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CenterTable @ SXSW 2018: Monday Favorites

Monday was our final full day in Austin as SXSW 2018 finally winds down. You can see the business-folk start to filter out and the fresh faced music fans start to take over the town with energy that we all left with the weekend.


Gus's fried chicken

We can’t hit up SXSW without a stop at Gus’s Fried Chicken. It’s an Austin staple.

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CenterTable @ SXSW 2018: Sunday Favorites

Day three at SXSW is now in the books. We ventured into another activation but didn’t have quite the same luck that we did at Westworld on day one. However, some great friends, good food and interesting sessions more than made up for it.


Gimme a large Bob #bobarmstrongdip #texmex

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We cancelled a fancy dinner reservation because we felt like it was time for some good old-fashioned Tex-Mex. We weren’t disappointed at Matt’s El Rancho and their famous Bob Armstrong Dip.

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SXSW 2018: Serve Ads to the Circumstance, Not Just the Individual

Potbelly Smile ScaleAs marketers, one of the first and most important things that we can do for our business is to identify the audiences for our product or service. Our audiences (yes, that should always be plural) are typically defined by a combination of demographics and psychographics that help us fit a diverse selection of human beings into a few loosely constructed boxes. But with an unprecedented amount of data now available to businesses it’s time that we introduce context and circumstance into the equation.

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CenterTable @ SXSW 2018: Friday Favorites

Days one and two at SXSW were as fabulous and weird as ever. Two dinners, one very, very long and one wonderfully quick, a session or two (OK, just one) and a trip to the old West(world) got us immersed in everything Interactive all over again.


Pirhana Sushi delivered a fantastic meal in under 40 minutes (which was fantastic since we didn’t sit down until 9:00 p.m.).


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SXSW 2018: Lessons From Westworld’s Unforgettable Experience

Westworld at SXSWSXSW Interactive is inherently about digital communications. How, as individuals and marketers, we use social media, smart phones and digital advertising to connect, one-to-one or one-to-many.

But the prevalence of these digital tools and our reliance on them to reach large, hopefully targeted, audiences at scale has caused brands to lose touch with the importance of creating experiences that their fans can share both online and off.

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CenterTable @ SXSW: 2018 Preview

SXSW 2018GroundFloor Media and CenterTable are once again heading down to Austin to attend the 2018 South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) conference. Beginning Friday, March 9 and continuing through Tuesday, March 13 Adrienne Schafer and I will be hitting up as many sessions, panels, brand activations, concerts, networking events and food trucks as we can possibly stomach, and reporting back here on the GFM/CenterTable blog and a variety of social platforms.

The conference has changed quite a bit since we started attending seven years ago. The days of interactive sessions following a strict marketing and social media theme are long gone, replaced with niche programming tracks like health & wellness, sports, food and fashion as well as technology-focused trends like virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence (we really are living in the future, aren’t we?). But the thread that weaves all these “interactive” subjects together still remains communication, interaction and the place where brands and individuals meet. Change was inevitable as SXSW has grown, but it’s still an experience that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Using Micro-Influencers Is a Reasonable Path To Drive Sales

The rise of influencer marketing has been a boon for big brands with corresponding large budgets but it has left small businesses struggling to figure out the best way to utilize the tactic and accurately measure success.

A recent study showed that 38 percent of marketers are unable to tell whether influencer activity actually drove sales, and 86 percent are unsure how to effectively and fairly pay the influencers.

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Reddit is becoming an intriguing outlet for advertisers

Advertising on Reddit has been available for quite a while but horror stories from brands that tried to engage on the platform with out taking into account it’s unique structure andcommunities have served as warnings to marketers that weren’t building campaigns that “fit” with users of the platform.

The platform has over 330 million people engaging on the site each month and has become big enough that it can no longer be ignored. In the past few months, Reddit has made a number of changes that make it a viable digital advertising option. More so then nearly any other digital option out there, a Reddit campaign has to be built to be something that Redditors will embrace.

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Twitter’s New Promote Mode a Good Option for Small Business

Twitter recently announced that they were moving forward with a new advertising service that it had been testing this summer.

Twitter Promote Mode, which is now available to everyone, is a self-serve advertising subscription that for $99 per month automatically amplifies users’ tweets and profile. The tweets that are turned into ads through the new program appear just like any other paid Tweet with the small “promoted” language at the bottom of the tweet.

What’s nice about the program has positives and negatives depending on the account and how much time is available to do a more formal growth strategy. With the new Promote Mode users don’t have to do anything different to have these tweets seen by a wider audience – they just continue to tweet out their same updates, links and media as usual.

However, they cannot choose which tweets to promote – they can only turn Twitter Promote on or off. In addition, the tweets can be only be targeted by selecting up to five interest or metro locations or regions in a selected country. That’s significantly more contained then Twitter’s standard advertising platform.

For small businesses, individual influencers and brand new accounts, Twitter’s new Promote Mode is a great option to build visibility and followers more quickly.

Facebook’s New Campaign Budget Optimization Tool Is a Big Win

Facebook Budget OptimizationLast week Facebook announced via a blog post that they were soon going to be rolling out campaign budget optimization, which will allow for distributed budget across ad sets, often resulting in the best results for their campaigns.

By distributing more of a budget to the highest performing ad sets, advertisers will be able to maximize the total value of their campaign. This optimization will work in real time to determine the most effective use of ad spend to help lower cost per objective and improve results. It will also eliminate the need to spend time manually shifting budgets.

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