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Mobile Advertising: How to Increase Your ROI on Your Mobile Display Campaign

Mobile Advertising: How to Increase Your ROI on Your Mobile Display Campaign

Mobile Advertising

When it comes to mobile advertising, we wrote the book on it…literally. 

There has never been an advertising medium quite like mobile that enables a brand to effectively target the right consumers, in the right place, at the right moment.  — Bob Bentz, Relevance Raises Response

Relevance Raises Response book by Bob Bentz

Traditionally, media has been sold by ad sales people responsible for negotiating a price for inventory on various mediums. With mobile advertising, however, there is considerably less need for human salespersons.

Today, 72% of all mobile advertising purchased worldwide was purchased programmatically. Think of programmatic advertising as the real-time value of inventory at the time of purchase. Programmatic has brought speed and efficiency to the mobile advertising market. 

More digital advertising dollars are going to mobile, as opposed to desktop, every year. In 2020, the ratio was $103 billion on mobile versus $41 billion on desktop. That’s 73% of all digital advertising revenue going to mobile! Seventy-eight percent of Americans only use mobile to access Facebook. These statistics show the importance of why Purplegator labeled itself as a “mobile-first marketing agency” as far back as 2014 when it foresaw the future of geo targeted mobile advertising. 

Everything that you do today should be with a mobile first mentality. When you develop a landing page, you should do it first on mobile and then make it fit to desktop. Most companies do it the other way around. 

When you engage for SEO services, remember that Google now ranks all websites via its mobile site and no longer the desktop site. Be certain to take new innovations such as voice commands into consideration so you can optimize for the longer question format and the more immediate needs of a mobile voice searcher.

Marketing pros can target their audience on mobile better than any other medium in history. 

Here’s some tactics you should utilize to maximize your performance with mobile advertising:

  • Attempt to get as many ads placed with a 250×250 size. Based on our internal data, this size performs best. 
  • Advertise on the weekends when tap through rates are normally greater with people having more “me” time.
  • Keep your videos short. 30 seconds is good, but 15 seconds is often better. Remember, your mobile customers are not always near wifi or where signal strength is poor like in rural western Maryland.
  • Always use retargeting on mobile devices. 
  • Mobile interstitial ads that take up the entire screen on in-app advertising get double the tap through engagement of traditional banner ads. Use them, but only use them in apps and not for desktop.

Capabilities of Mobile Advertising

Geo Fencing

Purplegator defines a geo fence as a subset of the larger geolocation targeting. In mobile advertising, a geofence is designed to attract a specific location that is more likely to be a user of the agency services. This may be an extremely wealthy zip code for attracting donations to a public TV station or it may be a rural area where a large portion of the population lives in poverty and is desperately in need of social services.

It is always more expensive to reach wealthy areas since brands understand that those residents have significantly greater buying power. Therefore, we would draw a geofence within the geolocation and bid more aggressively to gain exposure in this well-healed market. 

In a struggling rural area, however, we would be able to reach these residents at a lower bid. Hence, a geofence around the low income area would likely still result in significant exposure since these citizens are less attractive to many advertisers. By bidding less within this geofence, you will save money and increase impressions.

Geo Targeting

Geotargeting means targeting the right people within the geolocation or geofence. Most advertisers don’t want to target everybody within the geolocation zone. After all, children don’t buy automobiles or choose which fancy restaurant to go to on Saturday date night. Advertisers use geotargeting to find the consumers most likely to buy based on sex, age, marriage status, income level, profession, interests, and a host of other factors that are available to digital agencies and advertisers through third party data providers.

If the state agency was interested in a healthy mothers campaign in an inner city, we could target single Moms, age 16 – 29, who live within the city. We obtain this data from our third party partners and target the mobile and desktop devices of those that fit the profile.

Retargeting

I’m sure you’ve seen retargeting in action. You look online at a pair of shoes, decide to not buy them, and then those same shoes keep showing up as display ads in your feed whether you are checking sports scores on ESPN’s app or finding tomorrow’s weather at Accuweather. 

Many businesses are making a significant recurring monthly investment in pay per click advertising. Consumers who click through to your website should be considered platinum prospects. You’ll want to reach them more than just once. That’s where an effective retargeting campaign comes in. 

