This Week in Digital Advertising: Quibi Quits, Pinterest Peaks, & eMarketer Predicts Holiday Growth

This Week in Digital Advertising: Quibi Quits, Pinterest Peaks, & eMarketer Predicts Holiday Growth

Hello Bidtellectuals!

This week’s Bidtellect of the Week goes out to all those in leadership positions in honor of National Bosses Day!

Quibi Quits
Ah, alas. Short-form is now short-lived. Quibi launched on April 6th with megacelebrities and a massive amount of content in tow. The new streaming app was meant to be the ideal form of scripted content for viewers on-the-go: 5-10 minute bite-sized episodes meant to be watched on the train or waiting in line for co ee. Content for “in-between moments,” according to execs. But Quibi launched right as the coronavirus pandemic hit its peak in the United States; offices closed and all forms of commuting ceased. There were no more in-between moments, only long unending days or extremely jam-packed stressful ones. Quibi didn’t release any official numbers, but they evidently didn’t hit their projected 7.5 million paid subscribers by year’s end, and advertisers experienced significant under deliveries.”Quibi published an open letter to employees, writing that they had exhausted every option and apologized. They are “winding down the business and looking to sell it’s content and technology assets.”

Pinterest Peaks
Meanwhile, image-sharing and inspo site Pinterest is having a much bigger year than planned. At the start of the pandemic, users turned to the app to assist in hunkering down: “It was cooking, kids’ activities, building out their home office and home fitness,” according to Chief Revenue Officer Jon Kaplan. This continued for a while as more and more people transitioned to working from home. People researched a lot on easy-cooking tips, DIYs, new recipes, games, and travel pins. As more and more people are transitioning to the work-from-home norm, data is inclined towards home-office requirements. For example, filing cabinet alternatives was one of the most followed one in this category.

The transition from working in an office to working from home has been a massive jump and it has also shown people how unprepared their home is to take on a ‘working from home’ job, this has left some homeowners worried that if this turns into a long term thing they will not be able to accommodate this need as they do not have the privacy, space, or a good internet connection, to make this work, so they have been looking at ways that they can remedy this to help them if this becomes permanent. For instance, if a home office is of the utmost importance due to the nature of their work, they may want to look at relocating to facilitate their needs and their spouses/partners’ needs if they too are in the same boat. This can be done by using ‘We Buy Houses‘ companies like or similar depending on their location, so they can find the best buyer for their home and get into a new one that has a better layout that can support them with their work. To some this may seem extreme, but with the current climate the way it is people need to be able to sustain a work from home system and if that is not met, work can suffer, jobs can be in jeopardy, and finances can dwindle, so finding the best solution for this time frame is essential.

Taking a home move like this into consideration during this turbulent time, the platform (Pinterest) became an escape and hope-filled inspiration board for the future as well as for new home office ideas and home redecorating to help people feel better about where they are and what they are doing to accommodate these needs. The platform’s monthly users grew more than 40% in the second quarter to 415 million. The expansion is led by new international users (50% growth rate) and Gen Z users, who are joining the platform at twice the rate of people older than 25.

eMarketer’s Latest Report Predicts eCommerce Holiday Cheer
E-commerce (electronic commerce) is the buying and selling of goods and services, as well as the transfer of funds or data, over an electronic network, most notably the internet. These transactions can be business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), consumer-to-consumer (C2C), or consumer-to-business (C2B). You can learn more about the fundamentals of e-commerce by visiting websites such as techbrice.

Well! The news is, this year, eMarketer’s latest reports predict a holiday cheer at this time. The already cost-conscious consumer will be looking to keep their holiday spending in check, as well as avoid brick and mortar locations. But fear not: ecommerce saves the holidays! Its growth will make up for the expected declines in brick-and-mortar retail. Most of the retail shops have started selling products online and shipping them to customers, which in turn has improved the business sales. This has not only generated a new platform for business income, but it has also created a sustainable market for online companies to expand and grow. Moreover, with on-site businesses following environmental and sustainable compliance for site development, waste management, stormwater management (consult environmental consulting firms to learn more), along with sustainable financing, product shipping, transportation, etc., the companies can generate new leads and attract eco-friendly customers.

