These Are The Top 3 Trends Predicted for the 2022 Holiday Shopping Season

These Are The Top 3 Trends Predicted for the 2022 Holiday Shopping Season

Holiday shopping is just around the corner and the data shows that consumers will be spending and shopping even earlier this year! Here’s what brands and advertisers need to know when it comes to their holiday advertising and digital marketing campaigns for 2022.

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

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

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

1. More Spending & Growth Predicted this Holiday Season

Call it post-pandemic energy, excitement, relief – whatever it is, consumers spent big last year and that trend is predicted to continue. Total retail spending grew 16.1% in 2021 – the fastest growth rate in more than 20 years, according to eMarketer; Deloitte reported a similar statistic citing that 2021 total holiday retail sales increased 8.5%, the largest annual increase in 17 years. eMarketer predicts consumer holiday spending will grow 3.3% in 2022 to $1.262 trillion.

Retail and Holiday Spending & Prediction Data:

  • US retail sales grew by 16.1% to $1.221 trillion in the 2021 holiday season, the fastest growth rate in more than 20 years (eMarketer, February 2022)
  • Total holiday retail sales in 2021 increased 8.5%, the largest annual increase in 17 years (Deloitte, 2022)
  • eMarketer predicts 2022 holiday retail sales to increase 3.3% to $1.262 trillion (eMarketer, February 2022). 
  • Apparel and accessories ecommerce sales surged 22.5% to $45.35 billion to make it the No. 1 category in terms of both growth and dollar figure (eMarketer, February 2022)

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

Budget higher spend and scale across the web, ad formats (Responsive Native, High Impact, Banner Display, and Video) and devices (desktop, tablet and mobile) to reach more interested consumers. 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. Better yet, all inventory available through Bidtellect’s platform can be filtered towards quality to ensure viewability, brand safety, supply path optimization, and to combat fraud.

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2. eCommerce Continues to Dominate Holiday Shopping & Sales

Great news digital advertisers: ecommerce shopping growth has been holding steady post-pandemic. Nearly all shoppers will buy something online this holiday season – Google reported that only 4% of U.S. holiday shoppers did not use digital channels for their shopping in 2021, and eMarketer predicts nearly 16% growth in ecommerce sales this year, compared to 0.9% growth in brick and mortar sales.

We recommend shifting focus to Cyber Monday, which was the heaviest online spending day in 2021 (no surprise) and is predicted to be the No. 1 spending day of the season this year, too, rising 12.0% to $12.22 billion according to eMarketer. That said, Black Friday will be the second biggest, rising 9.8% to $9.91 billion. 

eCommerce Holiday Spending Data:

  • Holiday eCommerce sales will climb 15.5% to $235.86 billion in 2022 (eMarketer)
  • Only 4% of U.S. holiday shoppers did not use digital channels for their shopping in 2021 (Think With Google)
  • 2021 ecommerce sales increased 11% compared with 2020 and 64.1% compared with 2019 (Deloitte)
  • Cyber Monday will be the No. 1 spending day of the season —rising 12.0% to $12.22 billion (eMarketer)
  • Black Friday will be the second biggest online spending day, rising 9.8% to $9.91 billion (eMarketer)
  • Thanksgiving will again grow the fastest at 14.1% to reach $5.90 billion (eMarketer)

Advertisers: Use context to reach more relevant audiences and industry decision-makers where they are consuming holiday content

Contextual targeting seamlessly integrates your ads into relevant content users are already consuming – like holiday gift inspiration, holiday deals to take advantage of, or holiday shopping sites – and provides higher engagement and greater cost efficiencies, especially in combination with Bidtellect’s context-driven optimization engine. 

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.

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3. Holiday Shoppers Will Start Early Thanks to Loyalty Programs & Stock Concerns

In 2021, holiday shoppers started shopping sooner – and this was thanks to brand loyalty programs combined with fears of missing out on a key wish list item. Not only that, 50% wished they had started shopping earlier, according to Google. Loyalty programs trigger earlier shopping thanks to exclusive discounts and gift inspiration – Deloitte reported that as many as 81% shopped specific brands because they were a member and 61% joined a program just for a discount. 

