the new Trust Seal as a leading industry standard when working with relevant third parties to deliver advertising based on consumers’ inferred interests. Many third party ad businesses are now committed to the programme and are working towards Trust Seal status.

This announcement will therefore act as a platform for other engaged companies to move ahead rapidly in building and adapting their processes to obtain the Trust Seal, to the benefit of consumers across Europe.

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Oliver Gray, Director-General of the EDAA, commented: “The award of the first EDAA Trust Seals demonstrates how far the Programme has come since we launched the EDAA just one year ago. Companies are no longer simply engaging with our core pillars of transparency, choice and control – they are proving their responsible business practices to consumers and the wider business community too.”

Nick Stringer, Chairman of the EDAA and Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB UK), added: “The EDAA’s Trust Seal is now a reality. Businesses are stepping up to the privacy challenge and delivering greater transparency and control for internet users who, in turn, can benefit from more relevant advertising helping to fund online content and services”.

The Trust Seal is part of an innovative self-regulatory approach to OBA in Europe. Companies involved must go through an independent and credible assessment of their compliance with the European Self-Regulatory Principles on OBA. This is based on the submission of a self-certification form (a company’s declaration of compliance) to the EDAA, followed by an independent assessment and continuous monitoring of company compliance by one of the four independent Certification Providers, ABC, BPA Worldwide, ePrivacyconsult and TRUSTe. Following 30 days of continuous monitoring of compliance, successful companies are then granted the EDAA Trust Seal.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Barron, EDAA Project Officer (dave.barron@edaa.eu)

Tel: +32 (0)2 213 4180