Bidtellect’s Top 10 Holiday Campaign Tips for for Brands & Advertisers

Bidtellect’s Top 10 Holiday Campaign Tips for for Brands & Advertisers

This is our no frills, top 10 list for holiday advertising success.

$1.3 trillion

eMarketer predicts 2022 holiday retail sales to increase 3.3% to $1.262 trillion (eMarketer). 

 

4%

Only 4% of U.S. holiday shoppers did not use digital channels for their shopping in 2021 (Think With Google)

61%

61% of consumers joined a loyalty program to receive discounts during the 2021 holiday season (Deloitte)

1. Holiday spend is going to be big. Now is the time to scale.

Bidtellect’s platform is integrated with 25+ of the industry’s leading SSPs and exchanges, giving buyers access to 98%+ of the internet-connected US, and 100s of thousands of publishers and global supply.

2. Don’t skimp on brand safety. 

Filter towards quality to ensure viewability, brand safety, supply path optimization, and to combat fraud.

3. Make use of all Bidtellect’s ad formats & devices

We’re talkin’ Responsive Native, High Impact, Banner Display, Video and Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile – all to drive brand and promotional awareness. Bonus: we now offer CTV/OTT. Talk to your contact to see if you can incorporate it now.

4. Reach consumers already engaging with holiday content,

holiday shopping content, or any topic of your choosing with context-driven targeting and optimization.

5. Utilize Bidtellect’s proprietary audiences,

which use natural language processing technology and the context of the page to build custom audiences that show an explicit interest in the category of your choosing.

6. Save where it counts.

Our optimization technology – especially our automatic bid factoring tool, AARDvark – will ensure you’re paying for the true value of an ad placement, maximizing ROI.

7. Loyalty programs matter to holiday shoppers

for early deals and access – the data shows it. Show off loyalty programs and exciting savings promotions in your holiday creative assets. Ads with promotions are consistently top performing, according to [b]+studio.

8. Rely on real-time optimization

 to identify the creatives and content that deliver the best results across devices and sites.

9. Analyze campaign performance

with Bidtellect’s robust analytics, customized reporting, third-party measurement solutions and proprietary insights for the most in-depth assessment of your holiday campaigns.

10. Teamwork makes the holiday dream come true

Our creative experts [b]+studio will create custom, eye-catching, and high performing holiday creative assets for your brand. Our performance analysts make recommendations based on performance and goals.

 

Brands and advertisers, we hope these top 10 tips for holiday campaigns are helpful. Reach out to your Bidtellect rep to learn more.

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Holiday Creative Assets: 6 Mandatory Tips for Engagement from [b]+studio

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Hello, holiday advertisers! We asked Santa aka Bidtellect’s in-house creative agency their mandatory tips for engaging holiday creative assets. Don’t you want your brand on on the high-engagement “nice list?”

Remember, no matter how great your platform’s placement and optimization capabilities, bad creative assets (we’re talking images, videos, and copy) will kill engagement faster than you can say, “Is this coal?!”

So here’s what you need to know.

1. It’s the Happiest Time of Year – Keep Your Holiday Creative Assets & Messaging Positive!

 

Simple as that! Use positive adjectives in headlines coupled with happy images to increase CTR. Cold, monotone creatives do not bring joy. Bonus: add puns or rhymes to make it even more…puntastic.

2. Keep the Holidays Front of Mind in All Creative Assets

 

‘Tis the season: remember to include at least one holiday reference in the image or copy in all holiday creative assets, or you’ll risk seeming out of the loop (as well as suffering poor engagement).

Use the concept of “gift guides.” Offer helpful, valuable tips and create content that’s great to drive to. Think: find the perfect gift for “X” which doubles as calling out the targeted demographic, but in a fun, holiday way. Be a holiday thought leader – and help your shoppers out!

3. Refresh Your Holiday Creatives For Engagement & Re-Engagement

 

Switch up your holiday creative assets! Better yet: rotate based on the event, as you count down to Black Friday, that big holiday sale, or new holiday release. Bidtellect’s advanced platform optimizes to best-performing creatives (read more on Dynamic Creative Optimization) and our team will manually rotate creatives to find your best performance.

Plus, you’ll want to re-engage with users thanks to our sequential messaging tech and other re-engagement tactics – so you’ll need fresh content!

4. High Impact Units Are Your Best Gift

 

Take your holiday creative assets up a notch with high impact creative units: cinemagraphs, scroller units, and carousel units are major engagement givers. These are highly effective at telling a short story and conveying a specific setting or emotion. They also drive maximum in-unit engagement. One advertising agency found that cinemagraph content tends to have more virality, with 71% higher organic reach than still photographs. Don’t believe us? Check out this case study or this one.

