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Media Buying

CPG companies spend more annually on digital ads than every cohort besides the retail industry. However, CPG digital ad spending growth underperformed compared with most other industries last year, and it will do so again this year. Next year is looking better though.

LG and Samsung raise their connected TV game: While Samsung embraces interactivity, LG sharpens targeting with LoopIQ.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how affiliate is helping marketers take back control of their ad spend. "In Other News," we talk about Amazon unveiling a smarter, more conversational, Alexa and TikTok Shop hitting the US. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Max Willens and Alexandra Forsch, president of Awin Americas.

US mobile in-app ad spend will be about four times higher than in-app purchase spend this year, at $159.24 billion compared with $42.37 billion, according to our forecast.

Advertisers say Google is underselling its ad inflation: The DOJ’s suit against Google revealed that the company quietly raised prices as much as 10%.

For the past few years, some of the biggest names in ad tech—The Trade Desk, PubMatic, Magnite—have held onto CTV as a shiny growth narrative. Although investors’ enthusiasm seems to have started subsiding, CTV does represent a massive long-term opportunity for ad tech stakeholders. In the near term, a good deal of programmatic CTV ad dollars will transact directly with platforms that are still committed to keeping their content and data behind garden walls.

As retail media grows, it is changing. At the moment, search remains retail media’s bread and butter and sales ads are the best awareness drivers. In the future, in-store media and shoppable video ads may take on a bigger role. But no matter how ad formats change, one thing is for certain: Measurement will be key for retail media’s continued growth.

By 2025, US adults will spend more time on TikTok than on Facebook, according to our June forecast. This marks a major milestone for TikTok, which is on track to become the largest social platform in total daily minutes by the same year.

Bridging the gap between content and conversions: TikTok introduces Attribution Analytics to provide more robust ad measurement insights.

Connected TV (CTV) technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, which is enabling advertisers to better target audiences, measure outcomes, and implement performance marketing strategies. Read how CTV is transforming streaming and advertising at large, including linear TV and social media.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss whether people will ever buy items they see in TV shows, if online ratings are broken, a relaunched Amazon Shipping trying to compete with UPS and FedEx, if CNN and sports can move the needle for streaming service Max, whether the continuing partnership between Target and Starbucks is boosting curbside pickup, where we got gas before gas stations, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and analysts Blake Droesch and Paul Verna.

Our forecast data reveals a mismatch between marketers who have been quick to transition to digital platforms, and consumers who are still spending time on traditional media like TV, newspapers, and radio. This year, 74.6% of all US ad spending will go toward digital media, while US adults will only spend 62.1% of their daily media time with digital, according to our forecast.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how advertisers should adjust their plans based on social video time's slowing growth, whether people will spend more social media time on connected TVs, and the ratio between ad spend and time spent on social networks. "In Other News," we talk about whether TikTok can become a more traditional social network and getting paid to watch ads on a new socially conscious social media app. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Debra Aho Williamson.

VideoAmp and iSpot are coming for Nielsen’s crown: The two companies announced a major funding round and acquisition, respectively, while Nielsen makes adjustments.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how standardization can unlock retail media spend, when we are likely to see it, and where the future of targeting is headed. Then for "Red-Hot Retail," our analysts give us some spicy predictions about the future of retail media ad buying. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Max Willens and vice president of business intelligence at Advertiser Perceptions Nicole Perrin.

Travel will see the fastest growth in US digital ad spending of any industry in 2023, according to our forecast. Travel, retail, healthcare and pharma, automotive, and entertainment will outpace the national digital ad spending growth rate.

The IAB and MRC propose retail media guidelines to help solve the industry’s measurement problem: The framework is meant to improve transparency and ensure consistency across RMNs.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the largest discrepancies in terms of where folks spend their media time versus where advertisers spend their money, and how advertisers should adjust accordingly. "In Other News," we talk about the Comcast-Walt Disney Co. negotiations centered around Hulu's ownership and whether YouTube's new NFL Sunday Ticket features will be enough to attract viewers and advertisers. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood.

US digital ad spending growth will decelerate to 7.8% YoY in 2023, its slowest pace in 14 years. The individual industries we track are generally following the national trend, but the timing and pacing of their slowdowns are playing out differently. For some industries, the outlook is fairly positive.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss when attention metrics might dethrone viewability, why advertisers are tentative about them, and why using attention as a currency is TBD. "In Other News," we talk about Google limiting impressions from "unproven" advertisers and the battle between advertising groups and the "Delete Bill," a California bill that would allow consumers to request advertisers delete their personal information. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf.