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Why UX Needs the Debate Experience

If you haven’t heard, there is now a UX Debate Club in New York. This freshly minted Meetup group has already had its first meeting and planning is underway for more. But you may be wondering do we really need a UX debate club? What is there to debate about User Experience? Is there even anything debatable about UX? And those are all fair questions that I will address. Continue reading “Why UX Needs the Debate Experience”

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Embracing the Test: How to Make a Pilot Campaign Pay Off

If you are on the agency or ad tech side, you are familiar with the “pilot campaign.” We’ve all gotten requests to test the waters with our products and services before engaging in a full campaign or longer term commitment. Marketers often request tests as a means to compare vendors or to try out new technologies and media they view as unproven. The pilot is a necessary step, but without proper planning, it will yield results that muddy the waters on the best ways to move forward or maximize KPIs. Frequently, the proposed campaign length or spend allocation is too light to evaluate significance, or too little attention is given to defining what the key metrics of success will be.

Running a test that is not well thought out, too small, or lacking clear goals is an inefficient use of time, energy and dollars. It’s a waste for the marketer, agency and supplier. So, how do you run a test that is worth everybody’s time and resources? Perhaps the best way is to start by recognizing that pilots are an investment in a learning opportunity and not just a box to check. Additionally, creating a truly educational and beneficial pilot requires upfront investment—nothing ventured, nothing gained for anyone. Read the full post on The Makegood

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Tips for Young Designers: Dealing with Creative Block

It happens to everyone. The pressure is on, deadlines are looming, and there is a lot on the line—but there is one problem. You, or your team, has hit a brick wall—you have creative block. There are problems in need of solutions, and the solutions are just not cutting it. It happens to everyone, to whole teams, and it can happen to you—it likely has. What now? How do you jump start creativity?

There are a number of ways to get things going again—we’ll look at a few.

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The Key to Programmatic Performance: Optimize Your Creative

Modern ad technology, data science and artificial intelligence allow us to constantly improve targeting and optimization. However, it’s fascinating how rarely, even in this age of data science, we use our analytic prowess to inform and optimize the creative we serve.

We know that creative factors into performance, And we know that we cannot expect automated systems alone to correct and achieve what should be our top priorities: fostering engagement and eliminating waste. But we are missing clear methods and strategies for using data to make our creative better—more personalized, relevant and effective.

After all, creative is at the very core of how consumers perceive personalization—it’s what engages us, or falls flat, based on strength and appropriateness of images, copy and interactivity.  Well-made ads served thoughtlessly to the wrong person and poorly crafted ads served to the right person result in the same things: lack of engagement and waste.  Read the full post on The Makegood