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Why Marketers are Moving Towards a Mobile-First Strategy

Mobile devices are responsible for major changes in how consumers buy, research and ultimately view a product being advertised across a wide range of industries. We are in the middle of a specific digital transformation, which is an exponential growth of consumer activity on mobile devices and an extreme increase in mobile advertising. Life seemingly revolves around smartphones, which is why mobile-friendly websites have become so important.

Mobile devices have become the preferred method of accessing digital media. ComScore found mobile devices account for more than 60% of all digital minutes. To put it in perspective, the time spent on desktops has decreased by 20% in the past year alone. The reality is that mobile advertising must be a priority for a company to avoid stagnation or even failure.

Every day, businesses are encouraged to focus on a mobile-first strategy to stay successful within their industry and here’s why.

Thank Mobile Devices for Half of the Paid Search Clicks

Mobile has become a key role in the consumer’s journey specifically when researching and creating brand awareness. Mobile devices have become a leader in the number of paid search clicks. Acquisio found that year-over-year, paid search clicks have increased by 45% on mobile phones. This means that desktop clicks have decreased by 16% and in contrast, nearly half (48%) of clicks are now happening on mobile devices.

Befriend Social Media

Companies who fail to utilize and maximize their social presence on Facebook, Instagram, and other social platforms are subjecting themselves to a very small advertising box. When you compare the total U.S. ad spend in 2014 to 2018, the shift is very clear. An MDG study found that “brands are devoting 33 percent of ad spend to digital platforms—up from 25 percent in 2014 while television’s ad spend is decreasing this year.” Because mobile advertising is becoming the most popular and effective type of advertising, it takes engagement, shared content, and an appropriate strategy to be successful as a mobile ad platform.

Videos are the New Billboards

Video ads are the fastest-growing mobile category. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook are visible on mobile apps, emails, social sites and more. Mobile marketers can promote their ads on a pre-roll to capture the short attention span of the audience. This allows the user to watch the advertisement without making them feel pressured to purchase a product. Video advertising combines sound and motion to create connections between the buyer and the brand by evoking emotions. When it comes to social platforms, YouTube is on top. Forbes conducted a study and found that “73 percent of adults spend their screen time on the video-sharing site. Social networking giant Facebook ranks second, with 68 percent of consumers spending time on the platform.”Mobile users are viewing content more than ever, so logically they view more ads in the long run.

How can ON Advertising help?

There are many different ways to adhere to mobile-first advertising, which can be overwhelming and leave a little confused. Now is the time to work towards a mobile-first strategy. Not sure where to begin? We can help! ON has researched new and innovative ways to market, advertise and promote your business using a mobile-first strategy. Contact us to explore how mobile-first strategies can help your business grow.

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The Ultimate Guide to Advertising to Gen Z in 2019

From Millennials to now what we call Gen Z, the personalities, attitudes, and values have shifted from generation to generation. As new generations are introduced, it is often hard to keep up with and understand them all.

Each generation has had a significant event or tragedy strike in their lifetime; defining who they are, how they live their lives and the decisions they make. Gen Z’s significant life event was the Great Recession/Housing Recession back in late 2007. Watching the rate in which their lives changed and those around them impacted them in a huge way. One way is how they handle their finances. They are careful and meticulous and never make a decision on a whim, instead they research. Looking into every purchase to ensure they will remain financially safe.

The technology era is also a huge turning point for Gen Z. With such technology, they prefer connecting via smartphones rather than face to face interactions. They would rather shop online than spend time at a brick and mortar. In addition, print has been undervalued as they prefer getting their news from online sources or through social media. 

A bigger and more pressing question is raised, for businesses at least: “How do we advertise to Gen Z?”

1. Leverage Video Communications

As previously stated, Gen Z prefers connecting via technology; however, they never leave voicemails and prefer text to email. They also are one of the first generations to frequently use, and prefer, YouTube, Netflix, and Reddit. If you can catch their eye and appeal to them in 5-7 seconds with your 2-minute ad before their chosen video begins, then your campaign is a success. 

