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Paid Social Media Options Expand, More Platforms Now On Board

6 Sep , 2016 | Mason

Paid social media is an increasingly-effective strategy for both consumer-focused and B2B brands. Between the established household-name platforms, and the up-and-coming disruptors, staying on the leading edge of social media is no small challenge for marketers. Each platform regularly rolls out algorithmic updates and new ad options.

Last year on this blog, we broke down the paid advertising options across six of the leading social sites. While many of these options are still available, there are many new features to consider in 2016, and your paid social strategy must be responsive to this dynamic environment to ensure you get the most benefit from it.


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Where Digital Radio Fits in Your Marketing Mix

21 Aug , 2015 | Nick Koutsopoulos

pandora streaming radio advertising

Pandora is a streaming audio service that provides access beyond terrestrial signals to the always-on, always-connected and always-multi-tasking consumer. Its impact is undeniable, with more than 82M unique listeners monthly, and 80 percent of their traffic originating from mobile or connected devices such as phones, tablets, computers and connected car systems, TVs and gaming consoles.

Pandora is also a very interesting platform because of its robust targeting capabilities — with over 100 targeting features, custom experiences, and the ability to run both audio and display advertising in tandem. Here are a couple of examples of how Mason has incorporated Pandora into our media strategy for clients:


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Metrics & Methodology: Get Social Media Analytics Down to a Science

16 Jun , 2015 | Mason

paid social media measurement is a science

Paid social metrics are where the rubber meets the road on social media marketing. There are plenty of qualitative arguments for including paid social in your digital marketing strategy, but ultimately, its success must be measured and quantified. Content is the art; analytics are the science.


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Paid Social Do’s, Don’ts, and Key Considerations

30 May , 2015 | Mason

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So, you’re ready to give paid social media a spot on your budget, and you’ve reviewed your options across the major platforms. Now comes the next step: planning your paid social strategy and campaigns.


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Paid Social: An Overview of Your Options

27 May , 2015 | Mason

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Now that we’ve convinced you that Paid Social deserves a spot in your digital budget, let’s look at what exactly you can do with those dollars. The information below was culled from each site’s own descriptions of its advertising options as of May 2015.


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Could Native Advertising Overcome Display Ad Blindness?

13 Feb , 2015 | Mason

native advertising

Average click-through rates on display ads reflect a digitally savvy public that has learned to ignore or distrust them. Native advertising could prove an effective way of re-engaging that audience.

The last 15 years of Internet history have been a constant push-pull of online advertisers finding new ways to get their message in front of more eyeballs, and those eyeballs glazing over as users learned to ignore, avoid, or even block as many ads as possible. The result has been dubbed “banner blindness.


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The Anatomy of a Search Engine Results Page (SERP)

23 Jan , 2015 | Ryan Winiarski

search engine optimization

Search engines act as a portal to the rest of the Internet – all 4 billion pages (and counting) of it. Getting found amid the crowd requires a careful blend of art and science commonly known as Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.

In this guide, I intend to introduce you to what it is we’re talking about when we talk about SEO, and some of the things search engines are and aren’t looking for on each page of your website.


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Our View: Top 14 Memorable Ads of 2014

30 Dec , 2014 | Mason Captain Obvious

By the very nature of the business, advertisers have to be forward-thinking and planning ahead at all times. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate all that’s already been said and done.

As we take a moment to look back on what made this last year memorable, we asked around the Mason office to find out which ads stood out from the pack among our staffers. Below we present our favorite ads of 2014, in no particular order, demonstrating the power of humor and unexpected creative.


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Planning for Video Today Means Planning for Video Everywhere

17 Nov , 2014 | Nick Koutsopoulos

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The propagation of screens into all aspects of everyday life, both inside and outside the home, presents opportunities and challenges for media companies, agencies and brands.

Video access and choice have never been more fragmented.   Think about that for a minute.  More…

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Opinion: Negative Political Ads Fill Vacuum of Visionary Thinking

5 Nov , 2014 | Charlie Mason

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It has been fascinating to eye-witness one of the most negative advertising campaigns in the nation – Connecticut’s race for Governor.  It is popular wisdom to decry the negativity and say that it doesn’t work on “me.”  But, of course, the data show that it indeed does work on “me.” More…

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