Merkle’s Gaia Read and Andreah McCartney embarked on a journey in 2021 to create a podcast that would educate and excite listeners about the ins and outs of digital marketing. One year, 27 episodes, and 34 guests later, they’re excited to share what they’ve learned, how the show has helped them grow as marketers, and what listeners can look forward to in 2022.
Retailers faced new challenges this year over the Cyber Five, stemming from the continuing pandemic and its impacts on consumer behavior, logistics, and more. As advertisers adapted, three key themes emerged that shaped performance across digital during this critical period, and will likely endure throughout the rest of the holiday season.
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 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.