2. Utilize Influencers

Gen Z was born into a world where social media became incredibly prominent. They value the impact of social media and celebrities influencers which help them to make a decision. Influencers spend a considerable amount of effort and time creating content that will appeal to their accounts followers. When followers are genuinely engaged, it creates a long-lasting relationship with the influencer that they are following. When this happens, it builds trust and loyalty in their minds to believe and trust the advice and recommendations from that influencer.  

3. Mobile Strategy 

Gen Z values their time spent on mobile devices which is why, on average, they engage in over 10 hours on online mobile content per day. By making sites mobile-optimized, they are more likely to be viewed more often. Say goodbye to desktop web browsers and emails, mobile strategy is the way to go!

4. Be Entertaining

As we know, Gen Z values being connected online. They expect authentic, entertaining interactions and experiences that provide what they need before they tell you. To win them over, marketers and advertisers must evolve from simply informing their audience to catching their eye and keeping them entertained.  

5. Provide Them With Information

Gen Z values being well informed before making any big decisions. They want to know who they are doing business with before they do it. Share your company’s message with them, be precise, informative, entertaining and transparent with what you are selling. Gen Z is different than any other generation, they do their homework! 

Catering to different generations through advertising can take time to get a hang of, but as we grow to find new and innovative ways to and become proficient in how to market and advertise to Gen Z, the creative options are endless which opens an entirely new door for the advertising and marketing industry. 

How can ON Advertising help?

Above are just a few of the types of ways to market and advertise to the newest generation. Finding new, creative and innovative ways to appeal to a technologically driven audience can be difficult. At ON Advertising, we have done the research for you to bring high investment to your business. We have found new ways to market, advertise and promote your business with the help of our social media and strategy team. Check out some of our many content strategy services and ways that we can help you. If you would like to learn more about content marketing and how it can benefit you, Contact us today!

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Content is Still King

Content is important to Businesses, Consumers and Search Engines. In today’s competitive climate, one cannot afford to pass over the pull and power of content marketing. With technology advancing, the number of small and large businesses increasing and the competition between them becoming more intense, it raises the question between these establishments – “How will we stand out among the others?” The number of extreme similarities of services and products that businesses are selling makes for a competitive market in most modern-day retailers. To be successful in these types of markets, the quality of the product that is being sold does not totally determine its success. To be competitive, it is becoming more and more apparent that how you market and advertise your company pulls a heavyweight on its triumph. 

Content is as important as ever because it not only serves as a way to create customer loyalty and build trust between your company and the consumer but also encourages dialogue and conversations by giving them what they need. This, in turn, allows them to make an educated purchasing decision, which has become a new normal from the consumer side.

Content marketing in itself is helping to develop what the consumer expects from the brand that they are interacting with, which is why it is vital to have quality content to correctly and effectively advertise and market a company. By creating a strategic marketing approach, it focuses on distributing relevant, valuable, consistent and specific content to retain and attract a specific audience. This ultimately creates profitable consumer action and by neglecting or overlooking content marketing it can create a set back that any brand can not afford. In this day in age, what fashion, food or travel brand can exist without components like campaigns, videos or an eye-catching Instagram feed?

In 2019, there are countless types of content ranging from blog posts to videos to infographics and so much more. Each of these components are vital to your brand and company as a whole and how it is being marketed. Let’s dive in and find out how each of these types of content can benefit your business.

Blog Posts

Blogs are one of the most popular types of content marketing for businesses and for a good reason! Blogging is the foundation of Content Marketing and has become commonplace in the business world. It allows consumers to access high-quality information for free. Blogs are one of the best ways to improve SEO and creates more organic traffic to your website from search engines like Google. Not only does blogging improve search engine optimization, but it also builds relationships with current customers and leads. 