Cyber Monday will be the biggest online spending day in US history with sales of $12.89 billion, up 38.3% from last year. Black Friday is expected to be the second-biggest, with sales anticipated to increase by 39.4% to $10.20 billion, while Thanksgiving will see a dramatic 49.5% sales growth rate.

Good News:
Reese’s Made a Trick-or-Treat Robot Don’t want to get close to a potential germ-filled child during trick-or-treating this year? Reese’s might send you it’s 9-foot robotic trick-or-treat door that dispenses king-size Peanut Butter Cup candy bars along with smoke, lights, and a Halloween soundtrack. Other Halloween adaptations: Mars Wrigley unveiled an app called Treat Town, which lets users across the country virtually trick or treat with each other throughout October. Krispy Kreme also developed a “reverse trick or treat” promotion. Spooky!

Stay safe, friends!

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

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‘Tis the Shopping Season…


If planning your holiday campaigns feels overwhelming – fear not. Arm yourself with the stats that matter for the most up-to-date programmatic strategy. The focus of this Infographic is the most recent data on holiday retail spend, holiday shopper patterns, and content marketing including mobile and video. Bonus: scroll down for 4 Key Takeaways you can implement now. 

Retail Holiday Spend 2018


Total Holiday Spend

Total U.S. Holiday retail spending increased 5.4% to $998.32 billion in 2018 

November + December

Total U.S. online sales in November and December 2018 reached $122 billion, an increase of 17.4% from 2017

Trillion Dollar 2019

eMarketer predicts that the 2019 holiday season will see healthy US retail spending growth of 3.7% to $1.035 trillion

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday Weekend

About 18% of shoppers consolidate all of their shopping to the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday period

Billion Dollar Weekend

Black Friday 2018 (Thanksgiving Day plus Black Friday) raked in $9.9 billion in online sales – a 19.7% increase over 2017

Mobile Revenue

Mobile accounted for 34% of Black Friday weekend revenue (26.3% smartphones, 7.7% tablets)

Online Only

63% of Black Friday weekend shoppers spent time shopping online – researching, browsing, and purchasing

Cyber History

Cyber Monday was the heaviest online spending day in history, with a reported $7.87 billion

Content Matters to Holiday Sales

Research First

53% of holiday shoppers say they always do research before they buy to ensure they are making the best possible choice

Last Minute Hunt

51% of Last-Minute Shoppers said they weren’t certain where they wanted to buy, or they had multiple retailers in mind, when they started shopping

Quick Gifters

48% of shoppers want to get their shopping done as quickly as possible.

Content First

Content makes consumers 131% more likely to buy.

Mobile is the Move

Higher CTR

According to data pulled from Bidtellect’s platform, in Q4 2018 Mobile CTR was 150% higher than Desktop and 19.2% higher than Tablet

Shopping In-Store

72% of Black Friday weekend shoppers used their mobile device to shop and/or browse, with 52% using their mobile device while in store

Last Minute Shoppers

65% of last-minute (two days before Christmas holiday) shoppers used their mobile device to shop and/or browse, with 43% using their mobile device while in store

Target Accordingly

67% of smartphone users are more likely to purchase from companies whose mobile sites or apps customize information to their location.

Don’t Forget Video


Click-to-Play Engagement

In-Feed Click-to-Play Video engagement grew 143% from 2017 to 2018

Video Inspo

Two Thirds (⅔) of shoppers say online video has given them ideas and inspiration for their purchases

The Top 4 Takeaways

Consider the Entire Customer Journey

Holiday shoppers might start early (before November) and shop all the way through December or start browsing online then buy more in store, or read articles for ideas then buy a month later… The possibilities are endless. So target and retarget using a multichannel approach.

Mobile Matters

Incorporate mobile into your strategy. Do it. Also remember that the the buy online, pick up in store option is gaining momentum

Go Native

The best way to distribute your content is with Native. Simple as that.  Our Top 3 KPIs for Retail Advertisers in 2018 were: 

  1. Drive Traffic to Blog Content
  2. Offer-Driven Creative (Like a Promotion)
  3. Drive Sales

Content. Content. Content.

Don’t shout at your shoppers, inspire them. Entice them. Offer articles, blog posts, and videos with ideas and inspiration to make their shopping easier. 

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