SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING
TikTok | June 21, 2022
At a talk on Monday in Cannes, Blake Changless, TikTok’s president of global business solutions, said that hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses buy ads on the platform. “We want millions,” he added.
Every platform wants millions of advertisers, especially since Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, boasts of more than 10 million advertisers.
At Cannes, TikTok executives opened the first day of the advertising festival at the festival headquarters in a discrete event space across from the Palais, the main center of action for the conference. They discussed the tools that the platform is putting in place, such as live shopping, building brand safety and technology amidst challenges, and the impact of Apple’s privacy rules on the whole ad ecosystem and the creator economy. On a lighter note, Ray Cao, TikTok’s managing director and global head of monetization product, strategy and operation, touched upon the challenges of losing his luggage upon arriving in Nice, France.
They discussed content and its importance in contextual targeting. “A lot of people are thinking about contextual targeting, especially for an in-feed environment like TikTok,” Cao said.
“A lot of people are thinking about contextual targeting, especially for an in-feed environment like TikTok,” Cao said.
Safety considerations also came up where Chandlee discussed how TikTok is developing ad products to keep brands comfortable with their service. The company also made an announcement on third-party tools that measure suitability and provide a few ad controls through companies like OpenSlate, Zefr and Integral Ad Science. “When we review content it’s not just the images,” said Francis Stones,TikTok’s head of Europeanbrand safety. “It’s the sounds. It’s the text. It’s emojis, comments.”
About Apple’s policy, Chandlee said, “The iOS 14 changes that were made last year had a huge impact on the industry, Chandlee said. “The industry built on data and knowledge and optimization against that data.” He added, “The industry had to come back a little bit to contextual,” Chandlee said, which we think is a very, very powerful way to approach and advertise and communicate with audiences.”
On the platform’s impact on live shopping, Sofia Hernandez, global head of business marketing for TikTok said, “We caused a national feta cheese shortage,” Hernandez said, referring tothe baked feta pasta trendon TikTok. “Those of us who have been marketers for years know that you don’t shoot food that way, it’s always highly styled,” she added.
ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT,BRAND MARKETING
Fiverr | July 06, 2022
Togetherr™, a new platform for building world-class creative teams and connecting them with leading global brands and agencies, launches today. The platform, designed and built by Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), and backed by industry-leading visionaries, uses proprietary technology, the Creative Genome, to construct award-winning teams, from an exclusive group of creative talent. These teams will be curated and matched to support brands and agencies on specific projects and campaigns.
The advertising world has gone through massive changes in the last few decades. The emergence of new digital platforms, the fragmentation of media, the rise of tech giants, e-commerce, and science-based marketing, all dramatically influenced the relationships between brands and agencies. It has also now influenced the way creatives feel working for agencies which ultimately impacts the outcomes of marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients, creatives and agencies are now looking for better ways of working.
“Long before the pandemic, our industry was stuck in a rut, slowly choking the creative energy and ambition that once defined our industry, The agency-of-record (AOR) model, based on hefty retainers, bloated head-counts, overheads, and complex processes, is not meeting today’s client needs. Clients need a lot more for less, and faster. Trying to meet these needs without changing our industry's complex system resulted in broken spirits, lack of bravery, lack of excitement, and short-termism. We lost our creative icons, our magicians, our storytellers. Creatives were driven out of our industry, and clients are now looking for them elsewhere. The last two years taught our clients that they can find creativity elsewhere, and produce campaigns better and faster.”
-Amir Guy, Togetherr’s General Manager.
With new and important marketing channels continuing to impact the industry, brands are re-thinking how to maximize creative output in the simplest way, said Micha Kaufman, CEO of Fiverr. Togetherr is a platform that aims to enable and accelerate new ways of working in the creative industry. When you allow yourself to look beyond the old system and challenge the way things have been done forever, you realize that talent can be found everywhere, on a global scale. You also find that diversity, which is so essential for creativity, becomes truly possible when you go beyond old constructs. Leading brands today often build their own creative capabilities in-house, and they need easy ways to augment them with outside independent talent and micro agencies on a project-by-project basis.
Togetherr builds on Fiverr’s long-founded mission of revolutionizing how the world works together. This groundbreaking new platform puts talent and creativity at its core and uses technology powered by a cutting-edge AI engine to help leading brands engage with and manage teams of top-tier independent creatives to meet their project goals.
The Creative Genome
Talent on Togetherr is vetted manually and through the Creative Genome’s powerful technology - ensuring clients have access to the best and brightest in the industry. Creatives on the platform have won awards, worked on campaigns for some of the world’s top brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, HBO, Apple, and Netflix, as well as agencies, and have won accolades from their peers, clients, and colleagues alike. All of these data points are collected by the Creative Genome in order to assemble top-notch teams to ensure that brands work with the most optimized teams possible, something no agency in the world can offer.