Loyalty Program Holiday Data:

  • 81% of consumers shopped specific brands during the 2021 holiday season because they were a member (Deloitte)
  • 61% of consumers joined a loyalty program to receive discounts during the 2021 holiday season (Deloitte)

Early Shopping Holiday Data:

  • As of June 2021, 31% of U.S. shoppers had already started their holiday shopping and 37% of shoppers who shopped last holiday season wished they had started earlier (Think With Google, March 2022)
  • In June 2021, stock issues were top of mind for holiday shoppers. Over 50% of U.S. shoppers surveyed saying they would start holiday shopping earlier to avoid an item being out of stock (Think With Google, March 2022)

Advertisers: Call out loyalty programs and discounts in your creative assets

Holiday shoppers are eager to maximize their loyalty program membership and join if it offers exclusive discounts. Bidtellect’s in-house creative agency, [b]+studio, consistently sees the highest engagement with creative assets that offer a discount or loyalty program in the headline. Creative expertise combined with optimization technology will ensure maximum engagement to best-performing creative assets in real time.

We hope these holiday 2022 advertising trend predictions and campaign tips set you up for success. 

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The Background: Privacy and the Cookieless Movement

The Cookie Phase Out:

  • When GDPR (and subsequently CCPA) became enforceable, the number of third-party cookies used per webpage drastically declined, and the trend has continued.
  • Apple’s Safari internet browser blocks all third-party cookies. It’s used by an estimated 1 billion users worldwide.
  • By comparison, an estimated 3.4 billion internet users use Google Chrome as their main browser worldwide. Google Chrome is scheduled to phase out third-party cookies in late 2024.

Technology & Advertisers Are Still Behind:

  • 8 in 10 US marketers and publishers were still relying primarily on third-party cookies to determine the identity of their audiences as of 2021, according to eMarketer.
  • While many have shifted their strategies over the last year or so, multiple ad tech execs told eMarketer that “advertisers will be transacting on cookies until the day they can’t anymore.” 

The Power of Context: Performance for Native & Beyond

Get ahead of the cookie curve. Reach more relevant audiences and industry decision-makers where they are consuming content thanks to context. Contextual targeting seamlessly integrates your ads into relevant content users are already consuming, and provides higher engagement and greater cost efficiencies, especially in combination with Bidtellect’s context-driven optimization engine.

 

With Bidtellect, brands can discover, align with, and optimize against the content on any webpage thanks to smarter contextual tools that drive performance with unrivaled accuracy and scale.

  • Bidtellect began as a native specialist demand-side platform. With native ads, we needed to evaluate the contextual information on the page to create an ad that blended seamlessly into its environment.
  • Bidtellect then began maximizing context-first technology for its performance abilities.
  • Bidtellect has gone on to build the most sophisticated contextual solutions of any DSP while extending these successes to other channels and formats beyond native

Contextual Targeting

Bidtellect has consistently pushed our technology forward, and now utilizes a combined contextual approach within our platform: the industry’s best third-party contextual integrations plus our unique proprietary contextual targeting solutions and our context-driven optimization engine.

Benefits of Contextual Targeting:

  • Seamless integration into content users are already consuming
  • Higher engagement 
  • Greater cost efficiencies, especially combined with Bidtellect’s context-driven optimization engine
  • Scales across formats: Responsive Native, Display, Video Units, and High Impact Units

Bidtellect’s Contextual Targeting Tools:

  • First-to-market context demographics targeting
  • Category targeting 
  • Keyword targeting
  • Interest targeting
  • Inventory quality targeting
  • B2B targeting: Bidtellect + Bombora Partnership

Context-Driven Optimization

Bidtellect’s optimization engine maximizes performance, spend, and ROI for advertisers completely using context-driven technology. Contextual optimization is the foundation of Bidtellect’s bidding technology.

What the heck is AARDvark? Bidtellect’s Automatic Algorithmic Rate Determination tool utilizes multiple contextual signals (placement, type of ad, device, surrounding context, channel, viewability) and non-PII identifiers to identify where certain subsets of audiences frequent. Our algorithms then make intelligent decisions as to the value of those placements. This is layered with a refined approach utilizing natural language processing technology at the page URL level. 

ID Solutions: LiveRamp RampID

Bidtellect partnered with one of the largest companies in the space, LiveRamp to utilize their Universal IDs, RampID. Additionally, The Trade Desk’s TDID 2.0 is on our product roadmap for future adoption.  These not only prepare us for the cookieless future, but allow us to almost completely negate match rate when there is participation from DMP and SSP partners, as well as grow and expand our attribution and audience-targeting capability beyond Bidtellect’s own universe.

Recap: Bidtellect’s Contextual Tools Set You Up for Success in the Cookieless Future

Bidtellect’s contextual targeting and optimization capabilities plus ID solutions drive performance for advertisers without relying on traditional cookie-based advertising approaches.

  • Privacy-First
  • Native Context Expertise
  • Contextual Targeting
  • Context-Driven Optimization Tools
  • Not Cookie Dependent
  • Post-Cookie Identity Solutions

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Thinking about video ads? There’s no better way to grab attention, showcase your brand message or product, and increase sales. With the combination of movement and sound, video advertisements are almost guaranteed to catch the attention of the viewers. With the right partner, video ads can provide a great return on investment.