5. Incorporate Video into Your Holiday Creative Assets

 

9/10 people report wanting to see more videos from brands, according to Hubspot. So go ahead, give consumers the gift of video ads in your holiday creative assets this season – and you’ll give your brand the gift of higher engagement. Keep them short, sweet, and positive – and be sure your message can be conveyed with and without sound.

Bidtellect’s context-driven solutions ensure your video ads will be relevant to the content surrounding it – a good thing since 74% of consumers are likely to remember an ad if its message relates to the content around it.

6. Make Sure You Offer Deals and Promotions in Your Headlines

Santa with Sale Sign

 

Everybody loves a sale – especially during the holidays! So include deals, discounts, incentives, and reward programs in the copy of your holiday creative assets. Bidtellect’s [b]+studio consistently sees highest performance for headlines including a discount.

Examples: promo codes, flash sales, bundle deals, free shipping, etc. Combine promotions (discounts or a special offer) with the shipping deadlines to incentivize your customers to start shopping. Most predict consumers will start shopping even earlier this year.

Brands and advertisers, we hope these tips for engaging holiday creative assets are helpful!  The holiday 2022 shopping season is going to be a great year!

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Pride is more than just a rainbow flag.

What has your experience been like in the workforce being a part of the LGBTQ+ community?

Being “out” in the workforce is different for every person. After struggling with coming out in college, I was nervous to be my authentic self in the workforce. I quickly learned, however, that our industry is full of allies and people who treat everyone the same way. It has been so peaceful and stress-free to be who I was created to be and not have to hide it for fear of termination or mistreatment.

 

How can team members in the (virtual) office be allies to the LGBTQ+ community?

Ask questions and understand situations that people that are LGBTQ+ have gone through. Be visible and proud of being an ally. Let those people in the LGBTQ+ community know that you support the community.

In what ways do you believe companies should be celebrating pride month? Do you believe there are ways companies should not be celebrating pride month?

Don’t only teach the history of Pride Month (i.e. the 1969 Stonewall riots that jump started the gay liberation movement in the U.S. and ultimately led to yearly celebrations of Pride), but also teach where things currently stand in terms of equal rights to all employees. Pride is more than just a rainbow flag. If organizations are going to celebrate Pride month, tell stories about the history of Pride and showcase people that have paved the way for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as ones who continue to do so in our current times.

What does it mean to embrace LGBTQ+ pride?

Be willing to learn, confront your own bias or privilege, encourage family and friends to be allies, learn from your possible past mistakes where you may not have been supportive, intervene when needed, get involved, and get educated. Treat people of the community with respect and the same way you would want to be treated.

How are you planning to celebrate this year? 

Pride Events in Dallas with friends, plus a Bidtellect Dallas Office Pride Lunch!

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I believe that truly embracing pride is to be fully accepting of yourself and others. It means knowing that all people deserve the same respect as anyone else. This means being comfortable with yourself and allowing and promoting others to feel the same way about themselves.

What has your experience been like in the workforce being a part of the LGBTQ+ community?

I’m very proud of who I am as a person.  In the past, anytime I encountered any sort of issue in the workplace regarding an aspect of my character, I relied on that confidence in myself to push through it. I also have a very open sense of humor, so if “gay jokes” were thrown around the workplace, I might have laughed along – but you’d better believe I cracked a joke that got right back at them. 😛

How can team members in the (virtual) office be allies to the LGBTQ+ community?

Vote to support people who care about human rights. You can be as nice as you want to your LGBTQ+ coworkers, but if you’re voting in support of a legislature that infringes on their rights, then your kind words are meaningless.

In what ways do you believe companies should be celebrating pride month? Do you believe there are ways companies should not be celebrating pride month?

Rainbows everywhere. (Only partially kidding.) The celebration of pride is very commonly focused on this one month, which, in my opinion, isn’t the best approach. This leads to a sense that the organization is only responsible for this support in one given month. In order to support our LGBTQ+ community, we need to make it clear that we support the LGBTQ+ community year round. This could be as simple as making it clear in our organization that discrimination is not allowed.

What does it mean to embrace LGBTQ+ pride?

Once again, rainbows. (Also only partially kidding.) I believe that truly embracing pride is to be fully accepting of yourself and others. It means knowing that all people deserve the same respect as anyone else. This means being comfortable with yourself and allowing and promoting others to feel the same way about themselves.

How are you planning to celebrate this year? 

I’m going to keep doing what I always do. I will keep on living my life authentically and I won’t be ashamed of who I am. I’m going to live my life proudly.

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Sneak Peak:

Special Gifts & Memories Matter:

  • 45% Want to find a gift that’s unique or different
  • 35% want to find a gift that creates a special memory

(NRF, 2021)

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