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VI Marketing and Branding Named Finalist for Jay Chiat Global Advertising Award: Company Recognized for 5320 Campaign

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – VI Marketing and Branding has been named a finalist for a 2011 Jay Chiat Award, the global advertising awards that recognize brilliant strategic thinking presented by the American Association of Advertising Agencies each year.

Posted Jun 15, 2018

Increase Your Email Open Rates with A/B Testing

A/B testing has been around for years. If you haven’t started implementing A/B testing, today is a great time to start. Most email marketing platforms now offer some sort of A/B testing as part of their service. You can A/B test almost anything on emails and websites, but some of the most popular elements to test are: subject lines, headlines, CTA buttons and imagery. For the purpose of this article, we are going to focus on testing email subject lines to increase open rates.

Posted Jun 7, 2018

Creating Consumable Content with Social Storytelling

How do you compete in an oversaturated social ad space? In the era of binge-watching and short attentions spans, marketers are challenged with creating content that is to-the-point, adaptive to the platform and personalized. We need to reach audiences with familiar content, reliable content and consumable content.

I wrote my last blog about snackable videos, so I’ll be sticking with the food theme as I take a minute to dive further into consumable content. To make content consumable, we can’t simply dump content on a user and expect the results to be long-lasting. We need to do more than just engage. We need to maintain engagement. So we must create supportive content that is easily accessible and encourages continued relationships. Enter the age-old solution of storytelling.

Posted Jun 6, 2018

How to Use Video As a Digital Campaign Tactic

There are many different tactics one can use for a digital campaign. My personal favorite? Video, of course! Should it be decided that video is going to be utilized for a campaign, then great! I’m a big fan of that decision. 

But before we jump in head first, it’s important for us to understand the objectives of the campaign. We can put our heads together and create the most amazing piece of video the world has ever seen, but if it doesn’t align with our overall strategy, then it doesn’t do us any good. It is our responsibility as creatives to convey the appropriate messaging to the appropriate audiences via the appropriate channels. So the first thing we’ll do is familiarize ourselves with the task at hand and answer a few key questions:

  • What are the goals of the campaign?
  • Who is our audience?
  • What platform or platforms are used to reach that audience?
Posted May 31, 2018

Data Protection & Regulation: Making Sense of a Post Cambridge Analytic & GDPR World

Over the past few months, company’s and advertiser’s ability to manage and protect user data has taken center stage. Thanks to the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal and the impending General Data Projection Regulation (GDPR), user data and how companies acquire and utilize this information is a topic that isn’t going away. No matter your marketing strategy, it is important to be aware of the possible impact and changes data regulation can have on your business. Join us on a quick rundown on the changes and what you need to consider in a post Cambridge Analytica & GPDR world.

Posted May 25, 2018

4 Ways to Use Video to Help Improve Campaign Performance and Drive Conversion Rate

Video is one of the most engaging and effective ways to educate your target audience. Let’s face it, video can be used to support almost any objective. While it is usually designed to achieve upper-funnel objectives, it can be used to achieve lower parts of the funnel too. These are a few ways to ensure video is used as effectively as possible at every consumer touchpoint.

1. Use different video lengths to achieve different objectives.
A longer-format video is great to tell a story and build a connection with your target audience. According to Google, longer-format videos have proven to increase brand favorability over 15-second video ads. However, 15-second ads drove higher ad recall. Understanding your goals and objectives will help you determine which video length you should produce.

Posted May 24, 2018

VIth Sense: Ecommerce Business Changes in an Instant

Never go to the grocery market hungry. If you do, you'll come home with much more than you went for, and with some items that you would never buy. That’s because when you’re hungry, everything sounds good, right? And you’re not finished shopping until you’ve grabbed a few of the impulse items at the checkout stand. It’s too easy to grab the Kit Kat and throw it in your cart.

Posted May 23, 2018

What Social Platform Should Your Brand Use

Social media platforms may seem similar in many ways, but they don't provide the same value for every consumer or brand.

Before initiating a social media campaign, a brand should understand their voice and what position they hold in the market place and consumer's mind. On average, your audience will see 10,000 brand messages every day. Brands should understand at each one of these intersections they are reinforcing their brand promise, no matter the platform. Consider the following when determining where to have a social presence.

Posted May 18, 2018

VI Employee Spotlight: Erin Robinson

Erin Robinson doesn’t need super powers.

Her wit’s quicker than a speeding bullet. Her creativity’s more powerful than a locomotive. And her spirit is stronger than five Incredible Hulks combined (the Lou Ferrigno one more so than Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal).

As a VI Senior Art Director, Erin has been locally and nationally recognized for her strategic and creative brilliance, and she’s won too many awards to count. From art direction to graphic design, cocktail illustrations, wrapping paper design and more, her creative range is limitless. And her killer kindness and positive attitude always instill inspiration around the office.

Posted May 10, 2018

SEO vs. PPC: How to Know Which Will Drive Quality Traffic to Your Website

Congratulations! You’ve been tasked with increasing online traffic to your website. There is just one little wrinkle — your boss wants focus on search engines to achieve this goal. You will need some help from your PPC and SEO professionals. But what exactly is the difference between these two strategies? How can these strategies help point those online eyeballs to your business and its awesome online products and services?

Posted May 9, 2018

VIth Sense: Marketing Data Is Creeping Along

When we discuss targeting capabilities of various digital platforms, clients often use the term ‘creepy.’ People can be a bit uneasy with the realization that they are being targeted with ads based on their own actions, purchases and self-reported information.

Posted Apr 17, 2018

How to Outline a Successful Tracking Strategy: Conversion Metrics and KPIs

One of the most important, but often forgotten, aspects of a digital marketing campaign is conversion or goal tracking. You can put together the most strategic marketing plan with sound strategies and clear objectives, but if you don't have a way to track success, you won't be able to measure campaign success. For this reason, determining success metrics prior to campaign launch is crucial. These success metrics may vary by objective, but are typically conversion goals and/or key performance indicators (KPIs) for each tactic. Keep in mind that determining what action or actions you want a user to take is only the first step. You also will have to determine the best way to track these actions.

Posted Apr 17, 2018