Quick Video Stats

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Nearly nine out of ten people report wanting to see more videos from brands in 2021 (Hubspot)

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In 2022, video will account for more than half of all US programmatic display ad spending in 2022 (eMarketer)

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Attention spans are shortening leaving marketers with 2.7 seconds to capture audiences (MarketingMag)

94%

94% of marketers say video has helped them increase understanding of product or service (Wyzowl)

80%

80% of marketers confirmed that video helped increase sales (Wyzowl)

Why Run Video Ads With Bidtellect?

Running Video Ads with Bidtellect allows advertisers to expand their reach and Video scale. Our optimization capabilities down to the placement level coupled with context-driven technology will ensure your content reaches the most relevant environments and interested consumers. Bidtellect will make your video ads thrive.

The Power of Context-Driven Video Ads

Bidtellect’s contextual targeting technology ensures brands can reach their audiences within the content they are consuming – efficiently. Combine this with our proprietary, real-time optimization algorithms, and our video ads consistently surpass our clients’ performance goals.

  • 74% of consumers are likely to remember an ad if its message relates to the content around it

Premium Video Supply

Bidtellect’s video solution provides access to premium placements at unparalleled scale. Bidtellect is the single largest access point to native inventory globally. By aggregating over 30 premium supply partners, Bidtellect helps brands scale while filtering for the highest video ad quality.

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Shifting With the Times and How Brands Can Help

Shifting With the Times and How Brands Can Help

People worldwide are caring for loved ones, experiencing financial distress and making sure their families are safe and provided for. Corporations have transitioned their workforces to the homes and apartments of millions across the globe. At the same time, marketers are tasked with ensuring the future health of their business. When thinking about brand messaging, there’s a fine line between engaging consciously and pushing an agenda. The answer isn’t to ignore the problem, but work within this new world.

The Realities of the Current Media Landscape:

Traditional advertising channels that brands normally use to engage simply won’t reap the same reach and results due to current events. OOH is challenged with a stay at home mandates and major live TV events are being canceled globally. As millions are getting used to this new reality within their homes and apartments, digital and internet-connected devices have become the farthest-reaching and most consistent avenues for reach. Online meetings are becoming more common. Corporates are using Event Software to host live dealer meetings and other collaborations. Technology and connectivity have gained new momentum in business sectors.

In the wake of 2020, all ventures, new or old, have begun to develop websites for the purpose of marketing and driving sales. Since everyone is mostly at home, online sales have become much more popular than in-store sales. Web design companies that can provide help with branding and website creation, such as this web design Cardiff company, can also be seen gaining more popularity as compared to previous years.

Looking at the digital advertising industry holistically, we see two key changes happening:

(1) A surge in traffic due to increased internet usage, creating more overall digital ad supply.

(2) A decrease in ad buying demand as travel, entertainment, sports, airline, hotels, hospitality, and tourism digital spending seemingly grinds to a halt.

Major Internet service providers like Verizon are reporting huge spikes in device and internet usage thanks to home office work and social isolation. Between the weeks of 3/12 to 3/19, Verizon saw web and internet traffic climb 20%, streaming services increase 12%, and online gaming skyrocket 75%, while social media usage didn’t change compared with the prior week. (CNET).

As more inventory becomes available and fewer brands are competing to drive prices up, this creates a unique price efficiency situation within digital and programmatic ad buying channels. Bidtellect ran an analysis of the publisher inventory accessed and bought across 30+ SSPs:

From February 2020 to March 2020 alone, we’ve seen a 9.59% decrease in average impression cost. When Comparing March figures to January, that decrease jumps further to 17.1%.

Looking back at 2019 was a different story, where we saw a 15.79% increase from February to March.

Comparing March 2019 to March 2020 we see a 10.6% decrease in impression costs.

Meanwhile, comparing February 2019 to February 2020 we saw a 40.35% increase in impression costs, which can be attributed to overall increases in demand for programmatic media and shifts from 2nd price to 1st price auctions.

This means: While seasonal and monthly trends usually play a role here, there is certainly an uncharacteristic drop in cost when looking at February to March MoM & YoY – most logically due to an influx of total impressions and decrease in total demand. While digital ad investments will certainly go further today, how do marketers go about messaging in an ethical, brand-safe, and impactful way?

How Your Messaging Can Weather the Storm

How do marketers go about messaging in an ethical, brand-safe, and impactful way? There’s a fine line between engaging consciously and coming off as insensitive or product pushing.

