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Meet the new Save.ca

If you haven’t been to Save.ca lately you need to check it out as you will find that the user experience is greatly improved. The experience is simply much more user friendly. The majority of the flyers are now fully tagged which allows the user to create shopping lists, find the store closest to their location, share favorite deals socially (I do this daily),  add the retailer to  favorites lists and click through to the company website. Download the app and you can scan your favorite loyalty cards, redeem coupons through the cash back feature, find stores using your phones GPS signal and it gets better. Check out the new deals section, read the articles to improve your shopping experience and even step up your game in the kitchen by watching one of our how to recipe videos. If partying is more your thing join the next Twitter party which are always among the top trending events on Twitter.  Of course there is more so it’s time to check it out.

What does this mean for our advertisers?

Replacing the flat rate model we once had we will put your company on a cost per view (CPV). How this works is we agree on a budget for each flyer campaign and it is up to Save to hit that budget on a CPV basis. This encourages a relationship between Save and the advertiser to grow together and it is up to us to deliver the audience we agree to at the start of the campaign. Once we show a high ROI we know if we can increase the flyer views the advertiser will see the added value with the increased investment. This is our standard flyer view opportunity.  Now comes the fun part! The flyer tagging allows us to share metrics well beyond flyer views, page views and impressions. We are able to share product information such as which flyer items are being clicked on most frequently, click thrus to the company website, total items added to shopping lists and total dollar value added to these lists. This is valuable information which can help with planning of future flyers in terms of products but it also shows the likely ROI as we know these shopping lists are being used for the consumer’s next shopping trip. In order to maximize the traffic we will also include your flyer with a save.ca e-blast to our 1 million subscribers coast to coast. This isn’t even close to everything the site has to offer but since I like to keep my blogs to 500 words or less this is all you are going to get for this one. You will just have to set up a meeting to discuss your next flyer, deal or coupon campaign and I will knock your socks off with the all new Save.ca.

 

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Join the Save.ca BBQ Around The World Twitter Party #BBQ4less

For those of you that haven’t been paying attention the Save.ca (@Saveca) Twitter parties are a big deal. The next Save social media bash will take place on June 22, 2016 at 8:00pm and last call for all tweets will be 9:00 pm. My first Save.ca Twitter party experience took place shortly after I arrived at Metroland Corporate Sales and I remember being online and trying to figure out why the save.ca Twitter account was blowing up. Naturally I joined the party not knowing that this was an organized event and well organized at that. It ended up trending  in the top 5 in Canada which is very impressive considering the competition for attention on Twitter. On average we hit 5 million impressions with the record reach being 20 million impressions for our parties.

If you are an advertiser on Save make sure your social media department or person is ready to play on June 22nd. If you aren’t currently advertising on the site this may be a good opportunity to jump in to the fray and see how valuable this deal seeking audience is for your brand or banner.

If you are a deal seeker interested in anything barbecue related you definitely don’t want to miss this. Simply answer questions asked by our host Amrita Singh (@frugalocity) a regular guest on CTV’s Canada Am and CBC’s Stephen and Chris and you will have the chance to win amazing prizes for each question answered correctly. Winners will be selected and announced at the end of the hour. So make sure you join in, get ready to save and don’t forget our hashtag #BBQ4less.

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Reach Deal Seekers with Save.ca

Later today I will posting 14 new save.ca customers online in the Kingston region which reaches the greater Kingston, Belleville and Brockville areas. If you are looking to reach a deal seeking audience why not do it with one of Canada’s leading flyer, deal and coupon sites such as Metroland’s save.ca. Even though this is a national site this is the perfect opportunity to get your message to a local audience who are going online looking for bargains and you will get noticed with large retailers such as Shoppers, Home Hardware and Metro just to name a few. Users go to Save.ca and search online flyers, deals and coupons based on category or just generally browse the flyers in no particular order much like they would their Metroland newspaper. All flyers are fully tagged so you can create a shopping list and share your deal socially to your audience so it’s very user friendly. There is also a very popular save.ca app which will display flyers and deals closest to you based on your location using your mobile devices GPS signal. One of the latest features, the cash back option gives users the option to get paid to shop. You simply go out and shop, submit your receipt and you get a cheque in the mail. For example if there is a 50 cent off coupon on pasta out there and you don’t have it no problem simply send in your receipt and you get that 50 cents back.

Most of my clients are looking to reach this bargain hunting audience whether it is with the Metroland newspaper, direct to door products or our online audience. Save.ca is the perfect way to do this while being very cost effective especially for a local retailer or business. Users only go to Save for one reason to find bargains so make sure you look at this site the next time you are planning your newspaper, flyer distribution or direct mail campaign.

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Is Cross Border Online Shopping Becoming Canadian Retailers Biggest Threat?

