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When every brand looks the same, do you follow suit or stand out? It all began with Silicon Valley startup brands who came of age, and wanted to be perceived as the big players that they now are in our lives. From Google, to PayPal, to Airbnb, this generation of companies grew from zero to hero at speeds completely unlike the mega brands before them. In the span of only a few years, these up-and-comers came to not only match, but in some cases eclipse, the cultural reputation of past goliaths such as Unilever, Sony and Nestle. EVERYBODY FALL IN LINE! pic.twitter.com/B9JU5nvpMu — OH no Type Co (@OHnoTypeCo) February 13, 2018 With that historic growth came a unique problem. Many of these brands started out with logos created at the hands of scrappy talent with scrappy strategic approaches. To become fully-evolved and established...

With recent data-powered performance results trending in favor of native advertising, display ads face a questionable future. Business Insider reported that native ads will drive 74 percent of ad revenue in the U.S. by 2021. In today’s digital space, the benefits of native advertising over display are becoming increasingly apparent. It’s easy to assume that the only reason native ads currently wield power is their ability to seamlessly blend into website content. While this is certainly an advantage, there’s a broader spectrum of factors boosting native’s relevance. We took a closer look and charted out 6 critical reasons why native advertising has, and will continue to, grab display’s revenue share:   1. Ad-Blocking According to a PageFair study, adblock usage grew 30 percent in 2016, resulting in 236 million desktop devices and 380 million mobile devices adopting adblock. This trend has played a...

Digital properties today face a tricky balancing act with quality and speed: users expect the utmost visual experience to consider a brand credible, regardless of industry, and they expect it to be delivered immediately. When asked what influenced their first impressions of a company, 94% of respondents indicated basing their opinion on the design elements of the company’s home page, while only 6% referenced specific content. Meanwhile, 2 seconds load time is the threshold for website acceptability, with every additional 1 second delay in page response time resulting in a 7% reduction in conversions....

Every Halloween we take the opportunity to celebrate the spooky, the creepy and everything else that goes bump in the night. This time around though, we’re looking back on some downright eerie marketing stunts that left us in unpleasant bewilderment. Here are some of the past year’s scariest social media mistakes! What Were You Thinking?!? GIF from Inconvenientsequel GIFs   1. Dove’s Skin-Color Controversy Dove’s October campaign showing a black woman removing her shirt to reveal a white woman is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Despite allegedly positive intentions, the ad was perceived to be a tasteless allusion to the idea that dark skin is inferior to light, and unfortunately evoked an unsettling history of racist ads in the soap industry. Dove quickly issued an apology for the offense that was caused, and we hope they’ll look more critically at the potential negative connotations...

The social media landscape is oversaturated for the real estate industry, both commercial and residential. For real estate companies looking to build their brand and take advantage of the highly targeted nature of social media to drive sales, it’s easy to look at the landscape and wonder, “Should my organization be on 14 social media platforms, too?” The short answer is no. In our new white paper we evaluate and analyze data from the top 50 residential and commercial real estate companies (by transaction volume) on social media. The resulting insights are instructive for both commercial and residential real estate companies spanning a variety of functions looking to enhance their digital marketing strategy. In this post, we explore three key insights from our research. Residential is on more platforms, but commercial has greater following   The top 50 residential real estate brands operate 218 total...