Twitter’s trendiness has made it a hotspot for advertising. The social media site, infamous for its 140-character limit, has rapidly gained popularity since its release in 2006 by founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone. By the end of 2010, the service had gained 50 million monthly active users. That number tripled just two years later in 2012, and, despite a small dip in 2015, the number of users continues to grow. As of December 2016, 319 million people used the platform on at least a monthly basis.

Businesses are joining the Twitter community in efforts to reach those who might not be so keen to comment on other social media platforms (such as Facebook or Instagram). Twitter users often opt to “mention” businesses, friends or famous people in their tweets, a feature which enables those mentioned to view and respond to said tweet instantaneously. This effectively provides users a direct line of communication with businesses to which they previously may not have had access.

Politicians, athletes and entertainers (among others) use the social medium as a resource for indulging pertinent information (such as the status of a recent bill in Congress, the current score of a soccer match, or the release date of a musician’s new album) in a concise and personal way. News and media outlets similarly utilize Twitter to reach out to mass audiences with crucial and critical news updates, a helpful and potentially life-saving feature in states of emergency, such as 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing. The ability to immediately reach a wide and varied audience is Twitter’s strongest suit, for business, celebrity, news and personal use alike.

The great thing about social media is its flexibility – the platforms change and update rapidly, which reflects the ability of the human mind to change and update, and easily keep their users’ ever-distracted attention. Facebook’s major success with new video advertisements has prompted Twitter to follow suit, shifting away from promoted tweets and toward video advertising.

Advertising on social media is useful in expanding brand awareness, increasing website traffic, and generating leads. When organic reach on social media platforms declines, ads are inversely on the rise. As Twitter rolls out its new video advertising campaign, businesses that take advantage of this new feature will be ahead of the game.

If you think your business would benefit from target-audience lead generation, you should consider video advertising on Twitter. Call the experts at The Public Relations and Marketing Group for advice and guidance, as well as ad scheduling and implementation. Please reach out to us at 631-207-1057 x107 or email us at info@theprmg.com.


Facebook video ads allow you to reach more people who matter to your business. With over 50% growth in viewing, video ads on Facebook are a great way to drive awareness, capture lead generation and close online sales for your company. According to an IDC “Always Connected” report, people return to Facebook’s news feed on average 14 times a day. By advertising on Facebook with video, you can target real people based on their interests, behaviors, age, gender and location across a range of devices such as desktop, tablet, or smartphones.

According to its own earnings reports, as of the third quarter of 2016, Facebook sees 1.79 billion active users a month. Also, as of January 2016 (the most recent information), more than 100 million hours of Facebook videos are viewed daily. Needless to say, that’s a large potential audience for you to market your goods and/or services to. Not only is it a large potential audience, but video advertising on Facebook is also more cost-effective than traditional advertising such as television, Facebook video ads we have run for our clients see an average CPC (cost-per-click) of $2.15 and an average CPM (cost-per-1,000 impressions) of $15.92.

Facebook video ads work on an objective-based system. Whether your objective is to increase overall brand awareness, drive traffic to your website, increase lead generation or online sales, Facebook video ads are effective in engaging your target audience and achieving your business objective.

A Facebook video ad could increase brand awareness by showing your video to as many people within your target market as possible, as per your allotted budget. Facebook video ads can drive traffic to your website by encouraging users to click on a “Learn More” button and also drive prospective buyers with a “Shop Now” button. By attaching a form to your ad, Facebook users can exchange their contact information in a request for more information from your company. Similarly, if you want to drive traffic to and capture leads from your site, we can develop a landing page with a contact form which stores that information as well.

Right now when you create a video ad on Facebook, that ad gets shown in the News Feed of your target audience, just as if it were any other type of content a user views on a daily basis. As stated earlier, these videos garner more than 100 million hours viewed on a daily basis.

As recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is going to start testing 15-second advertisements mid-roll of organic videos. This means that, if you are viewing a video posted by your favorite news outlet, chances are there will now be a 15-second ad in the middle of that video you started watching. This is just one way that Facebook is experimenting with expanding their video ad presence, and it indicates that they don’t plan on dropping it anytime soon.


The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, appropriately named March Madness, gets the ball rolling on March 14-15, 2017. According to the International Business Times, 2016’s championship game between North Carolina and Villanova clocked in around 22.3 million viewers.

