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Working with an Ad Agency? Help us Help You!

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Collaborating with an advertising agency isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is always worth it. Even today big name brands choose to work with advertising agencies rather than hire permanent staff. However, even though advertising agencies are there to help you, they need your help too. Here are 4 easy ways you can help your ad agency help you:

  1. Have important questions ready - Have important questions ready for your advertising company. This is the best way to get to know your ad agency and learn if they are compatible with your business. Do they share the same beliefs and values? Do they understand how you define success? Don’t let there be barriers of communication. You don’t want that and ad agencies certainly don’t either. 
  1. Trust your agency -Build your advertising agency up instead of tearing them down. Don’t stress about the little things that you think need to be fixed. For instance, “this font could be a different color.” Advertising experts are trained to look at the big picture–so be patient as your project progresses. Put yourself in their shoes and think about the overall interest of your company.
  1. Sharing is caring - Agencies operate better when they have creative freedom and open lines of communication. Supply your ad agency with the necessary tools they need for success. This can include anything from marketing sales numbers, to research information, or images. Include your ad agency in the early stages of building your strategy. When agencies are involved in all aspects of the brand they are able to calculate ways to come up with improvements and solutions.
  1. Have an open mind - An advertising agency’s job is to be up to date with the latest industry standards and trends. It’s important to have an open mind when it comes to your advertising agency and collaborating together to develop strategy that is mutually beneficial.

Start collaborating with CEA Marketing Group on the path to your marketing success!

 

 

 

 

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17 Questions to Ask Your New Advertising Agency

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It’s important to ask the right questions when it comes to working with a new advertising agency. There is never such thing as a dumb question. You want to make sure you made the right choice, and if your agency can answer these questions effectively then you know your business is in good hands. Here are 17 important questions you should ask your new agency:

  1. How much experience does your team have?
  2. How often will the team and account executive be in contact with me?
  3. How do you keep your clients up to date with the latest progression on projects?
  4. Who will be doing the work on my account?
  5. What trends are going on that could possibly affect my industry?
  6. Can you show me past project examples?
  7. How would you say your company has changed in the past five years?
  8. What would you consider to be your best work and why?
  9. What would you consider to be on of your worst and why?
  10. Name a time you lost an account and why?
  11. How would you describe your work?
  12. In what area would you say your company excels at?
  13. How do billings for expenses work?
  14. Who do I call if there is a problem?
  15. Do you believe my business strategy needs to be revamped?
  16. What are some of your firm’s values and beliefs?
  17. How do you (the firm) define success?

CEA Marketing Group can answer all these questions and more! When hiring an advertising agency you want to hire someone you trust, like CEA Marketing. Can you think of any more questions to ask? Contact CEA Marketing group and confirm that CEA Marketing is the right agency for you!

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How to Start Looking for an Advertising Agency

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Now that you have decided that an advertising agency is the way to go, its time to choose which advertising agency is right for you. With the large number of advertising agencies out there today it’s hard to know if you are making the right choice for your business. To ease the frustration, here are some quick tips to help you with the process 

Fill Out a Request for Proposal (RFP)

It’s important to write down on paper the advertising objectives of your business. This is also the opportunity to tell agencies what type of business you are. What’s the personality of the business? What are you willing to spend? No one knows the business better than the people working there

With a request for proposal, advertising agencies can see what you expect from them and get a glimpse of who you are as business. This is the first step in seeing if the advertising agency would be a good match for you.

If a RFP is done right you will be able to adequately communicate your business’ unique brand to potential agencies.

Do Your Research

Start conducting research on different advertising companies. Are they full service? What do they specialize in? Does the company have 15 employees or 50? Size matters when it comes to advertising agencies. In smaller agencies you know the people pitching to you will be the same ones working on every piece of your campaign. They will be more hands on and will physically be there to oversee things.

Think about campaigns that you loved and ask around to see which advertising agency was responsible. Once you have narrowed down the list contact the agencies and see if there is chemistry. Whichever agency you choose will be working with you for years and a will become representation of your business. 

