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RIP Twitter. Hello X 

Ding Ding Ding, the digital boxing match Musk VS Zuck continues this week!  A few days ago, Elon Musk, the owner of the platform formerly known as Twitter, announced through a series of tweets that he would be renaming the platform to “X.” The CEO of X.com, Linda Yaccarino, later tweeted (xeeting?) explaining what the[…]

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Five Red Flags to Look Out For When Working With Agencies

Working with agencies can be a game-changer for businesses looking to expand their online presence. However, not all agencies are created equal, and it’s important to be aware of potential red flags before entering into a partnership.  Take a look at the five warning signs that an agency might be hiding and find out how[…]

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Granimals: Meet the Pets of Granular

Pets make everything better, right? Meet Raven, the Labradoodle who keeps our Director of Agency Partnerships, MacKenzie Krantz, on her toes.

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How My Sabbatical Helped Me Become A Better Digital Marketer

Granular offers a wide range of perks, but undoubtedly the best one is the opportunity to enjoy a month-long paid sabbatical every three years. During the sabbatical, we are encouraged to travel and even receive a stipend to help fund our adventure. Granular has now done 10 sabbaticals! Let me tell you, my sabbatical timing[…]

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Revisiting GA4 – Answering Ten of the Most Common Questions

In the fast-paced realm of digital analytics, staying abreast of the latest updates is pivotal for making informed, data-driven decisions for your business. Google Analytics 4 (GA4) has introduced significant changes, and in this follow-up to our GA4 Webinar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly , we’ll delve into key features, addressing common questions[…]

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Three Quick Tips For Advertisers Who Are Not Graphic Designers

It’s a weekday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. You get assigned a last-minute campaign. You upload the provided creative and get an error message about the image size being too big or the wrong shape for the ad. Your client isn’t responding with new creative and it’s down to the wire, your ad needs to go[…]

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How To Create A Custom Product Set In Meta Commerce Manager

If you’re currently running e-commerce ads on Meta but not taking advantage of the custom product set feature, you’re overlooking an incredible opportunity to segment your products. By doing so, you can efficiently segment your product list based on specific attributes. This allows you to precisely target the right consumers and optimize your advertising efforts[…]

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Advertising When Your Website Sucks

Table of contents Jump to Part I: My Website Sucks. Should I run digital ads? Jump to Part II: My Website Still Sucks. Can I run digital conversion ads? Jump to Part III: My Website Still Sucks. How do I show customers what they need? 8/2/2023 Part I: My Website Sucks. Should I run digital[…]

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Webinar | ‘Tis the Season to be PPC Planning for the Holidays

It may only be August and currently in the triple digits here in Milwaukee, but it’s that time of the year to dive into digital media planning for the holidays (Q4) and start looking into 2024. To help get you started Granular’s founder and CEO, Jordon Meyer alongside President, Steve Kroll tap into their 25+[…]

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How To Use The Most Important Features In Google Ads Editor

Google Ads Editor is a free, downloadable application that allows you to conveniently update your Google campaigns in bulk. What could take five hours in the Google ads interface takes mere minutes in Editor.  When I was first introduced to Editor it seemed overwhelming, but with time, it became the only tool I ever needed[…]

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RIP Twitter. Hello X 

Ding Ding Ding, the digital boxing match Musk VS Zuck continues this week!  A few days ago, Elon Musk, the owner of the platform formerly known as Twitter, announced through a series of tweets that he would be renaming the platform to “X.” The CEO of X.com, Linda Yaccarino, later tweeted (xeeting?) explaining what the[…]

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Beyond Assumptions: Using Demographic Data to Find Your Audience

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, staying ahead of the game means understanding which platforms your target audience uses most. With emerging platforms constantly vying for attention, it’s easy to fall prey to misconceptions about social platforms: Is TikTok exclusively for Gen Z? Do Millennials still use Facebook? Is Instagram reserved solely for young[…]

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Battling Banner Blindness

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, advertisers are continually seeking new ways to capture the attention and engage with their target audience. However, one persistent challenge that marketers face is the phenomenon known as “banner blindness.” This term refers to the tendency of internet users to subconsciously ignore or overlook banner advertisements on websites.[…]