This year, Turner Networks will continue to share NCAA Tournament coverage with CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. A total of 43 games will air on cable channels, including exclusive coverage of the Play-In Round and 24 games in the First Round, as well as coverage all the way through the Regional Finals (Elite 8).

Altice USA (formally Cablevision) advertising packages for the 2017 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament are broken up by zone. Each game airs across TNT, TBS and TruTV. In addition to the 43 spots available, Altice Media Solutions will include 100 added value spots across applicable networks, excluding News 12, competitive sports networks or top 20 networks.

Altice USA NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament packages and prices are as follows:

Zone Package Price
North Nassau $4,039.00
South Nassau $7,679.00
Huntington $2,169.00
Babylon $2,509.00
Hauppauge $6,619.00
Brookhaven $3,359.00
Riverhead $2,929.00

 

However, there are zone discount rates available. For instance, if you select two zones there is a 2% discount; three zones there is a 4% discount; four zones there is a 6% discount; five zones there is a 7% discount; six to eight zones there is an 8% discount.

NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament rounds, dates, and # of games/spots are as follows:

Round Dates # of Spots # of Games
Play-In (First Four) 3/14 – 3/15 4 4
First Round (Round of 64) 3/16 – 3/17 24 24
Second Round (Round of 32) 3/18 – 3/19 9 9
Regional Semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) 3/23 – 3/24 4 4
Finals (Elite 8) 3/25 – 3/26 2 2
  Total: 43 43

 

Contact us for more information about these available packages at 631-207-1057 or at johnzaher@theprmg.com.


Facebook Audience NetworkEarlier this year, SocialTimes reported a change to Facebook’s Audience Network that will allow even non-Facebook users to see Facebook-powered advertisements as they surf the web. Since its launch in 2014, the Facebook Audience Network has become one of the largest ad networks in the world. So what does this new policy mean for businesses and organizations trying to gain a cutting edge in the cutthroat world of digital advertising?

Originally, advertising partners with Facebook simply reached Facebook users through ads displayed on the site. But with the launch of the Facebook Audience Network two years ago, the social network enabled advertisers to extend the impact of their ads beyond Facebook. On a select number of mobile apps, partners could display ads with the added capabilities of the same targeting and measurement tools used on Facebook. However, these ads only reached users who were simultaneously logged into Facebook.

Facebook’s recent announcement removes even this restriction. Ads that take advantage of the Facebook Audience Network now have the capability to reach even users without Facebook accounts. This offers a further incentive to advertisers looking for the convenient and comprehensive metrics Facebook’s business program provides. In addition, it increases Facebook’s clout in the world of online interest-based marketing, alongside other services like Google.

Ultimately, Facebook has stated that they aim to improve users’ experience through their new advertising program as well. One of the benefits of the common ad platform will be to improve the overall quality and relevance of the ads users see, while individuals’ tools to opt-out and control their ad preferences are maintained. One can hope that the increased reach of the Facebook Audience Network will prove to enhance both advertisers’ and users’ online experience.

At the Public Relations and Marketing Group, LLC (PRMG), we can help your company develop strong and well-coordinated Facebook advertising campaigns to broaden your exposure and drive people to your business. For a free consultation or for samples of previous digital advertising campaigns, please contact us at (631) 207-1057 or at johnzaher@theprmg.com.


gp-logo-w-tag-3Community news source GreaterPatchogue.com is currently offering digital advertising spots on its website. Advertising with Greater Patchogue, which has been viewed over 1 million times since its launch in July 2015, is a smart move to connect your brand to the local market.

High internet traffic and direct click-throughs to your company website are just a few of the benefits of advertising on GreaterPatchogue.com. The website is now offering six new monthly ad spots which provide a community-oriented platform for business exposure to residents of Patchogue and its surrounding communities who visit the site as a primary source of local news and events.

Advertising packages between start at $100 per month and range to $250 per month. The packages include 15,000+ guaranteed website impressions from users across a range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

For assistance in placing an advertisement or for details regarding rates and pricing, please contact The Public Relations and Marketing Group (PRMG) at 631-207-1057 or email John Zaher at info@theprmg.com.


