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SmartFinds is a web-marketing agency with over 20+ years experience in the Internet industry. As a full service, broad competency and experience agency we are able to become our client’s strategic partner managing all aspects of the digital presence, technologies and vendors.

New media most commonly refers to content available on-demand through the Internet, accessible on any digital device, usually containing interactive user feedback and creative participation. Common examples of this include websites such as online newspapers, blogs, or wikis, video games, and social media. A defining characteristic of new media is dialogue. New Media transmit content through connection and conversation. It enables people around the world to share, comment on, and discuss a wide variety of topics. Unlike any of past technologies, it is grounded on an interactive community.

Most technologies described as “new media” are digital, often having characteristics of being manipulated, networkable, dense, compressible, and interactive. Some examples may be the Internet, websites, computer multimedia, video games, augmented reality, CD-ROMS, and DVDs. New media are often contrasted to “old media,” such as television, radio, and print media, although scholars in communication and media studies have criticized rigid distinctions based on oldness and novelty.

You Can’t Miss The GUESS Brand In Ariana Grande’s New Video

Ariana Grande has a new video on the market titled "Side To Side". It is not hard to miss the video's sponsorship by GUESS. Video sponsorships are not new in the marketing industry. The question is why sponsorships are on the rise? The other question is why is digital advertising not as effective. I don’t think there is any question digital advertising has seen a reduction in effectiveness. The cause is a combination of immunity to banners, lack of trust about the ads, and saturation of ads everywhere. The Meeker 2016 Internet Trends Report shows an increase in advertising spend. Unfortunately, there is an alarming rise in ad blockers at a faster rate than the advertising spend. Based on these changes, advertisers need to find new sources to raise brand awareness. Brands are always looking to overcome these challenges by considering many different digital marketing channels. This includes areas advertisers and media buyers are not used to spending ad budgets. This is because the return on investment may not be as fast as they would like. A part of the new sponsorship areas include native advertising in content marketing areas. You can find native advertising with sponsored content in the [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:23:13+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Articles, Internet Advertising, Internet Marketing, Marketing, New Media, Smartfinds|Comments Off on You Can’t Miss The GUESS Brand In Ariana Grande’s New Video

Powerful Four E’s Of Business Social Media Marketing Strategies

Social media marketing for businesses changes daily and is no different to many of the changes occurring in various web marketing channels. Businesses need to change with the times in order to make their marketing communications effectively. Social communities are being inundated with postings from businesses and many of them through marketing automation services. The question is anyone listening anymore? If there is any listening going on, is anyone engaging in a conversation? Big brands may not have this problem, however, the average business spending time and money in social media marketing needs to find ways to make this marketing process more effective. Time has come to stand out from the noise and change how social media marketing is executed. The changes will come in two distinctive areas. The first will be what is being posted and how to prepare the strategy. The second will come in the form of nurturing your social community presences. Understanding The Four E’s Of Social Media Marketing These four E’s can help guide your social community posting to build interactions, discussions and engagement. 1. Educate When posting to social networks it can be difficult to know what to post, or what content is of [...]

By | 2017-04-29T05:05:40+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Articles, Content Marketing, Internet Marketing, Marketing, New Media, Smartfinds, Social Media Marketing|Comments Off on Powerful Four E’s Of Business Social Media Marketing Strategies

Is your SEO Company A Marketer or a Technology Company?

Would you hire your traditional printer to make marketing and advertising decisions for your company? If you would not, then why would you hire a technology company for web marketing or web advertising? In the defense of many businesses, they do hear the same words coming from both the marketer and the technology company. Both companies use the words "SEO", "optimization", "paid search", and many other terms, which on the surface sound the same. Thus, a business that doesn't understand the digital medium would not know there is a difference between these two types of companies. Evolution of Disciplines on the Web If I think about 20 years ago when we first put a website together using HTML 0.0 we could bold text, change colors, make text flash and use an animated gif for a mailbox that opened and closed. Since then the disciplines have evolved and matured to the point where there are: Technology companies that know how to manage servers and networks Technology specialists that understand databases, programming, and website assembly Creative Designers that understand how to make a website look good and lay it out Marketers who can use the Internet to make a website be found, [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:27:54+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Articles, Internet Marketing, Marketing, New Media, Smartfinds|Comments Off on Is your SEO Company A Marketer or a Technology Company?

Internet Marketing: Balancing Traditional and Internet Marketing Budgets

When it comes to the Internet as a new business marketing medium, it’s worthwhile to review the history. Most importantly, how history has affected marketing budgets. If you are a Chief Marketing officer (CMO) you have to decide how to best balance traditional budgets with Internet budgets. Industry trends indicate more money is placed towards the Internet that has not only the digital medium, but also the other three traditional mediums too.

By | 2017-01-01T11:42:27+00:00 September 3rd, 2009|New Media|Comments Off on Internet Marketing: Balancing Traditional and Internet Marketing Budgets

Twitter May Not Be A Very Good Content Marketing Tool

Is Twitter a good long term content marketing tool? Since postings on Twitter are eliminated over time, then Twitter may not be considered an effective long- term content marketing tool for your Internet marketing strategy. Instead, it might better fall into the category of short-term Internet advertising that is also labor intensive.

By | 2017-01-01T11:43:45+00:00 June 26th, 2009|Content Marketing, New Media|Comments Off on Twitter May Not Be A Very Good Content Marketing Tool