Set Up Pitch Meetings

Before your meeting takes place be sure to have all the legal paperwork ready. This will define the businesses confidentiality and conditions. Advertising agencies will have conditions too. This is just one step to ensure that you and the advertising agency are on the same page.

Once you have established legalities you can move on to the pitch. The pitch will determine what makes one advertising agency unique from the others. In a pitch, agencies will try to win your business by showcasing various creative campaigns.  All advertising agencies are good at what they do, but you have to decide which one is the perfect match for your business.

Even if you like the ideas you are seeing you might not like the people working for that agency. This is the last part of the puzzle. You have to be sure there is chemistry between your business and the agency because this will make working together easier.

The perfect advertising agency will understand your advertising objectives and help your business reach marketing success. At CEA Marketing Group we understand the struggle of searching for an ad agency. CEA Marketing Group is a full service-advertising agency that provides your business with solutions to your marketing problems. Get in contact with the CEA Marketing group and end your search today!

 

 

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The Start of a Beautiful Friendship – What Can an Ad Agency Do for You?

 

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Is your company looking to bring in an agency to help you establish marketing success? Or are you having trouble deciding between hiring an advertising agency or an in-house marketing agency? The question you have to ask yourself is: “Do you want to hire an employee who only knows a generalization of things or an advertising agency with experts on each individual thing?”

You may think that hiring an in-house marketer could save you money, but if they don’t do their job correctly they could end up costing you even more. There are many benefits to hiring an advertising agency vs. in-house agency. With the acronym P.E.P. you can easily see why an advertising agency is the right choice for your business.

 Productivity

Advertising agencies are able to complete tasks with greater ease and efficiency. Ad agencies have practice in performing the same tasks over and over again and you better believe that they’re good at what they do, too. They come in for the sole purpose of getting their job done. Since they don’t technically work for you, you don’t have to worry about a salary or having your time wasted. They bill you for all the projects they finished for you and nothing more. Saving you time and money in reaching marketing success.

Experience

The combination of experience in an advertising company is much greater than that of an in-house. Advertising agencies understand what works and doesn’t in the marketing field. They are ad enthusiasts. They are up to date with the latest marketing tools and trends. Since they have worked with a variety of companies they are able to tell you which ideas are the bad ones vs. the good.

Perspective

Advertising agencies have an outside-of-the-company perspective. They don’t get involved in drama or office politics. They aren’t subjective when it comes to your business, like an in-hire agency would be. Ad agencies can provide a fresh new outlook on your business, and that may just be exactly what your business needs.

Start your beautiful friendship with CEA Marketing Group today and let us help you reach marketing success!

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Why is Rebranding Important?

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Branding helps people recall your product or service. Your brand helps you standout from the rest of the competition. What’s unique to your brand that other brands don’t have? What gives you the upper hand? Your brand is a representation of your company. It can leave a legacy, but what if the legacy your brand is leaving isn’t a good one? Rebranding could be the answer. Rebranding gives you the opportunity to change the outlook of your brand. It’s a do-over or even a fresh start in some cases. It’s a chance to reposition your product or service. Rebranding is all about strategy.There are two reasons why a company might want or need to rebrand.  It could either be for proactive or reactive reasons.

Proactive Rebranding

Rebranding is sometimes viewed as having a negative connotation, however this isn’t always the case. With proactive rebranding a company is taking advantage of a possible opportunity, or taking initiative in avoiding a potential threat. For instance, a company could be expanding and wanting to appeal to a greater audience. This would be a proactive reason to rebrand. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and if rebranding means becoming more successful why not take that chance.

Reactive Rebranding

Reactive rebranding (here comes that negative connotation) occurs when there is a significant event that forces a current brand to change. This could be anything from your company merging with another company to legal issues or negative publicity. In this situation rebranding is almost a necessity. It can give you a new beginning and fresh start that your company deserves.

Are you looking to rebrand your company? CEA Marketing Group is a full-service advertising agency that can do just that. To find out more check out our website.

