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At the beginning of 2016, just over 200 million people globally were using ad blocking software. That figure has been on the rise year-over-year, and we can expect the that as we head into 2017 that figure will be significantly larger. With so many people blocking traditional advertising, a growing proportion of internet users cannot be reached through “classic” search engine marketing.
Pokémon Go took only 3 weeks to generate 75 million downloads worldwide. Marketers were quick to pounce on the phenomenon, seeing nothing but opportunity, especially for local businesses: Create a virtual Pokéstop which coincides with your bricks-and-mortar store — genius! It’s a wildly successful game, but it’s also an anomaly: You can’t expect Pikachu to do all the heavy-li ...