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For the first time, brands, advertisers and agencies can now harness Rakuten’s far-reaching media properties, consumer insights and award-winning performance marketing ecosystem with today’s launch of Rakuten Advertising martech news. “Advertisers know their customers, but discovering new ones and building enduring connections with them is increasingly difficult in today’s competitive consumer marketplace,” said Amit Patel, CEO, Rakuten Americas. “By drawing on audiences, insights and the well-established performance marketing excellence of the Rakuten ecosystem, Rakuten Advertising will be an unmatchable partner for digital marketers aiming to surpass their business goals.”
As most of America shelters in place, we’re now spending our time differently. This ultimately begs the question: Where are we now shifting our focus without the distractions of getting ready or commuting? You guessed it, we’re on our phones. On the mobile app front, we’re seeing a major uptick in time spent across categories such as gaming, mental/physical health, and fintech/news. From February to March, AppsFlyer noted a 15 percent increase in global organic app installs. As more people stay in, they’re turning to mobile apps to connect, pass the time and obtain information. With today’s ever-changing climate, it’s imperative for brands to be strategic with how they’re talking to consumers.
Channel 4 is expected to cut its programming budget by nearly £150 million while furloughing about 100 staff to fight and survive any financial woes brought by the coronavirus crisis. The broadcaster, that is mostly funded by TV advertising, as well as being publicly owned expects to face a slump in the advertising revenue by 50% in the coming two months. It was estimated that Channel 4 was left with finances for six months only without having to make any cuts. The management of the broadcaster that includes Ian Katz, the director of programs as well as Alex Mahon, the chief executive will be taking a pay cut of 20% and will also not be receiving any bonus. Channel 4 also made an announcement that about 10% out of over 900 staff are expected to be furloughed.
It’s fair to say that 'less talk, more do' is sound advice at the best of times, but it is particularly prescient for brands at the current time with the Covid-19 at it's peak. People aren’t interested in good wishes, they need actions and tangible help. Brands would be well advised to shut up at the moment. Before this piece goes any further there are two important things to acknowledge; the first is that marketing is of miniscule importance at the moment, and of no importance compared to the people on the frontline fighting, and dealing with, the coronavirus. Everything is relative, and for those people that do work in marketing and those that rely on its success for millions of businesses and livelihoods, it is worth exploring for improvement.
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