Why Do People Buy Things?

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There was once a time where the ultra-wealthy were the only people who had lots of things. Clothing was custom made by a tailor, art was commissioned or passed down from relatives, and dinnerware was considered an heirloom. Normal people had fewer possessions because they only had the basics in order to survive. It may be astounding to think that shopping in the early 20th century was very different from what we know today. A Saturday spending spree at the mall was completely unheard of in 1900. However, once the fun of shopping started to catch on, consumer psychology and …

Are Millennials Killing Business?

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If you’ve crossed any business or marketing site you’ve probably heard the news about how millennials are business killers, ruining once proud businesses with their own culture. Things like the golf industry, the wine industry, and even McDonald’s have seen a slight decrease in value in recent reports, leading most market experts to blame these events on the rise in Millennials coming of age. From some headlines (“Are Millennials Killing Credit?”), readers would not be remiss in considering this the end of days. Are 20-30-somethings really single-handedly ruining the country’s economy though? The answer to that is of course not. …

Identifying Your Employer Brand

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Branding is quite arguably the most important aspect of any business, no matter how large or small. A company’s brand goes well beyond just a logo and a slogan. A brand is a promise you make to your customer. With an understanding of your brand, your customer will know what to expect when it comes to interacting with your business or purchasing products and services. Your brand is who you are, who you want to be and what you are perceived to be. That perception is from the eyes of your customers. But what does your brand look like from …

End of the Year Travel Trips

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Just because the year is almost over doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some R&R. Let’s take a look at some of the leading travel trends of 2016. Hopefully, you will find the motivation necessary to cash in some of your vacation days. Leading into 2016, 99% of Baby Boomers were planning to travel for leisure. In many cases multiple trips were planned. However, just because you may not be a baby boomer you should still be considering a vacation. Studies suggest that “young” travelers account for up to 20% of the money spent on travel.   If you’re …

Smartphone App Fatigue

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Smartphone users are suffering from app fatigue. It seems like every week there is a new app I’m downloading: Uber, GetMyBoat, Afterlight, Enlight, PDF Pro, etc. The bad news for app makers is that I probably won’t keep the apps very long. It’s not just personal experience saying this, it’s data. A new survey conducted by Research Now reports that 49% of US smartphone users use 6-10 smartphone apps a week. A Pew Research Center report adds a little more depth and says 30% of US smartphone app downloaders had 1-10 apps downloaded on their phone as of February; another …

Snapchat Vibe

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Most people’s social media experience is limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but odds are you have at least heard of the popular smartphone app Snapchat, with over 100 million daily users and 400 million “snaps” made per day. Snapchat is a social media application that allows you to send photos or videos to your friends and family. The app also lets you video chat with friends who happen to be on at the same time as you. It’s a convenient way to instantly connect with people who are probably closer to you than the 500+ friends you have on …

Sports Fans Overtake Digital Media

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Following the release of a Nielsen report on sports and the media, we’ve uncovered the most fascinating facts about last year’s viewership. Nielsen is already calling 2014 the year of Digital Viewing, as fans of every sport turned online to follow their favorite teams. The first big story comes from the year’s biggest enabler: the smartphone. Back in 2010, smartphone usage was at an impressive 30%, which meant almost a third of the U.S. was using one. In 2014, however, penetration increased to a staggering 75%. Smartphone market penetration showed us how crazy we are about our teams, from following …

The Times They Are a-Changin’

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The New York Times Magazine, one of the most read print magazines with over 1.5 million copies sold per week, is getting a makeover. The reason? To introduce both the physical publication and digital magazine to the new era of web design.     That’s right, the 118 year old publication is re-writing the rules of print design for the better. Remember that just a mere 20 years ago, print used to influence the way we designed for the internet. Today, The New York Times Magazine readership lives both on and offline, and editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and design director Gail Bichler are very aware. …

Retargeting Digital Strategy | Velocity Agency | New Orleans

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How do you only display digital ads to users interested in your brand? The current solution is retargeting. Over the past decade, new online technologies have made it possible for websites to interact with your browser and privately track your navigation. Retargeting or re-marketing aims to fix a problem most marketers face online: users abandoning or “bouncing” from their client’s site before completing an action (“converting”). Whether you want a user to buy a product, submit a form, and/or sign up for a newsletter, retargeting will follow your website visitors throughout their online sessions. Regardless of their navigation after visiting …

SEO & Google’s Algorithm: How It Works | Velocity Agency | New Orleans

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Google is making the search engine leg race to the number one spot more exhausting than ever and with the company’s estimated 600 changes to its algorithms made annually, the finish line may never be in sight. Search engine optimization (SEO), however, remains such a crucial ingredient to ensure organizational success. In layman’s terms, an algorithm is a recipe that instructs a computer on how to complete a given task. Google’s algorithms pertain to yielding search engine results that are relevant to the users search queries. Today, Google’s algorithms take into account around 200 factors when determining website relevancy, a …