North American Spine Launching A Dallas TV Media Buy

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of a local-market TV campaign for our client North American Spine. Our client’s spots will be airing on the top broadcast stations in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex starting the week of July 5th!

This TV buy will help provide synergy between the North American Spine’s current online and offline media efforts planned and purchased by Envision Interactive.

My new website is finally live – now what?

So, you’ve recently created a website. You managed to make it through the planning, design, development, and testing phases. You wrote all new content for your services pages, added new photos of the team, and even installed analytics. Time to relax, celebrate, and watch the leads flood your inbox, right? Wrong.

You’re just getting started. The following is a simple set of guidelines that will help you maintain a content-relevant website; one that draws in potential customers and gives them reasons to interact with your brand.

The obvious goal of any website is to attract visitors. In order for that to happen, users need to have a reason to visit. And that reason is quality, relevant content! Naturally, upon the launch of the website, you will already have some fresh new content on your site, usually in the form of your about us page, a blog, or employee bio’s. But is that sufficient? Not quite.

PPC Spending in a Recession: Improving Ad ROI

google-yahoo-bingIn a down economy, most companies begin to scrutinize ad spending, and are often are required to cut back on non-measurable advertising channels. In the search for marketing channels that provide reliable Return On Investment (ROI) figures, where do we look?

Enter Pay-Per-Click advertising. Also known as PPC. If you are new to this term, don’t worry. You probably know more about it than you think. PPC ads are the text-based ads that appear on the results page of any search you perform. You’ve probably seen them a million times on Google or Yahoo! or Bing. They usually take up the far right column, and sometimes can be seen at the top of the page too.

First let me say that PPC isn’t good for every company, nor is it always the right tool to use to market a new product or service. For instance, if you run a software company that makes a never-seen-before business-to-business application for education institutions, you would probably find that PPC doesn’t work as well as direct sales. If your product is highly technical, or if it requires a shift in thinking for your customer to “get it”, a small text-based ad probably won’t make the sale for you.

But for many companies (dare I say most companies?) running a PPC campaign through major search engines can provide incredibly accurate ROI in a time when spending is critical. During a recession, advertising dollars rightfully are directed toward performance-based marketing, such as paid internet advertising. Why? Because when cuts are needed, it’s easier to stick with results-driven channels that have a measurable ROI.

If Envision can help you understand the benefits of PPC, contact us.

Marketing Budgets in a Slow Economy: Cut or Don’t Cut?

The economy is slow, no doubt. We are all bombarded by the media with stories of Wall Street losses, rising unemployment, and bailouts. My goodness. It’s no wonder many Advertisers want to crawl into a hole and not come out until the economy shows major signs of a turnaround.

So, the big question most Marketers are asking us these days is: do I cut my marketing budgets or not? The answer is simple: absolutely not.

History tells us that the great companies find ways to grow during a slow economy, not shrink. They change their strategy, or even launch a new product or service that is more suitable to consumers when times are tight. Here are some examples:

  • Procter and Gamble – During the Great Depression, pushes Ivory soap.
  • Intel – In 1990-1991, during economic difficulty, pushed out the campaign “Intel Inside”.
  • Wal-Mart – Launches their “Every Day Low Prices” campaign in 2000-2001.

In some cases, buyers are spending more than they were before the economy entered a recession. If your business falls into an high-end luxury category, you may even benefit from increased spending. Customers who can afford these products are more insulated from recessionary concerns.

Still thinking about crawling into that hole? You might re-emerge from your budget-slashing mode only to realize that a competitor has grabbed a portion of your customers. That’s right – you might just save your way out of business. Increasing or maintaining your marketing spending during a recession can increase your share of the market voice. As other players in your industry “chicken out”, they leave the door wide open for you to move in and steal their customers. Keeping budgets where they are may be a risk, but if your voice is heard louder and stronger, you win.

Continuing to advertise in a recession also sends your customers a very clear message about your longevity and strength – an important thing in these uncertain times.

So, focus on spending smarter, but not less. And if you are planning to cut your marketing spending, keep a few things in mind:

  • Keep it short-term. – You should think of cutting your marketing budget in a down economy as a very short-term strategy. And, if this course of action is taken, know that you are at risk of your brand emerging weaker and much less profitable.
  • Cut unmeasurable marketing first – Your goals are probably the same as all marketers: achieve the highest ROI possible. So, if you have a hunch that you need to cut spending, start with marketing channels that are impossible or difficult to measure.

We propose you think of your marketing budget as and investment and not an expense.