To facilitate a retargeting campaign, however, you will need to drop some code on your company’s website. 

About the Author

Bob Bentz is president of mobile-first marketing agency, Purplegator. He is also the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing. Bentz is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He likes mobile marketing almost as much as baseball.

Mobile and Digital Advertising Targeting

Mobile and Digital Advertising Targeting

How to Find Your Most Responsive Audience on Smartphones and Desktops

There has never been an advertising medium quite like mobile advertising that enables a brand to effectively target the right consumers, in the right place, at the right moment.

The tools available to target your audience on mobile and desktop are plentiful. Here’s an overview of how you can put your message in front of those consumers most likely to buy.

Targeting Strategies 

Geo-Targeting 

All of Purplegator’s client campaigns have some element of geo targeting at their core. It’s not often that our clients ask to advertise to everyone within a particular area or inside a geo-fence. The magic happens when we apply some filters in order to reach just the right people inside the designated area. This is what Purplegator does every single day for all of our clients. We deliver the right ads to the right people. 

Demographics

Adding a demographic filter allows us to target specific age groups, income levels, education levels, and more. We are using filters such as these now to reach low-income, at-risk young mothers whose children would benefit from an early childhood education program. When we placed ads for another client, we targeted ages 16-24 and excluded college students and high school graduates, for example. Their programs were specifically for at-risk young adults ages 16-24 who were not in school and not working. Facebook and Instagram recently announced reduced interest targeting for youth under the age of 18, limiting advertisers now to only age, gender and location. So, aspirational imagery becomes all the more important – if advertising to young people, be sure to show similar young people in the ads. 

Behavioral

Behavioral targeting analyzes past behavior, so we’ve found this targeting to work best for retail or service provider advertisers. Our client who operates a haunted attraction targets people who have recently made a purchase at a costume shop or who have rented a scary movie — true Halloween fans.

Behavioral targeting, along with contextual targeting, will become more popular and powerful as new policies regarding cookies and other privacy measures are rolled out across the various platforms. This is one of the overarching algorithm changes we are closely monitoring across multiple platforms.

Contextual

Whereas behavioral targeting analyzes past behavior, contextual targeting, also known as “native advertising,”  focuses on current behavior. If a person is watching a video about casinos, an ad about problem gambling can appear. There’s really no risk of irrelevance as your ads will appear alongside content that the user has consciously chosen to consume. Another benefit of contextual ads is that there is no reliance on third-party cookies either, and no danger of ad fatigue as the viewer is only shown the ad in the proper context. The ad doesn’t follow him or her around the web. 

Retargeting

Retargeting works by adding a pixel to a website. This pixel captures data about the people who visit the website and what they do on the website. The data is used to create audiences based on those interactions, and the audiences are then targeted through paid Google display or social media ads.  

Look-alike Modeling

Purplegator will work closely with you to develop lookalike audiences to reach people who are similar (in demographic, online activity, and preferences) to your desired audience. These audiences increase the probability of generating high-quality leads by appealing to consumers similar to those who have already invested in a product or taken a similar desired action. Each ad platform has options to expand the target group to create lookalikes. Some offer the option of uploading a list as a baseline from which to build the lookalike audience. Purplegator often uses lookalike audiences to help clients expand their reach.  

IP Targeting

Purplegator deploys both IP Targeting and Device ID Targeting to reach people.

IP targeting is a cookie-free way of reaching a consumer by matching their physical address with an IP address. Purplegator leverages third-party matching data to help clients identify direct return on investment (ROI). The proprietary matching of a physical address to an IP address allows our client to reach a target audience on a one-to-one basis. This one-to-one matching gives the client a unique ability to monitor return on ad spend and more by matching those who were targeted with those who made actual purchases or those who signed up for a service.

Purplegator has found great success using Device ID. We are able to capture the Device ID wherever our target audience is- with their device. It’s not necessary for us to have their home address in order to capture the Device ID.

Device IDs are unique identifiers that are attributed to each individual smart device. Your smart device literally has its own unique code. In the sense of how you have your own unique fingerprint, your phone has its own set of digits to set it aside from all other smart devices.

