Blog Posts - Digital Media

A place where we discuss the communication industry and give our insights on advertising, website development, graphic design and strategic planning.

Insights into the TikTok Conundrum

Navigating H.R.7521: Insights into the TikTok Conundrum

By Autumn Fitzpatrick

The clock is TikTok-ing on the social video platform that started as a fun place for viral dance videos and lip syncing. In our ever-evolving digital landscape, you’ve got to not only stay on top of the latest trends, but you’ve got to stay abreast of legislative action. Enter H.R.7521, the latest buzz (kill) in the world of social media regulation, and a game-changer for platforms like TikTok. Let's dive into the nitty-gritty of what this bill entails, what's at stake, and how it could shap
The Power of the Hispanic Consumer

The Power of the Hispanic Consumer

By Krystal Vela

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re reflecting on the importance of Hispanic marketing, and the growing influence and diversity of the Hispanic population in the United States and our region of Texas. For 20+ years, Texas Creative has been helping brands and government agencies use research-based strategies to reach Hispanic populations through customized messaging and media selection. Here are some data-driven insights related to Hispanic marketing:  1. Population Growth The&
The Influencer Effect

The Influencer Effect: Tips To Incorporate Influencers Into Campaigns

By Samantha Esparza

The rise of popular apps such as TikTok and Instagram prompted many companies, organizations, and national brands to seek alternative ways to target a younger generation of consumers. Many turn to social media influencers to accomplish this goal. Social media influencers hold power over many younger consumers because Millennials and Generation Z trust influencers' thoughts and opinions about a product or service. Most people on social media follow a particular influencer and feel like they know
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Are You Following Me? The Reality of Behavioral Retargeting

By Brenda Gonzales

Have you ever had the feeling that you are being followed while casually browsing around on the internet? You spot a beautiful cashmere sweater on your favorite retail website and place it in your shopping cart for safekeeping, only to move onto Facebook to spot a big, bold ad with the exact same sweater you put in your shopping cart.  I can attest that this has happened to me many times — dozens of Kendra Scott jewelry ads seem to find me everywhere I go online. I say this as I turn to m
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8 Tips to Power Up Google Searches

By Texas Creative

When companies come to Texas Creative for help with reputation management, our first strategy is to perform a comprehensive Google search to explore what type of information about the client is out there. I thought we were thorough at SEO research until I stumbled upon a Twitter post by Chris Hladczuk (@chrishlad) that walked through the “8 Googling Tips You Probably Don’t Know”. I will share his tips below. These tips offer great efficiency when trying to find the things you want and
My Animated GIF Workflow: How to Build GIFs Like a Pro and Ensure Revisions Are Easy-Peasy.

My Animated GIF Workflow: How to Build GIFs Like a Pro and Ensure Revisions Are Easy-Peasy.

By Josh Norman

A little GIF history The animated GIF: Thrust into common lexicon with the dancing baby in the 1990s, but with a lifespan now approaching its mid-30s, its surprising staying power has been further fueled by its use on social media, Slack, Discord, and texting. The format also remains a very common form of advertising, though often plagued by silly limitations of 60K or smaller file sizes, 15 seconds in length, and no more than 3x loops.  Smartphones were the stuff of sci-fi thrillers when
Preparing Facebook Advertisers For The iOS 14.5 Apple Update

Preparing Facebook Advertisers For The iOS 14.5 Apple Update

By Krystal Vela

Since the news broke last summer that the iOS 14.5 Apple update would have significant changes to user privacy and impact the use of data for  marketing, the digital media team at Texas Creative has been monitoring the conversations among leaders in the industry. The new update will prompt users with a pop-up message asking for permission to allow or not allow apps to track a user across apps and websites owned by other companies. Additional information about this policy is available h
Get Smart with Your Smart Devices and Services, Apple Edition

Beginners Guide: Get Smart with Your Smart Devices and Services, Apple Edition

By Josh Norman

With the caveat that the world is a mess and I’m ridiculously fortunate to have THIS as a blog post, I’ll say humbly that I’ve spent a lot of the last five months while working at home getting my digital life in order, one small bit at a time.  Despite the flurry of smart devices and home hubs that have flooded the market over the past 5 years, we’re clearly still in the infancy of IOT, the “internet of things.” From toasters with touchscreens to washers and dryers that share th
Media Consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Media Consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic and How it is Shaping the Advertising Landscape

By Ana Fidencio-Ramos

As more people have been ordered to stay home due to the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, our daily media consumption is rapidly changing. The pandemic is influencing consumer attitudes, behavior, and expectations, while shaping the foreseeable future of the advertising world. Media Consumption and Consumer Behavior: With “Shelter in Place” mandates in several states and school closures across the country, the amount of time spent on platforms of choice has increased.  Younge
Traditional Media Is Fundamental

Traditional Media Is Fundamental

By Texas Creative

As a media professional, there has been so much growth during my career in the world of media advertising.  Traditional media vehicles; Television, Spot Radio, Newspaper, Magazines and Billboards, are no longer our only options in the new age of digital marketing, but they are still fundamental and important for brand awareness. As media strategists, it is our expertise to develop the best strategy for the advertiser and understand the role that traditional media tactics play in an overall