Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists


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    Why the metaverse could be a breakthrough in privacy-compliant digital marketing

    Through cookie alternatives and lessons learned from past digital marketing efforts, brands can hit reset on privacy in the metaverse.

    Asa Hiken • Nov. 30, 2021
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    How brands are turning inclusive holiday campaigns into more than 'inspiration porn'

    Target and Starbucks lead the way for marketers trying to authentically embrace diversity and inclusion during a busy yet reflective season.

    Chris Kelly • Nov. 23, 2021
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    How intense interest in NFTs and other collectibles is shaping marketing

    Consumer appetites for NFTs remain niche, but the format could serve as an important experiment if the metaverse ever takes off.

    Peter Adams • Nov. 16, 2021
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    These traditional brands are shifting to a DTC model. Here's how.

    Athletics retailers are in some ways leading this shift, but brands across the industry are doubling down on the model to grow margins.

    Cara Salpini • Nov. 11, 2021
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    How Disney balances entertainment and ad sales in the streaming age

    The company is positioning itself to take advantage of changing consumer behavior as streaming and digital advertising expand.

    Chris Kelly • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Spirit brands concoct multisensory shindigs for next-gen experiential marketing

    Bombay Sapphire, Johnnie Walker and Grey Goose are some of the marketers using the tactic to explore innovation in ways that are specific to their products.

    Asa Hiken • Nov. 2, 2021
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    CTV is exploding, but can marketers capitalize on its promise?

    Executives at Advertising Week spoke about the opportunity connected TV presents despite persistent issues with fragmentation and measurement.

    Chris Kelly • Oct. 27, 2021
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    At Advertising Week: Less fluff and increased candor around industry's uncertain future

    Across four days in New York, marketers stepped out of their comfort zones with optimism that occasionally belied ongoing supply chain and engagement issues.

    Peter Adams • Oct. 26, 2021
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    How product shortages and an extended shopping season are upending holiday marketing

    Preparing contingencies for different holiday scenarios puts additional pressure on brands and agencies working to keep up amid their own staffing challenges.

    Natalie Koltun • Oct. 19, 2021
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    Megan Rapinoe appeared in an ad Subway uploaded to YouTube on July 21, 2021.

    Can QSRs meet marketing's new imperatives without alienating franchisees?

    National brand building is often in conflict with the needs of local operators — a dichotomy that has only become more apparent in the past 18 months.

    Chris Kelly • Oct. 12, 2021
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    CPG brands ditch domestic tropes for culture-led marketing. Will it pay off?

    Marketers face pressure to address a history of propping up gender roles that were woven into the cultural fabric by agencies in the "Mad Men" era.

    Peter Adams • Oct. 5, 2021
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    For influencer marketing to drive sales, trust must translate to real strategies

    As the holiday shopping season approaches, boosting confidence in the space could push it toward lower-funnel productivity.

    Asa Hiken • Sept. 28, 2021
  • As NFL kicks off 2nd pandemic season, sports marketers exercise cautious optimism

    Even as concerns persist around the delta variant, brands feel more confident about their strategies, including the return of experiential tactics and expansion into sports betting.

    Peter Adams • Sept. 15, 2021
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    Can agencies adapt as the future of work takes shape?

    Attracting and retaining talent has been complicated by the shift to remote work and demands for better work-life balance, forcing agencies to be more flexible.

    Chris Kelly • Aug. 23, 2021
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    Amid back-to-school uncertainty, marketers pin hopes on digital precision and renewed demand

    Where people are buying is changing dramatically, extending well beyond the usual suspects such as Amazon to social media platforms that are expanding their commerce capabilities.

    Peter Adams • Aug. 2, 2021
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    Unusual Olympics put digital, mobile marketing tactics to the test

    Dwindling viewer interest and the absence of live spectators this year mean brands must get more innovative to stand out.

    Asa Hiken • July 27, 2021
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    9 campaigns that showed marketers staying nimble despite haze of H1 2021

    As consumers navigate the stop-start nature of pandemic recovery, some brands have proved adept at addressing their anxieties and tech needs by offering a dose of optimism, in-person events or NFTs.

    Peter Adams and Asa Hiken • July 13, 2021
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    As canned cocktails boom, marketers eyeing longevity face new challenges

    The explosive category is nearing an inflection point that will force marketers to focus on deepening brand identity and targeting millennial drinkers.

    Asa Hiken • July 7, 2021
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    The rise of DTC holding companies

    Growing multiple brands under one umbrella allows companies to more effectively and efficiently scale them by providing resources and knowledge.

    Caroline Jansen • June 30, 2021
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    What's next for the ad industry as Google gives third-party cookies a stay of execution

    Google kicked the can down the road with its latest privacy decision, but brands, agencies and the ad tech industry can't rest on their laurels.

    Chris Kelly • June 25, 2021
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    The business of normalizing taboo topics

    From periods and acne to sex toys and toilet plungers, DTC brands are out to disrupt every eyebrow-raising industry under the sun.

    Maria Monteros • June 8, 2021
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    Celeb-backed agencies are ready for their close-ups

    Shaq, Ryan Reynolds, Tony Hawk and Dwayne Johnson are putting their star power behind marketing agencies that are more than just vanity projects.

    Aaron Baar • May 24, 2021
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    Yum ramps up transformation with new tech deals. How will they impact marketing?

    Broader trends in the QSR category and changing media consumption habits could herald a bigger focus on performance marketing, experts suggest.

    Peter Adams • May 12, 2021
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    Digital media's big show loses some glitz just as streaming explodes. Maybe that's not a bad thing

    The NewFronts presentations are all-virtual for the second year, but some media buyers don't miss the often hectic in-person event and are excited about innovations in areas like e-commerce.

    Peter Adams • May 3, 2021
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    Why brands like Neutrogena and Old Spice are rushing to build internal content studios

    While people seek ad-free platforms like streaming services, brands angle to meet the appetite for programming — but they must avoid navel-gazing.

    Peter Adams • April 20, 2021