The summer season is winding down and that can only mean one thing: IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! This September, millions of Americans will be keeping a close eye on their favorite teams and fantasy players. While friends and families gather to watch the game, companies will be trying their best to fight for the attention of key viewers.

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football is one of the most-watched television broadcasts, averaging roughly 10 million households per game. In 2014, ESPN’s Monday Night Football games:

  • Ranked as 7 of the 10 biggest cable audiences among households (3 of 10 among viewers) led all networks on Mondays – cable or broadcast – in delivery of key male and adult demos (ages 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54).
  • All 16 Mondays in prime time won the night as the most watched network among households and total viewers – cable or broadcast – in prime time on Monday in 12 of 16 weeks

According to Sports Media Watch, in 2015, the Monday Night Football (MNF) opener brought in 14.3 million viewers, a 24% increase from the previous year.

Cablevision advertising packages for the 2016 MNF season contain eighteen 30-second commercials and one-hundred 20-second promotional shout-outs. These packages start at roughly $4,000.00 for local zones and can increase to roughly $20,000.00, depending on whether you’re trying to reach viewers across all of Long Island. Multi-zone discounts are available and range from 2% to 8%, depending on the number of zones chosen.

Local teams are scheduled to appear on Monday night broadcasts four times this season. The season’s schedule is as follows:

Date Game Day / Time
12 – Sep – 16 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins M 7P – 10P
12 – Sep – 16 Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers M 10:15P – 12M
19 – Sep – 16 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears M 8:15P – 11:15P
26 – Sep – 16 Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints M 8:15P – 11:15P
3 – Oct – 16 New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings M 8:15P – 11:15P
10 – Oct – 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers M 8:15P – 11:15P
17 – Oct – 16 New York Jets vs. Arizona Cardinals M 8:15P – 11:15P
24 – Oct – 16 Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos M 8:15P – 11:15P
31 – Oct – 16 Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears M 8:15P – 11:15P
7 – Nov – 16 Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle Seahawks M 8:15P – 11:15P
14 – Nov – 16 Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants M 8:15P – 11:15P
21 – Nov – 16 Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos M 8:15P – 11:15P
28 – Nov – 16 Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles M 8:15P – 11:15P
5 – Dec – 16 Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets M 8:15P – 11:15P
12 – Dec – 16 Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots M 8:15P – 11:15P
19 – Dec – 16 Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins M 8:15P – 11:15P
26 – Dec – 16 Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys M 8:15P – 11:15P
7/8 – Jan – 16 Wild Card Playoff Game (Simulcast on ABC) TBD

 

Contact us for more information about these available packages at 631-207-1057 or at johnzaher@theprmg.com.


Social Media Is Shifting News SourcesWhere do you get your news? If this question were asked forty or even twenty years ago, the most common responses would have included radio, television and good old-fashioned newspapers. But the Pew Research Center and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently released a study on news and social media, and the findings reveal a significant demographic shift over the past few years.

Shifting News Sources

The big statistic revealed from this study is that 44% of American adults get news via Facebook. Yes, 44% of all adult Americans stay informed via the world’s most popular social networking platform. This number represents two thirds of all adult Facebook users, up from 47% of Facebook users in 2013.

Some other figures from this study are worth mentioning as well. The total percentage of American adults who get their news from any social media network (including Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, and more) is 62%, and almost two thirds of those usually get it from just one social media network. For journalists and marketers alike, this represents a paradigm shift. While news consumers of a previous generation might have read the day’s headlines in the morning paper, heard additional news on the radio during their commute to work and returned home to catch the six-o’clock news on TV, today’s consumers are increasingly likely to get their updates from just one source—most often Facebook. Today, information and advertising are still delivered via a screen, but more and more the screen is located on consumers’ desks or in their hands rather than in their living rooms.

Shifting Attitudes

Another important statistic: Among Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube users who get their news online, about 60% report that they merely see headlines while they’re doing other things online; only 40% specifically search the web for it. The internet has made it easier than ever before for information and advertising to reach consumers wherever they are, even if they don’t intentionally seek it out.

It is impossible to predict whether social platforms will ever completely crowd out the “traditional” media of newspapers, radio, and TV. But in regard to marketing and public relations, organizations can gain valuable information about consumers’ shifting news sources from last month’s report. A thoughtful, relationship-driven approach to advertising is essential to navigating the complex avenues of social media successfully.

