The Truth About Innovation, with IPG Media Lab

IPG Media Lab works with some of the world’s largest brands to drive innovation in media, marketing, and business models. As the dedicated innovation initiative of the UM family of agencies, they’ve worked with companies of all sizes, across numerous verticals. Chad Stoller and Adam Simon of IPG Media Lab discussed the types of conversations they have with marketers around innovation, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how IPG Media stays innovative, and asked whether one can truly measure innovation success.

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SEO in 2021: To Keyword Clusters, and Beyond!

SEO was a lot simpler in a less-crowded marketplace; you could optimize by keyword for your product, industry, or customer demographics and watch your traffic grow. In 2021, however, not only is the online space left with little metaphorical keyword elbow room, but search engines have gotten smarter to keep up with consumer demand. People search more conversationally due to voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, and AI-powered chatbots learn more as they’re being searched, which also contributes to a natural semantic search style. If marketers want to make sure their SEO efforts are being noticed, there are several ways to do this, all of which embrace this more casual way of searching consumers are employing – “long-tail keywords,” those with fewer search results but a higher conversion rate; “keyword clusters,” which group product identifiers that can single out your brand; “natural language processing (or NLP)” which rely on qualifiers like “what” and “where” to make a search less-robotic, and the overall conversational style that voice search and chatbots have made more prominent as of late.

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Pulse Issue 9

Clock's Ticking: Should Marketers Jump on TikTok's Hype Before it's Too Late?

September 2019

TikTok is the newest of hot video apps in the tradition of Vine and Snapchat before it. It originated in China before rebranding and making its way to the U.S. and the rest of the world, where it now can comfortably claim more than 500 million users. Most are young people and early adopters, begging the question: should brands already be on TikTok, utilizing it before it becomes saturated like Facebook and Instagram?
TikTok has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity since entering the U.S. market last year. It boasts 1.2 billion global installs and 500 million active users, surpassing Twitter, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. TikTok’s ability to capture the attention of Gen-Z—the biggest consumer cohort globally—has made it the world’s most valuable startup ($75 billion). Here are seven things you need to know about the platform.
Why are people so obsessed with TikTok? And - most importantly - should marketers even care? This hopes to unravels some of the mystery behind TikTok and explains how marketers can leverage it now, or in the future. It also touches on a few brands that have already conquered the platform.
Several months after TikTok launched a beta of its ad offering, it remains an uncertain prospect for many, with its ad options and capacity still growing in western markets. Could TikTok be a viable platform for your social media marketing strategy? This provides an overview of the current ad options available and how they work.
This marketing guide suggests ways businesses can make the most of TikTok and its young audience. It beings with basics, including an overview of what and who uses it, and how brands can use it themselves. It then delves into hashtag challenges, the uses of user-generated content, how it compares to traditional influencer marketing, and how it can be used for advertising.
Brands, here’s your wake-up call: it’s time to monetize. TikTok’s advertising capabilities are still in the early stages, but they do have four formats available for brands that want to be first on the platform, and “Challenges” are all the rage. With a paid push-start, these challenges are generating hundreds of millions of organic views, and in some cases, triple-digit sales growth. YPulse found five brands that jumped on the platform early, and successfully engaged a demo that often evades advertisers.
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