This Week in Digital Advertising: Beauty, Privacy, & COVID Drones

This Week in Digital Advertising: Beauty, Privacy, & COVID Drones

Hello, Bidtellectuals!

Congratulations to Bidtellectual of the Week Lindsey Morgenthaler, whose clients and colleagues alike sing her praises!

All-Hands Goes Virtual

This week, Bidtellectuals have gathered “virtually” each afternoon for our annual All-Hands! Usually, the team gathers for a few days of fun in sunny South Florida, but this year looked a little different (i.e. through a Zoom camera). The theme of presentations has been “The Journey of an Ad:” how each department and platform capability contributes to the journey and successful placement and performance of an ad through Bidtellect’s platform. And check this: we broke into teams to come up with a fun “commercial” for Bidtellect. Take a peek at one team’s final product! Get ready to smile.

 

Beauty and the Coronavirus

Yes, the industry felt a hit at first, but a shift in popularity to skincare, the “affordable luxury” mentality, and the desire to feel good even in a crisis has helped the industry rebound and more. Expect a permanent shift to ecommerce or hybrid models for customers post-pandemic. Now is the time to build out content to inspire shopping online and expand those digital channels to reach more now. In the words of Elizabeth Taylor: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” And read this.

eMarketer: Identity 2020

If you’re looking for a good run-down of the changes to cookies, ad IDs, and any other regulations taking aim at tracking this year: this is it. Don’t worry, eMarketer also surveyed marketers across the country about how they’re handling it. Surprise: compliance and data regulation will be taking up most of their attention: 60% of respondents will increase spend/emphasis on use of first-party data (IAB via eMarketer). More concerning, though, is that fewer than one-third of data professionals in North America were actively testing and investing in new solutions as of May, per IAB via eMarketer. So we’re heading towards a cookieless future, but most of the industry is about to be like, “Sorry, the dog ate my homework.”

Drones: Covid Tests of the Future??

And on the Covid-testing front: those eager to 􀃖y to Hawaii might be happy to hear that United Airlines passengers can take a rapid test at the San Francisco Airport starting on Oct. 15. Travelers who test negative will be able to skip Hawaii’s 14-day mandatory quarantine BUT will have to foot the $250 bill. (And those who test positive won’t be able to board.) Want to test at home? No problem! Walmart is offering at-home Covid-19 testing kits by drone thanks to a new partnership with Questa Diagnostics and DroneUp. There are a few caveats, but in a blog post, Walmart said it will begin trial deliveries of Covid-19 collection kits starting Sept. 22 in NorthLas Vegas, with Cheektowaga, N.Y., to follow in early October. And if you’re feeling really confident: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines released new safety procedures and hope to set sail by October 31st!!!! No more buffets, but lots of testing.

Stay safe, friends,

Charlotte

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Charlotte Otremba is Sr. Manager of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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How to lead through a crisis

Simple: communicate, communicate, communicate. Bidtellect CEO Lon Otremba contributed to Forbes on the topic of crisis and leadership, and it is well worth the read. Keep your team in-the-know about updates to your crisis plan and encourage everyone to set work/life boundaries and communicate those accordingly.

The coronavirus’s impact on the financial vertical

Wondering how the coronavirus crisis has impacted the financial vertical? And how advertising efforts should continue and what we can learn from the ’08 crisis? We were, too. Basically, shift to mobile and build trust, but read more here and watch our latest Bidtellect Beat: Digital Edition video for more in-depth analysis.

WATCH Coronavirus & Finance: Predictions & How to Adjust

 

Where’s the ad money going?

Away from TV, according to Mediapost. Major TV station groups are witnessing sharp advertising declines of around 35% to 40% so far due to COVID-19, and the advertising drop is more severe and more rapid than the financial recession in 2008. Yikes. Meanwhile, political ad spending predictions have just shot up, mostly due to cancellations in live event programming, causing a reallocation of budget. And eMarketer’s latest report still expects to spend on mobile display advertising to rise to$61 billion in 2020, a 22.0% increase over 2019.

Ghosts and Drones! Ghosts and Drones!

In case you wanted something ELSE to keep you from sleeping tonight other than the general global doom and gloom, some people have (and want!) ghosts living with them! Read these reports of hauntings during the coronavirus – you’re welcome! Oh, and if you’re missing organized sports, professional drone-racing is gaining momentum. I was skeptical, but it actually sounds pretty cool. Each drone has 1,000colorful LED lights, there’s music playing, and they can go from zero to 90 miles per hour in one second. Boom!

Stay safe everyone,

Charlotte

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Charlotte Otremba is Sr. Manager of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.

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