Device IDs (“MAIDs” or Mobile Advertising ID) are obtained by our system when a device is identified as being within a specified location. Once identified and procured, we can then serve ads to those Device IDs wherever they are. Furthermore, we can track the Device back to its home and then deliver ads to other devices in that home. With the addition of a list of physical addresses, we can then do an Address Match Back to confirm devices in those specific addresses. 

NOTE: This data is all hash and encrypted for security.

  • Location Targeting (closest to traditional geo-fencing):, a hand-drawn polygon on specific, relevant locations or buildings as recent as 3 days ago and as far back as 12 months.
  • ZIP Code Targeting: We use this to target neighborhoods, a radius around a store, and larger areas.
  • Device ID Demo and Interest Targeting: Advertise to devices for desirable demographics or devices that engage in specific interests or activities.
  • Residential Address Match Targeting: This is a solid solution to reach any database of residential addresses, like your existing lists, or a purchased list of residents. 
  • Lookalike Targeting: This helps expand reach based on similarities in demographic, location, and behavioral characteristics.
  • Social Extension Targeting: These audiences are built from devices that are observed frequently together. For example, devices that meet at the same office location, gym, coffee shop, or outdoor park.


We use Device ID in many of our campaigns. Our retail clients use Device ID to capture the IDs of people who were shopping at a competing business. Then, those mobile devices were targeted with ads for our client’s retail store.

We also use Device ID in many of our recruiting campaigns. Our truck driver recruitment clients have all used this to capture Device IDs of drivers who are sitting in other trucking yards or delivery locations. We are then able to deliver ads to those devices wherever they are – at home, at the gym, or at a coffee shop.

Display Ads

Almost all of Purplegator campaigns have a display ad element to them as they are terrific for branding and can drive conversions. Some display campaigns run only on the Google Ad Network, while others run on the Mobile Web and in Mobile Apps via our DSP partner. And, with UTM codes and conversion pixels, we are able to show attribution and conversions as the banner ads send viewers to the destination website page or landing page. 

We recommend all display ads be provided in the 5 most popular sizes so that they fit the available inventory of the publishers:

728 x 90 pixels

300 x 50 pixels

300 x 250 pixels

320 x 250 pixels

160 x 600 pixels

In-stream Digital Video

YouTube may be the biggest, but it’s not the only platform we run In-Stream Digital Video. We can also include other video services such as

  • Vimeo 
  • Metacafe
  • Dailymotion
  • Utreon
  • The Internet Archive
  • Crackle

Facebook also offers In-Stream Digital Video ads: Facebook in-stream video allows you to deliver video ads to people watching videos on Facebook from familiar publishers and digital-first creators. Your ads can also appear in Facebook Live streams from a select group of approved gaming, entertainment and sports partners. These ads only appear on mobile devices and only after 60 seconds of the main video content.

We recently used a good mix up of In Stream Video for our workforce development clients. We had 15 second and 30 second videos that ran on many different platforms. Their view rates were strong at 52.66% thanks to stellar geo targeting. 

Desktop, Tablet, Mobile — Browser & In-App

As previously mentioned, Purplegator campaigns are designed to reach our clients’ targeted audience no matter what device they are using. Our reporting tools show what devices were used when an ad was delivered.

(By Device Type)
(By Browser)

About the Author

Bob Bentz is president of mobile-first marketing agency, Purplegator. He is also the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing. Bentz is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He hopes to show up in the same lookalike audience with Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, but it has not happened yet.

Your SEO Agency |What You Should Expect

Your SEO Agency |What You Should Expect

SEO: It’s a confusing thing to buy if you’ve never done it yourself. Here’s a checklist of what you should expect when choosing an SEO agency. 

Do I Need an SEO Agency?

Normally, it goes without saying, but if you aren’t listed on page one of the Google search results, you likely aren’t going to get the click or tap through, as this chart indicates. Hiring an SEO agency is likely the only way you’ll achieve these results.

Today, search engine optimization isn’t just about a set of easily defined steps.  While those steps are still important, effective SEO remains an art, not a science.  Your SEO vendor must be adept at analyzing data and understanding that no two organizations, or markets, are exactly alike.  And, it will remain that way until Google publishes a book with all of its ranking factors included—something that will never happen.  Until then, those in the SEO business must continually educate themselves by keeping abreast of the industry and also performing A/B and multivariate testing.