Videos are oftentimes a change in pace that is more engaging to your consumers. Videos are a great content marketing tactic especially for small businesses because they provide an appealing return on investment. They help increase the time spent on site which greater the company’s chances of making a sale.  


Infographics often assist businesses in educating an audience by providing information that can add value to the consumers. Consumers take value in research and statistics on how useful the product they are looking to buy before they buy it. This makes infographics so useful to better visualize data, such as statistics so they can have a better idea of how valuable or how the service works. 

How can ON Advertising help?

Those are just a few of the types of content marketing that can be used to market your business. Content marketing can be difficult, however with research and effort, it can be worthwhile and bring high investment to your business. If your company is not taking part in any of the content marketing techniques above or any at all we are here to help. At ON Advertising, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to market, advertise and promote businesses. Check out some of our many content strategy services and ways that we can help you. If you would like to learn more about content marketing and how it can benefit you, Contact us!

At ON Advertising, our team of talented web developers and graphic designers come together to create an innovative solution for all your website development needs. We know the vast amount of competition that takes place between businesses online and we recognize how important it is to be unique and stand out amongst the crowd. Our team is well equipt to build an eCommerce site from scratch or fix an existing one. Contact us today if you’re ready to take your site to the next level. 

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Ranked 12 in eCommerce Design

Recently, ON Advertising was voted one of the Top 25 eCommerce Design and Development companies of 2019, according to DesignRush. DesignRush, a B2B digital marketplace that connects brands with agencies, discovered the leading eCommerce design and development firms who can provide custom eCommerce solutions, build functional websites, and ultimately increase online conversions. We are pleased to announce that we ranked number 12 out of the 25 of the top agencies in the nation!

At ON Advertising, our team of talented web developers and graphic designers come together to create an innovative solution for all your website development needs. We know the vast amount of competition that takes place between businesses online and we recognize how important it is to be unique and stand out amongst the crowd. Our team is well equipt to build an eCommerce site from scratch or fix an existing one. Contact us today if you’re ready to take your site to the next level. 

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Burger King’s #FeelYourWay Campaign

Advertisers are always under pressure to stand out amongst the crowd and out-perform every other ad to get noticed. With the increasing amount of platforms and opportunities for advertising, companies have to be creative when coming up with ad campaigns to grab consumers attention. Lately, the trend has been to highlight social problems in advertisements to show consumers that they care about these issues and to give a sense of connection to people.

A few months ago, we talked about the Nike campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick that grabbed attention from the world. Now, we want to focus on another campaign that was released by Burger King that has piqued the interest of users.

One of the latest ads that have sparked attention in the advertising industry is Burger King’s newest campaign called #FeelYourWay. The campaign directly takes a stab at McDonald’s and their ‘Happy Meal’ to bring awareness to mental health issues and stress about life. Watch it here:

In this ad, Burger King is using values-based advertising by trying to be real and down to earth to connect with the younger generation. They wanted to showcase stressors people deal with including, mental health, bullying, sexual harassment, and student debt. The idea of this was to bring awareness that not everyone is always happy and in the mood for a McDonald’s ‘Happy Meal,’ but that people have different emotions and feelings, and that’s okay. This campaign was directly targeting the Millennial and Generation Z consumers.

Studies have shown, people in the younger generations, prefer to spend their money on brands that they can emotionally connect with. This is why value-based advertising has become such a popular trend nowadays. It has been reported that 60% of millennials are more likely to buy items that speak to them and their personality. The reason Burger King, and many companies want to target the younger demographic is because of their buying power in the marketplace.

If you’re interested in spicing up your brands advertising to be relevant and trendy in today’s competitive world, contact us today. We research and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in the advertising industry, so you don’t have to. Learn more about the services we provide here.

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We Have a New VP of Marketing Strategies

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Darren Higgs to the position of Vice President of Marketing Strategies. Darren joined ON Advertising in August 2017 as a Senior Account Executive. Prior to working with ON, Darren worked for our sister company EFG Creative, for five and a half years as an Account Executive.

