GroupM has updated its 2018 and 2019 ad investment forecasts, slightly downgrading 2018 growth expectations from 4.5% to 4.3% and adjusting 2019 growth projections from 3.9% to 3.6%, with total new investment anticipated to reach $19bn instead of the $23bn earlier predicted.
Mindshare Point of View: a round-up of ‘Cyber Week’ in the US. Cyber Week’ started early in the US with sales and pre-sales events starting as early as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The seasonal six-day kick-off (Wednesday-Cyber Monday) to the 2018 holiday shopping season set new retail records in 2018.
YouTube is disrupting its pre-roll advertising model by testing out a new ‘ad pod’ format: a stacked pre-roll unit that will replace some desktop mid-roll ads.
Mindshare POV: Double 11 has quickly evolved from being just a discount-driven day with a crowded logistic experience, to online-offline linkages and now to a day of omnichannel commerce with immersive shopping experiences that has expanded beyond China – all in just ten years.
Mindshare POV: Black Friday is regarded as the start of the holiday shopping season but deals and promotions are being unveiled earlier every year. So you don’t miss out, we’ve rounded up the best of the innovations for you. It’s quite a haul!
Mindshare Point of View: In November 2009, 27 brands joined the first TMall Singles’ Day celebration, thinking it was just a promotion to boost sales in between two major shopping seasons – China’s National Day and Christmas.
Mindshare Point of View: This was a week for gamers. Electronic Arts (EA) CTO Ken Moss announced Project Atlas, a new cloud-gaming platform; messaging app Line raised $110M for its gaming business and Twitch, the streaming platform, is looking to expand into other content areas.
Mindshare Point of View: It’s been a week full of announcements from Amazon with the opening of a brand-new Amazon Go store in San Francisco, a partnership with Qualcomm for connected headphones and updates to the Business Prime offering.
Mindshare Point of View: This week two new over-the-top streaming services have been announced. The first is Walmart’s video streaming arm, Vudu, which announced a partnership with MGM to create original content exclusively for Vudu along with plans to integrate shoppable ads on the streaming platform.
Mindshare Point of View: This week, Facebook confirmed that ads would begin appearing on WhatsApp in the ‘Status’ feature from 2019. The ‘Status’ feature is similar to Stories on Instagram and Facebook, letting users upload Snapchat-style pics and videos that can be viewed for 24 hours.
This week Google celebrated its 20th birthday and also announced a number of updates to its core search service - further advancing its visual search offerings and the ranking algorithm for Google Images. Key updates and features include: Google Discover, Stories, Google Lens and updates to the ranking algorithm.
Mindshare Point of View: Pinterest is giving brands and influencers more reason to partner up on its platform by opening its content marketing API to third-party influencer marketing platforms, helping brands and influencers collaborate more effectively.
Mindshare Point of View: Google recently announced another update to its Exact Match targeting, introducing close variants which will now include keywords with the same meaning.
Mindshare Point of View: The European adtech industry descended on Cologne, Germany this week for the tenth annual DMEXCO (Digital Marketing Exposition and Conference). It has become one of the leading digital marketing events in Europe. Below are the key themes from 2018.
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