If you have questions about how best to promote your organization across social media, The Public Relations and Marketing Group, LLC (PRMG) is happy to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (631) 207-1057 or at johnzaher@theprmg.com.


From August 5-21, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics, a competition of 10,500 athletes in 42 sports from 206 countries. With 7.5 million ticketholders and even more tuning in to live TV, this colossal event could be your opportunity for business exposure. The 2012 London Olympics were the most watched event ever in U.S. TV history; according to NBC, “this year’s competition is projected to be the most-watched event in television history and associating your brand with the Olympics on a local level will deliver unmatched consumer engagement.”

NBC’s 2016 Olympics ad packages will allow you to connect your brand to your local market across multiple NBC cable and online networks, but navigating all of the options can become cumbersome and sometimes confusing. The Public Relations and Marketing Group is well-versed in the coordination and placement of all advertising spotlights. For assistance with coordinating your 2016 Olympics advertising packages, call the PRMG today at 631-207-1057 or email us at: info@theprmg.com.

Olympics Network Schedule


Order ads to be aired during this season’s Mets and Yankees games

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*Act now for $360 per spot (island-wide) throughout the month of April! 

The great American pastime is once again gaining momentum as the 2016 season begins. Advertising during televised baseball games is a great way to give your business exposure to thousands of viewers. Sporting events provide an excellent opportunity to ensure that your target audience is exposed to your commercial, since few people record a sporting event to watch it later and will stay tuned during commercials, so as not to miss the action.

Cablevision is offering Game Season Packages that will feature your company for 100 in-game spots per team. You’ll captivate the attention of both Mets and Yankees fans across Long Island and the greater New York City area. Broadcast areas include North Nassau, South Nassau, Babylon, Huntington, Hauppauge, Brookhaven, Riverhead, and Brooklyn. This exciting 200-game season package includes 300 sponsorship commercials for the Mets or the Yankees. Individual games are also available in each zone.

If you are interested in placing an advertisement or for details regarding rates and pricing, please contact The Public Relations and Marketing Group at 1-855-PRMG-123 or email info@theprmg.com.

*Must book spots by April 24th.

 


For the first time in history, the final will air on TBS

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There’s no better time to advertise than during March Madness 2016. For the first time in tournament history, the game will air on basic cable, meaning your ads will be exposed to a wider audience than ever before!

NCAA Basketball in March is like no other sporting event. Hopeful teams compete in a dynamic month-long competition to see who is the best of the best in the NCAA. Advertising during March Madness is a great opportunity to give your business exposure to a wide audience as viewers tune in to watch some of the greatest teams in the country go head-to-head. Catch the intense action from the Conference Championships all the way to the National Championship Game.

Cablevision is offering 30-second spots that will feature your company during primetime and daytime showings. Act now to claim your in-game spot; there are only 46 total spots and they’re going quick!

The First Round NCAA Tournament Games will be shown during Primetime on March 15 and 16 on TRUtv, with the Second Round Prime and Day available on March 17 and 18 on TBS, TNT, and TRUtv, and the Third Round Prime and Day available on March 19 and 20 on TBS, TNT, and TRUtv. The Regional Semifinal (Sweet Sixteen) Games’ advertising spots will be during Primetime on Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, on TBS. There are two spots available during the Elite Eight Games, Primetime Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27 on TBS, and two available during the National Semifinal (Final Four) Games, Primetime Saturday, April 2 on TBS. Act now to advertise during the 16th National Championship Game on Monday, April 4 on TBS.

One hundred and eighty Client Commercial spots are available on ESPN News, ESPNU, NBCSN, and FS1, March 14 through 16 (Monday through Sunday) from 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. (midnight).

This package is available in North Nassau County for $4,999, South Nassau County for $9,199, Huntington for $2,769, Babylon for $3,159, Hauppauge for $7,939, Brookhaven for $4,069, Riverhead for $3,679 and Brooklyn for $8,219. If you select more than one zone at once, you are eligible for a discount.  Take a 2% discount with two zones, a 4% discount with three zones, a 6% discount with four zones, a 7% discount with five zones or an 8% discount with six, seven or eight zones.  

If you are interested in placing an advertisement or for details regarding rates and pricing, please contact The Public Relations and Marketing Group at 1-855-PRMG-123 or email info@theprmg.com.