This year has been rife with uncertainty: a pandemic, social unrest, political division, and a changing digital landscape. For the ninth consecutive year, we have identified the top developments that should be on marketers’ radar.
With the election behind us, will Washington impact the digital landscape?
Before the election, some may have predicted some bolder regulatory moves to come. Instead, expect to see no Big Tech breakups and the passing of some weaker privacy regulations.
Will Facebook and Google continue to dominate digital advertising?
The duopoly is alive and well, that much is certain. That said, its combined market share in the US will actually drop in 2021, fueled by the rise of a new retail media triopoly. You may guess two of these players, but which is the third?
Will the crumbling of the cookie have an impact?
Advertisers will need to evolve their advertising tactics and strategies to address general uncertainty. At the same time, owned channels will benefit from the phasing out of third-party cookies and will place greater focus on marketing efforts with high returns on investment (ROI).
Where will consumers go for their entertainment?
Increasingly, they will be flocking to social media primarily for short-form entertainment, not commerce—which is still not ready for primetime. Consumers will also turn to streamers, including Disney+, which has cemented itself as a power player.
What other long-standing effects has the pandemic and social unrest had on marketing?
Virtual events are expected to take a big step forward in the year ahead, as will brands’ willingness to embrace social causes for motives both altruistic and financial.
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? This report covers the top 10 digital trends that marketers need to track in 2021.
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