Your SEO Agency: Like a Santa Who Brings Gifts Year-Round 

The SEO Process

🔬 PHASE 1 – DISCOVERY AND RESEARCH

  • Strategy development
  • Keyword research
  • Baseline performance for search
  • Assess backlink competitive research
  • Competition analysis
  • Site construction search engine friendliness
  • Review site traffic statistics

🎯 PHASE 2 – IMPLEMENTATION

  • Identify target pages and corresponding target keywords
  • Optimize on-page copy and images.
  • Format style sheets and apply headers
  • Title Tag and meta tag construction
  • Intra-linking and external linking implementation
  • Local citations added and social media inclusion
  • Backlink and testimonial review strategy 
  • Mobile and digital speed testing and improvements

📊 PHASE 3 – ANALYSIS

  • Search engine monitoring (monthly reporting)
  • Post-optimization reports
  • Extension of services or recommendations for on-going self-initiated SEO tactics.

Our SEO Solution

In most cases, these strategies and tactics will be performed for statewide Maryland agencies.  This certainly doesn’t represent all of the work that will be done but should be seen as a basis for the SEO efforts.  

While no business will exactly follow this model, you can expect that all of the below issues, and more, will be addressed at the end of the initial 6-month optimization SEO Solution period.

  1. Technical SEO Site Audit
    1. Robots.txt audit
    2. Sitemap audit
    3. Site architecture audit
    4. Flash or Javascript navigation
    5. Indexability – Are all pages indexed by search engines?
    6. Page authority and domain authority analysis
  2. Keyword Analysis
    1. Each page will have a targeted keyword(s) assigned
    2. Keyword cannibalism check
    3. Duplicate content issues
  3. Analysis of Your Google My Business Listing
    1. Synchronize NAP (name, address, phone)
    2. Include detailed content and images
  4. Claim Business Listing on Third Party Sites
    1. Such as BING, Yahoo, YELP, Apple Maps, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube
  5. Citations – Additional sites on the web where you can list your business.
    1. Claim additional directory listings on vertical markets in your industry.
    2. Major aggregator sites like Localeze, Infogroup, Acxiom, Factual, & Best of the Web.
    3. Better Business Bureau
    4. Regional and National industry associations
  6. Reviews and Testimonials
    1. We will develop a strategy for obtaining reviews from residents
    2. Google My Business reviews are the top priority.
  7. On-Page Content Markup
    1. On-page analysis and recommendations for inclusion of keywords and LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing) in your copy.
    2. Inclusion of H tags (headlines)
  8. Image Optimization
    1. Renaming of titles of images
    2. Use of alt tags beyond its intended use for the Americans with Disabilities Act
    3. Submission to Google Image Search
  9. Title & Meta Tags Analysis (html Markup)
    1. Based on keyword research, we will recommend changes to your Title Tags
    2. Meta Tags are the description of your service that appears in a Google search.  Although this does not impact search rankings, a well-written meta description can increase the likelihood of a consumer choosing your listing over others.
  10. Intra-Linking
    1. We want the Google BOT to spend a lot of time on your site.  We will accomplish that with a strong intra-linking strategy.
  11. External Linking
    1. Linking out to high authority websites is a strategy that will increase relevance and reliability by making sure your site links to other good neighborhood sites.
  12. Mobile-First, Mobile Friendly
    1. More than half of all search today is conducted on mobile and your site needs to reflect that.
    2. Moreover, Google now provides mobile-first indexing on all sites so your site is no longer ranked by its desktop version.
    3. We will run tests on the mobile friendliness of the site, including load times and then recommend changes, to optimize performance and traffic via mobile.
  13. Schema Markup & Rich Snippets
    1. Schema markup is code that you put on your website to give Google, Yahoo!, and BING additional information to give more informed results to users.
    2. Adding Schema markup to your HTML enables the search engines to show more advanced data under your overall listing.  This is known as “rich snippets” and enables the business to have multiple listings beneath the general company listing.
  14.  Link Building
    1. Link building is critical to the ultimate success of your SEO process.
    2. We will provide article writing and outreach to outside sites to build inbound links.
    3. We will also create content for your own blog or article section to act as link bait.
  15. Content Creation
    1. Production of articles, videos images, or a podcast to demonstrate your business’s relevancy and authority to the search engines.
    2. A chance to show your expertise.
    3. An opportunity to build backlinks.

