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Cybersecurity and online privacy is a growing concern among many Americans. Between the rapidly-evolving internet and the lethargic process of enacting laws, the balance between businesses’ legal access to users’ information and consumers’ right to privacy is prone to large swings one direction or the other. The latest swing comes out of California in the form of CCPA, a law that has long-lasting implications for the digital marketing...

Reddit Advertising is PPC’s best-kept secret as millions of users are actively researching their topics of interest at this very moment. They’re your potential customers, a goldmine of marketing targets for organic and paid posts. Below, we’ll share more about Reddit and how advertising on Reddit works so you can formulate your own marketing strategy for success.  In This Article: What is Reddit and How Does it Work? Reddit...

The how and why behind online ad targeting has long been a mystery to the public, but as of late, Facebook has made efforts to directly answer these questions, in a push for unparalleled ad transparency through their revamped ad preferences page. With their most recent advertising settings update, Facebook users can now dig into why they are seeing the ads they are seeing, how some advertisers got...

Facebook gives advertisers unparalleled options for targeting unique audiences and designing custom ad content for each audience. That being said, building content to accommodate all the different ad sizes across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger can be daunting. Facebook offers a helping hand with its built-in ad automation that can dynamically adjust your creative to fit different placements. However, it’s still best practice to manually design content that’s optimized...

This April, Effective Spend joined over 40 speakers from some of the industry's top digital marketing agencies to present at the #1 PPC conference, Hero Conf. The conference brings together 600 PPC practitioners each year and covers innovative new ideas in paid search, paid social, and display advertising. This year, Effective Spend’s own Paula Thompson presented a session on Reddit advertising. As a Digital Media Director, Paula has more...

This February, Social Media Week came to Austin for its third and biggest year yet! Social Media Week Austin (SMWATX) brings together marketing, media, and technology professionals from more than 50 countries with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media. Effective Spend’s own Natalia Wulfe and Jared Scott were among the more than 100 speakers on this year’s agenda, which spanned three...

Thanks to machine learning and big data, the accuracy and scope of search engines like Google, Bing, and Pinterest increase literally every day. However, neither Google nor Bing nor Pinterest can read your mind — at least not yet. So, when you want to look up something but you don’t know what to call it, you have to get creative. You cross your fingers and hope that the...

Springtime brings with it the annual Hero Conf, where PPC marketers from all over the country (nay, the world!) gather to immerse themselves in all things digital advertising. The conference offered more than 40 sessions with topics ranging from visual search to “Moneyball Analytics”. If you missed it this year, have no FOMO. Effective Spend sent three of our own PPCers to represent and report back on the top...

After tracing 3,000 ads back to Russian entities, Facebook has unveiled sweeping changes to how it handles advertisements. Though political integrity is the focus, Facebook acknowledged the update will impact all advertisers. The social media empire announced in a recent press release, “We’re going to make advertising more transparent, and not just for political ads”. Once the transparency measures go into effect next summer in the U.S., every Facebook...

Social media serves an important role for any online marketing mix today. With so many social media platforms, managing a business's marketing initiatives on each one is time-consuming, making it hard for brands to know where they should focus their efforts and how to prioritize the different sites they’re marketing themselves on. So which social media platforms should be given marketing priority for a business? The answer varies based...