3 Ways DTC Brands Impact Legacy CPG Playbooks

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands have forced legacy CPG brands into a major strategy shift. The rumblings of the digital transformation signaled change was coming, and the rise of DTC brands has led CPGs to rethink consumer engagement and the marketing tactics necessary to achieve that goal. And, in today’s digital-first marketplace, CPG margins are tightening because of the competition from DTCs as well as Amazon’s white-label product lines.

The result of these challenges sees the CPG playbook evolving to meet the digital-first ecosystem through tactics including investing in acquisitions, moving advertising budgets into digital, and including emerging marketing channels such as experiential marketing to create brand awareness and make direct consumer connections.

LBMA Podcast: Spent Retail Analytics, Reveal Mobile Black Friday Report

On this week’s LBMA show: Spent retail analytics, LinkSure free global WiFi, Casino competes with AmazonGo in France, McDonald’s dancing in the streets of Bogata, Shopkick + Unilever & Walmart, Verve + AdCouncil for Goodwill. Special Research—Reveal Mobile Black Friday Report.

Street Fight Daily: Mobile to Overtake TV by 2021, Influencer Marketing Needs a Clean-Up

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Zenith: Mobile Advertising to Overtake TV by 2021… Unilever Demands Influencer Marketing Business Clean Up Its Act… Google, Rebuilding Its Presence in China, Invests in Retailer JD.com…

Street Fight Daily: Snap Opens Up Its API, Google Expands AMP

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Snap Opens Its API to All Brands, Agencies, and Tech Firms… Google Takes AMP Beyond Basic Posts with Its New Story Format… Uber Posts Q4 Losses of $1.1 Billion on Higher Sales…

Street Fight Daily: Google Launches ‘Local Guides,’ Ten Years of Google Maps

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology…Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program (TechCrunch)… Ten Years of Google Maps, From Slashdot to Ground Truth (Recode)… How Apple’s iOS 8 Changes The Game For Brands And Retailers (Mobile Marketer)…

LBMA Podcast: Apple Making Social Maps, YuMe’s Targeted Video Ads

In this week’s episode, Apple is creating a Waze of their own; France rocks biometric payments and IBM’s Smarter Cities billboards; and tracking moods through facial expressions to sell cosmetics. SolveMedia and Unilever brand the captcha. Plus special guest Krina Patel of Ingenious Med…

5 Location-Based Marketing Platforms for Brands Without Retail Stores

Figuring out where to purchase products from a brand that doesn’t have its own retail establishment can present a challenge for many consumers. Increasingly, major brands like Vicks and Nestlé are using location-based marketing platforms to help point potential buyers in the right direction. Here are five platforms offering brands a way to take advantage of such technology on their own terms…