SEO Specifications

SEO work is never done. There is always something else that can be done to enhance your rankings, but as a means of judging your provider’s efforts, and your ultimate success, the agency may provide the following on a monthly basis:

  • Monthly Reporting
  • Keyword Finder
  • Keyword Mapping
  • Phone Tracking 
  • Conversion Optimization Reporting 
  • Title Tags
  • Meta Tags
  • Keyword Density Optimization
  • Image optimization
  • Index Check
  • Google Search Console Install
  • Google Analytics Check
  • Backlink Anchor Text Reporting
  • Schema.org 
  • Canonicalization of domain(s)
  • 404 Error checking
  • Robots.txt install
  • Sitemap
  • Web page copy editing
  • H tags (Headlines)
  • Onsite blog posts
  • Remote article posts
  • Social media shares

Monthly Reporting

Much of the SEO work is done behind the scenes so you may never actually see all of the work that is being performed. That’s why monthly reporting becomes so critical. Your SEO provider should set a date each month to share what they have done and what they plan to do in the coming month. By doing this, the agency will gain valuable feedback from you during these meetings so that it can continually enhance its work and your results. 

🌐 ONLINE TOOLS

Many SEO marketing services are delivered via online marketing platforms. It is best when you can log in to a dashboard at any time to check the status of your campaigns and review your current metrics. With an online reporting system, you’ll be able to get unique insights across all of your online marketing campaigns.

📞 CALL AND LEAD TRACKING  

Your marketing dashboard should include a fully integrated lead and phone tracking tool. Such software helps enable you to track the most important metrics from rankings to repeat customers.

Statement Of Work

Please note that SEO is a long-term play.  Do not expect significant immediate results.  When done right, SEO will pay off in the end. Be patient.

There are no participation trophies with SEO. While you may see a slight uptick after the first month, you will likely see a retreat in your search engine rankings in months 2 and 3 until you start to see a rebound in months 4-6. By month 6, you should be seeing some significantly improved rankings.

Proper search engine optimization is an arduous process. It takes a lot of labor. The more pages that need optimization, the more effort it will take. There are no shortcuts when it comes to SEO.

While there is never a one-size fits all solution for SEO, here’s some sample packages that Purplegator offers to some of its customers. 

SEO Starter Package

  • https SSL certification & installation
  • Technical site audit
  • Keyword analysis
  • Google My Business setup/enhancement
  • Title Tags & Meta Tags
  • Intra-Linking
  • External Linking
  • Mobile friendly analysis
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search Console

SEO Silver Package

  • https SSL certification & installation
  • Technical site audit
  • Keyword analysis
  • Google My Business setup/enhancement
  • Title Tags & Meta Tags
  • Intra-Linking
  • External Linking
  • Mobile friendly analysis
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search Console
  • Competitor Analysis
  • On page content markup
  • H tags
  • Image Optimization
  • Reviews & Testimonials
  • Consistent NAP
  • External Link Building
  • Content Creation

SEO Gold Package

  • https SSL certification & installation
  • Technical site audit
  • Keyword analysis
  • Google My Business setup/enhancement
  • Title Tags & Meta Tags
  • Intra-Linking
  • External Linking
  • Mobile friendly analysis
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search Console
  • Competitor Analysis
  • H tags
  • Image Optimization
  • Reviews & Testimonials
  • Consistent NAP
  • External Link Building
  • Content Creation
  • On page content markup
  • Social media posting
  • Navigation enhancements
  • Listings third party sites
  • Citations
  • Schema markup
  • External link building – large
  • Content creation – large
  • Featured articles
  • Call & lead tracking

Return on Investment (ROI)

In the end, it’s all about the money. With your assistance, our goal is to calculate what the value of an additional website visit means to your bottom line.