Darren now supervises all clients in the agency as well as ON Advertising’s Account Services Division including marketing, social media, and web services. He will be responsible for strategy, tactics, and supervision of all marketing and PR accounts in the agency.

At ON, we continue to invest in the advancement of our employees’ careers and create a culture of growth within our workplace. We help our employees grow into leaders within our agency and reward hard work with new challenges and opportunities.

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High Rising Schools Phoenix

This week, we are introducing our client, Phoenix Community Alliance. We have been working with the PCA Education Committee on a fun project designed to promote the fantastic schools that are located in Downtown Phoenix. The campaign is called High Rising Schools of Phoenix. We created a pretty nifty brochure, original brand materials, and a whole website devoted to this campaign:

So what is High Rising Schools of Phoenix?

The vision behind this dynamic website is to enlighten the business community to the quality schools available in Downtown Phoenix. This campaign will serve as a very useful tool for community and economic development organizations that work to attract, retain and grow companies in Downtown Phoenix. The website is a resource for the families in those businesses who want to learn more about Downtown Phoenix schools.  As more employees want to live where they work, this campaign speaks to the quality education choices that exist in Downtown Phoenix.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2030 the population of Phoenix will grow to 2.2 million, and the population of the metro area will reach 6.3 million. 11,000 additional residents are expected to move to Downtown Phoenix in the next 5 years alone. In fact, Maricopa County was ranked #1 for population growth last year. With growth on this scale and more families moving to Downtown Phoenix, having an educational resource like High Rising Schools of Phoenix is important for families moving to the core of the Valley.

How Does ON Help?

Our overarching goal is to help bring awareness to families and business leaders that Downtown Phoenix offers preschool through doctoral programs within walking distance of any type of home or business in Downtown Phoenix.

In addition to our branding work and website management, we also handle the social media campaign for High Rising. By utilizing Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, we can attract a wider audience by showing them the quality of schools in Downtown Phoenix while driving traffic back to the website we created for the audience to explore the High Rising campaign even further. We are also encouraging the schools of Downtown Phoenix to interact and engage with the High Rising social media feed as well as encouraging students, parents, teachers and administrators to share what their favorite part is of being a part of the Downtown Phoenix school system with a social campaign of “What Makes Your School Special”. Our ultimate goal of using social media for this client and brand campaign is to show that Downtown Phoenix is more than just a bustling cityscape; there are excellent quality schools right in the city. We want to show everyone that you can work, eat, play and send your children to an outstanding school all in a 5-mile radius. “It’s an exciting project to be working on especially being located in Downtown Phoenix ourselves. We can speak to the amazing environment the downtown area can offer” says Senior Account Manager, Matt Grodsky who is spearheading the High Rising campaign. We are thrilled to continue this helping the Phoenix Community Alliance spread the word about the excellent schools located right in Downtown Phoenix.

ON Advertising’s mission is to bring ROI for our clients to improve their business. Whether you’re in need of a new website, updated social media, or an advertising campaign, contact us. We can assist you in creating a strategy to help marketing efforts resulting in more business. Learn more about us and the services we provide.

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Welcome to Chandler Viridian

Have you driven by Chandler mall recently? Did you notice a few new buildings occupying a once vacant lot with a half-finished building? In fact, the development company, Hines, has recently completed its $160 million project of building class A office space, a luxurious hotel, and an upscale apartment complex on that 8,900 square foot lot. And guess what? We had the pleasure of working with the executives at Hines to create the main logo and grand opening videos! The new development is called Chandler Viridian, and we are excited to see everything come to life.

Who is Hines

Hines is a privately owned development company that works in 24 different countries around the world. Chandler Viridian was just one of many projects that they are working on. Their portfolio consists of $116.4 billion under management and is growing at a rapid pace.

