ViacomCBS and Foxtel Media end advertising representation partnership

ViacomCBS | February 17, 2020

ViacomCBS Networks Australia and Foxtel Media announced the end of their advertising representation partnership. This follows the merger of Viacom and CBS Corporation to form ViacomCBS Inc, the owner of the Ten Network in Australia. Foxtel Media (initially MCN) has represented MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV Music and MTV Dance branded subscription television channels and digital platforms in Australia since July 2014. Foxtel Media will continue to receive all sales bookings for ViacomCBS subscription television brands until mid-April. The two companies will collaborate on a disengagement process, with business continuing as usual during the transition period.

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After tracking our revenue over the course of the last week, it is now evident that The Humanist Report has also been hit by YouTube's ad revenue crisis. At this point, we haven't been impacted as much as bigger YouTubers, but the gap between views and revenue continues to widen as YouTube plays less and less advertisements on our channel. Thankfully, other YouTubers that have experienced this have indicated that ads have returned to their channel, so this should ultimately be temporary, but the downward trend is still troubling.


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Matterkind Releases New Report Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Across Advertising

Matterkind | July 26, 2022

Matterkind, IPG’s activation intelligence company, today debuted a new report exploring how advertisers can embrace DEI to usher in a new era of responsible marketing and advertising. The report, titled “Diversity & Equity in Advertising: A Holistic Approach,” offers practical, actionable advice for brands wanting to put DEI at the heart of their marketing and communications. Backed by research conducted in partnership with international research consultancy MTM, Matterkind’s report aims to guide brands on their respective journeys in conscious marketing. The report found that over 50% of people think it’s important for advertisers to ensure they reach a diverse range of audiences – and this rises to 70% for people who are likely to engage with ads. Throughout the white paper, Matterkind emphasizes the importance of intentionally prioritizing DE&I efforts for advertisers, and what can be done to make meaningful improvements within current strategies. The findings are clear in that the consumer public at large has, in recent years, become more aware of discrimination and inequity for diverse groups resulting in an increased demand for advertisers to act. Matterkind complements its findings by laying out actionable and holistic strategies for integrating and prioritizing an organization’s DE&I efforts with their marketing strategy, creative, internal organization, and media planning and buying, to ensure that goals are achieved. Some additional key findings of the report explore how: Customers favor diverse advertisers 50% of customers agree that they are more likely to recommend a product or service if their advertisements are diverse and representative. 45% of customers feel that they are more likely to buy a product or service if its advertisements are diverse and representative. 44% of customers would not engage with a brand they felt was not taking diversity and representation seriously. 36% of customers have boycotted a brand because of issues with diversity and representation. Advertisers see DEI as a priority and are adapting their marketing approach More than 90% of the advertisers say that reducing bias and discrimination in marketing and advertising is now a priority. As it relates to marketing strategy, Matterkind anticipates a 23% increase in advertisers adopting strategies to address underrepresented groups over the next 3 years compared to the last 3 years. When considering adapting creative to ensure representation of different groups, there is an anticipated 5% increase in advertisers adopting strategies to address underrepresented groups over the next 3 years compared to the last 3 years. Advertisers anticipate addressing internal diversity will increase 11% over the next 3 years compared to the last 3 years. “Yesterday’s customer is not today’s customer, and it is mission critical that brands and advertisers do everything in their power to engage their audiences consciously, with relevance and respect. The best way to do that is by authentically investing and acting on impactful DE&I strategies, and what we’re seeing throughout both the report’s findings and general consumer behavior is that audiences are demanding representation and inclusion to be key brand priorities for advertisers. Matterkind’s goal is to help brands take actionable and meaningful steps in turning their DE&I goals into reality,” said Erica Schmidt, Global CEO of Matterkind. “The importance of ensuring that advertisements are reaching diverse audiences has never been more clear, as impactful ad campaigns have the potential to shape and address social issues. As consumers continue to demand that brands take a stand against inequity, brands must adapt a holistic DE&I program that ensures campaigns prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion across all stages of campaign development to authentically build their audiences and reach,” said Dr. Femi Olu-Lafe, SVP, Culture and Inclusion at Acxiom, Kinesso, and Matterkind. For more information or to download the report, please click here. Additional imagery is available upon request. About Matterkind Matterkind, IPG’s activation intelligence company, drives better business outcomes while putting the customer experience first. Through the lens of conscious marketing, they employ ethical data, through patented applications, to deliver addressable activation intelligence. Matterkind strengthens connectivity between brands and their audiences, through trusted partnership, excellence, and expertise. Matterkind is a part of Kinesso, the marketing technology unit of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (IPG). For more information, visit Matterkind.com.

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Instacart Announces New Shoppable Video and Display Advertising Products, Driving Inspiration, Discovery and Purchase

Instacart | May 30, 2022

Instacart today announced two new advertising solutions that bring together the best of inspirational storytelling and action: shoppable video ads and enhanced shoppable display ads. These new formats expand Instacart's ad product suite with inspiring experiences to give brands a more immersive way to storytell, engage and drive sales. Shoppable video and shoppable display enable CPG brands to shorten the user journey from awareness and product discovery directly to purchase – all within one rich media unit. Advertisers can now promote engaging, targeted, creative content to consumers as they shop from their favorite retailers on Instacart. Dove, Mondelēz International, PepsiCo and S.Pellegrino are among the first CPG brands to pilot Instacart's shoppable video and shoppable display products. "Advertisers choose Instacart because we've built a platform with high-intent consumers, unparalleled scale of retailers, and closed-looped measurement, all of which drives meaningful results for our brand partners," said Ali Miller, Vice President of Ads Product at Instacart. "We designed our new shoppable ad products to create more brand storytelling opportunities for CPGs, help them inspire and reach new and existing consumers, and ultimately drive sales in a singular unit. We see that these kinds of shoppable rich media experiences resonate with consumers as well, as we're bringing more discovery and inspiration to the online shopping experience. We're grateful to work with brand partners who have been excited to innovate with us and incubate these formats along the way to drive maximum impact." Instacart's new shoppable video ads will equip brands to combine the powerful storytelling capabilities of video creative with an in-line set of shoppable products to shorten the path from discovery to purchase. Advertisers will be able to fuel brand affinity with rich stories, motion and audio, and inspire bigger baskets with seamless add to cart functionality. Throughout the pilot, Instacart will test and learn alongside its CPG brand partners to determine best practices and inform what the shoppable video product looks like when it is available to all brands in Instacart's self-service portal, Ads Manager, later this year. Building on the early success of its inaugural display ads product, Instacart has created a new, iterative, shoppable display product to inspire basket building through discovery and purchase. This new shoppable display format is a CPG brand's contextual 'pop up shop' on Instacart and enables them to reach the right consumer at the right time to drive consideration and bigger baskets – without disrupting the shopping experience. The engaging new format features brand imagery coupled with direct add to cart functionality; brands are able to pin a bundle of items that inspires complementary purchases, innovation, and drives routine purchases. More than 40 CPG brands have piloted the shoppable display product, which will be generally available to all brand partners in Ads Manager later this summer. Dove first partnered with Instacart Ads in 2017 with sponsored product campaigns, and expanded as an early pioneer with shoppable display for their "Nourish Your Beauty" campaign. "Across all our Dove campaigns, we tell real, thoughtful stories of beauty as a source of confidence, not anxiety, that our audience can authentically connect with and that inspire the next generation," said Leslie Miller, Marketing Director on Dove. "At the same time, we are constantly looking for innovative platforms to engage with our audience. Working with Instacart Ads has enabled us to try new tools that do just that. Testing Instacart's new shoppable display and shoppable video ads have equipped us to inspire even more people with our brand storytelling and seamlessly drive purchases as they shop on Instacart." "Partnering with Instacart helps us stay ahead of the curve when it comes to inspiring and engaging consumers along their shopping journey," said Emily Frankel, SVP, eCommerce Marketing Head at PepsiCo. "Partnering with Instacart helps us stay ahead of the curve when it comes to inspiring and engaging consumers along their shopping journey," said Emily Frankel, SVP, eCommerce Marketing Head at PepsiCo. "Multiple PepsiCo brands have joined the Instacart video and display pilots to test and learn. Shoppable display has proven to be an effective way to drive first-time purchase of our products via the Instacart platform, and while we're just getting started with shoppable video, we look forward to continuing our work to give consumers a compelling omnichannel experience." "We're thrilled to partner with Instacart. Online grocery shopping is critical to our long-term growth strategy and we are excited to create a richer experience for our consumers as they shop for our beloved brands." - Wesley Saraceni, Senior Director of Marketing Digital Commerce at Mondelēz International. Instacart's new shoppable video and shoppable display products expand the company's robust advertising tool kit and help CPG brands of all sizes deeply engage with consumers directly at the point of purchase. Now, advertisers have even more choices and touchpoints to inspire consumers throughout the entire shopping journey. The new shoppable video and display products, alongside the company's flagship sponsored product offering, brand pages and suite of display ad solutions, equip brands on Instacart with comprehensive full-funnel marketing capabilities to reach valuable consumers at the point of purchase and drive effective, measurable outcomes. Instacart today offers self-service and managed ad services for more than 5,000 CPG brands. Instacart also partners with industry-leading API partners that have built campaign management and optimization applications leveraging the Instacart Ads API. About Instacart Instacart is a leading retail enablement platform that works with grocers and retailers to transform how people shop. Today, Instacart partners with more than 800 national, regional and local retail brands to facilitate online shopping, delivery and pickup services from more than 70,000 stores across more than 5,500 cities in North America. Millions of busy people and families turn to Instacart to get the groceries they need from the retailers they love, and more than 600,000 Instacart shoppers pick, pack and deliver orders for customers on their own flexible schedule. The Instacart Platform offers a suite of enterprise-grade technology products and services to power e-commerce, fulfillment, in-store, ads and insights for retailers across the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds of retailers partner with Instacart to power their e-commerce experiences across the Instacart App and their own white-label sites and solutions. With Instacart Ads, thousands of CPG brands partner with the company to connect directly with consumers online. For more information, visit www.instacart.com/company, and to start shopping, visit www.instacart.com. For anyone interested in becoming an Instacart shopper, visit https://shoppers.instacart.com/.