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Ad Campaign vs. Post Boosting

Most of us have seen the Facebook pop-up “This post is doing better than 95% of recent posts. Promote it to reach a wider audience.” While social media platforms offer businesses a range of advertising options to reach their target audience, one question I hear from clients often is, “Should we also be boosting posts[…]

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Add Competitor Brands to Your Negative Keywords

How it can Improve ROAS & Lower CPCs To ensure effective ad spend when managing PPC campaigns, it’s important to exclude certain audiences and keywords that are not likely to engage with your ad or lead to a conversion — this is where negative keywords come in.  Negative keywords are search terms (and phrases) you[…]

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How to Lose an Account in 10 Days

As a millennial, I have a love for romantic comedies from the early 2000s. One of my favorites is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I’ve owned the movie on VHS, DVD and now Digital, and have probably watched it over a hundred times. A few of the Granular folks were recently talking[…]

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LinkedIn Business Manager

In recent months, LinkedIn has rolled out its own version of Business Manager similar to Meta. This is designed for a more streamlined approach to managing and sharing all of your LinkedIn assets (page, ad account, etc.) both internally with your team and externally with agency partners. Setting up your company in Business Manager as[…]

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Granular’s Girl Scout Cookie Pairing Guide

What do you do when the office impulse buys hundreds of cookies from a local Girl Scout?  Throw a cookie and beer pairing happy hour, of course!  And, since we’re data nerds, you can bet we polled our participants and made charts and graphs based on the results, all of which are posted within this[…]

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Jumpstart your Ad Copy Right Now

For more than a decade, I’ve been crafting ad copy for Facebook, Instagram and Google Ads, and I often struggle to find a solid starting point. Tired of constantly starting from square one, I came up with an easy-to-follow list of idea generators that would spark good ad creative ideas and eliminate those moments of[…]

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Competitor Brand Terms

Pros and Cons – PLUS: 9 Examples Analyzing the Most Sophisticated Performance Marketers. The Temptation of Bidding on Another Company’s Brand Terms in Google Is it wise to bid on a competitor’s brand keywords in Google Ads? For anyone with experience utilizing strategy, it can feel a bit like taking a blow torch to your[…]

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5 Ways to Optimize Landing Pages for PPC

A landing page is a crucial component of a successful PPC campaign. A well-optimized page can improve your page engagement and conversion rate, bringing more leads to the website and more sales for your business. Today we’re going to walk through the top 5 ways you can optimize your landing pages for your pay-per-click campaigns.[…]

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Six Conversation Starters Better Than The Weather

As an extrovert, I never found it challenging to make small talk before meetings. In fact, I actually enjoyed it and found it very valuable in making connections with others. That however all changed when the majority of my meetings shifted online, and I found myself starting almost every meeting with the same exact conversation:[…]

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Getting Global: MacKenzie’s Slovenian Sabbatical

As an avid travel enthusiast, one of the benefits I was most excited about when I started at Granular was the 1 month-paid sabbatical earned after 3 years with the company. I was so excited to finally earn my sabbatical in early 2020, so you can imagine my disappointment when traveling had almost completely stopped.[…]

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Four Easy Steps for Successful Communication Between an Agency & Client

Successful communication is a skill that can be hard to learn and harder to teach but is extremely valuable. Good communication between two parties can help make tough situations easier and good situations great. This is especially important when communicating between an agency, like Granular, and a client. Both parties have different backgrounds and different levels of knowledge of digital advertising and the client’s business.

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GA4 Webinar: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Your current Google Analytics is going away – but don’t fret, GA4 experts from Granular hosted a webinar to share all of the relevant information you need to know about the switch from Google Analytics to GA4. Check out the webinar below, followed by more in-depth information on key slides and helpful resources. If you[…]

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Six TikTok Ad Limitations & How To Get Around Them

Six TikTok Ad Limitations & How To Get Around Them

TikTok has exploded in popularity in recent years and advertising on the platform is constantly changing and being updated to meet regulations. With all of the different types of audiences on TikTok you can target, marketers should be aware of some limitations to using TikTok. So to help answer the common question of “What’s the[…]

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