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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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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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The Plus Side of Google Plus

You have Facebook and Pinterest but now you’re hearing talk about Google Plus for business. It seems like the list never ends. Should my company have this? Should my company spend the time?  The answer is ‘YES’.

Google Plus is useful for businesses because it allows for more direct and personal relationships. Information on Facebook and Twitter can get lost under multitudes of miscellaneous information, but Google Plus is dominated by quality content that’s both professional and informational. Not only that, but it allows brands to interact with other users and communities as a brand page, and the innovative use of circles allows users to divide their followers into different groups for a targeted messaging approach.

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Communities:

The Communities feature allows brands to interact and engage with users because it encourages groups to form around particular interests, thus making it easy to find people who are interested in your business. Hangouts are also another exciting new feature that is only offered on Google Plus.

Google Hangouts:

The Hangouts feature lets users host group meetings, discussions, or demonstrations. It’s UNIQUE to this network. You can use this feature to organize panel discussions, answer consumer questions, host demonstrations, etc.  Although only 9 people can be in the Hangout, you can stream it live via YouTube to create a webinar.

SEO:

Another benefit of using Google Plus is the possibility to improve SEO. Research suggests sharing content on Google Plus has the potential to influence search rankings in significant ways:

  • For Google Plus users, as long as you share blog posts with relevant, new (un-copied) information on a regular basis, you are that much more likely to be pushed up through the ranks of search results.
  • Each post has the potential to send strong semantic signals to Google’s search algorithm. This not only helps the post itself to rank in Google’s search results, but potentially sends relevancy signals to a URL shared by the post.
  • Sharing longer content and posts can seriously improve your SEO because Google sees and indexes these pages as it would blogs.

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Ripples:

The Ripples feature allows you to see how your content is spreading, and therefore allows you to identify your most influential followers. With this, you can group your most influential re-posters and send them important content, valuable coupons and anything else you might want to spread quickly and immediately to as many readers as possible.

- Written by Diana Aguilar-Flores

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The Other Guy…LinkedIn

Most businesses see the value and necessity in having a Facebook and Twitter page but they forget that there are other platforms that can also bring ROI, get them in front of their customers and create brand awareness. It is with that, that I introduce LinkedIn; a platform with over 200 million users. When it comes to growing and promoting a business, what makes this platform completely different than any other is that people are strictly here for their business and to connect with thought leaders and industry experts.

LinkedIn is the professional networking group on social media.  Why is it so important? Today, it is the place for recruits to find employees, for professional networking to take place and to advertise your business.

1. Company Pages

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Company pages are a great way to advertise your business’s updates and have a professional presence on social media. Company pages allow you to share company news and through LinkedIn analytics, see who is interested and visiting your page.

 2. Groups

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Looking to connect with others in your industry? Join a professional group! There is one for every interest. This is one of the best ways to network. Start a discussion in a group and contribute as much as you can. “How do I do this”, you ask? Post a question or interesting article and watch as others comment and get engaged. Through this practice, you will be identified as a thought leader and expert in your field.

3. Advertising

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If you’re looking to advertise to your audience, LinkedIn may be the platform you want to use. Why? Being relatively new with offering ads, you and your company will be competing less with other advertisers on this platform.  Furthermore, companies have the capability to advertise thanks to highly targeted capabilities offered on LinkedIn. Target the right audiences that will make you money by tailoring your add by: salary, interests, job functions, industries, company size, demographics and geography.

4. Professional Networking

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The number one reason for you and/or your business to be on LinkedIn is for the incredible professional networking and recruiting capabilities. Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn is strictly professional.

  • Post your resume
  • List your skills
  • Show off your experience and allow people to write recommendations about and socially endorse you.
  • Display examples of work
  • Link back to your business website

Are you ready to get started on LinkedIn? Let’s get social! Contact Us today or email natasha@ceaproduction and we’ll help you develop your social media campaign!

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You May Think You Know Facebook, But You Have No Idea.

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One of the many things we hear when training companies on social media strategy is “I know how to run Facebook, so I’m not sure how much more you can teach me.” We never doubt the person saying this doesn’t know Facebook. Everyone knows Facebook. The issue lies in the difference of running a personal Facebook page versus a business page.

 

Here are 5 things you may not know about Facebook business pages:

  1. Insights. A business page allows the admins to access all kinds of data. From geo-targeted results from LIKES to how many users not only engaged with your post, but also blindly engaged (a click through that can only be seen by someone managing the page). Without analytics, how do you know if your strategy is working?
  2. Promoted Posts. You may hate this part. No one wants to pay Facebook to get the word out. But there is no denying; this is how it has to be. When you log on to Facebook, you have the opportunity to see up to 1,500 posts per visit. How does Facebook choose which posts you see? Promotion.
  3. Limitless Followers. A personal page only allows up to 5,000 friends. A business page on the other hand allows you to continue your growth until you’ve added everyone and their mothers.
  4. Scheduling. Social media is a full time job. I know this because it is my full time job. One of the greatest things about a business page, is the ability to schedule. Maybe Monday’s are slow days for you. Get all your posts set up on Monday and just let them post themselves throughout the week! (You can even boost while scheduling!)
  5. Credibility. This last one has nothing to do with a rule that Facebook set up. Its just plain and simple knowledge. By setting up a business page for your business you are telling people you are legit. It shows consumers that you know what you are doing; therefore you must know what you are doing with the product you are selling.

