July 23, 2021
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Coca-Cola's second-quarter 42% revenue growth was accompanied by a doubling of its marketing spend compared with the same period in 2020, which returned the spend to pre-pandemic levels, said John Murphy, chief financial officer. Coca-Cola is taking a more targeted, innovative approach to marketing to drive spending efficiency and effectiveness, added Murphy.
Full Story: Marketing Dive (7/22),  Campaign US (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Turn on the power of personalization this Cyber Monday.
This Cyber Monday, discover a system that helps you anticipate shopper needs and matches products with the people most likely to love them. The Facebook Discovery Commerce system helps products find people wherever they are. Download the 2021 Holiday marketing guide from Facebook and turn on Discovery Commerce.
Marketing Strategy
QVC and HSN have expanded their video commerce model as consumers have changed over the years, launching on Roku, expanding to devices such as Amazon Fire TV and Comcast Flex, and continuing to innovate in livestream shopping, said Brian Beitler, chief marketing officer of QVC US and HSN. "We've been working over the last several years to innovate our storytelling in these spaces and to access more of the places that we tell these stories," Beitler said.
Full Story: Glossy (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Gap ramps up its cross-brand loyalty program
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Gap is making changes to its new loyalty program launched last fall, including simplifying rewards, adding tiers and promoting the program more in stores. Gap's loyalty program boasts more than 37 million members, with more than 19 million signing up since it launched the new version of the program, and it spans across all of its namesake, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta banners.
Full Story: Modern Retail (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Users Rank TikTok as #1 Platform for Creative Ads
Both Millennial and Gen Z TikTok users rank the platform as having the most creative ads among the other major social media players. Not only that, but both cohorts believe TikTok is less saturated with ads than its competitive set. Download our study to learn more about both Gen Z and Millennials on TikTok, their attitudes and receptiveness to ads, and which brands are standing out on the platform.
Creativity and Marketing Innovation
Why Calvin Klein's NYC billboard is iconic
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Cam Wolf explores how Calvin Klein remains an iconic billboard advertiser in a world dominated by digital advertising with a landmark location on Houston Street in New York City that acts as a powerful weapon for launching brand products and philosophies. AdQuick's Chris Gadek calls the billboard location "the perfect formula for advertising" surrounded by stores, an affluent community and opportunity to go viral.
Full Story: GQ (7/21) 
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Uber is making its Olympic advertising debut with its first brand portfolio campaign, created by Anomaly Los Angeles, which stars Tony Hawk and features a new tagline, "Go get it." An anthem 60-second spot shows people re-embracing life with the help of Uber Rent, Uber X, Uber Green, Lime scooters and Uber Eats.
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Reach over 90 million sports fans on Snapchat.
There are over 90 million sports fans on Snapchat in North America… they could fill the largest stadium in the world more than 580 times! These fans are more engaged than ever, and brands have an opportunity to make an impact like never before. Read the Report>
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How the top female-led brands are advertising in 2021
As of 2020, there were 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the US, and the number of women-owned startups climbed by 21% over five years. We looked at how these businesses are advertising across social and digital channels. Read more.
How Health insurance companies are advertising the COVID-19 vaccine
With three effective vaccines available, many insurance providers launched initiatives aimed at increasing access and awareness. We looked at data from three of the largest insurance companies in the US: UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross, and Humana to see their strategies.
Brand Purpose and Sustainability
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated General Mills' mission to pair its philanthropic work with its sustainability goals, according to Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and social impact officer. "It harkens back to the importance of ensuring that as we transition to a just and equitable food system that we do it in a regenerative way and be really thoughtful about intentionally taking down systems that have kept others out of the equitable food access realm," said Melendez.
Full Story: Food Business News (free registration) (7/22) 
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Groundbreaking CTV Measurement Study
In an unprecedented study across 20 leading U.S. advertisers, the ANA and Innovid dove into CTV measurement to unlock new KPIs, benchmarks, and best practices for marketers. Download the report for the truth behind reach, frequency, and ROI.
Marketing Insights and Trends
Ad-ID from ANA, 4A's adopted by NBCU
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NBCUniversal is adopting advertising identity solution Ad-ID, which was created jointly by the Association of National Advertisers and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. NBCU began using Ad-ID during its Olympics coverage and ANA CEO Bob Liodice said there are big opportunities "to use Ad-ID for every video and audio advertising asset."
Full Story: Marketing Dive (7/22),  Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (7/22),  Adweek (7/22),  MediaPost Communications (free registration) (7/22) 
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Brands that have invested in advertising around the Olympics are monitoring the COVID-19 concerns growing around the Games and adjusting their messaging to match current sentiments, with upwards of $1 billion on the line and sponsors such as Panasonic and Toyota abandoning some or all of their plans. NBCUniversal itself is counting on the event to boost Peacock subscriptions.
Full Story: The New York Times (7/21),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/22) 
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Global brands are meeting emerging consumers with out of home media and "upleveling their creativity" to capture attention with innovative campaigns, writes Mariah Cooper. Prime brand and agency examples of this "trend of post-lockdown creativity" include livestreams of Blue Origin's space launch this week, Adidas' swimmable billboard in Dubai, a gigantic 3D cat overlooking Tokyo and d'strict's giant LED wave display in Seoul, South Korea.
Full Story: Campaign US (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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ANA Update
As the advertising industry churns toward the end of third-party cookies and Apple follows suit with greater restrictions on their IDFA, it's time for marketers to implement new digital strategies. Here's how to make the most of a cookie-less future.
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Register today and join us Aug. 2 to 4 in-person or virtually! We promise you'll leave with a healthy dose of inspiration and the strategic fuel needed to drive growth and create meaningful, sustainable value with your customers.
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