While summer is still winding down, advertisers are shifting focus to executing holiday media plans. This season is typically the most important time of year for many businesses, yet early data expects this year’s retail sales to decline amidst the ongoing upheaval from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), along with the challenges of digital disruption overall.

Seven best practices for getting the most out of today’s addressable, multi-everything mediascape

IAB’s sixth 2020 buy/sell-side survey sees the “light at the end of the tunnel” for digital advertising, according to media buyers and sellers. In short: Digital ad spend for 2020 is expected to end with a 6% increase versus 2019.  The news, however, is dour for traditional media.

The vast majority of digital display advertising in the US is bought and sold programmatically—that is, with automation, including programmatic direct setups and more traditional forms of real-time bidding (RTB). This year, these transactions will make up 84.5% of the digital display ad market.

When an unprecedented global pandemic forced many countries, cities, states and provinces to take drastic and restrictive social distancing measures, consumers had to hunker down. Like elsewhere in the world, consumers in the U.S. had to quickly adapt to not being able to do the things that were normal aspects of daily life: dining out, catching a ballgame with pals that weren’t cardboard cutouts—even just running out for groceries.

Three vital aspects for marketers seeking better integrations and partnerships

ith so much of modern life occurring in the digital realm, more and more personal information is being captured online and traded between brands as a way to better understand their consumers. But what started as a way to make users’ lives easier by serving up convenient, personally relevant information has morphed into what’s perceived as a shady, underhanded economy of consumer data wheeling and dealing.

Esports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. But who is its audience? And why should brands and marketers pay attention? In this episode, we sit down with Ben Paro, Category Director of Sports and Gaming at MRI-Simmons, as he explains the rise of this unique and faithful segmentation. Tune in to understand the innovative entertainment that eSports is serving up- and the opportunities it gives brands and advertisers.

NGL Collective has announced a strategic partnership with Data Management Platform, INFINIA, to offer advertisers greater one-to-one brand connections with the digitally-connected U.S. Latinx audience. 

Programmatic advertising has become a key element in most digital ad budgets for its scale and efficiency in targeting and placing digital advertising. As a result, more brands are bringing the management of programmatic in-house. This shift is changing the role that brands and agencies play in this arena and the structure of how they are managed.

Over-the-top streaming just had its largest quarter of growth in Q1 2020, yet many brands are having trouble finding success on this emerging platform or not investing at all. It is the fastest growing channel by ad dollars in the US and has recently gained the largest share in time spent viewing of any channel across all ages. The data shows OTT is changing the way consumers view video content and provides advertisers a familiar way to plan and reach them.

The United States Census Bureau has engaged the integrated digital agency Sensis to provide enterprise-level social media and digital marketing support services to tell the story of the U.S. Census Bureau. Sensis, along with partner Deloitte Consulting LLP, will create engaging and educational digital content to tell the story of the U.S. Census Bureau and how its data powers American society.

As Americans hunkered down under stay-at-home orders for much of March and April, they unsurprisingly consumed more mobile media. The added mobile time, however, wasn’t distributed equally. Some long-term trends, such as greater consumer interest in mobile video and gaming, accelerated as people sought diversion. Other longer-term trends, including digital audio, stagnated as commuting time fell precipitously.

CNN Audio expands CNN en Español’s podcast portfolio with the launch of “El Chapo: Two Faces of a Capo.” Narrated by journalist and CNN en Español anchor Fernando del Rincón, the six-episode podcast series follows the trial of Joaquin Guzman Loera, publicly known by his drug cartel alias “El Chapo,” and his reputation as a ruthless drug trafficker.

According to the fourth annual IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Report prepared by PwC, U.S. podcast advertising revenue is expected to grow 14.7% in 2020, despite the pandemic. As growth continues, U.S. podcast advertising revenue is nearing the $1 billion mark.

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