Day 8: Paid Media


Dear Reader,

Yesterday’s owned media letter was good.

But let’s get to it and dive into paid media today…

Paid media is any form of pay-per-click, display, retargeting, influencer, native, social media, TV, or radio advertisement that appears on digital channels.

Paid media is dear to me. I launched my first paid media campaign on Yahoo’s Overture platform way back in 2003.

And in 2015, I worked at YP in their search marketing department. At the time, YP employed over 140 Google & Yahoo Certified Search Professionals to launch its nationwide digital platform, ypSearch.

At YP, I was in charge of the most competitive advertising market in the United States… New York City. And, I was selected as one of the top 5 search engine marketers in the entire company.

So here’s my paid advertising advice to you…

• Thoroughly research your paid media competitors and audience

• Advertise the best possible offer you can make to your audience

• Never drive paid traffic to your homepage, always to a custom landing page with specific content that correlates with your offer

• Clearly place your phone number and business hours on your landing page

• Always use well-conceived confirmation pages after someone gives you their email address, or place an order to confirm their action and continue to nurture

• Study your analytics, look for patterns, and optimize your paid campaigns according to the insights you learn

Look, paid advertising is not easy. Because it requires a great strategy, and tactical execution to maximize your conversion rates and return on ad spend (ROAS).

But, when you hit the paid media bullseye… you can fill the top of your funnel with leads, your pipeline with prospects, and your CRM with more customers faster than you can with earned or social media. 

Good luck,
Anthony Ragland Signature

Tomorrow we’re going to dive deep into earned media. I have a love-hate relationship with earned, so I hope I don’t offend you. More tomorrow.

From the Desk of:

Anthony Ragland

Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:14 a.m. (ET)

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