Snapchat was once the dark horse newcomer of the social media platforms. When it came on the scene, many did not know what to make of it — nor did they understand the craze of it among Millennials and Generation Z’s. Some predicted it would simply be a passing fad. However, with over 160 million daily visitors and 5 billion video views, Snapchat is clearly here to stay.

Despite the growing traction of this five-year old platform, Snapchat is still met with uncertainty and skepticism when it comes to marketing. Marketing relies heavily on social proofs to establish credibility. Unlike

The digital world is full of advertising platforms and creative techniques such as Facebook ads, display ads, email ads, search ads, and much more. These are not one size fits all solutions. Not every ad campaign is immediately successful, which should not be surprising. Optimization is key for turning a base hit into a home run.

What you need to do is start from a position rooted in strategy, experience, and historical data, and then optimize quickly. The faster you optimize, the more efficient and effective you become.

Here are 7 tips for optimizing digital advertising quickly. These can be

Can advertising make you smarter? It’s not a trick question. Advertising is expensive and where that budget goes is determined by ROI metrics. But that media spend should be generating more for you than just results. What you learn from digital advertising can be as valuable as what a campaign accomplishes. Win or lose, each campaign should improve your odds of winning next time. Best of all, it doesn’t cost any more to learn, but it does require some intentionality and effort.

Here are 5 ways that your digital advertising can make you smarter:

1. Discovery of New Audiences

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

While that phrase may take you back to 1990 with Hypercolor shirts and Saved By the Bell (you are welcome for your earworm of the day), there are actually some keys that you can apply when working on a project that keeps you spinning your wheels.

Stop
When you are not sure if you are heading in the right direction, often times the best thing to do is stop and evaluate what it is that you are trying to accomplish.  Often we get caught up in trying to do things the quickest way, but we are not doing it