The Truth About Innovation, with IPG Media Lab

IPG Media Lab works with some of the world’s largest brands to drive innovation in media, marketing, and business models. As the dedicated innovation initiative of the UM family of agencies, they’ve worked with companies of all sizes, across numerous verticals. Chad Stoller and Adam Simon of IPG Media Lab discussed the types of conversations they have with marketers around innovation, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how IPG Media stays innovative, and asked whether one can truly measure innovation success.

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SEO in 2021: To Keyword Clusters, and Beyond!

SEO was a lot simpler in a less-crowded marketplace; you could optimize by keyword for your product, industry, or customer demographics and watch your traffic grow. In 2021, however, not only is the online space left with little metaphorical keyword elbow room, but search engines have gotten smarter to keep up with consumer demand. People search more conversationally due to voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, and AI-powered chatbots learn more as they’re being searched, which also contributes to a natural semantic search style. If marketers want to make sure their SEO efforts are being noticed, there are several ways to do this, all of which embrace this more casual way of searching consumers are employing – “long-tail keywords,” those with fewer search results but a higher conversion rate; “keyword clusters,” which group product identifiers that can single out your brand; “natural language processing (or NLP)” which rely on qualifiers like “what” and “where” to make a search less-robotic, and the overall conversational style that voice search and chatbots have made more prominent as of late.

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Pulse Issue 15

Hands Out of the Jar: Marketers Face a Cookie-Less Google

March 2020

By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
Consumer privacy is at an ever-increasing pitch, and a plethora of ad blockers and similar apps have already handed consumers the power to control their online experiences, at least to a certain extent. GDPR, which requires websites to obtain consumer consent before tracking cookies, has further restricted marketers’ access to consumer data. The final blow came with the announcement that Google Chrome will eliminate third-party cookies completely by 2022 – something that other browsers have already done. While initially this jarring news left marketers wondering what to do next, it has also created new opportunities. The resources below discuss how marketers can adapt to a cookie-less diet.
New online-privacy rules and Google’s decision to end the use of cookies to target advertising could fuel even more interest by companies in partnering with influencers, because they preside over one of the biggest troves of direct audience information out there. Brands still want to know how their campaigns are doing, and want to make sure they’re connecting with the right audiences in compelling ways. That’s where influencer campaigns come in. The influencers themselves have access to the first-party data from their own followers, data they can legally share in aggregated, anonymized form for a specific campaign, with a specific brand. It can be a gold mine for smart companies. 
Loyalty programs existed long before personalization and one-to-one marketing bubbled up as buzzwords, but the emergence of fresh digital channels and evolving privacy regulations suggest they may become paramount to brands. Brands from Sephora to Red Lobster are revisiting their rewards strategies amid tighter ad-targeting restrictions and greater demands for data privacy.
Since Google said it would remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser by 2022, advertisers have been in a bind: they need to find ways to replace the granular audience data they acquire from third-party cookies in order to continue to hit their monthly marketing targets. The predicament is prompting some advertisers to dust off old measurement techniques and increase their reliance on the platform companies that they have tried to keep at arm’s length — all in order to access more audience data.
Ad buyers aren’t thrilled about Google Chrome’s decision to phase out third-party cookies, but they’re thankful it’ll take about two years; Safari and Firefox didn’t extend such a courtesy. While some marketers and agencies see an opportunity to rebuild the digital advertising ecosystem off of a more secure infrastructure, others are anxious about losing their foundational tracking mechanism. This article presents four things the buy side is thinking about as they navigate through uncertain times.
Publishers and advertisers can benefit the most from Google doing away with third-party cookies — if they work it right. First-party data will be like gold within two years, when Google phases out third-party cookies on Chrome. “If entities with audiences are smart and willing to work together with their first-party data, they'll finally be able to mount a defense against the tri-opoly (Facebook, Google, and Amazon) and own their own destinies,” says Matt Keiser, founder and CEO of LiveIntent.
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