I despise retargeted Internet ads.
Don’t know what they are? These are ads that “find you” from the things you search online. Here’s the latest gripe I have…
I needed to email Sling TV support because we were having glitches with it on our Roku (no, I don’t have cable or satellite). So, I Googled it to find some contact info. Found the email address. Emailed them. So, later on in the evening I’m on a different website and I see Internet ads on the page I’m on for Sling TV. All I did was Google them to find an email address so I could tell them about our issues and hoping something could be fixed. Now, I get to see their ads everywhere I go online now. Yay.
If you buy retargeted ads, I get what you’re trying to make happen. But most of the time, you’re just advertising to someone who has already purchased from you. And what’s a better way to advertise to those people? Pop a postcard or a letter into the mail. Seriously. Or email. Even though email gets deleted more than it’s read… it’s still more effective than online advertising.
I’ve heard people say to me… Oh, I want to measure my advertising. I love metrics! I gotta know exactly what I’m getting in return. Well, guess what… there’s no way your analytics are all 100% accurate. Ever see those demographics of the people clicking on your ads? Some are from Indonesia. Some are from South Korea. And they were paid to visit your website through your Internet advertising.
And how many of those “views” are really VIEWS? Not many. And even if your ad happened to be in eyesight of the person searching around the Internet, then there’s even a smaller chance that they gave the ad even one tiny iota of attention at all.
Internet advertising is great for some things… but most local advertisers are wasting a lot of money.
Ugh. I know it’s bright and shiny and new-ish… but isn’t it still the wiser move to utilize advertising methods that work?
I saw an ad for a local landscaper the other day on a some totally irrelevant website. It was a completely ignorable ad. The only reason I paid it any attention is because I know the guy. I rolled my eyes back in my head so far, I could see my brain.
Here’s the thing though, I’m in testing phases of Internet advertising with a few people. I’m doing my own research. And I’m not impressed. I’m doing it so I can be a better marketer for anyone that’s looking for some marketing help. I need to know what’s legit and what’s not worth a nickel.
Here’s a headline I saw the other day,
“90% of marketers say retargeting now as good as search ads, email marketing”
Ha! What does that mean? It means still just a little shittier than search ads and email marketing. How many emails from companies do you delete without ever opening? A thousand tons? How many search ads did you not even see… even though they were at the top or side of your screen? A billion tons?
Oh… and if you’re a small, local business who’s had success with any kind of Internet advertising, I want to talk to you. I want to see and hear how you made it happen. I don’t care if you’re 2 hours away, I’ll make the drive.
That’s my rant for the month. : )
Have a groovy day!
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