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Enthusiasm Wanes for Retail Media: Digiday/Best Buy.Ads Survey

This Digiday survey for Best Buy.Ads offers a more cautious view of retail media prospects. Just 17% of respondents expected the importance of retail media networks to grow significantly in 2023, and the fraction of brands expecting to spend more than 60% of their budget fell from 14% to zero. Half (51%) said retail media were no more effective than other channels.

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Search and Social Lose Ad Share to Video: PwC/IAB Report

April 14, 2023

U.S. Internet ad revenue grew 10.8% last year, less than the pandemic-driven 35.4% of 2021 but far outpacing TV (up 2.0%) and print (down 6%.0), says this PwC/IAB report. Search fell from 42.2% of Internet ad revenue in 2020 to 40.2% in 2022 and social fell from 31.5% to 30.3%. Video more than took up the slack, growing from 18.7% to 22.5%. The report predicts retail media will grow quickly due to its privacy-safe first-party data and closed loop response measurement.

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Cross-Channel Campaigns Drive 10% More Clicks: Microsoft/Roku Study

April 14, 2023

You’ll recall that earlier this week Google Analytics took away first-click attribution models, which not-coincidentally give less credit than other methods to search ads like Google’s.  Now we have this joint Microsoft-Roku effort that finds that coordinated TV streaming and web ads drive 11% more searches and 10% more clicks.  The methodology is complicated but the results are more realistic.

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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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