With Black Friday just around the corner and Remembrance Day behind us Canadians are now approximately 2 weeks into their annual 6 week holiday spending spree where we spend more than we earn. Traditionally what this has meant is that retailers ramp up their advertising dollars increasing their digital, print, radio and television media buys in order to ensure they get their share. For the most part these ads are designed to drive foot traffic into retail stores. This is after all part of the Christmas experience which many of us curse and yes some actually enjoy it. This trend is slowly changing with the emergence of online shopping. There is even an online version of “Black Friday” dubbed Cyber Monday which falls the Monday following Black Friday. This is a good thing in the sense that it does drive people away from their computers and mobile devices for at least one day as shoppers know that another mega deal shopping day is right around the corner which they can do from home.

One plus for Canadian retail is that many US online shopping sites do not ship to Canada which traditionally has benefited large retailers who do have a presence in Canada such as Old Navy. Well this has changed. Leading up to the 2014 holiday shopping season I was approached by a Canadian company called myUsaddress.ca which in a nutshell provides shoppers with a US mailbox so you can shop anywhere in the US and they charge you $29 to ship to your door in Canada. What does this mean for Canadian retail? I am first going to provide a few stats to set up my stance. Canadians spend $15.3 billion annually shopping online. An ISPOS Reid survey found 82% of Canadians are making purchases online with an average annual spend of $954 annually per person. So you can understand the impact that companies like myUsAddress could have on the Canadian retail landscape as a significant chunk of this spending will be going south of the border. This isn’t all bad especially if you are a consumer; Big box retailers will have to increase their product line to compete and one would guess prices will go down. But there is a down side. If 82 per cent of Canadians are shopping online what does this mean for smaller local retail?  Many retailers such as those in downtown Kingston have unique product lines that separate themselves from the big box stores. Product lines that in some cases shoppers are going online to find, and often end up on international online shopping sites to place their orders as they do not realize that they could very easily just head downtown. In order to do this they need to know where to go and what is available. Many shop online for convenience but a significant chunk go online to find products they can’t find at home.

How can local retailers combat this inevitable change in consumer shopping habits? The first thing I would do is ensure that you have a suitable website that properly illustrates your product line. If it is in your budget invest in a site that allows customers to make purchases online just as easily as they can with the national retailers. If you shop around you could have a full functioning online shopping site in the five to ten thousand dollar range. This will allow your customers to make purchases just as easily as they can with the online superpowers. An example of a local company who has done a great job of this is http://www.fitness-solutions.ca. The next thing I would do is embark on an online advertising campaign. Think about it these are online shoppers we are dealing with so the only way to really reach them is with an online campaign. While online shoppers are surfing national shopping sites such as Metroland Media’s Save.ca and WagJag you have every opportunity to reach your local audience with an IP targeted impression campaign targeted to your local market with ads on sites just like these not to mention the 50 other sites you can target. You can purchase 20,000 impressions on the Metroland network for $300. If you feel you need a more targeted approach you can take this to another level and look at an audience extension or a retargeting campaign that reaches customers searching for your specific product line even if they go so sites not owned by Metorland. I would back this campaign up with a content marketing strategy such as our In Your Neighborhood platform to increase product and brand awareness. Of course a daily deal on a site such as WagJag is also an excellent option to bring people in.

If you take anything away from this blog it should be that online shopping is on the rise and isn’t going away any time soon. More Canadians are cross border shopping especially now that they can do it from home on their computer or mobile device. As a Canadian retailer regardless of your size you need to have a plan to combat this because if you do not your sales will start to decline and you run the risk dying a slow death as a business owner. Make sure you have a strong web presence supported by a digital advertising strategy so you can get your share.

Follow me on twitter @geoffjosey

Previous blogs

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/print-advertising-is-dead-i-guess-i-missed-the-memo/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/tis-the-season-if-you-work-in-advertising/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/online-advertising-its-about-more-than-just-the-click/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/multimedia-blog/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/have-local-business-interests-get-involved-in-the-community/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/using-twitter-as-a-business-tool/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/extreme-couponing-in-canada/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/why-all-small-and-medium-size-businesses-need-a-content-marketing-strategy/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/the-modern-day-print-advertising-rep/

The Modern Day Print Advertising rep

Oh how the life of a print advertising media rep has changed. For the first 20 years of my advertising career life really was pretty simple. I sold one product which for most of that time was flyer distribution inside newspapers. I worked very hard, built up an account list in excess of 1 million dollars annually which is a lot of local flyer distribution. My job consisted of convincing local business owners as well as national agencies, big box stores, grocery chains etc that they should be distributing their flyers in newspapers that I represented and I did that job with much success. This is after all how I initially established myself in the industry. At the time I saw myself as a passionate, hardworking “flyer guy” and if you asked me then I would have told you that what I was doing was very complex and it was to an extent. Most newspapers did have specialists to deal with this part of the business and still do. I decided to move on for a new challenge and start my own company FlyerMail which provided me the opportunity to diversify myself by adding commercial print and graphic design to my areas of specialty. Again this seemed to be a huge challenge at the time but I was about to discover that my life as a print media advertising sales professional was about to drastically change with the sale of FlyerMail to a multimedia giant in Torstar.