(Additional Visits x Conversion Rate) x Average Lifetime Sale Value – SEO Investment = SEO ROI

About the Author

Bob Bentz is president of the mobile-first marketing agency, Purplegator. He is also the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing. Bentz is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He hopes that one day everybody in the mobile marketing industry will call them “taps” instead of clicks. He has been providing search engine optimization since working on three very successful online custom ringtone sites back in 2002.

35 Tips to Maximize the Performance of your Digital Advertising Campaign

35 Tips to Maximize the Performance of your Digital Advertising Campaign

Purplegator’s Bob Bentz, author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing, provides methods for improving the effectiveness of your mobile and digital advertising. 

Are your mobile and digital display advertising campaigns not meeting your lofty expectations? Here’s some ways that you can continue to increase the effectiveness of your marketing efforts and improve your ROI.

Digital Advertising Campaign Optimization

Optimizing campaigns means optimizing the reach of the messages to the appropriate target market that is most likely to engage with the advertising. By using the data provided by the agency or from our third party data providers, we have nearly unlimited ways to segment a marketer’s target audience. 

Our ability to improve your results is derived from the following sources:

  • 1st party data from agency
  • 2nd party data acquired by the agency or us
  • 3rd party data from independent providers
  • Device ID Matching — using a prospect list to match the individual to his/her mobile or desktop device
  • Geolocation — the primary geographic targeting area
  • Geofencing — a subset of the geolocation
  • Geotargeting — identifying the demographics and interests of residents
  • Geo Conquesting — pinpoint selection of mobile & desktop devices to target down to the address level. 
  • Artificial Intelligence — analysis of consumer intent, primarily via voice search

Again, Relevance Raises Response.

Here’s how you can increase the performance of your display advertising programs:

Increase Unique Clicks

  • Frequency Capping — Limit the number of exposures per mobile or desktop ID to 7.
  • Guarantee that the above the fold ratio of ads is at least 67%.
  • Run your ads on premium, well-known sites that achieve higher click/tap through rates. The quality of the sites where your ads are seen does matter.
  • Best Performing Creative — Once you have statistically accurate data, you can enhance your click through rate by serving the better performing ads more often. It’s a simple concept, but you’d be surprised how many advertisers don’t bother doing this.
  • Use a “Custom Intent” strategy that identifies people who are actively searching for specific keywords on  Google and then target them with display ads. 
  • Contextual Advertising — Also called “native advertising,” this strategy involves placement of your advertisement adjacent to content that is reflective of your advertising. 
  • Geo Conquesting — Targeting specific address locations and identifying the devices that are there. This works assuming that the location has an intrinsic correlation with the subject matter. 
  • Creative — Develop ads that consumers WANT to click or tap on. Give them a reason to click or tap and use an effective Call to Action (CTA) button.
  • Remarketing — Remarketing ads see an increase of 4.5x greater than first-time seen banner ads.
  • Use unique, creative videos and cinemagraphs that show tap through rates that are 2.54x greater than ordinary banner ads. 

Gator Clips demo: https://youtu.be/BeeOZVn-1_Y

Cinemagraphs demo: https://youtu.be/g6qF0dVyv5I 

Relevance Raises Response book by Bob Bentz

“People don’t click anymore, they tap. The genie is out of the bottle. Mobile is no longer the future. It’s now.”  
— Bob Bentz, Author, Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing

Increase Impressions

  • An impression in the overnight hours is just as valuable to your agencies (and maybe more valuable) than one during regular working hours, but it is usually significantly cheaper. If you aren’t a retailer or direct response company with limited hours of operation, there’s no need to act like one. Take advantage of cheaper inventory.
  • Ditto. Buy weekend inventory. It’s cheaper.
  • Use multiple providers and work with the one that is providing you with the most beneficial CPM at that given moment.
  • Don’t be afraid to switch providers midway through the campaign. Meet weekly with your staff or agency to review campaigns and make continual enhancements to programs.
  • CPMs are the most important aspect of increasing impressions. Just remember, however, that all impressions are not created equal. A video view, for example, is surely going to be more valuable than seeing a banner, yet they both count as 1 impression!

