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McDonald’s Made Scented Billboards That Smell Like Its French Fries

Adweek

A delicious smell can inspire cravings and lure passersby into a restaurant. McDonald's put that power to the test by deploying a series of billboards diffusing the scent of its bestselling french fries. Amsterdam-based agency TBWANeboko collaborated with Raul&Rigel, a production company specializing in fabricating unusual billboards, to produce a series of unbranded, blank red.

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What Do We Say to Emily? The Human Cost Of Advertising Data Abuse

AdExchanger

Last week, the Connecticut Attorney General published a privacy enforcement update that made my stomach turn. A consumer had sent a complaint to the AG’s office because they received an advertisement in the mail for cremation services after recently completing chemotherapy. Apparently, the individual had been part of a list sold to the cremation company by […] The post What Do We Say to Emily?

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Why B2B marketing needs brand building more than lead gen

Martech

B2B marketing has become overly focused on measurement and attribution, appearing and claiming to be more science than art. Everyone wants to believe it’s a science. Investors, boards and leadership expect marketing growth to be measurable, predictable and projectable. But the truth is that marketing is not a hard science. Experiments are not repeatable and playbooks are not fully transferable between companies.

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Building CTV Ad Breaks That Don’t Break the User Experience

VideoWeek

As more streaming companies enter the advertising market, the battle for eyeballs and ad dollars has never been more competetive. Publica, an ad server owned by IAS, argues that in order to attract ad dollars, you need to retain viewers – and in order to retain viewers, you need to ensure a seamless ad experience. In tandem with the company’s new white paper on the topic, VideoWeek asked Paul Gubbins, VP, CTV Strategy & Marketing at Publica by IAS, what CTV publishers need to thi

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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35 Women Leaders in Ad Tech Share Insights for International Women’s Day 

Ad Monsters

The challenges women face in ad tech are universal, transcending specific roles or tenure in the industry. The future of ad tech is intertwined with the pursuit of diversity, as having manifold perspectives is essential for propelling this innovative industry to new heights. In honor of International Women’s Day, we gathered insights from 35 industry thought leaders to shed light on what it means to be a woman in ad tech.

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Consequences

Seth Godin

Frederick Lewis Donaldson created a list of seven social sins that was soon popularized by Gandhi. One hundred years later, it’s more relevant and more urgent than ever. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle.

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Dove pledges not to use AI in communications, spurring marketers to think about AI and ‘brand ethos’

Digiday

As generative AI continues to evolve, marketers are faced with a choice: Does using the technology in marketing and advertising make sense for their brands? And if it does, then how do they go about doing so? Using AI in that way doesn’t make sense for all marketers, of course, which is why it’s not surprising to see Dove come out this week with a statement that the beauty brand, known for its now 20-year-old Real Beauty campaign, does not plan on using the tech in its advertising.

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Gen-AI Search Engine Perplexity Has a Plan to Sell Ads

Adweek

Generative AI search engine Perplexity, which claims to be a Google competitor and recently snagged a $73.6 million Series B funding from investors like Jeff Bezos, is going to start selling ads, the company told ADWEEK. Perplexity uses AI to answer users' questions, based on web sources. It incorporates videos and images in the response.

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Bacardi Inks Its Biggest Celeb Deal With Camila Cabello as the Global Face of the Brand

Adweek

Bacardi Rum, leaning further into music as a key driver in its marketing, kicked off its most significant artist collaboration to date with a global campaign featuring pop star Camila Cabello. The new relationship marks the first time the liquor brand has signed a performer to a multiyear pact, according to Roberto Ramirez Laverde, Bacardi.

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Google’s Gen AI Search Threatens Publishers With $2B Annual Ad Revenue Loss

Adweek

Google launched its artificial intelligence-powered search engine, Search Generative Experience, in beta last May, sending publishers scrambling to prepare for a significant disruption in organic search traffic, with potential declines ranging from 20% to 60%, according to media executives and search engine optimization experts interviewed for this story.

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Retail media advertising: How e-commerce is becoming AdTech’s next frontier

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The Delta Lounge Bucked Recent Experiential Trends at SXSW—and People Loved It

Adweek

In a sea of waste-heavy and formulaic activations at South by Southwest (SXSW), The Delta Lounge--one of the 2024 festival's buzziest experiential marketing installations--aimed to buck some of the trends that have shaped brand activity at the event in recent years. With its focus on delivering a luxury experience to all SkyMiles members, new and.

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Brands Are Scared to Use LGBTQ+ Marketing That Works

Adweek

Brands know LGBTQ+ marketing helps grow their business--they're just afraid to use it. A study released exclusively to ADWEEK by the ANA found that despite 82% of marketers believing there's still significant room for more marketing that includes LGBTQ+ people, just 55% of brands actively marketed to or included the LGBTQ+ community in their marketing.

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New Projects, Partnerships and Beginnings: Megan Thee Stallion Is on a Hot Girl Streak

Adweek

Just minutes into 2024, Megan Thee Stallion already had her first big moment of the new year. Live on ABC from Times Square, Megan delivered her fans (or "thee hotties," as she calls them) a medley of her hits. And she did it all while dressed as Planet Fitness brand character Mother Fitness, topping off.

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Google Is Paying Publishers to Test an Unreleased Gen AI Platform

Adweek

Google launched a private program for a handful of independent publishers last month, providing the news organizations with beta access to an unreleased generative artificial intelligence platform in exchange for receiving analytics and feedback, according to documents seen by ADWEEK. As part of the agreement, the publishers are expected to use the suite of tools.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.

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Ikea’s Sweet Ads Capture the Messy Realities of Pet Ownership

Adweek

Cats and dogs have an unfortunate tendency to wreak havoc on furniture and other household items. An adorable Ikea campaign assures consumers that its products are so affordable, they don't have to stress about replacing anything their pet destroys. The campaign, by agency Ingo Hamburg, shows various Ikea products in disrepair after animals have ruined.

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What Does a Chief AI Officer Look Like in the Marketing World?

Adweek

For all of the talk about the jobs AI is expected to replace (that's 85 million, according to the World Economic Forum), it's also expected to create some 97 million new roles by 2025. And the buzziest of these new roles is the position overseeing it all: the Chief AI Officer (CAIO). Major brands like.

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Exclusive: Amazon to Sunset Freevee, Streamlining Its Ad and Product Efforts

Adweek

Amazon is planning to sunset its free, ad-supported television app Freevee in the coming weeks, according to three people familiar with the strategy--part of a broader effort to focus its advertising and product efforts on Prime Video, which launched an ad-supported tier in January. The exact date for the closure depends on a handful of.

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The Future of Women in Gaming With Letta J and Jay-Ann Lopez

Adweek

When it comes to the future of gaming, accessibility and representation are key. Since the 1980s, gaming has been marketed as a male-dominated industry. But that's not the case. "I've been playing video games since I was 4 years old," said Jaye "Letta J" Watts, founder and CEO of Coexist Gaming. "Men have often shunted.

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ABM Success Recipe: Mastering the Crawl, Walk, Run Approach

Shifting to an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy can be both exciting and challenging. Well-implemented ABM motions build engagement with high-value accounts and drive impactful campaigns that resonate with your audience. But where do you begin, and how do you progress from crawling to running? Watch now as Demand Gen experts delve into the essentials of each stage of the ABM process.

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Why Advertisers Claim Meta Owes $7 Billion in Damages

Adweek

According to a class-action lawsuit brought by Facebook and Instagram advertisers, Meta's metrics flub owes them potential damages exceeding $7 billion. In a ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is letting advertisers pursue legal action against Meta for monetary damages, accusing it of inflating the social platforms' Potential Reach metric.

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Influencer Marketing Needs to Adapt: A Cautionary Lesson From Tarte Cosmetics

Adweek

The influencer marketing recipe is well-established. Select influencers who attract a certain audience and fly them out to a tropical location for sun, fun and product placement. Organic reach across social, particularly TikTok, Instagram and YouTube are off the charts. Marketing = sorted. Except, that doesn't work anymore.

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Bustle Digital Group Lays Off Fatherly Team, Part of Its Parenting Portfolio

Adweek

The digital media company Bustle Digital Group (BDG) laid off seven editorial staff of its title Fatherly on Friday and will significantly decrease its editorial output going forward, according to two people familiar with the matter. The decision marks the latest in a series of retrenchments from BDG, which over the last two years has.

