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Week of 11/12 Industry Updates


Below is a look at what’s happening in the world of Digital Media Marketing this week.


Top retailers spent majority of 2017 holiday ad budgets on TV, investing only 6% on Facebook ads

Based on 2017 holiday ad spend, the top ten retailers in the U.S. spent a combined $1.2 billion on advertising during November and December last year, with 62 percent of ad spend going to TV. According to data from Kantar Media, a total of 27 percent of the top retailers’ holiday ad spend went to digital sources, which included search, display, online video and Facebook. The firm broke out Facebook spend separately — six percent — to compare how retailers were allocating to TV compared to the social platform.

Person in silhouette with arms spread wide looking at bright sunshineHooked on a feeling: The forgotten factor in online advertising

If there’s anything the recent past has reminded us, it’s that feelings still trump considered thought. This is also true for advertising, but not in the way you might think. The marriage of ad and tech has brought some amazing advances. But as we move to the future, does that mean we’re also doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past?


Another survey shows brand trust affects purchase decisions

If marketers think brand trust is just a nice-to-have, a new SurveyMonkey survey shows it’s a must-have. “Businesses that fail to establish trust — the foundation of any relationship — will lose to businesses who can,” said SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie in a statement accompanying the survey results. The survey conducted by his company found that brand trust affects the bottom line in a variety of ways.

Breaking through with meaningful content marketing in the age of storytelling

Today, it seems that everyone is a storyteller — some 550,000 marketers list storytelling in their profile on LinkedIn. But connecting with people through the power of the story requires a lot more than changing your title.