Thanks to the pandemic and rising inflation, customer behavior seems more erratic than ever. Customers are not great at saying what they want, and understanding the motivations behind their purchases is difficult.
Among US podcast ads, pre-roll spots generated about 5% more website visits during Q2 than those in the middle of an episode. While that margin is fairly slim, both placements produced better results than post-roll, likely because earlier spots catch listeners before they drop off.
US-China conflict over chips intensifies: AMD and Nvidia stocks plunge on reports of new government sales restrictions of chips to China and Russia. US chipmakers could be forced to abandon potential sales.
Personalization pays if brands get it right: Consumers want content tailored just for them, but the challenges can be daunting for marketers.
Overall digital ad spending in the US is set to grow by 17.8% in 2022, a steep deceleration from 2021’s 38.3% boom but still ahead of 2020’s pandemic-skewed slowdown. Industry-level digital ad spending has mirrored these extreme swings in recent years—with individual highs and lows often spread far apart from the median. Starting this year, however, most industries will settle into more steady spending patterns closer to the national average.
Even The Washington Post feels the ad downturn: Long-standing problems with digital publishing are combining with lower ad spending to create a perfect storm for the industry.
Google has added new features for merchants just in time for the holiday season.
AI becomes a must-have tool for retailers: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi’s, Panera, and others are relying on the technology across all areas of their businesses.
Billions pouring into quantum computing: Rising beyond nascent stages, quantum tech is turning heads in government and business. As funding accelerates, society is likely unprepared for security and ethical challenges.
Twitter employee departures accelerate as Musk drama wears on: Uncertainty over company direction and stalled growth initiatives could be a turnoff to advertisers as well.
Qualcomm comes for data centers: Nuvia unlocks potential for Qualcomm to diversify into server chips for data centers, effectively meeting pent-up demand with faster, cooler, and more-efficient cloud server solutions.
Here’s an outlook on how franchises will fare in the coming months.
Roku’s in a “Weird” situation: When your best chance to grow is a “Weird Al” Yankovic biopic, things can’t be going that well.
In 2026, the number of internet of things (IoT) mobile connections worldwide will more than double from 2021. The markets that are driving growth include China, Western Europe, and North America.
China blasts $52B CHIPS Act: Beijing is calling out the US’ efforts to boost chipmaking, citing violation of fair market practices. Manufacturers are caught in the middle of an intensifying conflict.
Netflix’s ad-supported plans have an image problem: Concerns are swirling about the value of its upcoming subscription tier.
For most internet users in the US, online orders typically come in two to three days—a delivery time popularized by Amazon’s Prime program. Just 3% of internet users are used to same-day delivery, which is increasingly offered by nongrocery retailers as well.
This week, our Reimagining Retail podcast crew talked about which retailers had the biggest opportunity in terms of sustainability as a follow up to our newly released “US Retail Sustainability Perceptions Benchmark 2022.”
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