 

If your fear is that you are losing followers by starting from scratch, it’s not true! Just because someone is a friend with you on Facebook does not make him or her a perfect brand ambassador for you. Let us show you how to gain new LIKES on your business page based on geographic and demographic targets. Make your followers count!

 

Would you like to know more about Facebook? Give us a call TODAY. 727.523.8044.

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Beginner or Pro, 6 Facebook Answers You Need To Know

 

 

Come take a seat with our Social Media Expert and Facebook Queen Kari Lochamy as she answers 6 valuable and important Facebook questions.

 

1. How does social media play a role in the sales cycle?

With such easy access to online consumer reviews, customers are no longer heading straight to the store to purchase your product. Right from their mobile device they are researching your company and what people are saying about that product. Where do they find this information? A multitude of places can hold online opinions, but the most common place is through social media. 1 in 3 people who use social media prefer interacting with companies via Twitter, Facebook or another network rather than via phone. If people are complaining, the proof is visible for everyone to see. More so, if people are complaining, how is the company handling it? Things will inevitably go wrong and customers just want to know the company they are purchasing from has their back. Word of mouth is now digital. 92% of individuals trust the messages/recommendations they receive from friends. Where are their friends talking about their new favorite place to shop? Social Media.

 

2. What is the difference between Facebook Ads & Facebook Promoted Posts?

Facebook Ads are used to target people who do not already “Like” your page and convert them into “Followers”. Facebook Promoted Posts are status updates or posts that are pushed out by setting a daily budget towards promotion. Both of these techniques are necessary because Facebook is now considered a “Pay to Play” platform. Without a Facebook Ad budget, few will know your page even exists. Without a Promoted Post budget, less than 6% of your followers will see your status updates or posts.

 

3. How can you target your audience through Facebook Ads?

Through Facebook Ads you are able to target audiences based upon not only age and location but also by gender, interests, connection to your Page and more.

 

4. What makes a GREAT Facebook Ad?

A good Facebook Ad can be defined by many things from audience targeting to engaging creative. A GREAT Facebook Ad digs deep to understand what your customers truly want. Note that your image is going to be what gets them to read the content. Think about what your customers are looking for when they search for your product and incorporate that in the creative. People want easy and straightforward information. Engage them by asking a question that you already know the answer or by mentioning an obvious statement (ex: “Do you like the beach?” or “You deserve to live in luxury.”) Set a strong budget and let it run long enough to achieve results. A combination of all of these tips will ensure a GREAT Facebook Ad.

 

5. What is an effective budget for Facebook Ads and Promoted Posts?

Before you can create an effective budget, you have to set a goal. How quickly would you like to see your page grow and how often will you be posting? The obvious answer would be “fast” and “every day” but your goal needs to be achievable. Social media presence is extremely important and if you are a new Page, think bigger when it comes to planning your budget. Get your name out there and as brand recognition grows, you can reevaluate your Ad budget. Although, keep in mind, as Facebook continues to change and grow, your Promoted Post budget will have to do the same.

 

6. What is my social media ROI?

ROI is “Return On Investment”. For many this means, “How many sales have I gained from the money I’ve spent?” But with Facebook, sales shouldn’t be your number one goal. Social media is all about engaging with customers, relating to your consumers and customer service. When checking your return on investment for social media, it is important to thoroughly investigate your posts’ analytics. Even if people are not visibly engaging with your posts by Liking, Sharing or Commenting, they may be clicking through to your site or clicking on the post itself. This is ROI. You’re providing information your audience needs and wants and they will recognize your brand as a reputable source.

 

Would you *LIKE* to know more? LIKE CEA Marketing Group’s Facebook Page for updates on what’s happening and updating in the social media world.

 

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How to Explain a Hashtag to Grandpa

 

At a recent family gathering, we were sitting around the dinner table discussing the good old days. One of my cousins commented on Throwback Thursday and asked if #TBT was Twitter’s most widely used hashtag. That’s when Grandpa spoke up. “What the heck is a hashtag anyway? Why do you need one?’

 

Well, Grandpa, you’ve come to the right place to learn.

 

What is a hashtag?

  • A hashtag is a keyword preceded by a pound sign (#).
  • The pound sign turns any word or group of words that directly follows into a searchable link.
  • Hashtags allow you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords.

 

Although they may seem confusing and unnecessary, they are very important to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them.

 

Why do I need a hashtag?

 

  • A hashtag expands the reach of your tweet beyond those who follow you to those who are searching for like content.
  • Anyone sharing content on a relevant topic can include a hashtag. That content then becomes a searchable link to your tweet.
  • Tweets with hashtags get twice the engagement than tweets without hashtags and are twice as likely to be retweeted.