Maximizing Geo-Targeting Performance

  • Utilize multiple social media and desktop and in-app platforms.
  • Use various third party data sources for targeting.
  • Employ negative keywords — Negative keywords are keywords that prevent your ads from being displayed when certain word phrases are searched. Using negative keywords helps Google avoid serving ads to consumers whose search intent is not your campaign’s intent. For example, if we were doing a smoking cessation campaign, a search for “smoking ribs” would not be a person we would want to target. Hence, we would add a negative keyword phrase of “ribs.”
  • Lookalike Targeting — We will identify consumers who have clicked through your ads and place them in a database, then find a lookalike audience (consumers similar to them) to target with the same advertisements. 
  • Household Extensions — Since we know the IP addresses of the household as the same, one could assume the other residents have similar personas so we extend the ads to those individuals who may be using different devices, but at the same location.
  • Business Extensions — This works the same as Household Extensions, only it is for a business.
  • Audience Insight Reports — Third party data that matches back to mobile and desktop devices is used to further delineate geo-spatial data to create pools of consumers that look like others.

Decreasing Repeats

  • Limit frequency to 7 (or whatever you request) per mobile and desktop ID.
  • Combining known mobile and desktop devices to aggregate frequency.
  • Target residents of a larger geographic area when that makes sense.
  • Identify consumers who may not be residents of the geolocation, but are in the targeted region at this time. 

About the Author

Bob Bentz is president of mobile-first marketing agency, Purplegator. He is also the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing. Bentz is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He hopes that one day everybody in the mobile marketing industry will call them “taps” instead of clicks. 

Top 10 Reasons to Use WordPress

Top 10 Reasons to Use WordPress

WordPress is used by 37% of all American websites…and for good reason.

Web Development in Philadelphia, Des Moines, Buffalo, Honolulu

We Are WordPress Experts

If you wish to be able to update your website without incurring costs every time you need something, you will make the right choice by choosing WordPress and web design experts Purplegator.

WordPress Content Management System (CMS)

Since its release in 2003, WordPress has never stopped growing. In fact, today WordPress is the CMS used in over 61% of all of the websites on the web that use a CMS interface. 

Your Site Needs WordPress

  1. Universal — With more than a third of all websites using WordPress, it’s easy to see why more people know how to operate a WordPress site than any other. 
  2. Easy to Use — You don’t need to know html to update a WordPress site. Plus, when Purplegator finishes your website, we will provide you with documentation, and even a video, so that you, or the person that takes your place later, can easily update the website without any unnecessary costs or additional training. 
  3. SEO — There are so many great plugins available on WordPress and they have the search engine optimization process nailed. We recommend the Yoast plugin which allows for easy input of title tags and meta tags to enhance your search engine results and drive traffic to your site. 
  4. Image Optimization — Site load times are critical for both your SEO and user experience, especially with more Americans accessing websites via mobile while on the go and away from wi-fi. WordPress makes it easy to restructure picture sizes so as to show bright and powerful images without unnecessarily weighing down the site. 
  5. Fast Load Times — WordPress loads quickly if you do things correctly. One amazing plugin we love for site speed optimization is WPOptimize. It caches the site, clears the database, and compresses images for faster loading. 
  6. Responsive Design — The site will use responsive design and this should address any issues with the site loading properly on mobile, tablet, desktop, and even watches! 
  7. Mobile-Friendly — All modern WordPress templates come with responsive design technology included. 
  8. Social Media Enhancements — A social media campaign will indirectly have a positive impact on your website. It will drive traffic to your site and improve your rankings. With WordPress, we will add custom social media buttons for your blog so it’s easier for readers to share your content. Since Google BOT will visit your site more often if there’s new content, we also recommend adding a social media feed to your site. 
  9. Customization — The primary criticism of WordPress is that all of the sites look the same. That is true, but only if you don’t provide customization. Think of a WordPress template as a starting point that we will use to begin the process of customizing your website so that its appearance is unique to you, and only you. 
  10. It’s FREE — If it’s free, it’s me! 

Our staff works mostly on WordPress. We regularly attend WordCamp training to network with others and learn the latest innovations with the products.

Looking to create a new website and need some advice on the best way to proceed with the site structure? Consider Purplegator web development. At Purplegator, we’ll develop your new website and include the SEO building blocks during the design process. 


Bob Bentz is the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing.