Privacy-forward Digital Marketing Can Outperform Traditional Models

The results of a new campaign by Brave Software and Dentsu International show that digital privacy might not be the monolith that it’s thought to be, and that advertisers can still generate a positive ROI on their campaigns without sacrificing consumers’ online privacy.

Consumers Request Deals and Emails, not Targeted Ads

The Cheetah Digital survey suggests that the answer to shifting privacy rules may be simple and surprisingly conventional: ask for an email address in exchange for clear value such as deals and discounts.

GoDaddy Launches Instagram Integration for SMB Users

In a move that’s indicative of the small business community’s increasing reliance on social media for organic growth and digital marketing, GoDaddy is launching a new Instagram product for its website builder designed to help its users attract and engage with customers across digital platforms.

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Expert Roundup: How Will Privacy Define the Near Term? Part I

As Covid-19 took over the collective mindset of the past year, several previously prominent topics shifted to the back burner. But now that there’s a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, those previously resonant topics are re-emerging.

At the top of that list is privacy.

Setting Up A Post-Pandemic E-Commerce Boom Strategy

The previous year shattered expectations based on forecasts going into 2020. For e-commerce brands, it brought both challenges and opportunities with more shoppers than ever adopting new online buying habits. Still, it would be wise for businesses to think about what happens once consumers feel more comfortable venturing back into brick-and-mortar businesses. By having a strong D2C strategy that is agile and customer-centric and with the right infrastructure to grow globally, businesses can feel more confident for whatever the future holds.

Consent and Privacy Platforms for Ad Buyers

An incredible amount of innovation is happening within the privacy compliance space right now, and these consent management tools are just several examples. Here are six privacy tools worth checking out.

SafeGraph Raises $45M to Democratize Access to Places Data

SafeGraph — which powers analytics for organizations like Sysco, Ares Management, Choice Hotels, US Foods, and Verizon Media — picked up $45 million from Sapphire Ventures, as well as returning investors from previous rounds like Peter Thiel and Alex Rosen of Ridge Ventures. The company plans to use the funds to capitalize on the expanding market of data buyers and offer new ways for customers to buy data. Through a growing partner network and new data delivery mechanisms, SafeGraph will be allowing interested parties to access the exact data they need, wherever they need it.

Google’s Latest Privacy Play Has Big Implications for the Open Web

Google’s recent announcement that it would stop selling ads based on users’ specific web browsing histories was met with enthusiasm among consumer privacy experts. Within the local marketing and advertising community, the reaction was different.

Brand Identity, Privacy, and First-Party Data

Lucid is a research technology, or ResTech, firm that hooks up companies with millions of customers to gauge customer sentiment at scale. I connected with Pauline Wen, chief privacy officer at Lucid, to understand the challenges brands are facing and how they can navigate a rising bar for privacy.

What Emerging Tech is Driving Localized Brand Marketing?

Running an emerging tech-driven digital agency, Maher is on the front lines of marketing innovation for brand clients like Panera and Bolle. For both of those campaigns, there was a local component, including Panera’s in-store AR integrations and Bolle’s local activations at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

To anticipate the upcoming Street Fight Summit and Maher’s speaking role, we sat down with him for his view on the drivers and dynamics of digital marketing. Here’s our dialogue with Maher on the biggest brand marketing trends and value drivers he’s tracking.

Marketers Weigh the Downstream Effect of Changing Privacy Regulations

Virginia became the latest state to pass digital privacy legislation when Governor Ralph Northam signed the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) earlier this month, but it won’t be the last. The piecemeal approach to privacy standards happening across the United States right now is creating a challenge for marketers who are faced with complicated, and sometimes conflicting, regulations.

AdColony: “There Is No Alternative Tracking”

Marketing tech companies are widely surfacing solutions to fill the data gaps that these privacy-oriented changes will yield. But companies differ on what approach will work best: IDs rooted in mobile devices or email log-ins, for example, or panel data that users consent to share with advertisers. Other companies and thought leaders are even more polemical, declaring that the era of targeting ads based on individual user behavior is coming to an end.

Digital Marketers Deploy AI to Break through the Noise

Chief among the newest strategies brands are adopting is the use of artificial intelligence in digital marketing. Brands are increasingly willing to try AI to gain a better understanding of customer behavior, so they can spend more time on creativity and delivering more relevant content, says Mary Schneeberger, director of the integrated marketing practice at Avionos.

What Gannett’s Partnership with Snap Means for Local Marketers

Despite its obvious benefits from a marketing perspective — with the ability to connect to more Gen Z consumers than Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger combined — Snapchat’s youth-focused advertising tools haven’t always been easy for small and mid-size businesses to take advantage of. A new deal with Gannett could change that.

Not Every Agency and Ad Tech Firm is Decrying Google’s Privacy Moves

The big question is what Google’s shift portends for users and advertisers. Is it actually a boon to user privacy? Will it undermine digital advertising? Or will models like Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts, which will allow targeting of groups of users with similar interests instead of targeting of individuals per se, fill the gaps?

StitcherAds Offers a Digital Substitute amid the Paper Coupon’s Demise

National retailers like CVS and Walgreens are betting that the changes in shopping behavior they’ve seen during the Covid-19 pandemic will last long after vaccines have been rolled out, and technology companies are following their lead with a host of new digital products designed to accelerate the print coupon’s demise.

Email’s Role in the Future of Internet Tracking

Advertisers need a way to track consumers online with their consent and target them. As the name of his company suggests, GetEmails CEO and founder Adam Robinson says email is a large part of the answer.

Pivoting Toward the New Consumer Experience: The 2021 Brand Innovation Survey

Most marketers have accepted that they are in the process of defining a new purchase journey that will persist into the future.

Retailers Use AI to Rebuild the Customer Experience

Retailers are using artificial intelligence to enhance the customer experience and also run their own back-end operations more efficiently.

Expert Roundup: How Will Retail Transform in 2021? Part II

In part II of our retail expert roundup, we cover mixed reality’s role in retail, data, and privacy compliance, and how retail can recover and rebound in 2021.