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HYPERLOCAL DIGITAL STRATEGIES: Embracing the Total Market Approach with Hyperlocal Intelligence

This is the third article of our series on Hyperlocal Digital Strategies presented by MAXPOINT. Amy Gittelman, General Manager, National Agency Sales at MAXPOINT, explains how Hyperlocal Advertising can give marketers an edge when transitioning to a total market approach as it accounts for nuances within audiences, provides real-time feedback and allows to run effective omnichannel campaigns.


This is the third article of our series on Hyperlocal Digital Strategies presented by MAXPOINT. Amy Gittelman, General Manager, National Agency Sales at MAXPOINT, explains how hyperlocal advertising can give marketers an edge when transitioning to a total market approach, as it accounts for nuances within audiences, provides real-time feedback and allows multicultural marketers to run effective omnichannel campaigns.

Demographics in the United States are changing, and if brands and retailers want to stay relevant, they’ll need to adapt.

In the past, multicultural advertising was often an afterthought. Once an ad was approved, it would be passed off to a translation or localization company. However, recent years have seen the emergence of a new trend called total market advertising. Total market advertising refers to practices that consider culture and ethnicity in every part of the advertising process—from campaign conception to post-campaign analysis. In short, total market practitioners make culture a central consideration rather than an add-on.

Advertisers might find themselves falling behind if they don’t transition to a total market approach. Even though it could be challenging to adopt total market advertising, it’s a lot easier with the right hyperlocal partner in your corner.

The Hyperlocal Advantage for Reaching the Total Market

2013 ChallengesHyperlocal advertising, which provides audience intelligence and targeting power to reach the right consumers at the neighborhood level, can give you an incredible edge when transitioning to total market advertising.

First, hyperlocal accounts for nuances within audiences. Within the Hispanic segment alone, consumer profiles can vary dramatically depending on their primary language, country of origin, and level of US acculturation. When you take a neighborhood-level approach, you can reduce complexity and make your targeting more manageable.

Second, hyperlocal advertising provides real-time feedback that helps you learn more about your audience over time. For example, our testing has found that placing Spanish-language ads on English sites tends to increase response.

Finally, hyperlocal digital advertising enables advertisers to run effective omnichannel campaigns. MaxPoint provides seamless integration along channels and devices, allowing you to create a campaign that uses digital display, mobile, and video across PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. This is particularly important for reaching Hispanics, who tend to be more mobile savvy than most segments.

The most important thing for any total market campaign is testing. Test, test, and test again. Let’s say that you’re selling clothing and you want to reach Asian Americans. You know that your product sells best among the general market when you emphasize lower costs.

Learn more about Hyperlocal Digital Strategies in our April 23 WEBINAR: The New Multicultural: Hyperlocal Digital Strategies for National Advertisers.

However, you decide to test multiple ads to find which resonates the best with an Asian American population. You could serve ads in neighborhoods that over-index for Asian American households, then compare responses against one another. You might find that while cost is important for the general market, the Asian American audience might be more interested in being fashionable and appearing trendy. This cultural insight can help you improve the numbers for your current and future campaigns.

Hyperlocal Knowledge Equals Total Market Power

In nearly any advertising campaign, your success hinges upon what you know about your audience. This is even more important with total market campaigns since culture plays such an important role. And with hyperlocal intelligence and local, regional, and national scale by your side, your total market efforts will be more powerful than ever before.

Does your organization take a total market approach? If so, let us know what you’ve found most helpful for reaching the total market by leaving a comment below.

This series of articles about Hyperlocal Digital Strategies is brought to you by MAXPOINT. The prior two articles published were How “Mobilecultural” Advertising Can Make or Break a Campaign and When Doing Targeted Campaigns, Keep an Eye on How All Consumers Respond.
Three additional targeted articles will be published every other Thursday.
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