 

 

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Super Bowl Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Super Bowl XLIX couldn’t have been a closer, more emotional game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Luckily, the excitement of the game compensated for this year’s dramatic, gloomy ads. The Super Bowl, known for its highly anticipated commercials, missed the mark for entertainment this year, according to social media buzz. It did, however, dub 2015 as the year of the dad and family for American brands.

Esurance’s “Sorta Pharmacy” spot with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston gave viewers a much-needed laugh amidst the more serious spots in last night’s $4.5 million dollar lineup. Cranston’s meth mastermind character, Walter White, made a surprise appearance as “Sorta Greg” in one of the more humorous Super Bowl ads.

“You’re not Greg…” she stammers, to which hazmat-clad Cranston growls,  “I’m sorta Greg. We’re both over 50 years old, we both used to own a Pontiac Aztec, we both have a lot of experience with drugs – sorry, pharmaceuticals.”

Esurance’s high-profile “Sorta You Isn’t You” spots – one of which featured Lindsay Lohan as “Sorta Mom” – earned major points last night, trumping the dark Nationwide spot and revitalizing the redundant (but still quotable) “Gotta Get Some Cold Cuts” Geico commercial with former NFL football player, Ickey Woods.

Why it worked: Esurance’s chief marketing officer Alan Gellman knew his brand was a major player in the insurance industry but wanted to compete with the other big spenders like Geico and Progressive. “Maximizing awareness of our innovative offering for customers is important,” explained Gellman who teamed up with Leo Burnett for the “Sorta You Isn’t You” spot.

Jublia’s 30-second “Tackle It” spot was the underdog of this year’s Super Bowl ads. The Super Bowl debut for Valeant Pharmaceuticals didn’t put its best foot forward and hardly tackled the worst of this year’s ads – possibly even Kim Kardashian’s… very Kardashian spot for T-Mobile.

While the spot itself felt very incomplete and left many Americans shying away from the onion dip, you can’t help but wonder: who had the last laugh in this $4.5 million dollar joke?

Why we’re on the fence: Was it entertaining? Not at all. Did it generate buzz? Absolutely. America took to social media to scoff at the late-night infomercial style spot that aired during the Super Bowl for a whopping $4.5 million. Can we call it a flop? Not definitively. It lacked glamor points, sure, but it still has America chatting about fungus by the water cooler.

 

What was your favorite ad at this year’s Super Bowl? Tell us about it on our Facebook page, using hashtag #SuperBowlAds.

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We won gold for Best Social Media Campaign at NAHB 2015!

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#‎TeamCEA started the year off on the right foot by winning a gold award for Best Social Media Campaign at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada! Our “Be a Neal Star” campaign for Neal Communities soared to great heights, and we are honored to have received our FIRST national award!

Our social media contest and campaign featured residents from three different Neal Communities’ developments sharing videos about their favorite parts of life in their communities. The videos were shared on social media, with friends and family being encouraged to vote. By the end of the campaign, we collected over 25 videos, 16,668 page views, 55 organic searches, and 9,623 total votes! Neal Communities was able to create and repurpose content for web, social media, YouTube and blogs which increased brand awareness and improved SEO.

Are you ready to start building your social media presence with the experts? Contact CEA Marketing today!

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What is Rebranding?

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What do you think about when you hear the word “rebrand” ? The way that Pepsi has managed to evolve and retain their brand heritage through the years? Or The Gap’s disastrous attempt at rebranding (which they switched back within two weeks)?

The process of rebranding takes an established brand identity and creates a completely new one. This new brand identity can be an evolution of the established brand, or something completely different. It depends on what your audience is willing to recognize.

If you have a well known national or even local brand your customers already identify you with a certain look and feel. A change that is too dramatic could drive people away. How do you find the right balance? That’s why CEA Marketing Group is here to help.

A full rebrand can be a lot to take in at once. So let’s take a look at the important questions about rebranding:

  1. Why bother with rebranding?
  2. What are the keys to a successful rebranding campaign?
  3. What are the best strategies for success?

