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.
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.
Ursula Arnold is CEO of the media agency Mindshare in Austria with effect from November 1, 2018. She succeeds Christine Antlanger-Winter, who leaves the company after 15 years, including 10 years in management, to pursue new professional tasks.
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.
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