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WPP to Acquire Marketing Technology Leader Bower House Digital

Ogilvy | July 04, 2022

WPP (NYSE: WPP) today announces it has agreed to acquire the business of Bower House Digital, a leading marketing technology services agency located in Australia. Bower House Digital will join Ogilvy’s global network, further strengthening its ability to deliver technology-driven marketing solutions for clients. Founded in 2017 by Bryan Dobson and Meg Quinn, it employs approximately 80 people across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The agency designs, builds and deploys digital experiences for clients including Aesop, Bunnings, Bupa, Target and Myer. It specialises in implementing Salesforce Marketing Cloud solutions and was awarded Salesforce’s APAC Growth Partner of the Year in 2021. The acquisition is aligned with WPP’s accelerated growth strategy and focused M&A approach to build on existing digital experience capabilities. Over the past decade, WPP has grown into a global Platinum Salesforce partner with more than 7,000 practitioners across Marketing, Commerce, Experience, Loyalty, Analytics, Service and Sales Clouds. “Companies are seeking one integrated communications solution that combines creativity, technology and data. Bower House Digital’s knowledge in marketing technology will further strengthen our digital expertise in Australia and New Zealand. I’m excited to welcome the Bower House Digital team and clients to WPP.” -Rose Herceg, WPP President, Australia and New Zealand. Andy Main, Global Chief Executive Officer at Ogilvy, added: Bower House Digital has a dynamic team of experts with a track record of delivering truly personalised digital experiences for some of the world’s most recognisable brands. We look forward to driving impact and fueling growth for our clients by scaling Bower House Digital’s capabilities at the intersection of creativity, consultancy, production and operational services across our global network. Bryan Dobson and Meg Quinn, Bower House Digital Co-founders, said: Joining WPP and Ogilvy’s global network represents the next stage in our growth. We are so proud of what our company has achieved, the culture we have created and the team we have assembled over the past five years. Fusing our digital marketing knowledge with the creative powers of Ogilvy will build even bigger and better opportunities for our people and clients. About WPP- WPP is the creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients and communities. About Ogilvy- Ogilvy inspires brands and people to impact the world. We have been creating iconic, culture-changing, value-driving ideas for clients since David Ogilvy founded the company in 1948. We continue building on that rich legacy through our borderless creativity—operating, innovating, and creating at the intersection of talent and capabilities. Our experts in Advertising, Experience, Public Relations, Health, and Consulting work fluidly across 131 offices in 93 countries to bring forth world-class creative solutions for our clients. Ogilvy is a WPP company (NYSE: WPP).

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Global Social Media Ad Spend Jumps 19% Year-over-Year