During the month of January we’ll be answering these questions, exploring what it means to rebrand your business and the best strategies to ensure success. We might even have a little surprise for you at the end.

Stay tuned, and give us a follow for our latest news, updates, and BRIGHT ideas about rebranding!

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The Importance of Brand Identity

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Recently I’ve (Graphic Designer Diana) had the pleasure of becoming involved with a mentorship program through Ad 2 Tampa Bay, a network of young advertising professionals in the Tampa Bay area. The mentorship program seeks to partner young students with professionals in the Advertising industry to help guide them in their career path.

As part of my responsibilities as a mentor, I meet with a student from a local university and give her guidance on accomplishing her goals. One of which is creating a recognizable brand for herself that will be one driving force in her quest to land an internship. Looking at how much her brand has evolved since the first iteration got me to thinking about the importance of rebranding campaigns.

In a perfect world, companies would create a brand identity that fit them so perfectly it never had to change, but we don’t live in a perfect world. In the real world, companies are constantly evolving, and, while they might stick to the same core values, sometimes they change enough that their brands require some fine-tuning to match.  When this happens, it’s important to take a few steps towards making your new identity perfect.

  1. Understand what is and isn’t working: make a list, get feedback, and learn what it is that’s holding your brand back. Once you understand what about your brand identity isn’t lining up with your brand, you’ll be able to start on step 2.
  2. Now that you know what your brand isn’t, it’s time to understand what it is. No one knows your brand better than you do, so make sure you can distill your brand’s mission into one or two concise sentences. This should be the foundation of your rebranding.
  3. Take your newfound knowledge and start creating! Or find yourself an experienced partner to help guide you through the waters of your rebranding.

If you feel like your brand is in need of a facelift, contact us, and we can help you get on the right track.

 

 

 

 

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Form Over Function (Scratch That, Reverse It)

Do you like pretty pictures, or creative that gets your message across? Great advertising knows how to blend the two into one harmonious image. But at what point does one or the other become too much and no longer works?

Take a look at 5 tips to help ensure you blend form and function so that your message gets to the end user.

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1. Know Your End User’s Perspective – While most of us know what “we” each like, that is rarely the same for your potential clients. Make sure you and your agency know your first and secondary target audience so you can tailor your message properly.

2. Have a Lead for Your Marketing Projects – Someone needs to take charge and be willing to make final calls. Team feedback is good, but know when to listen to your team, and when to listen to your marketing professionals. When your team is reviewing artwork, gather all the changes at one time to send back to your agency. This will not only reduce possible overlap and errors, but can reduce your costs from the agency spending less time going back and forth on similar changes.

3. Determine Messaging Hierarchy – When preparing direct marketing objectives, give hierarchy to the messaging you want in your newspaper ads and eblasts. Give your headlines, subheads and messaging a pecking orde for the agency to follow so they can help tailor the message to the campaign. This can help ensure proper imaging and call-outs to offers that are important.

4. Know When to Cut Back – Trying to stuff the ad full with all your offers? You might just get your marketing overlooked. Stick to one main message and one supporting message. You’ll be surprised how often “less is more” will ring true for you. People are more likely to respond to a marketing piece that conveys one strong message versus multiple weak messages.

5. Be Careful of Friendly Input – Are you unsure of your message or could that headline be stronger? When you ask your friends for feedback, take into account how close they are to your target audience. Revert back to the first bullet, then just ask your agency. Your agency should have years of marketing experience, should know your target audience and will be more that willing to ensure that your marketing will hit the mark. Ask questions! it gets conversation going and helps fine tune your campaigns. We want to be your partners in your sales, not just the people who make your marketing”look” good.

So let’s make your artwork functional AND beautiful. You can do this by creating a strong message first, and then design the artwork to support that message. If you have additional offers you need to convey, just make sure they are on a lower priority level so your materials are still attractive enough to grab your audience’s attention.

Ready to take your marketing to the next level? Email eric@ceamarketing.com or give us a call at 727-523-8044 to get started today!

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