Category Archives: Digital

Google Ad Grants Changes in 2018: What Nonprofits Need to Know Now

Early this month Google is rolling out some pretty drastic changes to the Google Ad Grants program, which provides up to $10,000 per month in free ad spend on the Google search network to 501c3 nonprofit organizations.

It’s clear by the nature of these changes that Google is making a major push for quality. According to Google, these policy changes are intended to “raise standards of quality for our free advertising grants” program which currently serves more than 35,000 nonprofit organizations.

Here are the major changes nonprofits need to know about – and act on – now:

Increased Click-Through Rate Requirements

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A Case for Animation & Motion Graphics

A Case for Animation & Motion Graphics | CenterTable Digital AgencyAnimation and motion graphics provide an alternative method of storytelling that lights and cameras might not always be able to. Whether it’s quantitative data and graphs or bouncy shapes and vectors, animation offers limitless creativity to implement and communicate visual ideas. There are several key benefits to implementing motion graphics into your video marketing strategy.
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5 Videos You Might Have Missed This Year

Regardless of which side of the aisle you sat on, 2017 was pretty incredible. This year found itself embroiled in some of the most polarizing cultural, political and technological developments the world has ever seen. In a society increasingly connected in a web of social media outlets and platforms, we were collective witnesses to moments that defined humanity, and moments that divided it. Ad agencies, news outlets and production companies naturally responded to the ebb and flow of the cultural mainstream and its socio-political undercurrents by producing increasingly relevant, provocative and entertaining content.

As director of media production at CenterTable, I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in media and advertising. This year I compiled a list of 5 social videos produced in 2017 that stood out to me in technical prowess, innovation and boldness. This list includes everything from social media ads to TV commercials. Let’s dive right in (in no particular order).

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Digital Marketing Lessons from Award-Winning Smart Ashes

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We were humbled to learn earlier this year that our Be A Smart Ash campaign for the Denver City Forester received the annual Kudos Marketing Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). And we were perhaps even more excited to be invited on NRPA’s monthly webinar to detail some learnings about the campaign.

So what exactly is Be A Smart Ash? We’ll let the campaign tagline do the talking:

1 in 6 trees in Denver are ash trees. And if we do nothing, it’s just a matter of time before they’ll ALL be devoured by the emerald ash borer, the most destructive forest pest in U.S. history. But who wants to be a Debbie Downer when you can Be A Smart Ash? Spend some time on our site and learn how you can help protect your ash and our urban canopy by identifying, treating and replacing Denver’s ash trees.

The Denver City Forester, a division of Denver Parks and Recreation, enlisted our help with a five-year integrated marketing campaign that has included naming, branding, messaging, content creation, internal and external communications, media relations, website development, SEO, digital advertising, video production and social media management.

The goal? Raising awareness about a tiny pest called the emerald ash borer (EAB), which has decimated ash tree populations in more than 25 states and parts of Canada.
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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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How Much Should I Spend on Social Advertising?

Navigating options for your social ad spend can be challenging.

Navigating options for your social ad spend can be challenging.

We often receive this question from our clients, particularly as everyone is locking down their 2018 budgets: How much should we budget for social media advertising?

The short answer is that there is no short answer. A simple Google search for “how much should I spend on social media advertising” will provide results that range from industry averages to advertising as a percentage of your overall social media marketing budget. The problem with those figures and averages is that they don’t consider your business’ unique needs and/or budget at this moment (or for the first quarter or first half of 2018).

Here are some questions to consider as you think about social media advertising and your 2018 marketing budget: Read more after the jump…

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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Digital advertising playbook for nonprofit holiday giving campaigns

Giving Campaigns

It’s that time of year again: That time when nonprofits start to think about capitalizing on the charitable mood that tends to spike around the holiday season.

But here’s the problem: Just about every nonprofit across the country is having this same inclination. Take Colorado, for instance: We have Colorado Gives Day every year in early December, which is a 24-hour period in which Coloradans are encouraged to give to their favorite registered nonprofit. The nonprofits who raise the most then receive an extra funding boost from an incentive fund created for that day.

But with all that competition, there’s plenty of noise, especially in the digital space. So how do you help your campaign stand out?

That’s a question many clients have posed to us — so much so that we’ve developed a bit of a playbook; one that has shown to be particularly helpful for smaller nonprofits looking to fully dive in to the holiday giving season for the first time.
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My How the Job Search Scene Has Changed

I remember looking for jobs in college. I walked down the street to the Career Center on campus, pulled out a giant binder full of job postings and thumbed through them until something caught my eye. I updated my cover letter and resume from the computer lab, printed off *hard* copies of them and then either dropped them in the mail or hand-delivered them to the hiring manager.

Job Searching in the Digital Era

Since then, things have certainly changed – a lot. Entire websites dedicated exclusively to networking and job seeking, like LinkedIn, and a plethora of other job posting sites have erupted along the way. And then feeds became available that would automatically email you a notification when a job that meets your criteria pops up. Read more after the jump…