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Advertising to Smartphone Addicts: How to Get Attention from Teenage Consumers

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Parents don’t hold back when asked if their teenagers spend too much time on their phones. They have good reason. According to a 2018 USC Anneberg study on media, 78 percent of teens check their devices at least once hourly and almost half of have a phone in-hand within five minutes of waking up. This … Continued

Here Comes Gen Z!: Are You Ready for These Up-And-Comers?

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Still marketing to Millennials and their elders to bring in the business? Good! Not marketing to Gen Z yet? Maybe not so good. Depending on your franchise’s products or services, waiting to captivate this audience born in the mid-1990s through early 2000s could be a costly oversight. Google calls Gen Z “the most informed, evolved, … Continued

TV Transformed – The Ongoing Value of Linear TV and the Power of Digital

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

In the first of a series, we’re starting a big picture discussion about small screens. We’ll answer top advertiser questions about the ongoing value of Linear television (think network and cable), where digital factors in and what the TV evolution means for reaching the right audiences. Getting it straight First, let’s get the terminology down … Continued

What You Need to Know Before Advertising on YouTube

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

This post originally appeared on franchising.com, click here to read the full post. Social media advertising on sites like Facebook has become a common strategic play for franchisors, who are seeing both brand awareness and lead generation campaigns work well there. But for individual franchisees, buying social ads — let alone video advertising — it … Continued

Mindstream Media named to early list of Snapchat Certified Partners

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Mindstream Media, a locally-focused, national agency became one of less than 100 Snapchat Certified Partners globally, as it increasingly incorporates Snapchat into advertiser strategies. Certification criteria for the program include: Demonstration of Snapchat advertising knowledge through successful completion of agency team training and assessments. Demonstration of campaign expertise by meeting ad spend requirements. Undergoing continuous training … Continued

Understanding Millennials: How Social Media Drives Buying Decisions

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Franchisees and franchisors are increasingly aware of social media’s influence on buyers. Millennials, those currently aged 22 to 37, are a significant subset of those buyers. The trick is to understand how this demographic responds positively to social media–because while they are heavy social media users, they have distinct opinions on social content and application. … Continued

ICYMI: Watch Saves Apple’s Otherwise Mediocre iPhone Event

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Last week, Apple brought the expected to the marketplace by announcing three new iPhone models with marginal improvements and added features. Sharper and larger displays, improved cameras and face recognition, better water and dust resistance, slightly better battery life and boosted speed are the headlines across the devices. Again, features you’d expect as technology progresses. … Continued

Sleeping Advertisers Wake to Amazon’s Giant Opportunities

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Bleary-eyed advertisers who’ve hit the snooze button on the Amazon Advertising Platform (AAP) are waking to find it’s time to get caffeinated and catch up on overlooked opportunities. The company that brings life’s wants and needs directly to 183 million consumers’ doors monthly knows more about their buying habits than Google or Facebook. While Google … Continued

Mindstream Media Named Among Yext’s First Preferred Partners

By: Andrea Brandon, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services

Mindstream Media recently earned Yext’s new Preferred Partner status by managing some of the nation’s premier brand listings, local SEO and reputation programs on Yext’s platforms. Yext, a leader in Digital Knowledge Management, provides the technology for dispensing accurate brand location data across a vast network of search engines, maps and directories, while Mindstream Media … Continued