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| March 6, 2019
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Article | March 21, 2020
A global pandemic isn’t exactly the best marketing opportunity for any brand. As the coronavirus crisis continues, brands are navigating uncharted territory, where business is anything but usual and the line between legitimate advertising and crass opportunism is thinner than ever in the eyes of the general public. Smart brands have found a way to adapt, tapping into their wide cultural reach, supply chains, and more to remind us that there are humans behind those logos. Ford, for example, dropped two ongoing ads that had been planned for March Madness and instead created two new ads around providing Ford Credit customers some breathing room around their car payments. LVMH was one of the first large brand operations to adapt its production line to make hand sanitizer for local hospitals and communities.
The impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is being felt by millions of people across the globe. While nobody knows how long this period will last, I believe it's important for companies to try to find some semblance of normalcy. To do so, companies should consider all the ways they can continue to move forward with an eye toward empathy. This mindset comes with its own unique restrictions and challenges as human behaviors evolve. With the rise of social distancing and limits around public gatherings, people are moving away from live entertainment, such as movie theaters, plays, sporting events and concerts. Instead, they are spending more time streaming their favorite movies and shows, browsing social media, and playing video games from the comfort of their homes. In lieu of socializing at restaurants and bars, people are connecting with colleagues, friends and loved ones digitally, and many are doing their shopping via e-commerce.
Every month, the digital advertising team at Inman runs over 400 campaigns on behalf of our advertisers. And the team sees it all, from beautifully executed campaigns to, well, less so. That’s why we decided to capture all errors, mistakes and missed opportunities we’ve seen over the years for a helpful guide to your next campaign. The powerful part of digital advertising is being able to target an audience. And when you advertise on Inman, you know exactly who you will reach: the top agents and brokers that invest in their business by reading the news and stories on Inman. Here’s what that community looks like: As with any campaign, the ads should speak directly to your audience. Tap into their pain points. And make it very obvious who your product or service is meant for and what problem you solve.
The retail landscape is more crowded than ever. Nearly every day, a new brand pops up seeking consumer attention and buy-in across the globe, and this intense competition has fostered some questionable practices in the world of digital advertising. Hungry for impressions, retailers and online brands have invested billions into powerful advertising technology with the ability to collect very personal information on each customer in order to deliver them extremely, almost dangerously, targeted ads. As the retail experience shifts away from brick-and-mortar stores and hones in on e-commerce, retailers of all sizes will continue to spend egregious amounts to capture consumer sentiment.
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