The Project

Three different videos in only 2 weeks. There were many obstacles that we had to work around while filming these videos and shooting photos to make everything look perfect. One of the most difficult aspects of shooting this development was dealing with the construction still taking place on the buildings. Working around the construction workers and manipulating the shots to make it seem like the building was finished was not an easy task. We did a lot of touching up at the end, including removing equipment, fixing dead trees, and more.

Shoot Day

Another challenge we faced was the limited amount of time we had. We only had 2 weeks to complete the entire production and only 2 days to shoot the entire 8,900 square foot land with all its features. The first day we shot was before the grand opening ceremony. We brought in various models to pose in “lifestyle” shots, giving the audience a taste of what it would feel like to live and work at Chandler Viridian. We even captured drone footage of the land to show a birds-eye view!

The next shoot was at the grand opening ceremony, showcasing all the executives and the first-ever Hines hot air balloon. This was a historic day for us and Hines, as we saw this development come to fruition.

Final Videos

With a short amount of time, multiple obstacles and a lot of hard work, everything came together! Click here to see the final video.


One of our owners, Eric Garcia, created the logo for Chandler Viridian. As pictured here, the logo is plastered on every sign all around the building, giving the new area a unique brand and contemporary feel. Having the elegant logo all over the development ties the hotel, the office, the apartment complex, and all of the restaurants together.

With the talent of our creative staff and the hard-working accounts team, we were able to produce a great video for the Chandler Viridian development. To learn more about how we can help you with your next project, contact us. Check out our portfolio page to see more creative projects we have accomplished.

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Super Bowl Ads Spotlight

Whether you’re an avid football fan or not, you’ve got to admit you’re excited to see the crazy, creative commercials each year. We are too. After all, advertising is our gig.

There were plenty to choose from — some great, some not so great. But here are a few of the commercials we want to highlight this Super Bowl season.

Walmart: Famous Cars Pick Up Groceries

“Order groceries online. Pickup for free. No matter what you drive.”

All of your favorite classic movie mobiles including Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine, the Jurassic Park jeep and Cars’ Lightning McQueen zooming off to the curbside of their choice of a grocery store and greeted by Walmart staff. The commercial was action-packed, humorous and brought some of us back to an earlier time.   

Burger King: #EatLikeAndy

Andy Warhol? In a Super Bowl ad? In 2019? You saw it. Burger King debuted a commercial of one of the most iconic artists eating a Whopper, almost in complete silence. Talk about a major throwback. Many were saying it was the best commercial of the Super Bowl, and some even said it was better than the game itself. This ad represented Warhol as a normal person doing normal things — such as eating a burger, and it sure portrayed the power of silence.

Michael Bublé vs. Bubly

There’s no better person to start a conundrum with Bubly Sparkling Water than Michael Bublé. The entire commercial features Bublé having an argument with people in the store about how to pronounce the name of the drink. With its snarky humor, celebrity guest and use of bright colors, this commercial definitely stood out during the big game.

Olay Killer Skin

In case you’re unaware, women watch football too. This year’s Super Bowl took a step in the right direction, targeting female fans in some of the commercials. This was Olay’s first Super Bowl ad, and it emphasized the brand’s quality skincare products in a 1-minute thriller that was more likely to have you laughing than on the edge of your seat. Olay’s commercial proved female football fans probably have interests other than laundry detergent.


While we’re on this female empowerment track, let’s not forget to mention the dating app Bumble also debuted its first-ever Super Bowl ad. With campaign partner, influencer and tennis star Serena Williams, Bumble reinforced that with their app, women make the first move. Football definitely stepped it up in 2019, making women feel like part of one of the biggest games of the year.

Bud Light: Special Delivery

Bud Light? More like Bud Knight. These ads took Game of Thrones fans through an epic adventure in one commercial, leaving them thirsty for the next season (and, perhaps, some beer as well). And when you thought Bud Light was done, they once again entered the Super Bowl scene, this time dissing its competitors like Miller Light and Coors Light, and we’re here for it. It was humorous, majestic and sure to leave its competition on their toes.

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