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Digital ad spending is at an all-time high, but social is increasingly taking a larger portion of the pie, currently growing 29 percent each year. A simple banner ad won’t cut it, and a video ad server called Vindico recently found 57 percent of 2 billion video ads analyzed to be “unviewable.” Marketers are looking to social media to maintain relevance. Social media provides the two-way communication that consumers seek, while most digital ad campaigns simply can’t provide the advanced targeting and consumer engagement that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow. Where social media trumps other digital advertising While digital ads can be aimed at very specific audiences, social platforms like Facebook hit the bull’s-eye. That’s because its users provided detailed information about them

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