Companies Rush to Report Coronavirus Impact on Consumers

Marketers’ famous herd instinct is synchronizing their response to coronavirus. First came a rash of announcements offering remote conferencing and collaboration systems, then a slew of chatbots answering coronavirus questions. This week’s trend is studies on coronavirus’ impact on consumer behavior, including increased online sales of groceries, fitness equipment and computers; more video streaming; distrust in government (especially in the U.S.); and expectation that employers will act responsibly. Click for studies from Adobe, Amperity, Edelman, First Insight, Kantar,, Toluna, Upfluence, Yotpo, and Yotta.

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D2C Is Bright Spot in M&A Landscape: LUMA Report

April 2, 2020

Media and martech mergers and acquisitions slowed sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to LUMA’s quarterly market report. The slowdown began even before the coronavirus pandemic although activity dropped to near zero in March. If you’re looking for a half-full glass, LUMA believes that martech revenues won’t fall as quickly as adtech. The picture is even brighter for Direct-to-Consumer businesses.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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