Local Newsletters Are Good for Covid Information — And Marketing

Publishers are taking advantage of localized media to disseminate Covid information. Those same geo-targeted messages can provide effective audiences for marketers, says Kerel Cooper, CMO at email marketing platform LiveIntent. He elaborated on that view in a Q&A with Street Fight.

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Retailers on Edge as Delta Variant Spreads

School supplies and backpacks should be flying off the shelves right now, but growing concerns over the Covid-19 Delta variant are prompting more families to hold off on back-to-school shopping and make essential purchases online.

Delta Variant Leads to Shift in Consumer Behavior — Marketers Respond

With Covid-19 Delta variant cases on the rise, social distancing and sanitation have once again become top priorities for consumers. According to new data by Avionos, consumers are growing increasingly wary of shopping in physical stores due to the rise of the Delta variant. Among those consumers who shopped with a new brand during the pandemic, almost one-third cited safe in-store experiences as a top reason for choosing that brand.

The Grand Reopening: DOOH Strategies to Capitalize on Lifted Restrictions

DOOH screens can be found in most of the locations that consumers were restricted from over the past year — such as bars, restaurants, malls and movie theaters — as well as essential places that consumers continued to visit, including convenience stores, gas stations, subways, grocery stores, and more. Now that people are returning in droves to these environments, marketers are using a variety of DOOH strategies to reach consumers. Let’s review those tactics.

Mobile Location Mapping Apps and Other Technologies Make Reopenings Safer

On its face, it looks a lot like pre-pandemic life has resumed. Behind the scenes, though, many businesses are frantically searching for ways to welcome back guests at full capacity without sacrificing safety.

Executives Should Support Vaccinations. They Are Just Good Business

Encouraging vaccination simply makes better strategic sense for any business facing system-wide unknowns, especially in the online/tech space. This is a moment for all e-commerce professionals to lead.

Don’t Call It a Recovery Yet: Small Business Growth Still Lags

Like the consequences of the shutdowns, the recovery is far from uniform. Booming growth, bull markets, crypto surges—these have little relevance to the real-world health of our economy. A decade of “roaring 20s” celebration is possible, but it’s not here yet. If the needs of the smallest firms are not perfectly aligned with the needs of the largest, their recovery won’t be, either.

Vaccine Rollout Spells Opportunity for Brand Marketers

Using foot traffic dashboards from technology companies like Quotient, brands are gaining insight into consumers’ movement in and around vaccination locations. The insights are being used to fuel targeted OOH and DOOH campaigns, designed to engage consumers on an intimate level.

How 5 Brands Adapted Their Loyalty Programs for a Post-Covid World

According to McKinsey, more than 75% of consumers tried new brands, places to shop, or methods of shopping in 2020. The reason? Product availability was high on the list, but so were price and the availability of promotions. Now, as the vaccine rollout continues and states work to get back to normal, brand marketers are finally coming up for air and looking at how they can adapt their loyalty and rewards programs for the post-Covid world.

Pandemic Marketing Staples for Brands and Small Businesses

How are companies structuring their coronavirus digital marketing approach? Is there a one-size-fits-all method that they’re using? Or is every industry different? Let’s take a look at a few of these pandemic marketing strategies and how you can apply it to your own business.

The Pandemic Prompted a Programmatic DOOH Revolution. Here’s What Comes Next

Rather than stunting DOOH’s long-term growth, the pandemic instead led to DOOH becoming a more nimble and integrated part of advertisers’ overall media mixes.

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The Convenience Consumer Is Here to Stay

The convenience consumer values brands that meet them where they are, allowing them to act on their own terms. Tech allows retailers to cater to these customers.

One Year Later: How Covid Hit Ad Tech and How It’s Recovering

Covid bludgeoned ad spend, cut budgets, and forced ad tech providers to get crafty to survive. On top of that, 2021 is throwing its own curveballs, especially related to privacy, as Apple and Google downgrade tracking.

Marketing in 2021: Universal ID Race and Creative Efficiency

Marketing in 2021 will bring a universal ID race that The Trade Desk is leading, though Amazon DSP is a dark horse. It will also spur greater creative efficiency.

Reflections on 2020 in Local: Innovation by Necessity

From a big-picture perspective, innovative tech providers are recognizing that SMBs don’t need all the bells and whistles that may come with an enterprise solution. They need tech that solves critical everyday problems that are common across the local landscape. 

Yelp Lets Users Fact-Check Local Business Covid Safety

Despite the vaccine rollout and improving economic sentiment, a majority of consumers remain concerned about engaging with local businesses in many places across the US. Yelp is now allowing businesses to provide more information about health and safety practices to customers in hopes of fueling a quicker recovery.

3 Changes in CTV That Will Endure in 2021

While this year has seen so much change in TV, I expect even more next year, especially given that there is so much uncertainty related to Covid-19. With that in mind, here are three CTV predictions for 2021 and the ways they stand to impact the industry. 

Contactless Pay Is the Next Big Pivot in Retail CX

Remember when Amazon launched Prime? The entire retail customer experience (CX) changed overnight — for everyone. The bookseller-turned-everything-seller suddenly offered low prices and fast and free delivery, leading traditional retailers to pivot drastically to keep up with their mega-competitor.  

But sometimes, unexpected CX overhauls are a good thing — especially when competitors have to pivot, too.  

SMBs Face Long Road to Recovery in 2021

Sixty-eight percent of SMBs say they are still experiencing a negative impact from the pandemic, and the percentage of business owners experiencing “significant” impact jumped 7% to 50% from June to November.

Businesses that thought the crisis was heading in the right direction back in October are feeling differently today as they see holiday sales figures begin to roll out, and they’re scrambling to find tools, strategies, and other lifelines to help them get by.

5 Local SEO tips for Businesses during Covid-19

SEO has not been spared by the pandemic. It is more important than ever to make sure that new customers in your local community can find you in search results. 

In this article, we will look at 5 SEO tips that will help you boost your visibility online during Covid-19.