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During the season of giving, one gift that retailers can truly bank on is partnership marketing. Partnerships not only provide a host of benefits like extended reach and enhanced credibility, they can also make the holiday season considerably more profitable.

With over 34 million members, Sephora’s Beauty Insider loyalty program is generally regarded as one of the best loyalty programs in the US. To keep customers coming back, Sephora is balancing gamified experiences with the classic rewards that it knows customers like. Here are five tips from Emmy Brown Berlind, senior vice president and general manager of loyalty at Sephora, on how retailers can level up their loyalty programs and deliver a best-in-class experience.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss why regulators changed their mind on approving the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal, how the gaming industry will react, and what the deal means for advertisers. "In Other News," we talk about how much of political ad spending has gone digital and how Google is tightening the reins on bulk email senders. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Daniel Konstantinovic and Gadjo Sevilla.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how Costco is getting on and the vision for the wholesale retailer in a crowded marketplace. Then, for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the two things Costco can take to the next level and two things it could do to get the naysayers to come back. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and analyst Zak Stambor.

WPP merges Wunderman Thompson and VMLY&R: New powerhouse VML will launch as of January 1.

Banks around the globe are watching closely as new ESG reporting requirements reshape the EU's financial landscape.

TikTok is extending its video content to an array of public screens, including those at airports, gas stations, and movie rental machines. The expansion into out-of-home (OOH) advertising marks TikTok’s ambitions to go beyond its roots as a mobile app.

ByteDance's CapCut dives into the business sector: The popular app is introducing AI-driven tools to help content marketers.

The vast majority (96%) of Pinterest searches are unbranded, said Brittan Bushman, Pinterst’s director of strategy, during a session at Advertising Week New York 2023. This means that consumers turn to Pinterest to learn what kinds of products are out there, unlike traditional search engines like Google, where they go to refine their search for something they already know exists.

Generative AI implementation in marketing is well underway. Now, marketers’ concerns have shifted from how to use generative AI to what the technology means for consumer data and privacy, if models are trustworthy, and where human oversight comes in.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how marketers have been adopting generative AI (genAI), what ordinary Americans want from it, and what the genAI frenzy could face in 2024. "In Other News," we talk about how much ChatGPT will hurt publishers now that it has real-time information and what we can expect AI PCs to do differently. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Jacob Bourne and Gadjo Sevilla.

Now that Google has reaffirmed it will deprecate third-party cookies for all users in the third quarter of 2024, it’s clear that marketers need to get their post-cookie plans in place, including how and where identity solutions fit. But there are a few things to keep in mind while exploring identity resolution.

TikTok’s premium ad placements get Disney’s stamp of approval: The app will host a monthlong Disney content hub.

A McKinsey report argues that the financial services industry is undergoing an epic transformation, with each bank’s success heavily dependent on its integration of AI.

The new year is just around the corner, and it’s a great time for retailers to take stock of what worked and what didn’t in 2023 and stay informed on what consumers will expect in 2024.

A hurting US ad market is showing signs of recovery. Our forecast predicts 3.8% growth in overalUS media ad spend this year, for a total of $353.86 billion. Magna upped its US ad spend forecast for 2023 YoY growth from 4.2% to 5.2% in September. And in August, the US ad market achieved two consecutive months of growth for the first time since last June.

Walmart Connect now offers an ad certification program that helps advertisers understand how the retail media network operates and the types of ad formats it offers.

Performance marketing for connected TV (CTV) works a lot like performance marketing for search and social, especially when it comes to creative. A collection of different creative elements and iterations allows marketers to swap assets in and out as campaigns progress to pinpoint what works—and what doesn’t.

On today’s podcast episode, we explore the problematic relationship between credit unions and Gen Z. • In our “Headlines” segment, we discuss an article from that revealed only 4% of Gen Z consumers bank with credit unions. • In “Story by Numbers,” we consider what credit unions can do to capture Gen Zers’ attention while working with tight marketing budgets, and which programs have helped Gen Z consumers manage their finances. • In “Actual CEO,” we discuss with our guest CEO what she is currently doing to engage with Gen Zers at her credit union. Listen to the podcast with host Rob Rubin and Tansley Stearns, CEO of Community Financial Credit Union.• In our “Headlines” segment, we dig deep on a recently published Insider Intelligence report covering our forecasts for ad spending by US banks and credit unions. • In “Story by Numbers,” we discuss how fewer mortgages are affecting banks' net interest income and what that means for their marketing budgets. We also examine Ally Bank’s increased ad spending. • In “For Argument’s Sake,” we talk about how large banks are doubling down on digital ad spending while smaller institutions are cutting their spending, which could lead to the eventual demise of smaller traditional banks. Tune in to the discussion with host Rob Rubin and our director of forecasting Oscar Orozco.