 

Three key tips for all #users:

1. Be specific: If you’re using a hashtag to join a conversation, make sure the hashtag is specific and relevant to your topic. If you’re talking about Mother’s Day, use #InspiredByMom instead of simply #Mom. A vague or generic hashtag like #gifts or #flowers isn’t as effective either.

2. Make it simple: Hashtags, like links, look like spam if they are used too often. Three hashtags should be the maximum on Twitter and Facebook, but you can get away with more hashtags on Instagram and Vine.

3. Give context: A tweet that contains only hashtags is confusing and boring. If your tweet simply reads, “#angry,” your followers won’t know what you’re talking about. Similarly, if you tweet, “#TheVoice is #awesome,” you’re not really adding much to the conversation.

 

So, Grandpa, if you want to look on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and reminisce, search Throwback Thursday with #TBT and entertain the young‘uns for hours.  I hope this helps, and remember #iloveyou.

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3 Simple Steps to Choosing the Perfect Image

 

When I landed my first internship I was ecstatic. My mind was filled with ideas of all the exciting and challenging projects I would work on, the designs I would make, and what I would learn.

My first exciting task was to search for perfect stock images. Woohoo. I remember spending hours poring through the stock image website trying to find various images that captured a certain spirit or feeling for a client’s website.  My entire first week was pulling as many stock images as I could that fit the requirements, and it was about exciting as it sounds. However, bored as I was, I did learn a few tricks of the trade for finding just the right image for a project.

 

1. Take Your Time

  • Now, this isn’t an excuse to spend a whole day browsing your favorite stock photography site, but it does mean you should spend more than a few minutes searching for the right image. Depending on which site you’re using, you should be able to shorten your search through a variety of filters including:
    • Size-There’s nothing like finding the right image for your print ad only to see it’s only for web.
    • Format-landscape, portrait, vector, photo, icons, the list goes on and on
    • Image content-Maybe you’re looking for a photo with people, but only families. Wait, only families with two children, but they both have to be under 12. Oh, and they should have a dog. Starting to get the picture? Don’t get too specific or you’ll end up with no images at all.

2. Avoid Clichés

  • You’re searching for that perfect image that symbolizes agreement, commitment, and dedication. Suddenly you see it: two hands shaking in agreement of a job well done. Perfect, right? Before you click download, ask yourself this:
    • Does this photo look familiar?
    • Have I seen it a million times before?
    • Is my ad/blog/website going to look as bland as the multitude of others using the same clichéd image?
  • If you answered ‘yes’, then you should find a better image.
  • With such a variety of images available from a multitude of sites, there’s no reason to use the same old images that your consumers are already used to. This goes back to the first step: take some time to find an image that sets you apart.

3. Keep It Legal

  • It’s easy to search Google images and pull the best picture you find, but it’s also not necessarily legal. Sure, some photographers and artists put their work online for free usage or free usage with proper accreditation, but they are not the majority. Before you start pulling all those great photos, check to see whom they belong to, what the license agreement is and if you’re allowed to use them. If not, you could end up with a cease-and-desist letter or a lawsuit.

 

Finding the perfect image for your project can be difficult, but with these simple steps you’ll find the right one in no time. Here are some great websites for pulling ‘legal’ stock images for you or your clients:

  • Istockphoto.com
  • Thinkstock.com
  • Shutterstock.com

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You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: How to Use New Technology to Convert Email Leads

 

Marketers can reach prospects through many channels, both traditional and digital. With the evolution of the Internet, many people started heavily marketing through email because you can reach more people for less money. Not bad, right?

 

The problem is just because your company sends an email does not necessarily mean the receiver is reading it. If they are reading it, it doesn’t mean they are necessarily clicking through to your website. Marketers had no way to gauge who was reading their emails and who was clicking through to their site. Thanks to email retargeting now marketers can.

 

Retargeting: a cookie-based technology using simple Javascript code to anonymously “follow” your audience all over the Web.*

 

How does that work?

  1. Potential customer visits your site.
  2. Leaves your site without making a purchase, asking for more info, calling, etc.
  3. Later, while surfing the web, they are retargeted with an ad for your business.
  4. They remember being on your site and click the ad. This brings them back to your website and recaptures their attention and interest in your product.

 

So then what is EMAIL retargeting?

Email retargeting is similar to this. We can decipher who looked at an email you sent and follow up with them at a later time even if they didn’t click through to your site.

 

How does it work?

  1. A pixel is embedded in every eBlast your company sends out.
  2. When the email is opened, the cookie drops in the readers’ browser. This will tell us whether they read the email or not and if they clicked through.
  3. We can then retarget those people who opened the email to read it but didn’t click through. With retargeting, follow up marketing is possible.

 

Why is this important?

Everyone selling something knows converting leads into sales is essential. Using retargeting, you can follow prospects once they’ve left your website or email regardless of where they go online. If someone read your email, they are interested enough in what you have to say but might need a little more push to gain more information.

If this is a service you believe could benefit your company, call us. We would love to talk. Talking is our favorite. Well, talking and converting leads.

 

*The retargeter.com

 

Written by: Kristy Roeser

 

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