Togetherr is flipping the agency model on its head. Brands will no longer be bound by bureaucracy, agencies-of-record, and long RFP processes to bring campaigns to life. With Togetherr, the platform obtains the brief from the client, and the powerful AI engine will build a team specifically curated for that particular project. They get access to world class talent at the click of a button - to enhance the capabilities of their in-house creative teams - a space we see a lot of brands building out - or to build an entire freelance creative team to deliver new ideas or test new approaches.
Togetherr has been built alongside an advisory board of industry-leading visionaries including Per Pedersen, Mark Tutssel, Eva Santos Bouzos, Greg Hahn, Karin Onsager-Birch, Nellie Kim, David Sable, Mariam Banikarim, Craig Brommers, Amy Fuller, Shelley Diamond and more.
In my mind, size and scale are not the keys to success, but rather talent, perseverance, and passion are the ultimate keys to unlocking creative success, said Greg Hahn, Co-founder and COO of Mischief and Togetherr Advisor. I’ve worked with big agencies and small agencies and founded a boutique small agency that does things differently. There’s no right or wrong way to unlock creativity, however, by putting talent and ideas over profits, you remove the pressure and make way for beautiful, bold, and diverse ideas. This is what Togetherr is all about - using technology to unlock people’s creativity and putting talent first. I am thrilled to have been a part of building this incredible platform and am excited to tap its potential myself.
Fiverr’s mission is to revolutionize how the world works together. We exist to democratize access to talent and to provide talent with access to opportunities so anyone can grow their business, brand, or dreams. From small businesses to Fortune 500, over 4 million customers worldwide worked with freelance talent on Fiverr in the past year, ensuring their workforces remain flexible, adaptive, and agile. With Fiverr’s Talent Cloud, companies can easily scale their teams from a talent pool of skilled professionals from over 160 countries across more than 550 categories, ranging from programming to 3D design, digital marketing to content creation, from video animation to architecture.
Kohl’s | July 22, 2022
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today announced the expansion of Kohl’s Media Network (KMN), the company’s in-house retail media agency, to further the company’s advertising opportunities and provide brands, vendors and partners an extensive portfolio of omnichannel media services. The retail media network harnesses Kohl’s omnichannel presence, knowledge of its customer base, and 60-year history in retail to connect brands with their intended audiences and provide valuable business insights that demonstrate measurable results.
“Our goal through Kohl’s Media Network is to leverage our vast omnichannel consumer data and insights to create innovative retail media solutions for our partners that connect them directly with personalized audiences,” said Christie Raymond, Kohl’s interim chief marketing officer.
“Our goal through Kohl’s Media Network is to leverage our vast omnichannel consumer data and insights to create innovative retail media solutions for our partners that connect them directly with personalized audiences,” said Christie Raymond, Kohl’s interim chief marketing officer. “We look forward to continuing to grow our offerings with KMN to provide industry-leading services that drive business growth for Kohl’s, our partners and ultimately inspire discovery among our customers.”
Kohl’s has spent more than six decades connecting with and learning about its customers and today, boasts a loyal and engaged customer base of more than 65 million. Kohl’s shoppers visit the website over 1.7 billion times annually and engage across email, the Kohl’s App and in the company’s more than 1,100 stores, offering extensive reach across channels. Kohl’s strong customer relationships create unparalleled opportunities for increased inspiration and discovery of relevant products through non-intrusive advertising while driving new revenue streams for the company. Kohl’s Media Network provides a platform for the company to leverage its data assets, loyalty program, media buys and sales channels into revenue and strong results for advertising partners.
Reaching Loyal Shoppers Throughout Their Journey
With nearly two billion site visits per year and millions of active, engaged customers and loyalty members, Kohl’s channels are strong advertising platforms with the data to serve relevant content to targeted custom audiences. Kohl’s has built deep relationships with its customers, and advertisers can work with Kohl’s Media Network to create awareness, influence, engagement, and ultimately drive conversion with the Kohl’s customer through the full digital media suite.
KMN enables brands to share their own story and advertise on Kohl’s digital platforms and through off-site digital advertising. On-site channels include sponsored product ads, brand pages, email ads, and Kohl’s App push notifications. Off-site channels include paid social and influencer ads, off-site display ads, video, and streaming audio.
Expanding KMN to Drive Growth
Kohl’s Media Network continues to evolve through strategic partnerships that enable innovation, new capabilities and insights. To drive further results, KMN has continued to expand with new enhancements including cross-targeting, industry-leading omnichannel data integration and closed-loop reporting. The company continues to make progress and develop best-in-class product offerings that create more ways for advertisers to engage with their audiences.
Kohl’s Media Network has already seen great success with key partners such as adidas, Bali, Carter’s and Levi’s, and expects continued growth in the coming years. To learn more about Kohl’s Media Network, visit Advertising.Kohls.com.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer. With more than 1,100 stores in 49 states and the online convenience of Kohls.com and the Kohl's App, Kohl's offers amazing national and exclusive brands at incredible savings for families nationwide. Kohl’s is uniquely positioned to deliver against its strategy and its vision to be the most trusted retailer of choice for the active and casual lifestyle. Kohl’s is committed to progress in its diversity and inclusion pledges, and the company's environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) stewardship. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.