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Chime is so excited to have partnered with the CNIB Foundation for the launch of its newest program, Phone It Forward, the first program of its kind in the world that refurbishes smartphones to benefit someone who is blind.

Because 46 per cent of Canadians who are blind do not own a smart phone, lack of access to smart technology is one of the biggest priorities among Canadians with sight loss. The Phone It Forward program will put smartphones, after they are refurbished and loaded with accessibility apps, directly into the hands of people who need them. With millions of smartphones gathering dust each year as users upgrade to newer models, Phone It Forward gives Canadians a unique opportunity to donate their old phones, receive a tax receipt and empower people who are blind in the process.

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Are you incorporating programmatic native ads into your online advertising mix?

Some recent findings shed some light on the benefits of this tactic and why it adds a unique strategic layer to your campaign’s success.

We all know display ads are a very effective tactic in generating straight conversions if you’re looking to sell a product. However – in comparison to display prospecting – case studies have shown that native ads truly shine when it comes to driving traffic and boosting brand engagement in the long term.

Don’t get us wrong; we love display ads. Display is a great way to keep your brand name out there. But with the rising popularity of incorporating storytelling as part of marketing strategies in this content-driven age, advertisers should really make better use of the goldmine that is programmatic native!

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– Chime Digital and Diabetes Canada launch spring cleaning campaign –

Have you started clearing out your cupboards of all of your unwanted items yet? This is the question posed to Canadians through Diabetes Canada, in partnership with Chime Digital’s new marketing campaign encouraging Canadians to let go of whatever used clothing and small household items they can, just in time for spring cleaning! Diabetes Canada will go to the residences of Canadians and collect unwanted items for FREE. Got an old rice cooker laying around that’s cluttering up your kitchen? Donate it, advises Diabetes Canada.

The Chime Digital and Diabetes Canada campaign challenges Canadians to meet a goal of 5 million pounds in donations. Proceeds raised by the program support world-leading diabetes research, education, programs, services and advocacy.

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Another year—and more breathless change for us to learn about! We’re seeing a faster trend evolution than ever, given the pace of technological change these days and the global nature of our digital networks. Brands and marketers are now navigating an increasingly sophisticated consumer landscape.

After attending the 2018 Marketing Evolution Summit recently, here is just a small snapshot of a few of the most interesting trends, themes and phenomena to keep on your radar:

  1. Here come the Xennials

What will adulthood look like in 2020? A new generational cohort is emerging – one that marketers can’t ignore. Xennials, also known as New Adults, are a micro-generation, aged 30 to 45. They are older than typical millennials, but younger than generation X.

In advertising’s rush to woo millennial consumers, their older counterparts often feel overlooked, or alienated. An article featured in New York Magazine discusses: “For the good of both us old millennials and our young millennial siblings and friends, let’s stop acting like we’re all in the same boat.”

Having spent the last decade on the roller coaster started by the financial crisis, New Adults are now upending all the traditional markers of adulthood. The generation that popularized much of today’s hipster culture still seeks brands that are edgy and relevant but, today, they increasingly want a more refined and “adult” experience.

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In today’s day and age, “cause marketing” has become both a norm and an expectation – potential customers who visit your website and see your advertising want to know that you share their desire to make this world a better place. Studies show that more Canadian consumers than ever care about how companies are supporting social causes.

In fact, when quality and price are equivalent, social purpose is the number one deciding factor for shoppers. The high volume of consumers who say that they would switch from one brand to another if the other brand were associated with a good cause has climbed to 87%.

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Did you know that 48% of people cite a website’s design as the number one factor in deciding the credibility of a business?  To these people, it doesn’t matter how good your business is or how much better your products or services are than your competitors. If your website doesn’t look the part, they probably aren’t going to give you a second glance.

That’s why it’s so important for all business owners to keep up with modern web design trends. You don’t need to jump on every trend that arises – but staying informed will help you determine whether your website’s appearance could be causing it to lose potential business. We’ve put together a list of trends to keep a close eye on. Check them out below, and get inspired to tackle your web design projects with style.

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Did you know that the single most important predictive factor for the success of Super Bowl ads is the degree to which they tell a complete story? While this reassures the power of a strong narrative in marketing, it also elicits the question “How do I tell a story with my advertising?”

Since the early days of storytelling, with poets weaving together epic tales of heroes rising up to defeat monsters, stories were meant to compel action in us. They have continued as a preferred means of communication over the years because they draw on empathy – they are relatable and they are engaging.

Good content marketing should do one the following:

  • raise awareness
  • increase conversion
  • boost customer loyalty

Great content marketing can do all three at once.

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