Transparency and Brand Purpose Dominated Cannes

The big topic of the week was industry change, driven largely by transparency. Agencies are evaluating opportunities and challenges to their business model as buyers demand more oversight of media, fees, and attribution. Increasing interest in ad tech in-housing has also stoked soul-searching.

Every brand also talked about reflecting an authentic, real world in its marketing—from the people in front of and behind the cameras, to creative and targeting strategies. The campaigns that seemed the most likely to succeed were all “purpose-centric,” with the brand rallying around a specific and common cause.

SMBs Warm Up to New Tech But Are Skeptical of Impersonal Interactions

A freshly released report from SMB software firm Broadly uses data from a survey of 300 SMB leaders to paint a picture of the American SMB in 2019: gradually embracing mobile-first communication, skeptical of innovation that undercuts human connection, and ambivalent toward large digital marketplaces like Amazon and Etsy.

How AI Can Help CPGs Meet Millennial and Gen-Z Expectations

Last year, almost half of Amazon’s private-label sales were in consumer-packaged goods. Pre-Amazon, legacy CPGs once would’ve been the beneficiary of that demand. CPGs have struggled to evolve with younger consumer preferences. Here’s what I mean, along with ways AI can help them improve.

Street Fight Daily: An Impending Ad-Blocking Nightmare, Should Consumers Sell Their Data?

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Gen-Z and Mobile Are a Developing Ad-Blocking Nightmare… If Privacy Is Dead, Some Argue, People Should Sell Their Data… Raise Report: Factual, Uberall, SOCi Secure New Funding…