App advertising

You may be using your calculator on your Galaxy 8 or iPhone and notice an ad at the top, as if you are on a website being served a sky scrapper or leaderboard ad. You get a buzz on your device indicating you have a notification on your Facebook Messenger app. It is an in-app advertisement delivered as message in Facebook Messenger.

Email has been the leading channel for one-on-one interaction between an advertiser and consumer for a long time, providing a personalized approach and user experience. Now, however, in-app ads often offer users a better experience.

While consumers generally don’t like advertising, some ads are more tolerable (and even likable) than others. Advertisers tend to have a greater ability to create better ad experiences with in-app ads.

Publishers of mobile apps, as well as mobile app networks, have designed ad formats that are ideally suited to mobile apps. Many are designed to integrate seamlessly into the UX of the mobile app.

Jupiter Research reports that in-app mobile ad spend will reach $16.9 billion by 2018, compared to $3.5 billion in 2013. While app downloads will increase exponentially by then, the majority of in-app advertising expenditure will be allocated to social mobile giants like Facebook and Twitter, according to the company.

As the app ecosystem has seen growth, though, the role of in-app advertising has changed. For a long time, app developers favored a “pay once and play” model, where users weren’t prompted with in-app advertising purchase options. Increasingly, as more free-to-download apps enter the market, the brand side needs new revenue generation models. That’s become more about in-app advertising and in-app goods and services.

This makes sense. comScore research has shown mobile users spend 66% of time in an app, which far exceeds the amount of time spent in mobile browsers.

Given the amount of time that consumers spend using mobile apps, it is increasingly difficult for brands to shun in-app advertising. To learn more on how social media and in app advertising can help you drive engagement please visit:


video marketing

Now that 2018 is in full effect, it’s time to take your marketing strategy to new heights! As many marketers have noticed, 2017 was the year of video marketing. According to Recode, video will still be king in 2018, with a predicted spending growth of 49% on mobile video advertising alone. If you want to set your brand apart from the competition this year, it is important to focus on a compelling video marketing strategy that entices your customers and keeps them engaged and eager to buy. While you’re planning your marketing strategy, be sure to consider the following video marketing trends.

Personalization is a real payoff!  Generally speaking, companies utilize videos that speak to an entire audience in a “one-size-fits-all” strategy, such as how-to videos, product demonstrations, etc. Generic videos do provide clear benefits; however, they are missing the mark when it comes to persona-based video strategy. Go the extra step, and make your audience feel warm and fuzzy. Personalization can enhance your video marketing strategy by increasing engagement, connecting to your audience, and finally, driving sales.

Explainer “How To” videos will continue to go viral. An explainer video is a short, punchy video that demonstrations how to make or do something. It can give a fast run down of a problem or issue, sometimes with an easy solution. One of the most well-known and successful examples, starting in 2017, is BuzzFeed’s “Tasty” series. BuzzFeed partnered with culinary brands to produce a series of short videos featuring a recipe being made at super speed. These short and enticing videos became very popular on the social scene, making an immediate impression and promoting shares and likes. In 2018, expect the concept of explainer videos to branch into new territory, with how-to tips for makeup and fashion, mechanics, home improvements, and more. The possibilities for branding are endless.

Social “stories” will continue to be watched. As many of you are aware, SnapChat introduced the concept of stories in 2013, and it became an instant hit. Stories instantly captivate users, and copy-cat story features were soon offered by competing social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even WhatsApp. Stories allow users to create temporary videos that can be viewed by friends or followers for up to 24 hours, after which the story automatically disappears. However, along with the rush of story creation came oversaturation; with marketers suddenly producing their own stories and fighting for attention. In 2018, you’ll need to keep this avenue of marketing within your strategy but eye catching messaging is necessary if you expect your audience to stick around. This year, expect brands to spend more on brighter, louder, and more attention-grabbing stories on social platforms.

Live streaming will replace produced videos. Research has found that live streaming encourages more engagement from the audience. Experts find that the thrill of interacting in real-time with friends, celebrities and brands is what drives the live video engagement rates that marketers see when they host live sessions or events. In 2018, expect social media platforms to continue to improve their channels to offer higher quality video streaming, as well as more interactive features to appeal to advertisers. With that said, also expect smart brands to spend more of their marketing dollars on live videos, even if it means shifting resources away from pre-recorded video.

What can you take away from all this? 2018 will continue the trend to focus on online engagement. Focus on engaging your audience through video, increase your likes, shares, and comments, and your chances of driving traffic to your website and making a sale will skyrocket.

digital marketing

The success of a product launch depends on a brand’s approach to marketing. While there is no replacement for human interaction, digital marketing makes it a lot easier to be successful in selling a new product when you do not have a large field force behind the launch.