Emplifi | August 05, 2022

Emplifi, the leading unified customer experience platform, revealed the findings of its Q2 2022 analysis of social media spend across thousands of brands worldwide. The report findings highlight a rebound in median monthly global ad spend compared to the same period last year, a decrease in the median monthly click-through rate (CTR), a slight uptick in median monthly cost-per-click (CPC), and steady engagement on Facebook and Instagram. The data also shows a slight decrease in brands’ response rate to customers who ask questions on social media. Brands increase investment in paid social media After seeing a notable post-holiday drop in Q1 2022, median global monthly ad spend among brands rebounded by 18% in Q2 2022, climbing back above USD 4,200 – a figure close to the year-high level that was seen in Q4 2021. With this quarter's rebound, median monthly ad spend has increased 19% YoY, suggesting that brands are allocating more budget to reach their target audiences via paid social. Click-through rate (CTR) continues to decline Emplifi data shows that median monthly CTR has been steadily decreasing over time, dipping below the 1% mark in Q1 2022. This past quarter tells a similar story, with CTR lowering to 0.93%, signaling a 11% drop YoY. Despite this decrease, businesses can continue to depend on social media advertising to return value, as engagement remains fairly stable when consumers interact with paid social posts. Median cost-per-click (CPC) remains stable While CTR has steadily decreased, Emplifi data shows that CPC remains relatively stable despite some fluctuations in recent quarters, hitting $0.20 in Q2 2022. With average CPC rebounding this quarter after seeing a drop at the beginning of the year, it will be interesting to see whether this is a quarterly fluctuation or the start of an upward trend. Instagram still dominant in engagement After seeing a steady decrease since Q2 2021, median Facebook post interactions saw a slight bump quarter-over-quarter, reaching their highest level since Q3 2021. However, Q2 2022 levels remain notably lower than Q2 2021, with brands generating approximately 5.2 interactions per 1K impressions on Facebook, a 15% decrease year-over-year. When it comes to industries, the strongest performers for engagement on Facebook were brands in the Industrial (9.79) and Accommodation (9.04) sectors, while the lowest performers were Ecommerce (2.80), Retail (3.64), and Fashion (3.90). Instagram continues to show much stronger engagement than Facebook, with about 32 interactions per 1K impressions in Q2 2022, which is on par with what has been seen across the past year. Brands in the Beverages (47.37), Alcohol (46.83), and Software (45.11) sectors saw the highest levels of engagement, with Retail (17.71), Telecom (21.58), and Ecommerce (22.81) brands lagging. TikTok versus Instagram In an analysis of sister TikTok and Instagram accounts across 330 brands from January-June 2022, Emplifi data shows that brands post more often on Instagram (68%) than on TikTok (32%) in relative posting frequency. While reach and interactions were higher on Instagram, video content had greater engagement on TikTok. Either way, both platforms have shown an upward trend over six months in terms of engagement rate, peaking in June 2022, reconfirming user interest for engaging video content. “Brands need to connect with their audiences where they are and social media is an integral part of the marketing mix,” said Emplifi CMO, Zarnaz Arlia. “Brands need to connect with their audiences where they are and social media is an integral part of the marketing mix,” said Emplifi CMO, Zarnaz Arlia. “It’s no secret that TikTok's surge in popularity is continuing – we’ve found that brands post more often on Instagram than TikTok, and video content has higher engagement on TikTok. It will be interesting to see how this trends in the months ahead. What is certain though is that in today’s world, having and maintaining a solid presence on both TikTok and Instagram is essential.” Twitter shows the fastest response times to questions Emplifi data shows that median response rates for brands answering questions on Facebook and Instagram decreased slightly in Q2 2022. On Twitter, after some mild fluctuations, response rates have returned to a similar level from the same time last year. When looking at engagement by industry, Beauty, FMCG Food, and Home & Living brands had comparatively higher response rates to user questions on social, while Automotive brands had lower response rates across all three social media platforms. In terms of the time it took for brands to respond to questions, Instagram and Twitter saw slight bumps quarter-over-quarter, while Facebook saw a decrease for the second straight quarter. Examining the data by industry, some brands have the slowest response times on Facebook (alcohol, beauty, FMCG food, home & living, service), while for other brands, it's on Instagram (automotive, ecommerce, electronics, fashion, retail). However, except for one industry (FMCG food), Twitter typically sees the fastest response times among the three networks examined. Methodology Emplifi's analysis is based on Q2 2022 data and year-on-year comparisons downloaded at the beginning of July 2022. About Emplifi Emplifi is the leading unified CX platform that brings marketing, commerce, and care together to help businesses close the customer experience gap. More than 7,000 brands, including Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, and McDonald's, rely on Emplifi to provide their customers with outstanding experiences at every touchpoint. For more information, visit www.emplifi.io.

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After tracking our revenue over the course of the last week, it is now evident that The Humanist Report has also been hit by YouTube's ad revenue crisis. At this point, we haven't been impacted as much as bigger YouTubers, but the gap between views and revenue continues to widen as YouTube plays less and less advertisements on our channel. Thankfully, other YouTubers that have experienced this have indicated that ads have returned to their channel, so this should ultimately be temporary, but the downward trend is still troubling.

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