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Facebook Limits Ad Variants To Help AI

One sign that AI is taking over will be marketing campaigns designed for AI to manage. Right on cue, our friends at Facebook have limited the number of ad variations allowed per page so their machine learning tools can learn more quickly which versions work best. Did you really need yet another sign of the apocalypse?

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Contextual Ads Are More Efficient than Behavioral Targeting: GumGum and Dentus Aegis Study

September 11, 2020

Our final pairing is GumGum and Dentsu Aegis, who partnered to find that contextual ads are more cost-efficient than behavior-based placements. The test was exceptionally well-designed and documented, which isn’t always true for such studies. The answer matters because many advertisers are wondering whether contextual targeting can replace behavioral targeting, which relies heavily on those soon-to-vanish third party cookies.

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Marketers Struggle for Personalization Success: RedPoint Global Survey

September 27, 2021

This Harris Poll study for Redpoint Global offers a sobering view of customer experience reality.  They found that marketers are twice as likely as consumers to think brands deliver an excellent experience (51% vs 26%), while under half of the marketers who use advanced technologies including personalization, AI-driven recommendations, or multi-variate testing think they are having great success with them.  Fun fact: the average number of customer engagement systems is now 16, nearly double the figure in 2019.

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