Launching a new product is a significant matter for all businesses, as it affects the ultimate popularity of a brand, sales and branding of the product. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to start the launching process without a strategic marketing plan with consistent message on all channels. Integration is the key!

Let’s have a look at few of the most important digital elements that can be of great help for a product launch in absence of a field force. 

  1. Social media campaign

You need a strategic social media plan that incorporates a content calendar and some relevant and trendy hashtags to build a little pre-launch buzz and get product noticed.

Moreover, Facebook and Twitter are two popular networking sites that can be used to announce the launch and create some interest. Snapchat and YouTube are also great platforms to get the attention of your audience.

  1. SEO & Google AdWords

SEO & Google AdWords are both important elements of an integrated digital strategy for a product launch. It brings you targeted traffic and the right efforts can make your online presence more effective in achieving goals.

Google AdWords can be used to research your relevant keywords that can be incorporated in all digitally published content and for AdWords display ads.

This will help you achieve maximum buzz, and then test and tweak new feature ideas.

  1. Email marketing & scheduling system

Email marketing or direct mail campaigns can have unique benefits for any product launch. It’s a cost-effective means for direct communication with a targeted audience and a way to influence their first impression of the product and brand.

Email campaigns can be planned within a couple of days, especially when using automation platforms like Marketo. You can segment and target your audience, make streamlined campaigns and can make improvements from measurable results and reports.

  1. Website and customer experience

Creating hype is one side of the complete process. You also need to make sure that your website and the landing pages for your digital ads live up to the hype created for the product.

The design and development of the website should focus on providing the best possible customer experience to eventually lead the visitor to become a customer.

Real-life practices…

Today, many brands prefer to launch their product through digital mediums over having a strong field force involvement. They typically hire a digital marketing and enablement agency to make it happen.

AlphaTRAK, a client of NX3, happens to be an example. Here is some information on that:


The client was looking for a way to provide their customers with an ecommerce experience in the interim of the official product launch on their website.


The team of NX3 achieved this by creating a mock ecommerce experience, where customers could purchase AlphaTRAK products, making SEO and AdWords efforts, and utilizing the power of Marketo web forms and marketing automation.

For more on this campaign, click here:


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In the year 2016, pay per click ads went through some rather drastic changes. The expanded text ads became the new favorite, while right-side text ads were hardly used anymore. Various new and exciting formats and features for ads were introduced last year by Google AdWords, Facebook, and Bing Ads.

PPC advertising is a money generator for businesses, with its ability to draw in a targeted audience and quality leads that increase potential customers in rather short period of time. Hence, it is one of the favorites of digital marketers. PPC advertising is not limited to Google anymore. Increasing competition from Bing and social media pay per click ads are giving marketers lots of new options when it comes to PPC.

The results of your PPC campaign are almost instant; you can actually see your targeted audience coming your way as soon as you make your campaign live. Similarly, the moment you stop your campaign, traffic also stops coming. As the name suggests, PPC ads mean that the advertisers to pay for every click they receive.

Without a doubt, managing your PPC campaign takes a lot of knowledge, time, and expertise. It is a great idea to hire a digital marketing agency that offers professional PPC services.

Watch out for the latest pay per click trends in 2017.

  1. Video advertising

Video marketing found its roots in 2016. Due to this, video marketing in 2017 and beyond is going to become the norm for digital marketers. Video advertising has presented a great opportunity for small-scale marketers to build relationships with their customers on a more personal and interactive level.

  1. Remarketing

Remarketing is a concept that involves creating an ad that will follow prospective customers all around the web. It works on the basis that when a customer sees an ad everywhere, they will be intrigued by the company or product being advertised.

  1. Experience based marketing

Today, making a customer experience better is part of most marketing efforts.  Experience-based marketing will be a marketing highlight in the year 2017. Experienced-based marketing is often used by ecommerce companies. Digital marketers use this to present their products and services with interactive ads that help to make customers familiar with their products and services.

  1. Voice search

Even though the element of voice search is not new, it has gained popularity in 2017. Voice search ends the user’s need to type their inquiry. The accuracy rates of voice search have improved over the years and today, the results are even better with the help of mobile assistants.

  1. Personalized targeting

By the year 2017, we should be able to make our ads as personalized as possible. Tools like AdWords can help integrate the option of audience targeting into other platforms. Ads may use more demographic and interest-based targeting. You can make your campaigns increasingly personalized and targeted with age, device, and behavioral signs.

Make sure you are considering these latest trends of pay per click ads to ensure your overall digital marketing and PPC efforts are at the top of their game.

Digital Marketing Strategy

A study conducted by Smart Insights on Managing Digital Marketing states that:

  • 46% of brands don’t have a defined digital marketing strategy.
  • 16% of brands have a digital marketing strategy, but they haven’t integrated it into their marketing activities.