After I sold to Torstar I came back thinking that I would continue to drive FlyerMail for the new company which I did. I knew there would be some minor changes such as the format, design, new printer etc but overall I would be pushing one product. Sure there was the co-branding with an online flyer site in save.ca but for the most part my life would be the same. What had changed since my last stint in the industry was the business was no longer just about newspapers. In fact newspapers were no more than one of the many core products that I was expected to push. I was expected to push our many digital platforms which included content marketing, daily deal sites, flyer sites, impressions, IP targeting, take overs, audience extension, retargeting and this barely scratches the surface. There were magazines, newspapers, direct mail products and a heck of a lot more. What happened to the days when all we had to worry about was asking “do you want to buy an ad in next week’s paper?”  Well it was clear those days were gone. The message being sent was simple if our industry was going to survive we were going to be hitting the streets with a multimedia approach with a heavy focus on digital. So that’s just what I did. We were now packaging digital with FlyerMail which was a natural for me as we had a Flyer site (save.ca) and to be honest adding a measly $120 for the online portion on a $3000 direct mail campaign was easy. But I had so much to learn in a short period of time. I knew I needed to embrace the digital world so I quickly learned all about our content marketing initiatives (In Your Neighborhood) and I sold this is waves. I was shocked at how easy this was and how badly my clients craved this once I hit the street. And for $300 per month which included business profiles, monthly content, video production, online advertising, social media there was a lot of value for the price.  And guess what? About 80 per cent of these customers bought newspaper advertising as part of their annual contract. So we were using our strong digital platform to sell newspaper display advertising. What a far cry from the old days when we sold all print customers a $12 upsell on their ad to put the ad online.

My life as a print advertising rep has definitely evolved as now I call myself a true multimedia rep. It’s about listening to the customer and selling them what they need which for me is more and more becoming a digital platform whether on its own or part of a print buy. For print media reps to not only survive but grow they need to embrace this approach or very shortly they simply won’t exist. The days of “a half or a full page this week?” are gone. Listen to your customer and put them in the advertising product that will best suit their business even if that isn’t a full page in the local newspaper.

Follow me on twitter @geoffjosey

Previous blogs

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/print-advertising-is-dead-i-guess-i-missed-the-memo/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/tis-the-season-if-you-work-in-advertising/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/online-advertising-its-about-more-than-just-the-click/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/multimedia-blog/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/have-local-business-interests-get-involved-in-the-community/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/using-twitter-as-a-business-tool/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/extreme-couponing-in-canada/

https://geoffjosey.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/why-all-small-and-medium-size-businesses-need-a-content-marketing-strategy/

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Extreme Couponing in Canada

By now we have all seen the television show Extreme Couponing and envy coupon goers as they walk through the lines with $1500 in product and actually end up getting cash back which to me is absolutely insane so thankfully we do not coupon this way in Canada. Canadian retailers do not allow these loop holes as most do not accept coupons on coupons, multiple coupons for the same product you get the idea. There almost always is a disclaimer to prevent this so it’s much different but still very effective. Couponing is still a very popular method to track campaigns for advertisers as well as cost savings for consumers. The way we clip coupons has changed over the years it has shifted from newspapers to online sites such as save.ca pictured above. There are many sites like this to surf and if you want to be a frugal shopper you can save hard earned dollars especially if you make it a weekly habit. Although the coupon craze is no longer in newspapers for the most part they are still out there in print through direct mail. Flyermail  a company I founded and sold to Metroland is an unaddressed direct mail product made up of multiple flyers many of which include coupons used by advertisers to track results. Companies also send coupons through addressed mail to their customer base which is more expensive but also very effective. I have had restaurants do campaigns in Kingston on a distribution of 50,000 and get over 2000 coupons back and I recently had a local butcher shop do a 2 for 1 coupon on steaks and received over 500 back in the first week and this was on a distribution of only 20,000 packages. In both cases the advertisers were thrilled with the response and the customers are happy with saving money especially when they get a free steak! So you don’t live close by the butcher shop and the coupon is not in your FlyerMail (Save.ca) package? Not to worry our print customers are also online on save.ca so just go print off your coupon, share it on facebook, create your shopping list of coupons and eat your heart out. Whether you are an advertiser or a consumer I make my living making you happy and this trend isn’t going to change anytime soon. Follow me on Twitter @GeoffJosey