(1) Think of Your Employees & Brand Advocates First
Is your brand currently helping its employees through tough situations (Kohls), helping schools (Zoom) or citizens nation-wide (AT&T/Comcast)? People today view brands as living, breathing entities, so sharing earned or owned content that demonstrates how they’re doing their part to support, inspire & help can go a long way towards building brand equity.

(2) Create Valuable Content
The internet is oversaturated with COVID-19 messaging. People are actively looking for positive and helpful content to consume and share. Can your financial product save people money to support their families? Can your B2B solution provide efficiencies for companies that are hurting right now? Distribute effective and timely digital content across Native formats, while OLV and CTV are excellent avenues to drive engagement with helpful video content.

(3) Refresh Your Creative
Ensure the tone of creative messaging and imagery is one of empathy. Are you taking into account the thoughts and struggles of the everyday American? Can you succinctly communicate how you can help them or provide value during this uncertain time?

(4) Brand Safety
Ensure brand safe and contextually relevant publisher environments. Companies like LightTag offer text annotation tools for natural language processing technology that tend to have the semantic intelligence at the page URL level to understand and block undesirable contextual environments. Remember not to go too far in blocking. Almost every news site is reporting on coronavirus right now.

(5) Plan for the Future and a World Beyond COVID-19
While the health and economic impacts on individuals in countries across the world cannot be downplayed, one thing is certain: this too shall pass. eMarketer is “cautiously optimistic” in their latest COVID-19 forecast that a potential global economic downturn could also be short-lived, mitigating negative impacts on the worldwide ad market on a full-year basis.

BOTTOM LINE: The brands that will make the greatest impact and weather the storm are those that can get positive, educational, and valuable content in front of people. Content that will educate them on how they can improve their current and foreseeable financial situation, provide stability for their families, improve their business- and professional lives, positively enhance their health and mental state, and empower them to excel in these uncertain times.

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5 Key Takeaways from Bidtellect’s 2019 Report

5 Key Takeaways from Bidtellect’s 2019 Report

The important trends of 2019 to prepare you for a successful 2020.

Bidtellect’s Native Report was created to provide advertisers with important insights and trends in the digital advertising industry – specifically, Native Advertising.

Check out our 5 Key Takeaways

To download the full report, click here.

1. Dynamic Goal Setting Leads to Highest ROI

You can set the stage for ongoing success by planning, setting goals, creating a realistic budget, and preparing a financial forecast. Dynamic, multiple goal setting for maximum optimization consistently led to highest ROI, which you can achieve by using such services as onestream and others like it. Projecting your revenue and expenses will give you a good idea of what goals you need to set and how much you can expect to achieve. Also, financial projections should be made using data from the past income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements of the company with the assistance of accountants in birmingham (or elsewhere). This could help you set benchmarks for achieving goals and staying on the right track.

It is also important to note that Multiple Goal Types (measured as a goal type itself) Outperformed CTR by 32% in 2019

Multiple Goal Types’ average revenue increased 38% from 2018 to 2019 and increased 40% from Q1 to Q4

2. Contextual Targeting is More Than an Answer to Privacy: It’s a Performance Tool

Contextual targeting – long part of Bidtellect’s capability wheelhouse – is gaining value for more than a privacy solution, but a tool to close the engagement gap.

One client saw 88.3% VCR using contextual targeting.

Bidtellect announced a deepened partnership with Just Media, emphasizing the use of contextual-driven decisioning to reach decision-makers.

3. Video Ad Revenue is Growing Steadily

Use of video – and its revenue – is steadily growing.

Completion Rate (Video) as a Goal Type increased in revenue by 19% from 2018 to 2019.

Video held a top revenue spot across all four quarters in 2019.

4. Creative Assets Are KEY According to Whopping Request Growth

Greater value is being placed on creative assets that factor in art + data to increase performance.

From 2018 to 2019 creative requests to Bidtellect’s in-house creative team, [b]+studio, increased by 134% in 2019

Education – the vertical with the highest growth – increased by a whopping 446%.

Best practice tip: Always Bring Value. Make sure a “call to action” is in your copy description.

5. Don’t Forget About Handheld Devices

Meaningful, prolonged engagement across devices stayed consistent and comparable over 2019, proving the equal importance of content consumption across devices.

Average CTR for Tablet jumped to an average of 0.35% in 2019 – up from 0.28% in 2018.

Mobile’s average CTR from 2018 to 2019 didn’t change: it stayed the highest of any device at 0.35%.

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About the Report:

Bidtellect’s platform processes over 55 billion Native auctions daily across 58 million distinctly targetable placements, and this number continues to grow quarter over quarter. We analyze data from the start of an auction through post-click consumer activity including but not limited to the metrics captured in this report.

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