If a brand doesn’t have a properly defined plan or strategy, how can it expect to grow and find success? How will there be a meaningful outcome to measure and how will there be space to learn from past mistakes and improve?

Effective digital marketing and a solid overall online presence are without doubt a few of the major ways to connect with your audience. What decision makers need to ensure is that their digital marketing efforts can become successful by creating a real impact on the bottom line.

Here are five important steps that you need to follow to design your remarkable digital marketing strategy.

Set your objectives

You can only set effective objectives if you really know what you want.

The first step is to define your company’s overall objective so you can have a real chance at fitting your digital marketing objectives into a grand plan. Ask yourself: What is the prevailing objective you want your digital marketing strategy or efforts to achieve?

You should also be very clear on your key performance indicators (KPIs), which will give you a specific figure that you are accountable for achieving. By analyzing your past digital marketing efforts, you can make sure your KPIs are realistic and achievable.

Analyze your former strategy

It is not very smart to step into the designing phase of your digital marketing strategy without some background information.

Analyze the elements of success and failure from your previous digital marketing strategy as it will be very helpful in coming up with the best KPIs for your company.

However, you must make sure you have determined a specific time period that you want to analyze. You should also conduct the same analysis for your competitors and enable yourself to make well-informed decisions.

Speak the language of your audience

In all this planning, don’t forget who you are talking to and make sure your digital marketing strategy speaks the language of your audience.

It’s very important to never lose track of the people you are trying to reach. When designing your digital marketing strategy, make sure your audience is top of mind. You can do this by catering to the emotional needs of your audience and satisfying their wants and needs through creating thoughtfully developed digital personas.

Identify your resources and budget

Before getting started, it is best to identify your means and resources.

The three most important things you need to get familiar with are your budget, your team and your digital resources. Start by making the list of what you have available making any other decisions.

Plan your digital marketing strategy

After completing the first four steps, you can now craft a digital marketing strategy centered on insightful analysis.

You’ll never be able to predict exactly how your audience is going to react and behave, so not all of your assumptions are going to work. The idea is to constantly measure and monitor the execution of your digital marketing strategy and keep making changes as needed.


Digital Marketing Plan

In the current business world, it’s no longer a valid to ask if you should execute a digital marketing plan, but rather how to take a relevant, effective and engaging approach for a digital marketing plan.

However, for quite a few of us, creating a digital marketing campaign and especially a social media marketing campaign can be a little intimidating.

Here are few simple elements that you need to stay away from when executing your digital marketing plan.

Don’t spam

You content is the best way to reach your audience. When you bombard your subscribers’ inbox and post on social media every few minutes, you lose the influence and power your content gives you.

There is a thin line between making your efforts consistent and spamming. Many organizations openly struggle with this. Your digital marketing efforts should ramp up when promoting a specific event, sale or promotional offer, but should maintain a consistent and relatively slow pace in the down times.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Diversity is the way to go with your digital marketing plan. There is constant development in trendy marketing technologies. Coming up with some of the best marketing strategies requires being not only knowledgeable but also using different aspects of digital marketing as part of your strategy.

Try out different techniques of digital marketing and find out what works best for your business operations and market. Some aspects to consider are search engine optimization, email marketing, social media marketing, pay per click and blogging.

Instead of putting all of your eggs in one basket, it is a smarter move to benefit from various aspects of digital marketing and stay competitive in market.

Don’t try to make hard sales

Marketing is not about making hard sales, but rather engaging and nurturing a healthy interaction with your target audience. Your digital marketing campaigns should portray your business ideas, concepts and the answers or solutions your audience is looking for.

You can try to get the attention and trust of your audience through your content first. With consistency and interesting content, you can pull in your audience and convert them into customers with what you are offering them.

Don’t produce content just for the sake of having content

There is no doubt, content plays a very important part in your digital marketing strategy and especially for your SEO efforts. However, when done wrong, no matter how much content you produce it can be a waste of time and efforts.

To get the numerous benefits of content as part of your digital marketing campaign, it is essential that your content is engaging, relevant and useful for your audience. Moreover, to get high rankings on search engines you need your content to be original and it should naturally incorporate your researched keywords.

Don’t create mobile unfriendly content

You need to consider that most of internet users today use their smartphones more than desktops or laptops. Hence, go with smartphone friendly technologies for your digital marketing efforts and make sure every image, video, text or other content used is built with a mobile-friendly format.


Digital Marketing

Your business needs an outstanding and effective digital marketing plan to set your business on the course of a series of action that push your business to strive for growth, expansion and success in your business operations.