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Exclusive: The Trade Desk’s Media-Quality Product, SP500+, Puts Publishers at the Center

Adweek

Demand-side platform The Trade Desk began letting buyers test a new product called SP500+, which lets brands target a group of premium publishers, ADWEEK has exclusively learned. SP500+--Sellers and Publishers 500+--is a new interface for buyers that lets them target users across around 500 premium publishers, including The New York Times, Disney+, Hulu, Spotify, ABC.

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How Intent Data Helps Marketers Convert A-List Accounts

One of the biggest challenges for any B2B marketer is understanding your prospects’ next move — who is most likely to buy and when. Without these insights, marketing campaigns can feel more like guesswork, with high investment and little return. We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. By tracking buyers’ digital footprints and online activity, such as website visits, product reviews, and spikes in content consumption, you can engage prospects with a message that really resonates.

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The Rise and Remit of the Chief Brand Officer

Adweek

There's a new chief in town: the chief brand officer (CBO). Does this mean the CMO role is becoming obsolete? Not at all. It simply means many companies are recognizing the shifting landscape of customer engagement and the implications and opportunities for better brand-building. In most organizations, the CBO role complements the CMO, where both.

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Paramount Hires a Bank to Explore the Sale of VidCon

Adweek

Paramount Global has hired the bank Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips to explore the sale of VidCon, a live event franchise focused on the creator economy, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is hoping to secure a strategic buyer for the experiential property rather than a private equity firm, according to the person. The.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Advice to Next Gen of Creators: ‘Don’t Be a Walking Commercial’

Adweek

Megan Thee Stallion has always had a front-row seat to the evolution of content creation on social media. The rap superstar first started posting her freestyle videos on YouTube as early as the 2010s before her rap in a Houston artist cypher went viral on social media in 2016. The Grammy Award-winning artist's original content.

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How Hodinkee’s Big Bet on a Watch Business Backfired

Adweek

When watch enthusiast website Hodinkee acquired the used-watch marketplace Crown & Caliber in February 2021 after raising $40 million, the merger made perfect sense on paper. Hodinkee had a loyal audience, while Crown & Caliber knew how to operate in the booming business of second-hand watches, which topped $22 billion in sales that year, according.

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Solving the Biggest Tech Challenges in RevOps

In this eBook, we’ll run through real-world examples that show how RevOps teams can benefit from modern solutions for the access, management, and activation of their GTM data. Whether you need to improve lead response times, boost adoption of core tools, improve lead qualification, or target and automate your GTM motions, you’ll find examples of how revenue teams are solving some of the toughest problems in modern business.

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The CMA Is Prepared to Delay Google’s Cookie Deprecation Plans

Adweek

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority might extend the deadline on cookie deprecation if Google Chrome does not satisfy its concerns, Craig Jenkins, director of the digital markets unit at the CMA, told a room full of ad-tech practitioners at an IAB Tech Lab event in New York today. "If we're not satisfied we can.

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Marketers Find New Ways to Buy Programmatic Ads Without Relying on User Data

Adweek

Marketers and adtech firms have latched onto metadata to improve ad targeting on the web and connected television, as data quality worsens with cookie decline. Metadata is data about the environment of the ad, said Mike O'Sullivan, co-founder of data firm Sincera. "It's data that puts the transaction in context," he said. While metadata can.

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How the Bud Light Boycott Changed Marketing

Adweek

The idea behind Bud Light's #EasyCarryContest, which debuted around this time last year, was straightforward: Offer people a chance to win $15,000 for posting a video of themselves carrying as many cans, bottles or glasses of beer as possible. Much like some of the footage participants shared online, the outcome has been messy. Enter to.

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A Black Woman’s Burden: The Cost of Corporate ‘Excellence’

Adweek

The recent tragic passing of Antoinette Candia-Bailey, the vice president of Student Affairs at Lincoln University, strikes a deeply personal chord. It has taken time to fully process the tragedy, the depth of loss and the raw truth her experience exposes. Especially now, on the first day of Black History Month, because Dr. Candia-Bailey's story.

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Drive GTM Efficiency with Tech Stack Consolidation

Consolidating your tech stack is an effective cost-saving measure that drives GTM efficiency and adds value to your enterprise. With a cohesive, integrated tech stack, your revenue teams can deliver an excellent customer experience that sets you up to win faster than your competitors.