If marketers have learned anything in the last year, it’s the need for adaptability and a healthy appetite for change. Through that lens, the looming “cookiepocalypse” presents an opportunity for much-needed evolution within a behavioral advertising ecosystem that has historically enabled many brands to operate with a relatively low level of sophistication.
In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in retail media networks (RMNs) that allow the retailer’s vendors and suppliers to reach their customers in a commerce moment. However, there is additional opportunity for RMNs to partner with non-endemic (NE) advertisers, which can result in significant gains for both parties.
Last week, Google announced that Responsive Search Ads (RSAs) are now the default ad type within Google Ads for Search campaigns. While this update does not require any immediate action, it still sets an important tone for advertisers to pay attention to: a continued shift toward automation and machine learning.
In the last few months of 2020 leading up to the holidays, people across the country craved connection with their friends and family more than ever. In the Q4 Digital Marketing Report, Merkle saw that advertisers rose to meet this challenge, shifting media spend across different platforms to best meet their audience. Instagram ad spending increased 30% Y/Y due to three main factors: more users, social commerce, and influencer marketing.
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital solutions, requiring marketers to test new formats, brands to learn and adapt to new ways of engaging with their communities, and consumers to embrace the digital age. Companies must continue evolving their digital experiences to meet customers' changing needs.