An outstanding digital marketing plan can help your business by guiding it to its ultimate destination and without this plan you may find your business off track or even closed. Your digital marketing plan will give you a better idea of all opportunities available in your market and a deeper understanding of your target audience and competitors in market. Using this information you can very well craft an outstanding digital marketing plan or detailed digital marketing strategy to guide your marketing efforts in direction of business growth and success.

The depth, information in consideration and the tactics used make your digital marketing plan different from other businesses. Another factor that make your plan different from others include your business goals, objectives and strategies that vary with your strengths, weaknesses and market situations.

Here are 6 steps to help you craft an outstanding digital marketing plan for your business.

  1. Do your market research

Before making strategies and implementing any marketing tactics, it’s important to do your market research diligently. You need to research your industry and local market, understand where your business fits in the market, what your biggest opportunities and challenges are and how available resources can lead to your best marketing efforts.

  1. Do your competitive analysis

When you study and understand your competitors, you can use that knowledge to better craft your marketing strategies and campaigns, which can give you competitive edge in market. Hence, it’s important to do your competitive analysis, know their strengths and weaknesses, analysis effectiveness of their marketing efforts and identify all other factors that affect them.

  1. Identify your target audience

In order to find success, it is important for you to identify your primary target audience and learn how they communicate and what affects, satisfies and motivates them. Moreover, you also need to categorize your audience into segments or groups, so you can be more effective at reaching out to these groups separately.

  1. Define your goals and objectives

Using your market research, competitive analysis and target audience identification and segmentation you can better craft your goals and objectives. You need to create your short-term and long-term objectives that push your business to reach your marketing goals. However, with time you can make some adjustments in your marketing goals and objectives but they should challenge your business and be achievable.

  1. Define your specific strategies and tactics

This is one of the most important steps, as you need to use all of the previously mentioned information to develop your specific marketing strategies and also define tactics that will be needed to act on these strategies.

These strategies may include using advertisement to rise business revenue within a certain period of time or to integrate social media platforms with your marketing efforts to create more brand awareness, recognition and image. These strategies will differ from one business to another but they should be directed to achieve your goals and objectives.

  1. Determine your evaluation method

To ensure your digital marketing plan is effective it is imperative that you have determined a success evaluation method for each of your campaign, strategy and tactic. There is no other way of knowing what strategies and tactics are working for a certain brand if there is no evaluation method to be implemented.

At times evaluation method is very easy to use like Google Adwords that shows you real data toi evaluate your efforts but at times you will have to get little creative to determine evaluation method for some efforts.

Digital Marketing Agency

When you are running a business, time is a precious and scarce commodity. Strategically marketing your brand takes up a lot of time and plenty of effort. This is where a digital marketing agency comes to play to save the day.

Your digital marketing agency will provide you marketing services through digital mediums that will help your business grow. Your agency can also take charge of your entire marketing portfolio to help you become efficient at improving conversions and meeting your marketing objectives.

Every service, marketing effort, campaign and strategy that your digital marketing agency provides you is custom designed and planned to perfectly suit your brand’s unique needs and objectives.

Below are five of the most basic, result-oriented and necessary marketing services that you need to avail from experts at your digital marketing agency to get the most out of your investment.

Customized strategic planning

For your digital marketing campaigns to be successful, it is important that they are designed with proper strategic planning. Whether it is social media marketing, PPC advertising, email marketing, or lead generation, your digital marketing agency has experts available that focus on each niche to provide you with their professional perceptive and their take on the most successful strategy.

Moreover, it is important that you define and evaluate your goals with your agency, so that with comprehensive and tactical planning they can help you achieve them.

SEO for your website

With the world getting technology-savvy and the increasing expectations of your audience, it is not only helpful for your business to have a website, but it needs to be optimized for search to help increase your brand visibility and get most from your other digital marketing efforts.

SEO experts at your digital marketing agency can research and analyze your market, industry and audience and then make an SEO plan with most efficient keywords, making your strategies responsive.

Content with strategic messaging

Your digital marketing agency helps you make sure that the message you want to put forward through your marketing strategies comes across clearly.

The content used on your website and as part of different campaigns, such as SEO strategies, needs to be result-orientated and should go flow with your goals and objectives. Hence, useful content is another aspect where experts at your digital marketing agency can help you be as productive with your content as possible.

Inbound marketing

Today, most of your customers and potential leads conduct online research before buying or participating in any activity on your website. Hence, you need inbound marketing services from your digital marketing agency that can help you bring traffic to your website by making efforts like SEO-friendly blog content to boost your visibility on search engines like Google.

Automating, measuring and reporting

Your digital marketing agency can also provide you marketing automation services that can automate the lead nurturing process for you by automatically maintaining follow up interactions with potential leads. Moreover, the use of marketing automation tools can also help you be more efficient at measuring and reporting your ROI. You can use your agency’s expertise to more accurately interpret the data and work out which strategies are working in your favor and which aren’t.