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Let’s start with the good news. The US internet ad industry grew 21.8 percent (from $59.6 billion to $72.5 billion) last year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. You also may have heard the bad news: Google and Facebook account for almost all of that growth, and when other big names like Amazon, Snapchat and a couple of other big public high-fliers like The Trad ...
The artificial intelligence of today has almost nothing in common with the AI of science fiction. In “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Battlestar Galactica,” we’re introduced to robots who behave like we do — they are aware of their surroundings, understand the context of their surroundings and can move around and interact with people just as I can with you.
There’s a pro-net neutrality protest scheduled for July 12, and in advance of that and before our fearless leaders on Capitol Hill decide whether or not to overturn the current laws protecting net neutrality, I’d like to provide a balanced view on the subject. The net neutrality war has been politicized as Republican vs. Democrats, Big Corporate vs.
Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar malls were the center of many people’s lives. Families would go to movies, adolescents would socialize with friends, and there were lots of places to buy everything from groceries to garments. Many of the anchor stores — like Sears, Macy’s or Best Buy — served as aggregators of brand-name products.
What do buzzwords and populism have to do with one other? Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the latest buzzword, “brand safety,” as major advertisers like Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Verizon and hundreds of others have pulled their advertising from YouTube and Google Display Network because it was showing up next to hate-promoting videos.
Challenges around viewability, media metrics and transparency in the advertising inventory supply chain have festered for more than a decade, and they’ve recently hit a fever pitch. We see marketers increasingly demanding accountability for their digital media spends and looking for transparent and standard metrics to support digital advertising effectiveness.
Thanks to the power of the internet, digital marketers today have access to unprecedented amounts of consumer data. Unfortunately, many businesses are still not making the most of it. Departments are siloed, campaigns are inefficient, and the disparity between large companies with big marketing budgets and small companies with limited budgets seems to be growing ever wider.
The New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges from the previous year and prepare for what’s ahead. Even with all the trends that helped marketers navigate through 2016, there are some big ones to consider and prepare for in 2017. I’ve rallied together my top predictions for martech trends in 2017. 1.
If you’re like me, you probably spent much of your spare time last year following the presidential election. Digital media rose to be front and center in politics, and given President-elect Trump’s preference for Twitter as a means of communicating with the American people, digital is here to stay in the political realm.
I usually write this column, but, this time I invited a colleague of mine at Magnetic to write about a subject he is passionate about that I think you will find interesting: personalization. Tyler Marcum started in an entry-level position at Magnetic; he has risen up through the ranks and now holds a prominent position as our Brand Marketing Specialist.
Navigating change in anything is never easy. Change requires of us new ways of thinking and doing that we may not have prepared for or expected. Nevertheless, change is here to stay, and fighting it is futile. This brings me to holiday shopping. Yes, holiday shopping. Over the past few years, we’ve seen some big changes, primarily in the way people shop and the way that bran ...
Reviewing advances and setbacks in the marketing technology and ad tech industries in any given year is like watching a NASCAR race: There are drivers who push the limits and either succeed or fail and others who can’t quite get out of the starting gate. But some things remain constant each year: Technology gets smarter, and marketers, digital enthusiasts and consumers get m ...
We all know digital video is leaving its mark on television, but the jury is still out as to just how significantly it’s affected. TV still dominates in terms of viewership and ad spend, but data shows that consumer behaviors and marketing dollars are shifting. The driving forces behind these shifts seem to be that people today are managing multiple screens (sometimes simult ...
Since its invention, advertising has always been about scale. The largest advertising platforms, whether they are TV, print or digital, have always generated vastly more revenue than their percentage share of people’s time would suggest. Combining Yahoo and AOL provides real scale for Verizon, but only time will tell if it’s enough to catapult the platform into the league of ...
The 2015 holidays were a boon for digital retailers. For the first time, more people shopped online than in stores between Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. This shouldn’t come as a surprise; we all know the web is swimming with holiday shoppers. Yet marketers still struggle with getting in front of the right people and winning their attention during the busy shopping period.
Imagine the ultimate online shopping experience: An hour after you search online for a pair of shoes for an upcoming event, your favorite shoe retailer delivers a variety of relevant shoe recommendations, including new arrivals, directly to your inbox. You decide to revisit the retailer’s site, continue browsing and see recommendations for complementary items that pique your interest.
It’s no secret why marketers rely on and continue to invest in email. In 2015, there were more than 4.35 billion email accounts and nearly 2.6 billion email users worldwide. And according to eMarketer’s Retail Email Marketing: Benchmarks and Trends in the US, internet users of all ages continue to open promotional emails, welcome targeted messages when shopping and think of e ...
The digital advertising industry is no stranger to keeping up with new advances, but many are struggling with today’s most important challenge — the necessity to leverage precision data to achieve a client’s business goals. The convergence of ad tech and martech is pervasive, and so, too, is the personalization of data.
There’s a big gap between what people want and what they experience online. People still see ads follow them around the web featuring items they’ve already bought or receive offers that are nearly irrelevant to them. What people want is the type of experience that I had when I used to buy suits from Zegna.