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Millennials Are Sick of Intrusive Marketing…And They’re Not The Only Ones

Millennials Are Sick of Intrusive Marketing…And They’re Not The Only Ones

We begin this blog with an irony alert. A search for synonyms for intrusive brought me to; there, waiting for me, were two ads that couldn’t have been more perfectly picked for me. One was for a nearby pet center offering cool canine treats – exactly the type of perk our furry office mates prefer. The second was from an athletic wear company I’d recently ordered from – reminding me that with running season starting seriously again soon, there are clearly accessories I need to own right now.

The whole experience of being marketed to in this way felt extremely intrusive. While both topics are of interest to me, I wasn’t thinking about the dogs or running right that moment. That wasn’t where I’d chosen to focus my attention. Instead, I was focused on the fact that Forbes identified customer resentment of intrusive marketing as a top digital marketing trend for 2017. Along with the retargeted style ads I’d encountered on my synonym search, interstitial or pop-up ads and sponsored social media posts are considered intrusive. Millennials and Gen Z’ers are said to be especially impatient with commercial messaging, but even those people born before 1982 have been known to get ticked off by messaging that’s just too pushy.

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But No One’s Paying Attention To Me!!!

Business owners are in a bind. Consumers resent intrusive marketing…but they also respond to it. Retargeted ads do result in higher sales, to a point. As the lines between social and search blur, having a viable brand presence on social media matters – and no matter what platform you’re on, they’re not giving away reach. Pop up and hover ads have proven to result in higher signup rates for special offers and mailing lists. If we know a tool works, aren’t we obligated to use it to build our business?

The answer is a qualified maybe. The majority of business owners already worry about being too pushy and intrusive. The fear that a customer may be turned off by an ad needs to be realistically weighed against the potential increase in business that results from the buyers who are intrigued rather than irritated. That being said, it’s important to remember that ads are less likely to be viewed as intrusive when the customer finds them relevant, timely, and interesting. Being strategic about what types of advertising tools are used and when is now part of every business owners’ to do list.

Expect to see platforms roll out tools to make targeting advertising more relevant, with the hopes of reducing claims of intrusiveness, in the months to come. As the tools become available, we will all need to learn how to use them effectiveness. In the meantime, there are limits to how much control a business has over when and where ads will appear. It’s important make sure the content you’re putting out there is content your customers actually care about: don’t clamor for attention and deliver nothing in return.

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Tom DiGrazia

With over a decade and a half of professional design experience, Tom brings his knowledge of design principles and focus on user experience to every aspect of his contribution to TTG. Paying special attention to each client’s brand, personalized needs and individual interests, he strives to create compelling concepts utilizing intuitive and highly-refined design solutions. In addition to traditional and digital design work and oversight at TTG, Tom also boasts a wide portfolio of web development projects with the company, allowing him to stretch his CSS and HTML skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. He feels that being a designer in the digital landscape of websites, eCommerce solutions, email marketing platforms and social media, it is important to understand the code that goes into these areas as it assists his ability to tailor designs specifically targeted to achieve the best end result and further builds understanding and communication with backend development teams.

In his off hours, Tom is an avid pop culture enthusiast, staying up to date on the latest shows, films, comics and games. He can also typically be found taking part in a whole host of artistic activities that help him further stretch his creative legs. Regardless of the activity, Tom is always accompanied by his dog, Eli, and his cat, Tib.

Design, Photography, Illustration, Digital Imagery Manipulation, Wesbite Development

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, HTML/CSS, Wordpress


Courtney Dumont

As Senior Marketing Strategist & Analyst at Technology Therapy Group, Courtney is energized by the ability to flex both her left and right brain daily. Courtney discovered her passion for Marketing at Bryant University, where she spearheaded research on students’ perceptions of Social Media Marketing for her Honors Capstone Project. After graduating Bryant in 2012, she joined the Technology Therapy team, where she’s honed her skills in social media, search and social advertising, email marketing, SEO, and more.

Since joining the team, Courtney has created digital marketing strategies and managed campaigns for clients across the country, ranging from plastic surgery centers, to jewelry stores, to construction companies. With a cohesive, cross-channel approach and a focus on data-driven decision making, she has increased their leads by up to 217%. But Courtney doesn’t leave her zeal for social media at the office; she also runs a local foodie Instagram account with her husband to document their meals across Rhode Island and beyond. Check them out: @hoppilyfed.

Marketing Strategy, Data Analysis, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Social Media

Google Analytics, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Facebook Creator Studio, Instagram, Klaviyo, Mailchimp, Emma Mail, Google Data Studio, WordPress, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Microsoft Office