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On Repeating Mistakes from the Past

I left a job at a high profile local marketing agency to found Digital Pudding with the best of intentions. We were going to do everything the right way. Transparent, fair digital marketing for small and midsized businesses became our raison d’etre. It would shape our culture and define our existence. After all, I had just learned all the wrong ways to do business. It was time to make things right.

We’re just about half way through 2017 and it feels like we’re repeating some of the mistakes of the past. It turns out some things are harder to unlearn than others. With that said, here are some of the course corrections we plan to make in the second half of the year as we right the ship and get back to our purpose. Read More

Advertising is Proof

Were big fans of Proof in Advertising here. It’s sort of the whole reason we do what we do. We believe good digital marketing proves its value over time, and you’re able to see what works and what doesn’t as it happens. When something isn’t working, it’s clear and we change it. At least, that’s what we’ve done for our clients to this point.

But let’s take a step back and consider what makes advertising good. How do you create powerful ads? Is it all about the art and visuals? What about the concept? And what do you say?

What if I told you that the key ingredient to good advertising was simple? What if it could be distilled down to a simple phrase that works in nearly every situation, offering direction and guidance for even the most complex sales?

I can. Just read the title of this article.

What does that mean, though? How is advertising proof? Proof of what? Everyone knows ads are fake. Advertisers have a vested interest in making a sale, so everything they say is a lie, right?

Not exactly. In fact, the very act of advertising has a lot of benefits for brands, regardless of the message. Read More

This guy could be a business consultant, for all you know

The Baby-Faced Business Consultant

As you will notice in this wonderful header image, I look a lot younger than I actually am. Despite working in this industry for more than a decade, my face is youthful enough to continue to get carded not just for alcohol, but also for the occasional R-rated movie. It’s a blessing and a curse, especially if you run a business where experience and knowledge are so important.

In fact, it’s a challenge for which I don’t have a ton of great answers. After all, what can you do about features over which you have no control? No beard or glasses can overcome what is essentially an inherent design flaw. This is the situation as it is.

Here are some of the more common ways this impairs my perception as a business consultant, with a little bit on how I get around it. Read More

An AdWords campaign is a lot like playing a word game

Why AdWords Campaigns Don’t Work

Statistically speaking, you’ve tried an AdWords campaign. Google makes over $15 billion in revenue from advertising, more than 90% of all the revenue the search giant takes in. That means most businesses have given Google at least some money for advertising. Statistically speaking, your campaign also didn’t work.

Why do we say that? Because we see the remnants of these AdWords accounts every day. We see just how off they are and how much money they waste. Bad AdWords campaigns underperform expectations, don’t cover costs, get suspended and make the whole platform look bad. Then we sift through the rubble and figure out what really happened.

So how can we take these failed AdWords campaigns and get them to perform as much as ten times better than they did for you? We have our ways, which is why we’re not only Google Certified Partners, we also perform in the top 10% of all certified AdWords professionals. Read More

All awesome ideas start out on a chalkboard

Awesome Ideas That Will Never Happen

This month, we’ve covered how different thinking is central to our core vision at Digital Pudding. It informs the campaigns and strategies we create every day, not because we choose, but rather due to forces that have shaped who we are. Basically, thanks to my own mild autism, we tackle challenges from angles that others don’t even see.

Thanks to my unique abilities, I like to think about different ways we can organize the world around us in the simplest, most streamlined fashion. Sometimes, I’ll get awesome ideas that make total sense from an organizational standpoint yet have no practical way of becoming a reality. Here are some of my favorite. Read More

A Marketing Advantage You'll Find Here

Autism as a Marketing Advantage

Last week brought the shocking revelation that I, the founder and leader of this marketing agency, have autism. While probably no surprise to anyone who has met me for more than five minutes, it’s something of a relief having that out there. So, now what? Can it really be a marketing advantage? We think so.

Not much attention is paid to adults with autism, even less to those who are high-functioning. Everyone seems to be more concerned with how it affects children and what we can do to help them. Perhaps it’s because many believe we can reverse the effects in kids and turn them into normal people. That’s a bad idea. Read More

Your social media strategy starts with figuring out what to say

Social Media Strategy: What It Is and What It’s Not

We get a lot of requests to handle social media, which means a lot of talk about social media strategy. First, though, we have to bring clients expectations into line with reality.

So many brands and business owners think social media is this free gamechanger that, when leveraged properly, can unlock tons of direct revenue. They’re mostly wrong. Social media at best supplements your sales channels and chips in extra revenue. At worst, it becomes a major distraction from what really matters. Your social media strategy will determine which version you get.

This is a condensed version of the discussions where we explain exactly what clients can expect from their social media strategy when they work with us. Use it as a guide. Or a word of caution. Read to the end, though, to understand how we can actually help. Read More

Yeah, stat speak is kind of like that

Deciphering Digital Stat Speak

As someone who loves data, I often use stat speak in everyday situations. I also forget that most people have no idea what I’m talking about. It happens from time to time, even when explaining campaign results to clients. So I step back, take a deep breath, and explain exactly what it is I mean when I refer to medians, standard deviations and positive correlation.

This is my guide for some of the most common misunderstandings related to stat speak. I plan to mostly use this as a reference the next time one of them comes up in conversation. And now you can, too. Read More