Google are going all in on Privacy and have made it clear they will no longer support any form of tracking. Their Sandbox initiatives continue and it seems their FloCs concept will be renamed as Web Crowds. With regulators everywhere taking an interest in ads, data/targeting and GAFA, I think Google have recognised the inevitable and want to be really clear that they are out of the targeting game.
Most people have seen this coming, but as the purveyors of various ID workarounds continue to advocate for new forms of tracking, Google is being crystal clear. And given their control over a significant chunk of the ad market and the Chrome browser, all these other solutions are unlikely to fly in the Google ecosystem. Still more to come as this WSJ piece points out
There is a good discussion on this topic in our Guild group - do join in - and lots of coverage. This good Adweek piece ironically demonstrates the problem - the article is full of horrible MPUs, enabled by Google. Crap ads that pollute the user experience and earn pennies. What comes next has to be better than this.
And as the media options simplify, maybe we can devote more time to the creative? We know that creative is the best way to improve campaign performance, so it’s time well spent. Look at these Display ads running across Conde Nast sites in the US. Big bold ads, that are highly effective and inexpensive to develop. Why don’t your ads look like that?
It was interesting to listen to the Disney CEO talk at a Morgan Stanley event and hear about how they have coped with Covid. Variety has a good summary but I was most interested to hear that over 50% of Disney+ subscribers do not have kids. And he stressed the impressive growth of advertising at Hulu. You may be able to watch the full interview here.
Recode nail the challenge for all the new streaming services with some good data showing everyone already has Netflix and no one plans to give it up.
Roku keep strengthening their ads business - now they are acquiring the Nielsen advanced advertising business. This gives them both automatic content recognition (ACR) technology and a dynamic ad insertion (DAI) system - meaning they can replace an ad in a linear TV show with one targeted at the household level. Adding linear to their streaming reach is a big deal - but they need the agreement of the linear TV station to get this inventory.
I remember meeting the Slingbox team in 2008 who saw a similar ad deal as the business model for their impressive tech. But as we predicted, no one would (then) allow them to muddy the waters in their ad sales. With lots of advertisers and the ability to use data to command a higher price, maybe Roku can get some traction. This video interview with their Product VP is good background.
This week our deep dive was all about Merchants - we covered Challenger brands, the burgeoning competition in Last Mile, Livestreaming, Retail Media (including two great papers from Goldman Sachs and Google) and Customer Acquisition. Catch up here.
Looking at smart media moves, you have to consider Rupert Murdoch and his plans for Fox. He has the $71bn he made from the sale to Disney and restrictions from the deal have now expired. He also has whatever bounty he got as part of the recent Google deal.
Finally.. one of the other good Morgan Stanley sessions was with Martin Sorrel and Scott Spirit of S4Capital. One thing that really resonated was SMS talking of them needing to really understand 20 or so companies;